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Thursday, 19 July 2018

The Prisoner In Lucks Way!

    “Get that man back to the hospital” Number 2 ordered from the gantry level in the Control room. 
    The doctor-Number 40 was under the misapprehension that Number 6 was about to talk. Don’t you believe it, he would have died first! The doctor used Roland Walter Dutton as a communications medium, to try and trick Number 6 in giving Dutton certain information about the files he’d seen, the projects he’d heard of, headings not details. This was under the pretext that there was a security leak, and so the Committee wanted a breakdown on everything they knew, ZM73, Dutton, Arthur, and the Colonel, everybody. But Number 6 wouldn’t talk, not even to Dutton. He told him that he shouldn’t ask him that, and then he passed out!
    It is wondered just how far the good doctor would have gone with Number 6, had Number 2 not intervened on the Prisoner’s behalf, and had he not collapsed the way he did. The doctor-Number 40 might have gone to any lengths with Number 6 to gain the information he was after, just like he did with Dutton. “Everyman has his breaking point” the doctor once said to Number 2. Judging by the state of mind, Dutton was in at the Prisoner’s trial, it would appear that the doctor had reached Dutton’s breaking point!  
    Originally there was to have been a scene in which the doctor-Number 40 was having a grave dug into which was to have been buried one of his failed experiments. Presumably that was to have been another poor Villager the doctor had been trying to extract information from, and had gone beyond some poor wretch’s breaking point, resulting in the death of the subject! It would seem that no matter what the treatment Number 6 is subjected to, throughout the series, he manages to find himself in lucks way!


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One Egg Or Two?

One Egg Or Two?

     On the morning of ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ Number 6 gets out of the wrong side of the bed, because he can make the act of putting on his dressing gown seem an act of defiance! But then on the second morning of ‘Chimes of Big Ben’ Number 6 can be seen and heard in the dinette whistling. Suddenly he’s in a good mood, he’s relaxed, one might say happy. He’s in the process of making his breakfast when Number 8 comes calling, and telling him that she’ll do that, “One egg or two?” she asks “Two” he tells her. Number 8 then puts down a glass of orange juice
    “Yes good morning, you’re early.”
    “I’ll do that…one egg or two?”
    “Two I think.”
    “Here you are.”
    Nadia places a glass of orange juice in front of Number 6.
    “That’s so nice, be seeing you.”
    The question is, what was it that put Number 6 in such a good mood that morning? There can be only one answer, there’s a woman in his life, Nadia! Because she’s suddenly no longer frightened, and she is also very relaxed and smiling! Perhaps they sought comfort from each other. But it must not be forgotten that basically Nadia is nothing more then a honey trap, so it’s no wonder she’s also looking pleased with herself!


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Who’s That On The Telephono?

    “Number Two here………….what sir……….you’re on red…………what colour telephone am I on, well I’m on yellow as it happens…………...why aren’t I on red, well the yellow telephone began to bleep, it was the Supervisor who picked it up…………yes sir, it was the Supervisor who spoke to you a few moments ago, he handed me the yellow telephone…………well generally he’s a very competent and able man, perhaps if you speak to the telephone operator…………well I just thought that if there is a fault it lies with her…………well I appreciate that she’s a good girl…………….but perhaps she…………I was going to say that obviously the telephone operator put your call through to the wrong telephone……………….really sir, a new telephone……………..a ridiculously over-sized, curved, red telephone………….you can’t think of anyone more appropriate to use it………well thank you sir……..well I will sir.”


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Orbit Tubes!

    What did Number 1 want with a rocket? Was this The Village’s shot at the Moon? Number 6 once said he’d like to be the first man on the Moon, it’s a long way to go to find peace and isolation, and the atmosphere’s not much to write home about! But those Orbit tubes they look like a life support mechanism, Orbit 48, Orbit 2, what price Orbit 6? If this was to get rid of three troublemakers, they had enough armed guards to have each one of them put up against a wall and shot! But no, it’s just like Number 1 to have some elaborate plan in mind. Instead of putting them up against a wall, why not put them in a rocket and launch them into space? And so as not to be too cruel, give them all a sporting chance, put them in life support status. That way they would one day wake up from suspended animation somewhere in deep space........if the rocket made it that far. But like all elaborate schemes involving Number 6, it didn’t work! And we all know what happened next.......violent and bloody revolution {you have to imagine the blood} evacuation and escape. Although there were 4 Orbit tubes in the rocket, I can only imagine that one was for Number 1, not that he got to use it sealed in the nose cone.


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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Portmeirion

    I had not realized that the web cams at Portmeirion are now back up and running, a friend of mine sent me the following link a few days ago.

    Technology-wise Portmeirion has caught up with the 21st  century! I have to say it’s nice to see parts of Portmeiron with such clarity, and with a slightly wider scope. And yet, in years gone by Portmeirion was a place where you could go and be completely anonymous. It used to be a place for privacy. After all Edward VIII and Mrs. Wallace Simpson went to stay at Portmeirion in order to get away from the attention they had attracted. That sort of thing could never happen today, because Portmeirion is now open to viewing by anyone anywhere in the world! How ironic that is, when thought of in terms of The Village!

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A Favourite Scene In Checkmate

    “Love? You’re crazy!”
    “Yes about you.”
    “You don’t even know me!”
    “I know how I feel.”
    “Who put you onto this?”
    “Nobody…….how can you doubt me?”
    “It’s easy and I’m waterproof, a slight drizzle won’t wash away my doubts so don’t try.”
    “I only want to be near you.”
    “Everybody’s near in this place, far too near!”
    “Do you think they’ll ever release us?”
    “Let me know, I shan’t be around.”
    “Why do you want to risk your life, we could be happy together.”
    “Really?”
    It’s a nice little scene, but Number 6 has already had one tearful encounter with the maid on the day of his arrival in The Village. He wasn’t fooled then, and he’s not fooled now. He knows that someone put Number 8 up to making her declaration of love. Number 8 doesn’t know Number 6, but if she did, would she like him in her non-drugged state of mind? Number 6 places a good deal on his own company, his privacy, and sees everyone in The Village as being far too near for his comfort. As for Number 8 asking the question “Do you think they’ll ever release us?” The answer is no. They can’t risk letting so many people leave The Village free to talk about their experience! And as for a slight drizzle not washing away his doubts, just watch the following scene, when in the evening Number 8 is happy to make Number 6 his night cap of hot chocolate. By the end of that little scene Number 6 seems to have mellowed towards Number 8. Or is that my imagination?


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60 Second Interview with No.2

    “Why…….why?”
    “Why indeed!”
    “The Speed Learn educational experiment was going so well.”
    “Yes, but did the people want educating?”
    “You’re never too old to learn……who are you?”
    “I am Number One-one-three, and this is my photographic colleague Number One-one-three b, we contribute to The Tally Ho.”
    “Smile” click goes the camera.”
    “I don’t think he feels like smiling. The Professor dead, Number Twelve dead, and the General destroyed, couldn’t get much worse could it. Do you have anything to say?”
    “Why?”
    “Because you underestimated Number Six, that’s why! What will happen to Madam Professor now?”
    “She’ll have to move out of the Manor house, and into smaller accommodation.”
    “And her art seminars?”
    “What about them?”
    “She’ll have to hold them somewhere else.”
    “And you?”
    “Me………….I don’t know.”
    “Madam Professor will blame you for her husband’s death, and Number 1 will blame you for the failure of Speed Learn. You’ll get it in the neck twice!”
    “I know.”
    “I can see the headline now One-one-three b, is Number Two fit for further term?”
    “Smile” click goes the camera.


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