Twin Peaks

Season 2 Episode 2

Episode Nine "Coma"

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 06, 1990 on ABC
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9.1
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  • Cooper thinks he's found Laura killer's (again) and seeks to close the case.

    6.9
    Decent episode. This is one of the reasons maybe people criticize the second season more than the first. This is like the third time Cooper thinks he has found the killer. He decides to trust his dreams again and seeing Laura tell him that her father killed her prompts him to jump to this conclusion. This time around Cooper looks like he got his man. In the other episodes Laura's death would take a back burner as the other stories would start to develop.
  • Creamed Corn

    9.2
    A slightly better episode than the previous one, mainly because it is half its length and so there are fewer possibilities for the truly bad moments that weakened the season opener.

    A big problem that plaques Season Two is its self-conscious sense of weirdness, an impulse to be weird purely for the sake of being weird. The first season created such a buzz that over the intervening summer certain of the more idiosyncratic aspects of the show, such as Cooper's pie and coffee fixation, assumed an almost iconic status. With Season Two, the writers frequently appear to be trying to recapture the "lightning in a bottle" from Season One by inserting random bits of weirdness into the action. Sometimes these attempts pay off, but more often they fall flat and eventually Season Two collapses under the weight of an accumulation of bad and misdirected writing.

    There are several examples of Season Two's "weirdness for weirdness' sake" imperative in this episode. The scene where Cooper and Truman struggle with the operation of their hospital chairs is one. Truman actually begins reciting the instructions from the bottom of the seat, verbatim, as the two lawmen mechanically follow those instructions until they are able to seat themselves successfully. I suppose Truman's reading of the instructions was intended to be comical or even ironic but it is so completely at odds with his character that it comes across as merely a gimmick and it slows the scene unnecessarily with no real comedic payoff.

    The smoked pig cheese scene between Ben and Jerry is yet another tired riff on the food fetish angle introduced in Season One. After intently discussing the pros and cons of burning the ledgers for the mill, Ben suddenly jumps up and exclaims "Marshmallows!" while pulling a bag of marshmallows from his desk. Now I appreciate Lynch's sense of the absurd as much as the next guy, but this bit of absurdity just doesn't work and it only serves to further caricaturize Ben's character.

    Speaking of caricature, the writer lays the dummy paste on a little too thick on Andy's character for this episode. Andy's tape scene and his dimwitted conversation with Lucy shortly after depict a straight-up buffoon rather than the Andy we saw and loved in Season One.

    Then there is the scene where James gets all Ricky Nelson on the girls with his crooning and guitar strumming. This scene seemingly comes out of left field but given Lynch's fixation with the look and feel of the 1950s, I understand the motivation behind the scene. I'm not sure that the scene works (the pitch shift in James' voice is dreadfully bad) but it is an effective way to bring the developing love triangle between James, Donna and Maddy into sharper focus.

    Despite these criticisms, there ARE several worthy scenes in this episode. The creamed corn scene is one of my favorites, with its hint of mysteries beyond the Laura Palmer storyline. That young magician sure is a fine looking lad, isn't he? ;)

    I enjoyed the Major's scene with the Log Lady. The way he maintains his straight-arrow demeanor while inquiring about what the log is saying is incongruous and comic, but it is also grounded in the work he does for the government, which involves listening to extraterrestrial signals. It's gratifying to see the Major integrated into the storyline so neatly and his scene with Cooper is another highlight. The revelation that Cooper's dreams may have an extraterrestrial origin opens up several possibilities for the evolving storyline.

    Finally, as is usually the case, the last few minutes of the episode are first rate. Maddy's vision of Bob strolling through the Palmer residence is chilling. The replaying of Cooper's dream juxtaposed with Bob morphing into an owl was also very well done and very effective in setting up the phone call from Audrey, which interrupts Cooper's half-dreaming and sets up another cliffhanger.
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