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Twin Peaks (The Return)



As is only fitting, I have been forced to consume at least one slice of humble pie. I expected this Twin Peaks revival to fail, but I underestimated the genius of Lynch. This is shaping up to be something perhaps as extraordinary as the original run.

I will spoiler discussion of episodes 3 and 4 for those who have not seen it yet, but from the combined first episode it is immediately clear that this is Lynch’s show, and that he will not compromise his vision for anything. The editing of the first episode, particularly early on, gives it a disjointed feel, perhaps intended. This is something jarring, odd, new - and yet at the same time strangely familiar (as the new opening titles suggest). There’s no cosy re-introduction of Twin Peaks and its denizens. Instead, new mysterious characters and locales are intermixed with sudden, sometimes fleeting (and occasionally bizarre) appearances of old characters (on this note, poor Catherine Coulson, bless her). Gone (perhaps regrettably) is the soft lensing of the original, the sterile harshness of digital cameras somehow more appropriate for the frequently darker tone. The sense of unease is further heightened by the noticeable lack of music, with the memorable Laura Palmer theme, so constant in the original series, nowhere to be heard. The increased silence gives scenes a more unpredictable tone, adding a palpable sense of danger and threat where relevant. In terms of Lynch’s approach, this feels more reminiscent of Fire Walk With Me and his subsequent films (Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive), which is certainly no bad thing.

I will not dwell on the particulars of the episode, which is obviously setting up arcs for the series (and I can't speculate too much without spoiling shit). The New York segment was drawn out, with no-mark actors (Michael Bisping?!) but the pay-off was worth waiting for – Christ knows what that was, but it appeared suitably monstrous, something escaped from the Lodge no doubt (I won’t speculate yet as it might spoil things). I know some people found that terrifying, but it had nothing on that spectral figure in the cell later on. My hairs stood on end, and quite honestly I can’t remember the last time I was that creeped out by something. The stuff with evil Cooper was fantastic, the episode really picked up when he came into it. He’s one brutal cunt. McLachlan is wonderful, and I’d be stunned if he wasn’t given awards love next year. I thought Matthew Lillard was also very good, and I’m intrigued to know more about the relationship between his wife and evil Cooper. I demand to know who Cooper actually spoke to (he wants BOB back?), and where the fuck Philip Jeffries is (Christ Bowie why did you have to die?). And yes, it’s obviously a tragedy that Michael Anderson did not return, so I suppose having some kind of brain on a tree is the best alternative. Finally, the notion that ‘James was always cool’ is patently laughable.

All in all, a superb opening episode (well, episodes).

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I have the first episode to finish, but that New York scene pay off was brutal if not sign posted by the gratuitous shagging. Tangentially, I found the woman curiously attractive in an unorthodox way. Before her face was mutilated.
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The editing of the first episode, particularly early on, gives it a disjointed feel, perhaps intended. This is something jarring, odd, new - and yet at the same time strangely familiar (as the new opening titles suggest). Thereís no cosy re-introduction of Twin Peaks and its denizens. Instead, new mysterious characters and locales are intermixed with sudden, sometimes fleeting (and occasionally bizarre) appearances of old characters (on this note, poor Catherine Coulson, bless her). Gone (perhaps regrettably) is the soft lensing of the original, the sterile harshness of digital cameras somehow more appropriate for the frequently darker tone. The sense of unease is further heightened by the noticeable lack of music, with the memorable Laura Palmer theme, so constant in the original series, nowhere to be heard. The increased silence gives scenes a more unpredictable tone, adding a palpable sense of danger and threat where relevant. In terms of Lynchís approach, this feels more reminiscent of Fire Walk With Me and his subsequent films (Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive), which is certainly no bad thing.
I agree with all this. I mentioned in the shoutbox that the first 30mins or so were hit and miss. You're right about it being jarring. I think the Jackobi and Horne scenes could've waited for the next episodes, they were oddly placed and had no connection to the rest of the episode.

I did miss some of the backing music, aside from that one track that played during every romantic moment in the original series. A decent enough track but got tiresome when played multiple times in an episode.

