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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Living In Harmony!

     Living In Harmony there’s irony in that somewhere. Because it means living in an American frontier town in the 1800’s, or living in Harmony or a previous episode ‘A Change of Mind.’
    On the one hand Harmony seems a peaceful enough town, the townspeople seem happy and contented enough, and just as long as they do as the Judge says that’s how things will remain. And yet, in ‘A Change of Mind Number 2 would like to see people living in harmony together, and making no room for any goats which might stray in and upset the status quo! A place where the least transgression is punished by first being accused of being disharmonious, then having to face the Committee, thereafter being posted as unmutual. Then any privileges one might have are taken away. No more taxis, meaning one has to walk everywhere {where is the hardship in that?} no more credit {they’ll stave you until you learn to toe the line} and finally the threat of the operation known as Instant Social Conversion. It is my humble opinion that it would be far better to be living in harmony, the American frontier town that is. At least regulars get the first drink on the house in the local Saloon, and no real harm comes to you there. I wouldn’t mind being one of the Judges “boys,” a gunslinger by the name of................ Dave “Dead Shot” Stimpson the meanest hombre this side of the

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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

               “The bones are yours dad!”

Village Life!

    “Business please.”
    “Two Undertakers for the Convention!”
    “What’s that?”
    “The Undertakers Convention.”
    “Yes I heard that, but what is it?”
    “What do you mean what is it?”
    “Well I don’t know I’ve never heard of it.”
    “Well it’s a gathering of men who are undertakers.”
    “What do you undertake?”
    “Well we’re not really Undertakers.”
    “Well in that case I can’t let you through!”
    “I can’t just let anyone through you know, it’s more then my jobs worth!”
    “But we’re Undertakers.”
    “You said you weren’t really Undertakers. Look I think you had better describe yourselves.” 
    “Well we’re wearing black top hats, black overcoats, black suits, black shoes, black glasses, black ties, and white shirts.”
    “Oh, you’re the men in black!”
    “Yes that’s right.”
    “Well pass men in black!”

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A Favourite Scene In Dance of The Dead

    “You’re late!”
    “There’s a lot to do.”
    “Are you going in?”
    “To make my report.”
    “Does it concern me and Number Six?”
    “No. We’ll overlook that and put it down to enthusiasm.”
    “Oh thank you. Oh could you get me a directive about Dutton, he’s being rather difficult.”
    So Number 2 is going into that room to make her report. At this time we have no idea what or who is in that room, later we, like Number 6, discover that there’s an active teletype by which Number 2 sends reports and receives her instructions, such as a directive about Dutton. And yet Number 2 didn’t receive that termination order against Dutton, a doctor had that to pass onto Number 2!
   But why use a teletype to send reports and gain her instructions? After all isn’t Number 1 in charge of The Village, and wasn’t Number 2 speaking to Number 1 on the telephone early in the episode? Number 1 asked about the Ball, to which Number 2 replied “Tomorrow night…. we’re preparing for it now.” Number 1 expressed the opinion that he wished he could be there, to which Number 2 replied “Yes I wish you could come too,” while her expression says she’s said it but really doesn’t believe what she said. Or she’s not so sure about that being a good idea. She has reservations about Number 1 turning up at the Ball and the possible consequences if he did.
   So why not use that red telephone to give Number 1 her report, and to receive her instructions? The teletype suggests long range communication, perhaps Number 2 has to make her report to those “masters” we hear so much about, most likely back in London. Which would suggest that Number 6 was wrong about Number 1 being the boss!
   Names are not supposed to be used in The Village, however as we know they are. And for official purposes everyone has a number, so why does the doctor-Number 40 use Dutton’s name instead of his number 42? You would think the doctor would know better. But then if he had referred to Dutton as Number 42 we, the television viewer, might not have known to whom he was referring!

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Thought For The Day

    When during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben,’ when Number 6 arrived in what he took to be an office he knows very well in London, he used the reassuring chimes of Big Ben to confirm his location. Because when you hear Big Ben’s chimes you imagine yourself to be in London. The chimes can be heard five miles away, but how loud would they have been in the Colonel’s office? And yet as we witness the chimes in this case were deceptive. I realize that Number 6 relied on the chimes as evidence of place, but I cannot help but wonder why Number 6 didn’t raise up the Venetian blinds and look out of one of the windows? If he had what might have met his eyes? A view of The Village perhaps. Or a simple blank wall, or maybe a view of Whitehall from the office window?

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Caught On Camera!

   After the two motor mechanics had given Number 6 a good working over, not damaging the tissue, just bruising it a little, why did they feel the need to remove his jacket?
   Surely the scene should have looked like this with jacket intact.

  Obviously the scene had been rehearsed which these two production photographs indicate, the one with Number 6 wearing his jacket, the other without.
   So why go for a take without Number 6 wearing his jacket? And that in turn brings me back to my original question. After the two motor mechanics had given Number 6 a good working over, not damaging the tissue, just bruising it a little, why did they feel the need to remove his jacket? Mind you they are most obliging in The Village, having bruised the tissue they have Number 6 taken home on a stretcher and put to bed!

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Sunday, 19 November 2017


   Number 6 attempts to escape The Village by helicopter. One should not question Number 6’s capabilities, just use ones imagination and enjoy the ride with him. However one should never underestimate the technology employed by Number 2 either. Take that helicopter for example, it must surely be fitted with “drone” technology, something today the armed forces take for granted.
   So Number 6 is attempting to escape The Village by helicopter. Unfortunately he has not flown so far away when he begins to lose control. Control of the helicopter has been taken over by an operator in the Control Room and it is he who with the aid of the view on the wall screen is able to pilot the helicopter safely back to The Village. Number 6 is of course still on board but powerless to do anything. All he can do is enjoy the ride.
  Perhaps Number 6 has been nothing more than a pawn in Number 2’s game. Allow him to escape in the helicopter, and whilst demonstrating that escape is not possible, the new drone technology is put to a final test!

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