Villordsutch reviews Twin Peaks Season 3 – Episodes 5…
Twin Peaks is a show for the faithful and the alert. Lynch and Frost have not created Season 3 for you to Tweet midway through with a “#TwinPeaks” hashtag so people know you’ve seen an owl or to highlight that Dougie Cooper said “Coffee”. Nor have they written the show for you to miss an episode – or the first two seasons for that matter – for you’ll get no catch-up or “Previously on Twin Peaks” here; you need to stay focused and be prepared to keep your eyes and ears ready to absorb everything.
Come the opening of Episode 5 are we now seeing a possible mystery involving Maj. Briggs (Don S. Davis -Deceased) who was presumed long since dead, showing up in Buckhorn, South Dakota, sans head. We find Bob Cooper finally receiving his one phone call though he shan’t be calling Mr. Strawberry – which seems to worry the Warden – though the call he makes does activates a pager-like device in Buenos Aires which instantly messes which all the electrical devices in the prison. Interestingly enough FBI Agent Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) vanished from a hotel in Buenos Aires and reappeared in the FBI Offices of Philadelphia two years later, as seen in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me; we also heard Bob Cooper attempting to communicate with Phillip Jeffries in Episode 2 of Season 3. Along with this we find that Special Agent Tamara Preston has discovered something interesting about Bob Cooper’s fingerprints.
We also get to take step into the world of Twin Peaks and we find that this placid looking town still isn’t a place you’d truly like to live. Though it was great to see the return of numerous faces including Shelly, Norma, Nadine and the men and women at the Sheriff’s station the rot still exists, as we observed with Becky (Amanda Seyfried) living the life of another blonde amd beautiful girl we knew twenty-five years earlier. Also, the Bang Bang Bar may appear to now be the local haunt of the Twin Peaks Hipsters but after this week’s episode, you clearly see that the violent few still truly rule the roost.
David Lynch and Mark Frost know how to keep the watcher engaged and hanging on a hook. For example, they could easily have wrapped up the Dougie Cooper slowly learning escapade in two episodes, but why should they? This isn’t “quick bite / rapidly satisfied / hungry again” television, this is storytelling. There are mysteries and oddities arriving from all angles. The supernatural is involved, big businesses are attempting to control and capture evil and good and the Government are losing staff revolving around Blue Rose cases for decades. Lynch & Frost are five episodes into eighteen, they’re in total control of what appears on the screen, and it’s glorious to watch.