Troubbble wrote:referendum wrote:Dale was never trapped inside of Dougie at any point.
Any new knowledge he possesses comes from his quasi-prescient existence in the Black Lodge, and from his week spent "coming back to himself," while others mistook his identity.
I don't agree. I think he came back fully aware but unable to engage with the world pr properly take his place as Dale Cooper immediately. I think he was always 'himself' as Dougie, analysing and registering everything ( eg details like the snub nose /32 under the Mullins' left shoulder), but unable to properly articulate or co-ordinate, because of the dougie trap Mr C set, which was partially effective, in that it took him a while to find a way back into the world as fully functional.
I think the first part of what you're saying is more or less correct. Dale was unable to communicate and had the faculties of a newborn, but behind his eyes, everything was still intact--and he was capable of absorbing all the information around him.
As for the rest:
Dougie was a glorified mannequin who only existed on Earth to be sucked up into the Black Lodge in the Doppelganger's place, once his time came due. The idea that Dougie was a "trap" or that his creation someone caused Dale to be incapacitated once he returned is a misreading. It was coming back to reality after 25 years in the Lodge which reduced him to the state we've seen all along, nothing to do with Dougie Jones.