Even though several of the characters and story threads are returning and continuing from the original run of Twin Peaks (1990-91), much of The Return's style and tone is distinctively its own. This creates a new Twin Peaks experience with a vibe that is both familiar yet foreign, too.
In a TV environment shaped by the classic Twin Peaks, many in the press speculated whether the new Twin Peaks could possibly be as groundbreaking and original in our current day and age. And the answer is a resounding yes.
Of Parts 1 and 2, amid all the Black Lodge insanity dominating poor Agent Cooper's story line, this simple scene showing Shelly Johnson and James Hurley briefly acknowledge each other across the crowd at the Roadhouse is a welcome relief in a familiar environment. The Chromatics are great on stage playing music that feels like the modern equivalent of Julee Cruise's crooning songs from the classic series.
Even though we have not seen all the familiar faces return yet, and Agent Cooper's fate is still uncertain, David Lynch ends this two-parter on a hopeful note. So even though there are new, crazy things to try to get our minds wrapped around, a slew of new characters to get to know, and very different story and style to adapt to, this final scene at the Roadhouse reassures us that we as an audience are in good hands and we have arrived home.
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