“This was one of the most exciting and interesting and deranged two hours of television that I have ever seen,” Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria gasps during the final installment of Gold Derby’s ongoing “Twin Peaks: The Return” video chat series (watch above). For the last video recap with our staff of writers and editors, Licuria is joined by contributing writers Charles Bright and Zach Laws to break down the labyrinthine storylines and bizarre plot twists of the concluding two episodes of this confronting, enchanting and invigorating masterpiece.
The revival, set 25 years after the original ABC TV drama “Twin Peaks,” stars Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Robert Forster and Naomi Watts among a cast of over 200 people with all 18 episodes written by creators David Lynch and Mark Frost and directed by Lynch. The final two episodes, which aired last Sunday on Showtime, resolved some of the story lines the featured throughout the series, but left audiences haunted and stunned by a nightmarish and inexplicable ending that will keep fans guessing and theorizing for perhaps another 25 years.
“I hate to speak in hyperbole,” Laws says, “but move over ‘Mad Men,’ move over ‘Breaking Bad,’ move over ‘Game of Thrones,’ move over ‘The Wire,’ move over ‘The Sopranos,’ this is the greatest television show ever,” he laughs. “At least one of the greatest!”
“The ending of this show, the last scene of this 19-hour show has really stuck with me and haunted me in a profound way,” Laws explains, adding that for him, the show was saying that “no matter how hard you try, you can’t change destiny and you can’t stop the inevitable. It’s really an unsettling message.”
“If it had ended at episode 17, it would have been very clear cut and a lot of people would have been satisfied. But let’s be honest, it wouldn’t have felt authentic to David Lynch,” Bright explains. Laws agrees, adding that the final few scenes are what stuck with him the most, reinforcing the themes of the series as a whole. “Agent Cooper is going to stay in this endless loop from now until the end of time trying to save Laura Palmer, and it’s never going to work. That was a profound way to end the series.”
For Licuria, although the ending might not have resolved every loose thread conjured up by creators Lynch and Frost, he thought it was a fitting way to end the show. “It has taken us a few days to get together because quite frankly I have needed a few days to collect my thoughts,” he admits. “It was a crazy, deranged nightmare vision that stuck with me … it really affected me. What else does that? Nothing! Nothing else affects me like that. And I’m really impressed.”
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