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Twin Peaks: The Return – I AM the FBI

OH MAN!  Yes, Part 16 of Twin Peaks: The Return was enough to finally knock me out of my posting laziness.  It was really that fucking good.  Agent Cooper is back, and just in time for the last two parts next weekend, and then I can be utterly distraught at the fact that Twin Peaks will yet again be over.  It’s not clear if it’s for good, but likely this will be all there is.  But to no longer have “How’s Annie?” as the endpoint will be magical.  It really is hard to believe that my favorite show is back and not only back, but has been balls to the wall fantastic.  It’s yet again in a class by itself in terms of how it tells its stories, and I eagerly anticipate a complete rewatch of this season.  But in the meantime….

The Diane scene, including her reveal of what happened with “Coop” many years ago as well as the reveal that she “isn’t me”?  Amazing.  The resolution helped explain a lot while still providing more to chew on.  And I loved her final ‘fuck you’ while chilling the Black Lodge before getting disassembled.

And our dear girl Audrey finally got to the Roadhouse to see a performance by Eddie Vedder, and while it seemed that maybe everyone’s theory that Audrey was still in a coma from the bank vault explosion (and all the associated trauma that we also learned about, including Mr. C confirming Richard was his son….ugh…) was getting disproven because “hey, here she is outside of that living room FINALLY” and then we get the emcee introducing “Audrey’s Dance” and the whole floor clears out for Audrey to yet again dance to her music and everyone is swaying along and it’s like, OKAY NO, none of this is happening for real.  Is the Roadhouse real?  It has to be, but maybe it isn’t sometimes???  And then that moment after some fight breaks out and Audrey is shocked out of this reverie and we see her…somewhere:

All we can hope is that with the happy turn of events occurring now, maybe Audrey will also be free of whatever prison she’s in?

But the best part of course during this episode?  Dale motherfucking Cooper waking up and affirming to Mike (and us) that he’s “100 Percent” and taking charge and knowing exactly what he needs to be doing.  I literally was screaming with joy at what was happening and every moment with Dale was so fucking amazing.  I definitely appreciated that it took this long and will honestly miss the Dougie stuff, but this Return was so fucking cathartic to have occur.

I loved that he remembered everything that had happened with Janey-E and Sonny Jim and have high hopes that he’s asking Mike to create a “Dougie” off of him, so hopefully one that isn’t a piece of shit like the original model and treats his family with love.

People, next week will be fucking amazing and the anticipation is killing me.  At the same time, I hate to think about this feeling ending too.  🙁  These last few months of Sundays have been stellar entertainment, with Twin Peaks, Season 7 of Game of Thrones, and  Big Brother 19 occupying my happy place all on the same night.

Twin Peaks Season 3 – Episode 8 aka the WTF episode

So…um, yeah….there’s really no way to put it except this episode was insane.  The previous episode from last week suddenly was narratively clear, it felt like some momentum was being made on both the past and in the current, and it was almost like, oh, maybe it’s going to keep going in that direction.  David Lynch and Mark Frost would like you to kindly take your seat as NO, that is not what is about to happen.

Instead, we were treated to about 10 minutes of super creepy moments with Dark Cooper and Ray, and what seemed like a zig instead of a zag as suddenly, did someone just up and kill Bob?  Cue a Nine Inch Nails concert at the Roadhouse, Bob rising back up, and then, yes, then…1945.  And a nuclear test as seen above….and then?  Lynch did Lynch mixed with Kubrick mixed with who the fuck else knows.  For the next 45 minutes or so, we witnessed a wordless cataclysm, some intriguing imagery at a “Convenience Store”, a weird purple haze sea and building, the Giant interacting with some weird bell while accompanied by some dressed-up woman who looks ready for the opera.  We then do go into the theater and witness creation of BOB (maybe), and then the Giant creates his own thing, which is gold and beautiful and looks to contain Laura Palmer.  Is this the past and is this Laura’s creation?  or is this now and somehow a resurrection?

There’s then a very disturbing sequence of a creature emerging from an egg, the “Woodsman” menacing drivers and then a radio station set to The Platters’ “My Prayer”, what might be Sarah Palmer as a young girl (that was my first hunch too, when I saw the young lovers) who falls prey to the mantra that the Woodsman chants over the radio, and then a bug crawls into her unconscious mouth, and yeah, I’m gonna have nightmares about this episode FOR SURE.

So….who the fuck knows?  It was stunning television, and I kind of think there is a lot that was shown that will perhaps make more sense later.  In the meantime…..WTF.  And I love that Twin Peaks is back.

MEANWHILE……!!!!!! (Twin Peaks returns in 2 days!!!)

25+ years dealing with the ending of Twin Peaks and thinking that was it, having to speculate wildly on what might happen next, and now?  Now, we actually will get to find out.  Will there be actual answers?  With 18 hours of Twin Peaks ahead of us, likely.  But almost without a doubt, this will be a journey of complete weirdness filled with disorienting visuals and themes.  I’m sure I’ll even be like, WTF.  But I eagerly await it regardless.

The World Premiere of this next season on Showtime is happening at the Ace Hotel in DTLA as we speak.

I didn’t make it to this world premiere like I did when the Missing Pieces ultimate blu-ray set had a premiere at the Vista:

Twin Peaks: Up Close and Personal

Talk about an amazing opportunity that was!  But yeah, I didn’t make it downtown this time as this time, the entire world is all about Twin Peaks excitement and the crowd that had assembled for what I saw in 2014 were a small group of diehards.  Can’t even imagine the excitement though at the venue – the pictures from inside look really cool.

I just can’t believe it’s happening.  It IS happening again!!!!

