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Post by Shiney on Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:23 pm




I was a huge fan of the original british series.

So surreal and bonko odd I fell in love with it as a teen, it ran on TBS or something really early on Sunday mornings or something.

A year or so ago I heard of the remake and was upset. Then terms like 'Re-Imagining" and 'Updated" were attached and I cringed moreso.

I just saw this trailer and must say I am sold. It looks fucking badass....updated and re-imagined, but the skeletal things seem there.

AMC better give it a timeslot that is Shiney friendly or Ted Turner will receive a shoebox full of stinky doodoo.

Watch...link at top, yo!!

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Post by DgB on Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:56 pm

I was sold as soon as I saw Sir Ian Mckellen. Def

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Post by kurtnewton on Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:22 pm

I have old VCR recordings of the original series (when they were shown in reruns, of course). But this looks awesome! Can't wait till November. popcorn

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Post by Shiney on Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:03 pm

It was such a "Way ahead of it's time" sort of show...and one that was aimed at a small demographic...what with the unabashed surrealism of it all...

And I nearly wept when I saw that they kept "the Rovers" Gotta love those big balloons..

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Post by catephoenix on Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:34 am

It might be sacrilege to say so - but that looks better than the original.

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Post by Shiney on Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:07 am

naughty Blasphemy!!!!!

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:58 am

I love the Iron Maiden song. lol

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Post by Mercedes on Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:13 am

I've never even heard of this series!

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Post by Shiney on Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:08 pm

This starts tonight...I'm going to try and catch it...

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Post by kurtnewton on Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:16 am

Just got done watching the second installment of this mini-series (the final two hours are tomorrow night). It's totally awesome and all about misery. Which means Mercedes wouldn't like it.

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Post by Shiney on Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:33 am

I thought it was grand...staying true to the original while also rising to everything the original had WISHED it could be.

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Post by Mercedes on Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:58 am


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Post by kurtnewton on Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:59 pm


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Post by kurtnewton on Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:13 pm

Okay, finished watching the new Prisoner last night and wasn't as thrilled with the final two hours as the first four...very hard to follow...and the end "twist" was kind of abrupt and left me grasping for more. But when I woke up this morning my thoughts were still on it, and the more I think about it, the more I can see the ultimate direction it took.

I think it really helps to have seen the original series. The new one borrows a lot from it. The original series came about during the late 60s when everyone was dropping acid and trying to expand their consciousness. It was the Cold War era and the Prisoner was an ex secret agent that was being held captive to try and find out what he knew and why he retired. The whole series was just one big mind game and balanced the terror of being held against ones will with a whimsical/absurd kind of existentialism. If our identities are meaningless...perhaps our existence is meaningless, too, seemed to be the question it was asking.

The new Prisoner series replaces the secret agent employed by the government in the original series with an information gatherer employed by a one of these far-reaching mega-corporations called Summakor. This guy one day up and resigns because he's noticed "patterns" in the social network he doesn't like. It makes him begin to question everything. But his resignation is short-lived because he quickly finds himself waking up in the Village. The mind games begin.

In these six hours, there are lots of layers...don't blink or you'll miss something. I liked the whole examination of reality and purpose. If you like Big Questions, this show is at least attempting to open them up for discussion. And in this day and age of too much information, where mega-corporations are the new governments, where society is succumbing to the over-prescription of psycho-active drugs to escape an ever-oppressive/depressive reality, from what is the true nature of happiness, to where does love fit into all of this...the questions are valid.

And to correct an earlier statement: it's not just about misery...there's actual hope involved here. I'm not going to give anything away but just know that after six hours of mind-bending cat and mouse between Jim Caviezel (Number 6) and Ian McKellen (Number 2) -- the scenes between these two are priceless -- there is a payoff. It might seem like a huh? wait, what? But it's there. The supporting cast is great. There are multiple surprises and shocking moments. As a stand-alone mini-series, it rocks. If they try to stretch it into something longer, it might get repetitive and boring.

It rebroadcasts this Sunday, November 22, at 8pm and again at 10pm, EST. Two hours each Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Watch it if you get a chance.

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Post by Shiney on Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:20 pm

I missed the end episode...I'll catch it on the rebroadcast.

I loved what they did thus far...and was so vrey happy they kept 'Rover"...

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Post by Mercedes on Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:26 pm

Interested against my will. What station is it on?

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Post by kurtnewton on Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:11 pm

Mercedes wrote:What station is it on?

AMC

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Post by Balor on Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:07 pm

Thank goodness for OnDemand!

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Post by kurtnewton on Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:01 pm

Just to remind everyone THE PRISONER rebroadcasts beginning tonight (Sunday 11/22) at 8pm EST and again at 10pm. Same for Moday and Tuesday. I think I'm actually going to watch it again.

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