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* ArcFatigue: The [[EmptyShell Dougie Jones]] storyline for some wears out its welcome fairly early on with Cooper sidelined as a PinballProtagonist for a vast majority of the series runtime. It isn't until ''Part 16'' that the real Dale Cooper [[HesBack finally returns]] after a twenty-five year absence.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The performances at the Roadhouse provide a lot. Special mention goes to "Shadow" by the Chromatics, "She's Gone Away" by the Music/NineInchNails, and "Axolotl" by the Veils.



* FashionVictimVillain: [[spoiler:The Doppelganger]] with his Danzig-like mullet and leather jacket. Though in the latter's case it arguably adds to his UncannyValley nature to make him even creepier (the costume designers explicitly stated they were inspired by the design of [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]]).

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* FashionVictimVillain: [[spoiler:The Doppelganger]] with his Danzig-like mullet and leather jacket. Though in the latter's his case it arguably adds to his UncannyValley nature to make him even creepier (the costume designers explicitly stated they were inspired by the design of [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]]).


* SeasonalRot: It is generally agreed that the series loses focus after the main story arc is resolved in episode 8 of season 2. A new, related story arc emerges in the rest of the second season, but much of it suffers from having been neglected by Lynch and left to less competent writers and directors, causing [[DependingOnTheWriter a vast drop in quality and major inconsistencies in characterization]]. Kyle [=MacLachlan=] became impatient with Lynch's non-involvement and cast member Kimmy Robertson admits to having stopped watching due to SeasonalRot. There is, however, also general agreement about that the series found some of its original form again in the final episodes of Season 2.

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* SeasonalRot: It is generally agreed that the series loses focus after the main story arc is resolved in episode 8 of season 2. A new, related story arc emerges in the rest of the second season, but much of it suffers from having been neglected by Lynch and left to less competent writers and directors, causing [[DependingOnTheWriter a vast drop in quality and major inconsistencies in characterization]]. Kyle [=MacLachlan=] became impatient with Lynch's non-involvement and cast member Kimmy Robertson admits to having stopped watching due to SeasonalRot. There is, however, also general agreement about that the series found some of its original form again in the final episodes of Season 2.2, where Lynch returned to give the season a proper send-off.

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* NarmCharm: The fate of [[spoiler:Philip Jeffries.]] Bet you never thought [[spoiler:[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a giant teapot with a Southern accent]]]] could be so creepy, huh? Welcome to Lynchville.


* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Subverted as it's best remembered for its QuirkyTown weirdness but ''Rolling Stone'' did an issue based around the beauty of the women on the show. It's still an ongoing fandom debate who was the most lovely between Sherilyn Fenn, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Madchen Amick in a BettyAndVeronica or CherylBlossom sort of way. Note, this means Peggy Lipton and Heather Graham were considered ''runner-ups''. On the female side of things, it's also a show which had Kyle [=MacLachlan=], Dana Ashbrook and Billy Zane among its male cast. David Bowie as Phillip Jeffries joined the cast list as of ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'', and Chrysta Bell, Naomi Watts, and Amanda Seyfried have joined the talk for fandom's Ms. Twin Peaks thanks to ''The Return.''

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* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Subverted as it's best remembered for its QuirkyTown weirdness but ''Rolling Stone'' did an issue based around the beauty of the women on the show. It's still an ongoing fandom debate who was the most lovely between Sherilyn Fenn, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Madchen Amick in a BettyAndVeronica or CherylBlossom ThirdOptionLoveInterest sort of way. Note, this means Peggy Lipton and Heather Graham were considered ''runner-ups''. On the female side of things, it's also a show which had Kyle [=MacLachlan=], Dana Ashbrook and Billy Zane among its male cast. David Bowie as Phillip Jeffries joined the cast list as of ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'', and Chrysta Bell, Naomi Watts, and Amanda Seyfried have joined the talk for fandom's Ms. Twin Peaks thanks to ''The Return.''

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* AngstWhatAngst: The atmosphere at [[spoiler:Leland]]'s funeral is already pretty light-hearted for a funeral to begin with, but it becomes pretty jarring when you consider that, as far as most of the guests know, the deceased was [[spoiler:a trusted and respected member of their community who had been revealed not only to have behind the grisly murders of several young women, but also counted his niece and own daughter amongst his victims, the latter of whom he had also sexually abused for years]]. You'd think that there would be a whole lot more awkward and uncomfortable silence at such an occasion, but the all attendees are pleasantly chatting with each other and generally having a good time.

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* {{Squick}}: ''The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer'' is filled with it. The [[spoiler:incest]] element is just the tip of the iceberg.


