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December 13, 2011
You remember "The Prisoner."
The TV show nobody understood.
No.2: “We can treat folly with kindness . . . knowing that soon his wild spirit will quieten, and the foolishness will fall away to reveal a model citizen.”
No.6: “That day you'll never see.”
Broadcast on CBS, in 1968 and 1969, it's about an unnamed spy who resigns his position and is then gassed in his apartment as he packs his bags.
Off to a flying start.
He wakes up in the Village — actually more like a resort community — that is in reality a high-tech prison.
In each episode, No. 6 struggles with the camp authority figure, No. 2, played by a different actor every time, who pressures him to say why he left his cushy job.
At the beginning of each episode, No. 6 attempts, we presume, to explain it:
"I am not a number. I am a free man. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own.”
Number 6 was Patrick McGoohan, the prisoner in this mysterious allegory that continues to reverberate in re-runs, festivals, university courses and doctoral theses all on the strength of just 17 episodes.
Most of them presented out of order so it's even more obscure.
The show’s interpreters, and they are legion, have perceived elements of the cold war, mob mentality, mind control, numerology and more.
Even Homer Simpson had a go at unraveling the mystery on a Simpsons' episode that aired in December of 2000.
“The Prisoner” remains “one of the most enigmatic and fascinating series ever produced for television” the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago said on its web site.
Perhaps it resonates today.
Any obscure dramas you want to give a shout out to?
You're never a number in here.