Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Burning through the last couple of episodes of the series by 4am, given the disturbing places that Lynch decided to "end" the final episode. The construction of the show, furthering of the central mystery, and re-examination of Laura's last days & her father Leland's psychosis reveal the "end" to be a deceptive phrase. Cycles of love, violence, and entrapment repeat and are destined to continue. Time loops back in on itself. Take the scene where David Bowie's Agent Jefferies returns from a long disappearance: Agent Cooper rushes back-and-forth from a corridor to a surveillance room... on-and-on until he becomes trapped in the image as Bowie passes behind him.

Laura, too, finds herself trapped in a violent, incestuous relationship with Leland and the spirit of BOB -- the "evil" present in all men. Elemental struggles between internal & inherent goodness & depravity and the choices that lead toward self-destruction fuel the greatest of noir nightmares. Laura's intonation of "fire... walk with me" becomes a personal mantra of the abandonment of hope & innocence in favor of an escape. And Cooper is there in the Black Lodge (or is it The White Lodge?) to guide her to a path of serenity.

There's so much else to unpack in regards to where this stands in Lynch's filmography, the Twin Peaks mythos, modern noir, and the relationship between audience and creators. This film lives with me now and I can't be happier.

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