In light of the surreal overtones of our current campaign season, it's noteworthy to keep in mind that such absurdities are not at all unprecedented in the world of dystopian fiction, The Prisoner being the prime example. Everything you really need to know about Campaign 2016 is embedded in "Free for All," one of the best episodes of the series, in which Number Six is recruited to run for political office in The Village, a fascist island resort where life would appear to be utterly pleasant and utopian, except when one attempts to contradict the party line, speak one's mind, and tell the truth.
Though I recommend watching all seventeen episodes of The Prisoner, McGoohan himself felt there were only seven essential episodes: "Arrival," "Free for All," "Dance of the Dead," "Checkmate," "The Chimes of Big Ben," "Once Upon a Time," and "Fall Out." McGoohan wrote and directed at least three of these episodes. After absorbing these seven stories, an equally illuminating experience can be had by watching a rare 1977 interview with McGoohan on a Canadian show called The Prisoner Puzzle, in which the actor offers further prescient comments on the real world parallels to his (at that time) ten-year-old allegory.
THE PRISONER ("ARRIVAL"):
THE PRISONER ("FREE FOR ALL"):
THE PRISONER ("DANCE OF THE DEAD"):
THE PRISONER ("CHECKMATE"):
THE PRISONER ("THE CHIMES OF BIG BEN"):
THE PRISONER ("ONCE UPON A TIME"):
THE PRISONER ("FALL OUT"):
THE PRISONER PUZZLE (1977):
A Still Tongue Makes A Happy Life.
Questions Are A Burden To Others; Answers A Prison For Oneself.
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