Episode Reviews (3)
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Reveals everything and nothing.
An excellent example of Prisoner-esque writing and demonstrates just how well the writers understood the conventions of television.
Number 6 meets his maker, and his maker meets him.
This episode is a culmination of all the double meanings presented in grand fashion. Worth a good look for anyone studying communication and postmodernism.
The Prisoner concludes...
Absolutely indecipherably silly from beginning to end. From that cowboy bloke singing Dem Bones to Number 6 and co dancing like lunatcis on the back of a truck going along a motorway, Fall Out is the silliest Prisoner episode ever, but it's also one of the most watchable. However, a big oppurtunity of Number 6's end speech is ruined by those stupid men repeating every one of his words. Very, very strange.
The series ended the only way it could had, really.
Considered to be one of the most silly series-enders in history, Fall-Out blows up the village to the tune of "All you need is Love" and "Dem Bones". Although I'd had preferred a different musical score, "Fall Out" is a good demonstration of the fact that the Prisoner is meant to be understood figuratively not literally.
Anyone that stills sees the Prisoner as a spy genre or action series will be in for a great surprise and disappointment. On the other hand, the episodes leading up to "Fall Out" and its precursor, "Once Upon a Time" attempt to slowly cozy the viewer up to the idea that the ending of this series will probably be symbolic in nature.
The fact that Number 1 is McGoohan is probably meant to illustrate the simple idea that we create our own prisons. As members of a democracy, it is us, in the end, not our governments that are responsible for state atrocities and miscarriages of justice.
The final scene where Number 1 is revealed is the only time in the series that McGoohan's eyes are not in shadow, making him not immediately recognizable as being the twin of Number 6. Of course a copy of 6 was also seen in "The Schizoid Man" which was probably not intended to be related in any way to this episode.
Another great symbol is Number 6 et al escaping from the village in a prison cell.moreless