My [B]log Has Something to Tell You: Women Rule Twin Peaks (Part Two)
Flash forward twenty-five years to the familiar blood red curtains; the black/white Chevron floor; the frantic fleeing legs of a misguided Agent Cooper...fans are immediately brought back into the Red Room without seeming to skip a beat.
In Twin Peaks: The Return, many characters have reprised their eccentric roles, and symptomatic of the Black Lodge, their speech is altered/slowed; a symbol of the upside-down world in which they find themselves at present. Of course there are some new twists that David Lynch and Mark Frost have thrown in to keep the audience on their toes and continuing to question everything they know to be true about reality...
I couldn't help but find similarities between the two dark haired, red-attired women of the Black Lodge that help Agent Cooper out of the obscure, suffocatingly-shaky crimson space he meanders as he moves closer to escape, and the character Rita, from Lynch's Mulholland Drive. All of these women have dark hair just above their shoulders and wear the unmistakably bold red that is synonymous with the term Lynchian.
What do these women signify?
One of the Black Lodge women in red, warns Agent Cooper that her mother is coming, as a deafening door knock booms in the background. The knock becomes louder and more threatening as Cooper nears the edge of the Black Lodge, looming at re-entry into current day Twin Peaks.
Beyond their physical appearance, one overarching component these women share is their ability to deliver poignant messages to the protagonists of Lynch’s worlds.
The impactful Silencio scene from Mulholland Drive, is an enlightening moment in the film where the audience discovers (along with Betty and Rita), that reality is an illusion - nothing is as it seems. The female singer's affecting performance and the message it carries, sets the tone for the rest of the film.
Rita enters Betty’s life in the first part of the film seemingly lost physically/mentally. The two women connect and guide each other in their search to discover Rita’s identity and the identity of the illusive Diane (another tie-in to Twin Peaks, à la Agent Cooper's confidant). If you’ve seen the film (and shame on you if you haven’t), you know how this plays out, but it’s interesting to note that the women of Lynch’s works are providers of crucial information that undoubtedly transform each of his stories.
This idea is also apparent with the Log Lady in Twin Peaks: The Return. She calls Hawk in the middle of the night on several occasions under the velvet light of a red lamp, log in hand, to give him clues as to where he can find Agent Cooper. Her messages, abstract and silly as they may seem, end up being incredibly helpful throughout every season of Twin Peaks - not only for the protagonist, but for the audience as well.
So the next time you see someone press their ear to a log, a tree, or any plant for that matter, don’t laugh...they may in fact hold the entire universe in their hands, and if you listen closely you might discover truths that peel apart your reality in remarkable ways.