As far as the conclusion, I've come to like this suggestion that the two last episodes have to be watched simultaneously to understand, because they loop back into each other. Watch this below and see. And I also find this idea that the reality you see at the end is a pocket universe, a "cage" for this Judy entity, and that Laura is in fact a sacrifice for the larger good of destroying it, makes horrific sense. All of it makes a lot more sense if you just abandon the idea that saving Laura was the point. It is a bit depressing to think that all this time she was just a means to an end, though. Laura was never there to save the world or anything. She was just bait. But then we're left with just what this malevolent "Judy" (or "Jao Dei") entity was, and the apparent reason it, the Black Lodge, and BOB were even in our world. And so far the consensus seems to be that the Trinity nuclear test did it. (Note: There may be other details in Secret History of Twin Peaks, but I haven't gotten to it. I understand the story of Jack Parsons figures into this but one should remember, there is not one mention of him in the series itself.)
((c)Alan Moore/Melinda Gebbie, from "Brighter Than You Think") My question is: Why exactly would the nuclear test be the catalyst for bringing this new and apparently special extradimensional evil into the world? Leaving aside statements by Hawk that native people in the Northwest had known of the Black Lodge a long time, okay, let's assume it was newly opened in 1945 by this. So, Lynch implies strongly that this somehow broke reality, or ripped it, or whatever it is you do to damage reality. Okay, fine so far. Except this is a process that occurs many times per second in our sun alone. As far as "reality" is concerned, this is nothing strange in itself. But it is an inappropriate place for it, with the intent of killing a lot of people. And as magic figures into this, intent matters. So an evil intent, under this logic, might cause an evil result. But in context, can you call it an evil intent, or at least can you be as black and white as that? I don't want to get into a huge debate over the morality of Hiroshima, which in retrospect we can see as evil, not just for the deaths it caused and keeps causing, not just because of its legacy, but yes, because of what it started: our ability to easily destroy the world. And in this case, caused BOB and others like him to be born into the world free to wreak havoc(apparently part of that time either with or inside Mike--right? According to Mike). And supposedly this woke the White Lodge up, and so they put this golden orb of Laura into the world to counter BOB. But that was preceded by many years of mass atrocities by the Nazis and the Japanese. Bombings, the Holocaust, the rape of Nanking and most of China; so very much pure, utter evil, maybe of a kind that had happened before, but never on that scale. And in the minds of those creating the Bomb, their misgivings were overwhelmed by the intent of ending that war. And also, the prospect the Germans might make it first. So apparently the Holocaust is not the sort of thing that gets the White Lodge's notice? I think we have to see their POV as more of organization than morality: they're more concerned that something isn't in the right place than they are with good or evil. I'm not saying making the Bomb was a good thing, or that in retrospect it was absolutely necessary(the real reason we used it in the end was to intimidate Russia) but one must see it in context. To see it as especially evil at that time is to ignore all the evil that made it seem necessary to make the damn Bomb. And was this the only time this portal opened, or did each use of the Bomb, every test thereafter, keep tearing reality? Let's say the whole war is the evil and this was just its culmination. No one could argue that World War 2, in its total effect, did not break the world. Even now we live in the world that war made. So all that horror, and what results? A serial killer drifter. Which is an evil, but a much smaller one and certainly not unique. Seems not very proportional, as far as the "evil men do," which Albert once said BOB is. And then there's the matter of what has only been named as "the Experiment."
Whose experiment? Ending when? Anyway, just some stuff to consider that crossed my mind. Feel free to discuss in the comments and tell me how off base I am. Also, below, here is Alan Moore (art by JH Williams) on Babalon, and the Babalon Working, both of which apparently are important to all this, from PROMETHEA.
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