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“I will see you again in 25 years” – Laura Palmer, Twin Peaks finale, 1991. Close enough!

Just as Samurai Jack finally got to wrap things up (one day earlier, to be exact), a show even more overdue for a continuation gets just that. A show with a truly singular legacy. The series itself, which masterfully mixed all sorts of genres and tones, influencing decades of TV to come; the books, that delve into even more dark corners of the titular town; the film, which explored murder victim and town sweetheart Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) more intimately than ever; and the special Blu-Ray release which, among other things, showed us deleted scenes that would have restored some of the show’s eccentric humour and character for the film, but migh have ruined the pacing and the downright horrific mood. As Red Letter Media speculated, the final frame of the film, showing Laura smiling again at last, may have signified the end of her agony, but also the knowledge that at some point in the future, the tale will continue. The Black Lodge is said to exist outside of time and space, so who’s to say what its inhabitants know and do not know?

Indeed, Twin Peaks has finally returned and so too has David Lynch to the director’s chair after years of trying other things, along with fellow show creator Mark Frost. Set 25 years after the original series, as promised, it shows us what happened to the old characters we love – the quirky townsfolk, the law enforcement, the high school kids, the families, others we might see later – and how new characters are headed for a journey of mysteries and eccentricities they scarcely suspect. The camera work, lighting, ambience, scenery and music are just as powerful in this as they were back in the day, but complaints may arise as to how it is slower in pace and darker in mood. To me, it seemed appropriate. I bought for each second that this is truly what’d come of the world of Twin Peaks over the decades we never saw. It is sadder; it is more modern yet still so very familar (not unlike the closing song by Chromatics); the dark magic of the Lodge has spread.

Of course, there are some actors who will not be returning to reprise their roles, which is either due to disagreements or, well, death. This is especially unfortunate with characters like BOB, who are such a central part of Twin Peaks lore that it is hard to imagine the show without his sinister presence.

It’s reasonable to assume that BOB will continue roam the Earth in the form of, spoiler alert, the dark doppelgänger of Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan, still great) from the Black Lodge, wherein the real Agent Cooper still wanders. Re-casting him would be futile; nobody else could create a grin as bone-chilling as that of Frank Silva. The equally iconic Log Lady appears briefly, in the final scene Catherine Coulson shot before she too left us.

Having seen the opening two-parter, I can affirm that Lynch is still in great shape (not just the directing, but also the dream-esque horror imagery that no other artist would have conjured) and that out of all the countless reboots and continuations of the year, this is thus far the one I am the most satisfied with. Not too different, not too reliant on fanservice; it was like returning home to find that while things have understandably changed, it is still very much home. So put on some coffee, get yourself a plate of cherry pie, and share my joy that, indeed, the gum is back in style. Let’s rock!

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DISCLAIMER: This is a comedic article and if you truly have problems you should talk to a therapist and not me. But please do if you want, I am hilarious.

A lot of people who seemingly haven’t suffered enough will tell you to “Fake it ’til you make it”. Now how true could that be? If you claim that you’re doing great whenever someone asks you how you’re doing, surely it won’t help you actually feel less shitty? View full article »

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New video, folks! Fort Zancudo’s finalized metahuman experiment, Experiment Zero V2, is set loose to wreak havoc upon San Andreas. It is up to their previous experiment, Jesus “CarpenThor” Christ, to show what he’s made of and bring this monster back to Dr. Wilfred and the military. Alas, Wilfred fears that the time has come to deactivate CarpenThor, for good.

Meanwhile, Diana Leech finally unveils her true form; Ghostbones Skullrider collects more gear for the upcoming war against humanity; Misty keeps running from the military after outsmarting Norman Stillbourne; Tharkseid reveals the true nature of the space time anomaly at the bottom of the sea and Lois JewThor, who survived the attack of her husband Lex, gets a visit from another dimension and learns the true extent of her reality-warping abilities. That’s really where we’re at now.

Oh and here’s a video where the king of the truthers, Stephen Dawking, tears Bill Nye a new one for saying things on TV:

I love myself so much. Enjoy!

‘Get Out’ Review

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