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  1. Oh and my first reaction to the Diane thing was to assume that Cooper killed her and replaced her with a tulpa to do his bidding, body snatchers style. I'm not sure I believe that Diane is Naido since the other tulpa, Dougie, looked exactly like his original. But who knows. It was pretty horrible to watch someone remember that they've been raped and killed and then realize they're not a real person.
  2. I feel like the roadhouse is a place where the lodge bleeds into reality. I don't know why Audrey woke up screaming in a white room but it doesn't seem exactly like a coma, because she 'woke up' staring directly into a mirror. It feels more like a hallucination, but I don't know what that means. Maybe she's gone insane? But I have a feeling it's something less easy to pin down. I'm so happy that the roadhouse scenes got weird and conspicuously artificial and then imploded because they bothered me when I thought it was just David Lynch showing us some bands he liked. (Although it still is partially that.)
  3. That scene being part of a soap opera would actually fit perfectly with its tone, but they did mention the road house.
  4. The Audrey scene was so nerve-racking. They bring her in with no fanfare, and throw us straight into an dense, hard to follow conversation that felt like clumsily executed exposition from a completely different TV show. Just incredibly alienating and confusing. And I'm sure they knew what they were doing when they had that scene come soon after a scene where two other characters discussed something which would directly affect Audrey, and had Audrey not even mention it. Likewise, the Audrey scene ended with she and her husband agreeing to go the roadhouse, which led to a roadhouse scene where two completely new characters had a similarly alienating conversation. I feel like the theme of this episode was momentum refusing to be carried over. I know Frost and Lynch have a thing for stilted, artificial dialogue and awkward pacing, and I feel like this entire episode was a study in that, with the episode itself also feeling awkwardly placed in the series as a whole. In a way, it felt more formally experimental than anything from episode 8.
  5. It's hard for me to believe that Diane would be willingly working with Cooper given her reaction when she met him and when Gordon and Albert were first trying to convince her to come with them. It really felt like Diane had spent the last 25 years trying to forget about Cooper, I can't see how she could have been interacting with him. Even the idea that she was working with Jeffries directly against Cooper in the intervening time seems weird to me. I think whatever Diane is doing is something that started after her meeting with Cooper in prison. And if she's working with Cooper she must be doing it unwillingly.
  6. I don't think it was played as a fun goof by Lynch, but it is the type of scene that might be played as a fun goof in other movies, and I think Lynch is aware of that. I think we are meant to be aware that Janey E is not acting like a real person, but like a character in a sitcom. Normally TV shows have some sort of built-in audience reaction, whether it's from a laugh track, music, sound cues, or reaction shots from other characters in the scene. But the way she's filmed in the scene where she's 'seducing' Dougie, with long stationary shots, and the lack of built-in audience reaction (or reaction from Dougie) is supposed to highlight how artificial her character, her situation and her actions are. These scenes, and most others in this show, feel to me more like watching a TV show being filmed than watching a finished, edited TV show. It's incredibly uncomfortable, but intentionally so. I think with Lynch you have to keep in mind that he's not using film as a way to give us a window into a seamlessly crafted, internally consistent illusory world, he's also using the medium itself to transmit meaning. You can't take the actions of the characters at face value without also considering the way that they're filmed, and the way the filmed footage is presented to you.
  7. But Janey E is married to Dougie, not Cooper. And in this scenario, Cooper is essentially a mentally disabled adult. Love? How do we know he's even capable of romantic love in his current state? How do we know he even understands that he's 'married' or even knows what marriage is? I think what's unsettling about the scene to me is that, like many other Dougie/Cooper scenes, it plays out as if the other characters don't recognize that he's a complete vegetable. Janey-E is acting like a loving wife who is making consensual love to her husband, but Dougie is essentially a vacant husk who doesn't know what sex is, and is completely incapable of giving consent. For what it's worth, I don't think it's meant to be a lighthearted interlude, and I think Lynch and Frost are completely aware of how uncomfortable it is.
  8. After watching this episode and the new episode of Game of Thrones back to back, I've realized that plot progression is the probably lowest form of entertainment. The most profound sensations it can instill are the momentary pleasure gained by seeing what happens and the compulsive desire to know what's next. Essentially, a show like Game of Thrones is no more emotionally or philosophically complex than a game of peek-a-boo, except it's worse because it's drenched in bombastic sound cues and reaction shots which feel like they're designed to prod the viewer into feeling a certain way: aren't you so shocked about what just happened? Wasn't that such a clever twist? Just leave me alone and let me watch your stupid show! I'm glad that Twin Peaks is so ambivalent about moving the plot forwards and unraveling its own mystery, instead choosing to bask in the moment and establish an emotional tone of dull terror and low key dread. I hope Cooper never wakes up and I hope we never learn the truth about anything. This episode was great, it gave me nightmares. By the way, can we all agree that Janey E raped Cooper?
  9. I'm so glad that we live in a media landscape where a relatively well-known TV show can have an episode like this! I know it's a huge exception to the rule, but this simply could not have existed if it wasn't for digital streaming. I don't care very much about what this does to the mythology of Twin Peaks and I definitely don't care about the lack of plot progression. What I'm here for is the incredible imagery, and the feeling of each scene, and the fact that this imagery is wrapped up in a coherent mythos only makes me pay more attention to the details. When I watched this, I was wondering at the meaning and symbolism more than I would if I was just experiencing this as a 45 minute long art-film. I think the collaboration between Frost's lore-dense mythology and Lynch's audio-visual tone making has really made something special.
  10. Or wealthiest woman! Considering his age, he's probably Audrey's son.
  11. I love that you mention Amanita Design, Nappi. There's a part in Episode 3 (you'll know it when you see it) that distinctly reminded me of Samorost.
  12. I think Lynch just doesn't mind exposing the artificiality of visual effects. When he uses effects I think he's more concerned about the image itself and what it's meant to convey rather than making it blend seamlessly with the filmed parts of the frame. I appreciate it. It feels connected with the tendency in 20th century art of letting the process by which a piece of art is made become a part of the piece (and Lynch does have a fine art background).
  13. Thinking about it, the tone of the first episode reminds me of The Missing Pieces more than anything else. It's a sequence of scenes featuring seemingly unrelated characters and events presented without context, and usually without music. Although, having watched further episodes, it does seem like all of these events are being slowly woven into an interrelated plot, which is a very cool feeling. It's refreshing to see a show that is not afraid to leave things unexplained, to let it's characters know or talk about things that the viewer doesn't understand, and at the same time does not flaunt the mystery to the audience with cartoonish cliffhangers or loud musical cues.
  14. just watched episode 4... and no spoilers but... what? there were some odd moments in that one. excited to hear chris and jake talk about it.
  15. Yeah, that was the earliest thread I could find, but it was created in 2007 which is around the time that people started using the word indie. So it has a lot of the older things in it like... Toribash! What a bizarre game! It looks like there's a spruced up version on Steam now, but the original game was a simple 2 player fighting game where you would control characters by contracting or expanding their individual muscles. If you were good you could punch or rip your opponent's limbs off, but more often than not matches would result in players flailing around and falling to the floor. I think you could also do things like rip your own arm off and use it as a cudgel to beat your opponent. Fun times(?) Edit: That thread also has some of Ikiki's games. They were a ridiculously prolific but mysterious Japanese developer that seems to have been forgotten recently. There's a good write-up on them here: https://theludoffin.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/check-out-time-ikiki/