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Monday, 24 November 2014

There’s Not An Ounce Of Truth In It!

    After the local electoral candidate had witnessed the dissolution of the out-going Town Council, he found himself in the Labour Exchange Manager's office, and was put through the “Truth Test. This was to find the real reason why Number 6 had decided to run for electoral office. The thing was they knew all the time what Number 6 would do if elected to the position of Number 2. He thought that if won the election, took over The Village, that he would be able to control an organised breakout, as stated by the Manager-Number 20. So this was not so much a "truth test," which to all appearances it is, but also acts as the conditioning of Number 6’s mind. And yet he must be careful not to damage the brain tissue, and is advised by Number 2, and is confirmed by Number 20, First stage only, clearly understood."

   Number 2 was heard in the control room to comment "A very good technique." Which is confirmed to have been adapted from the Civil Service.

   Number 6 collapses in the chair, and when he awakens he is clearly ready, and refreshed for the next part of the election. "You'll be voting for me of course, be seeing you" he salutes.

    And what about Number 6 being restrained in that chair? Clearly they didn't want Number 6 to get up out of that chair and storm out whilst undergoing the truth test/conditioning. No leather strapping, or any kind of restraints were required. Number 6 was clearly held in his chair by a simple current of electricity....the chair having been electrified!

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Caught On Camera!

   A car with a rebellious nature. A car for the Individual.
   They thought Number 6 would feel happier with his own transport in The Village! And it seems that Number 2's generosity knows no bounds in having KAR 120C brought to The Village. Pity there's no petrol in the tank. But at least Number 6 can sit in it, polish it, tinker with the mechanics. In a way it’s somewhat rather like the Stoneboat, great on any road, but it don't go nowhere!
   In fact David McDaniel, in his 1969 novel ‘The Prisoner – Who Is Number Two?’ had Number 2 bring the Prisoner Lotus Seven to The Village, which Number 6 eventually converted into a amphibious car. And uses it in a daring escape attempt.


Names – Numbers – Titles!

    It is very interesting that at the end of ‘Fall Out’ the word ‘Prisoner’ is shown on screen, indicating that the Prisoner is still just that. Had that single word not appeared on the screen, then viewers may very well have accepted that Number 6 had finally managed to escape The Village, and that would have been the end of the story. The idea that ‘the Prisoner’ begins all over again might never have entered the enthusiasts mind.
At the outset we only know the Prisoner by that name, if “the Prisoner” can be considered to be a name rather than a title, and yet name and title can be the same. Yet “the Prisoner” is a meaningless designation like The Village, the Mountains, and the sea, they tell us what they are, but does not tell us anything about them. Later of course the Prisoner uses the name Peter Smith, which is somewhat nondescript, and only slightly better than John Smith or Peter Jones. And even later, while in the guise of The Colonel, the Prisoner uses the code name ZM73 which doesn’t tell us anything, and yet is better than calling the Prisoner “the Prisoner!”
Names are not used in The Village, well only on occasion, when there is a relationship between two characters. Best to reduce everyone to a number, for official purposes, even to –dehumanise the citizens, because really there in The Village there is no need to call anyone else except by their number. Everyone in The Village is a “prisoner,” so that is a general term for everyone. Everyone is given a number, and each number is used only once, unless someone dies, or is permitted to leave The Village. So you will only meet one Number 8 in The Village at one time. Yes, there were two 6’s in The Village at the one and same time, but that was under extreme circumstances. A couple of times there were two Number 2’s in The Village at the same time, but one was Number 58 before she was promoted to the position of Number 2. While another was only interim, until he was made permanent. But that permanency wasn’t to last.
Number 6 rejected his number, why? Was he afraid of being known simply by a number? He shouldn’t have been, is he forgetting his code name ZM73? Numbers in The Village are individual, even when there is the reporter for The Tally Ho, Number 113, there is his photographic colleague Number 113b. So in this instance there are two people who do share the same number, but one is distinguishable by having been sub-divided by the letter of the alphabet. In this instance b. Number 113b has a twin in The Village who operates the Tally Ho newspaper dispenser. Like his twin he wears no badge, but possibly his number might be 113c. So, if there is 113, 113b, and possibly 113c, might there not be a 113a? The twelve members of the Town Council are all sub-divided Number 2s from a-l.
Like Number 6, to give the Prisoner his correct name in The Village, the
Butler doesn’t wear his number either. Seeing as how 2 is second only to one, although 3 might dispute that statement, the Butler might be Number 3, 4, or indeed 5. But whichever the number, a number doesn’t tell you everything about the person who bears it. However a number can give an address of the person or individual, as in ‘6 Private,’ or denote one’s position in The Village hierarchy.
  Having been given a number can take away your anonymity, which gives one no meaning, no character. And yet because of that, in a way, it preserves one's anonymity. Because who is anyone in The Village?
  Numbers in The Village most frequently used, apart from 2, are 8, 10, 12, 14, 22, and 113.
Number 93 who confesses that he’s both disharmonious and inadequate in ‘A Change of Mind,’ whilst in ‘The General’ he used to be a Guardian with the number 250. So according to the hierarchy of the number system in The Village, the man {if fictionally speaking 250 and 93 are the same character} was promoted from 250 to 93, but then became disharmonious. However it would seem that confession is good for one, because the next time we encounter 93 he is a delegate of the Assembly in ‘Fall Out!’ He’s easily recognisable by the grey bushy beard poking out from under his black and white mask. He reads out the charge against the Prisoner-No.48. He is charged with a most serious breach of social etiquette, total defiance of the elementary rules which sustain the community of The Village. Questioning the decisions of those voted to govern them, unhealthy aspects of speech and dress, not in accordance with general practise. And the refusal to observe, wear or respond to his number! So 93 having been disharmonious, who having made his confession, is then brought back into the fold, if fictionally speaking, the delegate is the same character as Number 93.

