Jonathan Demme began his career as a publicist, and a key to his greatness was he never entirely relinquished that role. In films as various as Melvin and Howard, Stop Making Sense, Something Wild, The Silence of the Lambs, and Rachel Getting Married, he was the artist as promoter and apostle. He saw his job as showing actors, musicians, and political figures in their most brilliant light. He built families of artists and let them take center stage, his own art concealed. We will miss his insistent humanism more than I can say.
Okay, so Life is Strange: Dark Room thoughts. So, spoilers.
You may be wondering, why do I have these two photos together? Well, earlier in the episode (this picture was the one that looked the best imo) I noticed the shirt Max was wearing. And I knew it from somewhere. Hence the second photo. Which is from the movie poster of Silence of the Lambs. Now, Silence of the Lambs is kind of important to the rest of this, but this is also the best picture I could find of the Death’s-Head Hawkmoth, which I’m pretty sure is what is pictured on Max’s shirt. (and sneaky sneaky DONTNOD, betcha didn’t think we’d catch it)
So, just about the moth. According to Wikipedia there are three different species of this moth, and their names are atropos, lachesis and styx. All are related to death. And, boy, is there death in this episode. Two of them are related to the Fates, the cutting one and the one who determines life’s fate/length, while the third is, obviously, the river Styx. The one dead people go across (and hopefully Rachel, considering the doe vanishes when her body is found).
Max has been messing with Fate and Death the entire game. She saves Chloe from being shot by Nathan, thereby extending her life past her time. She saves Chloe again if she shoots herself in the junkyard. She stops (or fails, but in my playthrough she’s alive) Kate from committing suicide. Those are the ones off the top of my head. So, at the end of Dark Room, Chloe is probably dead. I say probably, because people have survived being shot in the head before. Until I have confirmation, I’ll go with she’s dead, but there is a chance. A small, small chance. So, Chloe has been returned to the original Fate that she had, since Max is unable to rewind and save her, thanks to that jackass Mr. Jefferson.
I don’t know if this means Kate is also slated to die to appease the Fates. But, we can all agree that this is getting into some Final Destination shit.
Now, the Silence of the Lambs stuff. This may all be bullshit, but hear me out. Silence of the Lambs has Clarice Starling, who interviews Hannibal Lecter to find Buffalo Bill who is skinning women and leaving a trail of bodies. That’s the short of it, and I haven’t seen the movie in forever, so I’m going half off the Wikipedia page.
Now, we could take Silence of the Lambs literally. The lambs (Kate, Rachel, and now probably Max) have been silenced. Kate because no one would believe her, and she attempted (or succeeded) suicide. Rachel has been killed. She can’t tell anyone. And now Max is in jackass Mr. Jefferson’s clutches. And because she’s figured all of this out, he intends to silence her. Also, in the movie Clarice tells Hannibal about one of her memories where lambs were slaughtered, and she could hear them screaming. I wonder how many of those other women in the binders screamed. Terrified yet?
Now, the Buffalo Bill angle.
To start off, I don’t blame Nathan. Not entirely. I think he’s being abused as much as the girls in the binders. Nathan is shown to be mentally ill. I think Mr. Jefferson is taking advantage of this, and thereby Nathan’s money, to do what he wants. Basically, to use Criminal Minds lingo, Mr. Jefferson is the dominant unsub. The reason Nathan has gotten so much into this fetish photography? Mr. Jefferson has been grooming him. And once Nathan gets caught, he’s free to leave, knowing that no one will believe Nathan once he’s caught red handed.
Which means that Mr. Jefferson is Buffalo Bill. Note, he’s not skinning the women. Not in the gory sense, at least. But he is using their skin. By putting them in risque poses, he gets what he wants (I think. Honestly, I could believe a lot of things about that man right now, and none of them are good.). Their skin, their “selves” (or selfies - I’m sorry that’s a horrible pun but this is getting really depressing) are on display. And that’s what he gets off on (figuratively or literally, I really don’t want to know).
The comparison isn’t exactly perfect, but there are some things there. And it’s all due to that shirt. But also: that episode. What. The. Fuck.
INTJ Women: the third rarest type in the population (2%) and the rarest type among women (>1%). Many of the core traits of the INTJ–logic, stoicism, scientific thinking–are, however unfairly, often considered stereotypical of men in our culture. When an INTJ woman matures enough to embrace her natural personality traits regardless of the opinions of others, she can thrive and will find that there are many who enjoy the gifts of independence and uniqueness with which they endow her.
Rachel Duncan from Orphan Black; Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty; Kyouko Kirigiri from Dangan Ronpa; Louise Belcher from Bob’s Burgers; Claire Underwood from House of Cards; Clarice Starling from Silence of the Lambs
What do you think about Rachel and what she brings to the Fraser family? The "hummingbird" scene took my breath away, like so many other moments of spirituality that Diana captures.
Hi anon - thanks for your ask!
I *LOVE* Rachel. I love how accepting she is of Young Ian - how she loves him deeply and fiercely because of his past, because of his flaws. And she loves how Ian loves her - and how he’s loved her since almost the moment he met her.
Rachel brings joy to the Fraser/Murray/MacKenzie family. They love her for who she is - and they also love her for who Young Ian has become, now that they’re tied to each other for life. And that beautiful hummingbird scene at their wedding - I always thought that it represented a divine blessing on their marriage. Young Ian is both a Highlander and a Mohawk - and both cultures take such signs very seriously. A good omen for their union, to be sure.
Finally - I can’t help but point out the many parallels between Ian and Rachel’s relationship and Jamie and Claire’s relationship - as well as between Rachel and Claire:
- Like Claire, Rachel is an outlander - not just in terms of nationality, but also in terms of her religion and upbringing. Her being an outlander is what Ian finds so intriguing about her - similar to why Jamie loves, admires, and respects Claire so deeply
- Like Claire’s relationship with Uncle Lamb, Rachel has a strong male influence in her life (Denny). This significantly shapes how she perceives men, and interacts with men - like Claire, Rachel isn’t afraid of them
- Like Claire, Rachel is never, *ever* afraid to speak her mind - or put her man (respectfully) in his place
- Rachel is Ian’s own nighean donn - he even calls her such for the first time on their wedding night in Written In My Own Heart’s Blood - just like how Jamie first called Claire by that name on the day after their marriage (in book-verse; he does so on their wedding night in the series)
- Ian, like Jamie, fell in love with his wife pretty much the first moment he saw her
- Ian trusts Rachel above all things - in all things - and has from the very beginning of their relationship. After all, as we learn in An Echo In The Bone:
“You feel… er… betrothed to her?” “Well, of course he does, Sassenach,” Jamie said, reaching for another slice of toast. “He left her his dog.”