Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: It came to me in a dream...
From: tneff@bfmny0.BFM.COM (Tom Neff)
Date: 1990-12-14, 00:40

In article <1632@mobius.ACA.MCC.COM> abbott@mobius.UUCP (Jeff Abbott) writes:
> >James is the perfect example of a character than has stagnated
> >rather than grown. ...

James seems to me to be one of the cardboard 'type' characters in
Lynch's vision; he's just there to stand around in his leather jacket
and pout, roaring off on the Harley as needed.  Some of the more
pedestrian talents on the team may have decided to 'flesh him out' but
the trap is that his role is a walking invitation for dumb cliches!
He needs some WEIRDNESS (there's that word again) and he has nuuuune.

> >                       His leaving Donna in the woods was the
> >ultimate, in my opinion, of mishandling a character.

Unless we remember that he did essentially the same thing to Laura in
the woods the night she was killed.  The difference, if we decide to
believe his story completely, is that Laura ran off under her own steam
instead of begging him to stay like Donna did.  But the image of ridin'
away from the wo-mun he luuuvs is consistent.  Of course, as created by
these placeholders it's just another dumb pointless incident instead of
a mysterious interlude, but whoever had the idea in the first place
probably thought it could be made to look good.