You could be forgiven for thinking that the worst offense about the previous post was the previous post, with its outrageous suggestion that David Jones’ secret assignment had nothing to do with salvaging a Russian spy satellite and everything to do with somebody else’s sartorial selections, but that would only diminish the depth of my deception (though I would prefer the term “artistic license”).
While I do believe that the way in which the Stranger’s silver-studded, one-of-a-kind gun holster (“only the best”) complements the wearer’s wardrobe simply spells perfection - a quality I would not immediately associate with David Jones’ fluffy boots - I have taken a liberty with the candid shot from the filming of Living in Harmony that I would not normally condone: as you can see it has been a) “colourized” and b) cropped to show only a portion of the image. What the full picture reveals, however, is an intriguing oddity, since the camera perspective that would have given us this eye-level view into the Stranger’s face, or rather, the muzzle of his gun as he fires his last shot was never seen in the actual episode.
Adding to the intrigue is the fact that this particular camera angle would have presented us with a false perspective shared by none of the participants in the scene, which is why I suspect it was deemed inappropriate. The significance - and the appeal - of the still picture lies in its ambiguity: capturing the most elusive moments of the creative process while serving as a reminder of their very elusivness - preserving for posterity that which by definition was never meant to be seen - is a delicate balancing act between revealing and concealing that I for one find utterly…irresistible.