DATELINE: We See Dead People
Late David Bowie With Early MacLachlan
If we have learned any lesson this season, it is there is no such thing as a spoiler in Twin Peaks 3. David Lynch’s surreal series is moving toward its conclusion, and the old characters, however dead they may be, are still viable plot movers.
Old time fans will be glad they have hung on to the lunacy by this time. Lynch now has begun to weave clips of the original show, 25 years ago, into the new plot.
This episode featured old Lynch as FBI Director Cole recounting a dream to Miguel Ferrer as his assistant Albert. In it, we see dark-haired young Lynch in conversation with young, still-dark haired Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Cooper. Director Cole’s old partner and friend shows up from 25 years ago, and it is none other than the late David Bowie.
He is in a scene with the late Miguel Ferrer.
Dana Ashbrook is now on the Twin Peaks Police Force, and James Marshall is now a night watchman in the infamous Twin Peaks Hotel. There, he works with a British boy who looks like his son—and has been directed to Twin Peaks by cosmic forces to find his “destiny.”
Lynch continues to be a grand proponent of directing actors to stare blankly at each other. It is both insightful and hilarious. He does it best with Ferrer who notes the absurdity of the universe.
We now learn too the connection between missing agent Dale Cooper, his assistant Diane, and the weird counter-point of Naomi Watts as Mrs. Dougie Jones.
The episode is dedicated to the memory of David Bowie who probably wished he could return to reprise his role in this grandiose season.