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I will not dwell on the particulars of the episode, which is obviously setting up arcs for the series (and I can't speculate too much without spoiling shit). The New York segment was drawn out, with no-mark actors (Michael Bisping?!) but the pay-off was worth waiting for Ė Christ knows what that was, but it appeared suitably monstrous, something escaped from the Lodge no doubt (I wonít speculate yet as it might spoil things). I know some people found that terrifying, but it had nothing on that spectral figure in the cell later on. My hairs stood on end, and quite honestly I canít remember the last time I was that creeped out by something.
I think I shat a brick when it banged on the glass. It definitely looked alien-like. Was there not some mention of aliens in the original series, something to do with the drawing in the cave?

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The stuff with evil Cooper was fantastic, the episode really picked up when he came into it. Heís one brutal cunt. McLachlan is wonderful, and Iíd be stunned if he wasnít given awards love next year. I thought Matthew Lillard was also very good, and Iím intrigued to know more about the relationship between his wife and evil Cooper. I demand to know who Cooper actually spoke to (he wants BOB back?), and where the fuck Philip Jeffries is (Christ Bowie why did you have to die?). And yes, itís obviously a tragedy that Michael Anderson did not return, so I suppose having some kind of brain on a tree is the best alternative. Finally, the notion that ĎJames was always coolí is patently laughable.
Evil Cooper (or 'Booper' as I've seen him referred to elsewhere) was indeed great, as was McLachlan. Not sure about it being an award-worthy performance though, it was quite hammy..... which isn't a complaint as it fits in with the show, but they're not normally the types of performances that get recognised. I could be wrong though.

The "brain tree" thing was...... interesting. Strong Erasurehead vibes there.

All in all, it's a thumbs up from me.

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Musings on episodes 3 and 4:

I doubt we’ll see anything more ‘Lynchian’ than the first 15 minutes of episode 3. It offered some pretty stunning visuals, and it was great to see these remote parts of the Black Lodge. Moreover, fuck knows who this apparently sinister ‘Mother’ is, though I suspect we’re in a world of trouble if her doppelganger was the thing that ‘escaped’ via the glass box in the first episode. Nice nod to Major Briggs here also – again, such a shame that the actor died, as the Major was a great character with so much more to offer.

The two Coopers dynamic is a superb device, and must be a dream for MacLachlan, who shows his versatility in both roles. You know it’s going to be good as soon as you see his cancerous movements. The HELLLLOOOOOOOO bits in the Casino are great, but true hilarity came with him pissing (I almost choked), and then him coming out with his tie on his head. I don’t know how much longer he’ll be in this state but I suspect they’ll take it slowly, there’s definitely room for further humour yet. ‘Dougie’ has enemies, and his wife mentioned being able to pay ‘them’ back now; I guess we might see him become embroiled in this business before he gets back to Twin Peaks (or wherever). It could be that his inability to function properly is a consequence of there now being two Coopers in the world, with evil Cooper apparently weakened judging by his slowed speaking (obviously the re-emergence of Coop ‘hurt’ him). Who knows how either will gain strength?

The FBI arc surprised me. It started as I expected – fairly light-hearted, again playing on Cole’s hearing issues and forthrightness, Albert’s one-liners (poor Mel), and the promotion of Denise (BWOAR) to head (also interesting to see the great Richard Chamberlain here, hopefully we see more of him). But the final two scenes – meeting evil Coop and then the discussion between Cole and Albert – really brought a tonal shift. Both were disconcerting, and ominous to say the least. The latter may just have been the best (certainly most compelling, intriguing) scene of this revival so far, quite brilliantly acted (Lynch would show up many ‘proper’ actors). Whereas these two had been largely comic relief until now, here, for the first time, you felt these characters may be imperilled, expendable, which is a concern as we love both of them. There was something about Cole’s hearing aid distortion here that was kind of unsettling in the context of the scene. As I said before, the way Lynch has shot this series, and the lack of music, adds a sense of danger that wasn’t always present in the original series. A tremendous conclusion to the episode.

