A theory that those who say that True Detective reminded them of Twin Peaks really mean, or should mean, Fire Walk With Me. Not just because the detectives worked in pairs in Fire Walk With Me, or because David Lynch was able to be more brutal or darker or more serious than he could be on television in 1990 and 1991 (he could get away with television at the Fire Walk With Me level for HBO now, if True Detective is anything to go by), or because it offered a kind of cosmic/Gnostic happy ending not unlike True Detective’s “the light is winning”, but different from the ambivalent ending of the series, but because the supernatural element dominated and complicated the story. Evil is both stronger and less clearly identifiable – less easily isolated – in Fire Walk With Me just as it is in True Detective, in which we never felt that the crime or mystery was entirely solved or even fully explained. Evil has seeped out into the world and now it goes on and on – in True Detective’s Gnosticism (and Lynch’s) the material of the world itself is evil and goodness is remote. Like True Detective, Fire Walk With Me also paid attention to the psychic damage done to agents, but in a less realistic way.