I am sheepishly sticking my head back in here after taking a break of about a day and a half to cool down. I seem to have made a few people unhappy! One person said I had no right to tell people on here what to do and what not to do. Several people think I'm a real buzzkill, trying to crush the fun everyone's having with their speculations about what this means or that means. And one poster said one of my comments was malicious!
We are all heroes in our own personal narratives, I guess, and it comes as something of a shock to me that I have generated such blowback. I feel a little bit like Michael Douglas at the end of Falling Down: "Wait a minute ... I"m the bad guy?" I went back and read a couple of posts, and while I still defend the points I was trying to make, I clearly see I was occasionally a a little ... intense in the way I was expressing myself. So, I would like to say I didn't intend for my comments to be an attack on anyone's intelligence or integrity or anything like that. I apologize If I offended anybody or hurt anybody's feelings. Some comments by others, their fervor and their insistence that they were seeing things I didn't see, and these things they saw had to be significant and had to be intentional and were not open to other interpretations by me or anybody else made me a little crazy, but I still cold have been more tempered in my response.
Something Mr. Reindeer said sums up my feelings exactly, though I never expressed it quite so succinctly or eloquently:
"(personally, I believe the reflection glitch is totally intentional and also completely inconsequential to the narrative),"
Exactly how I feel. I think Lynch crafts his imagery very carefully, but I think we have many instances in the show where some odd imagery has thrown everyone into a tizzy and has ultimately proved to not have any further significance. As another poster said, I think that final scene was mainly intended to ironically reflect Ed's earlier statement to Bobby that it sucks to eat alone and to poignantly show how lonely he is, not to indicate time is folding in on itself because Ed's reflection may have moved independently of him, as some have suggested.
Okay, I will strive to be more diplomatic in the future.