And of course, there is the substance of the conversation to consider. This woman who can identify Coop – it’s either a character we know (Audrey or Annie) or someone new (likely the mysterious Diane, probably played by Laura Dern). We’ll find out soon enough. The legacy of Fire Walk With Me is very apparent. Albert mentions Blue Rose (as did Major Briggs in episode 3), alluded to in FWWM with Chester Desmond’s investigations and probably a code name for certain supernatural cases within the bureau (could there be a link to Major Briggs’ Project Blue Book?). There’s also the enigmatic Jeffries, who seems destined to play a huge part in events despite Bowie dying before filming anything (please surprise us; I can’t see Lynch being the sort to recast the role). Obviously the FWWM Missing Pieces take on added significance now, and I may have to give the whole thing another watch as it looks like it will be pivotal to proceedings. You’ve also got Dougie’s Owl Cave ring, the same ring to which much significance was attached in FWWM. I see there’s a whole page on it here (http://twinpeaks.wikia.com/wiki/Owl_Cave_Ring), with loads of faggy and appreciated made-up history added in that recent book, which I may now have to get as I love that kind of bollocks. Also, GARMONBOZIA! I wonder what the tests will return on that.

I loved the scene where Bobby saw the picture of Laura and we finally heard her theme again (!), which was all the more effective after the long wait. Sure the sequence was melodramatic but that was a big part of the old Twin Peaks, and I thought Ashbrook’s acting here was very strong. Him being a cop is another interesting development, I don’t think anyone saw that coming. Robert Forster slides right in with ease, a wonderful, steely addition to the series.

Unfortunately I must end on the one real negative and by far the low point of the series so far. I’ve always hated Michael Cera and hoped he wouldn’t taint this great show, but it seems he can’t even do that right. I truly hope his role was a one-off, as it was one of the most excruciatingly awful things I’ve had to sit through for some time (it seemed to go on forever). It was painfully unfunny (the writing was diabolical), and felt extremely indulgent and unnecessary. Given the name and attire I imagine he was doing some kind of rancid Marlon Brando impression, which is all the more galling given what a brilliant actor Brando actually was. The scene was just ill-advised in the extreme, and I’m surprised Lynch didn’t confine it to the cutting room floor where it belonged (why he bothered filming it in the first place, and indeed casting Cera is also beyond me). If you want humour, then just go with the Coop stuff, as this is abominable. I’ll forgive the episode this scene since the rest was so good, but if he starts appearing regularly we could have a big problem.

Moreover, what has happened to Andy and Lucy? Before they were kind of goofy and somewhat endearing, but now they’re complete retards - why? Plus Andy looks a right fat cunt. Their comic sequences don’t really seem to have a place in the show as it is right now, I’m sorry to say (we’re not talking Wally Brando bad of course, they’re tolerable). They just feel off. At the very least, try adding a bit of playful music to help things along. How Hawk and Truman haven’t murdered the pair of them (and their cunt son) at some point during the past 25 years is frankly astonishing.

Unfortunate to end on a sour note but there you are, I think I've raved enough anyway. Oh one more thing - I’m not a fan of each episode ending with a performance, it doesn’t really seem to fit outside of episode 2 where they worked it around a scene. Plus the bands are shit.
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I won't spoiler tag now since the episodes have officially aired.

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Yeah that was a pretty unsettling sequence. I'm a little disappointed that Coop left the Lodge so soon, hopefully we'll get to experience more of it in the coming episodes.

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The two Coopers dynamic is a superb device, and must be a dream for MacLachlan, who shows his versatility in both roles. You know it’s going to be good as soon as you see his cancerous movements. The HELLLLOOOOOOOO bits in the Casino are great, but true hilarity came with him pissing (I almost choked), and then him coming out with his tie on his head. I don’t know how much longer he’ll be in this state but I suspect they’ll take it slowly, there’s definitely room for further humour yet. ‘Dougie’ has enemies, and his wife mentioned being able to pay ‘them’ back now; I guess we might see him become embroiled in this business before he gets back to Twin Peaks (or wherever). It could be that his inability to function properly is a consequence of there now being two Coopers in the world, with evil Cooper apparently weakened judging by his slowed speaking (obviously the re-emergence of Coop ‘hurt’ him). Who knows how either will gain strength?
All the Coop stuff in episode 4 was fantastic. Pissing scene was great, but my "almost choked" moment was when he spat out the coffee. I did think that that moment would be his awakening, but I suppose that may have been a bit cliche for Lynch.

