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Jean Renault Was Right (An article I wrote for 25YL)  


Hey everybody,

So today saw the publication of the first real substantial Twin Peaks analysis I have written. I am pretty proud of it, so I hope you might give it a read and would love to talk about it with you all further. 

I should also thank the Forum for helping me to develop my thoughts in such a meaningful way. I couldn't source all of the people who influenced my thinking about the show along the way if I tried. 

(Also, if anyone happens to be interested in writing about TV/Film beyond just Twin Peaks for 25YL, let me know)

Posted : 19/02/2019 10:33 pm

Good read. Thanks for sharing!

I remember Frost stating a long time ago that they wanted to explore Cooper's darker side had they a chance to continue the show into a season 3. To me, that was the other shoe dropping informing us that Cooper and his doppelganger was one and the same. 25 years later we get a season 3 and see this made manifest in the Cooper presented in episode 18.

Posted : 05/03/2019 11:22 am
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I read this last week and have been meaning to post. Really good work, really enjoyed reading it ( as I have your analytical posts on here previously).

It's interesting what you wrote about History being over in your conclusion. In a very real sense, it is; from fashion to pop culture to the media we can access instantly on Spotify, Netflix etc, there has never been such a constant blend of now and then. Everything is up for grabs, everything is available. And in another sense, with social media, everything seems to be focused on capturing one big NOW: what are you doing NOW? What are you watching NOW? A strange time to be alive.

Another thing your article prompted me on; I hadn't really considered in depth before how much The Return reduces BoB's role in the grand scheme of things, just as sharply as the 2nd season increased his importance. He really is just a symptom in The Return, a dangerous one, but certainly only the tip of the ice berg in some ways.

Posted : 08/03/2019 7:57 am

Thanks, and yeah, that is more or less how I am thinking about the end of history at this point. Not 'end' in the sense of a goal, just like it's over. Everything is on this one flat surface. Pretty much precisely what you said is what I get to thinking about. Things happen, sure, but can we believe in History anymore?

I think you're right, too, about Bob's role being reduced. I hadn't thought about that as much as I could have. Mr. C is central; Bob is with him (good). Bob is shattered by Freddie. Yeah, this was sort of in the margins of the thing I wrote here, but you've made me think about it more explicitly. Thanks!

Posted : 01/04/2019 7:38 pm