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Friday, 17 November 2017

Teabreak Teaser!

    During ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ Number 6 discovered that he had been betrayed by both the Colonel and Fotherinagy. And yet when the opportunity to escape The Village in ‘Many Happy Returns’ is presented to him, his instinct is to go running back to the Colonel a second time. But how did Number 6 know that when he made that call in the country he would not encounter the Colonel and Fotheringay from ‘Chimes,’ but a different Colonel together with Thorpe? There was no way he could have possibly known. Unless he asked the bureaucrat, to whom he once handed in his letter of resignation, about the Colonel, when Number 6 returned to that office when he made that call in town. But in any case, why go running back to the people who have betrayed him? Obviously that’s where the answers he seeks lie, within the department he once worked for. But of course they are under no obligation to help their former colleague, what with the official secrets act and all that, it may be assumed that The Village comes under that. After all there have to be some secrets from an ex-secret agent!


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Village Life!

    “See that chap there?”
    “What about him?”
    “He’s not wearing the regular attire for The Village.”
    “Neither are we if it comes to that.”
    “Yes, but we don’t have to. We’re Top Hat officials of administration.”
    “Not Undertakers then?”
    “What do you mean?”
    “Well we have been mistaken for Undertakers before.”
    “Really, when was this?”
    “I was with Number Eighty-one, we were on special assignment in
London and were about to abduct a high ranking Civil Servant when this woman came up to us and asked for our card!”
    “Really, what did you do?”
    “Well we put the coffin we were carrying on the pavement, and I wrote down a false address and gave it to the woman. Her husband had recently died, and she was looking for an Undertaker.”
    “Extraordinary!”
    “Have you noticed anything about that chap?”
    “No.”
    “He stands out dressed like that.”
    “Nothing remarkable about that, so do we. But by tomorrow he’ll be dressed just like everybody else, and become a mere face in the crowd!”
   “That’s a bit deep for a Thursday.”
   “Is it Thursday?”
   “Yes.”  
    “I thought it was Wednesday.”
    “What difference does it make?”
    “If its Friday it makes us late for a meeting with the Works Committee meeting.”
    “Really, what’s on the agenda?”
    “Cleansing of cesspits, and the treatment of sewage. And all of a sudden its not such a picturesque village!”
    “It’s about time The Village was on a main sewer.”
    “I know that. I’ve been telling the Committee until I’m blue in the face, but will the Chairman listen?”
    “It was just the same when I went to a meeting of the agricultural Committee. Do you know I’ve never known anyone get so stirred up about potatoes before.”
    “What was the problem?”
    “Farmer Twenty three-seven’s Bedford Gems had got blight!”
    “And his chickens had stopped laying!”
    “Who told you that?”
    “Farmer Twenty three-seven’s wife, One one-nine.”
    “It’s nothing but problems these days. I know let’s go and have a cup of tea.”
   “We’ll miss the meeting works Committee meeting about the drains.”
   “Well let the works Committee create its own stench!”
   “I thought that was the cesspit!”
   “We might have a teacake as well.”
   “Toasted?”
   “Of course, and it’s your turn to pay remember.........”


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Page 6

    The Prisoner 50 years of age, who would have thought it? I must say Number 6 looks good for having lived so much of his life in The Village, he doesn’t look a day over 38. But what nationality would you say Number 6 was, in his former life that is, British? He seems British enough, he lived in London, apparently having worked for a British Intelligence. Mind you that’s nothing to go by. Take that fellow John Drake, ‘Danger Man’ as he was. He started out as an American, and at times he had the most appalling American accent, that was when he worked for Security NATO. In time he moved from Security NATO, to M9 within British Intelligence. I suppose it was to have been MI9, but for some reason the Intelligence part was dropped. Oh not by British Intelligence, but by ATV, but if we go down that road there’s a great danger of mixing fiction with fact, and we wouldn’t want that would we......would we? No, I didn’t think we did! Anyway Drake having started out with Security NATO an American, and yet after joining British Intelligence he became British! So I suppose Number 6 could have be of British nationality, but since he’s lived in The Village for the past 50 years he’s become more International, like the food was once French, it’s now International, well that’s how Number 2 once described it! What was it? Oh yes, a piece of Quiche Lorraine with a poached egg on the top of it! Mind you that was in the days when Number 6 used to have his breakfast brought to him. Later he still had eggs for breakfast, but without the Quiche!


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Favourite Scene In Arrival

    “Careful sir, they’re new plants.”
    “Sorry…….goodbye.”
    That’s a trug the gardener’s carrying if you didn’t happen to know. But how did he get there so quickly? After all a few moments ago he was an electrician installing a new loudspeaker in 6 Private! It was once suggested the electrician got there so quickly because he used one of the underground tunnels. Ridiculous! Of course he could be an electrician who is only a gardener in his spare time. On the other hand this is the first demonstration of twins in The Village, the first but by no means the last!
   It’s impossible to see, but I wonder if actor Oliver McGreevy wore the same numbered badge for both the electrician and the gardener? He probably did, but its impossible to tell.


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Fall Out - A Violent And Bloody Revolution!

   The Former Number 6 had vindicated the right of the individual to be individual. Overcome coercion, held fast, maintained, fought, destroyed and resisted. He had shown them the way, convinced them of their mistakes, they needed him. Therefore the former Number 6 had been selected, and all about him is his. Perhaps they were about to stage a coup, using the former Six to usurp Number 1, to replace him with his double, the former Six. I am reminded of both ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ by Anthony Hope and ‘The Man In The Iron Mask’ by Alexandre Dumas. As it turned out there was a violent revolution {even if one has to imagine the blood} directed against both Number 1 and his Village, but there was no coup, that had failed, the President and members of the Assembly all fleeing in terror!


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The Schizoid Man

    February 10th, Number 6 must have thought that was a very long day! When he went to bed after helping Alison with her mind reading it was on the evening of the 10th. And when he woke up it was on the morning of Wednesday February 10th, otherwise he would have altered the date of the day-date calendar by his bed to the 11th. Also, as far as we can tell, he is the only person to have two day/date calendars. In fact this episode of ‘The Schizoid Man’ is quite unique amongst the 17 episodes, as it’s the only one to have a date. ‘A B and C’ does also show the same date Feb10th, but in that instance it’s the Tally Ho headline which is important, and not the date.


