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Friday, 24 October 2014

Teabreak Teaser

     Why did Number 1 show the former Number 6’s future in the crystal ball?

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

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The Therapy Zone

    What must it like to be, well not in the Therapy Zone, but to be in the Aversion Therapy Room, where they put a blind fold on you, and a pair of headphones to cut off any external influences one might imagine. Perhaps music is played through the headphones, that or poetry, maybe a disembodied voice speaks to those patients in quiet tones. It must be a form of brainwashing, in order to help the patient get over whatever they have an aversion to. Number 6 never made it into the Aversion Therapy room, but then it cannot be imagined what aversions Number 6 might have. I doubt whether he even has any phobias. Mind you he is averse to giving anything away, such as the reason behind his resignation.
     It might be wondered what they were doing to that poor wretch the Prisoner saw in the corridor of the hospital, on his way to the examination room. He had pieces of tape attached to his head, which presumably held electrodes in place. And then a little later he was wearing the Prisoner’s suit of clothes, sat behind a clear glass screen with a spout of water, with a table tennis ball balanced on that spout of water. The man was uttering some gibberish, the doctor said he was coming along nicely. Yes, but why was he wearing the Prisoner’s suit of clothes? Unless the man was a clone, and was being taught to…but no, that man didn’t look anything like the Prisoner. Not even if the clone was in an early stage of development. No I think cloning can be discounted, but then cloning by doctors would account for the number of twins and doppelgangers seen in The Village. The gardener and electrician for example, although there was the theory that both were actually one and the same. And yet if that were true, no-one has yet, during the past 47 years, offered up an explanation as to how the bald-headed electrician got to the garden so quickly from the cottage in order to encounter the Prisoner there.
   Once it was thought that Curtis was a clone of Number 6, but then Curtis was brought to The Village. But there’s always Number 1, just how many doppelgangers can one man have? First Curtis, and then Number 1. Of course Number 1 could be the long lost brother of Number 6, perhaps even the black sheep of the family, cast out to make his own way in the world.
   But this is far removed from the original subject, that of the Aversion Therapy room. In there perhaps one is forced to confront one’s own worst fear, or what it is one is averse to. For some it might be Number 2, for others the white membranic mass of The Village Guardian. For Number 6.…….well he says he’s afraid of nothing. How very uncomfortable for him that must be.

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ZM73

    Not 0073 as in being licensed to kill, but perhaps ZM73 worked for a different department in British intelligence to James Bond. And yet ZM73 is still a field operative if that episode with ‘The Girl Who Was Death’ is anything to go by. Curtis was also a top field man, Number 2 said as much, while he was stuck in admin. It is a wonder that ZM73 and Curtis never met, but perhaps British Intelligence was keeping them apart. Everyone in the world has a doppelganger somewhere, so they say. But with ZM73 his was nearer than he could possibly have imagined. And of course it must not be forgotten that the same can be said of Curtis.
    Number 6 is seen as the hero and Curtis is set as the villain who goes about The Village impersonating Number 6. It couldn’t have been easy for Curtis, to be brought to The Village to begin with. Nadia didn’t think The Village would be like the way she thought it. It makes one wonder just how well Curtis was briefed on The Village before his arrival? All Nadia Rakovsky had to do was to get close to Number 6 in order to gain his trust. Curtis on the other hand had to become Number 6, body, heart, and soul. But just how much alike was Curtis to Number 6? Yes he looked exactly like Number 6. He was the same height, the same build. The hairstyle would have to be altered though, the hair colouring, and the moustache would have to go. But what about the walk, the voice, the mannerisms of Number 6, they would all have to be learned, and the voice perhaps altered a little. Then there’s the attitude, Curtis would have to learn to be stubborn, there must not be the least bit of change in the character. And he must learn to win at chess in seven moves. He must be as good at fencing and shooting as Number 6. Yes Number 6 was handicapped in having been conditioned to be left-handed. But all the same, Curtis must shoot to an average of 90 percent. Just because Curtis looked exactly like Number 6 didn’t make him a perfect doppelganger for Number 6, not in the true sense of the word. And then Curtis would have to study Number 6’s file, to know the little things, like he gave up sugar four years and three months ago. Because it can be the little things that let you down. The fact that Curtis wears a cream blazer and not a black one should have been one. That he has no bruise under the index fingernail like Number 6 had, and so far as Number 6 is concerned, that Susan died a year ago.
    Curtis was seconded to The Village to do a job, to impersonate Number 6, and he did that very well. However it was not simply the fact of that Polaroid picture that let him down, that the Number 6 in the photo was not wearing a cream blazer. This alone should have been the undoing of Curtis. However in the case of Number 6, it’s the little things, the little details forgotten, such as the bruised fingernail, that saved him in the end!

