We just finished watching the original Twin Peaks, for the first time, last night.

This is how it ends?

And people say Lost had a screwy finale.

This was more like The Prisoner.

Good luck figuring it out!

I enjoyed the ride, but I’m unsure of the destination.

We’ve got the prequel movie yet to watch, then we’ll move on to the revival series.

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We watched Fire Walk with Me (the prequel movie) over the weekend. I must say, it does its job and does it well. I might have expected the events leading up to Laura Palmer’s death to have been shown as part of the regular series, but although they were revealed, they were not depicted. This movie covers the week leading up to Laura Palmer’s death. Watching the movie before the series would have made the series much easier to follow, but it would have spoiled the suspense. Next time we watch the whole thing (and I suspect there will be a next time), now that we know what’s going on, we’ll start with the movie. Twin Peaks is the kind of one gets a lot more out of the second time through. I know this already because, at Alan M.’s suggestion, we watched the international version of the pilot, which included some scenes not show in the U.S. version (for good reason, I think).

We plan to start watching the new series tonight, so if you’re following this discussion (not much of one so far, I admit) and have already seen it please remember: no SPOILERS for episodes I have not yet seen.

Watched episodes 1 & 2 last night. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait 25 years for the revival series like the rest of y’all did, but apparently such a thing was planned all along. (The last thing you-know-who said to agent Cooper was, “See you in 25 years.”) These two episodes were book-ended by scenes of a young man (and his date) in some sort of top secret research facility. His job is to look into some sort of glass cage and report if anything appears inside it. What finally does appear is intriguing to say the least.

The main story takes place in another small town, in South Dakota this time, as another grisly murder is discovered. Viewers of the original series already have some idea as to whether the suspect, the local school principal, is guilty or not. The story is split between South Dakota and Washington as we catch up with certain cast members 25 years on. The “Log Lady” has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. As it turns out, the actress who plays her was actually dying of cancer and her scenes were filmed in advance.

EPISODE 3: Cooper calls for help; Agents Gordon Cole, Albert Rosenfield and Tammy Preston investigate the glass box murders.

EPISODE 4: Coop assumes the life of Dougie Jones, as Gordon and Agents Rosenfield and Preston investigate the situation surrounding Coop's doppelganger.

I hate writing summaries, but I’m not real happy with the summary of the third episode from the IMDB. It wasn’t “Cooper” who called for help; it was his doppelganger. I think I know what’s going on here. Cooper couldn’t leave the Lodge until his doppelganger returned, but… somehow… Dougie Jones returned in his place, thus allowing Cooper and his doppelganger both to exist in the real world at the same time. But where did “Dougie” come from in the first place? Was he somehow created by the doppelganger? I’m assuming the little golden ball left when Dougie was destroyed is the key to Cooper’s odd behavior.

I really like the new character of Brando Wally.

I'm curious about the men gunning for Dougie. Are they trying to kill him as an assignment for Black Lodge Cooper? Were they hired by whomever Dougie owes? His wife said they could "pay him back."

EPISODE 5: Coop is still trapped as Dougie, going through the motions, as his doppelganger schemes in jail. Meanwhile, new information on Major Garland Briggs turns up.

EPISODE 6: Gordon Cole instructs Albert to meet with an old contact. Hawk makes a discovery involving 'the missing piece' that will help him find Coop. Janey-E fixes Dougie's gambling debt, while Coop is still struggling to put what he knows about his past and the Black Lodge into words. Tragedy strikes after a drug deal takes place.

This show might just as well be titled “Buckhorn” so little of it takes place in Twin Peaks.

I read a (non-professional) online review of the first episode. The reviewer said she was disappointed and missed her “quirky soap opera.” “Quirky soap opera”? Really?

Neither Hawk nor Bobby look right with grey hair.

A couple of days ago, Tracy came home with a book titled The Secret History of Twin Peaks. It looks pretty comprehensive. It tells the real world history of the region going back over 200 years. What I want is a book that explains the Black Lodge (or the show itself). Can anyone recommend a book like that?

Shelly’s daughter and her boyfriend are shaping up to be the new Lara and Bobby.

Two more new characters I like are Dougie’s wife (Janey-E?) and (the new) Sheriff Truman’s wife.

EPISODE 7: Cooper and Janey-E are in for a violent surprise at the Lucky 7 office. Meanwhile, Gordon and Albert try enlisting Diane to figure out the mystery of the man they believe to be Cooper in jail.

EPISODE 8: Coop's doppelganger faces a life or death situation. In 1945, the Trinity atomic bomb test in White Sands, NM leads to horrifying unexpected consequences. In 1956, a creepy woodsman covered in scorched engine oil invades a radio station.

Episode seven I get, but what the hell is going on in episode eight?! If it were to be tacked on to the end of Kubrick’s Space Odyssey it would have made about as much sense.



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EPISODE 7: Cooper and Janey-E are in for a violent surprise at the Lucky 7 office. Meanwhile, Gordon and Albert try enlisting Diane to figure out the mystery of the man they believe to be Cooper in jail.

EPISODE 8: Coop's doppelganger faces a life or death situation. In 1945, the Trinity atomic bomb test in White Sands, NM leads to horrifying unexpected consequences. In 1956, a creepy woodsman covered in scorched engine oil invades a radio station.

..And then the Ghost of Bill Malloy appears, singing "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?"

He does look a bit like Bill Malloy now that you mention it.

Episode 8 was a surreal journey into the mysteries of "Twin Peaks" and the mind of David Lynch. It was fascinating and I am looking forward to watching it again once "The Return" concludes and I have a better understanding of this season.
These three men make this season.
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ONLINE SUMMARY OF PART 9: “Cooper's doppelgänger meets Hutch and Chantal at a farm. He sends a text to Diane and calls Duncan Todd to ask if he has "done it" yet. He orders Warden Murphy's death, mentions a job in Las Vegas, and drives away. Dougie's boss claims Dougie sometimes has episodes due to an old car accident. The Las Vegas police discover no record of Dougie Jones before 1997, and take fingerprints and DNA from his coffee mug. They arrest Ike "the Spike", who has just left a phone message for "J.T". Bobby visits his mother with Sheriff Truman and Hawk to ask about Cooper; she tells them her husband long ago foretold their arrival, and gives them a small metal cylinder containing instructions about a location, date, and Cooper's name, written twice. The FBI stops in Buckhorn to examine the body with Major Briggs's fingerprints. Tammy questions Hastings, who says he and Ruth visited Briggs in another dimension, where he had been "hibernating" for years, and witnessed his beheading as he was saying Cooper's name. Hastings's secretary has been killed in a car explosion and his lawyer arrested for the murder of his wife. Meanwhile, Johnny Horne gets into an accident, and Jerry Horne hallucinates his foot is talking to him. At the Roadhouse, a junkie called Ella scratches a serious rash.”

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