* KudzuPlot: Very deliberately as Lynch and Frost throw the following things into the central mystery: AbusiveParents, DemonicPossession, TheFairFolk, drug dealers, TheMenInBlack, [[FemmeFatale Femme Fatales]], the Trinity nuclear tests, a Canadian brothel, crooked land deals, [[TheMafia gangsters]], memory loss, [[EvilDoppelganger twisted doppelgangers]], the FBI as a BunnyEarsLawyer RagtagBandOfMisfits, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and cherry pie]] into the mix of three seasons, two movies, and several books. [[SubvertedTrope The scary thing? Very little of this is filler and most of it relates to the central plot.]]



* SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel: The intro theme.



* TrollingCreator: Both canon spinoff books, ''The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer'' and ''The Secret History of Twin Peaks'' are dotted with inconsistencies from the show's canon. ''This is purely intentional''. That is not even mentioning some of the possible FauxSymbolism crammed into the movie (such as five second-long flashing sequences featuring screaming wolves and monkeys and a disappearing horse) alongside more overt sequences of fire and angels.



* ShoutOut: Sonny Jim is nearly the name of "Sunny" Jim, the nightguard of the hospital in ''Film/TheElephantMan''.
* SlowPacedBeginning: The beginning of Season 3 is taking its time in moving the plot along. Most notably [[spoiler: 6/18 episodes in and Cooper is still in an EmptyShell state though he does look like he's slowly starting to shake it off.]] By Episode 7 the plot has picked up a bit and Episode 8 [[MindScrew is...]] [[NightmareFuel well...]] [[WhamEpisode Episode 8]].
* SignatureLine: [[spoiler: "[[HesBack I am]] [[CatharsisFactor the FBI.]]"]]
** [[spoiler: [[GainaxEnding "What year is this?"]] ]]
** Got a light?

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* ShoutOut: Sonny Jim is nearly the name of "Sunny" Jim, the nightguard of the hospital in ''Film/TheElephantMan''.
* SlowPacedBeginning: The beginning of Season 3 is taking its time in moving the plot along. Most notably [[spoiler: 6/18 episodes in and Cooper is still in an EmptyShell state though he does look like he's slowly starting to shake it off.]] By Episode 7 the plot has picked up a bit and Episode 8 [[MindScrew is...]] [[NightmareFuel well...]] [[WhamEpisode Episode 8]]. \n* SignatureLine: [[spoiler: "[[HesBack I am]] [[CatharsisFactor the FBI.]]"]]\n** [[spoiler: [[GainaxEnding "What year is this?"]] ]]\n** Got a light?



* StrangledByTheRedString: Cooper is once again victim of this. [[spoiler:His reunion with Naido revealed to be the real Diane is played as if they were longtime lovers and they share passionate kisses and a night of love despite the fact that it wasn't hinted at all in the original run.]]
* SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel: The [[spoiler: White Lodge scene]] in Episode 8, which is otherwise an incredibly bleak and disturbing MindScrew of an episode. Despite being just as surreal as everything else around it, there's a feeling of hope and benevolence to the scene that comes as a great relief after the pure SurrealHorror of the [[spoiler: Trinity sequence]]. Special mention goes to the heavenly synths on the soundtrack.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Cooper is once again victim of this. [[spoiler:His reunion with Naido revealed to be the real Diane is played as if they were longtime lovers and they share passionate kisses and a night of love despite the fact that it wasn't hinted at all in the original run.]]
* SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel: The [[spoiler: White Lodge scene]] in Episode 8, which is otherwise an incredibly bleak and disturbing MindScrew of an episode. Despite being just as surreal as everything else around it, there's a feeling of hope and benevolence to the scene that comes as a great relief after the pure SurrealHorror of the [[spoiler: Trinity sequence]]. Special mention goes to the heavenly synths on the soundtrack.
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** Is Denise Bryson a male {{Transvestite}}, or a {{Transgender}} woman? The show never clears it up, as LGBT issues weren't as well understood in 1990 (at least, by those outside the community). The 2017 revival definitively states that she's a transwoman.

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** Is Denise Bryson a male {{Transvestite}}, or a {{Transgender}} woman? The show never clears it up, as LGBT issues weren't as well understood in 1990 (at least, by those outside the community). The 2017 revival definitively states that she's a transwoman.trans woman.


* FairForItsDay: Denise is portrayed by a cis man and it's never quite clear whether she's a male crossdresser or a transgender woman. However, she is treated with a surprising level of respect, Cooper has no problem accepting her, and Audrey is in awe of the first female government agent she's encountered.

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* FairForItsDay: Denise is portrayed by a cis man and it's never quite clear whether she's a male crossdresser or a transgender woman.woman (though ''The Return'' [[SocietyMarchesOn firmly stated that she was indeed the latter]]). However, she is treated with a surprising level of respect, Cooper has no problem accepting her, and Audrey is in awe of the first female government agent she's encountered.


