Regardless of how ridiculous they may be, I feel that the sub-plots in S3 all remain connected to the big picture. No matter how abstract they can be, as the season progresses, a lot of the pieces start to fit together. Audrey’s return is strange and not in the most satisfying way, but I’m glad Lynch went in a direction that was the complete opposite of fan-service. I’m liking her return a bit more after the latest episode giving her situation a bit more insight.
Lynch bringing more comic elements into his dark, surreal nightmares is something that’s always been a trademark of his, but I can get how it can turn people off. Lost Highway is one of my favourites of his and I really can’t imagine it be any different than what it already is with its overly grim tone. The arm-wrestling match was a humorous way to show off just how much of a danger evil Coop is. James was always cool and his performance at the roadhouse is touching, comedy gold.
S2 though? I’m sorry, but there is in no way I can fully defend that season with sub-plots like Super Nadine or the ridiculously drawn-out one where James leaves town to have an affair with some women. Super Nadine could get a bit of a chuckle, but other than that, there was absolutely no worth being added to the show with these sub-plots especially with James and his huge-ass forehead looking all sad all the time on his bike.