The Twin Peaks Revival is nearing its home stretch on Showtime, and fans are simultaneously enthralled, emotional, and confused! Even though the show enjoyed a 25-year hiatus, it was never truly gone, though, when you consider the influence of David Lynch’s seminal series. From The X-Files to A&E’s Bates Motel, concepts and tactics first employed by Lynch have become mainstays in paranormal-themed productions. The fact that “Lynchian” has become a term used in film criticism is proof.
Twin Peaks also permeated popular culture with bits of dialog, characters, and images becoming culturally ingrained over the past two and a half decades. But one of the most unlikely Twin Peaks cameos came in an episode of Scooby Doo. That’s right. There was an episode of a kids’ show that made direct references to Lynch’s complex, sexually-charged game-changer.
In Stand and Deliver (2013) Scooby and the gang face an abductor haunting the grounds of Crystal Cove; in one sequence, they allow a psychiatrist to hypnotize them. Shortly afterward, the Mystery Inc. Crew wakes up in The Black Lodge. Have a look-see:
Official Synopsis: The Dandy Highwayman is assaulting people then abducts the ladies of Crystal Cove with his charming British accent. Meanwhile, Scooby is having strange dreams…
Ironically, this scene offers great advice for horror fans who find Lynch’s works too inaccessible, as even his most ardent fans will admit his work is challenging. When Velma (Mindy Cohn) breaks down because “Nothing makes sense,” Daphne (Grey DeLisle) advises: “Sometimes you have to feel the way in order for things to make sense.”
It’s true; people get trapped when attempting to make linear sense of David Lynch’s stories, but the lauded filmmaker rarely plays by established rules. Often, his “stories” are actually attempting to elicit specific emotions. In other words: When looking for meaning in the works of David Lynch, sometimes you have to feel your way to the answers.
Great advice Daphne!