Okay. I’m one of those people who, after episode 8 of Twin Peaks 2017, have been obsessing about the surreal segment that dominated the episode. Here are a few things that have popped up during my cogitations.
A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee
Okay. This is a bit convoluted, so hang with me.
David Lynch and Mark Frost first collaborated on a screenplay about the life of Marilyn Monroe (http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a9914699/twin-peaks-marilyn-monroe-inspiration/).
The project was shelved, Lynch has been reported as saying for political reasons. He reputedly believes that Monroe was murdered because of her connection to the Kennedys. Laura Palmer’s murder was inspired by Lynch’s theories about Monroe’s death.
President John Kennedy’s life was, of course, also tragically cut short when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Millions of Americans, mostly housewives, were watching As the World Turns when Walter Cronkite broke in to the program to announce that Kennedy had been shot. In the scene immediately preceding the announcement, Will “Pa” Hughes and his daughter-in-law Nancy–two well-loved characters–were shown sitting down to coffee. The news break occurred, and was followed by a commercial.
Here’s that commercial:
Enter the conspiracy theorists.
Now, please keep in mind, I am in no way a believer in what I’m about to report. And I am also in no way aligned with the political, or religious, or any other views of the person who shared this video to Youtube. This was simply the least outrageous version of the commercial I could find to share.
As you watch the commercial, you may connect, as many conspiracy believers have, the swinging pendulum of the clock (mirrored by the swinging spoon), to a hypnotist’s pendulum. Some conspiracy theorists believe that the commercial’s aim wasn’t to sell coffee, but to hypnotize viewers into accepting spurious information about the assassination.
Now, I don’t believe the masses were being hypnotized any more by this commercial than we are by any commercial out to inspire us to part with money. But I do believe this is precisely the type of thing David Lynch would seize on and weave into the fabric of Twin Peaks. “Wait a minute. Wait a minute.” Agent Cooper–who due to his wardrobe and hair bears more than a superficial resemblance to the 1963 commercial coffee drinker–holds back the waitress before he declares the coffee damn fine, echoing the commercial’s plea for extra time when brewing New Minute Brew Nescafe.
A Small Box of Chocolate Bunnies
“Dianne, I’m holding in my hand a small box of chocolate bunnies.”
So my line of thinking may seem a bit tenuous here, but I believe in many ways, David Lynch keeps telling THE SAME STORY. I believe he revisited the Palmer family in 2002 with his web series Rabbits.
This small box of brown (chocolate) rabbits reminds me of the Palmer family. How about you?
The Rabbits series also made an appearance in Lynch’s 2006 film, Inland Empire. I haven’t seen the film–though I now intend to. In the film, a young prostitute, referred to in the credits as “the lost girl,” watches the program while weeping. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inland_Empire_(film))
Laura. Laura. Laura.
The Origin of Bob
Inland Empire appears to bring us full circle back to Twin Peaks.
In Inland Empire, there’s a reference to a folktale where “…a boy who, sparking a reflection after passing through a doorway, ’caused evil to be born.'” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inland_Empire_(film))
Just a little thought here, but sparking a reflection after passing through a doorway sure sounds like an apt description of the Trinity nuclear bomb leading to Bob invading our reality.
That’s it from me now. Maybe more after this week’s episode.