Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

What Are They?

Here's What We Know:

Usually if it looks like an owl, you'd think it's an owl, but in the case of Twin Peaks there was clearly more to the story. In fact, throughout the series there were so many references to the owls that I think it's fair to say this would have been delved into further had the series lived on. So perhaps in 2017 we'll get more confirmation on what the owls actually represent. Either way all we really know is that they always seem to appear when something is about to happen in Twin Peaks. Is it interesting to note that owls typically represent death in Native American mythology. See here for more information: Owl Myths

My Theory:

Personally I have always felt that the owls served as a vehicle for the spirits from the white and black lodges to use as a means of travel to go to and from the lodges and the real world. It always seemed that Bob needed a host to cause his particular brand of trouble and couldn't survive outside the lodge without one. One armed Mike tells Cooper that Bob was possessing Leland for nearly forty years. Leland told Cooper when he was dying that Bob would come and go. When Bob possessed him he didn't know and when he left Leland couldn't remember what he did. Is it possible that when Bob would leave Leland he'd peruse the woods as an owl?

One in the same?
It's reasonable to assume that the Giant, the arm, Mike and any other inhabiting spirits could be using the owls as a means of keeping an eye on the woods. When Cooper, Truman, Hawk and Andy make their way to owl cave, the owl that Andy tries to smash with a pick ax ultimately reveals the hidden petroglyph behind the cave wall. Almost as if the owl wanted Cooper to see it or needed him to. Could Bob have been planning to trap Cooper in the black lodge all along? In The Autobiography of Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes there are several suggestions that Dale dreamed of Bob in his adolescence, as did Dale's mother. Dale dreams of a man who wants to get into his room who roars like an animal. When he tells his mother about this, she warns him to never let that man in. Later in the book, it even suggests that Bob may have harmed Dale's mother resulting in her death.

In the series, after Laura's killer is revealed, Cooper asks, "Where is Bob now?" This could have been an excellent way to launch Twin Peaks' other mysteries, such as what is Bob and what are the Black and White Lodges? Unfortunately instead there were a lot of missteps in Season 2. Nonetheless after Cooper asks where Bob is, we see the viewpoint of an owl flying through the woods. It appeared to be a very clear indication that the owl was Bob or least being controlled by him. Before (spoiler alert) Maddy is killed. the Log Lady warns Cooper that there are, "Owls in the Roadhouse!" Could that just be a warning of death like the Native American lore suggests or could the inhabiting spirits of the lodges (using the owls) simply be closing in to ensure their portion of Garmonbozia (pain and sorrow)?

Check out this YouTube Clip below!

What do you think the owls are?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review of The Missing Pieces

Don't take the ring, Laura!

The Missing Pieces

First let me start by saying that if you don't have the The Missing Pieces Blu-Ray set it's well worth the price. It's a beautiful set for Twin Peaks fans. I actually just purchased it and watched the entire Missing Pieces footage. After having watched I feel like, perhaps foolishly so, I have a clearer understanding of Laura Palmer. Being a long time fan, sometimes I forget that the beauty of Twin Peaks was that every time I rewatch the series and the movie there is always something new I take away from it. After seeing all the footage, which I think was put together wonderfully by David Lynch, it left me feeling a bit sad.

I'm not ashamed to say that parts of the show always make me cry. The movie in particular was always very intense and emotional to me. As I stated in a previous post, My Love Affair with Twin Peaks, I had the pleasure of seeing Fire Walk With Me in the theater. I would deem it "an experience" rather than just a trip to the movies. I was young, probably a bit impressionable and extremely open to all that the film had to offer. I never read the negative critic reviews back then, because I didn't care about that stuff at the time. I only knew that the movie was hypnotic, scary, weird, sexy and at times even a little uncomfortable. I liked the unique insight into Laura's last days and was highly intrigued by everything to do with Bob, The Arm and The Black Lodge.

However I can understand how some fans felt the movie was disappointing. The movie lacks the humor, charm and many of our favorite Twin Peaks character's from the series. It also doesn't tell you anything about what happened to Dale at the of the series. Now that I've watched the Missing Pieces I can see that there were a lot of good scenes and character's filmed for the movie, which might have added a little more of the TP feel that was missing from the film's final cut. The extra footage was actually chalk full of interesting mythology and some very interesting Palmer family moments. There were many references to Teresa Banks' ring. So much so that it got me wondering if this will be featured somehow in the new episodes in 2016 or 2017, when the show comes back.

Toward the end we get to see an extended scene between Laura and Bobby from the film. She goes to his house to get some cocaine. He informs her that he killed the guy in the woods over baby laxative and their drug score is a bust. All Laura cares about is getting a fix and despite Bobby's attempt to get her to stay with him, party and fool around she refuses. Bobby knows all she wants is cocaine so her gives her a little and says it's okay. We know that if she had stayed with him she might not have been killed, at least not on that night. Nonetheless I found the scene very touching in a way and I think it made Bobby more sympathetic. 

The most intriguing is the final scenes which shows Annie being rushed to the hospital after being rescued from Glastonbury Grove. She's in a catatonic state and says to the nurse in her  room that "The good Dale is trapped in the lodge..." fans knows that Laura dreams of a bloody Annie telling her the same thing in FWWM. The nurse then steals the ring from Annie's finger and walks out. Then we see the final scene of the series. Doc Hayward and Truman are waiting in Dale's room at The Great Northern while he's in the bathroom. They hear the sound of glass breaking so Truman kicks in the bathroom door. Dale quickly lays on the floor and oddly claims he's slipped and broke the glass on his way down. However he's clearly off so Doc Hayward insists that he lay down again and then it ends.

All in all I think it's a must watch for Twin Peaks fans and I would give it an A+.  

See you in the trees!

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