They’re remaking the Prisoner.
This probably doesn’t mean much to most of you, but this is worrisome to me. You see, when I was a mere lad, my father introduced me to The Prisoner. I remember being quite impressed with “Rover”, which was this giant bouncy ball that sucked escapees into it and returned them to the sinister Village. It’s a classic cold-war series about paranoia and mind control and duty vs. honor and, well, all the things that made my little head spin when I was a kid. I only saw two or three episodes as a kid, but I loved this strange, quirky show even more than The Avengers. (Don’t get me started on Emma Peel in that leather jumpsuit!) If you haven’t seen The Prisoner, it’s well worth finding. Especially if you are actually old enough to remember the Cold War.
Now, I’ve read on SciFi.com that they’re redoing The Prisoner. Sadly, they’ve already admitted that they’re going to make significant changes, including the fact that they won’t use The Village. That’s really a shame, since that paricular piece of surreality was one of the things I loved about the show. No one could leave The Village, but Number 6 kept trying. Well, I guess, I’ll just resign myself to the idea that this won’t be The Prisoner that my father shared with me as a kid, but something else. And, of course, I have the classic series on DVD, so I can retreat to that time and place whenever I want.
“I am not a number! I am a free man!”