JackwithOneEye wrote:Having read more about Bardo and the Tibetan book of dead, I've come to view the end of S3 as the ending. Cooper is stuck in purgatory, and trapped in a loop of reincarnations. He wants to rescue Laura and play god but he hasn't transcended, and I think that's where this particular morality play ends. He is far away. I don't know if there's enough drama/conflict showing him getting enlightenment in an S4. I think Lynch being the visual artist, he left off in ep 18 with the emotions and mood he wants to leave us with. There's interesting things you could do with a Judy showdown I suppose using her as a new big bad ... but I dunno, I think Cooper's internal conflict is the main thing. While I enjoy the comic book action style of defeating the villain in ep 17, I think the downbeat ending of 18 is the right note to close on. The id/shadow self of Cooper is still with him, the diner scene, the coldness of it all, he has intelligence and intuition, but the inner peace and acceptance is alluding him. It feels like a complete work to me. I don't know if anything should be added or subtracted at this point.
There are interviews as recent as 2009 though where Lynch says he would like to revisit Ronnie Rocket at a late stage in his career. I feel like with the high degree of visual effects and accessibility of software and digital tools now, it would be more covid era friendly, easier to lock off actors in greenscreen studios solo or limited amt of actors at once, and more CG. It would be a great as a limited series on Showtime or Netflix.
I've endorsed the Bardo theory ever since I came to understand Mulholland Drive the same way. Cooper explaining to Albert that at "Louis Fork" . . . he had an interesting slice of cherry pie.There is a hint there (though I am sure there are others) that I like to bring up a lot. Going to and from Twin Peaks, Cooper stays at a hotel called the lamplighter inn. Now, a lamppost is known to be a trope in literature denoting a borderline between a really real realm and a maybe supernatural realm (see lion witch and wardrobe) and coop states quite clearly they got a cherry pie at the lamplighter inn that'll, well, kill ya.
Not to mention lines like "this is where pies go when they die," and the Giant telling Cooper something along the lines of "the question is. . where have you GONE?" All hint at this. Not to mention the idea of overcoming fear and the "sins" of Coopers past that continue to haunt. I could even reference the FWWM outtake that has the MFAP telling Cooper (while laughing maniacally) "There's no place to go but HOME."
I could go on, you get the point.
Lastly, note that in Episode 18 how the camera lingers on the lamppost from Cooper's POV as he exits his motel. Many have spoken of the tree in that shot, how it may resemble the tree previously seen at the Black Lodge, but that lamppost is dead center. Just saying.