Just looking for some serious fans of Lynch and Twin Peaks to talk to and I figured this would be a good place to find them. Let me also say that I'm new to forums of any kind, so I apologize if I ramble on a bit. In the past year and a half I've become a huge fan of Lynch's work. My girlfriend introduced me to the captivating and mysterious world of Lynch when we rented Blue Velvet about a year ago (actually, I had seen Dune years ago as a kid but I didn't realize Lynch directed it until recently). From that point forward I was hooked and I proceeded to immerse myself in his bizarre and mesmerizing films. In order, I watched Eraserhead, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and I just saw INLAND EMPIRE a few weeks ago (absolutely breathtaking if you ask me). Naturally, like the true addict I am, I had to find more of Lynch's work to obsess over.
I vaguely remembered my parents watching Twin Peaks when I was a kid and wanted to go back and see what it was all about. Good thing I checked this site first because I almost watched Fire Walk With Me without ever seeing any of the series. Thanks to everyone here who advised against that and identified the best ordering in which to view the TP installments. I just purchased and watched the TP pilot episode and all of Season 1 on DVD and I am chomping at the bit to see Season 2. The pilot episode was fantastic from start to finish, as was the entire first season. I love how Lynch's combination of music and picturesque images creates an almost subconscious feeling of a town that is quaint and beautiful on the surface, but dark and sinister once you start to peel the layers back. I've now watched every episode in season 1 at least 2 times and now I'm dying to see season 2. I've become so engrossed in the series that I find myself thinking about it at the most random of times and I'm constantly trying to piece together all the symbology and "clues" in my own attempt to figure out who killed Laura Palmer. I know that a lot of people suggest that forcing logic and reasoning on Lynch's work is a mistake, but I can't help but enjoy discussing his work because I love hearing others' perceptions and interpretations and comparing them with my own. I find it interesting and fun to share my thoughts and to hear about others' thoughts because different people tend to pick up on different nuances and subtleties in his work.
Anyway, at the moment I'm fixated on Cooper's dream, his rock-throwing exercise at intuiting the murderer, and the presence of the letters "R", "T", and "J", and how these might provide some kind of clues as to the identity of the murderer. Cooper starts with "J" because of Laura's diary entry stating that she was, "nervous about meeting "J" tonight", and he hits the bottle after saying Jacoby's name and breaks it after saying Leo's name. Loe, of course, is the prime suspect at the end of season 1, but I still have my doubts about Jacoby, especially because of a couple of symbols in Cooper's dream that corresponded with attributes of Jacoby's apartment. When Donna and James break in to Jacoby's to find the tape there's a soundtrack of tropical sounds playing, which includes seagulls calling. Then, Donna presses a button and music starts to play. This reminded me of the dwarf in Cooper's dream when he said that where they're from there's birds singing and music playing in the air. I also wonder about other people with the letter "J" in their names whom Cooper is not aware of yet. One example is Ben Horne's brother Jerry. Apart from the letter "J", the letters "R" and "T" appear quite often in the show as well. Obviously, these were the two letters removed from under the fingernails of Theresa Banks and Laura Palmer, but I noticed that T is the first letter in Theresa and R is the last letter in Palmer and wondered if there was any significance behind that. Also, Ronette was almost the 3rd victim, another "R". Other Ts and Rs abound, such as Laura dying on Thursday, the Twenty-Third. There's also the double R diner (which also has a large "T" on its sign), and Bobby Briggs (full name Robert) is often seen wearing a jacket with an embroidered "T" sewn on the back. I may be letting my imagination run amok here, but oh well, that's half the fun for me. I'd be curious to hear any of your thoughts on this, or any other particular thoughts you had after watching the entire first season. Please try not to give away any major spoilers for the 2nd season if possible. Looking forward to discussing other things in the first season as well, such as how the log lady and the one-armed man fit into the bigger picture. Thanks for putting up with my novel of a post.