Currently listening to you guys talk about Fire Walk with Me. It’s a great time, but I find myself wanting to yell answers at my computer while I listen. Wish I could be part of the conversation… Here’s my running thoughts on your discussions.
The shooting locations are in the same town(s) as the pilot, but they feel different because the film was shot in the summer. Everything is much sunnier and more dry than when the pilot was filmed in late winter/early spring. Many of the scenes are shot in new locations that weren’t used in the pilot, but they are still all located in the same general area of the Snoqualmie valley. The Palmer House interior is the same as in the series, but the exterior has changed for the film. The exterior used in the series was actually a completely different house than the interior. Now in the movie, the same house is used for both interior and exterior.
You’re couldn’t be more wrong about how Agent Cooper and Sam would interact. Coop doesn’t find Sam endearing at all. For some reason he seems to really dislike Sam. You’re actually going to see the two of them together in the Missing Pieces. Extra trivia for you: Sam was mentioned by Cooper in the pilot episode after he pulled the letter from Laura Palmer’s finger nail. “Diane, send this to Albert and his team. Don’t send it to Sam. Albert is a little more on the ball.”
Desmond did purposely make Sam spill his coffee. He asked him to look at his watch while he was still holding his coffee cup, guessing he was too spaced out to realize he should put the cup down first before turning his wrist.
The Roadhouse was probably the other location with a neon sign that you were thinking of. There are iconic shots of the roadhouse’s neon sign reflected in a puddle in the parking lot.
The scene with David Bowie that is cross fading between him in the Philadelphia office and the scene of the lodge entities meeting “above the convenience store” was originally two separate scenes. When you watch the missing pieces you will see both scenes in their entirety without the static crossfading. So I’m guessing that when Lynch was trimming the movie, he still wanted to keep both scenes so he just stuck them in the movie on top of each other.
What you said about the black lodge and its effect on time and a person’s life seems to be dead on. This film takes place before Coop had ever gone to Twin Peaks, but the first time you see him you can faintly hear some black lodge music. Also Phillip Jeffries points to him and asks, “Who do you think that is there?” Possibly in reference to his future possession by BOB. Laura has a dream about Annie, who tells her about Coop being trapped in the black lodge. And of course at the end when Laura ends up in the red room, Coop is already there waiting to usher her to what we can assume is the white lodge.
James does say to Donna in the pilot that Laura told him Bobby killed a guy. He basically describes the whole scene where she gets off the bike and runs away from him into the woods, beat by beat. This all had to be in the movie, basically because it was previously mentioned that it had happened.
The Grandmother/Grandson are the “Tremonds”, not whatever name you were saying.
In the train car scene, Laura’s guardian angel that had previously left her alone (i.e. disappeared from the painting) in the middle of the movie seemingly helps Ronette escape her bonds. Mike throws the ring into the train car after Leland pushes Ronette out the door. The ring seems to be a weird thing in that whoever puts it on, BOB is compelled to kill them. BOB wanted to possess Laura, but when she puts on the ring he screams with rage as he must now kill her. This is her defeating him, by not letting him have her. Dream Coop told her not to take the ring previously, probably because he knew it would lead to her death.
After her death she goes to the waiting (red) room, where Cooper is waiting for her. She cries tears of joy when her guardian angel re-appears to usher her to the white lodge. There is a beautiful deleted scene in the Missing Pieces with Doc Hayward that foreshadows this.
In the final episode a lot of people think that Cooper injured his head on the mirror so that he would be taken to the hospital where Annie is. This would give BOB a chance to kill Annie before she wakes and has a chance to tell anyone that the real Coop is still in the lodge. Indeed in Missing Pieces of this film, Annie is seen wearing the ring in the hospital, presumably marked for death until a nurse steals it from her. Not sure where that would have gone. I guess Coop will end up killing that nurse.
Also, the ring seems to be made of the same material as the table that the “Man from Another Place” (The little man) runs his hands over while saying, “This is the formica table”. If I’m not mistaken there’s even a chunk of the table missing, presumably the piece that the ring is made from.
With the way you guys enjoyed this movie I REALLY think you should read “The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer”. The themes are extremely similar to Fire Walk with Me. I usually suggest people read it before the movie, to help prep them for its subject matter and shift in tone from the TV series. But since you’re already fans of the movie, I’m confident you’ll like the book a lot. I got my Twin Peaks Podcast co-hosts to read it before watching FWWM and they said it really helped them more fully understand the character of Laura and how dark the world of the movie is. Maybe you can do a bonus show on it? J
Other things you could check out are: You could listen to Cooper’s audio tapes and you could read Cooper’s autobiography. These 2 things are interesting, but not really necessary in my opinion the way Laura’s diary is.
That’s all for now. Feel free to grab any snippits from this that you found interesting and share them on the podcast! I wouldn’t expect you to read this whole thing aloud.
Host of “The Twin Peaks Podcast”