Concerning the Disappearance of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: A Review of “My Life My Tapes”

In the grand tradition of epistolary writing in and about the world of Twin Peaks, and in the name of doing something a little bit different for 25YL, I have taken it upon myself to write about one of the canon-adjacent novels as if it were being investigated for clues about Agent Cooper's disappearance. And …

Twin Peaks: Navigating between two worlds (Part 5 of 5) – Electricity Nexus #22E

Now that we've spent the first four parts looking into Twin Peaks reality and how to navigate it, we're finally at the big questions: Was Dale Cooper following a plan? Did he take away Laura Palmer's agency and/or blow up reality as Twin Peaks knows it? Is he dead? Every interpretation of these questions' answers seems …

Twin Peaks: Navigating between two worlds (Part 4 of 5) – Electricity Nexus #22D

Twin Peaks Season 3 has taken a lot of flack for not feeling like there are protagonists, antagonists, or even things they want. At the time, I knew it had to be purposeful, but all the same I couldn’t quite understand it. But over time, I’ve come to this conclusion: I think Season 3 is …

Twin Peaks: Navigating between two worlds (Part 3 of 5) – Electricity Nexus #22C

No scene in Twin Peaks Season 3 is ever cut and dry whether it is set in material reality or Lodgespace. As I said in Part 1 of this theory: Fans are constantly debating if the Roadhouse is material or non-material, if Audrey is in a mental institution or the Black Lodge. Fans debate if the Las …

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier – A Deep Dive Review and Analysis (Part 3)

Just as it appears Dale Cooper is going through time loops in Season 3, restarting over and over with Phillip Gerard asking him "is it future or is it past" or Lodge Laura whispering in his ear, Mark Frost’s The Final Dossier presents us with a number of repeating cycles: of various inflicted traumas, of …

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier – A Deep Dive Review and Analysis (Part 2)

“Life is what it is, a gift that is given to us for a time—like a library book—that must eventually be returned. How should we treat this book? If we are able to remember that it is not ours to begin with—one that we’re entrusted with, to care for, to study and learn from—perhaps it …

Bad Binoculars, Driving Dads, and Dancing Divas: Return Rewatch Part 16

“No knock, no doorbell.” - Diane Evans Here’s what I said about Part 16 a year ago in my Third Day Theories article: “Amazing episode.  If Part 8 was pure heroin Lynch, then Part 16 (double-8?) was pure heroin Twin Peaks.  In the fan community, there is near universal agreement.  It scored a 9.8 post-episode …

Shovels, Sunset Boulevards, and Sharp Dressed Men: The Return Part 15

"You asked about this shovel," Nadine says to Ed in the opening scene of Part 15 of The Return. "Well, I'm shoveling myself out of the shit!" "Have you been watching that show of Jacoby's?" Ed drawls. Nadine's grin says it all. "You know I have," she replies, before "freeing" Ed to pursue Norma, as they …

Starting Positions, Jungle Gyms, and a Boxing Match: Return Rewatch Part 13

During the initial airing of The Return, I found Part 12 to be the most disappointing. Lots of long, slow scenes; very little Kyle MacLachlan, and then the short-lived excitement of seeing Audrey for the first time turn into a big let-down. So heading into Part 13, I hoped things would get back on track. And …