No seriously, did you watch Twin Peaks episode 7?
Episode 7 of Twin Peaks: The Confusion Retuns aired on Sunday, and I haven’t decided if this series is really smart, or really making fun of me trying to figure out if it’s smart. I can see David Lynch laughing right now, “Ha ha! That idiot watched a guy sweeping a floor for 3 minutes!”. I think the series as a whole toys with us, feeding us stuff that probably will never be touched on again, just as an in-joke. But after all that, seeing Dale Cooper karate chop a midget makes it all worth while. Priceless.
I think we can put the complainers to bed with episode 7, because this episode tops them all. To top it off, all we needed was some sort of relationship drama a la James and Donna, and it could have been the best episode yet, but the revelations more than make up for the pacing, which is laughing at us for wasting our time. Hawk and The Sheriff ™ talk about Laura’s missing diary pages, which they found in the bathroom. The Evil Cooper storyline also moved forward, as he breaks out jail, and the episode even touched on the Dougie.
The best part of the episode is undoubtedly the interview with Laura Dern and Evil Cooper. In fact, most of the episode with Laura Dern as Diane is good, and I can see that she’s a pretty good actress, even while playing a flimsy, undeveloped character. We don’t know much about her character, except through Cooper, and she plays that off like it’s all we need to know. And she’s pissed. She’s upset at Cooper for something, like a girlfriend playing Miss Reliable but really wants more than that. Dern’s Diane had a rendezvous with Evil Cooper or the Real Cooper at one point, and was hurt or left behind, which is why she’s pissed off. There will be more on that later on, no doubt.
Overall, this is a great episode. On the whole, this series feels like it has a consistent tone and pace, like one long movie. It flows and picks up often where the last episode left off. A lot of things connect together and there’s a lot of symbolism to reinforce the main themes. Kyle McClogClog is doing a great job, and doesn’t have to try very hard in this one, as Laura Dern eats up the screen. I still can’t get over the 3 minute sweeping scene, and it’s the only time in the episode I was dying for something to happen in a good way.