I always assumed that the 2nd book would take us through the events that occurred in the 25 years between the original series and the new one, similarly to how the 1st book told us everything that happened prior to the original series. But now I don't know if that even applies anymore with the timeline being so screwed.
>I'm a little iffy on the Green Glove guy vs. Evil Beach Ball Bob scene
You know, it's kind of incredible that so few people are talking about that. It was the big final battle and a massive collision of most of the threads of the series. It was what everything was leading towards, and it was crazy as hell. It says a lot that the finale kept topping itself so thoroughly over and over that people are treating the climactic destruction of Bob as a minor moment. It was an extremely effective scene. it melded Lynch's abilities to be absolutely terrifying with his absurd comedy simultaneously. It's such a hilariously stupid concept and the battle is dumb on so many levels, yet it's presented so intensely it creates a massive cognitive dissonance.
I haven't watched it again yet, though I will soon cus I've watched every other episode twice so far, but it's really been stuck in my head ever since it finished. If it did wrap up neatly that would have been fine but I'm not sure if it would have had the same staying power. And in a way they did give us that "normal" (so to speak) ending in part 17 with the main conflict of the story wrapping up before part 18 went off the deep end.
The Vertigo comparison didn't occur to me but I'd agree is a good one. What I was mostly thinking about is how this ending fits in with Lynch's other endings. I'm really glad I went back to rewatch all of his movies before this season started cus this finale uses just about every stylistic trait Lynch has ever used, and being familiar with the language of film he tends to work with and the dream-logic that he likes really helped to follow this. I can't imagine what people who never watched any other Lynch stuff are thinking of this (they probably hate it, but were they even still watching? I can't imagine a casual viewer even getting past the premiere let alone part 3 and then part 8).
I said at the beginning of the series that I thought it felt a lot like Mulholland Drive and structurally at least I think this ending still bears that out. If the Mulholland Drive TV show had been made I think it would have still ended the same way as the movie, but there just would have been more stuff in between. Much like Twin Peaks it would have been a whole season of one sort of thing and then a final episode where the bottom drops out and you're left to pick up the pieces.
I'm teetering on the edge of considering this a 10/10 masterpiece but I don't think I can go all the way with it yet. Some of the editing choices puzzle me. For instance, Cooper's face being laid overtop of part 17 for like 10 minutes only adds to the discomfort of those scenes so it was certainly effective, but I not really sure if I liked the decision.
Another odd thing that irked me was why did part 18 repeat the scene with Cooper leading Laura though the woods? It felt like a commercial break on a normal show where it repeats the pre-commercial cliffhanger before continuing on, which is something that this show has never done before. Part 18 didn't need to show that again, we literally just saw it a few minutes ago. Shouldn't we just pick up where we left off instead of rewinding the scene 30 seconds? It was clearly the exact same scene that we just saw happen so it's not like this is a different timeline or something. It totally breaks from the "18-hour movie" flow of the series.
Also while the red room scenes are always super cool I wasn't really into the fact that they showed so much of the premiere's red room scenes over again, they did add some other stuff in so it wasn't exactly the same but couldn't they have made the whole thing different? Also Ray Wise was in this show to say literally two words, I'd have thought he'd be traversing planes of existence much like Cooper, Jeffries, and Briggs all did. That guy is game for anything when it comes to acting jobs so I'd have thought Lynch would have found more for him to do.
I also didn't like that they gave Audrey so little material. I'm fine with her storyline, we all figured out more or less what her situation was, and it was pretty interesting for sure, but knowing that her final moments are episode 16 gives a big "that's it??" vibe. You've got Sherilyn Fenn on board for the show, why not use her more? We can speculate on how her story ties into the finale but I would have thought they'd give us a couple more tidbits at least. Like have someone mention Billy and Tina again, have Sherilyn Fenn play a different character like Sheryl Lee did, have the Charlie actor show up in the background for a second like The Cowboy at the end of Mulholland Drive, or maybe have the waitress at Judy's have a nametag that said "Audrey" (again, like MD). Just some tiny hint that she fits in somehow. We did get the Evolution of The Arm saying her line, so at least there's that, but ooooh I still really wanted a little bit more.
I'm going to wait on watching the whole thing from back to front until I get the bluray (when the hell are they going to announce that thing? I'll literally pay whatever overpriced cost they slap on it). The rewatch will be fascinating since just about every episode recontextualised what came before and the finale did that to a greater extent than any other episode. It's not just some crazy stuff that was tacked on at the end to mess with people (which was kind of the case with the season 2 finale as good as that episode was), this ending is what they were building the whole season towards and that makes this series all the more fascinating.