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'Fall Out' - Alternative endings 8 years 2 months ago #744

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From the time of the first TV transmission and subsequent repeat showings of ‘The Prisoner’ - final episode (Fall Out), many viewers felt that they had been short changed and complained that there was not a revelatory finite and logical ending to the story.
Over the years, the strange ending has proved to be one of / if not, the most endearing cult qualities of the series.
On the other hand, one would not be surprised if much debate has taken place with regard to alternative endings to this episode. In the past, I’ve often wondered how the series would have fared if a more conservative and conclusive ending was used. Although I now dismiss any ideas on this level, I still think it would be interesting if alternative endings that may or may not retain the same bizarre quality of the original be shared – purely from a lighthearted perspective.
I was therefore wondering if any interested members would like to share their own variations on the ending as a forum thread etc.
I’ll kick-off with my thoughts of an alternative ending of ‘Fall Out’ that uses the original 'Fall Out' storyline up until the climax where the identity of No. 1 is about to be revealed.
The only change would be that only No. 6 and not the viewer sees the revealed identity of No.1. The storyline could then continue with No 6 exclaiming something along the lines of, “Of course – it’s you, but why……..?” Not receiving a reply to this question, the ending then proceeds back in line with the original episode storyline and the sense of bewilderment would basically remain intact and we therefore don’t know who No.1 is.
A weaker version maybe, but there again, it’s only just a thought.
I hope I don’t anger any serious ‘purists’ out there or tread on any toes in any way as this thread is intended to be viewed lightly and on a fun level only etc.
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Re: 'Fall Out' - Alternative endings 8 years 2 months ago #746

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For many years I wished for a more conclusive ending but there is no way The Prisoner would be so popular if Dr Evil had been running The Village and Number 6 escaped nicely.
I am not a number, I am a free woman.
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Re: 'Fall Out' - Alternative endings 8 years 2 months ago #747

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Hence, like Jimboy perfectly stated above... "Over the years, the strange ending has proved to be one of / if not, the most endearing cult qualities of the series."
I have to totally agree. The questions it left for us to decide has made the series so intriguing and popular.
I like the idea of other possible endings. Unfotunately for this post I have no good ideas of my own at this moment.
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Re: 'Fall Out' - Alternative endings 8 years 2 months ago #748

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Warning Spoiler information below!!! If you haven't seen the 60's Prisoner, don't read as it will ruin the surprise ending.
This is not my own idea but one that I had read a while back somewhere, however I can't remember the source. It was a neat idea so I'd like to share it here.
The idea is this, the Character of Number 6's double who plays the part of Number 12 in the episode The Schizoid Man could be the person seen as Number 1. This would make sense on many levels as we know the Number 12 character was working against Number 6 in the Village. Perhaps was even promoted to Number 1. It also makes it clear why he sees the image of himself, although he's really just seeing the doppelganger who looks like him. They might even be related (twins/brothers) 6 being the good brother and the other the evil brother.
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Re: 'Fall Out' - Alternative endings 8 years 2 months ago #749

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A good variation Doulbe06, I also seem to remember reading this a while ago. I think it might available on one of the other ‘Prisoner’ websites.

A problem with this storyline variation is that in the final stages of ‘The Schizoid Man’, No.6 (pretending to be No.12) makes a phone call to No.2 and tells him, “No.6 (Curtis – No.12) is dead - Rover got him”.
Based on this, one would have to assume that this was not the case and Curtis actually survived Rover’s attack to make his revelatory reappearance in ‘Fall-Out’ etc.
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Re: 'Fall Out' - Alternative endings 8 years 2 months ago #750

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Thanks for the post Jimboy. I finally found the article in question at the Prisoner Discussion Board website. Original post by author John Ryerson or is it Tom McFearsom, anyways here are his views... (The part of Number 12 as Number 1 is in the first explaination below)

Fall Out Explained (sorta)

Hello Kid

OK KID!! YA’ll been hanker’n for a FALL OUT ever since you showed up here in The Village. Well here is my best shot at an explanation of what we see in FALL OUT. So I expect to see some INFORMATION from you purty darn soon or we will be meeting in the streets of Harmony at SUNDOWN PARDNER!! ThaT GOES FUR ANY OTHER OF YOU VARMITS THIS HERE VILLAGE TAINT BIG ENUFF FUR THE #2 OF US!! SO GITS YUR INFORMATION DOWN HERE OR THERE WILL BE A FALL OUT LIKE YA NEVER SAWED BEFER!!! (or sumthin)

