Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: TP 11/10/90 *SPOILERS* from hell!
From: (Fiona Oceanstar)
Date: 1990-11-15, 18:29

Wow!  This newsgroup sure is interesting to read these days, now that
the Killer Bob business has burst wide open and we're getting some fasci-
nating speculations about what these spirits are like and where they
come from--what I like to think of as the "metaphysics" of a good horror
tale, in other words.

For example, in Dennis Doubleday's article we have:
> >...The
> >"possession" by the spirit BOB is a symbol for the uncontrollable
> >compulsions that come over Leland.  At some point along the way,
> >Leland's compulsions have gone over the edge of molestation and into
> >torture and murder.  Leland may not be aware conciously of the things
> >he does when he is his other self; he could be a dual personality
> >(more Twin imagery?).  But at some subconcious level he is aware and
> >feels deep grief over his actions, even though he cannot control his
> >compulsions.  This would explain the earlier train car scene, in which
> >BOB appears to be howling in anguish over the dead body of Laura.

OK, I can readily buy that *Leland*--who is a human being, after all--
has an escalating madness which he is aware of, on one level, and
genuinely abhors.  But what about *Bob*?  Does the spirit Bob have
any compassion, any regrets, any kinship at all with us--or does he
just treat us like *cattle*--or like playthings, as one poster suggested?

							--Fiona Oceanstar