Twin Peaks Episode Five: Tell Me, What Kind of Man Should I Be?

Twin Peaks episode five depicts men in limbo.  Minor scenes with Sheriff Truman, the casino bosses, and the employees at Lucky Seven insurance all present men in various stereotypical roles (being henpecked; beat up by brutish thugs; and boys-clubbing it up at work, respectively).  But it’s the experiences of Dougie Jones and Steven Burnett that … Continue reading Twin Peaks Episode Five: Tell Me, What Kind of Man Should I Be?

My Body, Yourself: Women as Gateways and Access Points in Twin Peaks S3, Episodes 3 and 4

Episodes one and two of Twin Peaks established female characters as secondary, crucial only to developing male characters and expediting the plot.  Sadly, episodes three and four further those limitations, pigeonholing the female characters into retrograde stereotypes, including mysticizing minority women. Only two women of color appear in the episodes -- Jade, a black prostitute, … Continue reading My Body, Yourself: Women as Gateways and Access Points in Twin Peaks S3, Episodes 3 and 4

Visionaries and Vehicles, Canvases and Clues: Regressive Female Politics in Twin Peaks Season 3

*NOTE: the following essay overviews events from Twin Peaks season 3, episodes 1 and 2 only. Many spoilers follow.** “My log has a message for you.”   Season one of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks brought viewers the Log Lady, who uttered this iconic line of dialogue.  Her words were a crucial message to the detectives … Continue reading Visionaries and Vehicles, Canvases and Clues: Regressive Female Politics in Twin Peaks Season 3