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Now that I understand the pure genius of a silent drape runner and the intricacies of cotton balls, I take back everything mean I said about Nadine and recognize that she, not Dale Cooper, is the best.
After this episode, I'm pretty well convinced that Twin Peaks is a very beautiful series about the worst kinds of people living in a small community.
Here is a scene with no logic, and draws more recognizably from Eraserhead than it does from the lexicon of television...I don't think it's bold to state this not only lent the universe of Twin Peaks another dimension, but that of television as well.
This is how you start a show, with dozens of questions begging for answers.
While the second episode of the series isn't quite as brilliant as the pilot, it does do an excellent job of setting up the tone for what the rest of the series will be like.
Episode 2 is notable for how quickly and strongly it ramps up the absurdist comedy.
Anyone unsure whether they were watching a comedy or tragedy was no doubt further disoriented.
Now we're getting to some good stuff. "Traces to Nowhere" basically gives us more of the essential gist, but does so without repeating the pilot much. Instead, it magnifies most of what was great about our first glimpse at Twin Peaks.
Whether it can keep this up for the full season we're now excitingly finding out, but for now Twin Peaks has made a twisted, triumphant return.