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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Village Life!

    “Well you’ve certainly made yourself at home, haven’t you?
    “Are you telling me, or asking a question?”
    “What do you mean?”
    “Well first you accuse me of having made myself at home, and then you asked me a question.”
    “There’s no question about it, you’ve made yourself at home!”
    “No, I’ve made you a cup of tea.”
    “How did you do that?”
    “I boiled some water in the kettle. I put three caddy spoonfuls in the pot, one for you, one for me, and one for the pot.”
    “Not one for luck?”
    “No, I added hot water and let it stand for a few moments.”
    “Did you warm the pot first?”
    “No.”
    “Oh dear, you really don’t know how to make a decent cup of tea do you......did you show it to the pictures?”
    “I didn’t know I was supposed to!”
    “If you show it to the pictures you’ll get a stronger brew.”
    “I didn’t know that.”
    “Well you do now. A Scotsman by the name of James Fraser taught me that.”
    “Shall I pour this away?”
    “Yes, then I’ll show you how to make decent cup of tea.”
    “According to James Fraser?”
    “No, according to George Orwell!”
    “Did he show it to the pictures?”
    “No, he wrote nineteen eighty-four.”


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The Therapy Zone

    Plan Division Q, a complicated execution plan to get rid of a Number 2, no I don’t mean Number 2 who was about to retire, but that toadying interim Number 2.
    Number 100 had radicalized Number 51-the Watchmaker, who had made a replica of the Great Seal of Office, and had constructed a detonator device for a bomb which would be hidden in the replica of the Great Seal. Number 100 had obtained the necessary plastic explosive, and Number 50 the Watchmaker’s daughter had managed to persuade Number 6 to involve himself in the plan. His part to convince Number 2 that there was a plan to assassinate him, but he discovered that it was not an assassination plot, but a plan to execute Number 2!
    “Plan Division Q all set………it’s working beautifully……….dead on schedule you could say…….no sir, no. no just the way you ordered it……….the people are already gathering it will be a very err, very spectacular……….no nothing can go wrong now I..I’ll stake my future on it……….well thank you sir, yes well I know you will.”
    The way this interim is seemingly always taking off and putting on his spectacles during interviews is reason enough, it’s an irritating habit! But the trouble was Number 6 just had to be involved. Up until the moment Number 6 confronted the Watchmaker in the
Bell Tower everything was going according to plan, the Great Seal of office which had hung about he head and shoulders of the retiring Number 2, now hung about the head and shoulders of the new Number 2. So why was there no detonation of the bomb inside the Great Seal? Because the detonator was then in the hands of Number 6, Number 100 had done his best to retrieve the detonator but he wasn’t physically up to the task, the plan to get rid of this new Number 2 had failed. Now something else would have to be thought up, a new plan to rid The Village of this failed Number 2!


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Fall Out

     With the Supervisor having been promoted to the new Number 2 in ‘Once Upon A time’ by Number 2, it fell upon him, out of duty, and no doubt curiosity, to release the inhabitants of the Embryo Room. Having sealed Number 2’s body in the cage, the new Number 2 asked what Number 6 wanted, “Number One” said Number 6, “I’ll take you" he said.
   Then in ‘Fall Out,’ Number 2 took his place amongst the delegates on the benches of the Assembly. My wife asked “Who is in charge of The Village, who is Number 2?  The Supervisor-Number 28 had been promoted to Number 2 for one week. So probably Number 2 promoted someone else, as the Supervisor’s assistant Number 60 had been promoted to Supervisor in ‘Hammer Into Anvil.’ Mind you, they had brought back another former Number 2 to take the role of President or Judge, if you prefer, in order to preside over the three trials in ‘Fall Out.’
    It’s interesting, because during the proceedings of ‘Fall Out’ life in The Village goes on as normal, and someone would have to oversee that. Whoever it was, it would have come as something of a shock to see The Village being evacuated, especially when he hadn’t given any such order in the first place. But then Number 2 had given the order to evacuate the Village, even if he had taken the decision upon his own shoulders. No doubt he felt it was for the best.
      So what might be the rationale behind the use of this the Beatles song, especially in the fire-fight of ‘Fall Out?’ Irony! Man is capable of peace, love, and war. "Love thine enemy" others would have it "Do it to them, before they do it to you!" There has never at any time been any peace on the planet Earth, not since Man has walked upon it. Man has always been at war with himself some where on Earth, and in that man is his own worst enemy, in the way he spends billions, upon billions on weapons of destruction, rockets and missiles which could destroy the planet in almost the blink of an eye. That is the irony of the violence in the revolution of ‘Fall Out’ to the Beatles song ‘All You Need Is Love.’ Further more, it is ironic that the only people to actually be killed in that violent fire-fight, are the armed security guards.
    Number 6 or Number 1 it makes no difference, its all Patrick McGoohan! With the Prisoner, in the later-made episodes, you are not watching an actor playing the role of Number 6, you are seeing McGoohan playing himself! “I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I” as the delegates of the Assembly chant.
   Patrick McGoohan was never very forthcoming about what the Prisoner was all about. I often wondered if he actually knew, or whether he was just making it up as he went along. When asked a straightforward question, McGoohan was hardly ever known to give a straightforward answer. He described the series as "the battle between the good and evil in oneself." But the series certainly never started out like that. More of a superior spy thriller, which is how story editor George Markstein saw ‘the Prisoner.’ For the late Patrick McGoohan, ‘the Prisoner’ became an obsession. He's not the only one, is he readers.............


