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Friday, 21 October 2016

Caught On Camera!

    “Can’t you run any faster, we’ve a bus to catch!”
    “Pardon me for mentioning it, but isn’t your house in the other direction?”
    “Then why are we running this way?”
    “Why doesn’t matter, this is for dramatic effect, so keep running!”


The Prisoner – It’s A Personal Struggle!

    ‘The Prisoner’ struggles to maintain his identity in a Village where names are not permitted, and people are known only by their numbers. He’s not a number, he’s a person, but not very personable, meaning not very pleasing in personality. Number 6 likes to keep himself to himself, he prefers his own company to that of others. That’s not to say he does not interact with other citizens, because no man is an island. Number 6 cannot survive without the community, but the community can survive without him! Yes he has acquaintances, he doesn’t have friendships or relationships, well not in The Village. Possibly the reason for that is, few of the main citizens that Number 6 has contact with remain in The Village for more than one episode in order to allow friendships and relationships to develop, even if Number 6 wanted them to! Generally Number 6 keeps people at arms length, perhaps because it’s difficult to know who to trust, if its possible to trust anyone in The Village.
   He does strike up something of a rapport with Number 2 during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben,’ but by the end of ‘The Schizoid Man’ he has been betrayed by 5 women, I’m not counting the doctor-Number 14! And it would be interesting to know how Number 6 came to be helping Alison with her mind reading! Monique came looking for Number 6’s help, but you couldn’t describe them as friends, only as confederates in the same cause, as Number 12 was in ‘The General.’ It could be said that Number 6 was only affected really by, and at the same time regretted, the death of Number 2, this by his show of emotion when he smashed the glass. Perhaps it was as Number 2 said of Number 6, “I’m beginning to like him,” if Number 6 could like anyone in The Village, and for Number 6 ‘Once Upon A Time’ had became a personal struggle!

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Dance of The Dead

    This is possibly the darkest of all the 17 episodes for the simple reason that as chess flows throughout ‘Checkmate,’ and tea appears to be a chief ingredient to ‘A Change of Mind,’ death stalks ‘Dance of The Dead.’ But death need not be something to fear, it’s as natural a thing as birth and life itself. Death can also mean change, and change can be a good thing, meaning the end of one thing and the beginning of something else, in other words a change in circumstances, which can be for the better or for the worse! Certainly there’s a new Number 2 but that’s perhaps not a change for the better, and there’s been a change in Number 6’s housemaid, a flighty young woman who is impatient to wear her new dress. And for Number 6, a slight change in fortunes as he hears words from beyond The Village. What’s more there’s a chance of getting a message to the outside World!
    But fortune is like the wind......changeable! The Prisoner is put on trial, sentenced to death, and if the mob catch up with him, they’ll tear him limb from limb. And you thought Dutton had it bad, he's only living a living death!

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Irony of It!

    There is irony in the fact that the Prisoner is put on trial during the ‘Dance of the Dead’ for the possession of a radio set, a radio set which was originally smuggled in by Number 43! The Prisoner had no radio of his own, there was no such radio he could have borrowed, so when acquiring one......just a minute I thought there was no radio the Prisoner could have borrowed?! So where did the prosecutor imagine the Prisoner had acquired such a transistor radio? Perhaps that didn’t matter, perhaps even in The Village possession is still 9 tenths of the law! It was actually having the radio that mattered, not where he got it from, which was Number 34’s trouser pocket. I should have thought listening to the radio would have been a bigger breaking of the rules, as listening to a radio is not permitted. Although the radio did work, which is surprising really, the radio having been immersed in sea water for a length of time in the dead man’s pocket, after all the leather case was hardly waterproof!
    The trial is absurd, as is the sentence of death, to be carried out by the people in the name of justice. Courtrooms are as much to do with theatrics as well as justice, besides Number 2 cannot allow anything to happen to Number 2, she has already said he has a future with them. A baying mob screaming for blood would have completely ruined that, if they had actually laid their hands upon the Prisoner. They might well have torn him limb from limb!
   The Prisoner is not given a costume for carnival. Number 6 interprets that as being still himself. Seeing as his own suit is delivered especially for the occasion. Perhaps it's because Number 6 is still himself, or on the other hand it might be because the Prisoner is above such “bourgeois enfantine!” Either way by the end of the episode Number 6 no longer exists, he’s dead, as Number 2 puts it, “locked up in that long box…in that little room.”

