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Saturday, 26 January 2013

The Therapy Zone

    You know it rarely rains here in the Village, the sky is blue, hardly a cloud to be seen. Yet there are warnings of intermittent showers later in the day. And if you greet a citizen with "Beautiful day" you get "Showers later" in response. The only time it does actually rain and a thunder and lightening storm with it, well to my knowledge, is during ‘A B & C’ when the slumbering No.6 is being taken to that secret laboratory somewhere deep in the woods.
    No.6 is a smoker, something frowned upon in these modern times. In ‘he Schizoid Man’ we learn that No.6 enjoys his own brand of cigar, that he has "Black Russian" cigarettes to hand. John Drake was a smoker, of both cigars and cigarettes, yet the only time we actually see No.6 smoking is during his spell in jail in the episode of Living In Harmony, having been put into "protective custody!" No.6 whilst lying on his bunk in his cell, rolls himself a cigarette using a  liquorice paper. He lights the cigarette with a match and smokes it. It is the first and last time we see No.6 smoking, he coughed on the cigar in The Schizoid Man because the cigar was rigged with a piece of plastic running inside its length, and that would make anybody cough!
    ‘Arrival’ and that wrist watch doubling up for the Electro Pass, it’s a Hamilton automatic. There's a date indicated on the dial, 19. Some people think that's the date of Number 6's birthday, which of course it is, but surely not the month of March, but that of September! Well filming began in Portmeirion on the 5th of September 1966, which means cast and crew would still be there on the 19th.
   In ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ No.2 suggested that No.6 was doing as the caveman did, even though these tools of stone axe and chisel were outside the pale of the law. But surely number 6 would have been better off using flint axe and chisel? After all just because he was known as stone age man, didn't mean he used stone implements, certainly not for chopping, cutting and scraping, he used napped flints!
    It was an ironic touch by the Colonel of ‘Many Happy Returns’ when their ex-colleague asked about the police road block. "Nothing to do with you my dear fellow, an escaped convict." And before that little scene, there was No.6 asleep in the back of that truck, when suddenly there was the sound of cars and a police siren. Suddenly being awakened from his sleep No.6 is quick to react. He leaps down from his resting place and out of the back of the moving truck, out into the road of moving traffic. Had a bus, taxi or some other vehicle have been travelling close behind No.6 could have been killed. Injured certainly, and that would have meant hospitalization then what of the chances of returning No.6 to the Village, an abduction from the hospital perhaps?

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