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Friday, 28 June 2013

The Therapy Zone

    So Two knows the very secret of life...........breath in, breath out! Curtis and Helen volunteered for The Village because they wanted a family, and what a family it became. Two became a dark, bitter, and twisted man. 11-12 a two-time murderer, of 909 stabbing him in the neck, of matricide, and final suicide. And Helen was in an almost permanent state of sedation! It's no wonder Two only wanted to escape in the end. But of course to be able to escape Two required someone he could hand The Village over to, a new Two, and in this regard Two demonstrated his brilliant manipulation of both Six and 313. And thinking of 313, I didn't take to her other self at all. Because the abused in time, becomes the abuser! But Six saved 313, who saved Six by giving herself to him, and effectively together they saved The Village and all those people. But back in New York, how can one possibly convince someone that they are, like Michael, living a parallel life both in New York and The Village, as Michael tried to convince his driver 147.
   They threw everything they could at Six, loathing, love, death, yet he still resisted, and Six only gave in at the end only to save 313 from herself. Six did the right thing, because he's in love with his own humanity, and that's what gave him to Two. But whether or not the new Two can possibly make a better Village remains to be seen.
  All in all I can say without any doubt whatsoever, that I thoroughly enjoyed the reinterpretation of THEPRIS6NER, and at some point I'll be watching the series again. Two said that The Village is inside all of us, if that's the case I wouldn't mind a fortnight's leave there. When you look at the world at large, I find it difficult to understand why anyone would wish to leave The Village. Two had to escape becasue he realised that life there wasn't how it was planned to be, and I suppose that could be said of all of us. His son didn't turn out to be the son he wanted, and everyday must have been a torment for him, having to keep his wife sedated, only able to spend short periods of time with his wife in a conscious state of mind. Before having to sedate her again. So Two had Michael brought to The Village to replace him, and that was the intention all along. And towards the end it became a question of survival for both Six and 313 who wanted to save each other, at any price. And the price was each other, and the price paid was the Village!

Many Happy Returns
    It states in the original script of this episode, that Edgar is a "ruddy computer." That we fed in everything you gave us sir, meaning the Colonel, with all the variables, it came up with a possibilty, this while calculating the search area for the village. This reads like the computer in which No.2 had researched and computed the Prisoner's whole life in A B & C!

It’s Inexplicable!
   The way in which No.6 looks up to see a figure looking down at him from the Bell tower, that morning of the Prisoner's arrival in the village. I mean, the Prisoner was quick enough to get round to the other side of the Bell tower - to climb the Bell Tower but for there to be absolutely no sign of the figure he saw - where did that figure go so quickly, and who’s job was it to manhandle that statue right o the top of the Bell tower in the first place?!

Be seeing you


  1. Inexplicable: On old cinematic trick of puzzling people. Here it's the very first instance of a "surreal" feeling about the series. Can you really trust your eyes? Appanrently not. - BCNU!

    1. Hello Arno,

      Inexplicable: The scene reminds me of an old rhyme.

      "As I was going up the stair,
      I met a man who wasn't there.
      He wasn't there again today,
      oh how I wish he would go away!"

      So really I suppose, there's no need to think about where that man went in the Bell Tower, perhaps he was never there in the first place!

      Very kind regards

  2. That's a match! I didn't know the rhyme. However, I always thought it was actually a woman looking down but I've never taken a closer look at that scene in order to verify. This rhyme, to my liking, is also a match regarding one specific aspect of The Prisoner, mind you, when I wrote about specific lyrics of the Talking Heads song "Memories can't wait", excerpt:
    "Other people can go home...Other peoplle they can split
    I'll be here all the time...I can never quit"

    Of course, I don't want to exaggerate things, put too much into it. It's the general tone or mood of the Village as a state of mind that strikes me. You know. - BCNU!

    1. Hello Arno,

      And that's very apt for 'the Prisoner!' And yes, I do know, and understand the mood of the Village, and state of mind, you do not exaggerate.

      Certainly the statue at the top of the Bell tower is that of a woman! Perhaps the figure of the man is someone who worked at Portmeirion at the time, one of their gardeners perhaps.

      Very Kind regards