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Saturday, 5 March 2016

No.6 The Original Jammer?

    So either Number 6 was the original Jammer carrying out all kinds of mischief against Number 2 in ‘Hammer Into Anvil,’ or he learned about Jamming from the eccentric artist Number 118. And if the latter is the case, then ‘It’s Your Funeral’ should be placed before ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ in the screening order, and that would make it right. Except for the fact that in ‘It’s Your Funeral’ Number 6 doesn’t appear to know what a Jammer is, or if he does he’s not letting on, hence Number 118 explains to Number 6 what a Jammers are, and what they do. The problem is, we only hear part of the conversation, we do not know what is said to bring about 118 explaining about Jammers to Number 6. Indeed Number 6 might have inwardly demonstrated surprise at hearing about Jammers from Number 118. Because as a good friend wrote to me recently, agreeing with me that Number 6 may well have been the original Jammer, having come up with the idea himself in ‘Hammer Into Anvil.’ But then in ‘It’s Your Funeral’ he didn’t know about the existence of Jammers. They may well have come about by having seen Number 6’s activities against Number 2 in ‘Hammer Into Anvil,’ and then they simply copied him by using similar methods. Number 6 didn’t know that, nor did he name himself as a Jammer, it’s the Jammers who named themselves. Also it was pointed out to me the similarity between the words “Hammer” and “Jammer!” Interesting, after almost 50 years, enthusiasts are still coming up fresh and original thinking about ‘the Prisoner.’

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