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thought For The Day

    "Playing it according to Hoyle?” Number 6 asks.
     Number 6 likes to “play the game,” well he might as well while he’s waiting, waiting for another opportunity for escape.
    "Oh, all cards on the table" Number 2 assures him.
     The only trouble is, for Number 6 that is, Number 2 is playing with a stacked deck!

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Regressing To The Future!

   By the end of ‘Fall Out’ the former Number 6 had returned to the society of London after having received a taste of a possible future. For in The Village there have been a number of technological predictions, the cordless telephone - the credit card - a cashless society - the International Community of The Village as a blueprint for world order, that would become the European Community of today. The electronic defence system developed by the Rook, that idea reflects into the one time idea Of the “Star Wars” missile defence system that never saw fruition. ‘the Prisoner’ gives us a lesson in education, and demonstrates the reliance on technology in The Village.
    The idea of the Penny Farthing was to be a symbol of man's progress and the speed at which he is progressing technological wise, and that perhaps we should slow down, is a good analogy for how technology features more and more in out everyday lives, and our ever growing reliance on that technology. The mobile phone has become part of the human anatomy, and is something many people can no longer live without. It is their way of communicating with people, people on social websites whom they are never likely to meet in real life.
   Number 6 also took part in the first “Virtual Reality” game, that of ‘Living In Harmony.’ Nothing was real, it was all played out in the Prisoner’s mind. One can imagine for example Number 6 as The Man with No Name riding along on a horse, but not actually riding a horse, but running along slapping his thigh as children do when playing cowboys and Indians, well when they used to play that game, I don’t think they do so much these days. And of course when The man With No Name is in a fist fight with the Judge's boys, he’s actually fighting imaginary people. And that also goes for the gun fight in the Silver Dollar Saloon.
    Today people play video games, like that Wii game thing. I watch the commercials on television for Wii and there they are, a group of people with a games controller in their hand, linked up to a game being played on television, as they seem to be playing musical instruments in a band on the television screen. But if you look at the idiots in the room, waving about a white game control around in their hands as though playing a guitar, banjo, or holding that game control to their lips as though playing the flute, or clarinet, take a step back and see just how ridiculous they look!
  I mean, if people want to play a musical instrument, why don't they go and actually learn to play the flute, clarinet, or guitar for real? Now I can see the point Patrick McGoohan was trying to make in ‘the Prisoner,’ and his idea of the Penny Farthing and man's technological progression - but I fear it is already far too late!

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A Favourite Scene In The Prisoner


    During ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ when Number 6 and Number 8 are taking the pieces of the abstract sculpture from the Recreation Hall, and assemble them on the beach to make a boat. Manhandling the pieces through the woods and down to the beach, that would have taken a while, seven trips in all I should imagine.
   Was that act really a show of kindness, when Number 6 used those 2,000 free Work Units to buy Number 38’s tapestry? Certainly he thought he would never use them, so perhaps he thought he might do someone a bit of good. After all he need not have bothered to buy 38’s tapestry, he could have just taken it when he removed the pieces of his sculpture from the Recreation Hall. Like that tarpaulin sheet, Number 6 had to have stolen that from somewhere!
   And so eventually Number 6 and Number 8 set sail, and as they do, and as I look at that rickety mast I cannot help but think that the boat wouldn’t make it thirty yards, let alone thirty miles! Yet at the same time, when watched for the first time, one is willing their escape to be successful.

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