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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bureau of Visual Records

    A view from ‘Arrival,’ taken from the Prisoner’s aerial tour of The Village, which is carried out personally by Number 2 himself. It’s nice to see that Number 2 has time in his busy day to take the new arrival on the tour himself. Is this a special tour of The Village conducted for the benefit of the Prisoner, or is this afforded to every new arrival?
   Why is the Butler at the controls of the Alouette? Where is the regular helicopter pilot? Perhaps his flying hours are up for the time being. Or perhaps it means the Butler serves his master in everyway, even to the point of flying the helicopter himself. In another regard, I suppose the image would appear to lack something if the Butler was not the helicopter pilot.
   The Butler may not be heard to utter one single syllable. He may not appear to be very important, although he is always there, either at the centre of things, or most certainly lingering in the background. And so image-wise, the Butler does add a certain something to ‘the Prisoner.’

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                                          “Of The Open Road!”

Shouldn’t You Be Doing That In The Hospital?

    “It’s going to work. I knew it would,”
    The doctor-Number 40 was attempting to use Roland Walter Dutton as a communication medium. By having Dutton telephone Number 6 under the pretext of there being a suspected security leak. Apparently “They want a break down of everything they know, you, me, Arthur, the Colonel. All the files you have seen, the projects you know about. Just headings, not details.” Number 6 of course was wired up with electrodes, and no doubt drugged. But how did the doctor know it was going to work? It didn’t of course, he had underestimated Number 6’s strength of resistance, stubbornness not to talk. It’s likely that the doctor thought it was going to work because he had conducted this method before but in the hospital, and on Dutton. And when he was, as Number 6 was telephoned, unlike Number 6, Dutton didn’t resist the caller. And so he talked. And so the experiment having been successful, the good doctor thought to conduct the experiment a second time, on Number 6.
    But who was it who telephoned Dutton? It would have to be someone in The Village who knew Dutton, worked with Dutton, as he had once done with Number 6 before he went and resigned his job. Someone within British Intelligence, the Civil Service, as The Village didn’t seem short of those people, such as Chambers and Cobb.
   So it is quite on the cards that Dutton told his telephone caller everything he knew, but the doctor didn’t believe he had told him everything. He saw Dutton as being reluctant to give any further information. It wasn’t reluctance, it was because Dutton didn’t know anything else! So in his enthusiasm he pushed Dutton beyond the limit of his endurance. Or perhaps because of the doctor’s enthusiasm for human experimentation he didn’t know when to stop, and when he did, it was too late! Perhaps Number 2 was partly to blame, because she saw Dutton as giving the doctor the opportunity to experiment. After all, unlike Number 6 Dutton was expendable.

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A Change of Mind

    Is it simply the task in hand that makes Number Eighty Six grow a passionate interest in Number Six, forever seeking his attention to her “as a woman?” At first she is quite clinical and quite brusque  towards Number 6. At the beginning she is quite business like with her hair up, and the wearing of slacks. But later 86 tries to attract Number 6’s attention. She lets her hair down, and changes into a dress, more feminine than slacks, and is more relaxed in Number 6’s company. And it is then that he takes advantage, and turns the tables on Number 86. Because Number 6 rebuffs her attempts to attract his attention, as he has other things on his mind. The fact that 86 has drugged his tea. “If there’s one thing I cannot stand, is girls who don’t know how to make a decent cup of tea.” And displaces her as the tea-maker, and uses that to distract 86 from her purpose.
    This episode has the viewer in on the plot, and the viewer is only waiting to see how long it takes Number 6 to realise he has not actually undergone the full personality change through ‘Instant Social Conversion.’ That he is merely being kept heavily sedated by the use of the sedative Mytol. It has to be said, that nothing is done to convince the viewer that it might have been real!
    Number 6, or should I say McGoohan cannot help himself from restlessly prowling the kitchen, shouting out odd words in anger, and slamming work tops. Not only is it abundantly clear that the supposed leucotomy operation has not taken place, but that the sedative Mytol has little effect in curbing Number 6/McGoohan’s aggressive tendencies! And Number 86 is only suspicious, because the drug should preclude all such aggressive tendencies! Number 2 is oblivious to the fact, only insisting that 86 give Number 6 a further dose of the Mytol drug. And when things go wrong, all Number 2 can do is blame Number 86 for her ineptitude, stupid woman!
   Number 6 has his suspicions, and he goes out into The Village. He goes to his gymnastic apparatus in the woods. He shapes up to punch the punch bag, but he still can’t quite do it, the remnants of the Mytol drug in his system holding him back. Until that is when the two thugs return to extract their revenge upon Number 6. And from that moment, the viewer is just waiting for him to punch the two thugs out again, as he did at the outset of the episode, because we, the audience have never been allowed to think that Number 6 had actually undergone the full personality change. So Number 6 stands over the two unconscious bodies victorious, and seemingly he has come full circle! All that remains now is a final encounter with Number 86 in the woods for Number 6 to gain a full explanation of what actually happened, through her mind sedated and then hypnotised. It is then forearmed, that Number 6 can play Number 2 for a fool, and eventually turn the tables on him, as Number 86 denounces Number 2 as being disharmonious!
   Finally, the only person in the dark about the actual plot of this affair is Number 6!

