I’m pretty much loving the new Twin Peaks on Showtime. There are some bits here and there that seem awkwardly implemented or haphazardly introduced, but overall I’ve been very pleasantly surprised. My fear was that David Lynch, having been out of the filmmaking game for so long, would have lost his mojo. More specifically, that the series would have been little more than a re-tread of the original. No fear: his mojo is solidly in place, and bright, novel storytelling abounds.
The New York Times has written a lot on the return of Twin Peaks, including a good amount of favorable criticism. On episode (“Part”) 3:
Mostly though, this hour is pure, magnificent abstraction, right down to the unexplained few minutes of Dr. Jacoby’s spray-painting a rack of shovels. The rest of the series could be nothing but Kyle MacLachlan shouting “Hell-ooo-ooo!” at slot machines and this episode alone will have justified the entire “Twin Peaks” revival.
Thankfully, the other 3 hours have been equally worthwhile, which portends well for the remainder of the series: an auspicious beginning to be sure.
I’m really looking forward to this…