Twin Peaks: The Return ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

I never thought I'd say I'm disappointed to be giving something 3.5 stars, but I am in this case. I really enjoy a lot of this: the Dougie stuff is hilarious, Tim Roth and Jennifer Jason Leigh are fun to watch, Kyle MacLachlan is amazing - pretty much every performance is fantastic, actually - but my biggest issues really bothered me. Some of the subplots, specifically those involving Shelly's daughter and Audrey's son, feel to me as though they aren't necessary and are only there to satisfy viewer's yearn for part of the show to actually be in the town of Twin Peaks. I feel like overall there could have been more intensity, focus, and emotion in this season, but maybe that's just me. And then there's the conclusion to the series, which is where most of my frustration lies: it felt so anticlimactic. The penultimate episode has some cool stuff, but it wasn't very satisfying, specifically with Bob. We barely got to know Freddie - I felt very little for him - so the fact that this kid we just met two episodes prior and barely know anything about is the one who defeats the villain of the entire show just doesn't sit right with me (the rest of that episode is fantastic, though). And of course there's the finale... Man. I loved the final scene. But the rest was just sooo boring. I didn't feel any sort of tension, and that's partially due to another complaint I have: the whole season has an excess of really long, drawn out scenes and it annoyed me a lot. It felt like we couldn't just get to the point and had to wait for no reason at all. That is exactly what I felt for the whole finale from when Coop and Diane arrive at the motel to right before the final scene. I'm not annoyed or mad because it's different from the first 2 seasons, that's ok with me. Yes, it was an odd adjustment at first, but that was really only for like the first episode, and then it was fine. 

So let's summarize:
- too many lengthy scenes
- not much intensity, definitely a lot of intrigue tho
- some subplots feel pointless in the end/don't affect that story much and could have been utilized better
- I didn't mention this before, but I really didn't vibe with the random people in the roadhouse at the end of every episode. Just didn't care at all about that lol
- Some parts are way too anticlimactic in the last couple episodes
- Amazing performances from everyone
- Didn't say this earlier either, but Got a Light? has to be one of my favorite episodes of the entire show
- Entertaining for the most part, especially the FBI investigation and Dougie stuff

I also didn't even talk about the themes at all, but there's a reason: there's so much going on that I didn't have time to think about any of that, and I still haven't. It's also partly because nothing really jumped out at me to be incredibly deep or hard-hitting and I didn't deeply relate to any characters🤷‍♂️

I didn't intend to make most of this review just me complaining, but I'm just kinda disappointed that I didn't think it a masterpiece like most other people on here. Still really enjoyed it, though. Maybe I'll revisit this someday and end up liking it even more.

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