I'd say there's a middle ground here
Clearly things like Power Glove Guy are stupid - I just think Lynch has a weird/dumb sense of humor. But it works in the end because of the ridiculous climax in E17 versus the tonal control in E18. Anyways you can't deny that part of it is intentional trolling; how else can you explain Cooper spending the series as Agent Dougie and holding Audrey until the very end? The idea that it's just incompetence is silly.