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Village Life!

   “Who have you comes as?”
   “Take a look in the mirror!”
   “Haven’t you got it a bit wrong?”
   “How do you mean?”
   “You’re wearing the wrong blazer!”
   “How do you make that out?”
   “Take a look in the mirror!”
   “Well I fancied a bit of a change. And you know what they say.”
   “No, what do they say?”
   “A change is as good as a rest.”

   “Well at least we know who’s who.”
   “Yes, I’m me, I mean you!”
   “But I’m me, I’ve no idea who you are!”

   “Your twin or doppelganger perhaps.”
   “You mean the gardener and electrician?”
   “Not to mention the photographer and the operator of The Tally Ho dispenser!”
  “Number 2’s assistants 14 and 22 look pretty much alike.”
   “Because they’re dressed identically!”
   “So it might have helped if we were dressed identically.”
   “You think so? Think of all those who are watching.”
   “ Who, the Observers?”
   “The television viewers.”
   “What about them?”
   “Well they would have got into a right old muddle if we’d have been dressed identically!”

    “You don’t think we’ve made it a little too easy for them to distinguish between us?”
    “Well perhaps. But we’re stuck with it now.”
    “I can’t help but think we’ve missed something along the way. But I can’t put my finger on it for the moment.”

    “Don’t worry, I’m sure if you remember you’ll put me in the picture!”
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Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Prisoner Comment

     ‘The Chimes of Big Benguest-starred Australian actor Leo McKern as the new Number Two. It has to be said that McKern and McGoohan did not get on well together. In fact McGoohan's first remark to Mckern was an extremely offensive one “You’re a funny little f***er aren’t you!” And indeed McKern was very critical of his co-actor on set. Watch the scene in ‘Once Upon A Time’ when McGoohan and Mckern were struggling together on the floor as pupil and teacher, Mckern thought McGoohan was going to kill him! And yet on-screen there was a chemistry between them which is obvious. Their scenes together are battles of both will and charm. And there is a mutual respect between Number 2 and Number 6. As opponents they are worth each other’s time, underlined with every word. The idea of so many different Number 2.s is so that Number 6 can never strike up a relationship with Number 2. And yet that is precisely what Number 6 has been able to do in this case. In ‘Once Upon A Time,’ did not Number 2 say “I’m beginning to like him.”

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                        “A Broken Cog In The Machine!”


Thought For The Day

   Its ironic, as a friend of mine recently pointed out to me, that the charge against Number 48, as a prisoner he has been charged with the most serious breach of social etiquette. A total defiance of the elementary laws which sustain their community. Questioning the decisions of those voted to govern them. Unhealthy aspects of speech and dress not in accordance with general practise, and the refusal to observe, wear, or respond to his number, is read out by a delegate of the Assembly who represents anarchy!