8:28pm PT by Chris E. Hayner
'Twin Peaks' Is Paving a Road to the Black Lodge
After taking a week off for the July Fourth holiday, Twin Peaks has returned with an episode that did a lot of heavy lifting for what's to come in the latter half of the season. While no big questions were answered in the episode, it looks as if the series is opening the door to the infamous Black Lodge in a much more public way than ever before.
In "Part 9," Sheriff Truman (Robert Forster), along with Bobby (Dana Ashbrook) and Hawk (Michael Horse), visited Bobby's mother, Betty (Charlotte Stewart), to ask about the day Major Briggs (Don S. Davis) met with Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) before his death. What they got in return was a note that the Major gave his wife more than 25 years ago to hold on to until this moment.
The message was a set of directions reading, "253 yards east of Jack Rabbit's Palace. Before leaving Jack Rabbit's Palace put some soil from that area into your pocket." It also lists two dates and a time, which are close at hand. A second note features a series of letters and numbers with the word "Cooper" appearing twice, leaving Hawk to note, "Two Coopers."
While Truman and Hawk have no idea what Jack Rabbit's Palace is, Bobby is a different story. He explained that while he doesn't know the exact location, his dad "took me to this place near where our station used to be. It was our make-believe world where we made up stories. I was the one who named it Jack Rabbit's Palace."
Given its connection to the two Coopers, it's entirely possible this means the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department will be closing in on the Black Lodge, which should be a sight to behold.
That said, it wasn't the episode's only clue to characters getting close to unlocking the Lodge's secrets. After several episodes without the mere mention of him, William Hastings (Matthew Lillard) played a major role in "Part 9," as Gordon Cole (David Lynch) and his fellow agents went to the jail he's being held in to question him about his connection to the body of a person identified as Major Briggs.
In their digging into his background, it's revealed that William runs a website called The Search for the Zone, in which he is looking for a bridge to another dimension he believes exists. In a spectacular piece of the show extending into reality, you can also visit the website to learn a bit more about William's thoughts.
Listening to him talk, it's clear that he's talking about the Black Lodge itself and even admits that he came into contact with the Major, which should be impossible given that he died over two decades ago.
All roads are leading back to this dimension that unleashed the entity of Killer Bob, the place responsible for multiple Coopers walking the Earth — neither of them necessarily the true Cooper.
With nine episodes down, the focus is now narrowing on the Black Lodge. With that, chances are things are going to get even more bizarre. However, it also means perhaps Cooper will finally come face-to-face with the people of Twin Peaks once again and perhaps viewers will figure out exactly what all of the mysteries of this new season mean. As MacLachlan previously told THR, "Ultimately everything will come back together and make sense. It will be clear."
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