A Note on “The Prisoner” (2009)







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.

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Here’s an interesting piece of the Higgins Armory collection.  It’s a meteorite of nearly pure iron which was found in Australia in 1931.  When John Higgins acquired it in 1934, he had it partially forged into a blade shape.  Is it any wonder that sky iron was believed to have magical properties, to be the work of the gods, and that it was forged into weapons and religious items across the world?

Or that Sir Terry Pratchett included meteorites in the sword he had made for himself after he was knighted?

Photo Credit: JM6

Photo Credit: JM6

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Celtic Jewelry – The Early Years

Today’s bit of art from the Higgins Armory is an arm ring made of bronze, ca. 1300 BCE.  It’s from northern France or southern Britain which means it’s probably Celtic from the earliest days of Celtic occupation of the region.  The info card didn’t indicate if it was worn by men, women or both, or what it might have signified.  Unfortunately, the Celts in BCE weren’t a literate people and very little about them exists except what can be gleaned from their artifacts and what their later enemies, like Julius Caesar, wrote about them.

Photo Credit: JM6

Photo Credit: JM6

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Celtic Axe is the name of my next band

The Iberian Celts had their own bronze technology.  This axe head is from ca. 500 BCE +/- 500 years, getting near the end of the bronze age.  The problem with bronze, of course, is that it simply can’t keep up with iron or steel.  Either the bronze is soft (I’ve heard that warriors sometimes straightened their bronze swords by hand after a battle) or brittle, breaking when it encountered an iron weapon.  Axe heads of bronze were still useful in war because their compact, heavy form withstood battle better than swords.

Photo Credit: JM6

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