* SeasonalRot: It is generally agreed that the series loses focus after the main story arc is resolved in episode 8 of season 2. A new, related story arc emerges in the rest of the second season, but much of it suffers from having been neglected by Lynch and left to less competent writers and directors, causing [[DependingOnTheWriter a vast drop in quality and major inconsistencies in characterization]]. Kyle [=MacLachlan=] became impatient with Lynch's non-involvement and cast member Kimmy Robertson admits to having stopped watching due to SeasonalRot. There is, however, also general agreement about that the series (if only barely) managed to avoid JumpingTheShark and actually found some of its original form again in the final episodes of Season 2.

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* SeasonalRot: It is generally agreed that the series loses focus after the main story arc is resolved in episode 8 of season 2. A new, related story arc emerges in the rest of the second season, but much of it suffers from having been neglected by Lynch and left to less competent writers and directors, causing [[DependingOnTheWriter a vast drop in quality and major inconsistencies in characterization]]. Kyle [=MacLachlan=] became impatient with Lynch's non-involvement and cast member Kimmy Robertson admits to having stopped watching due to SeasonalRot. There is, however, also general agreement about that the series (if only barely) managed to avoid JumpingTheShark and actually found some of its original form again in the final episodes of Season 2.


* CompleteMonster: [[AxCrazy Killer BOB]] (Beware of BOB) is an entity native to the Black Lodge with a horrifying tendency of rape and murder. Created long ago as a byproduct of the Trinity nuclear tests, BOB accesses the material place by [[DemonicPossession possessing]] hapless victims and forcing them to engage in sprees of rape, torture, and serial murder to [[EmotionEater nourish himself off of their agony]]. Responsible for the murder of Laura Palmer that drives the series, BOB committed the deed by possessing Laura's father Leland when Leland was a child, resurfacing to have Leland molest his own daughter through her youth before using him to finally rape and murder Laura. When cornered, BOB [[PsychicAssistedSuicide forces Leland to kill himself]], and later saddles onto Dale's doppelganger at the end of the first series while leaving Dale trapped for decades within the Black Lodge in its stead.

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* CompleteMonster: [[AxCrazy Killer BOB]] (Beware of BOB) is an entity native to the Black Lodge with a horrifying tendency of rape and murder. Created long ago as a byproduct of the Trinity nuclear tests, BOB accesses the material place plane by [[DemonicPossession possessing]] hapless victims and forcing them to engage in sprees of rape, torture, and serial murder to [[EmotionEater nourish himself off of their agony]]. Responsible for the murder of Laura Palmer that drives the series, BOB committed the deed by possessing Laura's father Leland when Leland was a child, resurfacing to have Leland molest his own daughter through her youth before using him to finally rape and murder Laura. When cornered, BOB [[PsychicAssistedSuicide forces Leland to kill himself]], and later saddles onto Dale's doppelganger at the end of the first series while leaving Dale trapped for decades within the Black Lodge in its stead.


** [[spoiler:Diane is hostile and snarky towards everyone in the FBI, which becomes more understandable in her conversation with Doppelganger!Cooper when it's all but stated that he [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raped]] [[RapeAsDrama her]].]]

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** [[spoiler:Diane is hostile and snarky towards everyone in the FBI, which becomes more understandable in her conversation with Doppelganger!Cooper when it's all but stated revealed that he [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raped]] [[RapeAsDrama her]].her]]. Made even worse when she's revealed not to be Diane at all, but rather, a tulpa manufactured in the Black Lodge who has all of the real Diane's memories, and has no choice but to serve her own rapist.]]


* CounterpartComparison: A denim clad, messy haired HumanoidAbomination who lives between dimensions and spreads hatred, misery, and death ForTheEvulz. Are we talking about BOB, or [[Literature/TheStand Randall Flagg]]?


** The Mitchum brothers, who are funny, cool, and [[AffablyEvil genuinely]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold likable.]]

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** The Mitchum brothers, Bradley and Rodney Mitchum, who are funny, cool, and [[AffablyEvil genuinely]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold likable.]]]] Even fans who weren't satisfied with ''The Return'' as a whole admit that every scene with the Mitchum brothers is pure gold.
** Candie, one of the Mitchum brothers' girls. Despite being practically a background character and having very few lines, her sweetness and her portrayer's [[{{Adorkable}} endearingly]] [[AmbiguousDisorder odd]] performance have gained her a lot of fans.



** Jim Belushi's reputation can largely be summed up for the most part as "that ''[[TheUnfavorite other]]'', less funny Belushi brother", but many people have called his work as Bradley Mitchum one of the best parts of the new show, and the interplay between him, Robert Knepper, and Kyle MacLachlan is considered to be genuinely hilarious.

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** Jim Belushi's reputation can largely be summed up for the most part as "that ''[[TheUnfavorite other]]'', less funny Belushi brother", but many people have called his work as Bradley Mitchum one of the best parts of the new show, and the interplay between him, Robert Knepper, and Kyle MacLachlan [=MacLachlan=] is considered to be genuinely hilarious.

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