Maybe a bit
too far out for the most common of TV consensus but exactly the right
kind of stuff for specialists because of
- 1. its idea
- 2. its witty mix of mystery, action and sophisticated dialogues
- 3. its high production value in general.
series opening credits, identical except from three episodes, again
and again recount what happened before the start of each episode. Made
for television at its best. Partly without any spoken words the episodes "Arrival" and "Many Happy Returns"
are very extraordinary, this is something wholly unimaginable for
run-of-the-mill TV shows and sit-coms that only come into being by the
word itself. And where literally everything, not only talk is cheap.
Grainers somehow elegiac as well as driving theme song kept staying
in mind and hasnt aged at all ever since. In the past the PRISONER soundtrack was hard to obtain.
By now it can be found on good compilation albums, too.
years people used to remember at least one detail: a white balloon emerging
from the sea and drifting on the water surface or the land: "Rover".
He is the Villages watchdog paralyzing and returning those inmates
trying to get away. His appearance is accompanied by some brutal roaring.
Essentially its a ridiculous special effect but doubtless an exotic
eye catcher for the whole show. There are other elements for the eye only
and pure motion, such as the see-saw in the Underground Control Room.
Its meaning is never explained.
Beside the Village itself the inmates clothing is dominating the scenery.
Striped in yellow, red, green and white are pullovers, umbrellas and the
taxis canopies strikingly contrasting the archetectural classicism.
The colour white is the colour of power. White fog knocks out Number Six,
encountering Rover may have lethal effects. Doctors and scientists dressed in
white use recalcitrant people as guinnea pigs. There is a mysterious "black
widow" dressed in white intent on killing Number Six.
black is assigned to Number Six although Number Two also prefers black
clothes combined with a white scarf. He alway wears a white-piped black
blazer. Once Number Six is offered his own dark (infact: brown!) suit as a fancy dress at the start of the carnival
procedure. The second time, in the "Fall Out"
episode, he is told "We thought youd feel happier being yourself."
"The Schizoid Man" makes excellent use of this game of colours:
Number Six confronts a double. It is hoped to raise doubt regarding his
individuality. The double - in Number Six words the economy
pack - wears a white blazer with black pipes. Implied in this doubleing
is, among other things, the real closeness of Number Six to his adversaries...