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Friday, 28 August 2015

More Village!

    Why the ships drift anchor as a folly in the middle of the desert? Follies are rarely explained, if it were otherwise they would cease to be follies. Personally I think it would have been a nice tribute to the original series to have had a canopied penny farthing bicycle discovered by Six, half buried in the sand. But as it is the ships anchor for Six represents escape!
   So when Michael took over as the boss of Summakor in ‘Checkmate,’ he went up to the Purpose floor, and went and sat in the chair in the Control Room like a Supervisor amongst so many observers sat at their monitors. But the Control Room is not in The Village, but in the Summakor building in
New York. So the Control Room has no power in The Village, but is used to select people to be sent to The Village, and then those people are monitored by Observers in the Control Room. But not those sent to The Village in their subconscious, but who still live their day to day lives in New York!
   As for The Village, it does appear to resemble Portmeirion by the decoration of some of some of the buildings.
NER is set in modern times, yet Helen has given The Village a fifties/sixties atmosphere, the vehicles, the interior of the Solar CafĂ© resembles an American 1950’s Diner. Even 313 rides a sixties style bicycle!
    Despite what fans of the original series might think, basically the two series are not that dissimilar, THEPRIS6
NER being reinterpreted and is a revisualisation. Okay you haven't got the quirkiness of the original, there are no huge painted backdrops as used in the original, no studio sets purposely built, and in it's way there is less style of the original series in the reinterpretation, with Two the stronger of the characters, Six being the weaker. If you take away the "filler" episodes of the original series, episodes like ‘Living In Harmony,’ ‘The Girl Who Was Death,’ ‘It's Your Funeral,’ ‘A Change of Mind,’ ‘Hammer Into Anvil,’ ‘A B & C,’ you end up with what originally McGoohan envisaged, for ‘the Prisoner,’ a 7 episode mini-series. Which is only one episode longer than that of THEPRIS6NER, which I think would not have weakened the original series, but in fact would have made it stronger. And moreover, making it no less forgettable for that.
   The Village has a postman, he delivers Six's Clinic appointment card. But there is no sign of a newspaper, although it must have one, because in ‘Checkmate’ Two is photographed and interviewed by two people who look like newspaper men.
   And to get on the bus in The Village, and to get off the bus to arrive in the Village is just the “wildest thing!”
    If a Village death isn't an actual death, in the way Two died having blown himself up with a hand grenade, and by which he returns to that "other place," as others have who have died in The Village, then that means that no-one is actually buried in The Village cemetery, not even anyone who was born in The Village. However the cemeteries seen in ‘Arrival’ in both series do have something physical in common…………..sand!

Village is best for us!
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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                            “Big Brotheresque!”


You Brought Me Back Here!

    It has often been remarked upon, the fact that two Number 2's were brought back to The Village for second terms of office. Those of Leo McKern and Colin Gordon. And yet there is really only evidence that one of those particular Number 2’s was allowed to leave and to be brought back to The Village for Decree Absolute, and he was none too happy about. In fact he was bloody annoyed! He told Number 1 on the telephone, that he can say what he likes, but it was he who brought him back to The Village. As for the other one, there is no evidence for him having left The Village. Indeed had ‘A B and C’ and ‘The General run consecutively, either one before the other, then there would have been no need for this Number 2 to have left The Village only to be brought back, as he was already there! There is however a third Number 2 to be put into the mix, he of ‘The Girl Who Was Death, brought back in order to take his place as a High Court Judge presiding over the trials of ’Fall Out.’ This as part of the final manipulation of the Prisoner-Number 6!
   It's strange that such Number Two's who have failed, although that is questionable in the one case, in their attempts to gain the reason behind Number 6's resignation, were given a second bite of the cherry so to speak. And yet in another case, he wasn’t, kept at arms length from Number 6, until he involved himself in the Speedlearn education experiment. Personally I would have thought that it would have been better to keep faith with the more successful Number 2. Sometimes, when considering the choice of person chosen as Number 2, it’s almost as though Number 1 wants them to fail. Especially Number 2 of ‘Hammer Into Anvil,’ who as a weak link in the chain of command was hung out to dry by Number 1, who must have known what was happening, yet lifted not a finger to help him. Assistance which when offered was thrown back in Number 1’s face. How could he have helped a man like that? ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ probably turned out to be a good exercise in the eyes of Number 1. To see how Number 6 would act when confronted by a professional sadist! Number 6 made it personal, the suicide of Number 73, and took out a long and calculated vengeance against Number 2. It may be supposed that Number 1 could have had Number 2 removed at any stage of ‘Hammer Into Anvil,’ but why do that when one had Nemesis to do it for him. And no doubt get enormous fun out of seeing Number 6 play on Number 2’s paranoia into the bargain.

