Has anyone else noticed similarities to Casino (the film)? Obviously both take place in Vegas but there were a few commonalities I'd like to point out: It first occurred to me in Part 4's breakfast scene with Sonny Jim. Casino has a scene that's similar with Nicky (Joe Pesci) making his son pancakes. I'd have to rewatch both scenes to point out particulars. Seems like a stretch, but.... In Part 5 we get the beatdown of the pit boss in the security room and the "you must have been in on it" accusation from the security thug. Again, this is reminiscent of a scene in Casino when Ace (DeNiro) accuses one of his pit bosses of being "in on" several jackpots being hit in a short time span. That pit boss wasn't beat down in Casino, but there was the scene where the cheaters were beat down/mangled behind closed doors by security thugs. Several scenes in Casino had the "behind closed doors" vibe where we saw the underbelly of casino operations. Lastly, the car bomb. Dougie's car blew up in part 5 due to the bomb device placed there by gangsters in an earlier part. If you know Casino, you remember the scene where Ace survived an attempted car bombing. Am I crazy to think Lynch would give a nod to Scorsese like this? Has anyone else caught this vibe, or noticed other similarities between the two films (for lack of a better term)?
You’ve probably seen the meme that says we’re living in the wrong timeline. While this sounds like a joke, there might be some truth to it. There are some researchers who claim what happened on 9/11 was a temporal event that caused our timeline to split in two. Supposedly there is a parallel world where the Twin Towers still exist and the apocalypse is being avoided. This is not to say I think we are living in the wrong timeline, but that is something I will get into in another thread. Just know that there is still hope. Perhaps the darkest timeline is needed for some collective shadow work. However, I do think our timeline has been altered and probably more times than once. While this is not something you can really prove, there are many oddities surrounding 9/11 as well as a synchronistic pattern hidden in pop culture that seems to point to this. In the movie Back to the Future, after the protagonist accidentally activates a time machine and alters the future, the Twin Pines Mall becomes the Lone Pine Mall. Notice how the clock reads 9:11 when flipped upside down. 134 reads like hel when flipped upside too. Are we living in a bardo state like in the movie Jacob's Ladder or the show The Good Place? Was this a reference to the Mandela Effect and the Twin Towers becoming the One World Trade Center? In the second Back to the Future movie, the protagonists accidentally create a new timeline where a wealthy man named Biff takes over their town. Biff lives in a skyscraper casino and turns their town into a chaotic dystopia. According to the screenwriter Bob Gale, Biff was based on Donald Trump. This is not a political statement, I’m just saying it’s odd how things turned out. I wonder if Bob Gale knew Trump would run for president? In the Super Mario Bros. movie, a meteorite impact millions of years ago caused the universe to split into two timelines, the one we live in, and one where dinosaurs evolved into a humanoid race. President Koopa, a reptilian human hybrid, seems to be another caricature of Trump. President Koopa wants to merge his dimension with ours and attempts to rule Manhattan from the Twin Towers, which are portrayed as a gateway between worlds. The Super Mario franchise is strange when you think about shamans eating mushrooms to commune with serpent gods. Looks kind of similar, right? There are many more examples of the WTC acting as a gateway. In an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Twin Towers are used to transmit energy that propels the earth into another dimension. Take note of the sphere between the buildings, this will become relevant later. In the intro of Power Rangers: Time Force, a machine called the Time Shadow is seen standing on the towers. Take note of the moon in the background as well. This will become relevant too. During the final scene of Fringe season 1, the WTC is seen intact in a parallel universe. In the intro of Power Rangers: Time Force, a machine called the Time Shadow is seen standing on the towers. Take note of the moon in the background as well. This will become relevant too. During the final scene of Fringe season 1, the WTC is seen intact in a parallel universe. I miss cartoons. Another interesting example can be found in Star Trek. In the show, space explorers are sent back in time to stop an alien invasion in the 1940s that altered the outcome of WWII and allowed the Nazis to invade the US. Once they kill the alien leader, one of the characters tells the protagonist that the timeline has corrected itself just as an image of the Twin Towers burning passes in the background. From Star Trek: Enterprise The idea of a parallel world where the Nazis won WWII is very prominent in pop culture. But why is this? Is it possible creative people can intuitively sense other realities while absorbed in the act of creating? Philip K. Dick believed that’s what he did when he wrote The Man in the High Castle. He claimed: "I in my stories and novels sometimes write about counterfeit worlds. Semi-real worlds as well as deranged private worlds, inhabited often by just one person…. At no time did I have a theoretical or conscious explanation for my preoccupation with these pluriform pseudo-worlds, but now I think I understand. What I was sensing was the manifold of partially actualized realities lying tangent to what evidently is the most actualized one—the one that the majority of us, by consensus gentium, agree on." Coincidentally, Philip K. Dick was one of the first modern thinkers to predict the Mandela Effect. He once declared: “we are living in a computer-programmed reality, and the only clue we have to it is when some variable is changed, and some alteration in our reality occurs.” The Nazis were rumored to be in possession of a time machine known as Die Glocke, or in English, The Bell. They were supposedly taught how to build this device by extraterrestrials and the craft was said to be kept in a facility known as Der Riese, or The Giant. It sounds far fetched, but The Nazi Party was actually formed from The Thule Society, an occult group that dabbled in channeling and other magical practices. They were also known to use the Black Sun symbol, an esoteric representation of a gateway into another dimension. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sun_(symbol)) In Twin Peaks, a show about a small town caught in the midst of an interdimensional battle between good and evil, there seems to be a reference to Die Glocke. In season 8 there is a device that looks just like it, and at one point, a character called The Giant appears next to it. A conception of Die Glocke compared to the mysterious bell device in Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks is full of occult symbolism. In one episode a character is given instructions to find a portal that opens 253 yards east of Jack Rabbit’s Palace at 2:53 pm on October 1st. This portal is located in Washington. However, there is another in Las Vegas. Strangely enough, on October 1st, 2017, the Las Vegas shooting occurred in a lot 253 yards away from the Luxor Hotel, a giant black pyramid with the strongest beam of light in the world shooting out of it. Victims were mostly those attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival. There's also black pyramids on the instructions. But it gets stranger. Jason Aldean was one of the headliners. If you look at his tattoos, there’s a Jack card and an Ace card underneath a black sun, which as mentioned earlier, is an occult symbol that represents a portal. This card from the Illuminati game is almost identical. A Jack is worth 10 points. An Ace is worth 1 point. This odd coincidence seems to be a reference to the date 10/1. Keep in mind this date looks like the number 101. This will become relevant too. But was the Route 91 Harvest a literal harvest of souls meant to energize a portal? This one is too much of a coincidence for me. The name Twin Peaks seems to be a reference to the Twin Pillars, a Masonic concept that originated from the Biblical idea of Boaz and Jachin, two pillars that stood on the porch of King Solomon's Temple. The Twin Pillars can be found in ancient architecture all over the world and are sometimes used in Tarot. They are said to represent a doorway into a higher realm. In this Masonic artwork, you can see the Black Sun between them. Jachin, Boaz, and the Black Sun. The Twin Pillars and the gateway in between can be represented by the number 101. In Twin Peaks, the entrance to The Black Lodge, a place that exists in another dimension, is depicted as a rabbit hole between two trees, which resembles a zero between two ones. In George Orwell’s famous novel 1984, Room 101 is a place where people’s worst fears come true. In The Matrix, Neo’s apartment number is 101. Here it’s interesting to note that he escapes the matrix by going in room 303. This year marks 303 years since Freemasonry was founded. Perhaps they will make their getaway come December? Many occult researchers claim the Twin Towers were supposed to represent the Twin Pillars. There even used to be a statue called The Sphere placed in between them, making the buildings resemble the 101 Gateway. The Black Lodge entrance from Twin Peaks and The Sphere centered between the Twin Towers. Is it possible that the WTC‘s design was intended to create an interdimensional doorway using sacred geometry? Some say the Twin Towers even acted as a tuning fork. The buildings were wrapped in aluminum alloy with a resonant hollow interior. If you look at the picture above and to the right, you can kind of see how the sides of the towers even look like one. The Colgate Clock also once