Information & Observation
Well its time for another dose of information and observation, and you might be forgiven in thinking that I've nothing better to do than sit here at my desk on a Saturday morning writing this. Well you'd be right, because I'm the only one in the news room this morning, there's no back noise chatter, no churning of the coffee machine, even the water cooler has ceased gurgling. In fact its so quiet here that its quiet enough for a drum solo!
So where do we begin, well what better place than that with Arrival and that wrist watch doubling up for the Electro Pass. There's a date indicated on the dial, 19. Some people think that's the date of Number 6's birthday, which of course it is, but surely not the month of March, but that of September! Well filming began in Portmeirion on
the 5th of September 1966, which means cast and crew would still be there on the 19th.
During the filming at Portmeirion, the village taxis, driven by Hotel porters, were used to ferry guests and their luggage from reception, through the village and down to the hotel. And regarding the fact that the location of the Village, that of Portmeirion in
North Wales, was kept secret until the opening credits of Fall Out, well that would not have been a secret to many. Those guests actually staying at Portmeirion, along with the numerous day visitors.
Three villagers may have the same number 66 in ‘Arrival’ the maid, the Admiral, and the taxi driver who drives Number 6 from the hospital. But have you observed that there are also two Admirals who also share the same number. I bet they thought no one would notice, and who would have the first time around. Oh and the hospital isn't on the Map Of Your Village, probably because its on the outskirts!
In ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ No.2 suggested that No.6 was doing as the caveman did, even though these tools of stone axe and chisel were outside the pale of the law. But surely number 6 would have been better off using flint axe and chisel? After all just because he was known as stone age man, didn't mean he used stone implements, certainly not for chopping, cutting and scraping, he used napped flints!
In the General No.6 was falsely accused of sabotaging the electrics of his cottage. No.12's suggestion of possible punishment could either be imprisonment or a fine, No.6 chose the latter. Well the fine would amount to nothing, and as for imprisonment, well that could only suggest solitary confinement, which is something No.6 might enjoy!
It was an ironic touch by the Colonel of ‘Many Happy Returns’ when their ex-colleague asked about the police road block. "Nothing to do with you my dear fellow, an escaped convict." And before that little scene, there was No.6 asleep in the back of that truck, when suddenly there was the sound of cars and a police siren. Suddenly being awakened from his sleep No.6 is quick to react. He leaps down from his resting place and out of the back of the moving truck, out into the road of moving traffic. Had a bus, taxi or some other vehicle have been travelling close behind No.6 could have been killed. Injured certainly, and that would have meant hospitalization then what of the chances of returning No.6 to the Village, an abduction from the hospital perhaps?
After going to so much time and trouble in conditioning No.6's from being right handed to being left handed, it was so very easy for No.6 to reverse that conditioning. This by earthing himself to the gas pipe and employing a table lamp which was short circuiting. Perhaps the answer is in the voltage!
Strange how during ‘Itis Your Funeral No.6 felt he should intervene in the assassination/execution plot in order to save the citizens from possible future mass reprisals. Because by the time of the episode of ‘A Change of Mind’ No.6 had turned his back on the community! And having later been posted as being Unmutual, the citizens of the community he once saved, turned on him! Although this was by the manipulation of No.2, it was not the cause of No.6 alienating himself from the community the way he had. Birds of a feather might flock together, but here No.6 demonstrates his "lone wolf" mentality.
Each night the good citizens of the village are locked in their cottages and rooms at night. For No.6, as possibly for every citizen, a maid makes No.6 his nightly bedtime night cap of hot chocolate. This is of course drugged providing No.6 with a good nights sleep, and at the same time providing security for the village. But if the citizens are all secured in their rooms and cottages, why was the French door leading out to the small balcony of 6 Private left open? Was this part of some efficiency test set by No.2 to test No.6's efficiency, or that of the village? After all isn't that what No.2 told the observer No.240 "Don't worry my dear, it will test our efficiency." So the fact of the open French door could have been left unlocked quite deliberately.
Anyway that's all this time around. And seeing as how its Saturday there's a football match this afternoon, the Prisoners v the Warders.
Be seeing you