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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Quote For The Day

    “What’s it all about?”
                                 {The Prisoner- Arrival}

    Yes what is it all about? It’s about a man in isolation. Well not really, because if he was in isolation he would be all on his own, but as it is he’s in The Village isolated from the rest of the world. He says his life is his own. Well that maybe so, but they seem to know a good deal about it, the only thing they don’t seem to know is the reason behind the Prisoner’s resignation. The Prisoner protested that he would not be pushed, filed, stamped, briefed, de-briefed or numbered, but the thing is, he was.
    There’s something special about Number 6, no extreme measures are to be used against him. Well the 17 episode ordeal looks pretty extreme to me, if it isn’t extreme to take away a man’s identity, to condition him to believe he’s someone else. Fill him full of hallucinatory drugs, put him in a dangerous environment, then I don’t know what it. Unless of course what they did to Number 6 was “everyday” that there are far worse extreme measures which they did not use, because as we know they didn’t want to damage him permanently.  Because this Number 6 is seen to have a future in The Village, what, as a prisoner? That’s pretty obvious. What happened to the former Number 6, or is Number 6 the first Number 6? If he is then The Village hasn’t been going that long at all! He might be given a position of authority, well he was, and we know what he did when he got it!
    So how long has The Village been going? Before the war, since the war, which war? According to Number 240, who was Number 6’s observer at the time, The Village had been going a long time. And that’s the crux of the matter. No-one knows just how long The Village has been going. If it’s a physical place, or a place to be found in the deepest recesses of the subconscious, or a mixture of both. Certainly it was conjured up in the mind of one man, or possibly two, depending on who you believe. Personally I like to think that Patrick McGoohan had the original idea, and then he and George Markstein {script editor for the Prisoner} worked together in order to fill in the fine detail. They used scriptwriters to expand the original idea. Because no matter who had the original idea, to produce ‘the Prisoner’ was by no means a one man band affair, it took a large team to create and evolve ‘the Prisoner.’ And Number 6 wasn’t always Patrick McGoohan, on many occasions Number 6 was Frank Maher, even Nigel Stock got to play, not Number 6 exactly, but in his former life as ZM73. But even then the Colonel felt happier as himself, because he wasn’t back in London five minutes before he had discarded the black polo shirt, the charcoal grey suit, and elastic-sided boot {they go all the way back to Victorian times those elastic-sided boots} for his own suit of clothes, the white shirt, double breasted blazer. After all he was living in ZM73’s house, which only confirms Mrs. Butterworth’s story about her having a ten year lease for
No.1 Buckingham Place as being a complete fabrication, because ZM73 still had occupancy. But by the time of ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ wouldn’t the lease have run out anyway? Perhaps, if that was the case, the authority behind The Village gained temporary occupancy of ZM73’s former home. And so that the Colonel felt happier as himself, they moved some of his clothes into the house. But then if that was the case, its not the Colonel who should be feeling happier as himself, dressed in his own clothes, it should have been the Prisoner, seeing as its his mind that occupies the Colonel’s body! Ah I have it, perhaps it was actor Nigel Stock who felt happier as himself, preferring not to go about dressed like Patrick McGoohan!
   So what’s it all about? It’s whatever you believe it to be!

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

                          “Nutty As A Fruitcake!”
                                   {There’s the irony!}
BCNU

The One That Got Away!

    He wasn’t there today, he wasn’t there yesterday. They looked everywhere, but nowhere could he be seen, and no-one had seen him since the day before yesterday. How he went no-one knows because no-one saw him go. One day he was with us, and then he went and gone, and was seen no more!

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Friday, 2 December 2016

A Question of Time Again!

    During ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ Number 6 thought Number 2 was running out of time, but Number 2 thought it would save time if Number 6 simply answered whether it was one lump of sugar or two. Number 2 then only had three days in ‘A B and C.’ While at the outset of ‘It’s Your Funeral’ Number 2’s Plan division Q was already running late. And Number 2 of ‘A Change of Mind’ thought that Number 6 couldn’t stand his job, so he needed time to think, but Number 6 demanded that it wasn’t time. And during the deliberations between Number 6 and Number 2 of ‘Once Upon A time’ were only given a week to bring those deliberations to a satisfactory conclusion, to which Number 2 protested as they didn’t want to damage Number 6. But it would always be a question of time from the moment the time lock of the steel door was set and began counting down. However even in the final couple of minutes as Number 6 counted down the seconds Number 2 thought there was still time………… And yet there is one other which slipped the net the last time, in the opening scene of ‘Dance of The Dead’ when Number 2 was presumably on the telephone speaking to Number 1 who asked about Number 6, “Oh, he’ll be no trouble” she said “its just a question of time.” How much time do they need? By the time of ‘Dance of The Dead’ almost half the time spent on the series had passed by already. And in that same episode Number 6 said to the maid Number 54, who is wearing a late 18th century costume dress at the time, “Don’t tell me that time travel is in it as well!” if it was, then ‘Dance of The Dead’ could take its rightful place as the second episode to ‘Arrival,’ and then Number 2’s thinking that “Its just a question of time” would make better sense.

