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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Caught On Camera!

   The chap pushing the old woman, possibly Number 113, in the wheelchair, is he wearing that hat for a bet or what? That’s a woman’s hat isn’t it? And purely as an observation, he doesn't appear to fit in with the rest of the citizens somehow. He looks a bit too rough and ready, too uncut, you might say, he could certainly do with a shave. What’s more he's smoking, observe the cigarette burning in his right hand. That makes him one of less that a handful of citizens who we see smoking in The Village, Alison being one, and Number 6 the other!
   Fictionally speaking, as a citizen of The Village, this man is evidence that citizens do actually smoke. However on the production side of ‘the Prisoner,’ I wonder if this man should have been smoking at all, and if he shouldn't, the fact that he was went unnoticed by persons of the production crew, but more noticeably, by Doris Martin who was responsible for continuity for ‘Free For All.’

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Fall Out

   We are witness to the Butler going round the back of the Scammell Highwayman Transporter in ‘Fall Out.’ We must ask ourselves the question, how did he know the lorry was there? More than that, the Butler climbs into the cab and drives the said lorry away along that tunnel, crashing through the wrought iron gates at the other end into the cold light of day and freedom beyond. The next question to be asked, is how did the Butler’s feet reached the accelerator, brake, and clutch pedals? And finally, how that cage which had supported Number 2, the Butler, and the Prisoner during the deliberations of ‘Once Upon A Time,’ had been lowered through the floor/ceiling, and very conveniently lowered onto the trailer of the lorry! It all seems to be deliberately planned, the fact that the Butler knew about the lorry, that the pedals had been adjusted in some way so his feet would be able to reach them. And the fact that the cage, which could be moved, which had food supplies for 6 months, a waste disposal unit, and all mod cons had been placed on the trailer of the lorry so conveniently. It’s as though his final escape had been planned right down to the last detail. Unless of course the lorry had been meant for Number 1. If it had, then Number 6’s actions soon put paid to that. And seeing as the Butler knew about the lorry, perhaps he was supposed to drive Number 1 out of The Village, to his London town house which had been prepared for him. After all it did have the number 1 on the front door, not number 6! Yes I realise that Number 1 and Number 6 are supposed to be the alter ego of the other, but at the beginning of the series, the very first time we watch the series we don’t know that!

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Thought For The Day

    The Meeting Of Two Selves! Myself and himself you might call them, or the on the other hand the one alter ego of the other. Certainly this meeting has been seen as too much for Number 6 to bear, in finding out that he is in fact Number 1, and has been so all along. The way he then goes berserk, chasing Number 1 round the control room, then launching the rocket in order to destroy his alter ego and The Village into the bargain.
   Yet is that scene really like that? Is not Number 6 the one who is unemotional, cold and calculating as he reveals Number 1 to be himself! He then proceeds to chase Number 1, who he finally seals in the nose cone, before setting the countdown for the launch of the rocket. As for the destruction of his alter ego – Number 1, well yes I have to go along with that. But Number 6 might not be quite the man he was without his alter ego. Perhaps he'll find himself quieter and more sedate in the future, unable to make the difficult decisions he once did, the hard and difficult decisions which his alter ego made for him on more than one occasion.
   Judging by the evidence of the scene itself, I would say it is not Number 6 who goes berserk, but Number 1! Number 1 who has been confronted by his alter ego, who cannot face the truth of the matter. That he has been the Prisoner-Number 6 all along.
   Faced with this truth, Number 1 starts running about the Control Room, laughing maniacally, as he desperately trying to evade his other self, which he finally does, by climbing the steel ladder up into the nose cone of the rocket. Giving one final defiant maniacal laugh as he drops the hatch on his adversary.
    Number 1, was he mad? Well that question was asked of Number 6 once, in ‘Hammer Into Anvil.’ The psychiatrist said not according to their records. In my own opinion, and that is a layman’s opinion, Number 1 was as mad as a hatter. But who wouldn’t be, cooped up in that rocket all the time. The only way he could enjoy The Village was though the experiences of Number 6. And many of those were far from pleasant!

