Two "You love The Village."
Six "No, I want to escape!"
"Were all pawns me dear" so says No.66, and that remark is as true today in this series as it was back then in the original. 147 is a pawn in Two's game. Two gives 147 the task of anointing Six, when the appropriate times comes, Two knows that 147 trusts Six, likes six and that the people will follow 147, well why shouldn't they? So Six is called upon by 147, for six is the One, as being the Villages, and everyone in it, their salvation.
In Checkmate Two's own story is building to a climax, through the guilt of what he has done within his family, within the regime of The Village, and the sense of his own failure. Two set out to create a certain kind of thing. He looks at what he got, and he doubts himself. I'm sure that Two set out with many good intentions, just as the new two intends to do. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. An original "good intention" of Two's was to give himself and his wife Helen a son. But he turned out to be a homosexual, murderer, with matricidal tendencies!
I never realised it before, but everyone in the Village was brought there. Well everyone bar 11-12, who was created by his mother! When 11-12 realises the nature of the Village, and his own part in it he kills himself. That has an impact on Two. Two brings the two things together, his own guilt of his son, and the need to assimilate six. And in that he sees the ultimate challenge. What if Two gives Six the Village? And as long as Six can not refuse, in that acceptance, there lies escape for Two. two had been carrying that live hand grenade around with his all through the series, and what a way to go! But then it's easy to have a live grenade in your mouth, to pull the pin, because you know all you can do is suffer a Village death!
Six is a man who fought the very idea of The Village, and hated the nature of being a Prisoner. But in the end Six allows himself to be assimilated. He accepts The Village, and becomes the King of the prison. Because Six had told the populous a thousand times, that everyone in The Village is a prisoner, and he was right!
In the Village everything eaten by villagers is in a wrap albeit a pork wrap, beef noodle wrap, warm feta salad wrap, or for desert fig and honey wrap. And yet in Arrival it can be clearly seen that 11-12 is eating caviar on a wafer, and that is what two has for his lunch as well, not caviar in a wrap!
In Anvil 1,100 is sent away to the tunnels, the Therapy Zone, for treatment. Oh the look upon Two's face as 1,100 licks her ice cream. But if 1,100 is only then being sent to the tunnels for treatment, why is it then............that when Six goes to the tunnels to find 313, earlier in the episode, that 1,100 is already there, and by the look of her, 1,100 has been there for quite some time already!
You see THEPRIS6
NER isn't quite as cut and dried as Bill Gallagher, and the production team would have you believe at the end of the series.
It seems to me that Six is not the problem, but the solution! And that "talk therapy," that's just a lot of psychiatric mumbo jumbo isn't it? Certainly Two doesn't believe in it, it's just important that Six believes.......what is it Two said "A man with nothing to hide, has nothing to find." I like the scene in the desert during the episode Harmony when Six is tied to the stake........Two taunting him with a canteen of water.........then putting a hand grenade in Six's gaping mouth, finally to pull the pin and calmly step back........BANG! The grenade explodes, and Six wakes up. Originally I thought Six was blown to bloody bits, scattered all about the desert. But then that would have been the end of the series, and besides which no-one can die in a dream!
It was interesting for me to note a comparison between Six and No.6. No.6 created an abstract sculpture for the Arts & Crafts Exhibition in the episode The Chimes of Big Ben, and called it Escape. And for No.6, his abstract sculpture represented escape, for when the pieces of the sculpture were put together correctly, they built a boat. Six saw an old ships anchor in the desert. 16 said it was a desert folly, a nothing. But to Six the anchor represents escape!
It was obvious in Anvil, that 909, an Undercover, had been watching Six. Six had become suspect. Well with his behaviour in the episode of Harmony, it's not at all surprising that he was under surveillance.
As for Michael in
, well he resigned because he was an annalist, he had been watching people, writing reports on them and sending them up to the next floor of the Summakor building. But then he found out something, that people were changing, changing from what they had been, to people whom they had become, but too many people changing. These many people, were those broken people who had been taken to the Village to be made better, and then returned to New York . But at the time of course, Michael didn't know this. As for me, I'm off for a two week annual holiday in Escape Resort, curtsey of Two. New York
Breathe in….breathe out….Village life goes on!