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Friday 29 April 2016

Quote For The Day

    “Be seeing you.”
    “No, I’ll be seeing you!”

                                   {Number 2 and Number 6 - A B and C}
   And that’s one thing which can not always be guaranteed. You see one particular citizen in The Village in One episode, and never see them again. After all we don’t see the doctor who performs the Prisoner’s medical in ‘Arrival’ again, nor his personal maid Number 66. We do glance the ex-Admiral-Number 66 in later episodes, still sitting at a table on the lawn of the Old People’s home, waiting for a partner to play chess. The Shopkeeper puts in a second appearance in the episode of ‘Checkmate,’ but after that we don’t see him again, I expect he’s not put back on the chessboard like Number 6. But he is replaced by Number 112. Another citizen whom we meet more than once is Number 93, only he wasn’t Number 93 before, he was Number 259 a Guardian. And later he turns up as a delegate on the Assembly. Number 40 in ‘Dance of The Dead,’ we see him only the once, but we do get to meet his female equivalent in Number 23 in ‘Checkmate.’ Seeing as she suggested a leucotomy to be carried out on Number 6, it might be thought we would be seeing her again in ‘a Change of Mind.’ But no, it’s Number 86. The Supervisor-Number 26 we see pretty regularly, while other Supervisors we only get to see the once, and the same could be said of many a Number 2! There are about a handful of ordinary citizens we see from episode to episode, none of them are what you would call prominent, they generally lurk in the background, but sometimes appearing in the foreground when required. While the widow, madam Professor, she is another character we do not see again, but one we can imagine still to live in The Village, leading a solitary life, but a quiet one, filling her daily life with her art seminars. And perhaps Number 14, the chess champion had lost his enthusiasm for the game after the events of ‘Checkmate.’
    The Village is a small enough place, and more likely than not citizens regularly see the same people over and over again, day after day, as is the case in small communities. One can hardly avoid that fact that they’ll be seeing you, and you’ll be seeing them, while the observers see everybody! Which begs the question, where do the people go to we don’t see again?

Be seeing you

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