What the hell is going on with Sarah Palmer? This singular question has dogged me for weeks now. Ever since we first saw Sarah sipping a drink on her couch while watching a jungle cat tear apart its prey on her television screen. And this week we discover that Sarah when harassed, can remove her face, summon a darkness from the void, and tear a man’s jugular out. So, again you gotta ask: What the hell is going on with Sarah Palmer?
One could guess that Sarah’s deep pain- the loss of her daughter- coupled with her exposure to the evil of Bob, as embodied by Leland, has left her a kind of talisman of evil. She’s a shell of herself, driven by forces as yet unseen. But who knows?
When watching Twin Peaks, it’s a disservice to apply too much logic or reason to the story. I don’t think it’s Lynch’s intention to ever fully explain the inner workings of the world he creates.
We are like the Dreamer. That was the title of this episode, and perhaps we should take it to heart. In Twin Peaks, we are a dreamer in that we witness a fictional world that is close to reality, but things at the peripheral are off.
In paranormal fiction, while the antagonist might be otherworldly, they often abide by a set of worldly laws like those that govern motion, or time.
Sure, a character may be possessed by a demon today, but with the right spell, the right blessing, the right potion, they’ll be cured. Why? Because those are the rules of the story.
In the world of Twin Peaks, much like the world of our dreams, there are no rules, and logic has no place.
Gordon Cole’s Dream
Cole dreamt of Monica Bellucci, as he does often. Not that I blame him. Monica says to him, “We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives inside the dream… but who is the dreamer?” If we want to get meta, this is an interesting question to be posed to Cole. Cole who’s played by David Lynch.
Lynch is the dreamer who has created this world. He’s inserted himself into the dream in the character of Gordon Cole, but only Monica, and we, know that.
Cooper finally makes an appearance but in the context of Cole’s dream. Cole mentions that he couldn’t “see Cooper’s face.” Cole is having trouble identifying the real Cooper. So are we.
Phillip Jefferies appears to question our beliefs. We all love to complain about Dougie Jones, but do we know the real Cooper? Or, like Cole, are we just lost in the dream?
When the men from Twin Peaks ventured out to find Jack Rabbit’s Palace, I found myself questioning: Why is Andy here?
Among Bobby, Truman, and Hawk, Andy seems the least capable. I even made a joke to my wife when it was clear that a Lodge was opening. Knowing the last person to enter a Lodge was stuck there for twenty-five years I said, “They oughta send Andy in. He’s the most useless.”
Then Andy disappeared into the Lodge. Of course, he did. Lynch knows that’s the last character we’d expect to be chosen.
Now we’re with Andy and The Giant who introduces himself as The Fireman, a man who puts out fires. Andy is given a vision of everything. The creation of Bob. Laura Palmer who’s flanked by angels, the antipode of what her mother, Sarah, has become. The Mother who created Bob. Cooper, a man in two forms- opposite one another.
Andy comes down from the mountain, like Moses- with a knowledge that none of his friends share. He carries with him the woman with no eyes, and only a voice. Another child of The Mother?
Andy’s dream is followed by a scene featuring James, or Jimmy, and Freddie whom we’ve not met. Like Cooper and Andy, Freddie has met The Fireman. In a dream of course, and like Cooper and Andy, Freddie was given a task by The Fireman. That task has given Freddie a superhuman ability and led him to Twin Peaks.
Something is going on here. We just don’t know what yet.