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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

MindGames!

    No.6’s costume came, he doesn’t get a choice because other people choose, it’s a game people play. It wasn’t anything exotic because it happened to be No.6’s own suit which was specially delivered for the occasion of Carnival. I like to think that it was No. 2 who chose No.6’s own suit for him to wear. No.6 interpreted that as meaning that he is still himself. Well he would have been wouldn’t he, had ‘Dance of The Dead’ retained its original position of 2nd in the screening order! So with the arrival of his own suit, why didn’t No.6 wear it instead of hanging it up in the wardrobe? After all other citizens were out and about wearing their costumes for Carnival. Perhaps No.6 felt more at home in his Village attire. And No.6 was not alone in not having an exotic or garish costume for carnival, the Butler obviously preferred his own clothes to that of dressing up!


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Watching The Prisoner – Free For All

    Continuing the screening of ‘the Prisoner,’ it has been 39 days since No.6 arrived in the village. During that time Cobb, having returned to London as a Civil Servant, has been busy working for his new masters. While in the village several No.2’s would have come and gone, most probably there would have been new arrivals from time to time, builders reconstructing a cottage in readiness for such a new arrival having turned it into a citizen’s home from home. As for No.6, he would have been finding his feet in his new surroundings, perhaps attempting an escape during that time, or having been put through a number of different “ways and means” as No.2 attempted to extract the reason behind his resignation along with other information. And there would be time enough for No.6 to counter No.2’s machinations, or simply to poke his nose into business that was none of his concern. Then again, there must have been times when nothing much happened to No.6 at all during those 39 days, because it’s difficult to think that any incumbent No.2 was brought to the village simply to deal with No.6. And even if he or she were, there would be times when No.6 would have to be given time to recover from any ordeal, and the end of ‘Free For All’ is a good demonstration of this. No.6 having stumbled into a cave is faced with the same two motor mechanics he had encountered during his earlier escape attempt by jet boat. They were allowed to extract their revenge on No.6 in treating the Prisoner like a human punch bag. No.6 still refusing to talk is returned to his cottage on a stretcher, battered and bruised he would presumably have been given time to physically recover before any No.2 would be allowed to put No.6 through another ordeal. Besides which No.2 is Chairman of the village, Chief Administrator and there would be the day to day running of the village to oversee, as well as other such Prisoners to deal with. Roland Walter Dutton for example who according to him had been in the village a couple of months by the time he encounters his old colleague No.6. In my screening order of ‘the Prisoner’ ‘Dance of The Dead’ follows ‘Free For All’ after about another three or four weeks, give or take. Which means Dutton is already in the village by the time of ‘Free For All,’ perhaps his arrival coincided with that of Cobb, Chambers, and even that of No.6!
   Also there would be other business which takes place in the weeks between episodes, such as the acquisition and the implementation of the Seltzman machine which would have to be brought to the village at some point. And the arrival of the ‘Fall out’ rocket transported to the village on the back of the Scammell Highway transporter.
    However for the time being its election time, and No.6 is just the kind of candidate the village needs to stand for election against No.2. What kind of candidate might that be, one who’s outlook is particularly militant and individualistic, and that is demonstrated in No.6’s first electoral speech.
    “I am not a number, I am a person! In some place, at some time, all of you held positions of a secret nature, and had knowledge that was invaluable to an enemy. Like me you are here to have that knowledge protected or extracted. Unlike me, many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment and will die here like rotten cabbages. The rest have gone over to the side of our keepers. Which is which? How many of each, who’s standing beside you now? I intend to discover who are the prisoners and who the warders.”
   And yet later in the episode No.6 conducts a political broadcast on television, “The community can rest assured that their interests are very much my own, and that the security of the citizens will be my primary objective. Be seeing you.”
   No.6 stands looking at himself on television, he seems very pleased with himself, and tells the housemaid No.58 “obey the rules and we’ll take good care of you.” His attitude is assured, he’s positive, and he already begins to sound like No.2, talking about the community’s interests being very much his own, and the security of the citizens being his primary objective. What’s more when has he ever been one for the rules? That doesn’t sound like No.6 at all, must be to do with the brainwashing. Even when he’s floundering in the water having been attacked by the Guardian and half drowned he can’t help himself from spouting that speech “The community can rest assured that their interests are very much my own, and that the security of the citizens will be my primary objective. Be seeing you……be seeing you….!”


Like the man said be seeing you

Monday, 11 November 2019

The Schizoid Man – No.12

    I wonder how Curtis must have been feeling on his first day in the village, possibly like the Colonel did in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ And I imagine in the same way with the Colonel, it was left to No.2 to brief Curtis on his assignment, as in the scene played out between No.2 and No.12 {No.6} that morning of ‘The Schizoid Man.’
   Unlike the Colonel, they had to pull out every string they could to second Curtis back to them in the village. Seconded from where, and had Curtis been in the village before? Certainly No.2 had had previous and personal knowledge of Curtis. The assignment might have begun well for Curtis, and he did seem very much at home as No.6, in fact he made a better No.6 than No.6! But it all ended very badly for Curtis, an agent brought to the village, who was to remain there, buried in the graveyard. It was much the same with the Colonel in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.’ Just as well Susan died a year ago, otherwise there might have been some embarrassing questions asked!


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They Come For You In The night!