faced the WTC from across the water. If you’ve read my previous threads, you’ll probably notice it’s octagonal shape. Many portals in pop culture are portrayed as being 8 sided, like CERN, the largest particle collider in the world. Many conspiracy theorists speculate CERN is actually an interdimensional doorway. Some of the scientists working there have even said this. Why is there so much symbolism? Can it all really be just a coincidence at this point? Did 9/11 really alter our timeline? The Colgate Clock compared to CERN. According to many people, 9/11 is the reason the Statue of Liberty’s torch is closed. However, this isn’t true. Lady Liberty’s torch has been closed for over 100 years. Yet, there are some people who claim to have visited it. But according to official history, this is impossible. In this reality, The Black Tom Explosion was the reason the Lady Liberty’s torch closed. The explosion occurred in 1916 and was one of the first foreign attacks on US soil prior to Pearl Harbor. The explosion was also one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever documented. The explosion was so powerful it caused the outer wall of Jersey City's city hall to crack and the Brooklyn Bridge to shake. Ironically, besides Lady Liberty’s torch, the explosion lodged shrapnel in the clock tower of The Jersey Journal building, stopping the clock at 2:12 am. It also caused windows miles away in Times Square to shatter. Perhaps the matrix was trying to tell us something. Was this a time shattering event? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tom_explosion https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60763-d103887-r126254125-Statue_of_Liberty-New_York_City_New_York.html Some people also claim they remember the Statue of Liberty being on Ellis Island. However, it has always been on Liberty Island. Once again, this is not something I recall learning in school. I’m sure some people do, but if my theory is correct, it’s because only some people in this timeline are from the old one. However, you can still find what appears to be residue left over from the previous reality. Residue from a previous reality? There are references in pop culture that seem to hint at the connection between the Mandela Effect and Lady Liberty as well. In the video game Assassin’s Creed Unity, the protagonist must find an exit portal to get himself out of a simulation. He finds it on the statue’s torch. In the movie Men in Black II, the statue’s torch is actually a giant Neuralyzer, a handheld device that uses a bright white flash to wipe people’s minds. At the end of the movie, the torch is activated and it illuminates the sky, erasing the memory of everyone in New York City. The scenes from Assassin's Creed and Men In Black II In the Netflix series The OA, a show about people who can jump between parallel universes, the Statue of Liberty shows up a lot. It seems to play an important role that was never really explained due to the show’s sudden cancellation. Some fans have pointed out that in one scene, Lady Liberty is holding her torch in the wrong hand. Some say this was just an error while others think it may have a deeper meaning. The Statue of Liberty scene from The OA. In The OA, the protagonist searches for The Rose Window, an object she says acts like a portal to other dimensions. I find this very symbolic considering the Twin Pillar symbolism mentioned earlier. Many older cathedrals have huge rose windows centered between two tall towers. Old cathedrals with 101 Gateway symbolism built into the architecture. If you’ve read my previous threads, you might have already made the connection that the 101 Gateway is another version of the Saturn Stargate. If you’re not familiar with the theory, we live in a simulation controlled by Saturn and the Moon, and The Elite are tying to break out. Our simulated reality is sometimes represented by a cube, and some say The Kaaba is one of these symbolic structures. The Kaaba sits between two pillars underneath a clocktower with a crescent moon on top. Kaaba at Mecca. Ironically, Fritz Koenig, the artist who created The Sphere sculpture between the Twin Towers, said The Kaaba was the inspiration behind his art installation. We can see this symbolism repeated in much of our pop culture as well. In the video game Fortnite, a giant cube destroys a location called Tilted Towers then forms a portal in the sky. At another point in the game, it is revealed that the cube’s true form is a giant demon named the Storm King. His horns are reminiscent of a crescent moon. The second time you fight the Storm King its at a location called Twine Peaks lmao. But are there anymore significant Mandela Effects associated with the WTC? According to some people, Hurricane Erin never happened in their timeline. If you‘re unaware, like I was until recently, there was a massive hurricane headed right for New York on the morning of 9/11. Because of the events that occurred on 9/11, I understand how Hurricane Erin would be easy to forget. Nevertheless, the storm was strange. Hurricane Erin, which was slightly larger than Hurricane Katrina, received almost no media coverage as she charged toward New York City. On the morning of 9/11, just as the planes were about to hit, Hurricane Erin grew to her largest size, but slowed down and remained almost stationary off the East coast. But right after the WTC fell, she made a sharp right turn and headed back out to sea. Hurricane Erin on September 11th, 2001. Hurricane Erin’s name is also interesting. The name Erin originated from Ériu, a goddess typically seen by the sea playing a harp. I find this curious becau HAARP uses extremely powerful radio frequencies to heat up the ionosphere and create clouds of plasma. Not only does this affect the climate, but the electromagnetic waves produced by it could hypothetically mess with our minds, perhaps changing or even erasing our memories. se many conspiracy theorists blame HAARP for both weather manipulation and the Mandela Effect. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89riu https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program In my last thread, I talked about MH370. I believe it’s disappearance, like the events discussed in this thread, was a part of a Saturn Stargate ritual. A sacrifice to the god of time. Would it be beyond the god of the fourth dimension to grant someone access to a wormhole? Perhaps The Elite are not purposely creating Mandela Effects and branching timelines. Perhaps it is just a side effect of trying to beak the matrix. But I digress. At the end of my last thread I said I would talk more about rabbit symbolism and its association with time travel. However, before I talk about that, or the Law of One, I thought I should talk about this first. Thanks for reading. Oh yeah, in case you did read my last thread, check this out. The fact that this article was posted 2 weeks after my MH370 conspiracy post has me kind of spooked lol. https://nypost.com/2020/10/07/washed-up-debris-on-australian-beach-could-belong-to-missing-mh370/
This is a lot to absorb. It's just weird and eerie. At the same time, maybe it's expected. Lynch read the Bible for inspiration in Eraserhead, and in The Missing Pieces, we see Garland Briggs reading the book of Revelation. I have found a high number of parallels between Cooper's journey in Season 3 and Jacob's journey in Genesis. Specifically, Genesis 27 through Genesis 50. I hope you guys will read this and think about it. The journey of Cooper is a very similar formula to the journey of Jacob (the third patriarch of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Genesis). Here is the list of parallels:
Cooper gets a wife (Janey-E) that he does not want. Likewise, Jacob gets a wife that he does not want (Genesis 29:25).
Two sisters compete for the love of the main character: Janey-E and Diane are in fact sisters, who compete for Cooper's love. Likewise, Leah and Rachel are also sisters who compete for Jacob's love, technically (Genesis 29:30 and Genesis 30).
Before Cooper begins his journey, he's given instructions by the Lodge on what to do (Find Laura). Likewise, Jacob also receives instructions from his father before his journey (Genesis 27:28-29).
After receiving his instructions, Cooper is immediately warned that his life is in danger from his doppelganger. After receiving his instructions, Jacob is warned by his mother that his life is in danger from his brother, Esau (Genesis 27:42). Esau is Jacob's twin, so they do lookalike. Both of the villains have similar features: the doppelganger has longer hair than regular Cooper. In Genesis 27:11, Jacob notes that he is smooth skinned, while his brother Esau is hairy.
Upon arriving in his new life, Cooper becomes incapacitated and the journey becomes longer. Likewise, Jacob's journey also becomes longer in length when he discovers that Laban lied to him about the number of years he would have to labor for him (Genesis 29:18-27).
Cooper acquires tons of money from the Mitchum's casino, with the help of the Lodge guiding him. Similarly, Jacob acquires tons of cattle from Laban's household with the help of God (Genesis 30:43 and Genesis 31:1-13).
The Mitchum brothers pursue Cooper for taking their casino money, until the Lodge warns them in a dream not to harm Cooper. Likewise, Laban also pursues Jacob for taking his cattle and his daughters, until God warns Laban in a dream not to harm Jacob (Genesis 31:20-24).
The Mitchum brothers make a dinner with Cooper to establish their peace. Laban makes a feast with Jacob to establish their peace (Genesis 31:48-54).
Cooper makes the journey to the promised land (Twin Peaks) from Las Vegas. Likewise, Jacob also makes the journey to the promised land (Canaan) from Paddan-Aram.
Ultimately, Cooper leaves Janey-E, because he really loves Diane. Likewise, Jacob neglects Leah in Genesis 33:2. It's only said that Jacob loves Rachel, not Leah (Genesis 29:30-31).
