Snailhead wrote:I think I need to give Part 9 another chance. That one has always been my least favourite - it just bores me. The Farm scene never really stood out to me, so now I'm excited to see it again, knowing it's someone else's favourite.
It's just weird. Mr. C is like a lion on a lift when they bring him up, the very notion of him being hoisted up there on a platform is ridiculous somehow. They're so cocky and certain about what's to come that it's just sad. They simply have no idea what kind of trouble they're inviting into the belly of their hideout. Then there's the accountant asking Mr. C if he needs any money while he's right in the middle of torturing Ray... what the fuck! The guys all gathered 'round watching the interrogation on the big screen, that's classic. And Mr. C basically telling Ray, "yeah I already know that", after blowing his brains out, that's some ruthless narcissism.
Snailhead wrote:I re-watched Part 7 last night and the scene where Diane talks to the Doppelganger in jail is one of those scenes that was powerful the first time around and is just as powerful now. I don't know how anyone could have ever interpreted it as anything other than Diane confronting her rapist. Regardless of the blonde Diane being a tulpa / having sporadic allegiance to the Doppelganger, that scene plus the one in part 16 where she talks about the rape are some of the "realest" emotional moments of the show. I know S3 operates on so many levels, but I have often viewed a lot of it through the lens of Coop being in denial about the fact that he's a rapist... kind of like FWWM complicates the idea that Leland was innocent, Part 18 for me similarly complicates the idea that Coop is totally innocent regarding the Doppelganger's crimes.
Yesterday I was doing yardwork for hours and at one point, revisited the tragic notion that I entertained while the show was airing: Mr. C is nothing more than a destroyed Coop and therefore a "look at what could have been" of the worst kind, implying that everyone has the capacity for evil, while the newly emerged Cooper represents a resurfacing of his dormant conscience, implying that everyone can overcome their demons.