Brooke Baldwin shocked by guest saying “I love Boobs” on CNN

Did I hear that right?


CNN segment on Friday went totally off the rails after Sports reporter Clay Travis proudly exclaimed, on live television, that he believes in two things completely: the First Amendment and boobs.” Travis was appearing on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss the controversy surrounding ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who made headlines earlier this week after she called Donald Trump a white supremacist. “I’m a first amendment absolutist and believe in two things completely,” Travis said. “The First Amendment and boobs.”


Dan Victor is editor in chief of Popdust and producer of Popdust Presents. He is also a music producer, bassist for Low Profile (live hip hop) & The Coldpress (indie rap) and front-man for Ductape Halo (indie rock). Follow on Youtube.

INTERVIEW | FTampa on following your dreams

In his latest music video for the song “Light Me Up,” FTampa looks sleek and suave — not like the kind of guy who grew up eating rice and sardines.

However, this is the background of the artist, who was orphaned at the age of six following his mother’s death in a motorcycle accident and grew up in a modest home with his grandparents and aunt. What supported him through the good and the bad was music, something that has not changed up through today.

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His journey as interesting one, the musician has become the first Brazilian to perform the main stage of Tomorrowland Belgium, and has also remixed tracks for artists like Britney Spears. His latest singles have millions of streams on Spotify and his newest music video is his most challenging and daring yet. But while the present is going great (especially after the birth of his first child), the man personally known as Felipe Ramos hasn’t always known that life.

FTampa chatted with Popdust via email about his emotional struggle and what brought him back to music when he was just about ready to give it all up.

You have a really amazing backstory about how music inspired you through rough times. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

I had a guitar that my grandfather gave me and that was something very special to me. Music was my own world where I wouldn’t be bothered by anything else. My safe place. Later I was able to buy a keyboard. I started learning by myself and performing around town with my band (guitar) and doing some other gigs with the keyboard. From a very young age music has been a big part of my life, helping me internally by giving me peace and also supporting me and my aunt with the money from the gigs and after that with music production.

How did you become interested in electronic music specifically?

Before I was introduced to electronic music I quit the dream because I had failed with my bands and needed money to survive. I started to work in marketing with a company and I was very unhappy. One day my cousin showed me how he was producing electronic music and I thought it looked pretty cool. A few weeks later I was having a dinner with my boss and he made a joke about a musician that was playing in the restaurant we were eating at. He said, “See. This is what you wanted to do with your life. Instead of being here having dinner you would be struggling with music”. That day I decided that I didn’t want to be like my boss, and that I wanted to be a musician again. I got back to it, but this time doing electronic music.

You’re Brazilian. What do you think is unique about the music scene is Brazil?

Brazil is huge and has so many different cultures inside it. This is great because it creates a good environment for new combinations to emerge, so Brazil always ends up having it’s own style for everything. This is good because it gives the country a personality. On the other side it is tough because it becomes so unique that it is hard to grow in Brazil as a musician and do well and at the same time have your music well received in other countries, because the rest of the world is listening and expecting something different.

In addition to recording your own music, you’ve also produced and remixed for other artists. What is that experience like?

It’s great. I believe it is the best way to connect with other styles and artists. It helps me grow and learn a lot when I’m working for or with someone else’s creation. I love doing it.

Most recently, you released the video for your song “Light Me Up.” What was the process of creating that like?

Oh… that video is insane. I love it… There is a long story behind the production of this video, with things that did not go to plan. But we ended up in a situation where we had this interesting idea of doing a thriller, a fun story based on the lyrics that could be watched as a movie. We had a very short deadline but a great in-house team. So we decided to produce in house with our video maker and director Bruno Paraguay. The whole team took part in developing the script and preparing the production. Me, my manager, Bruno, our families. Everyone helped. It was insane and it’s by far my favorite video now!

You’ve overcome a lot of hardships to accomplish all that you have. What is some advice you might give to struggling young musicians in similar places to where you once were?

Study, do not accommodate, push your limits and treat music as a profession. It’s fun but it’s a profession. It requires hard work and long hours. It is not an easy road but it is an incredible journey. If you really want it never give up and always give your best.

What’s up next for you?

I’ve got a lot of stuff coming up, I’m looking to release a new track around October/November time. There’s so many opportunities at the moment that it’s pretty overwhelming. I’m really looking forward to building projects with Sony and my team, looking to approach possibilities head on. Right now I’m just enjoying the release of ‘Light Me Up’ and looking forward to seeing the reaction to the video! It was great fun to make!

