Tuesday, 14 June 2016

For the Good of the Many

I’ve been thinking about the near-destruction of the Night Garden by the Haahoos again (I have a boring commute). For those who haven’t read my other thoughts on BBC’s delightful “In the Night Garden”, I have a sneaking suspicion that it is actually a bleak depiction of a post-apocalyptic society, where carnivorous inflatable monsters eat anyone who strays from the “safe zone”.

At least Patrick McGoohan only had to deal with one!

Specifically, I’ve started thinking about housing. The Gazebo is one of the few remaining structures, leading me to believe that the Haahoos have destroyed the rest. 


How did the nascent Upsy Daisy junta deal with this situation? Shelter would have to be rationed, obviously The Pontipines and Wottingers, both large families with eight children, each have one of the two remaining houses and are all crammed into the one bedroom in each. Clearly these two families are used to larger housing – perhaps even a mansion. Their diet of blancmange suggests former wealth; their current status suggests refugee.

Mr and Mrs Pontipine lose their children so often that I suspect both they have PTSD

Makka Pakka lives in a cave. It may lack furnishings, but at least it’s dry and the entrance is too small for a Haahoo to enter.

He lost his teddy bear during the evacuation

The three Tombliboos are reduced to living in a bush.

Tombliboos, form a line. Now just wait, it’s rations time

Iggle Piggle just has a boat to sleep in, suggesting that he’s either a guerrilla or that perhaps he’s fallen out of favour with the Daisy-ist regime.

The episode where Iggle Piggle dies of exposure is especially harrowing

That just leaves Generalissimo Daisy herself. Obviously as the leader of the struggle against the Haahoo menace, she has awarded the nicest bed to herself and, most importantly, only Upsy Daisy’s allowed to sleep in Upsy Daisy’s bed.

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