The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 10

Hammer into Anvil

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 1967 on ITV

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

out of 10
52 votes
  • Number Six observes the new Number Two sadistically handling other \"villagers\", and decides that he going to psychologically break him (or hammer the hammer, as Number Two sees himself).

    A wonderful study in how paranoia breeds self-destruction. Number Six deftly sets about leading Number Two down a false path of activities, causing the latter to distrust everyone and everything to the point of self-implosion. A very good episode showing The Prisoner\'s mental strength proactively instead of reactively.

    \"The Prisoner\" was, in its day, the most costly per-episode show on television. Ironically, it wasn\'t well received by the public in the late 1960\'s...but in modern times its content and subject matter seem eerily parallel to everday life.

    Some see in \"The Prisoner\" a deep parable of how we are all prisoners of ourselves; a number of people express that the show was a manifesto for responsible individualism and against the Communist or any State as your dictator.

    Either way, you\'ll enjoy this episode wherein Number Six is told \"Du musst Amherst oder Hammer sein\" (Goethe) and that he will be \"hammered\" into compliance.
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