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What to expect from this year’s Emmy Awards

Winners are set to make history this Sunday night when the 69th Emmy Awards are presented at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by nine-time Emmy winner and first-time host Stephen Colbert.

Many outlets have been going public with who they predict will win the coveted Emmy Award for categories like “Best Drama Series” and “Best Actress in a Drama Series.” With a year so jam-packed of some of the best entertainment seen in years (think Twin Peaks: the Return, The Handmaid’s Tale), it’s going to be a tough one when it comes down to deciding just who goes home with an Emmy.

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Some series have already been making headlines for how many nominations they’ve racked up. Netflix’s critically-praised Stranger Things has a total of 19 nominations, while HBO’s Westworld comes in with 22 nominations. Some of the category winners were already announced over the weekend, with Stranger Things and Westworld already locking in five awards.
Some of the most exciting series this year fall under the “Best Comedy Series” category, including our favorite Aziz Ansari-directed Master of None (Netflix), Modern Family (ABC), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), Blackish (ABC), Atlanta (FX), Silicon Valley (HBO), and Veep (HBO). Of course, you can’t ignore the coveted “Best Drama Series”, with nominations for Better Call Saul (AMC), The Handmaid’s Tale (HULU), Westworld (HBO), This Is Us (NBC), The Crown (Netflix), House of Cards (Netflix), and Stranger Things (Netflix).

Plenty of celebrities are set to make an appearance, with presenters like Nicole Kidman, Alec Baldwin, and Reese Witherspoon. According to Fox News, “Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington in the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” is slated to perform an In Memoriam tribute, the network revealed.”

Emmy host Stephen Colbert

As for Colbert hosting the show, he’s not new to this rodeo. The comedian has won three awards for “The Daily Show” and six awards for “The Colbert Report.” If his stance on his late night show is any indication, we wouldn’t be surprised if he takes some well-deserved jabs at the President. “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the globe,” he said in a statement, in reference to Sean Spicer’s false claims about Trump’s inauguration crowd size. In an interview with Variety, Colbert was honest about just what he intends to say. “We are storytellers: The story we are telling is what happened on television this year. It’s not a political monologue, but you can’t keep politics out of it, because politics was the biggest TV story this year.” He adds: “The biggest story of the year is not ‘Westworld.’ It’s not ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ It’s not Milo Ventimiglia’s luscious abs. That’s not what we cared about. The biggest TV star of the year is Donald Trump.”

In any case, break out the popcorn: this year’s Emmy Awards are sure to be as glitzy, glam and entertaining as the one before. We’ll be here, keeping an eye on red carpet coverage and keeping you up to date over on our twitter, @Popdust.

Watch the 69th Emmy Awards this Sunday on CBS, 8 P.M. EST.

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Foo Fighters announce tour with Weezer, share new single ‘The Line’

Our California day dreams have been answered: Foo Fighters and Weezer have announced some joint shows, set to take place in Australia and New Zealand early next year.

The Pacific bands will be playing in Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland in late January and early February. Tickets are on sale now on Weezer’s website.

Foo Fighters are touring in support of their upcoming record, Concrete and Gold, out Sept. 15. We’ve already heard snippets from what’s sure to be a goldmine, like “The Sky is a Neighborhood” and “Run.” Just last week, the band announced the arrival of their latest single, “The Line.” It’s a fast-paced, in typical Foo style, track that’s brimming with frontman Dave Grohl’s energy.

Weezer is also hot on the heels of their upcoming effort, Pacific Daydream, which arrives Oct. 27. So far we’ve heard “Feels Like Summer” and “Mexican Fender.” The band has spent much of the summer on tour and by the looks of it will continue to hit the road until late 2018.

Just recently, Foo Fighters announced that their latest effort featured “the biggest pop star in the world” – this was shortly revealed to be Justin Timberlake. Grohl told NME about how this came to be: “We’d drink whiskey in the parking lot. He was really, really cool. Then the night before his last day, he says, ‘Can I sing on your record? I don’t want to push it, but – I just want to be able to tell my friends.” Paul McCartney also makes an appearance on Concrete and Gold. “Paul McCartney plays drums on one of our songs,” Grohl told ET Canada. “He’s a pal. We’ve known him for a long time. He’s great. He’s the most wonderful person in the world. He’s a great guy.” Drummer Taylor Hawkins added: “He hadn’t even heard the song. He comes in and Dave picked up and acoustic [guitar] and showed him real quick. He sat on his special drum set that his tech set up for him. I sat there with a drumstick conducting. He did two takes.”

