The Black Lodge Review: Twin Peaks goes nuclear

This is the water. And this is the well. And here are some spoilers.

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(Source: Showtime)

I wanted to wait until Nine was out so I can do this after a good three episode mark, but I have some very busy weeks on the way. Nine is not out until next week. Might as well get this one out there. Seven was full of information.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the man that was being held at the South Dakota prison is not Dale Cooper. The fact that Diane has to fly over there to confirm it is a bit of an overkill, but at the same time it was also a way to introduce us a little more to the character. Plus we get a plane flight in which the windows blink… Was that morse code?

Hank has confirmed that the pages found in the bathroom door are from Laura Palmer’s secret diary. Laura knew that Dale Cooper will not be walking out of the Black Lodge, even when she never met the man. Frank Truman has two important conversations: one with Doc Hayward (the late Warren Frost) via a sweet Skype setup and the other with Harry Truman, whom we don’t get to listen. Harry is battling an illness, and Frank chooses not to share the case with him given his condition.

Meanwhile, seems that whoever is extorting Dougie and Janie for money is upped the ante. Ike the Spike goes after them which means it’s time for Dale Cooper to go ninja and save the day. He does, squeezing Ike’s hand while egged on by a vision from the Tree. As a result, part of Ike’s skin comes off. Someone get CSI on the phone.

Kyle MacLachlan in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

(Source: Showtime)

Evil Cooper has managed his escape from prison along with Ray. Whatever he’s got on the warden, it’s big and it’s life-ruining. Their escape spills onto Eight, where Ray tries to double cross him and shoots him down. Ray ends up running away when shadowy men show up and surround Evil Coop’s body.

We’re treated to a long expository sequence. The nuclear test blast back in 1945, an allusion to Bob… Was he set free during the explosion or was he created because of it? A gas station from where the shadowy men seem to originate… Two young kids that walk by the area in 1956… A mutated frog crawls into the girl’s mouth while she sleeps (Bob?). We’re seeing the origin of something dark. Not just Bob, but perhaps an entire evil cadre.

Highs/Lows/WakeUpCoop:

  • Laura Dern was born to play the role of Diane.
  • Dale Cooper is breaking through. I don’t know what’s going to become of Janey and Sonny, but I don’t think Dougie Jones has much time left. That being said, I can’t translate it in episode numbers, so perhaps we’re still green.
  • Doc Wayward gives us one important clue for Audrey Horne fans. She’s been in a coma since the explosion at the Twin Peaks Savings and Loan from the finale in original Season 2. Evil Cooper visited her after that, something that gives me a very bad feeling.
  • Evil Cooper is also behind Diane’s current distress as it seems they met shortly after his escape from the Black Lodge. I don’t want to think what he did to her back then, but the options are dark.
  • The lighted on and off windows on the FBI jet. I’m not going to screenshot every frame, but chances are there’s a message in there and someone is probably decoding it.
  • This is the water and this is the well. Drink full and descend. The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.
  • Didn’t Sarah Palmer (Laura’s mother) use to see a vision of a white horse? She even saw it when Bob was about to be unleashed from Leland’s psyche. It usually meant that someone was about to die. Perhaps just now we’re getting the explanation.

That will do for now.

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