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The Prisoner (2009)
Best watched with your finger on the "Fast Forward" button
As a sorta-fan of the original, I was excited when I saw the ads for this remake.
I love the visual appeal of the remake. The very deliberate color palette against the desert landscape make for a gorgeous canvas to paint a story.
But the story itself tends to drag. The rapid and confusing cuts between scenes leave you wondering if 6 is remembering his past, is delusional, or something else. About 20 minutes into the show I was ready to turn it off and delete all the episodes. I felt I'd invested enough time and the story didn't seem to be headed anywhere.
The payoff shouldn't ONLY be at the very end. Requiring a viewer to wait until the end of a 6-hour story for any sort of clarity is asking for a huge leap of faith. I found myself skipping ahead frequently, because I was getting irritated with the pacing and wondering if anything would EVER be explained.
Now, I did find the final explanation to be satisfying. And knowing that there IS a payoff I'm interested in going back and seeing the bits I skipped over.
There are plenty of comparisons between the original series and this remake. I'll offer another, based on the episode/arc nature of the storytelling: The original "The Prisoner" was an episode-based show, with each episode standing (mostly) on its own and #6 able to obtain small victories when he'd overcome whatever plot the current #2 had set up.
The remake is one long story arc. 6's journey through each episode's concept just leaves him with more questions and no sense of even a minor victory.
The remake isn't isn't a series. It's really one long 6-hour episode.
If you're up for watching one long show and waiting until the very end for any sort of closure, then you may enjoy this remake.
Otherwise, the fast-forward button is a great way to keep this story moving and maintain your interest.