It’s looking like an awfully exciting start for both of the bands. Foo Fighters have been making headlines this year, ever since their electrifying Glastonbury set back in June. The set came two years after Grohl injured his knee and, despite soldiering on, was forced to cancel what was anticipated to be the “biggest performance of their career.” Grohl sat down with NME to discuss this at length: “I thought, ‘OK, I just finished that show sitting down, so maybe we just keep going. I thought maybe I’d just broken my ankle, or splintered a bone; I didn’t realise that I’d completely split a bone, pulled my ankle out and torn all the ligaments. We played 53 more shows on that tour and they were great f**king shows, but I was bummed about missing Glastonbury and Wembley. I was actually looking forward to doing them with a broken leg. After 20 years of being in a band, anything to switch it up a little bit…”

Catch Foo Fighters and Weezer on tour this year – together or not, it’s sure to be a killer set.

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The Stars Gather for Hurricane Relief

America opened up its wallet last night (Sept. 12), with citizens coming together as one in aid of Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon, managing to raise a staggering total (at time of publishing) of $44 million (Sourced from ABC News). The one-hour event, going out at prime Broadcasting hours, was orchestrated by music manager Scooter Braun and Texas-based rapper Bun B. Celebrities that made appearances included the illustrious likes of Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, George Clooney and many, many others. It was put together to provide financial assistance to the good people of Texas and Florida whose lives have been torn asunder by hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

“Visit the Hand in Hand website to contribute”

At the telethon, Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show, announced that technology giant Apple would be donating $5 million to the charity, with Albertsons Cos. and Merck each also adding $1 million each. Houston Rockets superstar Chris Paul also brought to light that not only would he be donating $20,000 in support, but the NBA Players Association would be adding $500,000 themselves, and had agreed to match any professional basketball player’s donation up to $20,000 each.

The hurricanes are currently estimated to have resulted in up to $200 billion in damages, destroying the homes of tens of thousands, in addition to totaling more than one million vehicles and unceremoniously demolished vital infrastructure all over both states. The charity event was aired across all four major networks, as well as multitudes of additional cable services, and featured impassioned pleas for contributions from Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland (both Texas natives). Also appealing to people’s generosity were Cher and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Performing at the event were: Usher, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, Luis Fonsi, Tori Kelly, Matthews, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Demi Lovato, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and CeCe Winans. An evening for the ages indeed.

Throughout the evening, the event’s Twitter handle was keeping the signal alive, assuring people that:


Dozens of celebrities have already donated generously to hurricane relief and on Wednesday September 13th it was released to the press that Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and whole host more would be taking part in the all-star Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief show on September 22nd in Austin, Texas. The event is scheduled to take place at the Frank Erwin Center from 7-11pm. ET and will be broadcast on 11 Texas TEGNA stations, as well as streaming across the globe on Strong from 9-10pm. CT.

If you are interested in donating, money is still being accepted by phone, text and online. Visit the Hand in Hand website to contribute. We at PopDust offer our support and love to the residents of Florida and Texas at this most difficult of times.

Teflon Sega covers “Adam’s Song” by Blink 182 in a completely different way

Never thought Blink 182 could sound like that.

When you think of Pop punk, images of mosh pits with kids rocking Vans and a skateboard in their back pack. Maybe some dyed hair and safety pins to round out the look after getting back from Hot Topic with a classic Ramones T-shirt. Rarely do you think of R & B taking an electronic approach to a classic punk song from the early 2000’s. Cover songs usually capitalize on the nostalgia of a popular hit from years ago and succeed in making, at best, a song that sounds pretty much the same. That is anything but true with this one. Watch the original video for “Adam’s Song” after you hear the tribute, it’s easy to appreciate how Teflon Sega treated it. It’s such a fresh sound and I have gone down the youtube rabbit hole, listening to each of his songs with a sharp ear. There is lots to hear in the production. Compare these two versions of “Adam’s Song” —


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Teflon Sega sheds some light into the making of his cover of “Adam’s Song”. “I always liked the aesthetic of pop punk: Skateboarding, piercings, guitars. I wanted to pay my own sort of tribute but I thought to myself, if I’m going to do this, it’s going to have to be a darker song. ‘Adam’s Song’ addresses suicide…but instead of being defeated by the world, the character in the song deals with the feelings and finds hope. Dealing with demons and darker thoughts is why I make songs. It’s my therapy. So recreating this song seemed like the right fit.” – Teflon Sega

