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"I am NOT a number"
« on: January 15, 2009, 05:26:34 AM »
RIP Patrick McGoohan

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99355656



If you want to watch entire episodes:

http://www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner-1960s-series/
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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009, 09:45:59 AM »
A must-watch show. "The Bells of Big Ben" (pardon any error on the title) is my favorite episode.

Of course, the final episode is a legendary, 60s-cinema-fueled cock-up  that no one but McGoohan seemed to understand.

Until that episode, though.....pure gold.
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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 12:08:42 PM »
I agree, The Prisoner is one of the all-time great TV shows, under-appreciated despite appearing on many "all time best" lists.  If I could recommend only one show to someone who thought all TV was simple, stupid and shallow, it would be this one.  RIP, number 6.
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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 12:34:27 PM »
That would still leave 99.9% of all tv as shallow  ;) 
... but I agree. The Prisoner is/was great.
Some episodes are rather dated and a tad silly, but they still have charm and import if you get into the mood.
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 02:17:39 PM »
A must-watch show. "The Bells of Big Ben" (pardon any error on the title) is my favorite episode.

Of course, the final episode is a legendary, 60s-cinema-fueled cock-up  that no one but McGoohan seemed to understand.

Until that episode, though.....pure gold.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who, after watching the last episode, thought "WTF?"  ;)
(not that the last eipsode wasn't cool...it's just I had no idea whatsoever what the hell actually happened)

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2009, 07:26:56 AM »
I watched "Fallout" last night in his honor.  Someone on Myspace wrote "Congradulations Number 6, you finally made it off the island."
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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2009, 08:53:29 AM »
The final episode was willfully obscure, yes, but wonderful.
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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2009, 12:01:34 PM »
I loved that show, it blew me away upon first seeing as a kid back in the 1960s when it was shown as a summer replacement on CBS. I remember seeing it rebroadcast on PBS in the 1970s, after the end of each show a psychologist would come on and explain what had just happened. Of course Patrick McGoohan did several other things, including another 1960s classic called Secret Agent, a sort of James Bond type character which then lead to The Prisoner.
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2009, 12:34:35 PM »
There's some discussion on Wikipedia of whether the Secret Agent (Danger Man) was the Prisoner or not.
I always assumed that he was. 

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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2009, 02:32:27 PM »
Late 80s, Dark Horse comics (I think) put out a very good 4-issue mini-series that had him coming back to the island and having a final showdown with #1. It was quite good, as I recall.


Edit: Wikipedia informs me it was a DC Comics imprint that put out the mini-series.
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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2009, 03:27:33 PM »
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There's some discussion on Wikipedia of whether the Secret Agent (Danger Man) was the Prisoner or not.
I always assumed that he was. 
After the show, I watched some of "The Prisoners Video Companion" (I've got the set on DVD).  Anyway.  The Producer said he was, but MacGoohan said he wasn't.  There was a character in "Secret Agent" who was John Drake's informant who was also in a Prisoner episode. (Now I have to watch the series over again to find him!)  Patrick MacGoohan was offered the rol of James Bond before Sean Connery, but he turned it down.

The location was used on the agreement that it would not be revealed until the series was over.  The last episode states the location in the opening credits.  It still exists, and they have a yearly Prisonerfest, or something like that.  I learned last night that the episode "Living in Harmony" was not aired in the US until the late 90's, due to it's implications to anti-Vietnam-War stance. 

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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2009, 03:29:28 PM »
"Danger Man" was an excellent series. Also had its fine moments of What the heck is going on here?
I liked them as much as The Prisoner. It was a bit earlier.
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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2009, 11:12:28 AM »
Sad to see but inevitable. I want to get that series on DVD and am looking forward to see what AMC does with doing a remake of the series. I think it's supposed to be out later this year.

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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2009, 07:27:13 PM »
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There's some discussion on Wikipedia of whether the Secret Agent (Danger Man) was the Prisoner or not.
I always assumed that he was. 
I learned last night that the episode "Living in Harmony" was not aired in the US until the late 90's, due to it's implications to anti-Vietnam-War stance. 

Be seeing you.  ;)

And you. ;)

I didn't say the character in Secret Agent was or wasn't the same one in The Prisoner. I have a book on the series, it says that Patrick was offered another year of Secret Agent but turned it down and offered to do what turned out to be the Prisoner. I also seem to remember the book saying something about Living in Harmony being banned for its use of drugs in the show. McGoohan said that he always wanted to do a Western so he indulged himself with Living in Harmony.
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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2009, 01:13:53 AM »
I was just posting to Wayne (Oenyaw) about the delights (some would say horrors) or Iron Maiden, and I was going to comment about the fact that the lads wrote a song about "The Prisoner" on their 1983 album "Number of the Beast" right after seeing this thread- They gave it the rather imaginative title of, wait for it, "The Prisoner" but it's a pretty amazing little song that kind of rips your head off in a slow way.  Anyway, the reason I posted this, was because I just walked into a 7-11 and heard a cover of that very song.....This would not be so unusual, except I've never heard a public (radio,tv) performance of an Iron Maiden song, let alone a cover of one, anywhere, ever.  And to hear one while walking into a shop, buying a bottle of milk, just after thinking about that very song.... was pretty strange.  I guess that maybe it was being played because of the demise of the actor....but that's just too boring. ;) 
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Re: "I am NOT a number"
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2009, 05:18:45 PM »
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