Man Versus Machine
In allegorical terms, and it's not very often you find me actually using that word, The General is nothing more than "Man versus machine," as is the moment No.6 rips out the wiring and paper of the teleprinter in that final scene of Dance of the Dead.
Some fans of the Prisoner have spent time trying to put an answer to WHY? Why not? You might answer, but for me the answer was much simpler. The General simply wasn't programmed with the basic facts of WHY? Some fans have gone bonkers over WHY? Me? I went bonkers in trying to go down each and every new avenue which my 4 year research into the Prisoner and all related material took me! Mind you I have learned a great deal along the way.
Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner
He wanted the Prisoner to be a family series, one which his daughters could watch. Hence the lack of Pat McGoohan's romantic involvement in either Danger Man or the Prisoner, why he would not kiss Nadia Gray in the romantic night-time scene during The Chimes of Big Ben, when No.6 and Nadia looked to be getting close to each other. He didn't want sex to be part of the Prisoner, yet McGoohan didn't seem to be so choosey when it came to violence or the use of drugs in the series!
McGoohan didn't want television viewers seeing sex or romance in his series Prisoner, but he didn't mind someone being beaten up, mostly No.6, or No.6 seen to be doing the beating up. Or to show the use of drugs on village inmates, or to suggest human experimentation, not so squeemish about those topics, was he?
The Parady Of McGoohan's Message
Apparently the rest of us are all villagers to McGoohan's No.1! He, Patrick McGoohan may not have been enthralled, be we were and still are to this day. He got us wearing piped blazers, colourful striped capes, deck shoes and other village attire, as well as carrying golfing umbrellas of differing colours! We worshipped at his shrine - the village, and you wonder who No.1 is? No.6 - Pat McGoohan. Didn't you really get his message?
Which Side Is The Prisoner On?
Well he tells the new No.2 in ‘Arrival’ "I'm on our side,” that would be the Village then! Well he probably was until the events of ‘Fall Out,’ then he went and resigned, and it was that resignation which saw sir abducted back to the Village as a Prisoner
I'll be seeing you