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Review of Twin Peaks: The Return 1.15

by Paul Levinson 4 years ago in tv review

Meditation on a Gas Station

I guess that was a gas station in Twin Peaks: The Return 1.15 last night—whatever exactly that was in the forest, where bad Cooper arrived in his vehicle. The structure behind it look a little like, I don't know, some kind of room and board, or maybe some kind of lodge, yeah that was more likely it. And someone very familiar offered to unlock the door for him, in that other-dimensionally super-slow distorted voice.

Anyway, I think that scene was very effective, especially the way it all faded back into the forest when the action was over. Like it's always there, if the right person, or right un-person, to use the Alice in Wonderland construction (always appropriate for Twin Peaks) happens to drive up.

Other good scenes include the couple with the guy with the gun in the forest, leaning against the mossy tree, she trying to seduce him out of not using the gun on himself, but getting uneasy, to say the least, when she starts to succeed. Something about that scene made a little more sense than usual, though I couldn't tell you exactly what.

And the good Cooper, still in a stupor, putting the right end of his metal fork into that electrical outlet. Good thing for the story it wasn't a plastic utensil. This definitely has to move the story along. I mean, either this will electrocute Cooper and send him back to the lodge, or it will literally shock him out of his stupor—I keep hoping.

I find the scene in jail—the combination of the guy with the beaten face and the woman with I don't know what kind of face—too unpleasant to talk about, so I won't.

Ok, there was one happy ending at the very beginning of the episode, but that's not all that much for 15 episodes in and not many more to go. See you here next week.

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Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson's novels include The Silk Code & The Plot To Save Socrates; his LPs Twice Upon A Rhyme & Welcome Up; his nonfiction including Fake News in Real Context, The Soft Edge & Digital McLuhan have been translated into 15 languages.

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