The Twin Peaks Log: S.2 E.9
It was bittersweet watching this episode, considering the now uncertain fate of Twin Peaks season 3. As of this writing, David Lynch has stepped down from directing the series, and despite a billion #SAVETWINPEAKS hashtags and videos from the actors asserting that Twin Peaks (both the town and the show) needs Lynch, it’s unclear right now whether the new season will happen at all. So, now that all my hopes and dreams have washed up on a rocky beach wrapped in plastic, let’s move on.
Goodbye, Leland Palmer. After a harrowing close call with Donna in the Palmer home, Leland is finally captured by Cooper and the police and identified as Laura’s killer. The list of evidence might not stand up in court (“BOB and Leland both have white hair! Coincidence?! I think not!” is basically how it goes) but alas, BOB kills the host that has suddenly become a prison. Ray Wise’s performance as BOB-possessed Leland is fantastically over the top, full of white hot, snarling animal rage. And yet, when BOB’s spirit flees and all that’s left is a sad, dying man, Wise is heartbreaking. There’s a slew of horrific implications in his speech about how BOB possessed him when he was a child, and then wanted Laura—a heavy metaphor for a cycle of incest and abuse (though Leland had no conscious memory of it) that only ended when Leland, Laura, and Maddy were all dead. How sadly fitting then, that the item that points Cooper to Leland is a ring, or rather, a circle.
Kayleigh, that bit about the cycle of abuse and the symbolic ring is spot on.
I’ve also got the blues over the news that David Lynch might not direct the third season. Even seeing the recent photos released by Mädchen Amick doesn’t convince me that he’s for sure going to be a part of it. I’ve been burned too many times before to get my hopes up again. But feeling-jaded-from-season-three-rumors is actually good news. Don’t get me wrong, I love David Lynch and would love for him to direct the next season, but a little part of me is open to someone else directing it. If the news comes through that someone completely different has been tapped as the director, I’m not going to immediately write it off. I am open to other points of view at this time.
Getting back to the episode, I could have done without hearing about Andy’s sperms.
There are two schools of thought on Leland’s death scene. There are people that found it over-the-top and others that thought it was just right. A general complaint is that Leland’s speech after BOB leaves his body is overly wordy to be realistic, and that this long-windedness diminishes the emotional impact of his death. But, it’s also the final moments of a broken, wasted man that has full possession of himself for the first time after a long hiatus. I think it was just right in that the long speech gave agency to a character that had not been accessibly to the audience in a long time, if ever. If BOB was in control of Leland from the first episode, that may actually be the first glimpse we’re given of the real Leland, and he deserved a minute in the spotlight.