Free for Nothing!
Just what did the village administration achieve with the elections of Free For All? It would appear that the village administration has gone to an awful lot of trouble for the sake of one man, when seemingly it can gain nothing from the venture, and that goes for No.6 as well. A form of stalemate one might presume to say. The only reason they might have had was that of a bribe - work with us, and this could all be yours. But this idea falls flat on it's face within the last moments of the episode, when No.6 has attained the position of No.2, and he tries to organise a mass breakout, yet no-one is taking the slightest notice of him, as the new No.2's voice booms out across the village "You are free, free, free to go. I have command, obey me and be free." so No.6 has nothing to gain, although he does try. He also tries to escape, but the attempt is futile.
The election is rigged, there is no reason for it, because the new No.2 is already ensconced in the village, as a plant - a maid-No.58 assigned to No.6. So all there is to do, is to simply 'play the game.' At the end, No.6 is taught a lesson, that this is only the beginning. That they have many ways and means, but they don't wish to damage him permanently. But surely Free For All was never simply to teach No.6 a lesson! But I hope No.6 was listening, because at least he learned something from this experience.
Free for All may appear to have no reason behind it. It raises many questions, but for all that, it is simply a joy to watch.
We are witness to the
sat behind the wheel of that Scammell Highwayman Transporter as it is driven away during the escape. Now either the foot pedals of brake, clutch, and accelerator have been previously adjusted to suit the Butler . Or square wooden block have been tied to those foot pedals, so that the Butler legs can reach them! Butlers
The Prisoner Is Sweet Enough!
During the Chimes of Big Ben we learn that No.6 does not take sugar, No.2 suggested that he might be afraid of putting on weight. But nor is No.6 afraid of being reduced! Then during a meeting with the Labour Exchange Manager during the election Free For All, we learn from the Labour Exchange mangers ledger that "No.6 gave up sugar on medical advice four years and three months ago. Yet during It's Your Funeral, when No.6 is having coffee with No.50, he helps himself liberally from the sugar bowl!
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