“In ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ we learn at the end that Number Six's British superiors are working for The Village - or at least they were a part of whatever system had incarcerated him. Yet with ‘Many Happy Returns’, we're not so sure. Those British superiors appear authentic, and they seem honestly concerned about what happened to Number Six, well the Colonel perhaps, not so sure about Thorpe! Casual viewers may think that the pilot of the Glotser Meteor jet aircraft, the man who ejects Number Six from the aircraft and back to The Village, was working for the British. But a closer viewing reveals that the airplane pilot first appears in the episode as a Milkman, driving a milk float which bears a sign "Pinta man Is Strong," which of course is a cover. The Milkman is working for The Village, who overcame the Group Captain, taking his clothing, and flew Number Six to The Village.
That is exactly what happened in the original script. In fact, in the original script we are introduced to the character who is going to fly the aircraft, and we are privy to a scene in which the Milkman and this pilot confront each other. If this had been completed according to the original script, we would be in no doubt that the actual airplane pilot was different to the intended pilot. Why would the change have been made in the final version? Perhaps the script was going too long and certain scenes had to be trimmed. More likely - considering the importance of this detail - it was decided to leave the situation ambiguous. Although it is fairly clear that the British superiors weren't in on it this time, although we can't be certain."
No.40 is a doctor who often takes matters into his own hands "If we wait for orders, we'll never get results" he once told a Supervisor. This so called doctor has no ethics, and will stop at nothing to get the result he wants. He took Roland Walter Dutton beyond the limit simply because he didn't believe Dutton had nothing more to tell them. To this doctor Dutton was little more than a piece of meat, which gave him the opportunity to experiment, as he did on No.6. But No.6 was actually saved from the ordeal by No.2's intervention. He did ask No.2 about No.6 at the Ball. No.2 said "We mustn’t spoil him." To which No.40 replied "Unless we must!" And don't be fooled by that Scottish accent of his, this doctor is no better than those who slaved away experimenting on subjects in the German concentration camps of WWII, and the same can be said of the next subject.
Another doctor - No.22, she has just about as many medical ethics as No.40 - none whatsoever! She thinks nothing of proposing a Leucotomy for No.6, to knock out the centres of the brain. At the very least she would like to know what No.6's breaking point is.
No.22 adapts experiments, such as Pavlov's experiments first carried out on dogs and adapts that to the treatment of the Rook. Then one time experiments carried out with Dolphins in regard to Submarine detection, an experiment she had carried out on No.8. If I didn't know better, I would say that this is the male and female equivalent of the same person, so alike as they are in their medical profession. Both demonstrate the same complete disregard for the patient, and think nothing of their treatment, and the experiments which they carry out in the name of science, technology, and the required results.
In ‘The General’ No.6 has found a true conspirator - No.12 of administration. The two of them join ranks, not to escape, but to prevent the citizens of The Village from being brainwashed and manipulated. No.12 is one of the few heroes within The Village, a man of authority who is willing to put his career and possibly his life on the line for a noble cause.
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