In less than a year and with just a handful of singles released to date, the electronic-R&B artist Teflon Sega has gained recognition from critics worldwide with features on Pigeons & Planes, Billboard, and BBC Radio 1Xtra to name a few. He’s seen his music streamed millions of times, with stand out single “Beretta Lake” amassing over 6 million streams alone, making appearances in Spotify’s Global Top 50 Chart and reaching #1 on Hype Machine’s Popular Chart. Further still, Teflon Sega’s work includes collaborations with British producer OZZIE and Brooklyn artist SAINt JHN.

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PREMIERE | Matt Mackey III explains why ‘he was first’ in his new music video

Matt Mackey III releases the official music video for “I Was First”

The song is about reclaiming one’s power. Often we give ourselves over to another we believe will give us what we need. In the “I Was First” music video, it features Matt letting his girl know, after the difficulties, he doesn’t need her anymore. It’s emotional heart break and realizing it’s okay to let go. His voice is so rich and emotional, giving us a sense he has really been there. He has gotten some attention from the single, so he was invited to be interviewed by a special host.

Sock Monkee has always had a way with words, but it’s Matt Mackey III who has the last word. Apparently this interviewer is obsessed with bananas. After what seems like a dozen questions about the monkey’s obsession, Matt finally gets annoyed and takes over. What is the deal? He was there to promote his brand new single “I Was First, that has just come out and is now everywhere. Watch the music video and participating in this funny mock interview, proves Matt Mackey III he is an all around talent.

Matt Mackey III is a singer/songwriter and producer who styles himself in the pop genre with a ‘large’ sounding, cinematic twist to his music. Originally from Maryland, his journey has taken him from being a US Marine that performed and toured in Okinawa Japan to LA to pursue his music career and acquire his Entertainment Business Degree. At a LA showcase, his undeniable talent was acknowledged by SESAC and they signed him to their exclusive roster. Along with exceptional vocals, his songwriting skills garnered a non-exclusive publishing agreement with Razor’s Edge Music Group. As a natural creative, Matt’s artistic talents extend beyond music. He has designed promotional artwork for Billboard artist DAYA.

My heart was standing firm
And right then you came to me
And stole it all away

This is the second single released off of his album to be released early 2018. “I Was First” was written, produced, and performed by Matt Mackey III in a span of 3 hours. Video directed by Tim Schlattmann (Executive Producer of Showtime’s Dexter Series). The song is a story about letting go of a toxic relationship and learning to move forward by embracing who you are after it ends.


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PODCAST | Five Podcasts For the Thinking Person on the Go

We are living in the age of the Podcast. Everyone has one, or an idea for one.

You can be excused for being overwhelmed by the range and choice available to you. So many thoughtful programs, so little time, where do you start? To that end, we at PopDust have compiled a short list of five podcasts for the thinking person on the go. If you’re looking to be entertained and lightly educated on your commute, then any of these programs will be a solid choice for you.

1. No Such Thing As A Fish

Fans of British TV may know this show’s parent program QI. This TV panel show specializes in fun facts, and unusual knowledge. This podcast does much the same thing. The team responsible for researching and writing the questions for the TV show (known as the QI Elves) gather every week to make this podcast. On it, they discuss their favorite facts of the week, and collaborate amusingly on deep dives in to the worlds these facts lead to. Topics of discussion cover everything from fish, to international politics, to yetis. Hosts Andrew Hunter Murray, Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin take a gentle, thirty-minute walk through the garden of trivia and come out the other side smelling of knowledge.

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2. The Cracked Podcast

Cracked have successfully transitioned in the last few years from being the poor person’s Mad Magazine, to being the thinking person’s BuzzFeed. Their podcast epitomizes this revitalization. Host Alex Schmidt (Formerly Jack O’Brien), is joined weekly by a swathe of contributors, ranging from Cracked’s writing and editorial team, to celebrous guest stars and scientists. What’s wonderful about the Cracked podcast is the range of topics they cover. One week can be an insight in to the rise of Putin’s Russia, and the next can be an in depth discussion of Simpsons fan theories (with Simpsons staff writers in the room). You never know quite what you are going to get, but it’s always fascinating. Their sister podcasts the Cracked Gets Personal and the Cracked Movie Podcast are also excellent.

