Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me ★★★★★

"When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out. The tender boughs of innocence burn first, and the wind rises, and then all goodness is in jeopardy."

After binging the first two seasons, I can safely say Twin Peaks is one of my favorite shows ever. And this continues the spirit and story of the show flawlessly. Where the show leans into the comedic and weird, this goes all in on the darker elements and insanity surrounding its mythos. Some might be frustrated that mainstays reappear in a small role, but at the end of the day, it's Laura's story, and that's the most important thing here. Sheryl Lee gives it all she's got here, and might I say, her reprisal as Laura - finally getting the character development she deserves - is the best part of the whole thing. In a fallen world, innocence can never truly stay innocent, the evil lingering on, and the "good" always have something going on under the surface. And all the while, us fans are just counting down the minutes until the heartbreaking, infamous events that started this whole monstrosity actually happen. You can just feel Lynch's frustrations with how the show ended in its original incarnation leaping out at you, from the constant references to TV, to the general hateful nature of Deer Meadow's residents. But all the while he continues and adds to its legacy with his iconic expressive storytelling and colorful cast of new and returning characters. If anything, the film's main through line (even as a continuation of its theme from the original series) is that in the worst of times, even death can bring about a form of catharsis. Though it never truly reaches closure to its zig-zag patterns of a mythos, but don't let it dissuade you - Fire Walk with Me is a triumph of a transition, even if it doesn't truly mean the end.

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