This reimagining of the classic 1960s cult TV show has mostly gotten bad press, from what I’ve seen. I think it’s because people wanted it to be like the original. People can dress up like the characters in the original and pretend that they are in the original Village. The original Village was a real place, now operated mostly as a “Prisoner” tourist attraction. It was the kind of show you could touch and feel and experience. I even attended a science fiction convention, once, where The Prisoner was the theme, and the con badges were actually buttons with a pennyfarthing bicycle and a number on them.
The reimagined “Prisoner” is much more subtle than the original. It took me several rewatchings to be sure I understood the full story of the show and I’m still not sure about parts of it. The idea is a fascinating one, not executed as effectively as it might have been (hence the multiple rewatchings) but with a lot of potential. What it does NOT have the potential for is creating the kind of fan/cult behavior which can turn a modest science fiction-edged show into a cultural treasure. This, in spite of having Jim Caviezel, Ian McKellan, and a host of wonderful supporting actors. This is a show where The Village is an altered level of consciousness rather than a real place. How the hell are we supposed to cosplay an altered consciousness? The brilliantly subtle idea of what The Village actually is, is what prevents the show from ever being adopted by the fans in the way the original was.
Thus, I can admire this new “The Prisoner” for what it tried to achieve and for the daring story risks it took, but when I call myself JMnumber6, it will be because of the original series and not the remake.
Submitted, with fondness, for the consideration of the next group of producers who decide to try to remake the series.