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3. Robin and Josie’s Book Shambles

Robin Ince and Josie Long are likely not terribly well known names to American audiences. Even in the UK they are somewhat niche. However they are both prolific writers, comedians, and broadcasters, and together they host Book Shambles in which they talk books and literature with a different guest each week. The pair of them on their own are a delight to listen to. They have the easy banter of old friends who are, nevertheless, constantly learning new things about each other. Throw in to that an interesting guest (they have yet to have a dull one) and you have quite the pleasant cup of tea on your hands. Guests range from authors, to comedians, to all kinds. Conversation usually starts at literature, segues around various tangentially related topics, and then gradually meanders back to literature again. A recent show with improviser Greg Proops as a guest was particularly enlightening about the state of American politics.

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4. Plumbing the Death Star

Australia has given us a range of interesting things over the years. Yahoo Serious, Crocodile Dundee, Cate Blanchett, and now… Plumbing the Death Star. Plumbing is the flagship podcast of Sanspants Radio, a network of podcasts started by Joel Zammit. They broach hypotheticals about well known pop-culture properties and discuss them until they either come to a definitive conclusion or dissolve the conversation in to complete nihilistic nonsense. The contrast between high-brow and low-brow is what makes Plumbing so much fun. Listening to talk nose-diving from high-minded pop-culture questions to the proper pronunciation of a superhero called “Man Woman” has lovely visceral thrill about it. They have a rotating cast, but regulars include Joel Duscher, Zoe Bilotta, Jackson Baly, and Joel Zammit. Also check out their sister podcast: Movie Maintenance, which features the indomitable insight of Gabriel Bergmoser, who will make you wet yourself in excitement when he pitches his Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film concept.

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5. The Infinite Monkey Cage (BBC)

The third British podcast on this list, and the second to feature Robin Ince as a regular. He co-hosts this show with rockstar-turned-scientist Brian Cox. This science-based podcast discusses high-minded topics from the realms of physics, biology, chemistry and beyond. Guests included scientists who are leaders in their field (including appearances from Neil DeGrasse Tyson), as well as popular entertainers (including former Monty Python member Eric Idle, who also sings the show’s theme tune). Monkey Cage is always fascinating, full of the latest scientific inquiry, and very funny. The ultimate in laughing and learning.

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In summary…

Any of these podcasts are welcome additions to car journeys, subway rides, or dog sledding expeditions (however you get to work/school). Give any of them a listen, and you’ll be sure to expand your mind and giggle a little while you do so. Happy listening!

Thomas Burns Scully is a PopDust contributor, and also an award-winning actor, playwright, and musician. In his spare time he writes and designs escape rooms. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter

NETFLIX | Narcos’ third season chronicles the rise and fall of the Cali cartel

“You cut the head off of a snake and three more appear. In this case, four. And their teeth are sharper.”

This is how Pedro Pascal described the antagonists of the brand spanking new season of Narcos, which ventures into the rise and fall of the Cali cartel. Whereas the previous seasons revolved around the rise and capture of drug lord Pablo Escobar, this time we’re dealing with much different beasts – even more violent than you’d think.

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“The sad answer to that is that it’s so much without Escobar. Escobar was a sole king of an empire and if anything, narco culture is even more represented by the chapter of the Cali cartel. It’s so much more insidious and so much more in the pockets of more elements of society that you can only discover by getting deep in. Escobar is by no means an easy target, but he was one target. And he was definitely a visible one. Cali is different. It’s expansive. These are businessmen,” Pascal explained to the Hollywood Reporter. “They are the richest cocaine bosses of the world. The irony is that we lose Pablo and then you get more cocaine. It’s a much more complicated enemy, as far as the DEA is concerned. And to fight it, you have to invent it and discover as you go, instead of narrowing your focus and strategy against this one target. You are constantly making lefts and right turns, or just running right smack into walls as far as the Cali cartel is concerned. It’s a completely different beast.”

