StealThisCorn wrote:It's funny the more I read of some of your analysis of these hard to answer questions, the more they start making sense. At first, I'm like what? The Arm IS fully Mike? Bob DOESN'T eat garmonbozia? The Arm is Mike's RIGHT arm? But after reading your reasoning several times I slowly start to see either why there are indications that might be truth or at least good reasons why it would make for a stronger, more cohesive narrative. For example, like you said, I can see how in the film it would have made more sense if Mike and Bob were Jim and Bob but the pair were already part of the mythology by that point and the ring hadn't even been conceived. So thanks for writing that out. I may balk the first and maybe second time, but coming back I'm like hmm this is starting to make some sense to me.
Of course 2016 may throw cold water on all of my ideas haha. Especially since Lynch/Frost will be a slightly different spin than Lynch alone would be. Frost seemed to force Lynch's hand on revealing/explaining certain things in the original series, sometimes helpfully, sometimes prematurely, and sometimes unnecessarily. I wonder at this point, after all the years, and in the format they're persuing, that dynamic will unfold.
All I hope is it follows a certain emotional/psychological/subconscious dream-logic. The ep. 16 explanations (the Little Man danced because Leland danced, his hair turned white etc etc, and especially the dumb gum reference) don't do that for me. And the season 1 stuff I'm ok with because it's a bit more subtle (I didn't catch the significance of Maddy saying "I didn't know here that well, but I feel like I did" until several viewings and I kind of LIKE the red curtains in Jacques' cabin although apparently Lynch did not) - but even that feels a tinge too on-the-nose.
I'm just a broken record at this point, but maybe the part of 2016 that fascinates me most is how (or if) Lynch and Frost will collaborate on the mythology because as far as I can gather they've never really done that up to this point. It's more like Lynch comes up with some crazy images, Frost fits it into a framework, Frost focuses on a bigger framework, Lynch links this to this previous crazy images and comes up with more and puts his own more ambiguous spin on said framework... More of a relay race than a mutual plan.
I also look forward to eventually reading the scripts for 2016 (AFTER the series has aired of course! Like I could get my hands on them beforehand anyway lol) and comparing them to what Lynch directed. I imagine as always there will be some significant changes (even in ep. 2, which he co-wrote, Lynch added entire scenes on set).
Oh, and even I have to doubt my own "right arm = Little Mike" theory haha. It feels like one twist too many, and kind of messes up that final scene where we see the Little Man literally link up with Mike's left stub. But I do suspect/hope that Mike-on-the-show is wrong about the arm being evil.