Twin Peaks season 3 is exquisite, but why am I so unenthused by it?

Samuel Brace on Twin Peaks season 3…

Twin Peaks season 3 (The Return) had been something fans of the show, and of David Lynch, were dreaming of for years, and its revival has provided television viewers with some truly incredible moments, and some seriously beautiful filmmaking. But there is something about the resurrected series that just isn’t working. There is something about it that is leaving me a little indifferent to its existence.

David Lynch is a master, one of the few left in the world of cinema. His content has enraptured us for decades, inspiring a thought process regarding his work matched by very few in the business. There is nothing quite like a Lynch movie or episode of Lynch TV. The likes of Mulholland Drive (my personal favourite Lynch film), Blue Velvet, and The Lost Highway have so much to offer for those willing to have their minds twisted and tormented to discover the secrets buried within them. It’s a remarkable experience letting a film by Lynch wash over you, and it certainly isn’t for everyone.

When Twin Peaks season 3 finally began its run on Showtime, one was very quickly aware that Lynch wasn’t messing around. He had been away for quite some time; his last feature film was Inland Empire in 2006. It was obvious that this iconic director wasn’t going to be pulling any punches. Lynch had a lot of creative energy surging inside him and Twin Peaks was where he was going to let it all out. The result was a Twin Peaks that was more Lynchian than ever before, and in places, perhaps more Lynchian than ANYTHING he has produced to this point. It’s been quite something to witness. Twin Peaks has become a vehicle for every creative impulse he has seemingly ever wanted to bring to screen. The results have been stunning, providing audiences with some of the most bizarre, odd, and breathtaking imagery in the history of the medium.

Part of the fun, with regards to the return of Twin Peaks, is seeing just what he and co-creator Mark…

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