There is a cartoonish fight in both stories, involving a human against a spirit being. Freddie literally fights and punches BOB to defeat him. Jacob wrestles and fights an angel (Genesis 32:25-29).
How the main character defeats the villain in the two stories is different, but similar in tone, maybe. Cooper himself does not defeat his doppelganger - Lucy shoots him and then Cooper puts the Owl Ring on his finger. The doppelganger is sent to the Lodge. In Genesis 33, Jacob does not think he can fight his brother, so instead he gives him gifts and tells him that he will meet him again in his nation. Esau is sent back to Seir.
Cooper gives his seed to Philip/the Lodge, in order for a surrogate Dougie to be made for Janey-E. Similarly, Jacob's son Judah must also give seed to Tamar for Levirate law. Since Tamar's husband is dead and Tamar is barren is without children. (Genesis 38) Side note: Tamar is very similar in tone to Leah and then of course Janey-E.
After defeating his doppelganger, Cooper focuses on the nature of reality being a dream: "we live inside a dream". Likewise, Jacob's favorite son Joseph focuses entirely on his selfish dreams (Genesis 37). Both of these events seem to bring about "ensnarement" due to their focus on dreams. Cooper becomes "lost" and Joseph gets his entire family enslaved in Egypt.
The beloved wife is taken away from the main character: Cooper loses Diane prematurely, as Jacob also loses Rachel prematurely (Genesis 35).
Ultimately, both main characters do not end up following the instructions that they were given: Cooper does not find Laura after being told to do in Part 2. Jacob does not follow his instructions from Genesis 27:28-29 - since Jacob bowed down to Esau and not the other way around in Genesis 33:3.
Both characters go by two interchangeable names: "Cooper and Dougie." "Jacob and Israel."
Both journeys sorta end tragically after the focus on "dreams" occurs. No, I don't have an exact theory about what all of this means. I think the parallels are very interesting. Maybe Lynch was inspired by this Bible story? Do you see these parallels? Or is it just me? Perhaps the journeys of Cooper and Jacob are Shakespearian - this story formula is simply popular and common in classic stories, more so than we think.
I, and many others, are looking for establishments following the state mandated guidelines of socially distanced outdoor seating. Inslee decreed they can stay open and I am not bothering trying to convince you to come out if you don't want to. Ballard, Capitol Hill, Downtown, and Pioneer Square seem desolate so I went down to the Muckleshoot and also did some poking around... with a designated driver.
It sounds like all non-tribal card rooms, mainly along 99 north and south of the city are open.
The full-on tribal Casinos are all open (Puyallup's Tacoma Emerald Queens to the south, Mulkeshoot to the south east, Snoqualamie to the east, Tulalip to the north, and Suquamish a quick boat ride and drive to the west).
Speaking of driving south, Bourban Jack's in Auburn has a patio (why not if you are already going that far).
It looks like Tin Dog in South Park might be open.
Tukwila is a drunk bastard's paradise with the Riverside Casino, an Azteca (I know), and a Twin Peaks (it is like a Hooters with MILFs).
I haven't gone north, east, or west; so please list out more if you know of any. Again, only looking for legitimately open spots. Especially curious about the Fremont Dock and The Twilight Exit since they have good sized patios.
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City Barbeque on Wednesday, November 11, for Veterans Day to get a free sandwich platter. Defense CASINO Veterans Day Buffet: All veterans eat free on Nov. 11. Denny’s: A FREE Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast from Denny’s is available for all veterans, active, non-active or retired military personnel from 5 a.m. to noon on Monday, November 11. Dunkin will be saluting vets with a free donut on Veterans Day. Einstein Bros. Bagels is giving away a free hot or iced medium coffee to any active or retired veteran. Evel Pie, 508 Fremont St.: Free slice of cheese pizza for all active and inactive military, starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 12. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, multiple locations: Coupon for free combo meal, redeemable through Nov. 30. Golden Corral is offering a free meal and beverage card between Nov. 1 and 30, while supplies last. Military personnel can then redeem their card once for lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday from Nov. 1 to May 31. 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This post aims to show as many Top 14 jerseys as possible for the upcoming season - after all, since it is also reasonably likely to be cancelled, those might become collector items in the future. And for those who care about it, I have been trying to identify both the brands, sponsors (and what kinds of companies they are) along with other anecdotes when I can find some. The reason is that some sponsors really make the shirts uglier - I'm thinking of Bordeaux' Bourse de L'Immobilier on the chest, this one I'm sure will be more popular without sponsors. It's also interesting to see what kinds of companies sponsor rugby teams in France. I'll try to update it when new kits are revealed (including Away/Third when applicable - although I will just link because the max number of images is reached there) - looking at you Stade Français. Also some sponsors are still missing due to me not having had access to all full kits yet, I'll see if I have the courage to look at butts in scrums to complete the list. Image size has nothing to do with personal preference, I just tried to save some of my sanity by cropping the ones that were easier to crop (e.g. La Rochelle & Toulon). you can click on them I guess. Favorite ones: Bayonne A, Montpellier H, Brive A Edit: BTW, when I wrote "back - bottom" in the sponsor description, it means "bottom of the shirt, in the back", not "on the player's bottom" - that one is marked "shorts - back".
Avia Picoty (filling stations), left & right sleeves
Lea Nature (organic products), back - top
COGEP (accountants), shorts - back
Bigard (meat processing), back - bottom & right thigh
Charente Maritime (La Rochelle's county), left thigh
Bonus: It is the same shirt as last year - the Stade Rochelais decided to cut costs due to the uncertainty of the pandemic (they are the team whose stadium has the highest filling rate in the league and rely on it for their finances, hence why Covid hurts them a lot. Merling is the company founded and owned by La Rochelle's president, Vincent Merling.
Home Brand: Macron Main Sponsor: Matmut (insurance) Other sponsors:
6e sens immobilier (real estate), chest - left
GL Events (events), chest - right
Serfin (financial services), left sleeve
Eiffage (construction), back - top
BFM Lyon (media), back - bottom left
Justin Bridou (delicatessen), back - bottom right
EM2C (real estate), left thigh
Crédit Agricole (bank), right thigh
Samsic (business services), shorts - back
Bonus: Matmut is also the brand of Lyon's Gerland stadium.
Montpellier métropole (self explanatory), chest - right
Hérault (Montpellier's county), left sleeve
Tressol Chabrier (car sales), back - top
Sud de France (local food producers), back - bottom
Urbaser (environment services), shorts - back
Crédit Agricole (bank), right thigh
Bonus: Altrad, whose founder Mohed Altrad is Montpellier's owner, is also the French NT's shirt sponsor.
L: Home, R: Away Brand: Macron Main Sponsor: Total (oil and gas) - also on the back of the shirt Other sponsors:
Terega (gas transportation), chest - left
Cancé (metallic construction), chest - right
Autaa (handling and logistics), left sleeve
essor (real estate, shorts - back
Leclerc (supermarkets), left thigh
PLH (real estate), right thigh
Bonus: The twin peaks on the back of the shirt symbolize the Pic du Midi d'Ossau, the most famous summit in the Pyrénées-Atlantique county, with a height of 2884m, and whose nickname in Béarn is "Jean-Pierre".
Home Away Brand: Le Coq Sportif Main Sponsor: Natixis (bank) - also on the back of the shirt Other sponsors:
Clarins (cosmetics), chest
Assystem (engineering), chest - left
Hauts-de-Seine (club's county), left sleeve
alila (real estate), back - bottom
Foncia (real estate), right thigh
Andros (fruit and milk transformation), left thigh
Triangle Interim (temp agency), shorts - back
Bonus: Le Coq Sportif is also the brand used by the French NT.
Groupe Loudane (specialized transportation), chest - left
AGV Garelli (real estate), chest - right
Team Interim (temp agency), left sleeve
Volkswagen (automaker), back - top
Pizzorno (environment), back - bottom
yack (air conditioners), shorts - back
JOA (casinos), shorts - left thigh
Bonus:Shirt reveal video. The man in their back is Felix Mayol, whom you might know from the stadium's name - he was a singer in the beginning of the 20th century and a RCT fan, and funded the building of the stadium.
