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  1. I actually see this differently than what seems like the general sentiment here. First of all, sexual assault is a reality. (I've experienced it myself.) Lynch often has sexual violence as part of his story telling and I respect the fact that he doesn't shy away from it because it's awful and uncomfortable to watch. I also think that raping two women as precious to Dale Cooper as Audrey and Diane is so unthinkable and so anathema to his character, which is one of the reasons we all love him. Because of this, to me, it absolutely follows that his doppelgänger would do just that. It's the ultimate "fuck you" to the real Cooper. Let's also not forget that Bob is and has always been a rapist. This is part of his character and a large part of what makes him terrifying and evil. Obviously, no one is pro-rape, but the horror of sexual violence is at the heart of Bob and is exactly what makes this effective in portraying a pure evil and true horror. Would we fear and hate Bob in the same way without his serial rapes? I don't think I would. Evil Coop raping Audrey and Diane makes perfect sense to me, unfortunately as it is the worst thing one person can do to another.
  2. I thought so too and it gave me a deepened appreciation of Dougie Coop. Cooper operating in an intuitive Buddha state seems perfectly related to Lynch's connection to transcendental meditation and Tibetan Buddhism in general. I love it.
  3. This is my first post, so forgive me if this shows up in a weird place. Anyway, the thing I wanted to share is something I heard on another podcast. (I believe it was Counter Esperanto.) Anyway, the idea that they put forth is that while in Western psychology, there are three states (id, ego, and superego), in Eastern psychology, there's a fourth state - the so-called "Buddha state." This is where personality is stripped away but the true nature remains. The idea is that it's like being in "the zone" where verbal conscious thoughts are gone but people operate on instinct. What they proposed is that Dougie (after Cooper got zapped back into his place) was in the Buddha state. The way they justify this is by looking at what Dougie Coop was able to accomplish - he busted a fraud ring, fought off Ike the Spike, rekindled his marriage, bonded with his son, faced and befriended the Mitchum brothers, etc. The point they made was that perhaps it wasn't that Dougie was some sort of empty zombie, rather he was Cooper in the Buddha state, and while devoid of verbal personality, still moved through the world powerfully. I thought this was really interesting. What do you guys think?