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A Study In Prisoner!

 We know what happens. ZM73 {for want of a better name} goes to an office where he hands in his letter of resignation. He then drives home to No.1 Buckingham Place, where he goes into the study to collect his passport, airline ticket, and two suitcases. But there’s something not quite right about this study.
One thing we must not forget is, that when ZM73 returns home after handing in his resignation, he has not actually returned to 1 Buckingham Place, but to the studio set of ‘6 Private,’ which doesn’t yet have the added extra window as seen in the second picture situated above the recliner. And yet it does have the addition of the French window complete with a step {in ‘6 Private’ it leads out onto a balcony - picture 4} which can be seen in the third picture to the right of McGoohan. If there was a French window in the actual house of
1 Buckingham Place it would be situated on the front of the house and to the left of the front door. As you can clearly see in the bottom picture, there is no such French window!  
This study seen in the opening sequence of ‘the Prisoner’ is clearly a mish-mash of both the study of
‘1 Buckingham Place’ and ‘6 Private.’ It’s neither one nor the other, it’s more like an “in-between” study that ZM73 finds himself in!
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The Schizoid Man!

   Poor old Number 6, they came for him in the night, well that’s when your resistance is at its lowest ebb, especially if he’s drunk his nightcap of hot chocolate!
    He went to bed on the night of Feb 10th, and woke up on what appeared to be the morning of Feb 11th a new man, well a different man, Number 12. Like all arrivals he was invited to the Green Dome by Number 2 for breakfast. Number 2 was delighted to see him “You’re looking fine, you really are...... I don't mind telling you, we had to pull every string in order to have you seconded back to us.” “Seconded back to us?” What did Number 2 mean by that? He obviously knew Number 12 because he knew Curtis’ favourite dish, and because of that they called him flapjack Charlie, but in The Village? More likely Number 2 and Curtis knew each other long before The Village, that they worked for the same department back in British Military Intelligence which is responsible for The Village. Curtis made a top field man, while Number 2 is stuck in admin! He knew that Curtis always enjoyed his food, even before a job from the black file. Well he must have changed a bit, because instead of eating the pancakes/ flapjacks, as he did during his conditioning which Number 6 underwent, he just picks at one and nibbles it! Also it appears Number 2 and Curtis have been through some scrapes together. What, danger lies behind every filing cabinet in administration does it? Curtis {Number 6} is edgy, Number 2 has never known him to be so strung up. And of course the final piece of evidence to confirm Number 2’s friendship with Curtis, he had known Curtis’ wife Susan.
   So I don’t visualize Curtis having been in The Village before, well they couldn’t have two people looking like Number 6 at large could they? Mind you, had Number 6 really died that night, smothered to death by the Guardian, Number 2 could have had Curtis carry on his impersonation of Number 6, by returning him to the outside World! Where that might have got them I’ve absolutely no idea, but the thought just struck me that’s all. Just like the thought that had it been Number 6 who had died that night, to cover up Number 2’s error, he would have got Curtis to carry on his impersonation of Number 6, but as a prisoner in The Village! As Curtis might have thought that his only way out of The Village would be to try and escape by impersonating Number 6 as Number 6 would have impersonated him!

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Monday, 17 October 2016

A Fresh Concept!

    “What do you think of the idea?”
    “A book filled with blank pages!”
    “You like it?”
    “It’s a note book!”
    “No, it’s a fresh concept. You publish a book with no title, filled with blank sheets of paper, and get the readers to write the book themselves!”
   “It’s a novel idea!”