Twin Peaks Usenet Archive


Subject: Re: RS: Some guesses (including COOPER BOOK SPOILERS)
From: joe@zitt (Joe Zitt)
Date: 1991-05-04, 14:27
Newsgroups: alt.tv.twin-peaks

wilson@iowasp.physics.uiowa.edu (Peter D. Wilson) writes:

> > In article <1991May2.111506.12569@pbs.org>, mpax@pbs.org (Cool Bean) writes:
>> > > Hate it.  To think we spent a year theorizing and analyzing nothing more
>> > > than a vision, would be a HUGE let down......
>> > > It would take all of the fun out of it and the mystery, which I
>> > > find central to my addiction.
> > 
> >   If the story is coherent and ties into the bigger picture (like
> >   the visions in the show were), how can making it a vision destroy
> >   its enchantment?

I could see this working but (off da toppa my head) what would it take
to make it satisfying?

Important questions would include
	Whose vision is it?
	Does this person exist in (a TV representation of) our world?
	Why is the person having the dream?
	What do the symbols in the dream mean to this person?
	Why did the person "choose" the images in it?
	How has the person been affected by having had the dream?

This has actually been done well in the past in (if we take the simple
explanation as real in the movie of The Wizard of Oz. (I don't have to
include WIZARD OF OZ SPOILERS here, do I?) In that, the world of OZ is
a dream had by Dorothy Gale. She does exist in a mundane Kansas, and
wishes to escape. When she has the dream, she envisions a fantasy world,
yet finds similar demons (Miss Gulch <==> The Witch) to the ones in her
real life. Most of the characters are spun off from real people she knows,
and few of the images are outside the realm of something that may have
been constructed by the subconscious of a young girl on a Kansas farm
in those days. She is affected by the dream in that she awakens from it
more comfortable with the life she really leads. (Whether this is a good
thing is another question...)

This has been done badly in other situations that invalidate the whole rest
of the story. Examples include the dreamyear of Dallas (from what I 
undesrstand, never having watched the show much...), St. Elsewhere, and
a lot of fourth grade fiction.

In a literary sense, having the piece turn out to be a dream does >not<
free it from coherence, and does not allow a good artist to include simply
random elements in it. Rather, everything would carefully be viewed from
the angle: Would this character generate these images? Even if they don't
seem to link in anywhere or make any sense, they would fall within this world
view.

If Twin Peaks is, indeed, a dream, whose dream is it? The simplest guess would
be that it is Laura Palmer's. There is little in there that she might not
have envisioned, especially assuming that the Secret Diary ends at the point
she began the dream. The uses of poetry are a bit of stretch, as are the
reference to Tibet, but Laura, being intelligent and inquisitive, might well
have picked these up along the way.

Other possibilities include Josie Packard (whose life takes a steady tragic
trajectory of decay throughout the series, with her currently being trapped
inside a knob), Dale Cooper, Ben Horne, and even Audrey Horne (who is perhaps
the only character who has had a steady passage of learning and growth through
the series).

The dream theory would explain a >lot< of what's going on, and I think little
in the show would not fit into a well formed dream -- even such things as
the bouncing balls in 2007(?) and the unison policemen in Diane Keaton's
episode would fit as the kinda weird things that happen in dreams.

In short, I would not be infuriated by this turning out to be a dream, >if<
the dreamer, cause, and resolution fit this kind of dreamlogic. I would rather
that it all be "real" (i.e. a first-order dream of Lynch, Frost, et all) rather
than a dream-within-a-show... but it could be pulled off well -- and wouldn't
it be a coup for TP to be one of the few shows to do it >right
		
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