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Favourite Scene In The Prisoner

   In ‘The Schizoid Man’ when all becomes apparent to Number 6 when he looks into the dressing table mirror, revealing what had taken place, the conditioning which he had undergone.
   But this is not the only time this trick is employed. In ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ after the Prisoner/Colonel has been returned to London, all unpleasant memories having been wiped from Number 6’s mind. Regressed in fact to the morning he was to have handed in his letter of resignation. But looking into the mirror in the hallway all soon becomes clear to him, his memories of The Village suddenly returning to him!

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   What if Number 1 and Number 6 were not the alter egos of each other as suggested by Patrick McGoohan, but nothing more that mere doubles? Number 6 upon discovering that it was his double which had been the cause of all his troubles, decided to rid himself of this troublesome doppelganger. So having an instant hatred for his double, and having chased Number 1 around the table, and up the ladder, he sealed his double in the nose cone of the rocket. In this action he was merely getting rid of his double. After all he had done it before with in ‘The Schizoid Man,’ and having gotten rid of one double that would make it easier to get rid of a second.
   And having rid himself of the bane of all his troubles, did Number 6 then miss the opportunity of impersonating Number 1? He could have persuaded everyone that it had been his double Number 6 who had been launched in the rocket. In this he would effectively turn the tables on The Village’s administration system. But to what end, is anyone’s guess. Possibly then to learn all he can, before bringing The Village administration down from within. But that would pre-suppose that Number 6 could impersonate Number 1 effectively without anyone becoming suspicious of him. And in this regard we only have to look at Number 6’s impersonation of his other double, Curtis. He hardly covered himself in glory there, caught out by one little fact that Number 6 could not possibly know, and his deception was unmasked within a few minutes. So Number 6’s possible impersonation of Number 1 would have been a non-starter. Besides he was too caught up in causing as much mayhem as possible, once his double had been removed!

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Collectors Corner

   This item I found recently for sale on ebay, the following is the sellers description.


The Prisoner
The PRISONER 3 CD SET complete Chappell recorded music library cues RRP £26.99

   “This special collectors edition CD set is limited to 1000 copies worldwide. It is aimed at the music connoisseur within The Prisoner and other television music communities where library and other incidental music are appreciated.
   This edition is not available in any shop and could only be obtained by personal application.
   It contains the complete archive collection of incidental music from the Chappell Recorded Music Library used in the 1967 Everyman TV production The Prisoner. It includes a 56 page booklet containing an episode by episode, scene by scene listing of all the music cues (library and original soundtrack) used in the series; and extensive sleeve notes with contributions from Roger Langley, Ricky Davy and a special introduction by Eric Marvel music editor - No. 2 to the original TV series.”
   The price of this 3 CD box set £9.99
   This item was originally made available in January 2010. This 3 CD set could not be obtained from retail shops, only available through Six of One: The Prisoner Appreciation Society, by personal application only.
    I might have gone for the 3 CD set myself, if it wasn’t for the fact that I obtained the Chappell music library from another source two or three years earlier.