Any regular customers of the Double R around here?
I'm not sure if an air date has been declared, but it sounds like this will be the year that we see the strange town once again.
What a program. I'm late to the game, having just watched it for the first time (over the course of a year, with an expert)... I didn't even change my avatar on here way back when as many of you enjoyed doing.
This show gave me a deeper appreciation of Lynch's strengths (collaborating with Mark Frost) and weaknesses as a storyteller. A theme that my friend and I came back to again and again was the role of sweetness and innocence amidst all this pain and suffering. For example: we think that whenever he uses violence, he positions the viewer to possess the responsibility for witnessing the character's pain. It's not done to give us pleasure--like Law & Order, CSI, The Godfather, etc. In one way, it is a comment on popular entertainment--an anti-gladiatorial arena--but I have also thought that it might be designed to leave the viewer with a philosophical commitment to protecting the innocence we see around us and within us. A question I have no answer to is whether it goes deeper; that Lynch may define fear as a kind of lever that can access love.
There are various plays of gendered violence and sex roles that filled my heart with joy. I had never, not even in literature, met a heroine like Laura Palmer. I have chills writing this, thinking about her sacrifice. I relate to her big time, and to see a young woman acting out epic battles of good and evil--not merely being acted upon--makes my life story have more meaning.
Right now my all-time favorite person in the show is Major Briggs. In Season 1 I figured Bobby Briggs was my boyfriend, but then I grew up and realized I could have an amazing husband in Major Briggs. My other most favorite is Audrey Horne (another heroine for the ages). I am devoted to the goddess Catherine Martell. Josie Packard got a raw deal and I request a re-do of her story line. I wish the episodes where James Hurley was caught in a love triangle at that random mansion could be a whole movie.