What’s REALLY Going On In Twin Peaks #5
Chris Burgess starts to wonder if the Dougie-verse is even real and spots the potential for a bigger fight than Mayweather vs McGregor.
Spoiler alert – this articles is full of spoilers. Don’t read it unless you’re up to date with episode 13.
Loops. Bloody loops, as Max Cavalera once very nearly sang. This episode was full of them – from the overt looping boxing match on Sarah Palmer’s television, mirrored by her repetitive behaviour and Sonny Jim’s odd routine around his brand new gym set; to the broader loop of Big Ed Hurley staring wistfully at Norma in the RR Diner, always at a distance even after 30 years.
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Speaking of Big Ed, Part 13 was a delight for old school Twin Peaks fans, with Everett McGill’s character making a welcome return to the town. Not just that, but we saw Lynch atoning for past sins with James’ song played in front of a crowd at the Roadhouse. Ahh James, the original emo.
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Rewatching this episode, along with a few select moments of the previous episodes, a few thoughts struck me. I’ve mentioned before that there’s a lot of meta-moments in this series, with Lynch playing some sort of game commentating on Twin Peaks the concept through the medium of Twin Peaks the show.
This was brought to the fore again this week, with Norma’s conversation with Walter – ostensibly talking about franchises – could be seen as an allegory for Lynch’s conversations with TV execs around the return of the series. The flagship is struggling but people seem to love it, according to Walter, and could make money given a few compromises, which Norma seems to dismiss. The fact that Walter rather dismissively forgets Big Ed’s name and seems to ignore the rest of the town’s characters is probably how TV execs have treated the returning series.
It’s Lynchian alright – the original series was always a parody of and commentary on detective shows and teen dramas as much as it was a semi-gnostic and pseudo-science fiction show in its own right.
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Another Lynchian theme is that of dreams and dreamworlds, messing with ‘reality’, which is what we see with the Dougie-verse. There’s too much luck, too little ‘real world’ overlap with the rest of the show. Besides the keyfob that gets sent back to Twin Peaks, have any characters in the Dougie-verse interacted with any characters outside of themselves? With the exception of Duncan Todd, who seems to have a hotline to direct action from the outside, the answer is no.
It has to be a dream. Maybe not in a direct sense, but things are going too well for Cooper – Mr Jackpots – to be believable, and the entire audience is screaming at their TVs yelling at him to wake up and become the Agent Cooper that we know and love again.
It would be great to see the two worlds collide though, with a showdown between Diane and Janey-E, fighting over Cooper/Dougie. Not sure who would win, which makes it more fun to think about!
Elsewhere this episode we saw Ray meet his demise at the hands of Bad Cooper, giving him the information he needs. Things are being put in place for a meeting with Philip Jeffries, especially given that he’s been mentioned in every single episode so far, which we HOPE AND PRAY means a cameo from the late David Bowie. The internet might explode if that happened.
One final thing I noticed when rewatching previous episodes – the lovely foreshadowing from the insurance man who visits the Sheriff’s department and speaks to Lucy. He asks to speak to Sheriff Truman. Lucy asks which one. The insurance man is confused, suddenly looking scared. He’s turned up looking for one man, but two exist.
“One’s sick and the other’s gone fishing” Lucy explains. If there’s a better line to describe Bad Coop and Good Coop, I’d love to hear it.
Some other thoughts:
Might we also see a return of Chris Isaak? That would also be amazing.
Audrey’s ‘husband’ has to be her psychiatrist, right?
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Everyone in the Roadhouse seems to have stories about brushes with death. James’ motorcycle accident was mentioned, as well as other characters talking about how they just missed being hit by cars.
The final scene of episode 13 – Big Ed sitting alone in the Gas Store – was impossibly sad to watch, and is already being picked over frame by frame by Twin Peaks fans looking for time-shift clues. Iconic stuff or over-thinking?