It doesn’t matter what you anticipated from the return of Twin Peaks, it most likely wasn’t The Gordon And Albert Present. However for higher or worse, The Gordon And Albert Present is what we’re getting, and I’m discovering it surprisingly fascinating. The dynamic between these two longtime colleagues and mates is rock-solid, impervious to the generally sharp phrases they alternate, and deeply, affectionately respectful. In “The Return: Half 12,” they formally prolong that respect to their junior colleague, letting Tammy in on the secrets and techniques that arose within the wake of Venture Blue Ebook and alluring her to hitch the Blue Rose process drive.
This was sure to occur, however there’s actual weight in letting Albert share the information together with her whereas Gordon sits on, the quiet, proud mentor. Albert’s speech violates the usual rule of present, don’t inform, nevertheless it’s nonetheless reasonably gratifying (and slightly disquieting) to think about Tammy being groomed for this place since highschool. However it’s not the dialogue of the Blue Rose instances that electrifies this episode’s opening. That honor goes to Diane.
As soon as once more, the staging is designed to subtly exclude Diane whilst she joins the group. They’re consuming wine (three bottles from Gordon’s cellar for 3 folks) whereas Diane drinks vodka; although Albert rises to supply her a drink, he leaves her to crack the bottle open and pour it herself. As she does, Albert affords her a place as deputy investigator—“on a brief foundation,” Gordon emphasizes, “as a result of we actually want your assist.” And since they should keep watch over her and her secret communications with Darkish Coop.
However Diane’s secrets and techniques go deeper than textual content messages. Her entrance, passing by means of pink velvet curtains into the chamber the place Gordon, Albert, and Tammy sit, hints on the Crimson Room, and so does her response to their provide. As a whirring noise builds within the background, she stabs out her cigarette, the higher to showcase her two-fingered salute as she channels The Man From One other Place and growls, “Let’s rock!”
“Half 12” does let some old-school Twin Peaks motion rock and roll, lastly delivering some long-awaited, well-known characters, although perhaps not as a nostalgic viewers would want. The looks of Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) is anticlimactic, even a type of reverse fan service. As a substitute of the good, playful, even impish younger lady she was, Audrey—launched verbally emasculating her husband Charlie (Clark Middleton) for his reluctance to spend the night time looking for her lacking lover—is bitter and offended.
This scene might function a take a look at case for a way a lot a viewer could be manipulated into caring about characters they’ve by no means seen or heard of. Audrey’s fear for Billy isn’t as contagious because it could possibly be, just because the viewers doesn’t know Billy, doesn’t know Charlie, and barely is aware of this vicious, carping model of Audrey. Whereas Audrey spits invective and Charlie feebly bats it away, I discovered myself alarmed by how little I cared, till I put Audrey’s fears and emotions in context.
Audrey has suffered within the 26 years since we’ve seen her, if her son’s conduct to his grandmother is something to guage by. She dreamed of Billy “bleeding from the nostril and mouth,” she tells Charlie, “and desires generally harken a reality.” Audrey discovered the language of dream messages from Dale Cooper. She spurns Charlie’s more and more limp excuses (his paperwork, his deadline, his sleepiness, the brand new moon), asking, “For those who had been lacking, would you need folks ending their fucking homework earlier than they went searching for you?” Audrey is aware of about folks going lacking, too: Laura Palmer and Ronette Pulaski each “went lacking” whereas they had been all in highschool collectively, Audrey herself was held for ransom at One Eyed Jacks, and he or she presumably is aware of about Cooper’s disappearance… and probably, to her sorrow, about his return as Darkish Coop.
Then the scene descends right into a one-sided cellphone name between Charlie and the unseen Tina, and paradoxically turns into extra suspenseful the much less we all know. The pointed slowness of this sequence—the rotary-dial cellphone, Charlie’s final look at his deal with e-book, his half-spoken sentences and repeated makes an attempt to wind down the decision—is punctuated by Audrey’s frantic gestures and eyerolling, and the suspense is teased by Charlie’s last exclamation, “Unbelievable, what you’re telling me!” However even on the finish, the viewers by no means learns what Tina has instructed Charlie, as a result of Audrey by no means learns it.
Sarah Palmer, seen briefly within the premiere, makes an extended look in “Half 12.” Grace Zabriskie imbues Sarah’s breakdown on the market with a delicate, painful vary of feeling: creeping disquiet, concern, anger, sorrow, and an undercurrent of concern for these children bagging up her groceries—and particularly for the cashier, whose youth and blonde hair may remind her of Laura. “Your room appears totally different now,” Sarah virtually whispers to the younger lady earlier than dissolving into panic. “Issues can occur!” she warns them. “One thing occurred to me.”
