The Central Question of Twin Peaks: When confronted with trauma, do you look away or shovel yourself out? – Electricity Nexus #12

I think I’ve located the central question of Twin Peaks: when confronted with trauma, do you look away from it or do you shovel yourself out? David Lynch and Mark Frost’s advice for when this happens? Strive for enlightenment. Beneath the coffee and donuts and the quirky characters, the original center at the deepest heart of Twin …

DoppelCooper’s got Black Knight Syndrome and he’s tragically in love with Judy – Electricity Nexus #11

I knew this would be my next column when I found something Bob and Windom Earle have in common, even though parts of the premise of today’s rabbit hole gives me pause. I do believe the Good Dale and his shadow are basically similar people (they are two halves of a whole and all) but …

What you know is valid, and everyone else’s fan theories are valid too – Electricity Nexus #10

David Lynch has a saying when fans ask him about their theories: “What you know is valid.” It doesn’t matter how on-point the theory is with popular opinion or if it’s completely tinfoil hat territory, Lynch believes if you’ve arrived at an answer due to the experiencing of his art that your answer is valid. …

So the Palmers are all monsters now (did the show’s traumatic center get a makeover in Final Dossier?) – Electricity Nexus #9

The Palmers and the uncomfortable nature of their trauma are at the center of Twin Peaks, but thanks to Tamara Preston's interpretation in The Final Dossier the reality of the Palmers' trauma has possibly been redefined into the product of the demons Joudy and Ba’alzeBOB finding each other and mating. Is Twin Peaks still the same …

Final Dossier: Audrey & Annie explain reality, the Roadhouse gets around, & timequake keeps ticking – Electricity Nexus #8

**** THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR THE FINAL DOSSIER AHEAD **** If you’re looking for a non-spoiler take on the book, read Lindsay Stamhuis’ review here. ****     The most contested thoughts after The Return aired its finale were all related to reality: Which reality were Cooper and “Carrie” in? Where was Audrey? Was the …

Laura Palmer is in the lodge’s Witness Protection Program in a life modeled after Shelly Johnson – Electricity Nexus #7

Carrie Page is an identity whose name may or may not be a silly reference to a still-missing fourth diary page. I don't have an angle on that at all. But I am massively confident she's a created name to keep Laura Palmer safe by (most likely) the Fireman's team in a form of witness …

A Linear Chronology of Dale Cooper, Complete with Happy Ending – Electricity Nexus #6

So why am I writing about Dale Cooper again rather than Carrie Page in a white lodge witness protection program? Because about six hours after I published my last column it dawned on me there was a way I could actually put all the Agent Cooper scenes into a chronological order based around his lodge …

The Dale/Mr. C showdown begins in Part 18 when Dale becomes DoppelCooper – Electricity Nexus #5

I began Electricity Nexus by describing a scenario where Cooper and Laura are stuck within a black lodge time loop until one of them figures out how to shovel themselves out of the shit to break their half of their intertwined cycles. This still feels fundamentally true to me, and I’m using this as the …

The Prisoner & Twin Peaks, Part A: a primer of unanswered questions – Electricity Nexus #4

  49 years after prisoner aired its conclusion, Twin Peaks came back to our television sets to once again be the only thing near its orbit. Today (literally today--September 29th) the Prisoner turns 50 and I think it's time we start talking about it here officially. There are a number of ways Twin Peaks and …

Permutations of American Girl – Electricity Nexus #3

Everyone remembers Naido these days because she has the dubious and uncomfortable distinction of being the identity housing the “true” Diane. But do you remember her roommate American Girl, played by Phoebe Augustine? I do. And I think since they were in the same location when Cooper arrived there, it stands to reason that they’d …