alreadygoneplaces wrote:I watched this episode again today and was struck by how sad the real Dougie Jones's Red Room demise feels now that we've lived for a while in the life he left behind. "You were manufactured, for a purpose. It seems now that purpose has been fulfilled". What awful last words to hear. Dispatched so matter-of-factly and unceremoniously. Pop!
It is sad. Then again, maybe we can look at Dougie as having been made from a tiny drop of Cooper's self/soul, which would explain why he's a not-all-there lovable loser. When Dougie goes poof there's a small golden sphere left behind. We see Laura's Atman/Soul/Self being created or otherwise sent (in what I'd tend to look at as a metaphorical representation) in the form of a large golden sphere. When Philip Gerard (that's how he's billed, for whatever reason) communicates with Cooper, he says "You've been tricked!", or something along those lines, and holds up the little gold sphere. He could simply be saying that Cooper was sent to the wrong life, holding up the sphere to indicate Dougie, but he could also be saying that the sphere is a little missing piece of Cooper. Here's a quote from Lynch:
Everyone's got consciousness... Grow that ball of consciousness and all avenues of life improve. Your work just blossoms.
So, Dougie's human life is over, but it's possible that he represents a little droplet of Cooper's soul, and that in Cooper regaining his consciousness that sphere will be reintegrated. After all, Gerard seems to be hanging on to that little sphere, and it didn't evaporate, so it must be something. If this theory is correct, it would further imply that the soul of Dougie, however feeble it was on its own, will be present in an integrated Cooper (assuming we see one), and therefor Janey-E was always married to a little, lesser bit of Cooper, and Sonny Jim really is Cooper's son. (Dougie and Coop may well share the same DNA, which allowed Cooper to reform physically out of the raw organic material made available by Dougie.)
Of course this theory makes a lot of assumptions:
1. Dougie was made of a drop of Cooper's soul.
2. Janey-E is real, not a fabrication or illusion. (I think she's real)
3. Sonny Jim is real, not a fabrication or illusion. (I tend to think he's real, though there is the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" thing.)