History Headscratchers / ThePrisoner

3rd Sep '15 7:45:41 AM Anarquistador
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** Conscience burnout. Years of working in the morally-grey world of international espionage - "too many people had too many secrets," he says once - took its toll, and he wanted out. Of course, no one ever gets to really quit being a spy.
23rd May '15 1:01:20 AM timotaka
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* Why did number 6 resign?
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* Why did number 6 resign?resign? * In "The Chimes of Big Ben" Number Two says that bladed implements of all kinds are forbidden in The Village. If that is the case, how did the General carve his wooden chess pieces?
16th Apr '15 3:32:13 AM mpknowler
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** This is from the RoleplayingGame, but it's cogent. The Village doesn't actually have an economy; the work-credit cards are more like a child's allowance for good behavior than an actual paycheck, and the government runs all the stores. What matters is that money is spent, not that it is collected. So punching out holes on a card is actually a fairly efficient means of limiting individual expenditures without requiring complicated ledgers.
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** This is from the RoleplayingGame, but it's cogent. The Village doesn't actually have an economy; the work-credit cards are more like a child's allowance for good behavior than an actual paycheck, and the government runs all the stores. What matters is that money is spent, not that it is collected. So punching out holes on a card is actually a fairly efficient means of limiting individual expenditures without requiring complicated ledgers.ledgers. *Why did number 6 resign?
30th May '14 6:56:31 PM VeronicaWakefield
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*** Given the general caliber of computer technology available, magnetic stripe cards would be essentially the same amount of work anyway. Records of earnings would almost certainly have to be kept in paper ledgers, and then the cards individually coded with the right amount. Compared to marking the right number of boxes on cards, it's about the same amount of effort either way.
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*** Given the general caliber of computer technology available, magnetic stripe cards would be essentially the same amount of work anyway. Records of earnings would almost certainly have to be kept in paper ledgers, and then the cards individually coded with the right amount. Compared to marking the right number of boxes on cards, it's about the same amount of effort either way.way. ** This is from the RoleplayingGame, but it's cogent. The Village doesn't actually have an economy; the work-credit cards are more like a child's allowance for good behavior than an actual paycheck, and the government runs all the stores. What matters is that money is spent, not that it is collected. So punching out holes on a card is actually a fairly efficient means of limiting individual expenditures without requiring complicated ledgers.
4th Feb '13 1:17:22 PM SuddenFrost
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**** [[ArcWords NOW HEED THE WORDS OF THE LORD!]]
14th Sep '12 2:33:04 PM FordPrefect
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*** It's metaphor for a person being trapped in Society and force to comform to other people's desires instead of his own individuality. At the ending, Number Six realizes that he is trapped in an Epiphanic Prison even more so then a Literal One. It all makes perfect sense in a metaphoric standpoint, but from a literal one, well...don't even bother. At the very least, the Core Theme is about Individuality VS Collectivity, or a Man Against a Village. *** If you count the comic book sequel, ''Shattered Visage'' (which got enthusiastic approval from Leo [=McKern=] and which [=McGoohan=] refused to condemn), Fall Out actually ''does'' have a literal explanation. It is revealed to have been a ruse on the part of [=McKern=]'s Number Two that partially involved sets & actors and partially involved exposing Number Six to mind-altering drugs. It was an attempt to assault Number Six's very psyche and what finally broke Number Six's will. *** Alternatively, you could check out the [=WMG=] page for more theories on what the heck happed in ''Fall Out''.
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*** It's metaphor for a person being trapped in Society and force forced to comform conform to other people's desires instead of his own individuality. At the ending, Number Six realizes that he is trapped in an Epiphanic Prison even more so then than a Literal One. It all makes perfect sense in a metaphoric standpoint, but from a literal one, well...don't even bother. At the very least, the Core Theme is about Individuality VS Collectivity, or a Man Against a Village. *** If you count the comic book sequel, ''Shattered Visage'' (which got enthusiastic approval from Leo [=McKern=] and which [=McGoohan=] refused to condemn), Fall Out "Fall Out" actually ''does'' have a literal explanation. It is revealed to have been a ruse on the part of [=McKern=]'s Number Two that partially involved sets & actors and partially involved exposing Number Six to mind-altering drugs. It was an attempt to assault Number Six's very psyche and what finally broke Number Six's will. *** Alternatively, you could check out the [=WMG=] page for more theories on what the heck happed happened in ''Fall Out''.