    Only in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ they didn’t! Instead of going for No.6 in the night when he’s sedated after drinking his nightcap of hot chocolate, they came early in the morning when hardly anyone was out and about. And it wasn’t three medics who came for No.6, but four security guards and one medic driving the ambulance. Perhaps it was a question of time. Can you imagine the mess and chaos left behind in 6 Private, after four security guards went into the cottage? No.6 would have put up one hell of a struggle, no doubt the cottage was left in a right mess, and things have been overturned, things strewn about as he desperately tried to fight off the four security guards. But they didn’t manage to overpower No.6 because he was still struggling when it took the four guards to manhandle him out of the cottage across the square and put him into the Red Cross trailer. Finally at least one of the guards must have struck No.6 over the head with a truncheon rendering him unconscious, because the medic doesn’t leave the Mini-Moke, into which the four “Snowdrops” clamber before it drives off to the hospital.
   It seems a strange way of going about things, especially when the job could have been made so much easier in the more usual manner. Also this is the first time “Snowdrops” are seen abroad in the village. The only other time they are seen is below ground patrolling the passage ways beneath the village in ‘The General,” and latterly in the cavern during ‘Fall Out.’


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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Village Life!

    “What about those shenanigans yesterday!”
    “You mean at the Appreciation Day ceremony.”
    “I was officiating on the balcony at the time.”
    “I know, I saw you there.”
    “And I saw you.”
    “That was a close call!”
    “You can say that again.”
    “An attempt on Number Two’s life!”
    “A terrorist threat!”
    “The Watchmaker was mad of course!”
    “I was told he had been radicalized!”
    “By whom?”
    “Number 100.”
    “Isn’t that the chap who was suffocated to death by the Guardian?”
    “Yes, he was seen brawling with Number 6.”
    “And the Guardian stepped in.”
    “Yes.”
    “Why would anyone want to kill a likeable chap like Number Two?”
    “I can’t think….but there are several good reasons why anyone would want to blow up the new Number Two!”
    “Yes, but if that bomb had been detonated……”
    “We would have been blown up with it. And there’d have been no-one left to officiate at our funerals!”
    “I heard it was Number 6 who saved the day.”
    “Really, whatever did he do that for I wonder?”
    “There’ll be an enquiry of course.”
    “Why of course? Because officially the attempt on Number 2’s life never happened.”
    “Did my eyes deceive
me.?”
    “How do you mean?”
    “I saw the helicopter taking the retired Number 2 on his way home. But then it turned back towards the village.”
    “You haven’t heard then?”
    “No.”
    “Number 2 came back, he said he would feel safer living out his retirement in the quiet atmosphere of the Old People’s Home.”
    “Thanks to Number 6 we can all look forward to that!”


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A Question of Time!

    In the Control Room it’s a perfectly ordinary shift. The Supervisor maintains order through discipline, the Observers maintain the security and control of the citizens through surveillance. The yellow ‘L’ shaped intercom began to bleep, the Supervisor looked at it before crossing the floor to pick it up.
    “Supervisor…….yes Number 2…….…..Number 6………..well it will be rather late in the morning don’t you think?”
    “Listen the helicopter will be arriving later, and we need Number 6 prepared for a very special operation.”
    “I see.”
    “No you don’t. I want you to send four security officers and a medic to 6 Private as soon as you can, and have Number 6 taken to the hospital before there are too many people about, do you understand?”
    “Yes Number 2, it must be to do with a question of time I suppose.”
    “Question of time, what are you talking about?”
    “Well it’s more usual to remove a subject from his or her cottage in the middle of the night when they are sedated from having drunk their night cap.”
    “Your point being?”
    “Number 6 will be wide awake, he will resist.”
    “That’s why four security guards will be going, they should be enough to subdue him. Then the medic can administer a strong sedative.”
    “Yes sir, but if this had been done during the night………”
    “Are you questioning me?”
    “No Number 2.”
    “When the helicopter is due have a Mini-Moke waiting, and have the Colonel brought to the Green Dome.”
    “Yes Number 2.”
   It was still early in the morning when a white Mini-Moke driven by a hospital orderly with four security guards in grey overalls, white helmets, gloves, boots, and dark glasses each carrying a truncheon. In the cottage there was a right hullabaloo! Furniture and loose items were thrown all about the room as No.6 put up a fight against the four security guards who did eventually half subdue the still struggling No.6 as they manhandled him out of the cottage, to where a medic was waiting to administer an injection to sedate the patient. No.6 was then laid out in the Red Cross trailer and everyone else clamoured into the Mini-Moke which was driven to the hospital and taken to the operating theatre and the Seltzman machine. How the village administration acquired the Seltzman machine in the first place is unknown, but obviously they have had it for quite some time. After all there was already one agent in the amnesia room as having acquired certain information was brought back to the village in order to have that information extracted. I say extracted because before the agent was released back into the outside world, with a mind of their choosing, they erased all unpleasant of the village from his mind. So that when they brought the agent back to the village he had no idea where he was or why he had been brought there. Subsequently he refused to give them the required information, so they had to take it!


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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Who Was That On The Telephono?

    In the Control Room the Supervisor is about to read a birthday greeting to No.6 from No.113, it reads “Warmest greetings on your birthday, may the sun shine on you today and every day.” In his office No.2 is talking to someone on the yellow telephone when his attention is taken away when he hears the Supervisor’s voice over village radio beginning to read that birthday greeting to No.6. He tells the person on the telephone that he’ll call him or her later, and hangs up. So who was No.2 talking to? It’s unlikely to be No.1 because the last time, it was via that red oversized curved telephone when No.1 asked if he wanted any assistance! And I think we can discount No.14. Look at the painful expression on No.2’s face, he might have been talking to someone he felt he could confide in regarding the situation he’s found himself in, the struggle with No.6! So who was it No.2 had been talking to? Because no-one in the village telephones anyone simply to have a nice chat!


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