I’m struck by Nadine and Jacoby, and the unlikely series of events that led her to grant Ed and Norma their freedom.
Jacoby rants and raves about all the people who take advantage of the little guy–The Government, Big Pharma–it’s all about these faceless bogeymen who steal what we earn and leave us with nothing. While we might agree with any number of his individual points, the overall message is that we’re victims of circumstance. His message is that big, strong entities abuse and control us. It’s all someone else’s fault.
Nadine listens to that, and she transforms it. She shovels her way out of her own shit. Not shit that was dumped on her. This is shit she created herself.
The message she receives isn’t the message Jacoby sends. And that’s another interesting iteration of a common theme in The Return–the relationship between artist and creator. Lynch always wants us to find meanings that are relevant to ourselves. We don’t have to be passive when we stare at a screen, and watch someone else tell their story. Like Nadine, we can become authors through viewership. What a story stirs within us, based on our personal story, is just as important.