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Saturday 13 August 2011

Of The Village McGoohan Said........

........................'It was trying to destroy the individual by every means possible; trying to break his spirit so that he accepts that he is a number - No.6 - and will live there happily ever after. But he is the one rebel they can't break.'

    Well that's as mayby, but it wasn't long before this rebel made a mistake. Indeed it was during The Chimes of Big Ben that the Prisoner actually admitted to Nadia-No.8 who he was. 'No names. I am Number Six, you are Number Eight.' The Prisoner not only accepted his number, but he told Nadia Rakovski his name Number Six.
   What's more, as No.6 directs the new arrival Nadia Rakovski to the Green Dome, he actually sounds like an old hand in the Village. He seems almost at home, comfortable with his surroundings, and certainly he has cultivated a rapport with No.2, something which should not be possible, something which a quick turn-over in No.2's should prevent. Such a rapport, a liking is demonstrated by No.2 in Once Upon A Time when No.2 said that he was beginning to like No.6. And of course No.6's reaction to No.2's death, by smashing his glass on the floor in anger. Perhaps with hindsight, it might have worked better if No.2 of The Chimes of Big Ben, had not been brought back for Once Upon A Time, someone who had something of a rapport with No.6, might well have proved to have been a weakness.

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