Thursday, 19 May 2011
The Affair Of The Bruised Fingernail!
Now below is one of those Polaroid pictures No.24 took of No.6 in his cotttage. This Polaroid was later taken from No.6's cottage and given to Curtis, who later produced it in No.2's office of the Green Dome, after No.6 attempted to prove that he was the original, and Curtis
In No.2's office No.6 snatches the Polaroid out of the hand of Curtis and studies it. He studies it again much closer in the confines of his cottage one evening, and he still cannot see it! Oh he spots the day-date calendar in the background, showing the date Feb 10th. He compares the bruised fingernail in the Polaroid, the bruising at the base of the nail, with that of his own with the bruising now half-way up the fingernail. But he fails to spot the blindingly obvious.............the black piped balzer! The thing is you see, originally both No.6's in the episode of The Schizoid Man were to have worn identical black blazers. However that was changed on the belief that it would make it far too difficult for the television viewer at the time, to tell the difference between the two No.6's. And that's why the episode doesn't quite work after the change of blazer was made. It would have been much better to have kept both 6's dressed identically. What's more, I think it was rather presumptous of McGoohan and his production team to presume the intelligence of the television viewer of the day, back in 1967. BCNU