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The FBI arc surprised me. It started as I expected – fairly light-hearted, again playing on Cole’s hearing issues and forthrightness, Albert’s one-liners (poor Mel), and the promotion of Denise (BWOAR) to head (also interesting to see the great Richard Chamberlain here, hopefully we see more of him). But the final two scenes – meeting evil Coop and then the discussion between Cole and Albert – really brought a tonal shift. Both were disconcerting, and ominous to say the least. The latter may just have been the best (certainly most compelling, intriguing) scene of this revival so far, quite brilliantly acted (Lynch would show up many ‘proper’ actors). Whereas these two had been largely comic relief until now, here, for the first time, you felt these characters may be imperilled, expendable, which is a concern as we love both of them. There was something about Cole’s hearing aid distortion here that was kind of unsettling in the context of the scene. As I said before, the way Lynch has shot this series, and the lack of music, adds a sense of danger that wasn’t always present in the original series. A tremendous conclusion to the episode.
Agree with the comments about Lynch. I've always liked his character (how could you not?), but he suprised me with his acting in episode 4, especially the final scene as you mentioned. Perhaps it's the fact that his character is always shouting that somewhat masks his talents. Ferrer is also great of course.

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I was thinking Annie, but you may be right with Diane.

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I loved the scene where Bobby saw the picture of Laura and we finally heard her theme again (!), which was all the more effective after the long wait. Sure the sequence was melodramatic but that was a big part of the old Twin Peaks, and I thought Ashbrook’s acting here was very strong. Him being a cop is another interesting development, I don’t think anyone saw that coming. Robert Forster slides right in with ease, a wonderful, steely addition to the series.
Was it just me, or has Bobby seemed to age x3 more than anyone else? It was nice to hear the theme again, in spite of my reservations about it. I do like that foreboding strings part of it though.

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Unfortunately I must end on the one real negative and by far the low point of the series so far. I’ve always hated Michael Cera and hoped he wouldn’t taint this great show, but it seems he can’t even do that right. I truly hope his role was a one-off, as it was one of the most excruciatingly awful things I’ve had to sit through for some time (it seemed to go on forever). It was painfully unfunny (the writing was diabolical), and felt extremely indulgent and unnecessary. Given the name and attire I imagine he was doing some kind of rancid Marlon Brando impression, which is all the more galling given what a brilliant actor Brando actually was. The scene was just ill-advised in the extreme, and I’m surprised Lynch didn’t confine it to the cutting room floor where it belonged (why he bothered filming it in the first place, and indeed casting Cera is also beyond me). If you want humour, then just go with the Coop stuff, as this is abominable. I’ll forgive the episode this scene since the rest was so good, but if he starts appearing regularly we could have a big problem.

Moreover, what has happened to Andy and Lucy? Before they were kind of goofy and somewhat endearing, but now they’re completely retards - why? Plus Andy looks a right fat cunt. Their comic sequences don’t really seem to have a place in the show as it is right now, I’m sorry to say (we’re not talking Wally Brando bad of course, they’re tolerable). They just feel off. At the very least, try adding a bit of playful music to help things along. How Hawk and Truman haven’t murdered the pair of them (and their cunt son) at some point during the past 25 years is frankly astonishing.
The Michael Cera section was a bit long, but harmless IMO. I wasn't too bothered by it. Truman/Forster's reactions made it worthwhile enough. My main issue is (as you say) with Andy and Lucy. Their stupidity is out of place.

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Unfortunate to end on a sour note but there you are, I think I've raved enough anyway. Oh one more thing - I’m not a fan of each episode ending with a performance, it doesn’t really seem to fit outside of episode 2 where they worked it around a scene. Plus the bands are shit.
I don't have an issue with the music itself, but it would be nice to work it in with an actual scene like episode, rather than just tacked on at the end.

Also, I noticed the NowTV thumbnail for episode 4 featured Shelly and Norma(?) but they weren't in the episode at all? Bit odd.
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While Bobby does look like he's been hit by lightning, he looks better than the initial photos suggested.
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The weakest episode this season for me, no major developments thought the Dougie stuff was great. Although I do want Coop to come back asap...
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It perhaps was the weakest, though it was never going to keep up that kind of rampant start and might now ease into a slower rhythm (I say that despite this episode, the first half at least, reverting to the sort of hectic, disjointed editing of the first two episodes).

The Dougie stuff was amusing though not as effective as last week - the workplace scenes perhaps dragged on a little long longer than necessary. The scene with him shedding a tear over his son was the sort of unexpected poignant bits that lie at the heart of Twin Peaks. McLachlan continues to do sterling work in both roles, which continue to showcase his diversity as an actor.

