Recap / The Prisoner E 6 The General

Number Six sees sinister implications in a Village plan for mass education. A local professor who teaches there and his wife answer to someone called "The General." Meanwhile, Six makes an actual ally in the Village called Number Twelve who is worried there is a plot which could expand the Village's influence tremendously. This turns out to be a computer which is capable of brainwashing large numbers of people via a hypnotic green beam and instilling a vast amount of rote knowledge.

  • Anachronic Order: This episode depicts the Number Two played by Colin Gordon as confident and authoritative, while the earlier-broadcast "A, B & C" depicted him as a neurotic wreck terrified of his superiors. A common fan interpretation is that this episode occurs first and that its events explain the character's mental deterioration.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "Why?"
  • Bittersweet Ending: Six manages to destroy the General with a Logic Bomb but the Professor and Twelve are killed in the process.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Number Twelve is terrified of the Village's masters getting the ability to do this to whole segments of the population.
  • Logic Bomb: Six drops one of these on the General. This episode may well be the Trope Codifier for the "open-ended abstract philosophical question" version of this trope as opposed to the "logical paradox" one.
  • Neural Implanting: What the General is capable of doing to large numbers of people.