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Monday, 19 February 2018

Who Is No.1?

    Number 6 was ready to meet Number 1, and here he is, one of those tailor’s dummies he talked about when he was in the Council Chamber! All those former Number 2’s who make up the local Council, what a ghastly fate! So here he is, Number One, oneself. He looks petrified!


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Exhibition of Arts And Crafts

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    ‘Dance of The Dead’ is an episode which stands out from the other 16, yes likewise ‘Fall Out,’ but then ‘Fall Out’ isn’t like any of the previous 16 episodes. Whereas ‘Dance of the Dead’ stands out because it’s a female orientated episode. There’s Number 2, the Observer-Number 240, Number 56 the maid, the Supervisor-Number 22, all they really needed was a female doctor like Number 23 and they would have the full house! But as it stands the major players are mostly female, or at least that is how it appears when there are only four. But then if one counts the three attractive ladies which Number 2 tried to date one of them with Number 6, then the number increases to 7. This episode also stands out due to the fact that it demonstrates contact with the outside world, that she sends her reports and receives instructions from those masters most probably back in London. For if that is not the case, then why the teleprinter, and not simply telephone Number 1, or to whoever she was speaking to before breakfast that day.


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Once Upon A Time

    In the Embryo Room life can be lived from the cradle to the grave. It is unknown how many prisoners before Number 6 experienced this recognized method used of Degree Absolute, possibly none as who else would have taken such a desperate measure? The decision to take such drastic action during this episode was, I feel, forced on Number 2, because there was no other way to deal with such a different calibre of a man as Number 6.
      “I am a good man, I was a good man. But if you get him he will be better, there’s no other way, I repeat no other way.” So ‘Once Upon A Time’ is the ultimate test. Does that then mean that after this test there will be no more “tests?” Perhaps it also means that Number 6 has been sought out as a possible replacement for Number 2, and should he survive, then the position is his. Always providing Number 6 accepts it of course.
    ‘Once Upon A Time’ was originally to have been the final episode of the first series of ‘the Prisoner.’ What if there had been a second series, and what if it had commenced with them having got the better man….Number 6 as the new Number 2! That would have put a new aspect on the series. They might even have been a new Number 6 in The Village!
       In this episode Number 6 refuses to kill, because he’s afraid to step over the threshold, according to Number 2 that is. And no amount of provocation will make Number 6 kill. In 'Living In Harmony' as a Sheriff the Man With No Name, hands in both his badge and gun, this in an act of resigning his job. And when he finally allows himself to be recruited by the Judge, but only for the sake of Cathy, he still refuses to wear a gun. He refuses to pick up a gun when challenged by the Kid. And yet, when the Man with No Name does put on his gun, overcoming his reluctance to take up the gun in the name of vengeance, the result is quite devastating. He takes on three of the Judges gunslingers in a fire-fight, and the Kid, who he stands against in the street, leaving all four dead. Finally proving to the Judge that the Man With No Name is the fastest on the draw he’s every seen, is ever likely to see. Because the Man With No Name has a conscience, and already regrets what he’s done, and he resigns. There is armed insurrection in ‘Fall Out,’ and the former Number 6 has no qualms about indiscriminately gunning down the armed security guards. It would seem that in certain situations, and according to circumstances, that the Prisoner will step over that threshold, and is as capable of killing as anyone else.
               

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