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1996-05-22 00:00:00 - Re: Finale & The Prisoner - (Rose Swicegood <andys@digex.net>)


Sander Lee wrote: > > I think that the finale is a variation on the ending of The > Prisoner. Like #6, Tom is faced with the possibility that he is #1. As any Prisoner fan in that newsgroup knows, I'm a diehard fan, and amazingly, I must disagree. #6 as #1 in that series finale was an allegory--as in we are our worst enemy? I tend to agree there will be debate. I tend to lean toward (as Alan Tucker in another thread) that the man in the tape was indeed a photographer, who happened to view an event he should never have seen, and the reasoning for his 'erasure' was to encourage him to stay away from the negative he *actually* took--and *encourage* him to fight for an identity *Tom Veil* that was never his, ergo, there is no record of a Thomas J. Veil anywhere. Why didn't they kill him? 1) he's unpredictable and 2) they never would really know if the *programming* actually took and he might have had a plan to expose them--if I die, such and such will happen....3) I see the series as THEY making certain the prgramming was in place and that Tom has the negative they wanted him to have. It is interesting though, as in the latest episode, violence was the only way to the truth. > As Gemini, he may have been very high up in the Organization Perhaps but is there a pattern: Tom Veil Tom means twin and Gemini means Twin--and a 'veil' to the truth. After NW, there may be no need. In bringing The Prisoner up > to date, the whole world has become the Village. I believe! > Any thoughts? > Sander Lee Thanks for the post! Rose Swicegood

1996-05-22 00:00:00 - Finale & The Prisoner - (Sander Lee <slee@top.monad.net>)


I think that the finale is a variation on the ending of The Prisoner. Like #6, Tom is faced with the possibility that he is #1. As Gemini, he may have been very high up in the Organization & he may have volunteered to be changed into Tom Veil to test their techniques. If this is so, then the negatives were always a McGuffin and Tom is being led on a merry chase in order to test the security and techniques of the Organization. This also explains why they never kill him (this would defeat the purpose of the test). Finally, the FBI agent kills himself at the end because he is afraid that Tom will torture him even further when he discovers the truth about himself. The fact that Tom is willing to torture the agent may have been intended to show us that Gemini's true nature is beginning to emerge. If all this is true then it should come as no surprise that the series is over. Fans have spent almost 30 years debating the meaning of the last episode of The Prisoner. Perhaps we are intended to do the same with NW. You know, in The Prisoner newsgroup, there is neverending debate about whether and how TP could be updated into the 90s. After NW, there may be no need. In bringing The Prisoner up to date, the whole world has become the Village. Any thoughts? Sander Lee