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

From The Bureau of Visual Records

   Upon returning from handing in his letter of resignation ZM73 {for want of a better name} returns home. He collects a ready packed suitcase, his passport and airline ticket. On a side table under the window is a brown attaché case into which he places two travel brochures. Outside in the hallway an undertaker puts a gas gun to the keyhole of the study door and pumps nerve gas into the room rendering ZM73 unconscious, if not paralyzed!
   We can only speculate about the contents of the attaché case, whether or not they are files containing sensitive information, private papers, or something entirely different.
    Eventually the Prisoner wakes up in what he thinks is his own home, and when he gets up to look out of the window. The brown attaché case can be seen on the side table beneath the window, because the room has to be exactly the same when he wakes up to what it was when he was rendered unconscious. However, after the Prisoner has been out and about in The Village, at the café, attempting to make a telephone call, taking a scenic taxi ride, and finds out about maps of the area, he leaves the General Store. If he had gone straight back to his cottage instead of going round the other side of the General Store and along the road, he would have encountered the housemaid in his cottage. Instead he sees from the road, a housemaid standing on the balcony flicking a yellow duster.
   The Prisoner then rushes back to his cottage not only to find his cottage now has a number, but the housemaid gone. He looks out of the window to see her hurrying away down a set of steps, and the brown attaché case which had lain upon the side table beneath the window has gone. The housemaid didn’t take the attaché case, she’s not even carrying that yellow duster, which she later goes back for.
It might well be that when the Prisoner had been brought to The Village, both his suitcase and the attaché case had already been searched before they had been placed in the cottage, and anything of importance removed. As for the non-presence of the attaché case, I can only suggest that in having dusted and tidied the cottage the housemaid placed the attaché case, along with his suitcase in the wardrobe in the bedroom. But just a minute, the Prisoner had only just moved in, the cottage didn’t need dusting let alone tiding up. More than that, at that time there was a dividing wall between the study and the rest of the cottage, making it impossible for the housemaid to gain access to the rest of the cottage! So both the suitcase and attaché case had to have been removed after the Prisoner had left his cottage to take his first tentative steps in The Village by person or persons unknown. After all he wouldn’t be needing either the clothes in the suitcase, or the items in the attaché case, any important papers or files removed and carefully filed away.

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                   “The Girl Who Was Death!”



   In an email a good friend of mine had a spark of imagination, this not to be taken seriously, but he pointed out the similarity between Mrs. Butterworth’s dress and the flag for Bavaria!
   This made me think of other flags which fly in The Village, such as the flag for Wales which can be seen flying from the top of a flag pole on the Belvedere Outlook in some aerial shots of the cliffs. And the Penny Farthing flag which flies outside the Recreation Hall during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben.’ And then I thought about these red and white sleeves sometimes seen on two columns of the Gloriette seen here in ‘Free For All,' Many Happy Returns,' 'Dance of The Dead, 'It's Your Funeral,' and 'A Change of Mind.'
  Now what do you think that are for? They put me in mind of a pair of flags, something to do with the colours, red and white horizontal colours of the flag of Monaco. The red and white colours being the heraldic colours of the Grimaldi family, the colours are attested as far back as 1339. 

    And then there’s the red and white colours of the flag of the Republic Indonesia which is called “Sang Saka Merah Putih.” Merah-Poetih simply means Red-White. The official name however is Sang Saka, Lofty Bioclolor. 
Red representing the human blood, standing for the corporeal or concrete, white represents the spiritual. Together they are a pair, like life on earth: day and night; man and wife, creation and individual. Traditionally almost all Indonesia since long ago has used red and white as their sacred colours, resembling the colour of sugar {red in colour because the sugar comes from palm sugar,} “gula {sugar} aren {palm-sugar} and rice {white in colour}.” Both rice and sugar are the major ingredients of daily Indonesian cuisine cooking.
    On the other hand there is the legend that the origin of the Indonesian flag, and the reason for the red and white was simplicity in both message and production. To symbolize the throwing out of the Dutch. The Indonesian independence movement tore apart the Dutch flags, tearing the red and white from the blue portion. Red could be understood as the blood of common humanity, or as the blood shed in the war of independence. And white being understood as purity, or as the colour of sugar which Indonesians toiled for.
   How’s that for spot of Speedlearn education?! Of course it’s quite on the cards that the pair of sleeves have nothing to do with flags whatsoever. They might simply be for decoration, but why bother to decorate two perfectly good columns, as well as string up that length of cloth there between the columns? The reason for both really eludes me, that length of cloth seems to me to be superfluous! Even after 50 years there’s still much to muse about within The Village of ‘the Prisoner.’

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

What Was It Number 6 Said?

   “I never realized I had a freckle on the right-hand side of my nose. When they come to make a film of my life story, you’ve got the part.”
    That’s a strange remark for Number 6 to make. Doesn’t he look in the mirror when he’s shaving? Except it wasn’t Number 6 who said that, it was Number 12, but the same could be said of him. And yet he was looking at Number 6’s face when he said it, which is no proof that Number 12 has a freckle on the right hand side of his nose, after all he didn’t have a mole on his left wrist!
   And why should Number 12, as Number 6, think anyone would want to film his life story, was he really so important? No doubt this is a sarcastic remark. And besides he could play the role himself!

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