** While the technology for magnetic stripe cards existed at the time, it was far from widespread, and the audience probably wouldn't have known what it was. Also, its not as inefficient as you might think. It's a cashless economy of not too many people, and presumably the cards arrive in the mail once per week. It's certainly less complicated and more efficient than distributing cash, and while centrally generating credits would be better it would also be extremely difficult in the 60's. *** Given the general caliber of computer technology available, magnetic stripe cards would be essentially the same amount of work anyway. Records of earnings would almost certainly have to be kept in paper ledgers, and then the cards individually coded with the right amount. Compared to marking the right number of boxes on cards, its about the same amount of effort either way.
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** While the technology for magnetic stripe cards existed at the time, it was far from widespread, and the audience probably wouldn't have known what it was. Also, its it's not as inefficient as you might think. It's a cashless economy of not too many people, and presumably the cards arrive in the mail once per week. It's certainly less complicated and more efficient than distributing cash, and while centrally generating credits would be better it would also be extremely difficult in the 60's. *** Given the general caliber of computer technology available, magnetic stripe cards would be essentially the same amount of work anyway. Records of earnings would almost certainly have to be kept in paper ledgers, and then the cards individually coded with the right amount. Compared to marking the right number of boxes on cards, its it's about the same amount of effort either way.
7th Aug '12 11:53:33 AM LostAlone
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** While the technology for magnetic stripe cards existed at the time, it was far from widespread, and the audience probably wouldn't have known what it was. Also, its not as inefficient as you might think. It's a cashless economy of not too many people, and presumably the cards arrive in the mail once per week. It's certainly less complicated and more efficient than distributing cash, and while centrally generating credits would be better it would also be extremely difficult in the 60's.
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** While the technology for magnetic stripe cards existed at the time, it was far from widespread, and the audience probably wouldn't have known what it was. Also, its not as inefficient as you might think. It's a cashless economy of not too many people, and presumably the cards arrive in the mail once per week. It's certainly less complicated and more efficient than distributing cash, and while centrally generating credits would be better it would also be extremely difficult in the 60's.60's. *** Given the general caliber of computer technology available, magnetic stripe cards would be essentially the same amount of work anyway. Records of earnings would almost certainly have to be kept in paper ledgers, and then the cards individually coded with the right amount. Compared to marking the right number of boxes on cards, its about the same amount of effort either way.
14th Jun '12 6:18:51 PM Fopenplop
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* The fact that, up until now, there's been no 'Headscractcher's' page for The Prisoner is a headscratcher. Seriously, people have created pages for animated credits to a quiz show, is everyone going 'The Prisoner. Yeah, all makes perfect sense to me'?
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* The fact that, up until now, there's been no 'Headscractcher's' 'Headscratchers' page for The Prisoner is a headscratcher. Seriously, people have created pages for animated credits to a quiz show, is everyone going 'The Prisoner. Yeah, all makes perfect sense to me'?
11th Jun '12 1:54:29 PM paulmil
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* It JustBugsMe that no one else mentions how hot Patrick [=McGoohan=] is in this show. Yes, shallow.
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* It JustBugsMe just bugs me that no one else mentions how hot Patrick [=McGoohan=] is in this show. Yes, shallow.
14th Mar '12 7:35:33 AM LostAlone
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** The organisation behind the Village could be bureaucratic and slow to change things like that. Equally, it could be part of the whole 'retro' vibe of the Village.
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** The organisation behind the Village could be bureaucratic and slow to change things like that. Equally, it could be part of the whole 'retro' vibe of the Village.Village. ** While the technology for magnetic stripe cards existed at the time, it was far from widespread, and the audience probably wouldn't have known what it was. Also, its not as inefficient as you might think. It's a cashless economy of not too many people, and presumably the cards arrive in the mail once per week. It's certainly less complicated and more efficient than distributing cash, and while centrally generating credits would be better it would also be extremely difficult in the 60's.
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