Okay, yes, you can debate the merits of calling this a 'new' TV show. It's obviously a continuation of David Lynch's cult classic, but so much time has passed it's essentially a new show on that basis alone, and just watching the first episode will confirm that this isn't your dad's Twin Peaks (there's a reason it's called The Return rather than Season 3).
What's less debatable are the merits of Twin Peaks: The Return as a work of art, which stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the original as a true masterpiece among Lynch oeuvre, and in some regards even betters it.
While The Return does go back to the small town setting and revisits the Red Room, they're among the few concessions that Lynch makes to the original, with a series that completely subverts not only every fan expectation, but breaks almost every rule and convention of TV storytelling, creating a show that's as groundbreaking in the modern era as the first run was in 1990.
For 25-years fans had been wondering what happened to Agent Dale Cooper, and Lynch chose the most startling of answers by giving us numerous iterations of the character, inverting the force of good and also introducing Dougie Jones, a character who could become grating but is instead sweet, charming, and hilarious, largely thanks to Kyle MacLachlan's remarkable performance(s).
The first Twin Peaks was a murder mystery with some very weird garnishes, but this is even bigger: it's a return to Twin Peaks and the story of the return of Dale Cooper, but also becomes about the neverending, unwinnable battle between good and evil. That David Lynch was able to make 18-hours of this for a premium cable outfit is almost ludicrous; that he succeeded in making it every bit as brilliant as the original is flabbergasting.
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