Home Away Brand: Nike Main Sponsor: Peugeot (automaker) Other sponsors:
Airbus (plane manufacturer), chest - right
Jimenez (logistics), left sleeve
Fiducial (accounting), back - top
Parera (cartography), back - bottom
Bonus: The stripes are inspired by the 85-86 shirts - they won back-to-back titles in these years.
This is the fifth and final part of me reading and sharing my thoughts on the Danganronpa Fanfic; ‘Three-Point Shot’ by RandomRex6. Here’s the last thread if you missed it, and here’s the actual story if you’re reading along. Spoilers for the canon V3 will be left unmarked, you have been warned, and it’s kind of difficult to spoiler tag the actual final case of a killing game. I’ll do my best, but I will once again implore you to go read the story yourself before reading this. On that note, if you’re someone who’s struggled to find the time to read this story you may be able to have it read to you instead. A frequent commenter of the story on AO3, Net Neutrality, has their own Youtube Channel where they’ve spent the last couple of years working on a audiobook style video series for this fanfic. It’s not finished yet but the latest update is less than a week old at the time of me posting this, so it’s worth a look in at the very least. Anyway, we’re kicking off with a big spoiler after the last chapter, so this really is your last chance to stop reading if you haven’t finished the story yourself, don’t start complaining at me if you ignore this and get spoiled …Ok, that should be long enough. So we return to the cast gathered in the hidden room of the library, having just discovered that somehow, Keebo has taken control of Motherkuma. He explains that when Kokichi sent him into the virtual world, the Supreme Leader used a flash drive (which I had completely forgotten about) he won back in chapter 2 to create a copy of Keebo’s AI. In the chapter 5 Free Time, Kokichi used a weaker EMP to disable the Nanokumas in the library whilst he placed a stronger EMP next to the door to the hidden room. The whole stand-off where both he and Maki pressed their detonators? Yeah, once of those triggered the library’s EMP, taking out the Nanokumas again and disabling the door to the hidden room (I’ve seen some comments saying this doesn’t make sense, Kokichi would still need the card key to open the door, but I think the story’s good with this one. There are electronic doors out there that actually require power to remain shut, so in the event of a power outage, they’re easy to open and nobody gets trapped inside. I can buy that this is one of those occasions.) When Kokichi fled the group using the flash bomb, he went to hidden room to plug the Keebo USB into Motherkuma, and as soon as the EMP wore off, TDR switched Motherkuma back on remotely, not knowing it was now compromised. Also, when Kokichi sent Keebo off to fight the Exisals, he snipped his antenna off. Kind of feel like that’s something that should’ve come up in the last case, but oh well. Getting all this information at once is a bit hard for the group to digest, and a lot of them have a hard time believing that Kokichi set all this up knowing that he was going to die as part of this plan. Everyone but Kaede, that is, who seems to have an easy time believing that Kokichi was trying to atone for setting Tenko and Keebo up to die. Honestly, I feel like this shouldn’t be so hard to come to terms with. Not so much the whole, “he felt he had to atone part,” but the idea that he wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice himself when these guys literally just had a trial that ended with him allowing himself to be executed to resolve the unsolvable crime he’d set up. I mean what more proof do they need after that? He literally told them he was more interested in hitting the mastermind where it hurts than his own life. Ambiguous character or not, it’s a whole other story when they were actually alive to explain this stuff to you like he was. Also, small nitpick, but how does this Keebo know all of this? My understanding is that this Keebo’s memories should end from when Kokichi made the copy, when OG Keebo entered the virtual world. Sure, he can scan Motherkuma’s databanks and learn some of the stuff he missed, but how can he know what happened whilst the EMP’s were active, surely Motherkuma can’t see that either? Anyway, Keebo’s making the preparations for his Monokuma army (dubbed Kiibokumas/Keebokumas) to detonate at one point in the End Wall to blow a hole so they can escape, but Kaede vetos that idea, worried that they have nowhere to go, no rations prepared, no ID’s and would probably just be recaptured and taken somewhere else. So instead, they send a message to the ones pulling Monokuma’s strings, telling them to make their final ultimatum, or else…they’ll just go with Keebo’s plan. Of course, the ultimatum proposed is the Danganronpa tradition; one final class trial, if they can solve all the remaining mysteries, they can go free. If they fail, Keebo goes back into his regular body and the game continues. They’re given a small bit of time to investigate, and each have some new evidence in their labs (how did the new evidence get there? Keebo has control of everything but the one Monokuma unit he’s allowing the puppet masters to speak through.) Most of the clues pertain to the canon V3 plot twists; their memories and personalities are fake, and the killing game has happened before. And after a short space of time, the group (joined by Keebo, using a modified Monokuma unit as a vessel) have their final class trial. The Monokubs are back…again…because we all want that final scrum debate at the end, I’ll give them that. And the start of the trial plays out like you’d expect; they bring up the Gopher Project plan for the first time and swiftly dismiss it as fake news. The information they have on Rantaro suggests this isn’t the first killing game, and from there they figure out that these games exist for people’s entertainment. They’re shown a video of Rantaro vowing the same things they’re now saying, that he won’t stand for this which…I guess means he failed, since the killing game is still going? …Yeah, the whole ‘Rantaro and Tsumugi are prior participants of the killing game’ thing they’ve been building up kind of ends on a down note. I mean, I know they couldn’t have beat TDR of the game is still going, but I at least thought the pair stayed behind so their friends could go free. But the video message Himiko finds shows Rantaro pleading with his future self to ‘save them,’ so it sounds like he didn’t even manage to accomplish that. Kaede explains that the clue in her lab was a flashback light, the first in the entire game if you would believe it, only Kaede opted not to watch it, not trusting Monokuma’s intentions. This turns out to have been a close call, as apparently it was supposed to reprogram Kaede’s mind and make her the game’s mastermind. And finally, we meet the game’s mastermind, the mastermind I was spoiled on from the beginning; Kaori Akamatsu, Kaede’s twin sister! She was mentioned a couple of times throughout the story, so it doesn’t come out of nowhere, and Rex left an extremely subtle hint in chapter 20 of the story that I’m not surprised none of us picked up on. And having went into this story knowing who the mastermind is, I never actually stopped to think about the merits of the decision, and ...I kind of would’ve preferred it if they just went with the teased plan of reprogramming one of the characters we already knew. I mean, the idea that TDR can literally make anyone into the game’s mastermind with their technology paints them as a truly heinous and powerful villain that must be stopped before they can ruin anymore lives…but it also strips those masterminds of their autonomy, they don’t matter. Kaori really isn’t the villain here, and honestly we really don’t know anything about her, she’s not even herself right now because they infused her with the typical mastermind/Junko personality. She’s Kaede’s sister, so we care about her by proxy, but I just feel like this would be more effective if it was a character we were invested in, one we’d really gotten to know throughout the story as opposed to a casual reference every now and then. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not bad, but she’s just sort of…Junko without the shifting personalities. The mastermind precedes to explain what’s left; who Team Danganronpa are, Keebo’s role in the killing game, they even show some comments made by the ‘show’s’ fans (which are actually comments of the story itself on AO3, which is a nice touch.) That’s basically all the mysteries solved now, so the kids have to make their choice; continue the killing game, or leave, but have their original personalities returned to them. Kaede doesn’t know what to do, and in a moment that was very DR2-esque ends up in a black void, talking not with her love interest or any of the deceased students, but her pre-game self. I love this idea, these kids confronting their past selves, the versions of them that saw no value in their lives, and threw them away to participate in the killing game. It’s essentially their past selves’ fault that they’ve been put through this mess, so it’s a confrontation that has a lot of potential. Kind of wish the two of them didn’t get along so well though. Past Kaede gives present Kaede some sass before helping her to make a decision. In the end, Kaede decides they need to take the option to leave and get their old personalities back. She argues they’ve come too far to turn back now, even if this moment doesn’t won’t end Danganronpa, it will plant a seed of doubt in the hearts of those that enjoy the show (which is admittedly a more realistic approach to how TDR would have to be dealt with than the game took. One bad season probably isn’t going to cut it.) We get the customary final challenge of the MC convincing everyone else to join them; Ryoma joins because if his past trauma is fake, he may have something more meaningful waiting for him out there. Himiko joins to honour Angie and Tenko’s memories (even though Angie didn’t really do much at all for Himiko in this story?) Keebo joins to show he’s a strong, independent robot who don’t need no creator. Maki joins both for the sake of honouring Kaito’s memory, but also to payback TDR for turning her into a weapon through her backstory (kind of the best reason of the lot, imo) and Shuichi joins because he can’t keep hiding away from the truth anymore (even