If you are one of the very few people reading this who never saw the original TV series of The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan, you have been leading a deprived life. It’s a series that influenced countless writers and stands as one of the immortal high points of television drama.
I don’t know of any writers who haven’t contemplated what they’d do if they had the chance to update that series.
When AMC said it would be doing so, I did not have a warm feeling inside. I ignored all the pre-show material they put on their website.
I did, however, bite when they released the nine-minute trailer.
And I did an analysis of that here.
I’d watched it so many times before the show premiered that I could cite lines from it — and often did on Twitter.
I wanted to watch the series and judge it for myself, so I didn’t read any of the reviews that sprouted all over the Internet just hours before its premiere. So everything in the following post — for I still haven’t read any of those reviews — is all mine.
Beyond here are spoilers!