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We live inside a dream,” says Agent Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) to Agents Gordon Cole (David Lynch), Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer) stare in disbelief at Agent Jeffries, who vanished while working a case in 1987.

It’s a critical scene – and quite psychologically horrifying – in 1992’s underrated and brilliant David Lynch film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

Jeffries wears a white suit. He shares a strange story in an affected Southern accent. And it is clear that Cooper sensed that something key was going to happen that morning.

It’s February 16, 1989 at FBI headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Moments earlier, Agent Cooper walks with purpose into Agent Cole’s office and says: “Gordon, it is 10:10 a.m. on February 16th. I was worried about today from the  dream I told you about.”

Having watched the Criterion Collection release of Chris Marker’s time-travel classic from 1963, La Jetee, which influenced Terry Gilliam to make 12 Monkeys – filmed primarily in Philadelphia and featuring a main character named “Cole” – we learn via a discussion of Bowie on the French language Court-circuit (le magazine) of the La Jetee’s influence on David Bowie, considering his 1993 video for “Jump They Say” paid serious homage to La Jetee, a film that, through still images, captures a magical story of time and love and mystery.

It does indeed. And the narrator of that program continues by noting Bowie’s immense talents and ability to always be on the cutting edge in whatever he does.

The Frenchman states, as a snippet of the “China Girl” video plays: “(Bowie) is actually a great magician of time, possessed of inconceivable powers.”

Inconceivable powers. Where did Bowie’s FBI agent character go? The Black Lodge? A meeting place above a convenience store. Electricity snaps and crackles. Jeffries screams in horror and confusion. The Man From Another Place (Michael J. Anderson) says “Garmonbozia” translating as “pain and sorrow.”

Jeffries seems confused by the presence of Agent Cooper and wonders why he is there. This is the prequel to Twin Peaks, so Agent Cooper has not yet disappeared into the Black Lodge, the place Jeffries likely found himself trapped in. He likely saw Cooper's evil doppelganger.

The agents in the Philadelphia office watch as Agent Jeffries disappears once more.

“He’s gone! He’s gone! Albert, call the front desk!” yells the hearing-impaired Agent Cole to the more rational and down-to-earth Agent Rosenfield.

“I’ve got the front desk now, he was never here. And news from Deer Meadow. Agent Chester Desmond has disappeared.”

Desmond, played by singer-songwriter Chris Isaak, had been in Deer Meadow, Washington looking into a “Blue Rose” case involving Teresa Banks. Laura Palmer, in nearby Twin Peaks, Washington, would die a year after Banks. Her body found wrapped in plastic.

Agent Desmond found the owl-inscribed, Lodge-linked ring on the ground in the Fat Trout Trailer Park. And he disappears upon picking it up. A Blue Rose case involves investigations into the supernatural and unexplained – an “x-file” before there were X-Files.

But would 9/11 be characterized, at least in part, as a “Blue Rose” case? We know that in real life, Dr. David Graham died after looking into events involving alleged 9/11-linked terrorists he met with in 2000 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

And we know that back in that aforementioned scene in TP:FWWM, Agent Cooper enters Cole’s office and notes the date – February 16. That would be 216. Dwelling upon that I realized that 216 is also the area code for Cleveland, Ohio.

It was on July 20, 2013 that a man – Michael Madison – was arrested in East Cleveland, Ohio for having three bodies – wrapped in plastic – decaying in his house. dubbed the case the “Twin Peaks murders” because of the “wrapped in plastic” link between this case and the TV show.

And syncing with 9/11, Cleveland, Ohio is where then-Mayor Michael White told WCPO that Flight 93 actually landed at the Cleveland Hopkins Airport “due to a bomb threat.”

But then an independent researcher named Woody Box, in a 2011 article titled “The Cleveland Airport Shell Game: Delta 1989, Delta 1898, United 1898,” “shadowy doppelganger” flights were taking place that morning as well and the identity of the plane that made the emergency landing in Cleveland may never be known. What happened to the passengers may never be known.

But a number stands out – 1989. Recall that this is the year the events in Twin Peaks largely take place. In the original script of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Agent Jeffries hears “May” and says “May 1989” as if surprised and then notices a calendar that notes it is 1989.

What syncs with me here is that just last night, amidst a heavy David Bowie sync, watching the end of Labyrinth, hearing 1975’s “Golden Years” on the radio (used prominently in the 2001 Heath Ledger film A Knight’s Tale) and dwelling on the Bowie-inspired Chris Hadfield (Canadian astronaut) performance of “Space Oddity” on the International Space Station, I think about Bowie’s involvement in the band Tin Machine, a group that produced the self-titled debut album released in May 1989.

That album was called, by Rolling Stone, as a hard-rock album that sounds like “Sonic Youth meets Station to Station.” Tin Machine was great!

The first single was very “in-your-face” and overtly political and called “Under the God” and could have been written yesterday: “Washington heads in the toilet bowl / Don’t see supremacist hate / Right-wing dicks in their boiler suits / Picking out who to annihilate.” Sounds like the same forces involved in creating the circumstances that led to 9/11 and the unforgettable smell of scorched-engine oil hanging over the planet.

And what of being wrapped in plastic? In a 2008 episode of Carnivale, when the traveling carnival visits remote and spooky Babylon, Texas, a dancer named Dora Mae is found murdered with the word “harlot” carved in her forehead amidst supernatural circumstances. One can't help but think of Twin Peaks. Who did it? It’s never clear. When they bury her, it syncs heavily with the iconic Laura Palmer image, her “wrapped in plastic.” And who is standing there looking into her grave? Why it’s carnival leader Samson, played by Michael J. Anderson, the same man who played Black Lodge denizen The Man From Another Place in Twin Peaks. Before the episode ends, and Samson kills the barman, Dora Mae's ghostly, horrified image appears in a window, dreamlike. Chilling.

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