So I just finished Twin Peaks. It was an interesting series, but I'll come out and say this: I hated the finale.
To anyone who plans on watching the show, I have kept this post spoiler-free.
I'm not really a fan of symbolism and metaphorical means, so perhaps David Lynch's work was never for me in the first place. That said, I did enjoy the show and got used to Cooper's weird visions. I had actually hoped that these would be explained in the final episode, as with dozens of other plotholes and unfinished storylines. However, the final episode was possibly the most confusing and ridiculous pieces of television I have ever watched.
When I have to Google an explanation for a scene, that's where entertainment has failed, in my opinion. I'm all for vague endings that open interpretation and discussion though, and I would have preferred that instead to what we got.
While Googling for said explanation, I came across some discussions and reviews of the last episode. The majority were praising its genius and cinematic brilliance. Really? The general consensus seems to be that season 2 lead the series downhill, but the finale was the best episode. This is exact opposite of my feelings towards the show. I preferred season 2 as I found the first season to be pretty boring in places and the introduction of so many characters at once to be confusing. I became more attached to the characters in season 2 and found that the pace was far more enjoyable.
So yeah, I've likely pissed off any Twin Peaks fans here. Sorry! I guess I just don't get it. To clarify again, I'm not a fan of art or surrealism, and I feel that that's all this episode was. Am I really the only one who found it laughable though? I wanted to scream "WHAT?!" at the screen as everything just plunged into madness further and further with each passing second. Jim's Willem Dafoe movie pitches make more sense.
After some reading, I'm aware that Lynch only had limited time to direct the episode, and that he had planned on creating another season. Still, the stupidity of what was happening in the scene, the lack of explanation, the dark and bitter ending, sudden killing of characters (while simultaneously humiliating them), the untied story arcs... Argh! It blows my mind. Seriously, it was like it suddenly changed into some foreign B-movie. I find it amusing that the show was inspired Deadly Premonition, and yet even the insanity that was DP's final chapter made more sense.
Overall, I don't regret watching the series. It was interesting until that point, and unlike anything else I've ever seen. I am pretty disappointed and left with a bitter taste in my mouth though.
Ah well! I'm thinking of watching Dexter next. Yeah, I still haven't watched it. I finished Breaking Bad not long ago which has become my new favourite, and I'm still loving The Walking Dead. Any other recommendations, though?