More to come in the next few days – I know I won’t be able to keep myself from writing about the first 4 hours.  Sunday will be insane:  the first 2 hours are getting released on Showtime on Sunday night, but then hours 3 & 4 will be available immediately via Showtime’s streaming apps….so yeah, I’ll be watching those too.  Can’t NOT.  Monday may be painful.

Visiting the Twin Peaks Pop-Up in DTLA

The premiere is being held at this same venue I visited as documented above – you can see my main picture above is from the marquee…only now it’s 2017!!!!!

Oh, and of course I ordered these Twin Peaks FunkoPOP bobbleheads:

Miscellaneous Picture time – because why not?

Larry & I enjoyed last Saturday afternoon’s beautiful temps and weather by finally visiting the outdoor wine bar at the Americana.  Wonderful way to have lunch.  Expensive way, also.

The next day we then went over to Mom’s for Mother’s Day!  Stister Stacie also was there and we had a great time playing Rack-O, drinking some wine, and having some good food.  Barbecued some burgers and hot dogs, Larry made his latest rendition of Blue Smoke-esque mac and cheese (I actually think he did it – no lie.  The secret:  champagne vinegar), I made cookies…it was a good day.

And I think that’s that for now.  Happy Friday and Cobol Wishes!

Trailer Time – April 2017

There’s a lot of exciting stuff headed our way whether it’s TV or Movies, and MAN, I am pumped for some of these things like no one’s business….

First off, Showtime just released this SPOILER-FILLED teaser (for the original two seasons of the show) but it is pushing all the right buttons and man, it’s crazy to think that in ONE MONTH, Twin Peaks Season 3 will begin.  That. is. CRAZY.

So yeah, that’s happening.

Then of course, the movie trailers below are just so fucking awesome and great, and will have to hold us over until the movies themselves are released in the distant fall… First?  Thor: Ragnarok, and believe you me, I would never have believed it myself if you had told me I’d be pumped up for a freakin’ Thor movie.   They’ve been the weakest of the Marvel movies in my mind, and while Thor is obviously attractive, I’ve got Captain America for that.  But this trailer?  Showing Cate Blanchett in all her bad-ass glory?  Set to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”?  Thor cracking wise when he sees Hulk?  Jeff Goldblum goldbluming???  SIGN ME UP.  And it’s on my birthday too, so hey:

I’d be remiss if we didn’t of course talk about effing Star Wars:  The Last Jedi finally releasing a trailer!  We finally hear Luke speak!  And know very little else, but it does look great, and things seem kind of bleak with Luke being ‘over it’.  Ready to find out what happens next, finally!

In other news…it’s kind of hard to believe, but Larry & I are close to celebrating our first anniversary.  Where did the time go?  I know, actually, all too well, with work having swallowed it up pretty effectively…but still, kinda shocking.  Life comes at you fast…

So, yeah + Beach Afternoon pics

It’s been a week, that’s for sure!  Let’s do this bullet-point style:

  • Work was pretty busy this week.  Had a NYC contingent come out and we’re doing so much advance preparation work that I am starting to dread just what the actual work-work will be like when it’s finally time for that to occur.  Good thing about them coming out is that we will have team dinners, so that’s kind of cool and fun.
  • Worst part of the week?  Getting rear-ended on my drive into work on Wednesday morning.  Added fun was that I also had a coworker in the car with me as we were carpooling to the client site.  Even better?  There was absolutely nothing I did to contribute to this incident.  Basically, while we were all waiting on Los Feliz Blvd approaching the 5 freeway, and while I was literally stopped in traffic, the new Uber driver behind me was busy looking to see if there were any fares and apparently missed the fact everyone was stopped.  My car helped out in that regard, it seems.  It was quite a slam, and happily the seat belts kept us firmly in our seat, but we got slammed into the seats due to the force of the impact.  I had expected to see my rear bumper on the ground, but Mazda makes a pretty solid car, and I think the fact it was a solid bumper-to-bumper hit helped a lot.  But his license plate frame is firmly indented in my bumper.  He kept repeating that it was his first day as Uber driver, to which I asked if this was his first day driving too?  Probably a good thing I didn’t get my ass kicked after that, and the guy really wasn’t a bad guy about it.  But still, not a great way for the hump day to go.  Add to that that while I’m feeling quite achy, my coworker seems to have gotten whiplash-y feelings in his neck area, so that’s good times.
  • Next week I might get to be on a jury!  yayyyyyyyy…… here’s hoping I don’t.
  • We saw ‘Masterminds’ last weekend – funny, but stupid.  Love the cast though, as they always make me laugh.
  • Celebrated Sveta’s 40th birthday during brunch this past Sunday, and it was just such a good time with epic friends.  Guess I’m under 30 days now till my big day.  YAY.
  • Got way more pics to post from the honeymoon – which btw seems like such a long time ago now.  🙁  Lots of work to go through all the pictures, but I do love doing it as it really is fun to review and since I take pictures of nearly everything, it’s quite a great record of all the activities we did.  Next up is our champagne tour in France….so cool.
  • Lots of TV returned, didn’t it?  We’ve been watching the latest season of American Horror StorySurvivor, and….well, there’s other TV too, but I’m spacing out.  We finally caught up on My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and that is just the best show.  So good.
  • Larry sent me the following Instagram feeds of seriously hot doctors that for some reason have to do with his work.   Somehow I love it but also want to know just why this has to do with work?  😉  (Spoiler: I don’t care and am just jealous)
  • Alright, I guess I’m done talking about stuff?  Here are some pictures I took from two weekends ago when we had another PwC beach day.  I ended up making really good burger patties – ask anyone.  🙂

2016 09 24 – ARCA Afternoon at the Beach