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Caught on Camera!

  What’s the chap in the background up to? No not the one carrying his blazer, mind you it is unusual for an ordinary citizen to have such a plain dark blazer. I mean the chap who appears to be holding a cup of tea, and squatting to make it look like he’s sitting down, yes him. What’s he supposed to be doing? He looks as though he should be sitting on a shooting stick or something!


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Monday, 13 November 2017

Quote For The Day

    “Supposing I don’t want any flowers?”
    “Everyone has flowers for Carnival, be seeing you.”
                               {Number 6 and a gardener – Dance of The Dead}
    That’s one thing in common ‘6 Private’ has with Number 6’s London home, flower boxes, well at least for the one episode. So whether people want flowers or not they’ll have them because it’s Carnival and like it! There is no choice in The Village, citizens have to go along with it whether they like it or not. That’s the one drawback when you abolish democracy. But not all the cottages have window boxes foisted upon them, in fact I think Number 6’s cottage is the only one to have a window box! So perhaps Number 6 was picked out specially. And the gardener who fixed up the window box, he wasn’t one of the regular gardeners, gardeners don’t wear straw boaters, and he wasn’t wearing a pair of overalls! Number 6 had already been annoyed by the maid, and the postman when he asked Number 6 to sign his number in receipt of a special delivery, so why not annoy him further by foisting a window box on him when he doesn’t want flowers! To try and get his own back, Number 6 tries to annoy the Observers by placing a cushion over the screen of the television! I wonder how he knew that he could be observed through the television set in the first place?


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Citizen No.8

    What I want to know is, why aren’t you wearing a piped jacket like all the other of Number 2’s assistants? I suppose you think you’re different to everyone else, is that it? Anyway where did you get it? Only two people have worn anoraks, you and Number 6, although technically he wasn’t in The Village at the time!
    “Neither are we!”
    “What did you say?”
    “You, me, Number twenty-Two over there. We’re not in The Village.”
    “If we’re not in The Village, I’d like you to tell me where we are.”
    “We’re in the Green Dome.”
    “And where do you think the Green Dome is if it’s not in The Village?”
    “Well obviously the Green Dome is in The Village. Only technically it’s not really green, it more turquoise colour.”
    “What’s that got to do with it?”
    “Nothing I suppose!”
    “That’s right, nothing.”
    “We’re in the Green Dome on set at
MGM film studios.”
    “Now you’re mixing fact and fantasy.”
    “At least I can tell the difference. We’re both prisoners, held captive in a long strip of 35milimeter film!”
    “You don’t know what you’re talking about kid. I can walk out of that door any time I like and go home.”
    “Go on then, try it. Go out of that door and go home.”
    “You think I’m scared, too afraid to try it.”
    “Well go on then!”
    “Alright I will.”
    “But don’t blame me if you walk out into The Village!”
    “You said we weren’t in The Village.”
    “So we’re not.”
    “Then how................”
    “We have to leave here and go out into The Village, otherwise how do we get to Harmony?”
    “I don’t know?”
   “Say where’s Twenty-two going, what’s upset her?”
   “Perhaps she didn’t like witnessing you strangling her to death!”
    “Cathy..........................!”


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It’s Way Out - Man!

    During the opening sequence of Arrival we enjoy the extended journey made by the Prisoner, from his London home, to that office where he hands in his letter of resignation to a man sat behind a desk.
    After the Prisoner has driven into an underground car park, in Abingdon Street by the way, we see the Prisoner go through a pair of doors with the words "WAY OUT" on them. Now these two words have been interpreted in three ways, A B & C.
A, It is Number 6 being unconventional as always and entering by an exit.
B, It could signify his way out ie. resignation.
C, It may be a comment on how the rest of the series was going to turn out. Viewers cannot say they were not warned!
   Oh very good, save for the fact that A, the Prisoner was not known as No.6 until after his arrival in the village, nor was the Prisoner at that time unconventional. Because all the Prisoner was doing was leaving, not entering a building, the underground car park via the way out! B, I suppose using the words "WAY OUT" could be a sort of in-joke about the Prisoner's resignation, but somehow I don't think this has anything to do with it - it's just a sign on a door, or doors in this case. And finally C, well Patrick McGoohan had no idea how the series was going to pan out. So "C" can only be an interpretation with hindsight - after the event!


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Saturday, 11 November 2017

A Right Free For All!

   In ‘Free For All’ Number Six is flatly defeated at the end of the episode. They might not have been able to "damage the tissue," but they gave it a damned good bruising! Number 6 gained nothing for his pains. He is made vulnerable to the authorities because he entertains the idea of gaining power {being elevated to the new Number Two}. Much of this episode then can be seen as the study of a candidate's motivations. Although his motivations are suspect once he has been conditioned, he does enter the race with a clear mind. Some observers have noted that Number Six's ego trips him up - that his desire for power is some type of character flaw subject to exploitation. But there's probably something more political going on here - Number Six's flaw is more likely the belief {however tentative} that the possibility exists for change within the system. The system portrayed here, is inflexible - totalitarian. There is no room for change.
    It should be noted that there is no clear evidence that Number Six actually decided to stand for office, he simply couldn't resist the
challenge when given the opportunity to stand. Number Six had no sights set on the position of Number Two, he simply wanted to take advantage of an opportunity provided, to make his thoughts known to the citizens of The Village, to shake them up, to organise a mass breakout!
    On the day of the Prisoner's arrival in The Village, Number 2 intimated that the Prisoner may even be given a position of authority, but I suspect that that would be only on the grounds of the Prisoner's co-operation!


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                    “ You ain’t seen me, right!”
BUNU

What Are Facts Behind Town Hall?

    We, as the television viewer, must be more versed in the facts behind the Town Hall than any citizen in The Village. The facts as seen in ‘Free For All, ‘The General,’ ‘Dance of The Dead,’ and ‘A Change of Mind,’ not forgetting the workings of the Control Room. I think it’s not so much a question of “What are facts behind Town Hall,’ but more to the point, why draw the citizens attention to them in the first place?


