TV Club: Twin Peaks swerves into uncharted territory

One of these days, I’m going to write about David Lynch’s use of empty roads to spur uncertainty and dread. A few minutes into “The Return, Part 8,” I thought maybe this was the day. But David Lynch and Mark Frost had other plans. The many shots of a dark, unknowable road littering the episode’s opening serve a purpose, though, and it’s not only to show us the danger ahead—for Ray (George Griffith), for Dark Coop, for anyone whose path they might cross. It’s a signpost to the audience, too: There are swerves ahead.

A dark road with signs warning of a sharp curve. (Screenshot: Twin Peaks)

As I mentioned in my review of the Twin Peaks revival’s Showtime premiere, I make it a rule not to discuss the grades I assign to individual episodes. But after tonight’s episode, it feels like …

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