The exclusive video contains over 9 minutes of video clips from AMC’s The Prisoner remake. My snap judgement Saturday night Vitamin B-12 reaction:
Changes from old Prisoner to new Prisoner (based on 9+ minutes):
- No English spy connection?
- No revolving Number Twos?
- New York
- Village seems bigger
- Number Six works for Number Two but they both admit it’s a trap as opposed to the subtle ah-ha moment when we find out who was really tricked.
- Number Two’s observation room
- Number Six’s personality
Similarities of new Prisoner to old Prisoner (based on 9+ minutes):
- Number system and Village rules
- Some exact dialog and scenes from Episode 1: Arrival
- Man vs. society
- Use of drugs to extract info
- Number Six speaks with old man washed onshore
- Number Six battles mental traps
- Ian McKellen as Number Two- meet an older version of The Realtor, folks
- Rover’s back!
- Modern and hip- this is the new millennium whether you like it or not.
- Production looks great- like a movie.
- Whereas the original Patrick McGoohan Prisoner was innovative, this 2009 version seems very Keanu, i.e. kinda like The Matrix, i.e. yet another addition to the “reality is wrong” and “who am I?” genre.
- The NEW Number Six, played by Jim Caviezel, lacks Patrick McGoohan’s subtlety and uniqueness. Of course, any comparison would fall short; I guess Jim’s doing his own take since the original Number Six was based on John Drake from Danger Man (Secret Agent Man) and McGoohan himself. (It seems like this Number Six is really an Enneagram Type Six and not an Enneagram Type Four.)
Anyway, I will give the new Prisoner a shot!
Some previous DailySkew Prisoner articles