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  1. Oh my god infamous space turtle that is amazing. Glad we got another one of Chris' famous bot-generated content reads. Always a crowd pleaser. I can't believe Jake was allowed to just pass on his endorsement. Are there no rules!? Are you going to let your podcast descend into complete anarchy only 29 episodes in?
  2. Masculinity

    That channel has a lot of great videos related to masculinity in pop culture. I strongly suggest checking more of them out. Thanks for sharing it, clyde. I find it really difficult sometimes to grapple with the idea of masculinity and femininity, and the relationship between identity and expression. It's sometimes hard to define masculinity in ways that don't just seem like reinforcing stereotypes. However, whenever aspects of masculinity are pointed out to me in terms of "here is something men do a lot", and then explaining why it is expected of men, how it is reinforced, and why it is good or bad, it often resonates with me super clearly. That's what I think this channel is good at doing. Something like the video about the "Born Sexy Yesterday" trope is a great way to approach how certain types of relationships are presented in ways that support a dominant form of masculinity in a way that is degrading to women.
  3. I have a feeling that there is something to the fact that Laura tells Coop "I'll see you again in 25 years", and then Coop ends the series by asking "What year is it?" I don't know if this has been brought up before, since this is the only Twin Peaks-related forum I frequent, but the fact that it cuts to Laura whispering in Coop's ear at the end definitely evokes that line from the original series. I don't really like to get too concrete, but I do think that this association gels with the idea that Coop was attempting to follow the directions/clues that have been provided to him in the Red Room/White Lodge throughout the series, and has failed, either because he has followed them incorrectly, or maybe conversely because he has adhered to them too strictly. This plays into the idea suggested in the pod about Cooper's intuitiveness being a double-edged sword. Often, he acts without regard for the feelings of other people, just because of his own visions and whims. It seems to me that his downfall at the end is strongly related to this flaw. I think it's interesting to look at his story in the show as an in-depth, yet abstract look into his character. We spend so little time with him acting as himself, but I think we actually learn more about Dale Cooper's psyche than we did in the original series. Dougie explores the positive, almost transcendent version of him, where he has internalized the world to such an extent that he acts effortlessly, seemingly unknowingly, in ways that produce positive results. Then, there's Mr. C, who uses his intuition and strength to forcefully enact change in the world purely out of self-interest. And then there is the Coop who appears at the very beginning and end, who seems to follow his intuition so closely and literally that it leads him to some sort of cosmic despair. I don't think the ending is necessarily an indictment of Coop as a whole; each version of Coop is just an example of the good or bad that can result from this one aspect of his character. It all fits together to me in a way that is so ethereal and abstract that it's hard for me to put it into words, but this is my best attempt.
  4. I'd never heard of a rebus before this podcast and I'm happy to live in a reality where this is their only format.
  5. @Don't Go There This is a really good post. I'm also disappointed by the dropping of several threads, and especially Annie. I don't think she was executed very well in Season 2 (almost nothing was), but I think she could've fit perfectly into this season, which is much more focused on the character of Cooper and his various flaws and traumas. However, I think I read in the Oral History that Lynch didn't like how Season 2 tried to introduce a tragic backstory to Cooper, and so it seems like Lynch has spent this whole season, especially the final episode, digging deeper into Cooper's humanity in his own way, without the need of goofy Wyndam Earle nonsense. That's just a deliberate retcon, and I think it's silly for Frost to try to explain it as anything other than that. I agree with everything else you said. I really wish we could've seen more Audrey. I think the reason I disliked 18 so much on first viewing was because I really expected us to get some sort of conclusion or extension of Audrey's story, and as the whole thing dragged on and on, I kept thinking "Stop wasting time and get to Audrey (and everything else) already!", and when it became clear that there absolutely wasn't enough time for that, I was pretty disappointed. I love the finale as an ending to Cooper's story (Laura's ending came in FWWM, I feel), and looking back, I'm happy with the season, and willing to accept all the scenes and character plots as just their own thing. That doesn't make them good storytelling, however. That's just me trying to come to terms with it. I'm glad I read your post, because it really helped me put into terms all of my conflicting feelings about this show. Twin Peaks has always been a show I loved, mashed together with several shows I don't love, and a good heap of weird nonsense on the top. Somehow, that still equals love in the end, but it's a strange, confused form of love. Maybe that just makes it all the more powerful.
