We already got the climax of the Janey-E plot with all the Cooper stuff in part 16 so this scene was mostly just wrapping up loose ends. If anything the weirdest thing is that this loose end was wrapped up at all, considering how many other things aren't wrapped up.
>>-You know, of all the Red Room stuff in all of TP, I think I've had the hardest time figuring out the purpose of MIKE.
I took him as being Cooper's ally in the red room. The red room no longer seems to be an altogether bad place, but it seems to be what it was originally described as "The Waiting Room". So it's only as evil as the beings present within it. And MIKE wants to help.
>>-Earn that paycheck, Ray Wise!
Yeah, I really wish they could have found more for him to do.
>>-Okay, why did Diane see a second Diane. Outside the motel. Do I even want to know...?
Time to start busting out the fan theories Billy Boy! And you thought Mulholland Drive had a lot of different interpretations.
>>-"Richard" and "Linda" in the goodbye letter?
Haha, yep you're gonna have to rewatch this thing a few times before this stuff with even begin to make sense. Watching the show as it aired people were debating what "Richard and Linda, 430, Two Birds One Stone, Listen to the Sounds" meant and that's mostly all in this epsiode, but good luck parsing it out without doing a few mental somersaults.
>>-Where the hell IS everybody in this episode?
Yeah that threw EVERYBODY when they watched it. It plays more like an epilogue than it does a finale. Part 17 was more of a "normal" ("normal" ha!) finale for this show.
>>When Maclachlan says it in 2017, he dominates and nearly kills three cowboys in a greasy spoon, resulting in one of the worst scenes Lynch has ever filmed.
I wouldn't go as far to say it's one of the worst scenes, but it's certainly among the most obtuse scenes in the series. Cooper deep frying guns and stuff... like whaaa???
>>-Uh, okay, Not-Laura has apparently killed some guy and we won't be getting any resolution on that unless there's even more TP coming down the pike.
I actually quite liked that detail of the scene. And also how Cooper has priorities and doesn't blink twice when he sees it. DID YOU SEE THE WHITE HORSE?!?!
>>-Interpretation of the ending...uhh....
Pretty solid for a first watch through interpretation. I think I've got it more or less figured out. But it took me reading Frost's books, reading a bunch of other people's interpretations, and seeing the show multiple times to reach that point. Of course I'd like a season 4. But what the heck would season 4 even be??? How the heck do you follow this ending?
>>-Oh this and episode 17 were some sort of two parter on Showtime?
It wasn't a double length two parter like parts 1 and 2 were. Showtime just aired the two episodes back to back.
>>-Say! Did we ever see the White Lodge in this whole mess? Was that where the Fireman/Giant was?
I'm gonna say yes. Though that obviously will never actually be confirmed.
>>-You know, having now made it through this whole thing....I only think it's going to change maybe how I view FWWM. But it won't change how I see anything next time I watch through the original run of the series (this year will probably be the last time I do that.)
That's fair. This season really recontextualizes FWWM is a ton of ways. But not the original series all that much.
>>-Least-Answered Question: "How's Annie?"
This is actually answered in Mark Frost's book FYI.
>>-Grade for Season 3: B
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