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Sunday, 28 October 2012

THEPRIS6NER

   The episode of Schizoid isn't so very different from how the Prisoner deals with No.6's alter ego. Six struggles with himself as the desire to kill Two builds up within him. One side of Six's nature wants to kill Two, tells him that it's the only way. Yet the other half of his nature keeps that desire to kill in check. In the Prisoner No.6 couldn't kill either!
    There is no physical other self of Six, or at least I don't think so. Because if there is a physical other Six, 2x6, then when it comes to building a better Village, The Village is in trouble even before it gets off the ground! And if Six doesn't keep that other side of his nature in check, in time it will be the worse for him and The Village.
    In the Prisoner, the final episode of Fall Out, we are supposed to witness Number Six coming face to face with his other self, his alter ego Number One. But when in
THEPRIS6NER Six struggles with his alter ego, you see only Six. Yet at the end of Schizoid Six can see his other self from a window of the Summakor building, in The Village, standing on a street corner. But who then disappears. So was Six's alter ego supposed to be a physical entity like Number Six's of the original series or not? You see, there's still something for me to mull over from this series. It's not all so cut and dried as they said it would be.

Village history can be a very contradictory thing. If you will recall, those readers who have actually watched this series, how 1,100 stated that "There is no Number One. There has never been a Number One, and there never will be." But there was One, for Six is the One, who became the new Two. You see Mister Gallagher, there's still something to be  squeezed out of this series. Not all the loose ends were tied up in a nice pink ribbon I'm pleased to say.

    There is something which this series shares with the original series of the Prisoner, Six, like his predecessor, was brought to The Village for a reason. Both No.6 and Six are seen to have a future with The Village, and during the process no harm must befall either one of them.
    In the original No.6 was offered ultimate power, an offer which he rejected during Fall Out, yet in the final episode of this series, Six accepts the offer of ultimate power. But only because he is coerced by Two into accepting, to become the new Two. And don't forget that No.6 once accepted the position of the new No.2 in Free For All, this so that he could fulfil his own desire.......to escape. So No.6 and Six are not so different, they have both accepted situations for different reasons. You might think that Six gave in too easily in the end, that he accepted. But his predecessor accepted more of the Village than you might think. One has to accept society, otherwise one becomes an 'outsider,' and what rights do 'outsiders' have within the community.......none as far as I can see. If one accepts society, as Six accepted The Village, then perhaps, like Six, we can find a way to make it better.

DAS - BCNU

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