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The arm of MIKE, also known as the Man from Another Place is an inhabitant of the Black Lodge, a realm of pure evil. The Man gives Agent Dale Cooper clues to apprehending the killer of Laura Palmer.

The arm later evolved into the appearance of an electric tree with a fleshy mass on top of it.

BiographyEdit

Above the convenience store Edit

At some point, the Man from Another Place appeared in the meeting room across from BOB. He said, "The chrome reflects our image. From pure air, we have descended, from pure air. Going up and down. Intercourse between the two worlds,"[1] he then observed creamed corn, saying "garmonbozia," and he observed the green Formica table before him.[2][1] BOB said "I have the fury of my own momentum."[1] He then said "with this ring, I thee wed," and laughed with BOB.[2][1] He then said "fire walk with me," and BOB clapped. The little man and BOB then left through a set of drapes.[1]

Laura's murder Edit

During the murder of Laura Palmer the Man From Another PLace is seen twitching from laughter.[3] Following the murder of Laura Palmer, BOB and a bloodied Leland came to the Black Lodge. MIKE and the arm demanded their garmonbozia. BOB healed Leland[3] by pulling blood from Leland Palmer's shirt and threw it on the floor. The little man then consumed the garmonbozia in the form of creamed corn.[2]

Cooper's investigations Edit

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The man appeared in a dream had by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. He said "let's rock" and went to a chair to tell Cooper that the gum he liked was going to come back in style. He described the present Laura Palmer as being his cousin and said she was full of secrets. He said that where he was from, "the birds sing a pretty song and there is always music in the air." He then stood up and began dancing.[4] Laura shared this very same dream days before Cooper.[5]

Following the death of Josie Packard, the man appeared to Agent Cooper, dancing.[6]

The man appeared to Cooper in the Red Room, dancing on his way to his chair. He told him "when you see me again, it won't be me," then stomped his foot. He called the room the waiting room and offered him coffee, also saying that some of his friends were there. Laura came and sat down next to the man. She spoke to Agent Cooper and disappeared. An elderly waiter then appeared and brought coffee to Agent Cooper. The Giant took the waiter's place and joined the little man, saying "one and the same," then disappearing. The man grinned and rubbed his hands together as Agent Cooper's coffee went back and forth between solid and liquid forms. The then said "Wow, Bob, wow. Fire walk with me."[7]

In the Black Lodge, he pointed Cooper in the correct direction and in another room laughed, announcing "another friend," which turned out to be Maddy Ferguson. In a different room, his doppelganger appeared to Cooper.[7]

He showed a ring to Agent Cooper, questioning whether the ring was future or past,[1] then told Cooper that he was "the arm."[2][1] Cooper told Laura to not take the ring.[2] The man again called himself "the arm" to Cooper, but the ring was gone. Cooper realized with horror that Annie Blackburn then had it. Cooper asked how he could leave, and the man told him there was no place to go but home and laughed, then danced once more.[1]

The evolution of the arm Edit

Over the next 25 years, the arm had evolved into an electric tree with a fleshy-looking mass, the same shape as his former cranium, atop it (It can also be seen to resemble a neuron or a circulatory system). It asked Agent Cooper if he remembered his doppelganger and explained that he must be returned in order for Cooper to be allowed to leave. The arm then said "253. Time and time again," before repeatedly saying BOB's name and for Cooper to go.[8]

The arm's doppelganger caused something wrong with the process. It emerged out of a statue and appeared to Cooper, roaring and saying "non-exist-ent!", before Cooper was dropped through the floor.[8]

Non-canon appearancesEdit

International PilotEdit

The scene is similar to the one from episode 2.

The man says "let's rock" and goes to a chair where he joins hands with Laura. He then rubs his hands and tells Agent Cooper that the gum he likes is going to come back in style. He describes Laura as being his cousin and says she is full of secrets. He says that where he is from, "the birds sing a pretty song and there is always music in the air." He then stands up and begins dancing.

