Extraterrestrial Intelligences in the Atomic Age: Exploring the Rhetorical Function of Aliens and the ‘Alien’ in the Twin Peaks Universe

  • Elizabeth LowryEmail author


Drawing on Mark Frost’s Secret History and Season 3 of Twin Peaks, this chapter examines the relationships constructed between UFO sightings, spiritual transcendence, and nuclear testing. While the relationship between aliens and nuclear sites is of interest to conspiracy theorists, and folklorists have long discussed the relationship between spiritual transcendence and extraterrestrial visitations, Frost and Lynch explore some of these connections in new ways—suggesting that extraterrestrial encounters can result in an uncanny prescience or ‘sixth sense,’ that may be associated with forces of good intended to offer a cosmic counterbalance to the evils of nuclear war. However, Season Three marks a movement away from simple good/evil binaries and suggests an ‘Other’ or third place where neither identity is clear and both are inextricably intertwined.


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  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityScottsdaleUSA

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