The story revolves around the four kingpins of the Cali cartel – Pacho Herrera (with a brilliant performance by Alberto Ammann); Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (Damián Alcázar); Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela (Francisco Denis); Josè ‘Chepe’ Santacruz Londoño (Pepe Rapazote) – and the multi-billion dollar operation they single-handedly created from the ground up. At one point, they controlled over 90% of the world’s revolving cocaine. At it’s peak, it was dubbed “the most powerful crime syndicate in history” by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

“A guy like Escobar was going to be replaced, in some ways, by a more pervasive and more insidious organization like Cali, that had a corruptive influence that went way beyond the outlaw,” showrunner Eric Newman told the Hollywood Reporter. “They bought the presidency of Colombia in 1994. They were insiders, and it’s very much a response to the level of violence that the hunt for Escobar brought to Colombia. We’re inheriting an administration in government and populous in Colombia that were tired of the violence and that changed the way they were going to wage the war, so it’s a more complicated environment in ways. It’s difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys.”

Narcos attempts to humanize it’s villians from a certain perspective not previously seen before. With it bringing colorism and homophobia within the Latinx community to the forefront, it’s tackling some important issues that aren’t usually talked about – at least, not in the mainstream world. Ammann’s performance as Pacho “reinvents what it means to be a powerful gay man”, as stated by Complex. “We have a lot of problems with this stupid discrimination around the world,” Ammann says. “In the narcos world, it had never happened in this way with a boss in a cartel. That made this character so interesting to me and a way to understand how far this guy could go.”

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A haunting farewell to Twin Peaks

“You know about death—that it’s just a change, not an end,” our beloved Margaret says in her final lines. “There’s some fear in letting go.”

At the very core of these lines there is the world of Twin Peaks, a story that has always been about Laura Palmer and her suffering, no matter what additional narratives we have been introduced to. Naturally, it makes sense that in it’s final chapter, we see Dale Cooper (or at least, some variation of himself) cross dimensional lines in order to save Laura, to prevent her death in any way possible. The sad truth lies in the fact that, even if we did possess some power to trick time into letting us do so, you can’t go home again. The Laura we find, hidden in another wold and going by the name Carrie Page, may not even be Laura at all, nor does she recognize Cooper or the names he mentions. As Cooper takes her to see her mother, he is confronted by a strange woman who tells him there is no Sarah Palmer, there never was, and suddenly he finds himself questioning just what he has done – “what year is this?” – as Laura screams and the screen fades to black.

Twin Peaks: the Return, now in it’s whole eighteen piece entirety, feels like a commentary on time, the impossibility of outdoing it, and the souls who leave us just a little too soon. Some of the series most beloved actors left our world before having a chance to see David Lynch’s masterpiece in full form. The aforementioned Margaret, played by Catherine Coulson, filmed her scenes in September of 2015, only weeks before she passed away due to cancer on September 28. This is deeply felt during her onscreen appearances, which were surely a way for Lynch to honor his long-time friend. Other characters – such as Frank Silva’s BOB; David Bowie as Phillip Jeffries (“Phillip Jeffries, who doesn’t really exist anymore, at least not in the normal sense,” Lynch as Gordon Cole faithfully remarks in the show’s 17th part); Miguel Ferrer as Albert Rosenfield; Don S. Davis as Major Garland Briggs; Jack Nance as Pete Martell; Warren Frost as Doc Hayward – passed away before the show’s airtime as well.

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The finale’s most heartbreaking sentiment lies in the time loop Cooper finds himself in – he reaches out to Laura, and as she grabs his hand, he pulls her out of her fated-to-end universe and into his, only for her to subsequently disappear into screams and darkness every time he attempts to do so. It is said that the Experiment – otherwise known as Mother – might have something to do with this, as her life might mean the Experiment’s ultimate destruction. Instead, we are forced to watch Cooper fail time and time again, and as he shakily raises his FBI badge to the woman who lives in the Palmer household, we get the feeling he is not so sure of himself at all.

Of course, as with any piece of art,
Twin Peaks: the Return has it’s criticism. Many are struggling to understand the point of the several plotlines we were introduced to (such as Audrey’s strange fate, stuck in some sort of alternate reality, doomed to argue with a weird and condescending husband until time’s end) that were left with little to no resolution. Even so, people are quick to forget that we were lucky to even see through the final pieces of this story at all, which was 25 years in the making. It is strange to criticize Lynch for the way he chooses to see through his art, which is ultimately a universe with evil at it’s core since the very first episode. It makes sense that the series would end the way it did – sometimes there are no happy endings. Sometimes you can’t go home again. As Monica Belluci asks in what would be the show’s most meta commentary, “We are like the dreamer who dreams and lives inside the dream, but who is the dreamer?”

Maybe we are the dreamers, and
Twin Peaks, now all-encompassing and eternally capturing the spirits of those beyond, will never reach it’s end, for as long as we are able to dream of it.

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