Carel Struycken and Joy Nash in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

If Part 7 was the most grounded installment of The Return, then Part 8 is the one that is by far the most out there. I’m not going to lie. I have no idea what is going on. That’s OK though because this is Lynch and I expect weirdness. We are not quite halfway through this eighteen-hour movie, so some visually stunning exploration of the metaphysical and interdimensional is perfectly acceptable. The music, the sound, the imagery and the sense of being out of time is fascinating and mesmerizing.

In this chapter, there is minimal forward movement of the story, and I do think that more is needed in this part. Bad Coop is double-crossed by Ray once again and survives with the help of soot covered and likely malevolent spirits. Ray promises “Phillip” he will take care of Cooper when he sees him again. I would have rather seen them both get to the “farm” before we got to the madness.

On its own, this part stands out as a clever aberration. It is an indulgence that sets a sensory tone without a conventional narrative and given the big picture scope of the Twin Peaks: The Return project, I’ll let it serve as a pause prior to intermission. I suspect that in the next episode on July 9 we will be immediately brought back to the conventional and familiar.

Twin Peaks: The Return Part 8
The Bottom Line
Mind blowing, hypnotic and disquieting, but nevertheless an important part of the mythos. If you’re that surprised, you haven’t been paying attention.
A mutant flying frog-roach and a beautiful yet unsettling soundtrack.
Riveting but arduous.