At the end of the election of ‘Free For All,’ the candidate No.6 was proven to have won the election by a landslide majority. Outside the gathered electorate shouted out for No.2 with great enthusiasm. But when the new No.2 is brought before them, he is treated with much derision. Citizens view the new No.2 with suspicion. This being the case, it makes me wonder why anybody voted for No.6 in the first place!
Well that day after to be exact, when the Prisoner was being discharged from hospital. The prisoner was given a number of cards, all of which were made out in the name of No.6, together with an identification badge bearing the digit "6". So at least we know who the Prisoner is now, he’s Number Six. Before he could have been anyone at all, but someone of importance. Not Bill Stickers the poster man. Nor the milkman, postman, tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, begger man, thief!
Possible Abduction Of No.6!
Whilst out enjoying a quiet country walk, three thugs approached and surrounded No.6, who was at the time keeping himself to himself and at the same time, minding his own business as is his want.
What followed was an uncalled for, brutal and vicious attack on No.6, who gave a good account of himself in the ensuing fight. Why these three men set upon No.6 in such a way is not known. None of the assailants would speak to the members of the press who just happened to be passing by at the time. Needless to say, that it actually took the three ruffians to hold No.6, who continued to struggle against their grasp of him. But it was all to no avail. Even No.6 could not resist their hold upon him, as they hurled him into the back of a waiting taxi with an accomplice at the wheel, which then drove away at speed. This then leaving myself and my photographic colleague No.113b, with a long walk back along the track to the village!
Later I caught up with No.6 in the village at the foot of the stone steps leading up to the Green Dome and asked him what the fight had been all about. No.6 refused to comment on the matter of the vicious and brutal attack upon him with me, and sternly told me to mind my own business as he walked across the road to the General Store.
Further investigations revealed that the fourth man at the wheel of the taxi was none other than No.14, No.2's assistant. I tried to obtain an interview with No.2. But he simply advised me to "keep away from No.6" if I knew what was good for me!
Free For Nothing!
Just what did the Village Administration achieve with the elections of ‘Free For All?’ It would appear that the village administration has gone to an awful lot of trouble for the sake of one man, when seemingly it can gain nothing from the venture, and that goes for No.6 as well. A form of stalemate one might presume to say. The only reason they might have had was that of a bribe - work with us, and this could all be yours. But this idea falls flat on it's face within the last moments of the episode, when No.6 has attained the position of No.2, and he tries to organise a mass breakout, yet no-one is taking the slightest notice of him, as the new No.2's voice booms out across the Village "You are free, free, free to go. I have command, obey me and be free." so No.6 has nothing to gain, although he does try. He also tries to escape, but the attempt is futile.
The election is rigged, there is no reason for it, because the new No.2 is already ensconced in the Village, as a plant - a maid-No.58 assigned to No.6. So all there is to do, is to simply 'play the game.' At the end, No.6 is taught a lesson, that this is only the beginning. That they have many ways and means, but they don't wish to damage him permanently. But surely ‘Free For All’ was never simply to teach No.6 a lesson! But I hope No.6 was listening, because at least he learned something from this experience.
‘Free For All’ may appear to have no reason behind it. It raises many questions, but for all that, it is simply a joy to watch.
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