David Lynch’s televisual masterpiece Twin Peaks returned to screens after a 26 year hiatus last night, but it seems initial excitement was quickly tempered by the familiar Lynchian feeling of “WTF.”
Sticking to the surreal plot and tangled web narrative formula, the show welcomed back familiar faces alongside a slew of new names. But rather than clear up any of the confusion from the goings on in season 2, those who tuned in were left with even more questions than before.
With expectations sky high — perhaps unrealistically so — the initial reaction to the first two episodes has been positive enough, if not a knockout. Scroll below for some of the best takes so far.
Tim Molloy, The Wrap
“God what a good show this is. Who cares who killed who?”
Alan Sepinwall, UPROXX
“I loved every plodding, baffling minute of it. … I went into the night terrified that all the usual TV revival problems would become exponentially worse when filtered through Lynch’s own storytelling eccentricities, and I came out of it exhilarated. Baffled at times, but exhilarated.”
Dan Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter
“What premiered on Sunday was as accessibly scary, disturbing and audaciously funny as many of the best parts of the original Twin Peaks, and nowhere near as hallucinatory and subtextually distilled as the prequel film Fire Walk With Me. …”
James Poniewozik, The New York Times
“Mr. Lynch’s mastery of tension persists. The script, by him and Mr. Frost, recognizes the power of silence and anticipation. And Mr. Lynch, who is directing the entire revival, still has his penchant for dualities and eerie beauty.”
Sonya Saraiya, Variety
“Twin Peaks: The Return is weird and creepy and slow. But it is interesting.”
Liz Shannon Miller, Indie Wire
“When it comes to the acting, there are a few performers who acquit themselves extremely well — MacLachlan is very much consumed by the supernatural plotlines, but he remains incredibly watchable and relatable, even when trapped in the most absurd of moments. But at least two of the big-name guest stars to drop by in Episode 4 are awkward to the point of inspiring outright laughter.”
Patrick Smith, The Telegraph
“The new Twin Peaks is intriguing and smart, with a percolating sense of dread and nerve-rattling score (Lynch was the sound editor). But in a crowded TV landscape of weirdly provocative series, it needs to work a little harder to remind us why it deserves to be remembered as a landmark in television drama. A damn fine revival? Not quite yet.”
Michael Ausiello, TVline
“It’s hard not to feel like I’ve been completely, utterly duped. The two-hour kickoff did not repair the damage wrought by Season 2. … To say I was disappointed by the revival’s indulgent, incomprehensible, taxing opening act would be a towering understatement.”
Mark Lawson, The Guardian
“Anyone coming fresh to the cult is likely to have been utterly bewildered. But they can take comfort that, by the end of the opening two episodes, both veterans and newbies will have been huddled together in Camp Bafflement. When Cooper says, early on, “I understand”, it’s a dark in-joke from Lynch.”
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