The new “The Prisoner” mini series, utter shit, don’t waste your time.
I desperately wanted this to be good or at the very least watchable, because I’m a rabid & obsessive fan of the original. I even watched the entire mind numingly dull series and of sound mind and honest heart utter shit. I had high hopes only because of sir Ian MacKellan; I am a huge fan of his and frankly I sat through the whole thing like a junkie waiting for a fix of that sweet sweet Gandolf, sadly they were handing out watered down methadone. The only 2 scenes that were any fun at all were the cake with cherries bit & when he was messing with the “speaking cure” Bobsey Twins. Every other actor/character was cardboard dull, the art direction, dull, the pacing painful. I failed to get a friend into the original series and he couldn’t because of the slow pacing (never a problem of the original in my opinion but I digress) this one has all the excitement of an early Warhol film where he’d film a blank wall or some shit for ten hours.
After watching that sloppy pile of dog vomit that was the remake, I rewatched all 17 original “The Prisoner ” episodes on demand (the only good thing to come of this) and without a doubt it was vastly superior in every way. Even the “Village” which was a real seaside resort that still stands to this day, was effectively creepy in a late 60’s luxury sort of way. Let us not forget the late great Patrick McGoohan and the way he positively chewed up the scenery, & all the other actors really sold that strange damnable estate. To this day the show has shown more sheer testicular fortitude than any pale imitation and showed some of the best writing ever produced for the small screen.
There are some who might think I’m being so hard on the remake because of my fondness for the original, in fact the opposite was true. If the remake was not called “The Prisoner” I would almost assuredly have changed the channel in signifigantly less tha fifteen minuted and certainly would have been a better man for it. In summation watch the original and avoid the remake at all costs.
Oh yeah, and the running gag about the wraps was just fucking retarded.