The Distinction Is Clear or is it? Time to Analyze Twin Peaks the Return Episode 13 Through a Sherlockian Lens

Episodes 12 & 13:The Distinction Is Clear

WARNING: Do not read this article if you haven't been watching up through episode 13 of Twin Peaks: The Return.  We don't want to spoil your fun!

“You see, but you do not observe.The distinction is clear.” --- A Scandal In Bohemia

Brian: Things are speeding up as we enter the final third of Twin Peaks: The Return.While some earlier episodes… have… seemed… mmm… padded (and that’s putting it kindly)… the last few episodes have roared to life, tantalizing us as plot threads intertwine and hint at possible resolutions.Of all the recent surprises, none have been more welcome for me than the return of fan-favorite character Audrey Horne.Her scene is split between the last two episodes, and reveals such a wealth of information that it demands special attention.
First, to see; then to observe.
On first viewing, the scene is straightforward:Audrey is now married and asks her husband to come with her to the Road House to look for “Billy”.Her hus…

New Junior Sherlockian Society Includes Derrick Belanger's 10 Rules for a Young Adult Writing a Pastiche!

Today is August 9th, the 221st day of the year!  To celebrate this singular day, the Beacon Society, a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars which focuses on exemplary educational experiences that introduce children and young adults to Sherlock Holmes, proudly launches the Junior Sherlockian Society

The society invites children and youth to complete Junior Sherlockian Training- an in-depth study of Sherlock Holmes’s character traits, observational skills, capacity for critical thought, and inductive and deductive reasoning. During the online training, Sherlockians-in-Training complete the 2-2-1-b tasks to explore , experience , and extend their understanding and appreciation of the great detective.
Upon completion of the tasks and submission of “training evidence,” a certificate of completion is granted.

This is pretty much the Sherlockian equivalent of the Junior Ranger's program available through the American National Parks Service. All teachers who want to spread the joy …

New MX Sherlock Holmes Anthology on Kickstarter, New Solar Pons, and Sherlock Holmes in the Realms of H.G. Wells

If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan (and if you are reading this blog, you must be), you should be well aware that the greatest collections of Sherlock Holmes stories published since the original canon are the volumes of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.  I am proud to have stories in over half of the volumes (Volumes I, IV, V, VI, and VIII to be exact and a poem in the forthcoming Volume IX). These volumes contain new traditional Sherlock Holmes pastiches and the caliber of the stories is incredible. As a bonus, all the proceeds from the sales of the books go to the Stepping Stones School at Undershaw.  This is a school for special needs students housed at the former estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Currently available on Kickstarter is Eliminate the Impossible, which contains Volumes VII and VIII of the MX books.  These stories are a treat in that they have to deal with the supernatural though they still have to have some connection to the rationale to make them traditiona…

"Hey, Grandma": the Bad Seed in Twin Peaks and Doyle's Canon

Episode 10:“Hey, Grandma”
WARNING:this post has a LOT of spoilers for both Twin Peaks and Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes canon.If you haven’t read the original stories – what are you waiting for?They’re wonderful!Grab a copy and dive right in!!!

This week’s episode of Twin Peaks confirmed that Richard Horne is in fact the grandson of Benjamin and Sylvia Horne.Their evil, twisted, depraved monster of a grandson.This opens up all kinds of questions --- is Audrey his mother, or is Johnny his father?If it IS Audrey, is Evil Coop the father?Is Audrey still alive?Did Richard kill his mother?Did Evil Coop kill Audrey, and/or rape her while comatose after the explosion at the end of season 2?What’s up with all the red shoes popping up lately?It also gave us a disturbing scene of family brutality that I found shocking --- and that’s saying something for a series as cruel and heartless to its characters as Twin Peaks is.
Richard, however, is nothing new:he’s the latest version of the Bad Seed.The child…

Could Sherlock Holmes, Franz Kafka, and H.P. Lovecraft Make Sense of Twin Peaks: The Return Episode 8?

DERRICK:  Okay, in our last article I had said that this entry in our Sherlock Holmes/ Twin Peaks blog series would compare the errors of Twin Peaks to Doyle's errors in the original Sherlock Holmes canon. However, after Twin Peaks episode 8 that entry will have to wait. There's just too much to discuss in episode 8 to let this one go by without a blog response.

Be forewarned that, as always, there are spoilers ahead. Whether anything we write could spoil episode 8 is its own topic for debate.

Depending on who you ask, episode 8 was either a clear explanation to much of the mystery of Twin Peaks (perhaps too much of an explanation), pure unadulterated madness upon the screen, or some degree in the middle.  What is our opinion of the episode? We used the Sherlockian approach to observe, analyze and deduce.

This was easy enough to do as the episode was one of the most captivating hours in the history of television. We saw:

*Doppelganger Cooper gets shot to death by Ray.…