Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: great episode
From: OERONND@YaleVM.YCC.Yale.Edu
Date: 1990-11-11, 12:57

Wow! Yesterday's episode was among the best yet. It had superb camera work,
great suspense, enough plot twists for 100 postings, and typically Lynchian
humor. Some of the people I watched with were disappointed that Leland was
the killer, arguing that it was too obvious. (I have to admit that I thought it
 was going to be someone we really had not suspected at all). But Lynch is not
in anyway trying to adhere to the standards of the murder mystery, in which we
expect to be surprised and have all plots wrapped up when we learn who the
murderer is. We don't actually KNOW that Leland killed Laura yet. All we know
is that he killed Matty (and perhaps his wife), and that he was possessed by
Bob. We do not know if Bob is a separate, possessing spirit or an alter-per-
sonality.  From yesterday's show, the former seems likely. Why else, for
instance, would OAM have pointed, or seemed to point, to Ben, if he is not
another host for Bob? (OAM could be a HUGE red herring).
   The scene at the Roadhouse was extraordinary.  Completely aside from the
great music, it was the most atmospheric of any on the show. When Bobby, Donna
and Coop looked shocked (after Maddy is killed and the giant disappears), I was
 practically trembling. It's very interesting that Bobby should be one of the
'spiritually connected' (owls perhaps?). No surprise that James continues to be
clueless.  Coop's look of utterly helpless awareness of what the Giant meant
heightened both the terror and the tragedy of the scene.
    The scene of Maddy's murder (assuming she's dead) was the show's most
violent yet, and reminded me a lot of 'Wild at Heart',which I did not particula
rly like. Here though, with the clear suggestions of vampirism, and the palpa-
ble terror it evoked, the violence did not seem intended primarily for
aesthetic effect, as with all the violence of the movie. Also fascinating about
the scene is the way in which it beautifully hedged the question of whether or
not the supernatural is indeed involved. Proponents of both theories can con-
tinue their theorizing.
    Donna took Harold's death pretty well, considering that, as she realizes
herself, she is the main cause of it. James' words to the contrary cannot be
escecially comforting.
   Enough of my scattered reflections. It's Sunday afternoon and Yale's connec-
 tion to netnews still has not fed me any postings at all about last night's
episode, so I thought I would enter my thoughts into the void.