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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Quote For The Day

    “They’ve heard, they are aware, and they don’t need anyone’s help!”
               {Number 6 – It’s Your Funeral}
   
But apparently they do, they need Number 6’s help. That’s why they selected him, to give the plan credibility, without which the plan might backfire, which of course it did!
    “I won’t go for it” Number 6 shouted at the ceiling “Whatever it is, so you may as well stop trying,” and he showed Number 50 the door. But Number 50 fell in a dead faint, on time and according to schedule. And if there’s one chink in Number 6’s armour it’s that he cannot resist a damsel in distress. Even though it’s been a case of many times bitten forever shy, there he is sitting over the unconscious Number 50 lying on the floor, a glass of water in his hand waiting for her to wake up. Number 6 has fallen for it again, despite having been betrayed several times by women. But for once there is no question of betrayal, as they are on the same side but need to stop the assassination of Number 2 for two different reasons. On the one hand, to stop mass reprisals {a never to be forgotten deterrent} carried out on innocent people if indeed anyone in The Village is innocent. And on the other it’s a very personal reason, simply for Monique to save her father from making a grave mistake which will cost him his life.
    As we witness in the episode Plan Division Q was a complete and utter failure {much to the new Number 2’s annoyance} not because Number 6 failed to give credibility to the plan, but because of his involvement in the first place. No doubt the watchmaker-Number 51 and his daughter went back to living their ordinary and mundane lives, while Number 2 could look forward to his own retirement one day, sooner than he might have imagined. As for the proposed reprisals, they appear to have been instantly forgotten with the failure of the execution of Number 2. But there is another way of looking at ‘It’s Your Funeral,’ it might have all been staged for Number 6’s benefit. To see if he could counter such an assassination plot, once he had been manipulated into taking the action he took. So much for “I won’t go for it, whatever it is.....” sometimes I think he can’t help himself, eh Number 6?


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Bureau of Visual Records

    For years and years of watching ‘The General’ when Number 2 puts on those dark glasses, I was left wondering when it was he removed his spectacles? Because I felt I had missed something there. But of course he didn’t, and it wasn’t until I was able to go though the action frame by frame that I realized he hadn’t taken off his spectacles at all, he’d put the dark glasses on over them! When Number 2 and the Top Hats of his administration should need to wear such safety glasses I don’t know. Are they something to do with Speedlearn, so their eyes are not affected by the sublimator device which projects the Professor’s lectures onto the cortex of the brain through the eyes? If so why not simply look away from the screen?
   
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Village Life!

   “Oh just as you requested sir………oh no sir, nothing can go wrong now, unless it rains……….oh the weather forecast is fine and dry…….yes sir, well the people are getting very excited about it, people have been pushing dummies about in wheelbarrows and pushchairs all week asking a penny for the Guy………..yes well they people do like to throw themselves into something like this, everyone has been out and about collecting wood for the bonfire……………well we’ve never had a firework display before, it will be very spectacular………….the guy sir, Number 6 is the Guy!”


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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Citizen No.18

    You’re rather like Number 2 in a way, don’t you think? Perhaps you have never considered it before. You both work for administration, you are both chairmen, Number 2 of the town Council, and you of the Committee. More than that, while sitting on the Council Number 2 is the only person to have a voice, while the other twelve members stand at rostrums like tailors dummies! But your fellow Committee members aren’t much better, they sit there unemotional, not saying a word while you put the case to Number 6 about his complaints. But then you didn’t did you, it was the voice on the tape recorder that did that, after all you switched it on! The only real difference between you and Number 2 is, you wear a black top hat of administration, and Number 2 doesn’t! Also the members of your Committee, and those on the town Council could all change places and no-one would be able to tell the difference!
  Do you know the funny thing? When the voice played on the tape recorder says “We deplore your spirit of disharmony,” Number 6 actually replies to the voice “That’s a common complaint around here isn’t it!”


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

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Village Life!

    “Good morning Number Twelve.”
    “Good morning Fiona. How is your father today.”
    “He’s in two minds!”
    “Oh I’m sorry to hear that.”
    “He either thinks he’s a former Number Two who was hounded out of office for being an Unmutual.”
    “Really?!”
    “On the other hand he’s taken to wearing a pink blazer, and believes he was suffocated by the Guardian after a fight with you, and keeps insisting I call him number One Hundred, when his number is Thirty four!”
    “Can’t the doctors do anything for him?”
    “Not really. Now he’s taken to wearing that tinted visor.”
    “Why is that?”
    “So that people don’t recognize him for who he is, and frog march to the hospital!”
    “Why should they do that?”
    “Why for being unmutual!”


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Sunday, 5 November 2017

A Favourite Scene In Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling!

    The scene of the open swimming pool or Village lido, brrr I bet that water’s cold! No doubt that’s why none of the young women are actually in the water. Mind you they are always there, always in the swimming pool. They were there when Number 6 passed by that way after leaving Number 9 in the Stone Boat on his way to the helicopter. And then again in ‘Fall Out’ when the order to evacuate The Village had been given and helicopters were taking off from all parts, there they were messing about in a boat and playing with a beach ball. They didn’t take a blind bit of notice! And here they are again as the helicopter was arriving bringing the Colonel to The Village in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.’ Didn’t these three young women have anything better to do with their time, like work of some kind? I suppose on one occasion they might have been on their lunch hour, but it can’t always be lunchtime in The Village.......can it?


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Thought For The Day

    Number 54 said a woman is always impatient to wear a new dress, and for the Ball in the evening she had been given something special to wear, the costume of Queen Elizabeth 1stof England. She was also made one of the three judges in the trial against the Prisoner, two out of the three judges to have had personal contact with the prisoner but not the third, he was the town crier so perhaps he’s there to be an independent and unbiased judge! But even then he’s quick enough to pass the death sentence against the prisoner. Its Number 54 who seems to be unbiased, in the way she said the prisoner has his rights. If it was not for her intervention, its probable that the prisoner wouldn’t have been able to call his character witness, much good it did him!


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Me’ Thinks The Lady Doth Protest Too Much!

