'Twin Peaks: The Return' Episode 1, Parts 1 and 2 David Lynch
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 “I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange” –Special Agent Dale Cooper

Enigmatic writer and director, David Lynch, returns 25 years later with co-creator and writer Mark Frost to the mist-laden forest town of “Twin Peaks” where the secrets and the coffee are dark. Back as well is the composer of the haunting scores the original series and film, Angelo Badalamenti. Badalamenti is a favorite of Lynch who scores many of his films.

The two-part first episode of “Twin Peaks: The Return” is strange, confusing and a terrible introduction to the world of Twin Peaks if this is your first exposure. For fans, these two-one hour episodes are strange, confusing and a wonderful whetting of the appetite.

Taking place in multiple locations with a large cast of quirky and many unfamiliar characters, episode one, part one feels like it’s laying the ground work to explain one of the more avant-garde threads of the original series: The Black Lodge. The path we are to take as passengers in Lynch and Frost’s vehicle is utterly unclear from this first half of the episode. Part 2 brings more pieces together.

Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is still waiting in the dream-like purgatory of the Black Lodge where familiar characters such as Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) offer cryptic clues and obtuse instructions for him and for us.

Sprinkled throughout are the longed-for brief glimpses into the lives of the characters we’ve returned to see. The series (and later the film, Fire Walk With Me) left 25 years ago with a lot of questions unanswered.

After one episode, no one, this writer included, knows what the hell is going on. Fans know that in Twin Peaks, as in life, secrets have layers and some things are unknowable. Whether the secrets of the universe and the residents of Twin Peaks are laid bare or kept close, this is where fans want to be: under the trees, at the Double R or the Bang Bang Bar. So, pull up to the counter and order a slice of cherry pie, consult the log, and rest easy because “that gum you like is going to come back in style.”

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