Yeah. I'm a Twin Peaks fan, primarily, who loves quite a bit of David Lynch's other work. I love Dune, Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart and Lost Highway. I didn't care for Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr or Inland Empire. I thought FWWM was a brilliant synthesis of television Twin Peaks and 'movie David Lynch', although I remember a lot of Twin Peaks fans didn't like FWWM back in the day either. My Mum hated the film.This brings to mind the old dugpa discussion about "Lynch fans" and "Peaks fans." (I can't recall if this particular discussion pre-dated The Return, or if it arose as the show was airing...although my suspicion is that it originated during the pre-Return build-up.) It's not that Lynch fans don't love TP, or that Peaks fans don't appreciate and love Lynch's other works, but it's just a fundamentally different approach to the work. Peaks fans have a much more nostalgic love for the original series and its ambiance (which makes sense and is totally reasonable). Lynch fans just want to see what insane, new, maddening, challenging, interesting thing is going to spring out of Lynch's head next and burrow its way into our collective psyches. Both are legit views, and neither is right or wrong. Different strokes. I honestly think that back in 2016 dugpa days, the board was pretty evenly divided between the two camps. Certainly, that "pure heroin" comment from Nevins drew a lot of cheers at the time.
Perhaps proving how much I sit on the line between the two camps, I think my favourite Twin Peaks 'instalment' is FWWM and it's also my favourite David Lynch film. I've watched FWWM more than any Twin Peaks episode and more than any other David Lynch film. I find the film hypnotic: if I randomly put it in the player and start to watch it, I know I'll watch it through to the end every time, even if I have to cancel something more important I'm supposed to do! I saw it in the cinema the day it was released in the UK, owned the crappy Guild VHS, multiple DVDs, saw a horribly battered print at the BFI some years ago, and three different Blu-ray releases (I now have the Criterion).
The Missing Pieces is a terrific extra I'd longed to see. It's a shame they've been 'Lowry-ed' to death and look more like video than film - somewhat more like The Return. It's quite a shock when you put them on after the gorgeously filmic Criterion presentation of the main feature.
But 'video' Twin Peaks is something I accept now and, if Lynch uses it for a fourth season, so be it. If it's set in another reality, it's an easier sale for me than setting it in the original version of the town. Of course, it would be funny if Michael Ontkean turned up this time!