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Production circumstances result in a different GB and USA order of episodes. The German order, in turn, is also different for no apparent reason.
The so-called English standard episode order is given here.
But as for the episode action no particular running order is required. Almost every country would have an order of its own.

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"I AM NOT
A NUMBER.
I AM
A PERSON."

"SIX OF ONE,
HALF A
DOZEN OF
THE OTHER."

 

 

SCREENPLAY Roger Parks
DIRECTED by Joseph Serf (= Patrick McGoohan)
GERMAN VERSION by Frank Wesel
FIRST GERMAN BROADCAST: ARTE 14.08.2010

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ACTORS AND
GERMAN VOICES
COMPLETE CAST

Patrick McGoohan
Number Six
Bernd Rumpf
John Sharpe
Number Two
Peter Gröger
Angelo Muscat
Butler
non-talking role
Angela Brown
Number 86
Christin Marquitan
George Pravda
Doctor
Karl Sturm
Peter Swanwick
Supervisor
Lothar Hinze

Difficult times: Number Six is pursued by the local "Commitee" and branded as a social paria for his secluded way of living and being unmutual. He receives a lobotomy treatment which is performed publicly on television. Back in the community he uncovers the plot and forces Number Two to hastily get out of the Village.

RANKED 15th It's an oppressive episode but with considerable weak points. The central idea of a "formed society" put aside, there is just one scene that remains: Number Six telling his doctor how to make a decent cup of tea.

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In the Village a formerly unknown "Comittee" persues Number Six and accuses him of being "unmutual" and "disharmonious" because of his anti-social behaviour in living on his own. Because just words won't persuade an individual like Number Six into cooperation a neuro-surgical treatment is eventually forced upon him. This operation is broadcast on the Village television as a demonstration of a succesful "social conversion". And the Village authorites appear to be on the lucky path with Number Six becoming a new social member of the society.

IN A SCENE HARDLY CREDIBLE NUMBER SIX CURES HIS DOCTOR USING HYPNOSIS.
APPARENTLY SHE DISLIKED HIS WAY OF PREPARING TEA.

Like most other episode titles of THE PRISONER, "A Change of Mind" has a double or even multiple meaning in terms of brain washing, altering the mind, changing one's opinion.

The episode itself is ambivalent, although it does have its moments like the scene inherent with irony when a group of angry matrons shows up in front of Number Six' door threatening and beating him with their umbrellas for his unmutual behaviour. But considered as one out of a bunch of episodes it falls behind. Partly this is due to the fact that the regular director was fired by McGoohan and he himself took control. Thereby the emphasis was shifted more in favour of the spirit than of the plot.

NUMBER TWO AS THE AMIABLE BIG BROTHER

The pressure to conform and to adapt, to shut one's mouth, was never stronger in THE PRISONER. Also the Village, its general atmosphere, the inhabitants were never sketched in a more unpleasant and oppressive way; looming shadows of the Orwellian 1984 are evident but also the time of US senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunt in the 1950s when people were dragged before special "Comitees against unamerican Activities".
Altering the personality of a man by force was the subject of movies of that era like ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Milos Forman and SECONDS by John Frankenheimer. The underlying pattern is the rigid, formed authoritarian society which will brand dissenters and segregate them. However, it doesn't necessarily have to be a dictatorship.
The expression "formed society" (German: "formierte Gesellschaft") describes the era of post-WW II Germany under Chancellor Adenauer. It implies a political system of non-criticism declared by the ruling party, i.e. the German Christ Democratic Party, and postulates almost unanimous consensus on governmental and economical decisions.

The episode's weakness is also partly due to the studio-bound setting which really doesn't lift you up. And there is the plot which must constrain itself regarding Number Six in order not to "damage the tissue" instead of actually lobotomizing him or maybe the script having at least launch a last second's rescue device. It would probably have been against McGoohan's view of the title character who always used to have a firm grip on things.
Hard to believe also that Number Two, played insinuatingly by John Sharpe as an amiable uncle, is supposed to rapidly flee the Village for being publicly labelled "unmutual" after a simple rhetorical trick by Number Six.

Ultimatelay the impression remains that this epsiode has been glued together in an equally hastily way as Number Two leaves the Village. That's what it links to two other one - "The General" and "A. B. and C."

TEXT: Arno Baumgärtel

 


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