Review: The Prisoner - Part Four: Darling
by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 17th 2009 1:32AM
(E04) If you cannot break a man with family, or mistrust, then you must try love. For love is the greatest of things after all, is it not?
it seems we've fallen into a familiar pattern with The Prisoner. Two tries various schemes and techniques to break Six and Six resists them all, either through his own ingenuity or through the help of other Villagers who are sympathetic to his situation. But we still don't know why Two is trying to break Six. This week's tactic was love, but love was explored in many ways throughout the episode.
Six's love of the woman from New York is so strong that it cross boundaries from that world into the Village world. But in neither case is it clear if the love is real, or something manufactured.
We're not given a clear reason why, in New York, Lucy was passed out in the hallway, or why she and Six were suddenly more interested in making love and snuggling than getting to the bottom of what's going on at Summakor. I suspect it has a lot to do with the same reason they were so compatible in the Village.
Six awoke in the Village to a woman on his television, doing her best impression of Max Headroom, telling him he was next in line for the Village matchmaking services. It was certainly no surprise when his perfect match was Lucy, only now she's calling herself 415, and claims to have been in the Village her whole life. She even has a father to prove it.
Which brings the question again of just how far Two and whoever is behind all of this is willing to go. They've either recruited or kidnapped Lucy and put her into this scenario just to make Six fall in love with her, and then subsequently break his heart? Why? Why are they so determined to break Six?
There seem to be no efforts to get any information out of him. Instead, Two is almost solely focused on getting Six to accept his place in the Village and believe that his other life is but a figment of his dream-state. Two has even more concerns as well, though, as his own son 1112 has taken an interest in why his mother is in the catatonic state she's in.
It's interesting that this world of the Village is so much larger and more complex than the original. There are children and families and strip clubs and bars and a whole life for so many people. Are they all victims of whatever forces have done this to Six? Or is there something else entirely afoot? Certainly Six is important, in that while Two seems more than willing to send people for treatments, or eliminate them altogether, he is always adamant that Six must remain unharmed.
Maybe he needs Six to rebel in as many ways as possible so that Six can know everything he needs to know about the Village before slowly being given all the answers. Then Six can become the next Two. How's that for far-fetched?
It is 1112's love for his mother that has him looking into what Two is doing to his mother and why. That closing scene of his mother in a setting clearly outside the Village was kind of just thrown in there, but it confirms that she was indeed in a life outside, and not that long ago from the looks of her.
And then there's the holes. Sudden and random abysses into seeming nothingness, their existence pulled 147 back into the storyline, as his apparent negligence inadvertently led to his daughter 832 falling into the hole. But how are such holes even possible, and then able to be filled in later by a Village work crew? It's even more outlandish a reality that would allow such constructs to exist than a reality in which an ocean can disappear.
Every episode now is ending with the white ball coming into play. What did it do to Lucy/415, as suddenly she knew who she was and admitted why she was brought to the Village. What role does the ball play, and why did Lucy jump into the hole? Is the Village a virtual reality construct, or a shared and controlled dream or hallucination of some sort? Is the hole an exit from the experience, or something far more sinister?
Yeah, I have no idea what's going on.