I'm not an expert, but I'mma give these a shot.
What really happened to the Major? Why did he return in a pilot's outfit?
** |---> He's in the airforce? Something like the prophets in DS9? **
**wherever he was understood him as he appears, a pilot, and adventurer **
(the clothes are of a bygone era, early pilots...)
Read "The Secret History of Twin Peaks." If you're okay with spoilers, Briggs is working for a secret government installation that's looking for extraterrestrials which is based in the ookiness of Twin Peaks. He is the author of the latter half of the book and its compiler.
Project Bluebook? Does this imply that the lodges are extra
terrestrial in nature? What would it even mean for them NOT to be extra
terrestrial? Or, perhaps what the military thought was extra terrestrial
communications/ UFOs, etc., were actually manifestations of the lodges,
or powers/presences similar to them and their inhabitants
Based on the above book, I'd say the latter.
Why are Garlin Briggs and Bobby Briggs so important? Are they able to
see something that others cannot? are they protected or shielded
somehow? Bobby seemed to "see" something of what was happening to Laura,
and he reacts to events like [Laura's cousin]'s death, despite not
being present or even having a relationship with her (though to be fair
other people react to her death as well, Donna starts crying, although
it could be a coincidence).
Garland is the "Man on the Wall" as it were and is knowledgeable about the supernatural goings on around town. Whatever special nature made him open to being abducted and having prophetic dreams a la Coop might be genetic in nature, perhaps? I feel like, though, Bobby's reaction is more indicative of just the weirdness of the Twin Peaks area.
The Major knows things, but can't or won't say what, he remains
guarded in every interaction. Presumably he is a good military man, but
perhaps there is another reason why he is so guarded?
See the book.
What brought Laura and Bobby together in the first place? Their
connection is clearly intense, did they know why? did he? was she using
him or was he a willing participant?
Bobby was a bad boy and Laura wanted to be bad, possibly influenced by BOB. She was using him. She was using everyone and being used herself. See "Fire Walk With Me."
How much chaos has evil Coop caused? or is it a quieter, more
sinister campaign of evil? what state do we find him in? what do people
think of him? has he maintained the facade? is it like it was with
Leland? Will Coop survive if Bob leaves? Or is he completely trapped in
the velvet room/black lodge? Did he sacrifice himself, or was he really
tricked? How has time passed for him? Is he angry? sad? what will he do
when he comes back? can he defeat Bob? if he does will it be here, in
the physical world, or in the realm of the lodges?
The only hint of post-finale Coop is in the book. He and Briggs meet after the doppelCoop returns from the Lodge. Briggs was going to bring him in as his successor but was discomforted by the meeting - presumably because he's possessed by an evil spirit. Cooper later leaves Twin Peaks and everything else is classified via the FBI. Hopefully the new show heavily deals with all of this.
AUDREY Horne - is she still sad?
log lady, what's her deal, didn't the log have something to tell Coop
that he never got a chance to hear? Is the log her husband (he died in a
fire, which they kinda make a big deal of)?
Man, you should REALLY read that book! Margaret Lanterman was abducted as a little girl - presumably by aliens, though possibly by the Lodges - and returned with a marking not unlike what Briggs had after his abduction. Since that time, she had a connection the spirits that surround the town. When her husband died, she cut a log from a fir that had fallen during the fire. Unknown if he husband''s spirit is, like, legit in the log but I mean Josie's in a drawer knob so...
Is the White Lodge heaven?
I don't think so. Any more than the Black Lodge is Hell.
Is Ben Horne the control for Leland? Is his breakdown because of what
happened at One-Eyed Jack's with Audrey? Is this supposed to be
areflection of what happens to Leland when Bob leaves him? Or are these
eddies left in the wake of Leland? Or is it simply random?
I'm not sure I understand this one.
What was the point of James? Does he have a place in Twin Peaks? he
seems so stereotypically American, independent; does he make himself an
outsider? is it that he needs to be othered, or is he supposed to be an
The show is steeped in Americana. James is James Dean, obviously, but writ as he truly is: kind of pathetic. I don't know if that was Lynch's intention, mind you, but just what I got from the character. His point is to represent what a "good guy" should be as far as the teen characters go, but he's not the hero. That's Donna.