claaa7 wrote:just posted this in ep. 3+4 spoilers but this is so brilliant that it needs to be restated. posted by seriouslynotcool on Reddit 11 hours agoWithin the room Cooper enters at the beginning of the episode, we see a massive electrical outlet on the wall, and time appears to alternate forwards and backwards. This alternating direction of time is, I feel, meant to represent alternating current. Alternating current is how we deliver electricity via the wall sockets in our homes. Rather than having to send electrons in one direction for miles to their destination, we just reverse their direction over and over 60 times a second (50 outside of the US). This allows for the transmission of electricity over long distances as safely as possible. The opposite of alternating current (AC) is direct current (DC). DC is what comes out of a battery, and - which is important, here - out of a car's cigarette lighter.
The switch that the woman (called "Naido" in the credits) pulls on the top of the building changed that huge socket on the wall from AC to DC. The room is no longer going back and forth in time. The building is all set to DC mode. Naido did this to help Cooper enter the car where the Doppelganger was. He was nowhere near an AC wall socket, he was in a car in the mountains away from civilization, with only a DC car lighter socket nearby.
What Naido (or Mike or The Arm) didn't know, though, was that Dougie had been created. He was basically a double-doppelganger who the ring from the lodge somehow made possible. So when Coop was all set to go through the DC outlet in the car, he actually ended up going through an AC wall outlet to where Dougie was. This made it so that his mind is now all kinds of scrambled up. That gold ball which (I'm guessing) represents what Coop needs to function properly was filtered out and left in the Red Room. Coop is trapped in a body that can't even seem to retain memories, as we see when he just repeats the last few words of somebody else's sentence.
Thankfully, the inhabitants of the lodge have imbued him with extraordinary luck. The slot machine spree was one very obvious form of it, but also his interactions with certain people have shown them being seemingly unable to process his behavior objectively. So things aren't completely hopeless for our Special Agent.
EDIT: Oh, and Lynch has talked about alternating current electricity before, specifically regarding his script for Ronnie Rocket.
"[Ronnie Rocket is] about a three-foot tall guy with red hair and physical problems, and about 60-cycle alternating current electricity."
Cool, nerdy theory!!!
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