Twin Peaks is a television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch which aired on ABC from 1990 to 1991. In the series, an FBI agent travels to Twin Peaks to find the murderer of high school prom queen Laura Palmer. The dream sequence is probably the most memorable scene of the series as it is at the same time utterly confusing, ridiculous and frightening. What is particularly interesting is that Lynch, in a very postmodern way, goes beyond classical Freudian psychoanalysis. On one hand, the action, the dialogue, the setting and even the lighting make the scene completely absurd — which makes it more dream-like than most other dream sequences I have seen. On the other hand, the overload of symbols and hints give the dream more meaning than reality itself. The dream is more than the embodiment of Cooper’s desire; it represents an alternate dimension filled with clues that outline the path to the resolution of the crime. Cooper believes in the significance of the dream and, instead of looking for a rational explanation, follows the clues in his investigation. Throughout Twin Peaks, Lynch successfully blurs the line between reality, the subconscious and the supernatural, reflecting the mental state of the serial killer and giving the series a deliciously surreal atmosphere.
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