though this Shuichi has already embraced the idea of being a detective as a coping mechanism for his depression) Kaori tries to argue that once their personalities are back, they won’t want this decision anymore, but Shuichi disagrees, citing the post-trial aftermath of chapter 4, where Miu continued to call Keebo ‘Idabashi’, suggesting that they’ll maintain some of their in-game personas even with their old personalities back, and they’ll just have to take that risk (Like I said, very DR2-esque ending.) They win the scrum debate with the Monokubs, Kaori admits defeat and takes them to the flashback light terminal to begin work on returning their original personalities. Keebo explains that he’s going to try and hack into TDR’s main servers, and upload his AI into the net, since his physical body can’t leave the academy, he may find freedom there instead. And Kaede and Shuichi kiss (I really feel like this should’ve been the first time they did that, but I forgot to mention they did this in the Free Time chapter of the last section, so whoops.) And the army of Monokumas and the five Kubs self-destruct by the end wall to let the kids re-join the outside world. The epilogue takes place quite a long time later, 4 years in fact. The kids are now adults, Kaede and Maki are meeting for lunch and MAKI HAS A CHILD! KAITO GOT MAKI PREGGERS DURING THE LOVE HOTEL SCENE AND NOW SHE HAS A LITTLE BABY GIRL CALLED ANZU! I FUCKING LOVE IT! SHE’S ADORABLE, SHE SAYS KAITO’S CATCHPHRASE IN BABY TALK! I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED THIS SO BADLY! I’VE KNOWN THIS CHILD FOR 5 SECONDS AND I’D ALREADY SLAUGHTER EVERYONE IN TDR FOR HER SAKE! Ahem, sorry about that. Anyway, the kids have sort of become figure heads in a protest movement against the show. Their whole gamble about regaining their old personalities paid off about as conveniently as it did for the DR2 cast. They’re pretty much exactly who they were in the game, but they just also have some fond memories of watching the show. Kaori’s seeing a shrink, since they’re struggling to get that Junko personality out of her brain (Can’t help but think this may just be an attempt to dodge having to give Kaori a personality of her own.) Ryoma’s enjoying his new freedom, travelling around the world as a tennis coach. Himiko’s on tour holding magic shows whilst trying to raise awareness of how wrong the killing games are (Kind of feel like that message is kind of diluted when you’re still making use of the talent and personality they gave her as part of the show.) Shuichi’s receiving medication for his depression and I believe is still dating Kaede. And the pair of them overhear that auditions for the next season of the show will be starting soon, but the cast size has shrunk again, since they’re struggling to find participants, and something (Keebo) is making it difficult to access the website. I love this idea of giving us a small peak into the characters adult lives. Sometimes, you just need something a little more concrete than simply hoping that the characters had a good life once the killing game was over. I’m torn on how they dealt with TDR, I know I said it’s a more realistic approach and it is, but it’s a shame that 3/4 more groups of kids have to participate and die before the show gets shut down. And, that’s it. My journey through Three-Point Shot is completed, and I’m now obliged to give my final thoughts on the story as a whole. Before I talk about the story itself, I just want to acknowledge how insanely difficult the format of Danganronpa even is to write for;
16 characters, do you know how few stories out there try to have as many as 16 new, reasonably fleshed out characters with each instalment? Yeah, some characters matter more than others, but they all have a personality, background, dynamics with each other. Most stories opt for no more than 8 or 10 characters at best, so it’s no wonder how much of a struggle it is to try and pull it off with 16 of them.
Then you have to be brutal and try and parcel down all those backstories and potential character arcs you’ve come up with to the bare essentials, the cream of the crop, because you’re killing off, on average, two of these characters every chapter. You will never have enough time to flesh out all of them. So, you’ve got to pick and choose which ones matter most for the story you want to tell.
But let’s not forget, those characters that die aren’t simply being killed off, it’s a murder mystery! So you’ve got to devise clever schemes that manage to strike the right balance between not being too obvious whilst also making enough sense to create a satisfying conclusion. You have to spend more valuable time foreshadowing this stuff, without it ruining the pacing.
And then, if all that wasn’t bad enough, you have to try and wrap this all up together. You have to come up with an overarching story, a mastermind who’s motivations justify this whole charade, and build towards a satisfying final confrontation between them and the rest of the cast.
When you really break Danganronpa down into those four components, you realise how much of a miracle it is that this series is even a fraction of coherent as it actually is. Most sensible writers wouldn’t touch this idea, they’d tell you it just wouldn’t work. So no matter what I have to say about this, or any other fanfic I read in the future, they all have my upmost respect for even attempting this challenge and having the guts to put their work out there. (Also, I don’t go over everything that happened in these threads. I say it all the time, I want you to read this stories for yourselves before reading these threads. You should never let someone else’s opinion act as a substitute for your own.) Telling a story is a two-part process; both coming up with your ideas and then conveying those ideas to your audience. Three Point Shot’s greatest strength was the ideas it came up with. I loved the creativity behind the motives, and the cases. I thought the casino party in chapter 2 and the use of honey in case 3 were great ways to make new use of V3’s already established locations. I loved V3, but my favourite parts of this story were when Rex let their creativity go unrestricted by what the canon dictated. Kokichi blackmailing Maki, only 1 murder in chapter 3, Shuichi’s depression, Angie not knowing whether her thoughts were hers or Atua’s, Keebo wanting a surname, the split vote idea. When the story attempted something new, or injected its own take on the V3 canon, I was generally all for it. And inversely, when the story repeated something that happened in V3 just for the sake of it, it generally wasn’t received so well by me; night time training in chapter 2, Himiko’s relationships with Tenko and Angie, the way Rantaro’s storyline just sort of ended. The problem isn’t replicating events from the canon, I had no problem with Kokichi’s antics and the student council, but it’s when the story replicates something without considering if what this story’s already changed affects it. I loved the romances. I’m a sucker for a good romance, but I don’t turn to Danganronpa all that often to get it. Saimatsu and…(checks Google) Harukaito (Really? That’s what we call it?) just felt really genuine in this story. It felt like teenagers falling in love, being awkward about it at times because they’re only teenagers and they don’t know what they’re doing. Just very wholesome, genuine teen romance. However, one of the issues I brought up quite often towards the end was how the story handled its supporting cast. Kaede, Shuichi, Kaito, Maki and Kokichi were all used to reasonably good effect across their lengthy screen time, but all the other characters kind of suffered for it. This isn’t exactly unexpected, I did say a while ago that it’s impossible to flesh out all 16 characters in Danganronpa, and you have to prioritise the most important ones for your story. It’s just kind of a shame that they went with the characters that already received a lot of screen time and development from the canon. The only characters that made it to this story’s chapter 5, that didn’t make it that far in the canon, were Kaede and Ryoma. I never really got the sense that anyone here was this story’s equivalent to Fuyuhiko, or canon Himiko, someone who initially didn’t seem like much, but develops in such a way where you can’t imagine them not surviving. It’s not for a lack of trying. Each chapter had three instances when the group split up (when they’re expanding the school, the Free Time chapter, and the investigation) and it consistently tried to give each character some sort of scene in each of these sections, but they kind of gave me a Ultimate Talent Development Plan vibe; they were fun interactions but they didn’t actually build much character. I think that’s partially because the story kept trying to mix and match different people together, so instead of really developing one strong bond with another person, we got several soft bonds with several people. I can see some debate over which approach is better, but I personally prefer the former, consistent interactions with a smaller portion of the group. My favourite interactions was when Gonta showed Angie around his lab, because that was an interaction the story kept up with, but the little three-way dynamic between Himiko, Ryoma and Keebo was also pretty consistent. I think RandomRex6 showcased that they’re more than competent as a writer. You have to bear in mind that this was just supposed a simple 1-chapter project that exploded into a full-game rewrite and from start to end, the project took just under a year to complete. They came up with some great ideas, and whilst I found faults in the execution at times, there was always some element that made me want to keep going, and Rex was their own harshest critic, never letting themselves of easy after disappointing their audience with Korekiyo at the beginning, and that fuelled them for the rest of the story. Whilst I think the fanfic peaked with chapter 3, I don’t think it ever dipped significantly after that. And that’s about all I have to say. I’m not gonna type up my thoughts on the characters again, because honestly what I said in the last thread for each of them still stands. I suppose Kaede stepped up more as a leader in this finale. It might be a couple of weeks before I start another fanfic series like this, and I think it’s time to move away from the V3 related ones for a while, just to give the rest of the franchise a chance.
