The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 1

Arrival

4
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 1967 on ITV
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  • A man is taken from his London flat and awakes in "The Village."

    9.0
    Let's get this straight. No. 6 is John Drake. Everything points to it. Pilots are generally good. This qualifies. Patrick McGoohan is in top form as a government agent (we presume) taken 'prisoner' to find out why he resigned. Although this may be interesting to know, I find it hardly the necessary 'maguffin' to the series. Any number of reasons why he may have resigned. But the roots were all laid out in "Secret Agent." The key moment in the pilot is when "Rover" makes his first appearance. Brilliantly done! The mystery unravels all so deliciously slowly. He must try to escape of course. But we know he will fail. Still the setup is wonderfully staged and thank goodness, despite controversy at the end, it was held to 17 episodes.
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