are a number of contradictions regarding a new arrival in the village, that of
No.8-Nadia Rakovsky. No.2 told No.6 that she had been brought to the
because of nervous tension, saying she’s there for recuperation. And yet when
Number 6 had taken her to the door of the Green Dome, she muttered to herself
"I didn't think it would be like this." Didn’t think it would be like
what? What did she expect it would be like, more to the point why should she
wonder what it would be like in the village? Unless of course No.2’s original
story had been true. But then she did tell No.6 all she had done was resign.
Ah, that was clever, No.8 telling him that, she hoped to play on his
sympathies, seeing as she’s in the village for the same reason as he, for
resigning her job. But No.6 has no sympathy for anyone, he trusts no-one. But
No.8 is just as bad, she thinks No.2 is a very charming man, and would have
thought his assistant to be the same. What about No.8? She is a very charming,
and attractive woman. It’s no wonder that she appears most as The Tally Ho
Pin-Up. It had been a long lunch, almost all day as it goes, seeing as No.8 was
just in time to share a nightcap with No.6. No doubt during that long lunch
No.8 briefed Nadia about The Village, about the Guardian. But I shouldn’t think
that any amount of briefing about that white amorphous thing, could prepare her
for what she would experience. Being half drowned in a whirlpool, or maelstrom
created by a creature created purely out of membrane. I wouldn’t say half
suffocated because she wasn’t, not in the same way as No.6 in a similar scene.
But all the same it must have been a nasty experience for her. And there’s no
point trying to fight the Guardian, because it has properties of a balloon, in
that it offers no resistance! One thin though, it takes not one but three
Guardians to bring a body back to shore.
But how exactly does it do that? There
is no actual contact between body and Guardian. It has no physical extremities
with which to grasp said body. Presumably it emits some kind magnetic field, or stabilizing
force to do with linear graviton, in ‘Star Trek’ they call it a tractor beam.
The mechanical Rover MK1 had something more akin to a Tractor beam, a
paralyzing blue light which held anyone attempting to escape, and could even
absorb its prey into the machine!
The last we see of the Guardian is in ‘Fall
Out,’ when it appears to be dying a death after the rocket has blasted off. And
yet the brief scene does suggest Rover existing on some alien plant, the
of which looks distinctly uninhabitable! Hot and steamy, could be an asteroid.
And yet here on planet Earth, the Guardian exists at the bottom of the sea. So
I think it logical to suggest that the ‘mother Guardian,’ of which we see but
segments, would have survived. It makes me wonder if the Supervisor, whoever
that is at the time, during the evacuation of the village made sure that the
Guardian was completely deactivated. On the other hand, perhaps it would have
been prudent to leave a segment activated, to set a sentinel, a guardian! M.R.
James was good at setting guardians, in his story ‘A Warning To The Curious,’
the guardian is one William Agar, even after his death his ghost protected the
last of the three crowns said to guard the realm in times of trouble. In ‘The
Treasure of Abbot Thomas’ the guardian set to protect a hoard of gold is a
thing of slime. So it stands to reason that the powers that be would not leave
the abandoned village unprotected. Its secrets must surely be protected against
any probable intruder.
And yet there are those who would
have it that the village is destroyed by the rocket! I don’t see it, because
the village is still there long after the rocket has blasted out of its silo,
so where is the village destroyed? Besides the rocket isn’t a ballistic
missile, because it’s set to carry four people to where…….to where? We do know?
It is reasonable to think to a place somewhere beyond the Earth, perhaps to
that uninhabitable place where we see the Guardian. The whole Earth as the
village, and the village an experiment conducted by the Guardian towards that
aim. An alien life form dedicated to ruling the Earth but through humans.
Perhaps in that cave in ‘Free For All’ we witness human’s undergoing some kind
of indoctrination by the Guardian. See how it pulsates and glows. See the four
men’s attitude toward No.6 when he enters the cave, they restrain him, stopping
any possible harm coming to the Guardian. Funny though,the four men in the
picture are dressed in overalls like the aliens in ‘The Invaders,’