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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The Therapy Zone

I'm Amazed!
   Sometimes I would despair of the questions asked of the Prisoner in the past, such as; In ‘Free For All’ why did 58 slap No.6 seven times? Because it took that number of slaps to bring No.6 out of his drugged state of mind. It could have been any number of slaps, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16.......... but it just happened to have been seven.
    When do Villagers eat? Anytime they damned well like! At breakfast, lunch time, tea time, and when it's time for dinner.
   Why are animals not allowed? Well "they" wouldn't want any affection shown in The Village would "they" now! Affection towards dumb animals that is. But yet The Village is not devoid of all animals. There are a number of Pigeons, the Village cat, and cows in the field next to the hospital. I mean where do you think the milk comes from?

Taxi!
   I suppose you think that the Village taxis were driven aimlessly around the Italianate Village of Portmeirion just for show. That all day taxi drivers drove round and round the central Piazza just for show. Well you would be wrong. Because when a taxi driver wasn't driving the Prisoner through the Village, or being stolen by No.6, to be followed and likewise by No.8, there was a real purpose for the taxis.
   During the filming of the Prisoner in the September of 1966, guests were still staying at Portmeirion. Guests arriving and leaving, luggage picked up and dropped off. Rooms around the Village being serviced with fresh linen etc, etc, and such work is usually carried out using Portmeirion's own transport. Well if Portmeirion had used their own transport, it would have been a real give away. So what was decided was this, Portmeirion's porters would drive the taxis - Mini-Mokes - and that way guests arriving and leaving Portmeirion could do so safely and undercover via a Village taxi! That way if a taxi was ferrying a guest here or there through the Village while filming of the Prisoner was taking place, no-one would be any the wiser.

Escape Is Not Possible
   Well not by helicopter is shouldn't be! In Arrival when No.6 is attempting to escape the Village by helicopter, the controls of the helicopter are taken over by an operative in the Control Room, and the helicopter with No.6 aboard, is flown back to the Village by remote control. So why then was it possible for Doctor Seltzman to escape by helicopter in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling?’ Oh not to be flown back by remote control, but to have control contact the pilot of the helicopter, and order him to fly the helicopter back to the Village?
   Someone once wrote some years back, that why wasn't the helicopter flown back by remote control in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ and bring doctor Seltzman back in the same way No.6 was stopped escaping in ‘Arrival’ by helicopter? Had the script writers forgotten about the remote control device in the helicopter? Well no they hadn't, because the writer forgets that it wasn't Seltzman who would have been flying that helicopter, but the helicopter pilot, surely!

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