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Monday, 20 October 2014

Olympians!

   Number 6 and Nadia Rakovsky had something in common, they were both Olympians at one time or another. Nadia was an Olympic bronze medallist at the age of seventeen. While Number 6 was a member of the British fencing team. Yes it was Curtis who said that during the fencing scene of ‘The Schizoid Man,’ “It's good agricultural stuff, but would hardly have got you my place on the Olympic team.” But remembering at the same time that Curtis was impersonating Number 6!
   So if Nadia was once an Olympic Bronze medallist swimmer, why couldn’t she swim so far when she was attempting to swim away from The Village? Well she was no longer 17 for one thing, and for another, she would have been used to only swimming in swimming pools, not wild swimming as she endured during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben!”

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Thought For The Day

    To some enthusiasts of ‘the Prisoner’ Number 6 is a hero, someone to look up to, emulate even. To others he’s the anti-hero, a disruptive force, always causing trouble, poking his nose in where it has no business. Refusing to accept, or respond to his number. Refusing to settle down and join in. He is a rebel! But then who wouldn’t be in his circumstances? The Prisoner is also a man of violence. He gets into numerous fights with Guardians, motor mechanics, security guards. Thugs and henchmen, gun runners, and even with himself! And he is capable of killing, gunning down the Kid in the street, and on a more destructive level he kills Professor Schnipps, The Girl and all the French Marshals by blowing up the rocket. But then the Kid didn’t really exist, he was simply in the mind of the Prisoner, as much as Professor Shnipps and his daughter were. And yet the armed security guards in ‘Fall out’ were real enough, and he killed them indiscriminately during a vicious fire fight.
   Some people might try to emulate the Prisoner to some degree. But for myself the closest I got to emulating the Prisoner, was to portray him in a number of re-enactments at ‘the Prisoner’ conventions held at Portmeirion, which I had the privilege of doing several times in the past. However I did resign from two different jobs at one time or another, and I’ve been rebellious, asked questions. Tried to bring democracy to a certain society. But I cannot truly say that I was trying to emulate the Prisoner on those occasions.

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Caught On Camera!



   In the above image a taxi speeds along a road into The Village. The driver is an Oriental young woman, and sitting alongside her is the figure of the Prisoner, so this image must have been taken from routine surveillance of ‘Arrival.’ Well that isn’t the case, as this image was taken during the evacuation of The Village in ‘Fall Out.’ So unless the Prisoner vacated the cage on the back of  the trailer on the Scammell Highwayman transporter,  and returned to The Village for whatever reason {perhaps he forgot to turn off the gas} this chap has to be Number 1! But then how did he get out of the rocket? On the other hand, if this is the Prisoner, and following the reasoning that ‘the Prisoner’ is a vicious circle, even so his arrival in The Village seems somewhat previous!

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Measure For Measure

    Mercy, justice and truth. In his time in The Village, Number 6 deals out a measure of each. He carried out his own form of justice for Number 73 who was driven to suicide by Number 2 in ‘Hammer Into Anvil.’ He showed Number 2 mercy by allowing him to report his own breakdown in control. In ‘Living In Harmony’ he did likewise for the murder of Cathy, strangled to death by the Kid. He put on his colt 45 peacemaker, and out in the street he faced the Kid. He drew his gun, there was the sound of thunder, the flash of fire, gun smoke filled the air, and after all lay quiet and still, the Kid lay dead in the street.
   As for the truth, he suggested to the Colonel during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ that surely he knew about The Village. And asked if they had a Village here, it may be supposed that Number 6 meant Britain. He was also determined to find the truth about The Village during ‘Many Happy Returns,’ if not with the Colonel, then elsewhere. Even if that meant going back to The Village!

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The Prisoner Is Put To The Test!

   The question was asked back in the 1990's "Were the 16 episodes of ‘the Prisoner’ specific tests?
   Well of course they were, and the ultimate test being ‘Once Upon A time.’ Yet in the 17th episode, ‘Fall Out,’ is another manipulation of Number 6, and which culminated in his meeting with Number 1.
   In those 16 specific tests Number 6 demonstrated such qualities as:
A sense of humour
Strength of character
Determination
A sense of identity
He cared about those in The Village - once anyway
Ingenuity
Survival
Navigation
Woodwork
Individuality
Cleverness
Trustworthiness - in some people
Suspicion
Friendship
A skill in using his hands, building a raft in 'Many Happy Returns,' a coracle during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ for two examples. Stitch work in making his own punch bag, and private gymnasium sometime between the end of 'It's Your Funeral' and 'A Change of Mind.'
He demonstrated how he can live by his wits
Quick thinking in how he was quick to come up with an explanation of his three piece sculpture to the three members of the Arts & Crafts committee.
Sportsmanship in the noble art of boxing, fencing, shooting, not to mention Kosho.
    Number 6 had it all, then rejected it all in ‘Fall Out,’ and it was the manipulation used against him in 'Fall Out' that started it all in the first place. It's no wonder there was such a persistence with the question "Why did you resign?"

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Door To Number 1

   Number 1 Buckingham Place that is, which is somehow symbolic in the way that it opens  and closes automatically with that very familiar electronic hum that we have come to associate with the door to the Prisoner’s cottage of 6 Private, or indeed the Green Dome. And in that we possibly realise exactly what the Prisoner has been all about, varying aspects of life. To demonstrate that The Village is never very far away, indeed that The Village has become our world, the Global Village. And it happened without any of us realising. And now it's all too late to do anything about it!
   Episodes such as ‘Free For All’ tackles the question of the democratic process and democracy which so many countries are said to enjoy, and others envy. ‘The Schizoid Man’ examined problems within ourselves, possibly mental illness, while ‘The General’ delves into the world of education. Other aspects dealt with within The Village, the rights of individual, the question of identity, freedom. ‘Many Happy Returns’ deals with control and manipulation, while ‘Dance of the Dead’ has death at its core. Medical experimentation runs throughout, as does the need for information, information, information! While a number of episodes deal with the need for some to escape. But the need to escape from what, and to where? If it's escape from The Village one is after, then you’re already there. It's where one escapes from, only to arrive! Like the newcomer who just got off the bus having arrived in The Village {THEPRIS6NER-09}. Where did she get on the bus? In The Village. But it is The Village, she had arrived. Because there is only The Village, and it's all around. I like the automatic doors to shops, and each time I approach such a door I cannot resist clicking my fingers as Number 6 does as he returns to his cottage during 'The Chimes of Big Ben!'

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Bureau of Visual Records

   It would appear that even the Underworld cannot hold Number 6! But really, what is the Butler doing there? What duties does he have in the Council Chamber? I suppose Number 2 might have asked his Butler to set out the circle of tables in readiness for the Committee, to put out desk blotters, pens, and writing pads, someone had to do that, also to put the tables away afterwards. And perhaps he made the tea for the Committee's tea break!
   It is such a pity that the futuristic looking chair with the controlling blue light {originally intended for Rover MK1}in the back rest was never used as a chair. I can picture Number 1 in his white robe and black and white mask sitting there lording it over some committee or other, or the members of the Town Council.

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