Be seeing you
Saturday, 17 September 2016
Why was the Prisoner brought to The Village, why is any prisoner taken to The Village? Because they want information, and that is the main purpose for The Village, the extraction or protection of information! In Number 6’s case they know everything about him anyway, we’ve seen the file they have on him. But one thing is missing from that file, the reason behind his resignation, extract that from Number 6 and his file can be completed, then no doubt to be stored away in one of those grey filing cabinets seen in the opening sequence. You’ll recall how a card with Number 6’s picture upon it was filed under RESIGNED. Who then has access to the information filed away is anyone’s guess. But as they say, information is power. But then what about Number 6? If the reason for his resignation had been extracted, what would have happened to him then? In all probability he would have been of no further value, if they couldn’t turn him like they did with Cobb, and would have been left to live out his days in quiet solitude in The Village. As it is I should think that most days not giving up the reason behind his resignation gave him purpose, when he wasn’t trying to escape, either poking his nose in where it wasn’t welcome, or countering the machinations of Number 2. But think about it for a moment, if it had been Roland Walter Dutton we the viewer had been following in ‘the Prisoner, there would have been no future in the series after the doctor had conducted his final experiment on Dutton. There was no value in Dutton being the main character. Number 6 had to be a man of a very different calibre. And for the most part ‘the Prisoner’ is about Number 6, with the other citizens merely players who have their exits and their entrances, and once their part is played are never seen again. Except for the lucky few who lurk in the background, who on occasion, if only fleetingly, return to the fore, because no-one is as important as Number 6. And yet had Number 6 told the reason why he resigned, apart from it being a matter of conscience, just how important might he had been to them after that?