Monica Bellucci solves crimes in David Lynch’s dreams, Diane is Janey-E’s half-sister, and Andy is newly enlightened after taking a trip to the other side — phew! “Part 14” certainly isn’t short on talking points, but to claim reasonable comprehension would be a long shot. But that’s OK. Lynch’s black-and-white dream sequence foreshadowed an episode that played out just like it: Much was said, much was seen, but it’s not the literal interpretation of clues that matters: It’s learning how to believe in the impossible.
Like an inverse interpretation of the series’ more introspective dream episodes (i.e., “Part 3” and “Part 8”), this hour was filled with exposition while Lynch’s imagination ran amok. The former served as a distraction from the latter; all that information was really just set-up for events to come, while the true meaning of “Part 14” came from the unknown.
Big Secrets Spill Out in ‘Part 14,’ But the Truth Lies Within David Lynch’s Dreams (Ben Travers / IndieWire)
Who Is the Dreamer? (Noel Murray / The New York Times)
Several times during this season of “Twin Peaks,” right before an episode has ended with a musical performance, the show has featured brief scenes of young people talking at the Roadhouse. Sometimes these characters have returned later. But for the most part, these sketches have been disconnected to anything else happening on the show. They’ve functioned more as a reminder that the current generation of fresh-faced Twin Peaks residents is as mired in melodrama as Donna Hayward, Audrey Horne, Laura Palmer, James Hurley and Bobby Briggs once were.
This week, though, the chitchat’s more meaningful than usual. Again, two young women are drinking and talking, unpacking some recent moment of distress in their lives. But when one mentions that her mother’s name is Tina, the soundtrack turns portentous. Observant viewers may remember that “Tina” is the name of the woman whom Audrey’s husband Charlie called to find out what happened to Audrey’s missing lover Billy. Now Tina’s daughter is talking about how she was one of the last people to see Billy alive, when he showed up unannounced at their house and bled all over their kitchen.
We still don’t know much about Billy or Tina, or how this all connects to Audrey. But it’s possibly meaningful that when Tina’s daughter is telling her story, she can’t recall whether her uncle was there that night or not. The deeper she goes into the anecdote, the less it sounds like she’s describing something that actually happened to her, and the more it sounds like she’s trying to recollect the details of a dream.”
Stairway to Heaven (Sean T. Collins | Rolling Stone)
You never know how and when Twin Peaks will push you to the brink of tears – all you know is that it will. Perhaps it happened in this week’s episode when FBI Director Gordon Cole recalled the last sighting of his old partner, Agent Philip Jeffries – played by David Bowie, shown alive and well 25 years ago in a clip from Fire Walk With Me. Maybe it was when Sarah Palmer staggered into a local bar for a drink, all but begging a loudmouth goon down the bar to leave her alone. (This scene takes a radical left turn from there, but still.)
Or maybe the moment that got you may have been when the vortex in the sky opened up and none other than Deputy Andy Brennan traveled to the world beyond. Yes, our good-hearted, simple-minded hero is rewarded at last for a lifetime of kindness with a glimpse of the strange but benevolent being who’s working to stop the spread of the Black Lodge’s evil. Seeing Andy in that backwards-talking land was like the granting of a wish you didn’t know you had.
The Plot Thickens (Tom Huddleston | BFI)
The scene in the woods was the heart of the episode, paying gentle homage to a similar trek made by Cooper, Hawk, Truman and Doc Hayward all the way back in 1990 while weaving in elements of The Return’s own complex mythology. There was something ineffably right about seeing Andy confronting interdimensional forces, the lines in Goaz’s face beautifully stark in monochrome. The aftermath was gorgeous too, as Bobby, Frank and Hawk (Michael Horse) seemed to disintegrate and reform in the shadow of Jack Rabbit’s Palace, before Andy strode into the clearing and everything snapped into focus once more.