History Series / ThePrisoner

27th Apr '16 10:36:26 AM wittylibrarian
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the many spy shows proliferating television and film in TheSixties, including the Bond series. Including [[DangerMan the show]] [=MacGoohan=] once starred in.
** The spy hero does not always escape or foil his opponent's plans.
** No one - including the spy hero - knows who can be trusted at any moment, or even what is actually happening.
** Mad would-be dictators that show up on a weekly basis on most of those shows aren't a real threat in this show (we one we do meet is actually a caricature as part of a make-believe story Number 6 tells children as a ''bedtime story'').
26th Feb '16 9:15:40 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* DramaticUnmask: Inverted in the final episode. [[spoiler:Twice]].

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* DramaticUnmask: Inverted in the final episode. [[spoiler:Twice]].
7th Feb '16 10:29:01 AM eroock
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7th Feb '16 10:28:20 AM eroock
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7th Feb '16 10:27:17 AM eroock
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8th Jan '16 4:04:25 AM Solle
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An AudioPlay series by Creator/BigFinish, written and produced by Creator/NicholasBriggs, has been announced for 2016 and will be a reinterpretation of the series rather than a continuation.

A loose miniseries remake [[Series/ThePrisoner2009 aired in 2009]] with Creator/JimCaviezel as 6 and Creator/IanMcKellen as the series' only Number 2.

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Two remakes of the series exist:
* A TV miniseries remake [[Series/ThePrisoner2009 aired in 2009]] with Creator/JimCaviezel as Number 6 and Creator/IanMcKellen as the series' only Number 2.
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An AudioPlay series by Creator/BigFinish, written and produced by Creator/NicholasBriggs, has been announced for started in 2016 and will be a reinterpretation of the series rather than a continuation.

A loose miniseries remake [[Series/ThePrisoner2009 aired in 2009]] with Creator/JimCaviezel
stars Mark Elstob as 6 and Creator/IanMcKellen as the series' only Number 2.
6.
26th Dec '15 11:53:17 AM nombretomado
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* AppliedPhlebotinum: That wonderful [[SilverAge sixties]] version of the trope, involving giant talking computers with big knobs, all-purpose mind-altering chemicals, and multicolored electronic beams of light.

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: That wonderful [[SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks sixties]] version of the trope, involving giant talking computers with big knobs, all-purpose mind-altering chemicals, and multicolored electronic beams of light.
30th Nov '15 12:39:56 AM PaulA
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A loose miniseries remake [[Series/ThePrisoner2009 aired in 2009]] with Jim Caviezel as 6 and Ian McKellen as the series' only Number 2.

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A loose miniseries remake [[Series/ThePrisoner2009 aired in 2009]] with Jim Caviezel Creator/JimCaviezel as 6 and Ian McKellen Creator/IanMcKellen as the series' only Number 2.



* YouLookFamiliar
** Alexis Kanner played Number 48, "The Kid", and an unnamed photographer in different episodes.
** Patrick Cargill, who played a British government official in "Many Happy Returns", and Number 2 in "Hammer into Anvil". Given the show's themes, it's difficult to tell if we're supposed to notice and account for it in the story.
** Christopher Benjamin appears as different characters in "Arrival" and "The Girl Who Was Death", and in the latter actually reprises a character named Potter that he played in an episode of ''Series/DangerMan''.
** Colin Gordon appears as No. 2 in the episodes "A, B and C" and "The General", being the only actor besides [=McKern=] to play No. 2 more than once. However, given the nature of the series, there is actually a case to be made that Gordon is playing two ''different'' No. 2's, if one compares elements such as characterization. The one-off appearance of Village workers in "Arrival" who look exactly the same (possibly twins, possibly clones) is cited as possible evidence in support.\\
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The Colin Gordon question may depend on which order you watch the episodes. If "A, B and C" is seen before "The General", as it was during the show's original run, they may be different. If that order is reversed (into the order in which they were originally filmed), they appear to be the same character, who goes from a highly confident SmugSnake to a broken man terrified of the consequences of failure.\\
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It should also be noted that "A, B,and C" is unique as the title sequence contains the line "I am No. 2" rather than "The new No. 2", suggesting that episode was meant as the 2nd episode featuring that No. 2, as there'd be no need to reintroduce himself then or indicate anything had changed. This correlates with the above reasoning for the change in his behavior.\\
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17th Nov '15 8:45:23 AM SteveMB
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* Gaslighting: Used against Number Six on several occasions, particularly in "The Schizoid Man" in which he is given the identity of a Village agent brought in to impersonate himself. Number Six uses the tactic against Number Two in "Hammer Into Anvil", where he does random suspicious-looking things to [[ParanoiaGambit drive Number Two to distraction]].
6th Nov '15 1:40:46 AM moloch
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* {{Retool}}: According to various histories of the series, had a second season been commissioned, No. 6 would have found himself acting as an unwitting agent of The Village and being sent on missions, a major retool of the format. The episode "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling" is in some ways a backdoor pilot for the new format, complete with pre-credits teaser. It could be argued that [=McGoohan's=] opinion of the idea is evident in that he chose this episode to be the one shot while he was filming IceStationZebra, requiring another actor to play No. 6!

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* {{Retool}}: According to various histories of the series, had a second season been commissioned, No. 6 would have found himself acting as an unwitting agent of The Village and being sent on missions, a major retool of the format. The episode "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling" is in some ways a backdoor pilot for the new format, complete with pre-credits teaser. It could be argued that [=McGoohan's=] opinion of the idea is evident in that he chose this episode to be the one shot while he was filming IceStationZebra, ''Ice Station Zebra'', requiring another actor to play No. 6!
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