UFOs & The Black Lodge – A Blue Rose Report Primer

Posted on December 5, 2007 by


“We shall pick up an existence by its frogs. Wise men have tried other ways. They have tried to understand our state of being, by grasping at its stars, or its arts, or its economics. But, if there is an underlying oneness of all things, it does not matter where we begin, whether with stars, or laws of supply and demand, or frogs, or Napoleon Bonaparte. One measures a circle, beginning anywhere.” ~Charles Fort, Lo!

UFOlogists don’t like to talk about bigfoot. Cryptozoologists looking for sasquatch don’t like talking about ghosts. Ghost hunters won’t talk about UFOs. And conspiracy researchers are constantly lamenting, and rightfully so, being linked to all of the above by the media as a discrediting tactic. It’s a fair criticism (for those not wishing to taint there own activist chocolate with those other fringers’ peanut butter.)

A corollary criticism often follows that television shows and movies with wacky paranormal conspiracy subjects generally condition the public to associate those topics and issues with so much silly entertainment. And again, I generally agree with that sentiment.

But some TV shows and movies can make excellent touchstones for educating that same neophyte public about both the paranormal and parapolitical. And while our myth-making media do condition the public to pigeon-hole conspiracy claims and UFO sightings research into the molds sculpted in the image of X-Files “True Believers,” some examples from these pop-culture continuums can be turned back on themselves as vast repositories of referential material and launchpads for further exploration. These exemplary cult-classics can serve to educate instead of obfuscate. For there are many True Believers and they each have their own cliques, but there are also those watching all the various cliques – and those watchers aren’t all working for the NSA.

Anomalists and Forteans (after Charles Fort) tend to hover, UFO-like, around the liminal edges of fringe phenomena, like so many gnats around a mutilated cow. We strange phenomena informationalists gravitate toward an agnostic appreciation of these weird and wonderful worlds. We watch these fringe science landscapes that are often so surreal as to make obvious why, after all these decades, the realities of UFOs and covert-op conspiracy are still so impenetrable to the average workaday soul.

Beneath the agnostic Fortean’s gaze are a variety of sub-cultures and counter-cultures, each investigating a piece of the whole; measuring the circle beginning anywhere and everywhere. The “Military Industrial Entertainment Complex” grokked these potential market segments long ago and so it is that we have a voluminous cavalcade of phantasmagorical pop-culture iconography to use as a lens through which we can examine the many important strands within these tapestries.

Many a conspiracy researcher has blamed “shows like the X-Files” for being such a handy ridicule device for the mainstream media. As much effect as the X-Files had on popular culture of the time and since, it’s a different strange television series that I think runs truer to the bizarre nature of UFOs, consciousness, and the dark corrupt underbelly of human community that creates parapolitical conspiracy. That TV series is David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS and it beat the X-Files to the paranormal punch by a couple of years.

Through a Lynchian Lens, Darkly

I wasn’t even a David Lynch fan when I finally watched Twin Peaks a few years ago. I’d seen a couple of his works before but had only liked Blue Velvet, mostly for its strangeness. Of course I had wondered about the series’ popularity at the time, however the recaps at the beginning of each episode were incredibly abstract and impossible to grasp. As far as I knew, it was simply a soap opera about the murder of a small town’s highschool homecoming queen created by “that weird director David Lynch.” Years later a close coworker would implore me to watch it, explaining that it involved a lot of esoteric and UFO-like phenomena that I would find fascinating. But I still didn’t watch it. Only as I was getting to know the love of my life did I finally determine I was going to sit down and watch it from beginning to end with an eye towards the paranormal. I was not disappointed.

Here is a show oozing with occult intrigue and mythic significance. Lynch would tap into the seemingly unrelated realms of CSI style FBI investigation of a possible serial killer in an idyllic town, the Air Force’s UFO investigation called Project Bluebook, the occult war between the supernatural forces of the Black Lodge and White Lodge, the double crossing, drug dealing, prostituting, seedier side of a small community, the spiritual journey of a mystical FBI agent who uses a combination of Buddhism, dream analysis and divination techniques to fight crime and … did I mention the “Log Lady?”

These and many other magickal mysteries from the TV series Twin Peaks will be the first guideposts for our phenomenological exploration and criminal expose within this column. In our next installment we’ll dive deeply into the nitty gritty behind the creation of the series and the nature of Lynch’s vision and creative process, while paying special attention to the specific real world examples of paranormal research that back up the weird and wacky storyline of the Twin Peaks universe.

And we just might learn a little about Austin’s own darker underbelly, along the way.

[The Blue Rose Report can be heard LIVE online every Wednesday night from 7-8pm on the Anomaly Radio Network: www.AnomalyRadio.com / www.BlueRoseReport.com]

Continued in Part Two:

UFOs & The Black Lodge: Blue Rose Report Part 2.1 – CryptoUFOlogy