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Why would you bother?

Eloise_R writes about The Prisoner

McGoohan, Markstein

1967

TV: The Prisoner.
Creator: McGoohan, Markstein

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Well not really. Life's too short.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

I bought it recently after having heard about it so often from friends....of a certain generation. It was reduced at HMV. I soon discovered why!

Recollection and revelations

The first reference to The Prisoner that I recall was an advert based on it back in the 80s, and my dad got quite excited about it and started raving about this amazing TV program from the 60s......Hmmmm.
It's not science fiction. It has no plot. No continuity. There is no hope of understanding what it is about. The last episode, which I hung on for in the vain hope of getting some kind of explanation for the preceding 16, was such a let down I felt like throwing something at the TV!

Before this...

The Tripods

What real science fiction is about.

After This

Edge of Darkness

Not strictly sci-fi either, but ahead of its time and utterly gripping.

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