| This "gap" between Lingerie
and the Furniture store is totally problematic. The green sign there indicates
the car park (i.e. parking lot) Level 3 is to the right, just as the grille
below on the Mall ground floor leads to level 2. But there's no grille on
the top floor, to prevent intruders entering from Level 3 of the Car Park,
and we never see anyone go that way until Season 3 when we see Bray heading
for the roof that way.
In Season 3 also, when more rooms were needed, a sign
appeared pointing left to "Mall Management." Here for the first
time we find rooms with doors. This is where The Guardian installs himself,
and where Tai-San as the new Supreme Mother will have her own room. There
is also what I call the "Operations Room", a place May discovers
and where she makes a hasty sketch of key locations in the City. Here are
We also have a problem with the location of the Cage,
supposedly to the left. It seems Cloud9 weren't quite sure where it should
be. It is definitely in the Service Area, because that's where (for instance)
Jack's water filtration system is, and the Cage is located nearby. In early
episodes, people went to the Cage via this gap between Lingerie and the
The two pics below illustrate this. Ebony escapes from
the Cage in the night by luring Lex (who is supposed to be guarding her)
inside, then locking him in. We then see her making her getaway via the
"gap", looking in on Amber and Trudy as they sleep, before leaving
the Mall via the sewers. Amber senses something and wakes; she finds Lex
in the Cage instead of Ebony and raises the alarm. Here we see her returning
from the Cage.
|But later on in Season 1, when Cloe makes
for the Cage to talk to Patsy, who is talking to Glen within, she
goes via the stairway that hugs the Market lift.
This stairway is now the usual way that we see anyone (e.g. Jack,
Lex) going to the Service Area.
| Here we see Ebony in the Cage, held there
after she followed Bray into the Mall and thereby ruined Zandra's
wedding to Lex.
The Mallrats used the Cage to hold people, criminals we might say,
pending trial, or until they decided what to do with them.
In Season 3 the Service Area cage is never used, and the Market Lift
is used instead. It is called "The Cage" just like the original.
Below is a list of people who at one time or another were kept there.
||For Hoarding Food.
||When she followed Bray inside the Mall.
The Mallrats feared that she would bring the Locos in if they let
||Temporary measure only, to isolate him.
He was soon moved to the Antiques shop where he died
||Season 2. Framed by Ebony, accused of trying
to poison Tai-San
||Season 3. When the rebels take Brady from
the Mall, the Guardian puts all three in chains. Luke because he's
2nd in command, and the two girls because they had most contact with
Brady. He lets the girls go, and some Chosen guards loyal to Luke
set him free.
||Pending trial, following the downfall of
the Chosen. Ebony engineers his escape, and Ned's murder
||Season 5, for collaborating with Mega
||Season 5. after the rebels take the City
||Another view of the Cage, and the Service