StrangerDanger wrote:You're not misogynist, you're entitled to your views when they are reasoned, as they are.
I don't think much of what Lynch does in Twin Peaks is open ended. Whether he and Mark Frost intend it or not, there's rhyme and reason to the show's great complexity, that's what makes masterpieces like Lord of the Rings (the book ... the Peter Jackson film is ****) and early series of The Simpsons.
I liked your essay for the challenges to my views. My feedback: Regrettably l've not read Catching the Big Fish, l shall order it today.
Could it be that Lynch meant he really did not know the meaning of the box and key, so that's hardly him messing the reader around is it? Also, could it therefore mean that he and Frost are receiving messages from mystical forces that they have little authority over? If so, that could be key to understanding Lynch and Frost rather than their work being open-ended.
By the way, was the Box and Key about Twin Peaks, that box containing the bank vault key?
I like how your essay presents public ennui which derailed the series in Season 2. I'm left wondering if really, everything unfolded as it should have - not in the sense of the crappy subplots in the Season Two Dip, but in the way that Lynch & Frost were left uncorrupted by the workaday stuff that ppl might demand such as explosions, helicopter chases, etc. I mean, too much popularity can go to a man's head and make him produce rubbish (Ridley Scott's Prometheus?), so perhaps it's proper that people didn't get the connection with aliens (despite it being spelled out by Major Briggs), the heroism of Leo Johnson right at the end, the fact that FWWM is prequel and sequel, etc. etc. but don't you think it's quite something that, 25 years later, Season 3 was actually wrapped up as Laura Palmer promised? So, although Lynch and Frost, et al, probably didn't enjoy being cold shouldered by the public, everything's gone to plan, so the franchise works on multiple levels, the mainstream are validated in their views (but they got thrills along the way) because all's well that ends well 25 years later we're on track; and also those who dig deeper into the storyline are exceedingly glad!
Speaking of digging deeper, this from Wikipedia, about "Catching the Big Fish": The title refers to Lynch's idea that "ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper".
Maybe analyse the web for deeper Twin Peaks theories if you haven't already done so.
Thanks, StrangerDanger, for the thoughtful response!
Y' know, I consider myself an average viewer for the most part. I wouldn't pretend to be on the intellectual level of genius of Lynch/Frost. As such, I get frustrated by not understanding. LOL. I just like what I like, from Game of Thrones to Breaking Bad, and that slightly more-than-general point of view is what I was representing.
No, I was referring to the blue box and the key in Mullholand Drive. It's been a while since I've viewed it, and I need to be fresh to really tackle the mysteries of that film. But I was just making light of the idea that I thought Lynch was going to make it easy for me with that chapter, after countless interpretive speculations and discussions with friends as to what those items were or represented!
But yes, I grow more excited each day as May 21 draws near!
BTW - I loved Prometheus, although that required a lot of interpretation as well. Admittedly, I still don't understand it all, but I enjoyed it!