David Lynch and Mark Frost returned last year to the dreamy world of Twin Peaks; a place relatively untouched since 1992’s criminally underrated horror masterpiece, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Despite the original cast and crew coming back, The Return feels like a whole new beast entirely. With Lynch directing all 18 episodes of the series, this rendition of Twin Peaks abolishes the quirky warmth of the hit ‘90s series, and instead, centers around the dark, nightmarish odyssey of protagonist Dale Cooper.
Twin Peaks: The Return stands out as a dazzling auteurist piece amid the dull landscape of contemporary television. In trademark Lynch fashion, it seamlessly blends extremely disturbing and horrifying sequences with hilarious, dreamlike moments of the surreal and the sublime. The series feels like a culmination of Lynch’s entire creative career thus far, incorporating elements from both his filmography and his artwork to form something wholly original and unique. Rife with brilliant characters, suspense, and incredible visual sequences, Lynch and Frost defy conventions. Instead, delivering a visceral, brooding nightmare unlike anything you’ve seen before.
While it’s certainly not for everyone, The Return is hands down one of the best TV series I have ever watched—or, at the very least, the most mind-boggling.