Candie: ''Cooper coming out of his coma totally cured is beyond cliche and one of the biggest writing sins I can think of, and undermines a lot of what Stooper Coop's story had to say about mental disabilities, since disabled people don't suddenly "snap out of it" as such, even with everyone around them expecting them to/hoping for it.''
Referendum:'' Cooper was not 'mentally disabled' while he was Dougie - he was stuck in a psychic limbo, trapped in the shell of Dougie's life, aware of everything that was going on ( eg Mullin's gun), unable to break out of the trap that Bad Coop set for him.
Candie: ''Because people with mental handicaps are never aware of their surroundings or their situation, riiight. Lots of people have been drawing parallels to Alzheimers and other things, it's not really that unexpected.''
Twin Peaks has never struck me as a programme that is trying to ' say something about people with mental disabilities'.This series is a story about an uber intelligent FBI agent and how he eventually escapes from the supernatural trap set for him by his evil twin - it is not a socially conscious docu-drama. You say disabled people don't suddenly ' snap out of it' - well, they don't gradually get better over time, either. If you think Lynch or Frost were trying to say something about people with mental disabilities, well, I can only marvel at how different people's interpretation of the same television programme can be.