NIN performance backdrop
I've seen several comments and posts about the performance, but there was one thing in particular that I couldn't stop thinking about.
While the overarching commentary has been how dark and somewhat terrifying the scene/song is, especially within the context of this episode, the backdrop is what catches my mind. It seems to be a dark red curtain. Then with the video imagery overlaid it is similar to the floor of the black lodge/waiting room.
This honestly was SUPER unsettling to me and felt like a symbol of the black lodge overlapping with our world moreso everyday, just before we are shown the manner in which its denizens were granted access on a greater scale by the atom bomb.
I also thought the NIN performance/music was so much more fitting for this season than most of the other performances. I know I'll probably get tarred and feathered for saying that, but the jagged industrialism of NIN matches the sharp and jagged story lines, sounds, and visual effects than the melodic, dreamy music that has happened a lot so far.
I really think David and Trent are bros.
What got me thinking was how the emcee looked like Jimmy Scott, who sang "Sycamore Trees" in the Black Lodge in the original series finale. Tuxedo suit and all. He looks incredibly out of place announcing NIN at the Roadhouse, and so darn formally.
(And yes, I know Jimmy Scott is dead. Probably more easter egg than anything else, anyway.)
This performance definitely was placed to unsettle, with its barrage of colours, length, and the disjointed nature of the music itself combined with the lyrics which essentially explain the 'spirit' of people like Laura and Mr. C. Further, this song(and episode) comes right after the 'easy' episode that reminds of old twin peaks, but one which lacked a song, a 'bing'/jackpot moment for the 'sleepwalkers' in twin peaks at the RR diner. I think we are getting that jackpot moment for the truth of old twin peaks in this song.
Now my point is that in this context of 'sleepwalking', why are things that are unsettling or bring 'trouble' seen as always associated with something 'bad'/evil, simply because they make people feel bad or upset their feelings? Then the reaction is to hide from this unsettling and counter it with a 'good/white' savior that will make things better, that is guaranteed to save the 'sleepwalkers'. Isnt the point of forcing people to watch this that there is an existing trouble-injustice that is festering and proliferating precisely because people ignore it, pretend as if they are innocent, dont want to feel bad about something that is bad(for example laura palmer, no one took her problems seriously, and still dont)? People like James, Shelly, Truman, the pie eating woman, Heidi, etc. have just been hiding from these problems for the past 25 years, we have just seen a slow decay and boring proliferation of the same 'evil', even a glorification of it as a law to follow(Becky, and many others, are headed down Laura's path, but no one is even close to figuring this out, while Becky herself is quite pleased with the situation). Shouldnt the 'good' people, like the giant, James, etc. be dealing with all of this in some way, instead of dreaming up the golden orb of Laura the prom queen, a dream long dead(Shes gone), in order to hide from the bitter truth so they pretend they can enjoy Laura and maintain a worthy world at the same time? It cannot be done and the so called white-good people are brutally evil, I think thats why the 'shock' here, no one is innocent here, or even trying to be good.......even the ones who claim to be.......their funeral for Laura was more like a pagan sacrifice to keep their community going in its never ending cycle of corruption and decay which will only produce more lauras/leland's over and over. Time and time again, BOB, BOB, BOB, BOB
People sit and watch their own people decay and corrupted, dying, etc., but react to it as if they are involved in a ritualistic pagan sacrifice, as if they can ward it off by ignoring it and even angrily declaring that nothing can get in the way of their narcissistic happiness. Its almost like how terrorist attacks are now dealt with, like an occasion for a party and to reassert that nothing will change, while we are sure that some 'giant' will save us, even though we have even given up on trying to even think about the problem or solve it, as long as we dont want to 'feel bad' or hurt our poor feelings with bad things and thoughts that dont exist, because Laura is beautiful, etc. as if it is all somehow magically guaranteed to go away without any dealing with or thinking about the problem whatsoever. The so called 'good' people are fully complicit and even enjoying death of Laura and their community, their blood keeps the party flowing without anyone having to feel good about it. Good and evil are no so clear cut......(ex. James gets to pretend twin peaks is good and Laura is a prom queen, while he has no interest in actually helping her or really dealing with her problems, etc.; probably why the log lady was so disgusted with james and donna that she vandalized Normas diner as condemning twin peaks)
The point is that being unsettled is not necessarily bad: if there is some problem, something rotting at the core of the world, people should feel bad about it in order to properly confront it and be able to deal with it at the level of importance it deserves. Cooper-Dougie himself also brings 'trouble' and is very unsettling to the world: all he does is wander around, but his presence causes all kinds of bad feelings and he is on the verge of being killed by multiple parties. The parties Dougie-Cooper unsettles are the Mr. C types, while these Mr. C types, Jean Michel etc., unsettle no one in twin peaks...... big problem there, good is evil here.....