The Village Guardian, is the Guardian of The Village. It serves and protects the community by helping maintain the security of the citizens. This it does by acting as a policeman, or rather as a “guard dog” when summoned.
It is not a natural thing, certainly not natural or
indigenous to the planet earth. It is unlikely to be of another planet, so
therefore it has to be a man made thing. Genetically engineered, beginning life
as a piece of synthetic membrane born in a Petra dish in a laboratory. And yet the
Guardian is just as much a prisoner as any other prisoner in The Village,
whether confined in a containment area somewhere on the seabed, or in so termed
Lava Lamps. The Guardian, a malevolent being in a Lava Lamp, acting as a
reminder of that which awaits any malcontent Prisoner or potential escapee.
Man or woman if cunning enough may escape The Village, but the
Guardian is born of The Village, even if escape for it was possible, where
would it go? Where could it exist other than in The Village? But to be a
prisoner is to know confinement, to be put away from others of one’s kind, to
be isolated. But the Guardian although confined, has not been isolated from
others of its own kind, because there are no others of its kind, it is unique!
We do not know if the Guardian is capable of conscious independent thought, and
thereby realising its own circumstances.
The Guardian is also a slave, at the beck and call of those who
command, and to them it must obey when summoned. Like a Kraken being summoned
by the Gods on Mount Olympus during some game of chess in which
Jason and his Argonauts are but pawns. We do not know whether or not the
Guardian was genetically engineered for The Village itself, or that it was part
of an experiment carried out for use in the world beyond.
Of course The Village must be protected, while at the same
time have a deterrent, something so fearsome that the very thought of it would
be deterrent enough for any would-be escapee. And if not proved to be
sufficient deterrent enough, a means of subduing a malcontent prisoner, or to
pursue and recapture anyone attempting to escape. Such is the Guardian, it’s
just as much a prisoner as Number 6.
It is written that the Butler appears in ‘the Prisoner’ second only
to Number 6, so what of the Guardian? If we set aside both the opening sequence
and the closing credits of the series, the Guardian appears in a total of 9
episodes. In ‘Arrival’ it puts in 3 appearances, and in two other episodes
there are three Guardians. And in ‘A Change of Mind’ the Guardian appears only
on a screen in the Aversion Therapy Room. So after Patrick McGoohan as the
Prisoner, Angelo Muscat as the Butler, and Peter Swanwick as the Supervisor,
the Guardian is placed forth in the appearance stakes in ‘the Prisoner.’
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