Color me guardedly optimistic after watching the first two episodes of the new Prisoner mini-series. Jim Caviezel is no Patrick McGoohan, but who is? The remake is a bit broader in scope, touching on the lives of other people in the Village besides Number Six and his interrogators. But it does capture at least some of the ambiguous weirdness of the original, which was my main concern. Currently, my theory is that a number of people are hooked up to a virtual reality machine, though I really hope I'm wrong. What do you all everybody think thus far?
Update: November 19, 2009
I finally got around to watching the last two episodes of the mini-series yesterday. After sleeping on it for a night, here's my take. And wouldn't you know, this interpretation is heavily influenced by LOST. Number Two is basically like Kelvin Inman, with Number Six as his Desmond David Hume.
Some years ago, Number Two's wife, M2, discovered a plane of existence that can only be accessed subconsciously. She created the very first Village in her own mental image. That's why wraps are so ubiquitous -- they're her favorite food. Two and M2 recognized the therapeutic potential of the Village as a mental respite from the material world. The couple hatched a plan to bring mentally troubled souls to the Village, where their minds could be healed by the simple virtues of small-town life.
Six's job at Summakor was to find appropriate subjects for therapy through his surveillance. One such subject was Number 147, who exists as a driver in both NYC and the Village. It's not completely clear why 147 is in the Village, but his NYC incarnation alludes in passing to getting his daughter back soon. The implication is that he temporarily lost custody of her through some fault of his own -- probably abuse. Maybe 147's subconscious was sent to the Village for therapy to resolve his anger issues.
Unfortunately, the Village reality could only be sustained at a terrible price. As a mental construct of M2, it depended on her dreams to exist. That's why the holes began opening when she awoke -- the fabric of Village reality was eroding with her every waking minute. This forced Two to keep M2 in a state of almost constant sedation and REM sleep. What was supposed to be their escape, where the couple could raise the son they weren't able to have in the material world, became their prison instead.
We're led believe that Six is the Prisoner, striving mightily to escape. In my view, however, the real prisoners are Two and M2. Most of what we see is Two's plan to manipulate Six into taking over for M2 as the Village dreamer. The analogy here is to Kelvin's attempt to dupe Desmond into assuming Swan button duty on LOST. Ultimately, Two succeeds by exploiting Six's love for Number 313, and the latter two become the new Two and M2. At least, that's my interpretation -- what do you all everybody think?
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