FlyingSquirrel wrote:I'm still having trouble reconciling the Cooper/Diane romance and Annie falling off the radar with everything we knew about pre-TPTR Cooper up until now. Even if you assume that this was sort of a "Mulder and Scully" thing with the two of them having mostly suppressed their feelings back when they were both in the FBI, would Cooper really talk about his feelings for Annie in the tapes he sends to Diane if that's the case? In other words, it seems "out of character" for Cooper. But does Lynch approach it from that angle, or is his interest mainly in exploring the doubles, with Cooper/Diane initially forming a contrast to the horrific history of DoppelCooper and tulpa-Diane, and then things starting to go wrong for them after they "cross over"?
Diane as a character is very enigmatic. The Diane/Cooper "romance" stuff (if you could even call it that) has left me somewhat puzzled as well. It's very hard to pin her down as a character, as all we have of her are the idea of what we thought she might be in the original series, the actions & attitudes or the Diane tulpa, and Diane/Linda's confusing behavior post-Naido reveal.
It's weird, I always believed DIane to be a real person during the original series, but now that I've seen at least two version of the character acted out on screen, part of me feels like she might not be "real", at least not real in the sense that Lucy and Albert are. Perhaps she is, but the one consistent thing about Diane through are iterations is that she exists primarily to validate Cooper's character. In the original, DIane as a concept exists solely for Cooper to flesh out and expound upon his own thoughts. It's through Diane that he explains himself to himself. Maybe he didn't make her up, but she was certainly reduced down to this role by Cooper. She existed to listen, not to speak. Wouldn't it have been more economical for Cooper just to call her and tell her these things? I imagine mailing hard copies of his tapes must've run up a small bill with the Bureau over time.
Fast forward to The Return, where the Diane we spent most of season 3 getting to know is revealed to be just some unreal tulpa-thing literally made by Bad Cooper. Then when we meet the 'real' Diane, she has been forced to live as some eyeless creature than is largely unable to communicate. When she is revealed as Diane, it is to give the returning good Cooper a sense of dramatic catharsis and closure. Finally, when she becomes Linda, she does get to express her feelings of pain disgust during the sex scene, but then Cooper is non-responsive, and gives his consummate listener no real audience.
Diane's character is just about the most complex character in Twin Peaks.