Friday, 17 June 2011
To Whoever May Find This!
In Dance of the Dead, No.6 amends the dead man's wallet, ties the body to a lifebelt, and sets it adrift in the sea, so that it should be picked up by a passing boat or ship. In the previous episode of Many happy Returns, No.6 sets out as navigator in a Gloster Meteor jet, to discover the location of the Village, and has a very precise search area, covering many thousands of miles. But nevertheless, No.6 does navigate the jet aircraft and does find the Village. So it must be that now, at the end of Many Happy Returns, that No.6 knows the precise location, co-ordinates, of the Village. So why is it that only the four points of the compass are marked on the map? Where is the Longitude and latitude? And the name of the Sea, it's not on the map, simply the Sea! So unless the name of the Sea, and the longitude and latitude of the Village is noted down in the acompanying letter, then this map is utterly useles!
When you take into account that the episode Dance of the Dead, was originally to have been much earlier in the acutual screening order of the Prisoner series, placed as the third, or even second episode, then the events of Many Happy Returns will not have taken place. Therefore, when No.6 drew this map, he didn't know the longitude and latitudes co-ordiantes of the Village, let alone what Sea it is. And therefore, in that case, this map is not just utterly useless - it's completely and utterly useless! I'll be seeing you, but perhaps not, if I try to use this map to find you!