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Seltzman!


   Was ZM73 protecting you I wonder? He once said the trouble with science is that it can be perverted. I can see a humanitarian application for your mind transference technique, but now in the hands of The Village administration, your technique has already been perverted. At least one country’s national security has been breached! But you are no innocent. Oh don’t bother to protest your innocence doctor. To get where you are in your current experiments you have to have had a number of subjects to work with, at least two. Who were they? Unsuspecting citizens of Kandersfeld? And did you manage to put them back together again, mind and body?
   I wonder how The Village Administration came by their Seltzman machine? They had no Seltzman machine of their own, there was no Seltzman machine they could have borrowed, so after acquiring one.....they began putting it to good use. What practical use did you envisage for your machine doctor Seltzman?

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A Favourite Scene In The Prisoner

    The final exchange between the two candidates of the local election in ‘Free For All.’
    “You seem to be doing rather well” Number 2 said, which seems to be something of an understatement when you look at Number 2’s own poor showing of no more than 20 supporters. I suppose that was a token gesture on the part of the administration. At the beginning everyone’s cheering for Number 2, in fact it looks like a unanimous majority. But Number 2 finds that worrying, it’s very bad for morale, apparently some of those good people of this community do not seem to appreciate the value of free elections, they think it’s a game! Well isn’t it? If ‘Dance of The Dead’ had been the second episode in the screening order, as originally intended, then by the time of ‘Free For All’ Number 6 himself would have realized the election was another of Number 2’s games. Because in ‘Dance of The Dead’ Number 6 realized that Number 2’s administration is effective, though it has no opposition, as Number 2 went on the explain….. “An irritation we’ve dispensed with, even its best friends agree democracy is remarkably inefficient.” But I suppose it can work both ways, depending on how you look at it. Either the democratic process was dispensed with, as suggested by Number 2, before the advent of the local elections of ‘Free For All,’ or very soon after this local election.
   It’s far from Number 6 to carp, but what does Number 2 do in his spare time? Poor old Number 2, it seems he cannot afford spare time. It seems Number 2 is working to his limit! Well that’s hardly surprising. Running for election, dealing with Number 6 in the process, as well as overseeing the administration of The Village at the same time. Mind you he does have the administrative ability to manipulate the people of such a community as The Village. Number 6 sees it wrong that Number 2 cannot afford spare time, leisure is the people’s right, meaning less work and more play. But then again Number 6 is a fair one to carp, seeing as he’s not done a days work in The Village since he arrived there. He’s got more spare time than he knows what to do with. Get him working, gardening, painting, maintenance work or maintaining and repairing the Mini-Mokes seeing how mechanically minded he is, but keep him away from administration, they can’t afford to let him in there. That would be one reason why Number 6 had no chance of winning the election. But if they could get Number 6 to occupy himself with manual labour, he’d have something else to think about, and less time for causing trouble, or trying to escape!                      


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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Therapy Zone

    It was one of the great surreal moments when in ‘Free For All’ the inner wall of the Green Dome rotated, revealing a single steel door, through which Number 6 stumbled into what I believe to be the real Therapy Zone. The cave where Number 58 took Number 6 was merely a stage, and Number 6 had his entrance and his exit, and both Number 2 and the chemist had their parts to play. And Number 6 drank it all in, especially the drugged drink! It had me fooled when I first watched the episode in 1967. I believed Number 2 when he gave that toast “To hell with the Village!” I should have known better, but I was only 12 years of age at the time.
    Four men, dressed in overalls, and wearing dark glasses, who have been interpreted as Rover worshipers, that would make the Guardian an Idol, a God? It pulsates this Guardian, it’s the only one to do so, which has led to the theory that the four men are undergoing some kind of indoctrination, or brainwashing. Which is plausible, but would that not have to indicate intelligence on the part of the Guardian if it’s carrying out a session of indoctrination in this Therapy Zone. If indeed that is what it is. What is being placed in the minds of the four subjects? To obey, not to question, but to obey instruction, and follow blindly in the ways of The Village perhaps! And the four men, why did they take part in the rough treatment dished out to Number 6, by securing him hand and foot? Simply perhaps because Number 6 disturbed their therapy session!


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