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Sunday 22 January 2012

The Therapy Zone

Jekyll – 2007 Series
                      {written in retrospect}

   I have been absolutely captivated by the new BBC television series Jekyll, and tonight I am faced with the final episode. But I will be buying the DVD of the series, you may rely upon that.
   This morning I have been quite taken by a short write up which I came across the 'The Times' television guide 'The Knowledge.'
BBC One, 905pm
   As Steven Moffat's JEYKLL ends, it doesn't become any more comprehensible.
Perhaps supernatural thrillers work best when nobody has a clue what is going on, but it doesn't help when they are incomprehensible and incredibly silly. The wife {Gina Bellman} and her two children have been kidnapped by the nasty American woman, but one or other of the Nesbitt characters will come to the rescue. He may either be the Devil and most powerful creature on the planet or he may be a personification of love. Or both. Or neither. "You think it's over, don't you?" says one of the characters. "You don't even know how it began. Not really. "Never was a truer word spoken."

    Well, the writer of this could almost have been putting pen to paper in regard to the Prisoner and the final episode of Fall Out. And in this regard I have been feeling almost the same about the series of Jekyll as I do about the Prisoner, and in that Jekyll can be seen to have subtle touches of the Prisoner about it. Raising more questions than it puts answers to. I can't wait for the time of Jekyll tonight, in much the same way as I could hardly wait for the next episode of the Prisoner during the original screen 1967-68, and then again 1976-77. I can feel the excitement coursing through my veins now.

Be seeing you.................. won't I boys and girls?................."Daddies home!
                             Are you my daddy?" - Mr.Hyde-Jekyll 2007

Never Never Land
    The definition of "Never never land" is an imaginary and wonderful place, a fantasy land. In the poem the never-Never Country by Henry Lawson {1906}
           "Called the Never-Never, the Maluka loved to say, because they who have loved in it and loved it Never-Never voluntarily leave it."
    And of course the best use is in J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan 1904.
    Wendy: "Where do you live?"
    Peter: "With the lost boys. They are the children who fall out of their prams when the nurse is looking the other way. if they are not claimed in seven days they are sent far away to the Never Land."
   "When Peter Pan was very little he ran away from the human world, and lived with the fairies in the Never Never Land."
    And so it appears that No.2 of Dance of the Dead seems very apt in her costume of Peter Pan, in this 'never-never land' of the village. Although there seems to be nothing very wonderful about it, especially if you are a Prisoner there, left unclaimed, in what appears to be a fantasy land conjured up in the mind of one man, allegorically speaking of course.
   And No.2, her elfin looks complimented by her Peter Pan costume, of a boy who never grew up. Who would sooner run away to live with the fairies, perhaps that is what the Prisoner did. Preferring his fantasy village to that of the real world. Because the situation the Prisoner has found himself in seems like a dream. even though he is described as being mad by No.2, the Prisoner still wished to hold onto his dream. His dream of the village, or the world he dreams of, the world beyond that of the village? Though many of the village's inmates would, like 'Never-Never,' voluntarily leave it.
    Yet there is beauty in the village, attractive girls as in the No.6's personal maid, and the beauty of the village itself, the decorative costumes worn by its citizens, of clowns, mannequins, historical, and figures of the theatre and fancy dress of all kinds. There is the Carnival festivity about the village, as there had previously been with the 'Mardi Gras' atmosphere during the celebrations of 'Speedlearn' of The General, which for No.6 turns into a nightmare trial, and the Carnival atmosphere into a malevolent setting that is the Dance of the Dead.

The village - one man's Utopia, another man's living nightmare!

Be seeing you

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