Out" resumes the trial. But its all different now. Number Six
has gotten through the ordeal with Number Two.
It may be in gratitude or just mocking him for having proved his individuality
Number Six is now sitting on a throne in front of an audience of hooded
figures donning black-and-white face masks who represent certain roles:
"nationalists", "reactionaries", "dissidents"
etc. Number Six is now addressed "Sir" by the President of
the assembly who then proceeds to speak about revolt. Bringing forward
two examples - Number 48, an impetuous youth and one established, Number
Two, who had died the episode before, reanimated (or - as nothing really
is the way it appears to be - wasnt he dead at all?) it becomes
evident that the true essence of revolt is that of Number Six.
title "Demaskierung", in fact, is misleading because nothing
there is demasked that isnt already an image, a mask, a picture-puzzle.
And the trial is a farce initiated by the (then up-to-date) Beatles
song "All You Need Is Love" with Number Six, the Supervisor and the Butler walking down a subterranean
corridor lined with jukeboxes leading towards and into a huge cavern. There the action is terminated
by some rude although rather stage-effect gunfighting. It is up
to Number Six to make up his mind: to govern or to leave. In the key scene
he is allowed to speak to the assembly. As he starts his very first word
is interrupted by the masked knocking on their tables and shouting repeatedly:
"Aye, aye, aye - I, I, I...!" to leave his speech unheard in
the noise. Within the assembly, community, society there is no use for
someone like Number Six. "Youve made us realize our mistakes",
says the President. And Number Six leaves, events getting out of control.
The entire Village is evacuated, helicopters rise to the sky and so does
a rocket but due to the weak optical effects not much more credibility
is generated here.
Eventually he gets to meet Number One who turns out to be his other "self",
or else something different. For sure, many viewers wouldn't accept this
as a solution conforming to TV series' standards or as an appropriate
one, in fact they don't until today.
As the episode ends we see Number Six, Number Two, Number 48 and the Butler
back in London, Number Six driving his Lotus down the empty highway just
like it happened in the very first scene...
episode is certainly a wrap-up and everthing but a conclusion or resolution
of the events previously seen. Maybe it was developed under the pressure
to put an end to it, one way or the other. We will probably never know.The background of these fireworks of ideas is anarchism and social rule.
Even those experienced in university seminars will find both final episodes
pretty hard stuff to swallow. And the best of it all: this is television
German TV station that first aired THE PRISONER in 1969) probably
was in a state of uneasiness. Because NUMMER 6 was shown on Sunday
nights around 11 p.m.