Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me ★★★★

In the very best moment of the original Twin Peaks (the final scene of Season 2 Episode 7), a wave of inexplicable sadness crashes over the Roadhouse bar. Bobby looks up, confused. Donna suddenly begins weeping. Cooper simply stares ahead in silence, seemingly aware on some cosmic, unknowable level that he has failed. It has happened again. For all the original show's playfulness and bursts of extraordinary surrealism, this quiet scene is the moment that has resonated the strongest with me on both watches.

Fire Walk With Me is the shrieking, anguished antithesis to all the cheery, one-day-at-a-time optimism of Twin Peaks, a complete recontextualization of its world and characters (remarkably strengthening, rather than breaking, the emotional continuity between the two parts despite their intense tonal differences), and the saddest, most empathetic character work from David Lynch. A never-ending nightmare of eternal pain and a guardian angel too late.

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