   But of course Number 50 is quite right when she makes her protest to Number 6, “I’m not one of them.” Because of course she isn’t, and it’s not long before he realizes that Monique is being used as a pawn in one of Number 2’s games.
    “I won’t go for it whatever it is, so you might as well stop trying!”
   Its strange, of all the women Number 6 becomes closely involved with, he never once refers to Monique by name, not like Nadia, or Alison. Yes there was also Number 8 in ‘Checkmate,’ but Number 6 never allowed himself to become that close to her nor did she have a name. I don’t think he liked women to cry, he told her to stop crying that time in the taxi, although her tears did have an effect upon him later in the episode, they even mellowed him slightly, even though his hand was twitching! It’s a question of trust you see, before Monique came along Number 6 had been betrayed by a series of women, commencing on the day of his arrival in The Village. The only woman to show Number 6 any act of true kindness was the young gypsy woman, although I don’t suppose that counts because it’s not in The Village!
    But it is strange that seeing that Number 6 and Monique have been thrown together for the cause, that he doesn’t use her name. Mind you he doesn’t use her number either. But then to Number 6 Monique doesn’t actually contribute much towards preventing the so called assassination plot, she’s really not that important. Her only real importance is to bring Number 6 into the affair, after that she becomes little more than his side-kick.


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Friday, 3 November 2017

Busy Potter?

   Potter was John Drake's contact man in the ‘Danger Man’ episode of ‘Koroshi,’ and it might be wondered whether or not he was enacting the same role as Potter in ‘The Girl Who Was Death,’ as a shoeshine boy and Drake’s contact man when he told him to go to the Magnum Record shop. But before this, Potter was working in The Village, first as Number 20 the manager of the Labour Exchange, and then as assistant to Number 6 during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben.’ It has been my own opinion that all four Potters are the same character. Recently a friend of mine informed me that this has now become the opinion of Christopher Benjamin himself, who formerly believed that Potter in ‘the Prisoner’ was not the same Potter character in ‘Danger Man.’ However after watching the clip from ‘Danger Man – Koroshi,’ and the three clips from ‘the Prisoner’ he said “Now I’m beginning to wonder if it was that Potter in Danger Man who was in the Prisoner.” “I’m beginning to think they should have been Potter, the Potter from Danger Man, but why didn’t someone tell me that I was still Potter?”
    And yet there is another Potter played by Frederic Abbott in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ obviously this Potter is not the same character as previously played by Christopher Benjamin, but it is curious that they used the same name. However both Potters do have something in common, they are nondescript, there being nothing remarkable about them.


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Caught On Camera!

    “You’ve had a lucky escape!”
    “You don’t know how lucky........just a minute, what episode is this?”
    “Episode?”
    “Yes, what episode is this?”
    “Checkmate I think.”
    “You think?”
    “Yes I’m sure, yes Checkmate, why?”
    “Just for one awful moment I thought I was back on board the gun runner’s boat!”


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Village Life!

   What did you just say? Its people like you who started the war! Come back here and say that again! Oh go and get........and while you’re about it get a hat that fits!


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The Therapy Zone

    50 years of ‘the Prisoner,’ it had to be of course but it seemed so far off looking back. It makes one wonder where all the years have gone, and has it been worthwhile speculating, theorizing, interpreting, and asking questions? Indeed are any of us the better for it? Or are we in some way, still frustrated by the questions that remain but which can never be answered by the people who knew?! I guess that’s something we enthusiasts simply have to live with, and accept certain things in the series as they are, because they cannot be completely explained. Mind you that’s all part of ‘the Prisoner’s’ endurance, that even today 50 years later, mysteries regarding the series still remain.
    And yet ‘the Prisoner’ can still be enjoyed purely for its action and adventure, its great escapism, and I suppose when I first watched ‘the Prisoner’ as a boy of 12 to me it was action and adventure, somewhere to escape to. Oh there were questions, of course there were questions, but not as many as there were in later life. ‘The Prisoner’ seemed less complicated to me then, it’s only after becoming an adult that I really began to think about ‘the Prisoner’ and its meanings. Perhaps it’s only when we grow up to become adults that we then over complicate ‘the Prisoner.’ But then as we know that’s half the enjoyment, the fact that you can make ‘the Prisoner’ out to be anyone and anything you care to. It means what it is, well that’s what Number S1X said, but he was talking about a piece of abstract art at the time. I realize that ‘the Prisoner’ has been described by some as a work of art, but can any part of ‘the Prisoner’ be described as abstract? Perhaps as
“existing in thought, or as an idea, but not having a physical or concrete existence.” Or “relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.”
    “Abstract is from a Latin word meaning "pulled away, detached," and the basic idea is of something detached from physical, or concrete, reality.”


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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

6h

    It might be supposed that there can only be one of each number in The Village at any one time forgetting The Schizoid Man for the time being, and Number 1 if it comes to that. If there are two of the same number it is subdivided as in the number 113, 113b, and even 113c. 2 is also a subdivided Number as each of the members of the town council are sub-divided 2’s. And yet on the button panel of the electronic Free Information board seen in ‘Arrival’ there are two number 6’s. If one were to press both buttons, would they indicate the same cottage 6 private on the map of the Village? Not to do so would suggest there are two people living in The Village bearing the same number. But just a minute….the Prisoner newly arrived in The Village will become Number 6, they can’t have three Number 6’s if only for administrative purposes. And then in ‘Free For All’ as Number 58 presses the third button 6, yes there are three, above that 6 is another button 6h!!!! Once Number 58 has pressed the number 6 the corresponding number is indicated on The Village map. The Free Information board is something of an enigma, why the need for three 6 buttons which when pressed no doubt indicate the same location on The Village Map, and two number 1’s, why the number 1 at all? Had the Prisoner pressed the number 1 button would 1’s location be indicated on the electronic map? So who is 6h, and is every number in The Village sub-divided, because if there is an 6h is stands to reason that there would also be a 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, 6f, 6g as well possibly 6i, 6j, 6k and so on. The number 2 is sub-dived up to “k” but that’s only due to the number of council members. If the sub-divided 2’s are former Number 2’s who make up the council, perhaps 6h suggests there is already a number 6 in The Village, but then he’s only just arrived and yet to be given that number. That in turn suggests that the Number 6 we know is the new Number 6 replacing the former Number 6. I wonder what happened to him?