Saturday Night Live sketchEdit

The man (played by Mike Myers) goes to Agent Cooper's room after Leo confesses to Laura's murder. When Cooper says he plans to get a pie from the Double R Diner, the man asks if they have little pies and starts to follow him out, but then the agent decides to go to bed. The man starts dancing.

IdentityEdit

Fire Walk with Me explains that the Man from Another Place is connected to MIKE, the faceless spirit entity who possesses Philip Gerard, The One-Armed Man, in the series:

In his dream, Cooper is told by the one-armed Gerard about having been BOB's partner until he cut off his own arm in an effort to relieve himself of his urge to kill.

In Fire Walk With Me, The Man from Another Place tells Cooper, "I am the arm, and I sound like this." He then makes a siren-like noise with his hand and mouth, which later accompanies the first appearance of Gerard. At the end of the film, when BOB enters the Black Lodge and stands beside his host, Leland Palmer, the Man From Another Place appears, standing beside Philip Gerard. At one point the Man From Another Place puts his hand where Gerard's arm used to be, linking up the arm with its owner and making MIKE whole.

The Fire Walk with Me shooting script even explicitly states that the Man from Another Place is, in fact, MIKE.

In Episode 16, Cooper says that MIKE was with him and Laura in the dream, though the shooting script says that Cooper "was Mike".

MotivationEdit

It is revealed that The Man from Another Place had a dispute with BOB over stolen garmonbozia, the physical manifestation of human beings' suffering and fear, which serves as a source of sustenance for inhabitants of the Black Lodge. BOB, MIKE/The Man from Another Place's familiar, was supposed to collect garmonbozia and bring it to The Man from Another Place; instead, BOB consumed it himself. This sparked a feud between the two spirits, which resulted in BOB being ordered to collect more garmonbozia to pay back the Man from Another Place. At the end of the film, Killer BOB uses the garmonbozia he collected to pay back the Man from Another Place. The Man from Another Place still regards BOB with animosity, however, resulting in his helping Cooper identify BOB's host, thus preventing BOB from collecting any more garmonbozia for himself.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Man from Another Place was played by American actor Michael J. Anderson, who was first approached by David Lynch as the eponymous character of the unproduced movie Ronnie Rocket[9] and they later worked together on Industrial Symphony No. 1 and Mulholland Drive.

Due to payment disputes with Showtime,[10] Anderson did not reprise the role in the 2017 series of Twin Peaks.

Reverse speakEdit

The strange cadence of the Man’s dialogue was achieved by having Anderson speak into a recorder. This was then played in reverse, and Anderson was directed to repeat the reversed original. This “reverse-speak” was then reversed again in editing to bring it back to the normal direction. This created the strange rhythm and accentuation that set Cooper’s dream world apart from the real world.

Anderson recalls that his reverse-speak was not difficult to master as, coincidentally, he had used it as a secret language with his junior high school friends. Series creator David Lynch was unaware of this when he cast Anderson in the part and had hired a trainer to help Anderson with enunciation. When he found out Anderson could already talk backward, he canceled the trainer and wrote more difficult lines of dialogue for Anderson to read.

The evolution of the arm Edit

The latter appearance of the Man From another Place is very similar to the cover made by Lynch for "The Voice of Love" album by Julee Cruise. The cover being a picture of an experiment made by Lynch who stuffed turkey and cheese into an head-shaped hollowed clay figure and photographed ants eating it.[11][12]

It can also be reminiscent of The Grandmother short-filmed he directed where a boy made a tree which he pulled an old woman from.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire Walk with Me script
  4. Twin Peaks - Episode 2
  5. Twin Peaks - Episode 16
  6. Twin Peaks - Episode 23
  7. 7.0 7.1 Twin Peaks - Episode 29
  8. 8.0 8.1 Twin Peaks
  9. Late Night with Dave on February 27, 1991
  10. Facebook - Michael J. Anderson
  11. On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 1992
  12. Pretty as a Picture - The Art of David Lynch (1997)

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