The Prisoner 2009: A Modern Remake of a Classic Series
The Prisoner 2009 is a six-part miniseries that reimagines the 1960s cult show of the same name. The series stars Jim Caviezel as Number Six, a man who wakes up in a mysterious village after resigning from his job as an intelligence agent. He is pursued by Number Two, played by Ian McKellen, who wants to know why he resigned and what he knows. The series explores themes of identity, freedom, surveillance, and conformity in a post-9/11 world.
The first episode of the series, titled "Arrival", introduces the main characters and the setting of the village, a seemingly idyllic but sinister place where everyone is assigned a number and monitored by cameras and rovers. Number Six tries to escape but finds out that the village is surrounded by a desert and that he cannot trust anyone. He also meets Number 313, a doctor who seems to be sympathetic to his plight, and Number 147, a taxi driver who is loyal to the village.
The Prisoner 2009 was broadcast on AMC in the US and ITV in the UK in November 2009. It received mixed reviews from critics and fans of the original series, some of whom praised its production values, performances, and modern relevance, while others criticized its lack of coherence, originality, and fidelity to the source material. The series was nominated for several awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie.
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The Prisoner 2009 is loosely based on the original series created by Patrick McGoohan, who also starred as Number Six. The original series ran for 17 episodes from 1967 to 1968 and became a cult classic for its surreal and allegorical storytelling, its iconic imagery, and its ambiguous ending. The original series was influenced by spy fiction, existentialism, and the Cold War, and explored themes of individualism, rebellion, and mind control.
The remake attempts to update the premise and themes of the original series for a contemporary audience, while also paying homage to some of its elements. For example, the remake retains the use of numbers instead of names, the catchphrase "Be seeing you", the giant white balloons called rovers that capture escapees, and the Village's distinctive architecture and design. However, the remake also changes some aspects of the original series, such as the location of the Village (from Wales to Namibia), the identity and role of Number Two (from a rotating cast of antagonists to a single character with a personal connection to Number Six), and the tone and style of the narrative (from surreal and episodic to realistic and serialized).
The Prisoner 2009 is not the first attempt to revive or adapt the original series. In 1980, Marvel Comics published a four-issue comic book series based on the show, written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Gil Kane. In 1988, DC Comics published a graphic novel titled The Prisoner: Shattered Visage, written by Dean Motter and Mark Askwith and drawn by Motter. In 2000, a video game titled The Prisoner was released for Windows and Macintosh, developed by David Mullich and published by DreamCatcher Interactive. In 2002, a radio drama adaptation of the original series was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, starring Ian McKellen as Number Two and directed by Neil Gardner. In 2017, Titan Comics announced a new comic book series based on the show, written by Peter Milligan and drawn by Colin Lorimer. 248dff8e21