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                  “You ain’t seen me, right!”
BCNU

Citizen No.42

    Number 42, oh we don’t use names here, and I suggest that once they used your name, to then later use your number 42 might have confused matters somewhat. That’s why they put your name on the termination order, if it had been your number, they might have thought whose 42?
   Your name, Dutton, yes well I’ve gone and used it now, could have so easily been Chambers who was late of the Foreign Office. In fact it might have been better for a subplot storyline had it been so. In his previous life Number 6 went to try and stop Chambers from doing whatever he was going to do before the “big boys” found out. He was supposed to have had a meeting with Chambers, hoping to make him change his mind, but he never turned up. It might have been nice had Number 6 finally met up with Chambers in The Village. But then Number 6 meeting up with you like he did, well it was the same effect really, you knowing each other the way you did. Did that come as a shock to you, seeing Number 6 in The Village? I bet you thought he was the last person you would meet. That he would be too quick for them, and avoid being abducted to The Village. But no, he’s only human like you and me. The people behind The Village seem keen to bring in people from British Military Intelligence. Cobb was another, did you know Cobb? What about the Colonel and Fotheringay?
    Number 2 said Chambers talked, there I go using his name again, the trouble is I don’t know what number they issued him with. But I do know he talked, you talked didn’t you Number 42? In fact you told them everything the doctor wanted to know, trouble is he thought you were disinclined to go further, he thought you knew more than you actually did. And by the time the doctor discovered that fact, well it was too late.....for you. Mind you it could have been worse, you could have been one of the doctor’s real failures, and been buried where no-one would find the grave. But then what is worse than death, perhaps a living death, as a brainwashed imbecile. Do you know that just might have seen you co-opted onto the local Town Council, if they hadn’t dispensed with democracy in The Village!


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Monday, 30 October 2017

Village Life!

    “They’ll be in need of that!”
    “Who will?”
    “Those people who will try and fathom the depths of ‘the Prisoner.”
    “Why should they do that?”
    “Because they must, they’ll not be able to stop themselves. But with Speed Learn and a three year course in three minutes, they’ll know as much as I do about it!”
    “That’s not saying much!”
    “I know what happens to you in the end.”
    “Only because you’ve read the script! But tell me, do I die in a desperate attempt to save the Professor, or is it merely an act of suicide?”
    “You see, you need a dose of Speed Learn yourself!”
    “I was asking a question.”
    “Well ask me another.”
    “Can I trust you?”
    “Can I trust you?”
    “Is that the way it’s going to be?”
    “What do you mean?”
    “Avoiding the question?”
    “It’s not for me to answer questions, but for people to make up their own minds.”

    “So who is Number One?”
    “Who do you think?”
    “It wouldn’t be you would it?”
    “Now who’s asking the questions?”
    “I could always ask the General.”
    “The trouble with the General is, it has to be programmed with the answer before it gives it!”
    “So what’s the answer?”
    “Speed Learn, a three year course in three minutes!”
    “Who will write up the lectures?”
   “I know a chap who could.”
   “Who?”
   “Divad Nospmits.”
   “Sounds like a Russian dissident!”

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A Favourite Scene in Many Happy Returns

   Number 6 having jumped out of the back of a moving vehicle finds him sprawled out in the road in Park Lane, lucky not to have been run over! He crosses the road and eventually finds himself at Marble Arch.
    “Hold it!” a voice is heard to say.
    Our friend Number 6 spins round, perhaps thinking that the game is up for him. But it’s only some chap taking a photograph of his daughter in front of the Royal Artillery Memorial. This in much the same way Number 6 went about taking photographs of The Village!
   Now back in London Number 6 seems subdued, almost as though he can hardly believe he’s actually there. Perhaps it all seems a little unreal to him after being away so long, certainly
London would be a noisy place after the peaceful atmosphere of The Village!


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The Prisoner

    “That’s what the theme of The Prisoner is, the individual in revolt against bureaucracy. That sort of rebellion is in everyone, isn’t it, in one way or another?”  {Alex Cox “I Am Not A Number – Decoding The Prisoner”}
   Is it, or is it simpler than that? Not so much one man’s revolt against bureaucracy, perhaps it’s more to do with his anger at having been abducted from his home, and imprisoned in The Village. His fight against the bureaucratic administration is a fight against those behind his abduction. After all in his previous employment ZM73 was part of a bureaucratic system. Yes from which he resigned, but he hardly rebelled, he might just have become fed up, disillusioned even by the kind of work he was doing. And was going to find some peace of mind!  That hardly makes him an individual in revolt against bureaucracy.


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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Tea Break Teaser

  Who in ‘Free For All’ is 6h?


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The Therapy Zone

    ‘The Prisoner,’ action, adventure, with danger lurking in every episode. A man abducted to The Village.......The Village? Whatever do they want? Information, information, and by hook or by crook they will get it you know. Look at the way Number 2 got the Prisoner to give up the time of his birth, clever aren’t they, damned clever!
   We don’t know the Prisoner’s name, but then we don’t really need to, he’s Number 6, and as we know names are not used in The Village. Where is The Village, that’s not important, nor is the identity of Number 1 or Number 2 for that matter. It doesn’t matter which side runs The Village, because Number 6 is going to be betrayed by those he worked for and with, beginning with Cobb and possibly ending with Sir Charles Portland, but if not then most certainly by another third Colonel!
    The Prisoner tries to escape, well who wouldn’t, but that was a nasty experience with the Guardian, and it’s not everyone who can pilot a helicopter. So really Number 6 has more ways to try and escape than most. Not that that matters, because he failed anyway! But that won’t deter our old friend Number 6, I say old friend because that’s just what he is. I and many like me have been watching Number 6’s adventures for the past 50 years, and we still marvel at them. Even if we already know the plan behind ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ is a put up job. I know that Nadia {that probably is her name because spies and secret agents usually use their own first names, it stops mistakes being made on their part} betrayed Number 6, but I cannot help but like her. I like Number 2 as well, he has an infectious laugh, especially during ‘Fall Out.’
    One extremely un-likable chap is ‘A,’ he used to be on the same side as ZM73 {for want of a better name} they used to be friends once, they do the same job, but on opposite sides. And he’s not above a little kidnapping, driving ZM73 into the night! So then he went and resigned and ‘A’ though of kidnapping his opposite number, little good it did him. Now he’s on a permanent holiday wondering what to do with himself.
    Number 6 attempts a few escapes, but none as dramatic as when he’s overpowered by two motor mechanics, and is escaping in a jet boat. It’s really like the time when the Prisoner overpowered two men and went driving off in a Mini-Moke. Only this time it’s on water, and a helicopter is giving chase, its action with a capital ‘A.’
    ‘Many Happy Returns’ is pure adventure with bouts of action thrown in. The same can be said of ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ ‘Living In Harmony, and most certainly ‘The Girl Who Was Death.’
   Espionage, intrigue, acts of sabotage, action, adventure, and high drama ‘the Prisoner’ has it all. There’s conflict too, all good drama has conflict, not conflict between Number 6 and Number 1, but between Number 2 and Number 6. Because as far as the viewer is concerned Number 2 is the main protagonist, not Number 1 who is merely a voice we do not hear on the other end of a, more often than not, red telephone. And really we cannot be sure that that’s Number 1, only someone who is superior to Number 2, who we imagine to be Number 1.
    The conclusion to ‘the Prisoner’ is pretty dramatic, and seemingly final as that rocket blasts off out of its underground silo. It looks like some Doomsday device, but it’s not a missile, it’s meant to be a rocket capable of carrying up to four people in suspended animation. For many ‘Fall Out’ might well be an allegorical ending. But for me it seems there’s been a falling out amongst old friends, which leads to violent and bloody revolution, well violent at least, that amounts to action, adventure, escape James Bond John Drake style.....well it is to me, and has been for many years now.


