LateReg wrote:Judging by the fact that Cooper just wakes up after his short coma, and was fully aware of everything that was going on, I'd say it's pretty obvious that all of Cooper was there, and just trapped. What we see when he takes down Ike, for example, is a major component of himself rising to the surface. I don't need to know the exact split of who inherited what regarding Cooper vs. Doppelcoop, but I would certainly say that the Cooper we know and love from the original series was trapped inside Dougie the whole time. That strikes me as very much the idea there. So if you want to boil it down to essential traits, that could be right, but I think of it as the essential traits simply coming to the fore from time to time as an exploration of the major components that make up Cooper, things that you can't take away.
I have no argument with you thinking of Dougie as a toddler, and I can even agree with that. However, he's a toddler with Dale Cooper trapped inside of him, and I think that's very clear, and it very much adds up to me. No, it's not the gradual progression I expected and continued to hope for, but it makes sense to me. (It also, much to the chagrin of many, ties into the ideas of interacting with the audience, subverting expectations, etc., all of which I think are very important to embrace, as well as the idea that Cooper is simply Cooper, helplessly trapped, and therefore incapable of the gradual progression we all hoped for from week to week.) And as far as what Lynch said in that interview I referenced, there's no reason to doubt him on that one aspect. It was spoken very plainly, without a prompt, as one of the aspects of the new show Lynch wanted to explore before the show even started airing. In fact, while Lynch remained his cagey self for most interviews, I would say that he let slip out far more than I'd seen him let slip in recent years, here or there in the interviews.
They tried really hard to represent the instantly awaken Cooper as the original goofy Coop that it felt out of the place and a bit over the top. I think it was very convenient (for them) to have a trapped Coop that could be brought up the surface when necessary and otherwise kept dormant, that it could have gone forever. He is trapped and not evolving, "tune in again next time to see what we have in store for you". I would be more willing to give them credit for the whole concept if it were for one not for the manner of Coop's actual awakening which totally gave the scheme away for me. I get it that all is well that ends well, and that the old Coop is back (for only 15 minutes though), it was simply just too little too late. We can disagree here too, but I am not giving them a free pass. I honestly fail to see the point of the whole Dougie endeavor. There is a greenish light on Antony's face so he must be lying, there is a slice of lodge with curtain above a Black Jack machine, so that must give the next jackpot. There is some dandruff on Anthony's collar, I have to go give him a neck massage. It is their right to come up with this, but it is not a ride that I want to be on.
LateReg wrote:David Lynch playing Gordon Cole remains a very important piece of all this. It's too bad it had to rub so many of you the wrong way. I love the layers and all it contributes and ties together.
We could replace him with another teapot and not miss a beat. Cheers!