Pictured here are the ex-Admiral and another citizen who together have built the model of a fort or fortifications in the sand on the beach. They also have a plastic toy boat. On the face of it, it could be said that these two elderly gentlemen are simply playing, with the onslaught of second childishness. On the other hand it might be said that they are re-enacting a royal navy attack in a French sea port during WWII. And yet this could be a clever deception for the benefit of the Observers, as it could be that they are modelling out an escape plan. But even better than that, they could be enacting Number 6’s escape plan. The fortification in the sand represents The Village. The plastic toy boat represents the vessel which will hopefully be brought to The Village by the planned distress call to be made by Number 6, together with the automatic distress signal transmitted by the Rook. Once the vessel arrives at The Village, they board the ship and escape. Overpowering the crew if necessary!
Footnote: In the background, an upside down umbrella drifting along in the water. Has someone simply lost it? Has someone been attacked by the Guardian, their umbrella left to drift away on the water? Or is this another clever plan by person or persons unknown to try and get a message out of The Village into the outside world under the nose of the Observers?
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In one of Philip K. Dick's novels there is a guy who solves crossword puzzles. Unaware that he, in - perhaps a different - reality, is a (if I'm not mistaken) nuclear scientist. Thus, the crossword puzzles serve as a disguise and a protection of some kind. In "Arrival" we can see several Villagers enjoying hide-and-seek games or catch-me-if-you-can on the Stone Boat, in "Checkmate we have the two mentioned above. Couldn't it be they've been treated some way to eventually disclose in a playful manner what secrets there are in their heads? - BCNU!ReplyDelete
An interesting comment. I hadn't thought of those aboard the Stone boat as playing games, other than simply clambouring about the boat.
Its always possible that the ex-Admiral and his friend have been treated in some way to disclose, in a playful way, the manner of secrets inside their head. But personally I prefer the idea that the ex-Admiral and his friend have reached the stage of second childishess as in the seven ages of man, seen playing sandcastles and with a plastic boat.
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Agree all in all. On the surface, what could be more innocent than people bathing in the sun or building sand castles. Just for thought of it and to play with. And it would be in coincidence with the notion of the Village as a surreal entity, in some way or the other. We've discussed such issues. It would also lift "our" Prisoner into the realm, virtual reality, covered by the P09 wouldn't it. - BCNU!ReplyDelete
I shopuldn't care to think of 'the Prisoner' in terms of virtual reality, but with one exception the episode of 'Living In Harmony.'
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