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Quote For The Day

    “Sign your number here Number Six”
                           {The Postman - Dance of the Dead}

    Number 6 never signed for anything, well except that time when he signed that I.O.U for 964 Credit Units on the counter in the General Stores in the previous episode, but even then he questioned it! I wonder if the shopkeeper debited Number 6’s credit card for that amount? Ah but no, the shopkeeper couldn’t have done that, the Village credit card system isn’t an electronic system. The credit card has to be physically clipped, like they used to do when rationing was taking place in Great Britain during the war, and well into the 1950’s. People’s ration cards had to be physically clipped. And like my ticket recently while travelling on the Great Central Railway a week or so ago. 964 work Units, was Number 6’s credit card valid for that amount I wonder? It would depend on the amount of weekly allowance placed on the credit card in the first place. In ‘It’s Your Funeral’ Number 36 has been told by the man at the kiosk that all her weekly credit allowance had been used up, I wonder how much that was? And that was only Thursday, with two days left of the week!

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Village Life!

   Having won the election, you would expect Number Six to be revelling in his landslide victory, but not one bit of it! Number Six was caught on camera trying to hitch a ride out of The Village by helicopter. But much to Number Six's disappointment, the former Number Two not only had to obtain air clearance for take off, but had to report that he's being hassled by the new Number Two2!
    Number 6 “Go on, no-one will know."
    Departing Number Two "He won't take no for an answer....……...yes I realise that........."
    “You don't have to take me far, just drop me off along the way, somewhere over the mountains.”
    “..........Yes that was Number Six.........Yes I know, you had better send security."
    Number 6 “There's a word for people like you, you know!"

    Number Six didn't give himself up to security quietly, there was a struggle, and as the helicopter lifted off the ground Number Six made a grab for one of the floats and hung on for grim death as the helicopter flew out across he estuary gaining height all the time. Then suddenly Number Six's hold on the float slipped, and he fell into the water below. An Orange alert was issued by Number 2 in the Green Dome, who had been watching developments on the wall screen. A few moments later three Guardians of varying sizes broke through the surface of the sea, and headed straight towards a floundering figure in the sea. Together they ushered the swimming Number Six to the shore where security stood waiting.
   As for the out-going Number 2, he hovered the helicopter above the water just long enough to see Number 6 brought securely to the shore. Then turning the helicopter towards the hills on the far side of the estuary, piloted the helicopter to the landing stage where a boat was waiting for him to take him to the homeland.

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An Overweening Sense of Self-Importance!

    It's hardly surprising is it, that Number 6 had an overweening sense of self-importance, seeing as the whole Village, its works, and machinations are there simply for the benefit of Number 6 alone, and everyone in it is there for his convenience. It seems to some minds this idea works perfectly well. If that is the case, then some organisation has gone to a great deal of trouble just for one man. Is he really so important? It would appear that the Prisoner thinks he is, in fact in his mind….he’s the boss, he’s Number 1! It would seem that the man’s egomania knows no bounds, and if anything…. has increased!
    It has been discussed before, that The Village is all in the mind of Number 6, that he created it there. In ‘Once Upon A Time’ for example Number 6 shouts at Number 2, through the bars of the cage, "In my mind, in my mind you're smart!" That's perhaps because if one follows this "all in the mind" theory, Number 6 created Number 2 in his mind, and made him smart! And if it's all in Number 6's mind he should always be one step ahead, not out manoeuvred by Number 1. Number 6 may play a fine game, but with Number 1 knowing his every move, and vice versa, the game can only end in stalemate!

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The Therapy Zone

    ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ - In the original script Number Six visits the grave of Number Seventy-Three at the end of the episode. This was omitted from the final version. It may have put too much emphasis on Number Six's sympathies {but it would have been a nice touch} but even with no final grave visit, it is becoming apparent the Number Six is taking on a role within the community. He is protecting the people from the abuses of society or at least enacting revenge against wrongs. This is most evident in episodes as ‘the General’ and ‘It's Your Funeral,’ in which he saves The Village from cruel and inevitable punishment. Why does Number 6 care?  Perhaps he sees himself as a buffer against the machinations of Number 1. Perhaps seeing as Number 6 is the alter ego of Number 1, he’s set himself up as a protector of the people against himself!

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