Then there’s a unique form of concern: concern of how she’s behaving, how she’s being seen to behave. Struggling to manage her outburst, Sarah interrupts her personal bellowed “I don’t really feel good. I don’t really feel good!” to mutter, “Sarah, Sarah, cease doing it, cease doing it, cease doing it” adopted by a surprisingly sprightly “Depart this place” as she abandons her $133.70 price of groceries (two bottles of tomato juice, the final three bottles of a sale model of vodka, and a carton of Salems) and walks out. “Discover the automobile key, discover the automobile key. Get the automobile key. Get the goddamned automobile key!”
By the point Hawk knocks on her door, Sarah has collected herself virtually nicely sufficient to reassure him. Nearly. However a clattering of glass from inside the home (although Sarah insists she’s alone) and her snarl as she blurts out, “Definitely a goddamned dangerous story, isn’t it, Hawk?” are sufficient to tip him off that one thing is amiss with Sarah, and virtually definitely one thing worse than alcoholic delirium or an unbalanced psychological state. In spite of everything, the ceiling followers are again on on the Palmer home, and that’s at all times been a harbinger of in poor health. Reluctantly, he leaves, after telling her with profound gentleness to name if she wants assist “of any form.”
Like Charlie’s name to Tina, the extended leave-taking of Gordon’s French visitor as she slips her costly footwear again on, re-applies her lipstick, and savors a final sip of wine is slightly comedy of delay. Conversely, the lengthy silent takes of Gordon and Albert dealing with off with significant stares is an train in how little it takes to conjure up feeling—laughter, stress, apprehension—between identified characters. Their alternate of seems to be is eloquent sufficient; it doesn’t want phrases. However when Gordon clasps Albert’s shoulder and tells him, “Albert, generally I actually fear about you,” the priority of the character rings deep and true—and even deeper for viewers who know Miguel Ferrer by no means lived to see the revival air.
Lots of the characters in Twin Peaks: The Return are sketched out fairly than drawn with element. However that isn’t essentially an impediment to experiencing the emotional actuality of most scenes. In “Half 12,” Carl calls over a beforehand unseen tenant of the newly relocated Fats Trout trailer park, calls for to know if he’s promoting blood, asks if he’s been performing free chores across the park, and eventually sends him off with slightly money and a month of free hire. There’s no obvious connection to the broader material of the collection, however the complicated feelings of the scene—Kriscol’s (Invoice O’Dell) preliminary misgivings, his confusion, his reduction, and Carl’s gruff generosity as he tells his tenant to “maintain your blood”—are palpable.
Like Audrey and Charlie’s combat and Charlie’s cellphone name, the ultimate scene on the roadhouse tries to gin up curiosity in unknown, unseen characters, however with much less success. Natalie (Ana De La Reguera) and Abbie (Elizabeth Anweis) discuss a love triangle between Angela, Clark, and Mary, and fear over Angela’s emotional fragility after her mom’s demise, solely to be interrupted by their buddy Trick (Scott Coffey), who arrives nonetheless shaking from a site visitors accident. A technique or one other, their mates are having shut calls with catastrophe. As Sarah Palmer instructed her checkout clerk, and as Audrey might inform her husband, “Issues can occur! One thing occurred to me.”
Issues can un-happen, too. Occasions can’t be undone, however the wrongs they trigger could be righted. Ben Horne appears to have turned over a brand new leaf as efficiently as Bobby Briggs. And always remember Dale Cooper, who’s slowly making his approach again into the world. So slowly.
The final phrases of “The Return: Half 7” are “He’s a free man once more,“ “A free man,” and “Whoopie.” Make of that what you’ll. I’d like to say it applies to Dale Cooper, however the best way he let Sonny Jim’s baseball bonk off his brow throughout their recreation of catch, I don’t suppose our Particular Agent is any nearer to arrival than he was final week.
- Nice buzz advertising: Whereas Warden Murphy’s son wails over Daddy’s freshly bloodied corpse, Hutch tells Chantal, “Subsequent cease, Wendy’s.”
- What about that automobile Trick describes operating him off the highway? Is it too late to be Richard Horne leaving city? Or too early to be Darkish Coop arriving? Or is it only a random near-miss, one other instance of how “Issues can occur,” and the way they are going to occur finally to all of us?
- Is there something… um, flawed with the turkey jerky? Did I miss an apparition or an allusion? Or is that only a terribly apt instance of how inexplicable and random the triggers for panic and bone-deep terror could be?
- Sarah calls the shop “the grocery,” however Keri’s Handi-Mart seems to be extra like a type of small-town common shops that’s half meals market and half, nicely, “I believe you say comfort retailer.”