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                 “You ain’t seen me, right!”
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All Art Sea With Gunter And Ernst!

    “You know me Ernest, I’m one for a life at sea.”
   “I know Gunter, we’ve served on several ships together.”
   “We’ve known storms and danger, we’ve even been shipwrecked together.”
   “I know me’ old shipmate, we’ve had our adventures together.”
   “But then we got into smuggling, that was an adventure.”
   “And profitable.”
   “And not without its dangers.”
   “The revenue men!”
   “There was that time on the Cornish coast.”
   “That was a close one!”
   “But now, we’re gun running!”
   “What are you getting at?”
   “Well if that’s the best food you can serve up I don’t think much to it!”
   “I know we’ve not done too well out of this latest enterprise.....”
   “Not done well, it’s certainly not profitable.”
   “I know, it is pretty disgusting, eating cold baked beans, cold corned beef out of tins, but there’s tinned pears for desert!”  
   “Gunter have we really been reduced to this?”
   “What?”
   “We come across an unconscious man on a raft, rob him of his provisions, and you dump the body in the water.”
   “He was dead!”
   “Have we really sunk this low?”
   “You speak for yourself, I’m a Celtic supporter!”
   “And they play
Dunfermline on Saturday. Look pass those baked beans over here.”
    “Just a minute, can you smell smoke?.......”


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Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Pri50ner: As Good Today As It’s Always Been

