If we are to believe that No.6 and No.1 are the two different sides of the same persons personality, No.6's alter-ego being No.1, and vice versa. No.1 who No.6 launched in that rocket, to whatever hate might befall him, could No.6 actually survive without that darker side of his nature? What I mean is, look what happened to James T. Kirk that time when there was a cock-up with the
's transporter - in splitting the two sides of Kirk's nature. His "good self" who found it difficult to survive without his "darker side." Enterprise
Of course when No.6 actually gets to meet No.1 - his alter ego, this can only work in allegorical terms, because no-one can actually get to physically meet with his other self, his alter ego. So in actual terms, when No.6 went to meet No.1, he wasn't meeting himself, but someone else entirely - that could only be Curtis of ‘The Schizoid Man!’
The Prisoner - Its A Damned Nightmare!
And it all starts after the Prisoner has handed in his letter of resignation. His abduction followed by two men in black - Undertakers - who having rendered him unconscious, then carry a coffin into his home, and carry it out again with the Prisoner inside. A coffin which they place inside their hearse and calmly drive away.
The village where everyone appears to be happy, citizens who have everything they could wish for, save for their freedom, their individuality, and a name to be called by! The Village - which gives the air of a seaside holiday resort, which hides something dark and dangerous, like the hospital where experiments are carried out on the patients therein. Leucotomies, the isolation of the aggressive frontal lobes are carried out on patients without a qualm. To make nothing of the "aversion therapy" room.
‘Free For All’ has the first No.2 who doesn't care what happens to No.6, or how she goes about getting what she wants ;
"Will you never learn..... this is only the beginning... We have many ways and means but we don't wish to damage you permanently... Are you ready to talk?"
I hate to think what this No.2 puts No.6 though during the following days, probably just was well we do not witness that! But I suppose the darkest time during the nightmare of the Prisoner must surely come with the ‘Dance of the Dead,’ and as the title suggests, it's all about death. The dead body found by No.6 on the beach - the brain dead citizens - the termination order set against Roland Walter Dutton, but in his case death would be a happy release I should think! The use of the dead, first by No.6 as he uses a corpse to send a message to the outside world, and then again by No.2, who sees a massage sent to confirm a known fact, that No.6 has died in an accident at sea. And of course No.6 is sentenced to death at his trial, simply for the possession of a radio! But originally, the script for ‘Dance of the Dead’ called for everyone at the dance to die, save for No.6 who then could be aliened to be death itself!
I can understand the reasoning behind such village slogans as "A still tongue makes a happy life" or Questions are a burden to others, answers a prison for oneself," "Of the people for the people, by the people," that last one borrowed from one of the many Gettysburg addresses, I forget which one for the moment. And as for "A still tongue makes a happy life" I know the origin of this one, but who wrote it and others used in the village is beyond me at the present time. I mean "Questions are a burden to others, answers a prison for oneself", it reads as though they were written by resisting citizens, not of their keepers, or if they were by those who refused to disclose anything about themselves.
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