  6. The idea that David Lynch is in any way interested in creating a TV series simply to be antagonistic or say "screw you" to his audience is absurd to me. Why would anyone bother creating art, let alone such personal, creative, difficult-to-parse art if their only goal was to make others mad? Dude puts his life into this stuff, and it's clear when you listen to him speak that he holds within himself a deep love and respect for humanity, and some sort of desire to share something with all of us. These interpretations just read completely hollow to me. I understand being upset that the show didn't resolve properly (I was kinda bothered by Episode 18 at first), but I don't think there's any need to devalue the work like that. The more I think about this finale, the more I appreciate it. A lot of that is thanks to the discussion on here, and giving myself some time to reflect. Even with my expectations set to "this is gonna be strange", I was still surprised by the ending. Distilling the story back to Cooper and Laura, and Coop's final attempt to save her. It's just incredible. That final scream is absolutely haunting.
  7. It definitely felt like 17 and 18 are two different endings to two different shows, both of which fit into the various versions of Twin Peaks. It has always felt like Twin Peaks exists in a couple different modes; 18 skews more towards Fire Walk With Me, while 17 feels like it's an extension of the ending of Season 2. Throughout the whole season, The Return has felt like it's sometimes elegantly, sometimes inelegantly, blending together these divergent ideas of Twin Peaks, and so it only fits that it has to end twice. At least, that's how I see it. What an experience, though. The whole thing. I still don't even know what to feel. I'm so glad that I was able to watch this show with all of you. Twin Peaks on Sunday has been the highlight of my week for the last few months, and the first thing I do after each ep is come onto this forum to see what everyone has to say. And then, midweek, I'd get to listen to the podcast. This has, without a doubt, been the best experience I've had with a TV show. So thanks everyone for sharing this. Excited to do it all again during the Twin Peaks The Return Re-Watch Podcast comin' in 2020.
  8. While I loved the scenes with Dale Cooper back, they only made me appreciate more the decision to keep him as Dougie this whole time. I was talking to my friends who don't watch the show today about Dougie before I watched the episode, and it really cemented to me how much I enjoyed his antics, and the way he gave the show an entirely different feel. I love Old Coop, and I love New Old Coop, but I don't think they could have sustained him for 18 episodes. I think Lynch and McLachlan realized that you just can't capture that performance in the same way again; it's always going to feel just a little bit off, and I think that would have become more clear and uncomfortable if this had been a show entirely about Normal Dale Cooper. Glad to still get a few hours with him though I was disappointed that the theories about Mr. C raping Diane and likely also Audrey were confirmed. I don't know how I feel about it, necessarily. For the most part, the fact that Mr. C is evil has been expressed in this show through his mistreatment of women, from Darya to Diane. It's very uncomfortable. I mean, it's supposed to be uncomfortable. Still trying to reckon with myself how I feel about this, because generally I dislike stories that rely so heavily on themes of abuse and gratuitous violence. I will continue to read everyone's thoughts about this on our forum here, because I think there have been plenty of interesting discussions about this up until now. I'm excited for next week, although I'll be sad, obviously, for the show to end. It's been quite a ride. And as always, I still have absolutely zero idea what is going to happen next. I think it's saying "Threat Neutralized"?
  9. Important If True 26: Get Hype

    BTW, I loved the extra bits of post-production in this ep. The millennial news broadcast cracked me up. This ep was a great mix of hilarious bits and also some interesting future-discussion at the end. Probably one of my favourite episodes so far!