In peak offseason form, I decided to anagram all the draft picks. I did have two rules, I could not use the original player's name (Example: Brian Burns, could not be Brain Burns), and I couldn't add a suffix to the name. There could definitely be better ones, I used this website. I also, did this last year!
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Claire Dennis: Beau Travail, No Fear, No Die, I Can't Sleep, and Nénette and Boni. Richard Linklater: Before Sunrise, Slacker, Dazed and Confused, The Newton Boys, and SubUrbia. Abbas Kiarostami: Close Up, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, Life, and Nothing More..., and Through the Olive Trees. Harold Ramis: Groundhog Day, Analyze This, Stuart Saves His Family, and Multiplicity. Michael Mann: Heat, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Insider. Wes Anderson: Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. Todd Haynes: Safe, Velvet Goldmine, and Poison. The Wachowskis: The Matrix and Bound. Emir Kusturica: Underground, Arizona Dream, and Black Cat, White Cat. Krzysztof Kieślowski: Three Colours Trilogy and Double Life of Veronique Steven Soderbergh: Out of Sight, Gray's Anatomy, Schizopolis, The Limey, Kafka, King of the Hill, and The Underneath. Jonathan Demme: Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs, and Beloved. 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Thomas Vinterberg: Festen, Last Round, The Boy Who Walked Backwards, and The Biggest Heroes. Julie Dash: Daughters of the Dust, Funny Valentines, and Praise House. Pedro Almodóvar: All About my Mother, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Live Flesh, High Heels, Kika, and The Flower of My Secret. Jan De Bont: Speed 1 & 2, Twister, and The Haunting. Oliver Stone: JFK, Nixon, Heaven & Earth, Natural Born Killers, The Doors, Any Given Sunday, and U Turn. Rob Reiner: Misery, A Few Good Men, The American President, Ghosts of Mississippi, and The Story of Us. Paul Verhoeven: Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers. Danny Boyle: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, and A Life Less Ordinary. Tim Burton: Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, Batman Returns, and Mars Attacks!. Ang Lee: Pushing Hands, Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, Eat Drink Man Woman, The Wedding Banquet, and Ride with the Devil. Jane Campion: The Piano, An Angel at My Table, The Portrait of a Lady, and Holy Smoke!. Frank Darabont: The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Lasse Hallström: What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Once Around, The Cider House Rules, and Something to Talk About. Jim Jarmusch: Dead Man, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Night on Earth, and Year of the Horse. M. Night Shyamalan: The Sixth Sense, Praying with Anger, and Wide Awake. Luc Besson: La Femme Nikita, Atlantis, Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. Alan Parker: The Commitments, Evita, Come See the Paradise, Angela's Ashes, and The Road to Wellville. Terry Gilliam: The Fisher King, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and 12 Monkeys. Mike Leigh: Naked, Secrets and Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Life Is Sweet, and Career Girls. Peter Jackson: Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver, and The Frighteners. Martin Brest: Scent of a Woman, Meet Joe Black, and Josh and S.A.M. Woody Allen: Everyone Says I Love You, Alice, Shadows and Fog, Husbands and Wives, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Mighty Aphrodite, Celebrity, Sweet and Lowdown, and Deconstructing Harry. Ridley Scott: Thelma & Louise, G.I. Jane, White Squall, and 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Bryan Singer: Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects, and Public Access. Kenneth Branagh: Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, In the Bleak Midwinter, Dead Again, and Peter's Friends. Theodoros Angelopoulos: Eternity and a Day, Ulysses' Gaze, and The Suspended Step of the Stork. Spike Lee: Crooklyn, Malcolm X, Girl 6, Summer of Sam, Get on the Bus, Clockers, He Got Game, Mo' Better Blues, and Jungle Fever. Radu Mihaileanu: Trahir, Bonjour Antoine, and Train of Life. Richard Attenborough: Grey Owl, In Love and War, Chaplin, and Shadowlands. Tony Scott: The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, The Fan, Enemy of the State, Days of Thunder, and Revenge. Eric Rohmer: L'Arbre, le maire et la médiathèque and Les Rendez-vous de Paris. Jacques Rivette: Up, Down, Fragile, Secret Defense, La Belle Noiseuse, and Joan the Maid. Edward Yang: A Brighter Summer Day, A Confucian Confusion, and Mahjong. Michael Haneke: Benny's Video, Funny Games, and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance. Farrelly brothers: Kingpin, Dumb and Dumber, and There's Something About Mary. David Cronenberg : Naked Lunch, eXistenZ, Crash, and M. Butterfly. Takeshi Kitano: Sonatine, Fireworks, Kikujiro and Kid'sReturn Alex Cox: El Patrullero, Three Businessmen, The Winner, and Death and the Compass. Atom Egoyan: Calendar, Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia's Journey, and The Adjuster. Manoel de Oliveira: The Divine Comedy, The Letter, Anxiety, Voyage to the Beginning of the World, Party, A Caixa, Abraham's Valley, The Convent, No, or the Vain Glory of Command, Day of Despair, and The Letter. Dardenne brothers: Rosetta, Je pense à vous, and La Promesse Jacques Rivette: La Belle Noiseuse, Top Secret, Up, Down, Fragile, and Joan the Maid. Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Cure, Charisma, The Guard from Underground, Barren Illusions, and License to Live. Jafar Panahi: The White Balloon and The Mirror. Tsai Ming-liang: The River, Vive L'Amour, The Hole, and Rebels of the Neon God. Hou Hsiao-hsien: The Puppetmaster, Flowers of Shanghai, Good Men, Good Women, and Goodbye South, Goodbye. Leos Carax: Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, Sans Titre, and Pola X. John Woo: Hard Boiled, Bullet in the Head, Hard Target, Once a Thief, Face/Off, and Broken Arrow. Olivier Assayas: Cold Water, A New Life, Irma Vep, Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge..., Paris Awakens, Cinéma, de notre temps, Alice and Martin, Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung, Late August, Early September, and Filha da Mãe. Roman Polanski: Bitter Moon, Death and the Maiden, and The Ninth Gate. 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James Foley: Glengarry Glen Ross, The Chamber, The Corruptor, Two Bits, After Dark, My Sweet, and Fear. James Mangold: Heavy, Cop Land, and Girl, Interrupted. Whit Stillman: The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, and Barcelona.
In P6, some Mickey wanted to hitch a ride on Carl's van to town from the trailer park.
Mickey: "Can I get a ride with you into town? I - I gotta pick up Linda's mail at the P.O."
Riding the van, the two had a small chat that we listened with heightened anticipation as the unseen Linda had been established as a major mystery in season's opening episode. As usual, Lynch delivered another seemingly disconnected character that resisted ordinary attempts to place her anywhere in the story.
Carl: "How's Linda?" Mickey: "She's doing a lot better. Got the government agencies to finally get one of them electric wheelchairs." Carl: "Fuckin' war. So the government's taking care of you, huh?" Mickey: "Not hardly. Took us about six months to get this wheelchair for her."
That was it. We got a devastating glimpse to the quickly abandoned story of some unseen Linda who apparently was a disabled veteran of some of the many wars the US had been waging. Maybe she was paralyzed or had had her legs blown off, but now she had finally got an electric wheelchair. While Mickey lived in the trailer park, it didn't look like Linda stayed there as slipping a wheelchair unnoticed past Carl sounded unlikely. After Mickey had given us what we needed to know about him and Linda, they both disappeared from the story. Again, let's work with what we got, even if it probably wasn't what many people wish they should have got. That seems to be the constant throughout Return, with Lynch relying on all sort of experimental devices to deliver countless twists and turns in an already hugely complicated story, unbothered what anyone thinks about his unconventional approach. So, it looks like we got three clues to work with to make sense of Linda. Each seemed to find a reference elsewhere in the story. Clue number 1: a victim of war. In P8, Lynch probably burnt half of his CGI budget to recreate a spectacular nuclear experiment. Krzysztof Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima was playing in the background. Whatever the nuclear explosion stood there for, it was followed by several Woodsmen appearing in the mysterious convenience store and the fittingly named Experiment vomiting a large mass, including BOB. Clue number 2: waiting for a wheelchair. In the episode following the nuclear blast, P9, the deputies were visiting Bobby's mother, Betty Briggs. Unexpectedly, she was already prepared for Bobby and the deputies coming to ask about Agent Cooper.
