Anyone remember The General Order?
Do the words "Death Penalty" ring a bell?
In this episode, Pike was captured and caged, his every move watched and studied by his "Keeper's", as they tried to control him, by the use of illusion.
He was, a Prisoner! like Number 6!
That's Six of One, NOT, repeat, NOT Seven of Nine.
Who then is Six?
Why, Six was "the Prisoner" of course.
As it so happens, The Prisoner was a 17-episode series ( produced by ITC ) that was first broadcast in the UK on the BBC a year after Trek 1st aired in the States , from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968 & follows a former secret agent ( John Drake ? also played by Patrick McGoohan,) who is kidnapped and held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort .
In "The Village" they do Not use names,
but instead assign people numbers.
As a matter of fact, in the episode "The Cage", Captain Pike had an "Number One", who served him, while the Prisoner's Number 6 also had different "Number 2's" , who were his "keeper", and Six was always asking:
"Who is Number One"?
In Fact, it could be ( and has been ) argued that most
of what happens to these character's takes place
only in their mind's eye.
One is trapped "underground", the other was "undercover".
"Red pill/Blue pill" scene in "The Matrix",
where our hero has to either choose to face reality
or continue to believe the lie of the illusion of his reality, there were these characters -
Chris Pike and Number Six.
he assigned different names to these Idols,
calling them the:
3) The Marketplace -
( or how ad's produced by ad agencies bend or attempt to twist one's perception of truth) and finally
4) The Idols of the Theatre !
and various forms of social indoctrination in an attempt to break Number Six, not only to find out about why he resigned as an agent, but also to extract "information."
According to Prisoner fan Vance Socci , another common element between Cage and the Prisoner is "the hero's rejection of female temptation, which seen as a path to another kind of imprisonment. The Village makes several attempts to "hook up" the prisoner with feminine delights - the first of which is the blonde maid in "Arrival" ( Episode One) who offers her services in quite a saucy manner. Pike also rejects his fellow prisoner Vina, who is actually bait for him. Both sets of captors use illusion to try to sway the respective heroes."
both of them no longer wanted "the job".
|the Prisoner, #6.|
only to end up back where they physically started.
Chris Pike on Talos IV, Six in the Village.
Both locations switch from Prisons to places of Freedom. Pike "free" of the wheelchair & his body,
and for some reason -
In the final episode Number 6 apparently succeeded in determining the identity of the mysterious "person" who led the group and thus ultimately determined his own fate.
"Who is Number One?"
Answer: "You are Number Six."
And here you thought ,
but "NO man is just A Number."
Which brings us to ask-
was Rover just a Monster from the ID?
(You know- the guy who was given God like
telepathic and telekinetic powers, transforming him into Dr. Evil )