Reboot review of this week: The Prisoner
#6: “Where am I?”
#2: “In the village.”
#6: “What do you want?”
#6: “Who’s side are you on?”
#2: That would be telling, we want information, information, information.
#6: “You won’t get it.”
#2: “By hook or by crook we will.”
#6: “Who are you?”
#2: “The new number2”
#6: “Who is number one?”
#2: “You are number six.”
#6: “I am not a number I am a free man!”
The Prisoner in 1967 was a tv show staring Patrick Mcgoohan about a man kidnapped, this man was a man who was at some point of a secret clearance highest in the english government, he resigned and an unnamed entity want’s to know why. He is determined to escape and what comes of it was one of the best tv shows in existence. Each of the seventeen episodes was unto it self a masterpiece dealing with government oppression, the facts of all life, love, betrayal, defiance, escape, the faceless entities that control our lives, all hosted through the eyes of a man who is a fiery short tempered man who could explode at any moment. That was part of the charm that was Patrick Mcgoohan he could go from one character inside of another and throw it onto it self. The show would tweak the mind of the viewer as well bring them in on what what was happening maybe happening maybe not half way through the episode. One of the big hooks of the show was the constant fact that the two enemies wold be playing one big game of chess screwing into each other’s minds to try to achieve their mission. Number 2 was a fairly amazing concept, the constantly changing characters was a fairly brilliant method, always changing, always toying with each other never the same challenge twice making you wonder what #6 was going to do next.
The concept of the show was so mind bending that the inconclucivity (i won’t spoil it for you) of the end of the show caused people to attack Patrick in the street. It was fairly low budget with a very brilliant set of stories cleverly put together with the aspect that we are all rats in a gargantuan maze. The show if watched now though slightly dated in the technology they use still has a resounding message that will always be relevant so long as there is man or government. This review of the show is fairly poor because I am truly not worthy to review it. This is one of those where you are going to have to go out and watch the show in all it’s glory your selves.
AMC’s the Prisoner starred a very solid cast of Ian Mckellen and Jim Kavizel. Now If I had to pick a #2 it would have been Ian Mckellen who was actually quite brilliant in the role but as they were saying they weren’t trying to remake such a brilliant show but rather put a twist on it. That was honestly the reboot’s folly. They just couldn’t live up to what it once was. In the end it was too Americanized relying too much on love interests and just lacking that special level of clever trickery that was the basis of the show. Sadly this will probably be the only negative review I put out. High production costs and relatively good acting will only get you so far when you are trying to remake something so loved as to last and be so beloved for so long. Some of the charm of the old show was that it was just so English. Ultimately through such struggle the hero just about always loses and is so unattached to his fake world. Obviously I hope you watch it and decide for your self on both accounts.
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