The nod to Marlon Brando’s “The Wild One” character is just the start.
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first four episodes of “Twin Peaks.]
Of all the confusing, confounding things on the return of “Twin Peaks,” we have no mixed feelings about one thing: Wally Brando.
The ingeniously named character shows up in the fourth episode of the season as a cameo by Michael Cera. Wally Brando (Brennan?) is the adult son of Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department receptionist Lucy (Kimmy Robertson) and deputy Andy (Harry Goaz), and was born on Marlon Brando’s birthday, April 3. While we had known Lucy was pregnant in the original series, Wally wasn’t born until after Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) went missing.
The 25 years that have passed have been kind to Wally Brando, who has taken to the open road on his motorcycle and stops by Twin Peaks to bring important messages to his folks and the town’s acting sheriff. Here’s why Wally Brando showed up at just the right time on the show.
1. Marlon Brando Tributes Are Always Timely
Of all of the Marlon Brando characters that Wally Brando could have emulated, biker Johnny Strabler from “The Wild One” was the perfect choice. We haven’t seen many current references to him lately, but back in the 1950s, Johnny set the world on fire with his ringer t-shirt, leather jacket and cocked hat. He also fits Wally Brando’s itinerant lifestyle.
Then again, Cera’s performance is anything but the swaggering and belligerent Johnny. Instead, his speech is slow and deliberate… sort of like Don Corleone. He even mentions the word “godfather” a couple times. More on that below.
2. Wally Provided Some Exposition
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