Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Damn good coffee! And HOT!
From: (Tristan A. Farnon)
Date: 1990-04-22, 03:57

"Twin Peaks" has many running symbols, perhaps the most pervasive being the 
act of DANCING.

Laura and Donna danced in the video.
Audrey Horn dances CONSTANTLY to her "dreamy music".
Mr. Palmer danced with Laura's photograph.
The "Man From Another Place" himself spent most of his time dancing.

Coffee, and coffeepots appear in nearly every setting. The diner, the hotel, 
every domestic kitchen, at the sawmill, and of course the embarrassing 
incident with the fish-in-the-percolator. Cooper raves about the 
"incredible" coffee at the Great Northern. In episode #3, Lucy offers the 
men a "warm up" cup - and they dive for it wholeheartedly. Add to this the 
visual gag of anally-retented stacks of organized donuts and the myth of 
cops-and-donuts, and you've got one mighty comical parody.

As for Cooper's dream sequence, the first thing I noticed right away was the 
similarity between the setting of the dream room to the setting/style of 
Dorothy Vallens' apartment in "Blue Velvet". The red curtains, the hidden 
(or at least out-of-view) entrance, the single lamp shining upward, and the 
one "strange" element: the statue.

My interpretation brings Dale Cooper into the womb of Laura Palmer. (the 
soft velvet curtains could very well by associated with the intra-uterine 
lining of a birth canal (with apologies to biologists who know the 
appropriate terms). Cooper's skin was indeed wrinkled somewhat - as if he 
himself were not ready to be born, not ready to leave the uterus until 
completion. (of his dream, perhaps? of solving the mystery, perhaps?)

Laura Palmer looked more beautiful and mysterious in his dream than she had 
ever looked in real life (or in the eyes of those who offered their own 
interpretation). I suppose the Man From Another Place, with his dancing, 
rhythmic hand-rubbing and obscured speech could very well symbolize the 
whole "mystery" itself. It's SO HARD to offer interpretation without 
sneaking a peak ahead. 

I've also made a 25-cent side bet with an acquaintance of mine that we will 
indeed be seeing more of those "chocolate bunnies".

As for the mounted animal head with horns that "fell", my first reaction was 
that it was simply David Lynch forcing an ambiguously uncomfortable presence 
into an otherwise routine occurance. The whole series seems to be about 
"getting under your skin" - the letter [R] under Laura's ring finernail runs 
parallel to the ants fighting it out under the grass lawn in "Blue Velvet".

I don't know WHAT to make of the One Armed Man, and I'm really quite curious 
as to why he and Dr. Jacoby are so interested in gloating over Laura's 
corpse. (Incidentally, the One Armed Man has appeared in all the episodes to 
date. He stepped BRIEFLY out of an elevator in the hospital in the season 

Who is the mysterious "DIANE" that Cooper dictates to? The two most common 
assumptions: his secretary (who must do SOMETHING with his transcripts), or 
something maybe a little stranger: a deceased wife who he still attempts to 
communicate with (but that's treading into "Planes, Trains and Automobile" 
territory, and Lynch probably knows we'd guess THAT). I thought for a while 
it could have been the name of his CASSETTE PLAYER - but cancelled that 
straight away when Cooper directed a comment to Diane telling her that "if 
she ever came up this way," she should try the cherry pie.

The murder mystery will run 7 episodes. At the end of #7, the mystery will 
be solved (hopefully in an episode directed by Lynch), and a NEW mystery 
will begin. If ABC decides not to pick up the show, we'll be left hanging 
and we'll NEVER know what happens.

I definitely like the direction the series is going.