- Jul 1, 2022
Was the sound Ben Horne hears in Season 2 the same one he hears in Season 3?
Another observation: in S02E21, Major Briggs says when Hawk finds him, "Which way to the castle?"
Castle and Palace could be the same thing, so is he really asking "Which way to the palace?" as in Jack Rabbit's Palace?
Tina Rathborne recalled that in directing Episode 3, she viewed Briggs in the script as a stodgy authority figure and kind of a square, and Lynch said, “No, no. He’s a very wise man.” This is just a hunch of mine, but I think Garland reminded Lynch of his own dad, or was perhaps intentionally modeled on him a bit.I’ve always been fascinated by the evolution of Major Briggs — he goes from a glorified extra in the pilot, to a supporting character who is kind of a jerk in S1, to a warm and philosophical figure in S2 who is also central to understanding the shows’s developing mythos.
I wonder if this was due to Lynch/Frost realizing that Don Davis was actually a pretty good actor, or maybe they just thought that his character’s job would make him a good conduit for exposition about the Lodges.
I’m sure he had a big part in it. From Conversations with Mark Frost: “I remember thinking that because Major Briggs in the pilot was a perfunctory character, I had the instinct to make him the most spiritually advanced person in town. Lynch really liked that idea, and we went with it.” He makes it sound like the plan was there from very early on, but they didn’t have a chance to bring it to the fore until Episode 8.Fascinating… I would’ve guessed that Briggs’ expanded role was primarily a Frost thing.
Room to Dream really doesn’t have much to offer in the way of TP info (there’s more on The Return), but it’s a wealth of information on Lynch’s life and the making of his earlier films in particular. Conversations has a ton of great insights into the writing of both the original TP and The Return, not to mention theosophy and working with Bochco in the Hill Street Blues writers’ room with David Milch.I really, really need to read Conversations and Room to Dream.
I do struggle to reconcile how overwhelmingly green Briggs’ experience is with the black and white of the Fireman’s palace (white lodge?), or the Mauve Room in S3. Perhaps he traveled to a place that we still don’t know about yet.I think that back then they had some sort of very loose idea about Briggs perhaps being something like a reincarnation of King Arthur, fitting in with Glastonbury Grove and whatnot, hence his appearance on the stone throne. That might be why they’ve got him cryptically mentioning a castle.
There could possibly have been some influence of the original run upon the new one, where all of the palace stuff is concerned, especially from Frost. It’s fun to examine the possible connections. As mentioned, in the original show, Briggs talks about a castle and appears on a throne in a forest. The Return has a “palace” in the forest where Briggs used to go with his son, and that palace is a little mirror of the Fireman’s home, complete with a portal to get there. When Mr. C goes through that portal, who do we find there with the Fireman but Briggs himself (or at least a jpg of his head). It’s a pretty interesting and creative use of some of the vague old threads from the original show.
So, who is Briggs to the Giant/Fireman in the full picture? Is Briggs some sort of noble personality that is reincarnated at various points in history?
Again, from Conversations, when asked if we’ve ever seen the White Lodge, Frost says the Fireman’s house is “probably the closest approximation of it you’ll find.”I do struggle to reconcile how overwhelmingly green Briggs’ experience is with the black and white of the Fireman’s palace (white lodge?), or the Mauve Room in S3. Perhaps he traveled to a place that we still don’t know about yet.
The cloaked figure that manifests during his disappearance (and during his recollection of his disappearance) doesn’t easily fit in with S3 for me either, although it might be time displaced Briggs trying to aid his past self.
Tina Rathborne recalled that in directing Episode 3, she viewed Briggs in the script as a stodgy authority figure and kind of a square, and Lynch said, “No, no. He’s a very wise man.” This is just a hunch of mine, but I think Garland reminded Lynch of his own dad, or was perhaps intentionally modeled on him a bit.
Interestingly, as early as Episode 5, he’s talking to Einar Thorson about “the legends and folklore of ancient Iceland,” so there’s already some hint of his interest in the mysterious/supernatural.
EDIT: Here’s a photo of Lynch’s parents from Room to Dream:View attachment 635