Betty: "Come with me. This is the chair. I can't believe this day has come."
Her saying, "this is the chair" looked like a subtle throwback to Mulholland Drive that turned another seemingly mundane phrase, "this is the girl" into a key plot point. There had been nothing about any chair earlier, yet Betty underlined that this was the chair. And she had been waiting for this day. Her exact same words might just as well have been said between Mickey and Linda when the wheelchair arrived. Clue number 3: waiting for six months. In P10 - again an episode forward - there was Janey-E having a monologue while Doctor Ben who was examining Cooper.
Janey-E: "Anyway, as I told you, Doctor Ben, it started last week when Dougie disappeared for three days. He missed Sonny Jim's birthday party, which we'd been planning for six months, and then he shows up straight from the casino. You know about his gambling problems and then the drinking, and the drinking feeds the gambling and vice versa, and the whole thing is just a downward spiral."
Linda had been waiting for her wheelchair for six months, and Janey-E had been planning Sonny Jim's birthday for another six months. So, we got to three different ladies in three consecutive episodes - the Experiment, Betty and Janey-E. Each time, the context included their son - BOB, Bobby and Sonny Jim. Separately, their links to Linda looked enormously vague but together like a pattern. Having done my homework earlier, I have already proposed that ultimately these three - the Experiment, Betty and Janey-E - were the samecharacter, just in three different worlds. Furthermore, I have also proposed that their sons BOB, Bobby and Sonny Jim were the same character, each in his own alternate reality, respectively. And while BOB having a father is something to think about, I have also proposed that Sonny Jim's father Douglas Jones was another Garland Briggs who elsewhere was Betty's husband and Bobby's father. This would then imply also Linda was the same character as the Experiment, Betty and Janey-E, just in yet another world, revealing a fundamental piece in this very unusual telling of her very unusual story. If so, then none of those other women existed in Linda's world as that place was already taken by her. And if there was no Betty, much of the story in that Twin Peaks must have gone differently. Nothing in the scene between Mickey and Carl was in conflict with this possibility. Ramifications elsewhere would of course be significant. We'll have a look at those later. While the Experiment existed at the top of otherworldliness, it seems that Linda was at the other end where Twin Peaks met the ground level. This fits Lynch's private belief of us being born again and again into different lives. As he himself put it in an interview:
"It’s not so much a circle as like a spiral that comes around, the next loop a little bit higher than the one that precedes it.”
And if you go to the opposite direction, then Janey-E told us just what it would be.
Janey-E: "-- and the whole thing is just a downward spiral."
We were also hinted about this approach to life in Eddie Vedder's song Out of Sand that Lynch had got him to perform for Return in P16:
"There's another us somewhereWith much better lives"
With this said about Linda, from what we got to know about Mickey, we should be able to sort out his story accordingly.
Earlier, I wrote that it seems the hit and run accident in P6 was edited together from two versions of the same accident, one taking place in 2016 and another taking place in 1997. These two accidents were similar but not the same. They happened in two different worlds. Many of the same characters existed in both, but they may have looked different whereas familiar faces may have been some other characters. While the driver in the earlier accident was left for us to figure out, the driver in the 2016 accident was Ben Horne's grandson Richard. In P12, Sheriff Truman was bringing Ben the bad news.
Ben: "And Richard is... Where is he? Is he in jail?" Sheriff Truman: "He's on the run."
Richard was on the run. Did the other driver also go on the run? Earlier, I proposed that while it was a Ford truck that hit the boy in the 2016 accident, the car in the 1997 version was a Dodge. Could this help us figure out who the other driver was? In P16, when Cooper was in hospital, lying in a coma, Mitchum brothers volunteered to go stock their house. While that produced a few funny moments, it didn't seem to serve any immediately clear purpose in the plot. Indeed, the purpose seems to have been something completely unexpected and delivered in a blink of an eye. Later in the episode, then, the brothers' stretched Lincoln Town Car arrived at Lancelot Court, accompanied by a 2003 Dodge Sprinter van. In P3, another Lincoln Town Car was under Mr C when he had his accident, and yet another under Cooper in P18 when he arrived at the Odessa house that had the telephone number 6 in front of it, the mark for the death of the little boy who died in the hit and run. At the same time, Hutch and Chantal were staking out Jones's house. They seemed to be waiting for Dougie. As Mitchum brothers' cars drove to the house, Hutch had a look what was going on.
Hutch: "Is one of them guys Dougie?"
There was a cut to the house, with an anonymous Silver Mustang Casino employee, who had been driving the Dodge, just walking past the van to open its back. As he walked, Hutch said one word in the background.
Elsewhere in P9, Bushnell was talking to Las Vegas detectives Fusco about Dougie.
Bushnell: "Dougie had a car accident, as I recall, not long before he came to work for me. Every once in a while, he shows some lingering effects."
Dougie had been in a car accident but the dialog tiptoed around not saying that it was Dougie who got hurt in that accident. But the effects of that accident certainly lingered. As Bushnell left, Fuscos started realizing there was something wrong with Douglas Jones.
T Fusco: "So get this. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, on our Mr Douglas Jones prior to 1997." D Fusco: "You're shitting me." T Fusco: "No driver's license. No passport. No social. Class records. Tax records. No birth certificate." D Fusco: "I'll be damned. Witness protection?" T Fusco: "Maybe."
Or maybe it wasn't. Earlier, I proposed that the Hit and Run Mom in the 1997 accident was the Laura Palmer of another reality who was married to the James Hurley of that world. Thus, the boy who died was their son. I also proposed that Lynch had - throughout the season - overloaded the pronoun "nothing" with the dual meaning of "Laura Palmer", just as he seems to have overloaded "nobody" with "Major Briggs" and "no one" with "the Experiment" so that whenever these pronouns were used in the dialog, there was an additional, fully meta context that was intended for us to sort things out. And so, when T Fusco said, "There is nothing, and I mean nothing, on our Mr Douglas Jones prior to 1997", it apparently also meant that there was Laura Palmer on Douglas Jones. This can mean many things but together with 1997 it probably meant one certain thing. Let's put this together. Dougie had no records before 1997 so it probably was a fake identity. That same year, there seems to have been one Laura Palmer losing her son in a hit and run. The car that hit the boy was probably a Dodge. The driver in the 2016 version of the accident went on the run. A man walked past a Dodge in front of Dougie's house when Hutch asked, "Douglas?". Dougie had been in a car accident. Laura Palmer was on Dougie. Earlier, I proposed that the original Dougie Jones was none other than Garland Briggs of that world - and he also looked just like Garland Briggs. These two Garland Briggses were not of the same age in their respective realities. For one reason or another, this alternate Briggs seems to have had his head cut off in 2016, at about the same age as another Garland Briggs - the Major - was when he died in a fire in another world in 1989. How and why all this came to pass is something to think about. And so, if Briggs was the same as Dougie, it looks like the driver who caused the accident nineteen years earlier was this same, later decapitated Garland Briggs, first living as a young man in Twin Peaks and then going on the run with his Dodge after killing the little boy in the crossroads. He settled down in Las Vegas under a false name Douglas Jones and later married Janey-E, the Betty Briggs of his reality and had a son, Sonny Jim, the Bobby of that world. If this young Garland Briggs was from Twin Peaks - the Twin Peaks of that alternate world - who might he have been there? Since it seems that every Dodge in the story was linked to the hit and run, in one way or another, we still got two Dodges to go to help figure that out.