  10. Important If True 26: Get Hype

    AFAIK, "cupping" is a medical treatment that used to be used as a pain reliever. The way I heard it (which may not be how people do it nowadays) was a flame was lit inside of the cup and then removed, so that when it suctioned onto the skin it created a vacuum of hot air, which was supposed to help blood flow or some other thing. I heard about it from a woman who grew up in Russia and said she experienced it as a kid, and it was painful as hell. I don't know what people in San Francisco are doing with it, but I'm going to assume you're right that it has something to do with toxins.
  11. Like Chris and Jake, I was assuming/hoping that Sheryl Lee and Ray Wise would be more used in this season, especially Sheryl Lee. I thought she was phenomenal in FWWM, and she has such a distinct presence as Laura Palmer that completely made that film what it was. I'm hoping that she will show up more in the finale, when I assume things will go completely off the rails.
  12. You know, I've never thought of it like this, but the idea that Cooper is intrinsically connected the the Other World, and not just stumbling into it via Laura Palmer/being in the FBI is very interesting. It seems that all his intuition comes to him from dreams or visions, which as we've seen, involve beings from the Other World. Even as Dougie, all his actions are being directed by Mike and (maybe) The Fireman via visions. In the scene from FWWM used in this week's ep, he's telling Cole about a dream he had about that day, and uses this intuition to predict what will happen on the security camera. Then Jeffries points to him and asks Cole, "Who do you think this is?" Is Cooper not what we think he is? Did he ever actually have any agency, or was he always just being directed around by beings from the Other World, just like Dougie is being? Or was he himself somehow created through the Other World? Is this how he became involved in Blue Rose anyway? I don't really know where I'm going with this; just some weird stuff to think about. I doubt any of this will be answered in the show! All this might be disproven by the autobiography that was published in the 90s, but I'm not sure if that's canon. I've never read it.
  13. This makes me think that if Philip Jeffries does appear again in this season, it will be either as a disembodied voice, or as some sort of lodge spirit a la the Tree Guy. That would explain why they chose to redub this part to keep it consistent. I mean, it makes sense, considering that during the events of FWWM (now 26 years ago) he was already so completely jumbled by lodge nonsense, the idea that he would lose all vestiges of human form seems to track pretty well.
  14. I thought the guy pounding his desk and screaming "This is what we DO in the FBI!" was the funniest thing to happen in this show yet. I absolutely lost my mind, especially because they immediately cut back to Cole and everyone in Buckhorn and just continued on as normal. I think it's great that Gordon Cole's dream included footage from FWWM. I've always loved that scene, and it's never been able to have anything to do with anything, so I was really happy to see it again here. The lighting and effects in Andy's Fireman scene were absolutely incredible. The way it emphasized the wrinkles on Andy's face and made his eyes sorta glow; it lent a sense of dignity to a character who has almost never had any. I was worried, when he first entered, that he was just going to goof around and ask the Fireman a bunch of inane questions, but I'm glad the scene ended up playing it straight. I wonder what he was showing Lucy in that clip he was shown? Maybe it has something to do with Wally Brando! (Let's hope.) Following that, the scene in the jail was just so spooky. I couldn't tell if the drunk guy was real or a Lodge vision. I got the feeling that somehow "Mom", the figure chasing after the blind woman and (maybe) Dougie/GoodCoop (she showed up in the glass box after he appeared), has something to do with Sarah Palmer. Now that we know for sure that Sarah contains something sinister, that was the first idea that popped into my head. I don't have much to say about that other than wild speculation and instinct. I don't know what to make of the Fireman glove guy. It's so unbelievable that this character exists, and the way they revealed him was to have him tell his lodge story to James, of all people. Like, this random British dude's now just gonna roll up and punch someone out in a pivotal scene now, right? Is he the only one who can destroy Bad Coop? How bizarre!
  15. In the cafe scene in the latest episode, I figured that Dougie getting up to get pie and rubbing Antony's back were both caused by him seeing similar visions as he has been seeing all season, it was just that this time they weren't shown on screen for dramatic tension. That was my read at least. It seems that Mike is behind all of it.