Hester Prynne wrote:AXX°N N. wrote:LateReg wrote:I think there's a very conscious element at play. If it's not exactly about reclaiming the show, specifically, it's always struck me as very consciously about the dangers of wanting to dig back into the past.
For the first time I see the potential meta-textual element of Cooper looking back at Laura, and in so doing, losing her -- as if Lynch and Frost have performed the same action.
It's interesting to think about certain scenes from Season 3 in this context. I wonder if the journey is more about when Lynch/Frost lost Laura when the original run was canceled - that Season 3 was always about finding Laura again and returning "home" or at the point where the story first began. The scene that really sticks out to me is in Episode 17 when Cooper returns to a scene from FWWM, which is Laura's story, to "find her." Then as he tells her he's taking her "home," she's ripped away from his hand. There's also Leland's "find Laura," Laura being ripped out of the Red Room - even Audrey's questions to Charlie about what story she's in, being confused about who and where she is, her fixation on "finding" Billy - it seems like so much of the show had characters disoriented, lost, or in search of something - the Log Lady's message to Hawk that he "missed something" and they were missing pages of Laura's diary - so much of it seems like a metaphor for Lynch/Frost losing Laura and finding her again, but recognizing that what's done is done, and no matter how many different incarnations of Twin Peaks there are, the story will always end where it began.
That's definitely how I've come to characterize the Audrey story-line. She almost seems to be challenging the show, attempting to become the main character, which hearkens back to her near death experience trying to uncover Laura's traces in the original seasons. Except this time, in a season whose avant-garde qualities have included more characters than ever in its strange realms, Audrey is almost punished, it seems, pushing the envelope too far when she literally tries to take center stage. However I feel there's something optimistic about her snapping to the white room--it can only be a good thing, considering the terror she just escaped. Perhaps the white room is transcendence from the bounds of the narrative she found herself confused inside? Whereas Cooper sinks so deep he dives into the darkest territory.