Sad to hear of the passing of Patrick McGoohan, of The Prisoner fame the other day.
Back in the day I got obsessed in reruns of this slice of 60's spy surrealism. You can see the legacy of The Prisoner even now in shows such as LOST, which revel in confusing the viewer. Even The Simpsons have paid homage.
The bit everyone remembers was the strange security method that kept the prisoner, well a prisoner. It basically consisted of a huge pink weather balloon that bobbed after any escapee to strains of a weird sixties sound effect. However odd, it was always effective in rendering its victim unconscious. I'm surprised it never caught on as a measure. It's probably cheaper than CCT and requires less tending than a guard dog.
I particularly loved the opening titles and the theme tune has pride of place on my iPod
Where am I?
In the Village.
What do you want?
We want information.
Whose side are you on?
That would be telling. We want information... information... information.
You won't get it.
By hook or by crook, we will.
Who are you?
The new Number 2.
Who is Number 1?
You are Number 6.
I am not a number, I am a free man