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Review of ‘The Prisoner’ part 1

November 20, 2009

I’m half way through watching AMC’s remake of ‘The Prisoner’ and to be honest, I’m not all that impressed.  I think the problem is that the producers are trying to take the original themes and expand them in size, which doesn’t really seem to be working.  It was one thing to believe that a secret village could exist where all the residents were former spies, but it’s another to believe that a village could exist where there are entire families who have always lived there.  I get that the show is trying to take the ‘big brother’ themes of the original and show that they apply not just to people who work in the government but to society as a whole, but it just seems like too big of a stretch.  I can buy the idea of a bunch of adults pretending like they’ve forgotten the outside world, but an entire society unaware of an outside world?  Not quite.  We’ll see how the rest of the series plays out but all in all, I’m just not that interested.  Oh yeah, the AMC promos for the show are really irritating too.  That never helps.

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One comment

  1. Yeah, but if you have a bunch of adults pretending the outside world doesn’t exist and they have kids, they’re obviously going to teach the kids that the outside world doesn’t exist so that is what the kids will learn. Those kids will grown up, stay in the Village (cause there is no other place), have kids, teach them that the Village is all there is…so eventually the entire society (helped along by brain-washed new additions occasionally!) will be unaware of an outside world. Pretty devious, eh?



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