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Tuesday 20 March 2012

The Therapy Zone

You Are Free To Go!

   The President tells Sir during the trials of Fall Out. Why, what has change all of a sudden? Sir may have survived the ultimate test, he may have vindicated the right of the individual to be individual. Over come coercion, held fast, maintained, fought, destroyed and resisted, but what has changed? They still have no idea of why the Prisoner resigned in the first place, a secret which they were so desperate to learn. The Prisoner still has secret information inside his head, and what's more the Prisoner, or Sir as he became known, now knows all about the village! It seems most improbable that 'they' would allow Sir to leave the village, not with the knowledge of the village inside his head. Surely they must recall his intention once he had escaped "I'm going to escape and come back. Come back, wipe this place off the face of the earth, obliterate it and No.2 with it." No, Fall Out is the ultimate manipulation of the Prisoner, and you can see this in the way the Prisoner, even after having been given the title of Sir, that he's edgy, untrusting of the proceedings. No, they could never allow No.6 to go free, and the proof is in that vacant and un-numbered 'Orbit Tube' in the rocket.

Six of The Best

No.6:  "Twelve Sir, so that I can remember!"

    It was during their time in the Embryo Room of Once Upon A Time, that No.6's school days were re-enacted. The pupil was asked to go to the Head Masters study in the morning break. The pupil was accused of speaking in class, something which the pupil denies "Wasn't me Sir."
"Wasn't you. Who was it?" the Head Master asks.
   The pupil refuses to say who it was talking in class, and because the pupil refuses to say who it was, the Head Master sees this as cowardice. But which the pupil tells the Head Master "That's honour Sir. You should teach it!"
   So because he refuses to speak the pupil-No.6 is to be given '6 of the best.' But the pupil wants twelve, twelve so that he may remember! But it is not the Head Master who is to dish out the punishment, but the person of the Butler!
   As the Butler closes the Head Masters study door, he tests the sturdiness of his cane with vigour. You can hear the swish, swish of the cane in the air. So it a question often in my thoughts as I watch this scene. Does the Butler actually carry out the punishment of caning No.6 - Twelve of the best?

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