Quite a few boys turning up this week. I had hoped Tom Sizemore would get a meatier, more nasty role, but still, it's nice to see him get a decent gig these days. Robert Knepper (who looks great btw) and Jim Belushi (?!) seem to have an intriguing role, it will be interesting to see now if Dougie does indeed return to the casino, as I can't imagine they'd introduce them otherwise (lest they are involved in stuff outside of there). I almost didn't recognize Ernie Hudson for a second, which is odd given that the man has barely aged. Very intriguing to see the Pentagon involved with Major Briggs, but again, I just wish he was still with us.

I really enjoyed the Alex Jones style arc for Dr Jacoby, they could do a lot of interesting stuff with that. Given all the apparent weird conspiracy shit in that recent tie-in book I expect there will be a lot more to his ramblings than meets the eye. We saw Nadine here, but no Big Ed? I demand to see him next week.

I think the episode really came together in the last third. The scene in the Bang Bang Bar took a real nasty turn, and I have to say, whoever that guy is, he's very good (quite a serpentine look to him). Between him and the scum cunt who Amanda Seyfried is seeing, you can't help but think there's a few sick arseholes still in Twin Peaks, and that many of its young women are not safe. The final scene with Evil Coop was fantastic. The result of him 'dialling' that number scared the shit out of me, I wasn't expecting that. No idea what the 'Mr Strawberry' and 'The cow jumped over the moon' stuff was about but I can't wait to find out. Also, that glimpse of Buenos Aires must be related to Agent Jeffries given his time in Colombia. It feels odd that he's such an important presence here and yet most likely won't be scene. How could you Bowie?
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Was it just me, or was that midget's flat/room to scale?
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My only real complaint about this one was the ending scene, which felt anti-climactic. I'd have moved that to earlier in the episode, and either gone with Hawk finding the papers (the missing pages from Laura Palmer's diary?) or, moreso, Albert finding Diane. And yes, I'm still not a fan of the performances at the end. I hope they mix it up more like with the last episode.

Some more Dougie hilarity (the handshake scene especially) but also tender moments with his son (it's kind of sad to think his real dad has been snuffed out, they were clearly close). That music accompanying much of his scenes here is probably the first memorable piece of the new series, it's very good. Naomi Watts is also very good in this arc. Nice to see Jeremy Davies as well, I wonder if we'll see more of him.

So the crazy cunt is Richard Horne? Interesting. He must be related, so I'm thinking Audrey's son? In which case, could evil Coop be the father, explaining Richard's dementedness? In the first episode, one of the clues the Giant mentioned to good Coop concerned 'Richard and Linda', so perhaps that's why. Could Linda be a twin sister we've yet to see?

The bit with the drug dealer was bizarre, though in a good way (fuck knows what the coin shit was about). His 'bad liver' line

The scene with the kid - I have to think the acting of the extras (and driver) was intentionally awful, to the point of being (un)intentionally hilarious. Harry Dean Stanton however was excellent, I thought he'd be much more cancerous given he's 90. It was clear from FWWM that there's more to his character than meets the eye so I imagine we'll find out more here.

Ali - I didn't notice, but I did observe that the chap is reasonably well-proportioned for a midget, whatever you want to call him. I like to think Dougie will snuff him out when the time comes.
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Good episode. Loved Coop's midget takedown (including the very 90s punch sound effects). Looks like his "awakening" is coming soon.... hopefully. There's a week break after the next episode for 4th of July, that would be a good time.

What was the deal with the cancerous old husband bloke? Am I supposed to know who he is? The way it was filmed implied so.

I hope Lynch has put that Skype sponsorship money to good use.
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It was a terrific episode, particularly the first half-hour which was very heavy on exposition (much of it also taking place in Twin Peaks - between that, a rare use of the familiar music during the scene with Andy waiting by the car and the ominous overhead landscape shots, it felt very much like old Twin Peaks). Those aside, the scene with Diane and Evil Coop was tremendous. It's a testament to MacLachlan that he can make me laugh in one scene and creep me out in another. If you'd have ask me before the season began I wouldn't have said his take on 'Bob' could be so intense and unsettling, but I've been proven wrong. His scenes in the prison have been a highlight of the series so far, and fuck knows what kind of shit he'll get up to now he's out. It's apparent he raped Diane and we also have the suggestion that he 'visited' a comatose Audrey on the night he got out. Could he have impregnated her here, with Richard his spawn? Indeed, did Bob make a habit of spreading his seed? Could Diane have a child, maybe the Linda mentioned in conjunction with Richard by the Giant in the opener? And will Philip Jeffries figure into this, could Bowie have possibly filmed anything? So many questions.