    What was it the President told the Prisoner-No.6? “Remember us, don’t forget us, keep us in mind.” That could so easily be addressed to those who were watching, the television viewers themselves. Because ‘the Prisoner’ enjoyed the most powerful and dramatic opening sequence of its day, and the television viewer was captivated from that first clash of thunder as dark clouds gathered over a long and deserted runway. At least I was. ‘The Prisoner’ stays with you, fixed in the mind, and with the occasional screening is indelibly imprinted onto the cortex of the brain, rather like the Professor’s lectures in the Speedlearn educational experiment in ‘The General.’ The series has continued to withstand the test of time because at the time, it was ahead of its time. But now time has not only caught the series up, but has over taken it, not that that makes it less relevant today. And in that time much of what ‘the Prisoner’ predicted has come to fruition. The credit card, surveillance, Britain has the most surveillance cameras of all the countries in the world. Cordless telephones have become the norm in recent decades, and the reliance on technology has grown and grown, despite Patrick McGoohan’s warning that man should slow down, and consolidate, rather than pursue greater technology. Hence the Penny Farthing bicycle seen in the series, and used as a symbol to indicate man is moving too quickly, and a warning which went unheeded.
    ‘The Prisoner’ has endured despite its flaws and imperfections. For example, what a pity that when the idea occurred to change the dark blazer worn by Curtis in ‘The Schizoid Man’ for a cream coloured one, they didn’t bother to alter the script as well. Number 24 took several Polaroid pictures of Number 6. She was practicing for the photographic competition at The Village Festival in a month’s time. It was such a Polaroid image which Number 6 {Curtis} produced from the breast pocket of his blazer in order to prove his identity as Number 6. Number 6 snatched the picture and studied it. I’ve never realized why Number 6 didn’t pick up on the evidence of that Polaroid picture when it was in his hand, and right under his very nose. Instead of proving that Curtis was Number 6, it should actually have disproved his identity! Why? Because in the Polaroid picture Number 6 is wearing a dark piped blazer, while Number 6 {Curtis} is always seen to be wearing a cream blazer! Had they not decided to change the colour of one blazer, on the grounds that otherwise the television viewer at the time would find ‘The Schizoid Man’ too complicated, then there would not be the inaccuracy in the episode. I have always been of the opinion that Patrick McGoohan seriously misjudged the mentality of the television viewer of the 1960’s. In fact had both Number 6’s been wearing identical piped blazers, the identity of the real Number 6 would not have been revealed until the very end of the episode. “Susan died a year ago Number Six!”
    A few months ago I encountered another fan of ‘the Prisoner,’ he was a complete stranger to me, and me to him, but we shared an affiliation and that made us instant friends. We still meet up occasionally and chat about ‘the Prisoner.’ I remember I asked him what his favourite episode was, he said “Fall Out.” My two favourite episodes are ‘Arrival’ and ‘Checkmate.’ I said. Then I asked him what his least favourite episode was? He said can you have a least favourite episode? I smiled, and said yes you can, and in my book that’s Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.’ There are more holes in that episode than there are in a wedge of Swiss cheese, from the need for a “reversal process” of Doctor Seltzman’s mind transference technique, to the moment when Number 6 wakes up and instantly knows who the Colonel is! 
And yet, for all its discrepancies, because a bad script was turned in to an incomprehensibly terrible script, then made even worse by Patrick McGoohan’s editing of the episode, ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ does have one redeeming quality, its unique incidental soundtrack music. The change in tempo as the Colonel arrives at The Village by helicopter. And the instrumental use of a traditional Scottish folk song, “My Bonnie lies over the ocean, my Bonnie lies over the sea, my Bonnie lies over the ocean, oh bring back my Bonnie to me” which refers to “Bonnie Prince Charlie” – Charles Edward Stuart after the defeat of the Prince at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and his subsequent exile. But in this instance, as far as ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ is concerned, the word Bonnie can be exchanged for “body.” “My body lies over the ocean, my body lies over the sea, my body lies over the ocean, oh bring back my body to me” referring to the Colonel’s body then occupied by Number 6’s mind, somewhere across the sea! And the use of the theme music again as the Colonel drives off in the Lotus 7. It’s dramatic, powerful, to say that the Prisoner, although his mind is wrongly housed in the Colonel’s body, he’s going to sort this situation out. “Get me Sir Charles………….I said get me Sir Charles Portland at once!”
   And then there’s the reluctance to use Number 6’s name amongst friends and ex-colleagues, even between lovers. Schmitt, Duval, XO4, D6, ZM73, PR12, and XB4 but at least we know who XB4 is, Potter by name! And Jonathon Peregrine Danvers, born in Bootle, and apparently not at all important as he doesn’t require a code name! And then there is the use of a different musical arrangement of the original theme music as the Colonel, having collected the photographic slides from the World Camera shop, drives through the streets of London to his home. Followed, not only by the undertakers in a hearse, but also by Potter XB4, to Buckingham Place. But with Patrick McGoohan, and not Nigel Stock, seen behind the wheel of the Lotus 7. It’s like watching the Prisoner returning home after having handed in his letter of resignation. Such is the use of, or reliance upon, film stock footage in certain later episodes. There seems to be an aversion throughout ‘the Prisoner,’ to use the Prisoner’s name, to the point of going out of their way not to use it. Even in ‘Many Happy Returns’ the Colonel calls his ex-colleague Number 6! Perhaps because the Prisoner is supposed to be “Everyman,” well he’s certainly an extraordinary man. Number 2 in ‘A B And C’ said he sometimes thinks Number 6 is not human! But to my mind, he will always be ‘Danger Man’s’ John Drake, my boyhood hero.
   The Prisoner’ has withstood the passage of time, and even after 50 years there still remains a mystique about it. There aren’t many television series of which can be said the same. Devotees of ‘the Prisoner’ will say that we know hardly anything about Number 6. But we know even less about the diminutive
Butler, who is an even more enigmatic character than Number 6. Also a white meteorological balloon became intrinsic to the series, appearing in 8 of the seventeen episodes, as well as in the opening sequence and after the closing credits. Symbolically The Village Guardian has been described as representing ones own fears. When someone is confronted by the Guardian they are being confronted by their own fear. On a physical level some devotees think the Guardian is a “thing” from another World, if so, that would make it just as much a prisoner as anyone in The Village! Personally I like to think of the white membranic Guardian as having been genetically engineered. Possibly “it” began life as membrane grown in a Petri dish by biologists and scientists in some laboratory somewhere in The Village. But I expect the smart money is on the Guardian simply being a meteorological weather balloon, which makes for a far superior Guardian than the original,
 which was to have been a Go-Kart with a fibreglass dome fitted with a blue light. One idea for ‘Rover’ as Number 6 once called it, was that it would have the capability of absorbing its victims, with the white membrane changing colour, taking on a reddish hue caused by the absorption of its’ victims blood. But that effect was deemed to be too frightful for the television viewer of the 1960’s.
     ‘The Prisoner’ raised more questions than it answered. Making questions a burden to others, and answers a prison for oneself. The general idea being that you find the answers for yourself, answers that suit you, but which might not suit other fans. As Patrick McGoohan once said, one thousand people can each have a different answer and everyone would be right. What’s more, questions still remain
 about ‘the Prisoner,’ questions which will now most likely never be answered. For example, in ‘It’s Your Funeral’ Number 6 has retrieved the radio detonator for the bomb in the Great Seal of Office from Number 51-the Watchmaker. But standing in his way is Number 100 who is determined to retrieve the detonator from Number 6. There follows a brutal fist-fight between the two men, which ends in Number 6 knocking Number 100 out. So why did the Guardian attack Number 100? Obviously we do not see this in the finished episode, but in ‘Arrival,’ when the young man in a striped jersey and sunglasses is attacked by the Guardian, as he is being suffocated, the scene changes to a man wearing a pink blazer. It is obviously actor Mark Eden as Number 100 wearing the pink blazer. It’s not so much the fact that a good action scene is spoilt by the insertion of a piece unnecessary stock footage film that concerns me, but the question as to why Number 100 would have been attacked by the Guardian in the first place. Especially when you recall how he was involved with ‘Plan Division Q’ and the radicalization of the Watchmaker, which was carried out on the instructions of the interim Number 2.
   Number 2 is another character whose background we know practically nothing about, except we do know the name of one, Mrs. Butterworth. And even if it isn’t her real name, at least it is a name. And that another Number 2 holds a position in the House of Lords, within the Houses of Parliament.
   As to the question of who is Number 1? It’s only Number 6 who concerns himself with that question, perhaps because he’s not an optimist! During ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ Number 2 tells Number 6 that he’s an optimist, that’s why it doesn’t matter who Number 1 is. But persistently during the opening sequence the Prisoner is heard to ask “Who is Number One?” to which Number 2 replies “You are Number 6.” Of course it’s possible to make “You are Number 6” read and sound very differently depending on where you place the emphasis. But that only works after the advent of ‘Fall Out,’ because up until then we don’t know who Number 1 is, even Patrick McGoohan hadn’t decided, before he wrote the script for ‘Fall Out.’ So in Number 2’s reply to who is Number 1, he’s merely telling the Prisoner he’s Number 6. I suppose it’s all a question of interpretation, and much within ‘the Prisoner’ series is open to personal interpretation, or at times, misinterpretation. For example, when during the opening sequence of ‘the Prisoner,’ a man parks his Lotus Seven in an underground car park. Alighting from the car, he strides out and goes through a pair of doors marked 'Way Out.' This action has been interpreted by many fans of the Prisoner as demonstrating his rebellious nature by entering a building via the 'Way Out.' But the reality of the situation is, that the man is not entering a building, but is leaving the underground car park via the 'Way Out.’ If it was otherwise, the words ‘Way Out’ would be on the opposite side 
of the doors.
   ‘The Prisoner’ is a remarkable television series which many enthusiasts describe as being a work of art. It is also a window through which one can observe Portmerion as it was in the 1960’s, because in more recent years the Italianate village has changed, it has lost that “lived-in” look it once had.  Also Patrick McGoohan said of ‘the Prisoner’ that it was never meant as a children’s television series, and yet the author of this essay was twelve when he first watched it, and many of my contemporary fans were about that same age, possibly even younger. And yet for an adult series there is much childishness in it. So is it any wonder that ‘the Prisoner’ captivated the imagination of so many children, not only at the time, but also over the subsequent years and decades. That having been the case, Patrick McGoohan seems to have been the Pied Piper of his time. He called the tune, and we danced, not quite a “Dance of The Dead,” but as children we followed. He may not have taken us body and soul, but he influenced our minds, The Village Administration would have been proud of him! However it could be said he gave us something in return, in showing what it is to be an individual. To question, and not simply accept things as they are, not simply in regard to ‘the Prisoner,’ but more importantly in life. But perhaps the series is better viewed through the eyes and mind of a child. I was once told by someone, that after watching ‘the Prisoner’ for the very first time and in the company of her son, and later meeting other people who had seen ‘the Prisoner,’ she couldn’t understand what their problem was. Why they couldn’t understand the series, why they were looking for explanations, not to mention those so termed “hidden meanings.” She thought the reason why children get on so well with ‘the Prisoner,’ was that they do not expect to understand every detail, that they merely follow the story. She firmly believes that she was helped by watching ‘the Prisoner’ through her child’s eyes. It would seem that as adults we tend to overcomplicate ‘the Prisoner,’ looking to give questions complicated answers, when a far simpler reasoning can be applied. But in time all good things must come to an end. And so it is ‘Fall Out.’
   ‘Fall Out’ not from nuclear blast, although a rocket is involved, but a falling out of former friends. Such as Number 48 who had been with them, but then he went and gone, put on trial for representing rebellious youth. Rebelling against nothing it can define. And a “late” Number 2, who apparently died, but who they couldn’t even let rest in peace! And the former Number 6 is forced to witness these two trials. But at least they are allowed to state their case and address the Assembly, unlike Number 6. The delegates of the Assembly, each representative of different sections of society, are not prepared to listen to one single word Number 6 has to say. But they applaud his private war which is pure, for he has vindicated the right of the individual to be individual. High praise indeed. Besides that, he’s been given the key to his house, which has been prepared for him, as well as his car. A passport valid for anywhere, travellers cheques a million, and a leather string purse of petty cash. So now its come down to bribery has it? But in any case Number 6 has achieved  the right to meet Number 1 who turns out to be himself. Number 6 has been his own worst enemy all the time, although I personally suspect this only came about when Patrick McGoohan made himself Number 1, when he wrote the script for ‘Fall out.’ Up until then he had not decided who Number 1 would be. On the other hand, Number 1 might be the former Number 12-Curtis who hadn’t died that night in ‘The Schizoid Man,’ but had been kept “on ice” in the hospital. And now forced to impersonate Number 6 for a second time, well, it probably tilted his brain. No wonder he went berserk during that confrontation in the rocket! But that is a personal interpretation, everything in ‘the Prisoner’ is open to interpretation. However I disagree with what Patrick McGoohan said about ‘Fall Out.’ Yes it might be an allegory as he said, but that only means it’s a story or tale. He also said, he didn’t want to give ‘the Prisoner’ a James Bond style of ending. But action-wise that’s just what we did get. The finale to the series has all the qualities of a James Bond ending. Number 1 the villain in his lair, The Village, there’s a vicious fire-fight in which even the Butler gets stuck in, and who at one point can be seen strangling a man to death! The villain despatched to his fate in the rocket. The lair evacuated, there’s death, but no destruction, as The Village is not destroyed, and with the aid of four confederates the hero escapes to return to London. The End! But its not the end, ‘the Prisoner’ has no ending, no proper ending or conclusion as such, only a beginning. For in the Prisoner’s end is his beginning, as his future looks to continue the same as his immediate past.
  

