Could they really have trusted No.6 to lead The Village, surely they made a mistake? I mean look what happened when No.6 was elected as the new No.2 in ‘Free For All.’ He hadn't been in office for five minutes before he was trying to organise a mass breakout! He had control, he was immobilising all electronic controls, and told the citizens of The Village that they were "Free, free to go." Of course No.6 was never actually in control, of either The Village, or himself. But it showed just what No.6 would do if given half a chance.
‘Fall Out’ has a number of inconsistencies and logicalities, just like the other 16 episodes which make up the series. So what do they do? They bring back yet another former No.2 who has had direct dealings with No.6, promote him to the Judge, rather theatrical I thought, who would have been well aware of what No.6 is capable of, and after praising him as a man who having revolted. Fought, resisted, held fast, maintained. Destroyed resistance. Overcome coercion. The right of the individual to be individual or person. They applauded his private war, and they conceded that despite material efforts No.6 has survived intact and secure. And after all that remained was recognition of a man, a man of steel. A man who is magnificently equipped to lead them. Well everything the Judge said was correct, but really the President could not have been serious about the offer of ultimate power? I mean when it came to No.6 making a speech to the delegates of the Assembly, a speech by No.6, but for them, the delegates shouted No.6 down at every attempt he made to make his speech! No.48 was allowed to make his point, No.2 was allowed to address the delegates of the Assembly direct, and they listened in absolute quiet. But not so No.6. The delegates were not prepared to sit and listen to the ravings of an egomaniac!
So why should they elect such a man as No.6 to lead them, when they were not even prepared to listen to what the man has to say for himself? They knew what No.6 was like. They knew what No.6 would do if given half a chance, and so given half a chance, No.6 took it!
They faced No.6 with himself, this possibly the final manipulation of No.6, the last throw of the dice to try and break him. If it was, then they failed. No.1, whoever he was, either No.6's alter ego, Curtis of ‘The Schizoid Man,’ or whoever No.1 was, he turned out to be unstable. A laughing maniac, who as soon as he was discovered made for the nearest exit out of the rockets control room, in trying to avoid capture at the hands of No.6. Have you noticed how villains, no matter who they are, that when being pursued have an uncontrollable urge to climb upwards in order to try and avoid capture. Then they made the greatest mistake of all - after the confrontation with No.1, they left No.6 to his own devices in the Control Room, of the rocket, as he set the countdown in motion. Surely security should have been sent to the rockets control room the moment the Judge thought that something was wrong, when he could not make contact with control. Security would then have overpowered No.6, and what then follows would have been avoided. The launching of the rocket with No.1 still aboard.
It is believed by many that the village was destroyed in ‘Fall Out,’ hence the title of the episode and the use of the rocket, which many see as being a nuclear missile. But the title of the episode is ‘Fall Out,’ not ‘Fallout’ as in nuclear fallout. I don't think the rocket destroyed the village, and there is no evidence to suggest as much, and certainly not by the rocket which was launched away from the village. In fact I don't think the village was destroyed at all, evacuated yes, but not destroyed. All No.6 did was rid The Village of No.1, Curtis, his alter ego, or whoever, but at the expense of a rocket. Because after all the rocket was not a missile, but a rocket which would have carried three individuals. There were three 'Orbit Tubes,' one for 48, one for 2, and one which remained unmarked, but which I believe was meant for No.6. Which leaves one unnoticed and un-asked question, if things had not gone the way they did, and that 'Orbit Tube' was meant for No.6, what might their destination have been aboard that rocket? What destiny might have awaited them?
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