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trippy allegorical conundrum

MossyMermaid writes about The Prisoner

McGoohan, Markstein


TV: The Prisoner.

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Yes, the most wonderfully mind-bending show ever made. What was it all about? Nobody knows, and that's the beauty of it. Philosophy, punch-ups and huge inflatable weather balloons, what more do you want?

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

1992. I was in college, just finished school. 17 and rebelling against the world. Well, I was by the time I'd finished watching this.....!

Recollection and revelations

Switched on the telly and caught the show, the trippy opening sequence grabbed my attention. it completely changed my view of the world, why was I being so complacent about how the world worked? Why did I conform so much to what other people expected of me? And what's the deal with the human chess pieces. Caught me at the right age with the right questions that I'm still asking myself now.

Before this...

Star Trek, the next generation

yes, it had aliens and fit blokes in tight uniforms, but it also asked questions about modern life. Yes, it did. How many people work for an organisation like the borg? How far do you go to win a war? what does it mean to be human? why do men find it impossible to stop fiddling, even in the 24th century?

After This

X Files

The aliens are coming. The Aliens are coming. It's a plot, I tell you! Yes, I hadn't even discovered the compiracy theory before I saw that programme. Never had the alien invadors/ conspiracy looked so good. All this, and a man who eats human livers. What's not to like?

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