The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 6

The General

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 1967 on ITV

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  • Number 6 learns about a new system of learning The Village is experimenting with with eventual goal of controling the people of THe Village.

    This has to be the best episode of The Prisoner.
    The story is expertly put together and logical.
    The plot is great,too.
    It is about a new system being used to
    educate The Village,but with the eventual goal to
    be to control what the people of The Village
    think.Number 6,with the aid of Number 12,set out
    to find out what The General is in order to
    destroy him or it,whatever it is.Number 6 then
    tricks his way into the subliminal projection
    room and causes the people of The Village to
    become aware of the plot to control them.When
    captured,he is led into the professor's special
    room where The General is---a computer! But
    Number 6 has figured out a way to destroy
    The General---by asking it WHY the historical
    events happen.He types W-H-Y-? and gets it on
    magnetic tape and it is fed into The General.
    The computer overdoes it and explodes into an
    electrical fire inside.When the professor grabs a
    handle on the computer,he is shocked,and in
    trying to rescue the professor,Number 12 suffers
    the same fate.An explosion of electricity
    electrocutes them both.Number 2 then asks
    Number 6 what the question was.Number 6 then
    tells him.Number 6 six then tells the professor's
    wife of his death.
    Great episode.