That said, by far the scariest thing in this series so far is that fucking horrible hobo like person, first glimpsed in the second episode and now again in that very unsettling corridor cameo (we didn't see his face this time). Lynch knew how to make this highly effective with minimal exposure. We know that he's about, and he's involved in things somehow, without knowing anything about him. Hell, he could be 'good' for all I know, but right now that's little solace to me. I strongly suspect things will get a lot worse before they get any better.

Ali - I don't think we're supposed to recognize the cancerous cunt, he's just some cunt with cancer. Nice cameo for Doc too, I suspect that will be the last we see of the poor bastard. And yes, the scene with Dougie dealing with that midget cunt was excellent, another moment of awakening for him.

I feel like the series took an earnest step forward with this episode, the pieces clicking into place. Hopefully the momentum is continued next week. And for fuck's sake give us a glimpse of Big Ed would you, we've seen just about every other cunt by now.
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Outstanding
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The most perplexing hour of television I've ever seen. Here's my summary, please correct me if any of it is incorrect, not sure if the order is quite correct though:

- Booper gets shot, soot hobos revive him.
- NIN play a terrible song, but the Asian backing singer is cute.
- Bomb in 1945 causes weird baby thing (Mother?) to give birth to Bob black bubble.
- Soot hobos destroy a gas station (?).
- Weird insect thing comes out of egg.
- Giant finds out about some of the above, and gives birth to Laura Palmer golden bubble, fat lady seems quite pleased about it.
- Young couple have a pleasant date.
- Soot hobo kills woman by crushing her skull, then recites poetry over the radio causing people to faint while crushing a man's skull.
- Weird insect thing crawls into girl's mouth.
- The end.
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I actually thought that NIN song was pretty good, probably the best of those we've been subjected to this season anyway.

This was mostly fantastic (especially the hobo flashback stuff), chilling, intense and bizarre in equal measure. Can't remember the last time I see anything as bold as this, at least on TV. Perhaps the closest we'll get to an origin episode of sorts, and yet we've more questions still. I hope they do more flashbacks but I suspect we won't see anything like this again, so it must be savoured.

BOB and the Black/White Lodge residents have long existed, though the Manhattan Project obviously created some kind of rift or circumstances which enabled him to be brought into this world - I think at some point Albert referred to BOB as 'the evil that men do', so it makes sense in that regard. The idea that Laura might have been sent to combat him is very intriguing, and perhaps explains why he was so eager to possess her and yet ultimately thwarted. Somehow, she may hold the key to his demise in the long run.

Was that vile bug/frog thing the early genesis of BOB or Laura? If Laura, you're tempted to say the girl was Sarah Palmer, but I'm not convinced for several reasons. 1) That thing, and the whole 'entrance' sequence, was vile. Surely it can't have been a force for good; 2) It seemed to be aided in its search for a 'host' by The Woodsman, who, again, surely can't be a force for good. Apparently, Leland was born c.1945, so if it is to enter him via that 'Robertson' character, I guess it would have to be soon after this (1956). I wonder if we'll see this event now? They'd have to get someone good to play Robertson, I'll say that much. They should probably not show him fully, but suggest somehow that he resembles BOB.

Was the convenience store glimpsed in the background at various points that which the spirits convene in during Fire Walk With Me? Seems too much of a coincidence to suggest otherwise. But what are the 'soot ghosts'? Are they all evil? At the moment they seem to be aiding BOB, which would suggest as much. Who is The Woodsman? In FWWM there was a woodsman character in that convenience store played by Jurgen Prochnow. I'm guessing this is intended to be the same character? I know there's some speculation he was the husband of the Log Lady, who died in a fire on their wedding night, where he apparently 'met the devil'. Sounds ominous. This would explain his appearance, but then, why do the hobos under him look similar?

Philip Jeffries clearly lives, but will we see him, that's the question. I have to wait two weeks for this shit, fuck you Showtime. Right now this is making all other TV seem irrelevant (which is easy for me to say, since I'm not watching anything else now that BCS has finished).
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