The Prisoner – Episode 1, Arrival
In preparation for their 2009 remake of the classic 1967 TV series, AMC currently has all 17 episodes of The Prisoner available for commercial-free viewing on their website. This is one of those shows that as a geek I’ve always been aware of, but never got around to watching. So I’ve decided to take advantage of this opportunity in the brief lull that’s left before all my shows come back from haitus (Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Heroes, Smallville, etc.).
Having watched the first episode (“Arrival”) last night, I’m actually struck by similarities with one of those shows … Lost. And I’m sure I’m not the first person to make that observation. A man trapped in a quirky village on a beach, which for all intents and purposes may as well be an island, surrounded by futuristic technology, overseen and manipulated by a mysterious organization. And then there’s the matter of that menacing giant white balloon. I defy you to look at how that thing behaves and NOT think of the smoke monster.
Anyway, here’s the first episode …