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Village Festival

    As mentioned in ‘The Schizoid Man,’ what must the Village Festival have been like? Well it wasn’t very good for Number 6, to have his identity taken away, and to wake up as someone else, and yet that happened twice to him! But The Village festival, more than a one or two day affair, after all we’re not talking about a village fete. A festival is generally a 3 day event, which probably took place not only in rooms in the Recreation Hall, but on The Village green as well. After all sports were also involved along with the photographic section, because one event Number 24 had not entered was the pole vault event. Mind you she also had her mind reading act, which either took place in the Recreation Hall, or perhaps in a small marquee, and Number 6 may well have assisted Number 24 with her act. Oh but no, he was elsewhere undergoing mind conditioning, and a physical make-over at the time of the festival. So if anyone helped 24, it would be Number 6, meaning Curtis. But of course no-one can say with any certainty, as The Village festival isn’t seen. But at the same time because of that, anyone who suggests anything about the festival activities cannot be wrong!


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               The Prisoner – It’s a living Nightmare!
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A Favourite Scene In It’s Your Funeral

    When the retiring Number 2 is giving his farewell speech, he’s nervous and there comes a point when he has to play for time, because Plan Division Q isn’t going quite according to plan! And the interim Number 2 doesn’t seem to be quite with it, that’s because he has other things on his mind! And then the moment comes when the retiring Number 2 runs out of time, his speech has run out! Then the Great Seal of Office is taken from his shoulders and placed around the new Number 2’s shoulders, now he’s the one who’s nervous. In fact he’s so nervous he cannot get though his speech quick enough, as the bomb hung about his shoulders might be detonated at any moment!
   And so the great day has arrived, in fact it went off better than planned, and perhaps they’ll organize something equally suitable for this new Number 2’s retirement when the day comes. He’s not so cocky now because things have not gone to plan at all, and he having staked his future on the success of Plan Division Q. We do not see this new Number 2 again, either he didn’t have a future, or his day came sooner than he was expecting! But I tell you what he wasn’t expecting, judging by the expression on his face at the end, that helicopter to turn back towards The Village that way it did!


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