Kevin’s Favorite Science Fiction Shows: #1 — The Prisoner

The Prisoner

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General idea:  “I am not a number; I am a free man!”  Danger Man goes rogue.

Interesting because:  This is the best libertarian television show I’ve ever seen.  The premise is that John Drake (maybe?) suddenly resigns, and the agency for which he works sends him off to The Island to attempt to pump him for information.  The entire series is about the power of the individual in standing up against a tyrannical State (and sometimes, the government really is out to get you).  Patrick McGoohan’s character is relentless, uncompromising, and willing to face everything in order to bring down the monster he sees.  The show went on a bit longer than McGoohan really wanted, but he was still able to end it on his terms without the premise getting stale.

Annoying because:  The show is fantastic but it’s such a relic of the 1960s with regard to fashion.  The psychedelic nature of the show could be a turn-off, and you get 1960s production values.

Best season(s):  1

Worst season(s):  N/A

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