BCN YA

Root Tootin Tommcfearsom

"No.1 Will Not Be A Mystery...If You Know What I Mean": No.2 FFA

Hello Fellow Villager
What follows was originally posted in The Village but as I examined it I
realized that the content could equally find a home in this thread. I
have left the titles and the content the same as it was originally
posted. I will add to this theory as time goes by. One point that I
like to make is that I think that PMG's theater background is often
ignored when trying to solve some of the mysteries The Prisoner series
seems to present to us.I also tend to think that PMG gave us a straight
forwrd wrap up of the series in Fall Out but using advances in
cinematic techniques frustrated viewers of the day, more on this is
commented below. I hope you enjoy this insight into the nature of No.1
and The Prisoner series.
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No.6 is the Killer
Hello Fellow Villagers
It is possible that No.6 tried to kill No.12 (Curtis) after Rover only
paralyzed him in order to create an escape opportunity by replacing
No.12 (but Curtis survived or was revived later). If so the Village
could in a last attempt to break No.6 have placed No.12 (now brain
damaged) in the guise of No.1 in Fall Out, hoping that the shock and
guilt of what he had done would cause him to finally crack (After all
they came close in "The Schizoid Man" to succeeding). "You can do it
boy!! KIll ! Kill !" No2. in OUAT. However No.6 being reminded he had
killed before in an attempt to escape decides to kill again with the
the famous machine gun breakout in Fall Out as the result. This would
cover almost every aspect of what we see in Fall Out.
BCNU
Tommcfearsom
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Concerning No.1s' True Face

Hello Fellow Villagers
In Greek Mystery Schools there was an old trick of looking into a bowl
that was a concave mirror that the initiate had drunk wine from with
the intention of seeing his "true face" behind him was placed a hidious
mask that reflected magically in the bowl causing an effect of profound
shock (This bowl is also use to see the future so parallels neatly the
famous crystal ball that No.1 offers to No.6 where No.6 sees only a
future as a prisoner with the slamming bars sequence).** I think the
Village with its penchant for ritual merely dressed up this old trick
with Curtis and said here is your true face to No.6 "SIR!! THIS IS WHAT
YOU ARE!! NOW LEAD US BECOME No.1!!" Our man No.6 excercised the
universal right of prisoners of (even private)wars to use all ethical
lethal force to obtain his freedom (this is recognized in the Amistad
defense presented before the U.S. Supreme Court by John Quincy Adams).
In this seneario No.1 is the long recognized Shadow Self that PMG was
looking to bring to the visual medium of television by using long
established principles of theater and so called Sacred Theater of the
Greco-Roman Mystery Schools. This seneario of the famous machine gun
breakout leaves No.6 intact as both a moral and heroic force (
particuarlly because it led to the redemption and freedom of fellow
prisoners ,the former No.2 ,No.48 and the Butler).

I would also add that No.6 promised "to seperate the prisoners from the
warders" and in Fall Out only The Village's "Elite Warders" such as
No.3 and "The President" seen before as No.2 were present along now for
the first time with heavily armed military gaurds. No.6 must have known
that a better oportunity to destroy The Village (another promise kept)
would not come along again (particuarly since he knew from OUAT that
the "prison lorrie" "moved" which he extracted from No.2, another clear
triumph for our man No.6). Having been to most of The Villages levels
(To extract INFORMATION) he knew the back wash of the rocket would
certainly destroy The Village's real underground power centers; the
control room, hospital, embryo room, etc.(note that he set the fuel
setting for maximum) while sparing his fellow prisoners who lived in
the village buildings above. The rocket launch was crucial as it denied
The Village a clear source of invulnerabilty to outside attack by other
government forces. The Village was clearly a nuclear power with an
enormous capacity (and range) of retaliation if it were interfered
with,our man No.6 denied them that ability and at the same time sent up
a large "flare" to anyone watching (remember he had escaped with
documentation of The Village's exsitence in MHR and he had an enormous
reputation that still carried weight with his superiors who would not
completely ignore him but could not act until the Village's nuclear
capacity was nullified). With the launch of it's nuclear payload (no
doubt with out a detonation capacity) the Village was now toothless as
a threat and had to "EVACUATE, EVACUATE!!". All of this was well within
the boundaries of the recognized conventions of The Prisoner's (POW)
ethical actions. After his escape the "elation scenes" all fit with the
known behavior of Prisoners upon release from long term confinement.
PMcG used the well established editing and directorial techniques used
in such films as Breathless and Blow Up (jump shots) to compress the
timeline of some events such as the rush to the bus and the home (a
brilliant use of cinematic method for television still way ahead of
it's time even today). The door automatically opening on his apartment
was because The Village has "prepared your home for you" arrogantly
thinking they had a new leader. Our man No.6 reclaims his Lotus ("every
nut and bolt of it") and never looks back ,he is not a Number his is A
FREE MAN who kept everyone of his promises. Anyone looking for much
more INFORMATION from PMG... well..."YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET IT".

*There is a surviving historical mural showing this ritual (dating to
the Greco-Roman period) that looks remarkably like the events we see in
Fall Out and the scenes in Dance of the Dead. You are the Boss if you
want to see this mural (it is in Pompeii Italy) just push the button
and go to scene #4.**
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