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Monday, 25 July 2016
2 And 6!
I bet they said to the first Number 2, his term in office perhaps coming towards a natural end. But before you go just settle in this new arrival in, be-brief him, brief him on The Village, and while you’re at it have a couple of goes at extracting information from him!
The changing of Number 2 in ‘Arrival’ has the effect of disorientating the Prisoner, he doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.
“get him!” the Prisoner tells the man sat behind the desk, not knowing who he is.
“I have taken his place, I am the new Number Two.”
“Get Number One” snaps the Prisoner.
“As far as you are concerned I’m in charge. What can I do for you?”
It appears the Prisoner sees himself as someone of importance, not willing to deal with Number 2, but only with the boss!
And yet this situation of paying Number 2 a visit, and not recognizing the man sat behind the desk is not unique. When Number 6 pays a call on Number 2 in ‘It’s Your Funeral’ he fails to recognize the man who is due to retirement.
“Number Six isn’t it?”
“I want to see Number Two” Number 6 tells him.
“I am Number Two” the man behind the desk informs him.
And yet this situation of paying Number 2 a call, and not recognizing the man, the situation in both cases might be different, but the effect is much the same, Number 6 isn’t sure of the man he’s dealing with!
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