The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 1

Episode 1: Arrival (15 Nov. 2009)

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A New Yorker who recently resigned from his job, awakens in a desert mountain location. He doesn't know where he is. He sees an elderly man being shot at, the elderly man who eventually ... See full summary »



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A New Yorker who recently resigned from his job, awakens in a desert mountain location. He doesn't know where he is. He sees an elderly man being shot at, the elderly man who eventually dies of his gunshot wounds. The New Yorker thinks he will befall the same fate as the elderly man. The New Yorker makes his way into a nearby city - a desert oasis - and learns that everyone there is called by a number, and that this city is called "The Village". Although knowing it is not his name or his home, everyone is calling him Six, and he lives in an apartment in the The Village. The face of the authorities of The Village is Two, who tells Six that The Village is the only reality there is. Six is told he's a free man, but he feels like he's a prisoner in The Village. He believes the elderly man, who Six learns was named 93, knew that there was an alternate reality outside of The Village and found a way to escape, which is the reason he was killed. With the help of a waitress named 554, Six also... Written by Huggo

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According to an article in the New York Post, the set for the Village is in Namibia. It is a German settlement called Swakopmund, founded in 1910. The pastel colors were part of the original settlement, and not set decoration. See more »


In the opening scene in the desert, James Caviezel carries the elderly man down the mountain. In one frame Caviezel is wearing a black jacket over a t-shirt - in the next frame he is mysteriously jacketless and is now wearing a long-sleeved purple shirt over the t-shirt. See more »


[first lines]
Number Six: Why are they after you? Something happened to me. How...
Number 93: [hoarsely] Listen to me. Tell them *all* I got out.
Number Six: Something happened to me. I-I was in New York.
Number 93: Go to 554...
Number Six: 554 what?
Number 93: ...tell her...
Number Six: [angry] What's - dammit, where am I!
Number 93: [with confused surprise] You're... you're not from here.
Number Six: I don't even know how I got to this place.
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Back to the Village!
18 April 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

I've long been dreading the new 'Prisoner', not only because of my love for the original but also for the alarmingly number of bad remakes we have unfortunately endured in recent years.

'Arrival' opens with the Prisoner ( Jim Caviezel ) waking up in the desert, suffering from amnesia. He sees an old man ( John Whiteley ) chased by guards, and goes to help. The man - 93 - tells him to find 554. The Prisoner encounters a place called The Village, where everyone seems happy although no-one knows why. No-one has names either, only numbers are used. The Prisoner's is '6'. He keeps having flashbacks to an earlier life, when he resigned angrily from his job. Other Villagers also dream about their pasts. 554 ( Jessica Haines ) turns out to be a waitress, and she pays a terrible price for helping 6...

I liked this more than expected. They were right to just use the basic idea and not slavishly copy the original. The Village as seen here put me in mind of Jean-Luc Godard's 'Alphaville', a community that looks normal but is not. Ian McKellen's '2' is as silkily smooth as any of his 1960's counterparts. As '6', Caviezel is less impressive, coming across as far too bland. Maybe he will grow on me. The references to the original series were nice. 93's house was almost a replica of Number 6's in the original, and the appearance of the Rover balloon at the end startlingly welcome.

The earlier series was tied into the Cold War, so we knew exactly from the start what the Village was for - to intern potentially dangerous ex-agents. But the reason for the existence of the new Village is not yet clear. Maybe its some madman's idea of Utopia. Or, like the death trap-infested prison in the 'Cube' movies, it does not need a purpose, its just there.

So a grudging thumbs-up from me for the first episode. Wish they'd retained Ron Grainer's theme though.

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