Recommended if you like: Pythius, State Of Mind, Rido You know what we haven’t had in a long time? Remixes! Ten years after the initial release on his Virus album debut, it is time for a remix package of Audio’s Genesis Device album. Originally the plan was to premiere these four remixes of some of his most well-known classics during the 10 years of Genesis Device Virus takeover in the legendary venue that is Fabric in London. As you might have guessed, they instead pivoted to a livestream with most of the acts booked for that event, including Black Sun Empire, a classic Matrix set and the neurofunk godfathers themselves, Ed Rush & Optical. The remixes were premiered during Audio’s own set and just 2 very long months later, here they are! For this milestone, the ungoogleable producer got together with four of the best neurofunk producers the scene has to offer. First off, we have Black Sun Empire who took the titular Genesis Device and turned up the hype factor to 11. I’m going to be honest with you, a 4x4 type beat during the buildup gets me hyped like nothing else. It worked for Enei’s Sinking or the mega collab that is Sidewinder by Camo & Krooked & Mefjus, it worked for this. What follows isn’t any less ridiculous though, that drop just screams energy. Next, Redpill. On his Emissions Remix, Redpill took the “newschool”-techy route that he is known for from tracks like Flesh & Blood or his Rido collab Time. Compared to the first remix a bit of a vibe switch for sure, but I think we needed that. He even sneaked in a cheeky voice sample from the executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program in there at the end. The third remix is Agressor Bunx’s take on the frog-croaking classic Jibba Jabba. Even though they didn’t stray too far off the original, the changes they did certainly succeeded in updating it to the current “modern” neurofunk sound. Finally, we have Prolix on remix duties for Scanners. The TrendKill label boss managed to transform the original fast-paced neuro roller into one of the biggest bangers of this year. Absolute monster of a remix. Hide your shoes somewhere safe.
2. Current Value - Time Gap [Blackout]
Recommended if you like: Machine Code, Underhill, Curry Value Why don’t we stay in the neuro spectrum for a little while longer? Let’s talk about one of DnB’s most productive producers of our time: Current Value. Seriously, just scroll through his releases on Spotify. It takes a while. After releasing two albums last year (just let that sink in), PUER on Souped Up and Senex on Methlab, the Berlin-based personification of prolificness returns once again to Black Sun Empire’s Blackout with a four-track EP with some of his work to date. He opens the EP with the titular Time Gap, a track that sums up his appeal in just 4 minutes. Strange vocals, cyberfunk-esque atmosphere and a drop that is just straight up weird. But good weird. Chaotic weird. The follow-up Operator reminds me of the more stepper-y tunes on his Methlab album Senex. How he keeps finding this strange sounds is a mystery to me. Planar is an endless barrage of noises coming straight for your ears, but arranged in such a way that you still end up enjoying it. The EP closer Deadspot sounds a bit like my neighbours banging on my door to keep the noise down. What I’m saying is, this EP might not be for everyone. But it certainly is for me. If you like strange and unique drum and bass, you’ll be in heaven.
3. Various Artists - Modern Soul LP 5 [Vandal Ltd]
Recommended if you like: GLXY, Redeyes, Halogenix I think we all deserve a break after the madness we just witnessed. Good thing Vandal Ltd just released their fifth installment in their Modern Soul compilation series! Founded in 2014 by SKS and Redeyes, the sister label of Toulouse-based Vandal Records has since then become one of the finest places to find soulful and deep liquid. The Modern Soul series perfectly encapsulates what the label is all about. Regularly featuring genre legends like Lenzman, Monty or GLXY, mixed in with contributions by some of the best up-and-coming liquid producers, it is always worth checking out. And this installment is no exception. While the big name tracks on this release by Monty, Invadhertz, Amoss and Mark Dinimal (also known as MD or one part of Data 3) are all just excellent, the relatively lesser known producers also put in their work. Arp XP’s provides such a chill vibe that it made me want to check out more of their back catalogue, Rizzle is once again on fire, Vandal regular Forum’s contribution is also very much something to look out for and Arcatype delivers not just one, but two great vibes. Last but definitely not least we got some delightful tracks by Phase and LaMeduza, legendary french producer Peyo, polish hidden gem In-Deed and Metalheadz regular Adred. Perfect lovely vibes for a chill sunday.
4. DKN - Auf Den Start / The Peak [Subtitles Music]
Recommended if you like: Survey, GROUND, Grey Code It’s time. For what? Do you really have to ask? For the Underrated Track Of The Week™ of course! This week’s pick might not fit in completely, because I’m sure the creator will become way more famous in no time. I mean, the A side was even played by Dimension in his DJ Mag livestream on saturday. Oh well, still worth talking about. I’m of course talking about DKN’s debut release Auf Den Start / The Peak on Teebee & K’s label Subtitles Music. If you listen to the double single you will understand why I believe that this man will blow up very very soon. The Brightonian DKN rose through the ranks with his mixing abilities, winning the Data Transmission DJ Competition in 2015 and eventually catching the attention of TeeBee. Soon enough he was featured on Subtitle Music’s Podcast The Sub Club, culminating in this debut release on that same label. Both Auf Den Start and The Peak bring a lot of raw and deep energy to the table. Both use great vocal samples that are stuck in my head for hours after listening to them. In conclusion: Both are bangers. My favorite has to be The Peak though, just because of that fast-paced high-pitched instrument (wish there was a shazam for instruments) that comes in half-way through the rolling drop. If this is just the debut release, imagine what else he has in store. Other Hidden Gems this week:
Speksi - Beg / Veil (hooooly Magnetude vibes)
Drumsik - Noise In My Mind (was already released on Beatport previous, but it’s really really good and I missed it before)
(All) Much ado about a horse's shoe: following footprints from Vegas to Odessa
The logo of the horseshoe outside the Silver Mustang casino is very interesting because, in a show with a famously slapdash approach, it's addition to the scene is both intentional and unnecessary. That sign does not exist in reality, and it did not need to be there for the scene to be effective, but was pasted in in post-production anyways. Coupling Lynch's artisanal proclivities and attention to small visual details with the fact that the show really had a very modest budget for its size and the sign becomes, dare I say it, a little mysterious. This kind of thing doesn't just get added for no reason because these things cost time and money. Why did Lynch want this particular image? The Vegas horseshoe is 'turned up', which of course is exactly what we would expect of a casino logo, as the 'turned up' horseshoe is a classic symbol of good luck. In season 3, the Vegas horseshoe is literally mirrored in Odessa by Carrie Paige's 'turned-down' horseshoe necklace (turned down being a symbol for bad luck). This necklace, when you consider the weight behind seeing Laura/Carrie's first truly new scene in 25 years, is obviously another very intentional choice by the show. Lynch & Frost must have cared quite a bit about what Carrie was going to look like in this scene, and they chose a classic symbol of bad luck. Throughout season 3, there's a sense that Vegas is 'attuned' to goodness (and that Odessa is the opposite). Thinking of Cooper, to me the message in this light/dark contrast is clear; in Vegas, before Cooper goes off to try and save Laura, things had already turned out for the good. The world was very far from perfect, but the scales were tipped towards the light. Cooper miraculously escaping death, winning his family money, stabilizing the Jones household, building a relationship with Sonny-Jim despite everything, succeeding in work, saving his co-workers moral soul, defeating Bob etc. etc.). Odessa is the opposite, where even your regular diner-folk carry guns and threaten waitresses, where Carrie has nooses in her garden (go check, they're there), where night never seems to end, where random car headlights in the night feel like insidious eyes, etc. etc. "There are some things that will change". By sacrificing the 'Vegas' timeline for the Odessa timeline, without us ever really seeing or understanding why, Cooper fundamentally shifted the world towards evil. Again, this is not to say that Twin Peaks was all roses; look at Sarah Palmer, the drug issues in the town, the dead kid, the sick kid -- this is not a great place to be either. And yet, not great and Odessa are very far apart. To me the difference between Twin Peaks and Odessa could not be greater. Twin Peaks feels like a good place being infected with evil; Odessa feels like the heart of darkness. Odessa is stifling, with the darkness all around -- we can see this in how Cooper seems deeply suspicious of basically everything after passing the '430' portal. Of course, this light/dark contrast is triply true of Vegas. Vegas is a classically evil, dire, garmonbozia-filled place, yet by season's end it is shifted towards a more happy go lucky, classic Twin Peaks vibes kind of place. Goodness is winning... until Cooper changes the past. We aren't given all the pieces of this jigsaw, but we everything we need to see that changing the past was a serious, serious mistake. Cooper blew it; all he had to do was... nothing and it would have been a net win for the good guys. He should have listened to Rebecca; if you do go back to that place where it all began, there will be no stars.
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