Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Prisoner: It's Your Funeral

Years ago I fell in love with this show and, perhaps like many, I associated with the struggle of The Prisoner as he fought the system of control. But more and more, as I watch the orchestrated chaos and the bait and switch of showing people many of the threats to their freedom only to steer them into self-defeating acts of violence, I find myself feeling particularly like The Prisoner in the episode "It's Your Funeral."

Now that AMC has remade the show, they offer the classic episodes for free on their site. Here is the episode in question, in which The Prisoner must try to save the life of a corrupt bureaucrat from a false-flag assassination in order to prevent the inevitable crack-down that would follow:

Some of you may enjoy these fun factoids:
-The Prisoner ran 17 episodes.
-The assassination plot in this episode is referred to as "Plan division Q" (Q being the 17th letter of the alphabet)

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