|Written by||Bill Gallagher|
|Directed by||Nick Hurran|
Jamie Campbell Bower
|No. of episodes||6 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||45 min (per episode)|
|Original run||November 15, 2009– November 17, 2009|
The remake has been, in one form or another, in the works since 2005. The series premiered on November 15, 2009 as a miniseries on AMC, in cooperation with British broadcaster ITV. The series will air in the UK in early 2010.
According to Patrick McGoohan's widow, producers of the new series hoped that McGoohan would play a part in bringing the revival to the air. "They wanted Patrick to have some part in it, but he adamantly didn't want to be involved. He had already done it," she said in an interview shortly after McGoohan's death.
A 9-minute trailer for the series was unveiled at the 2009 San Diego ComicCon. The previous year, the miniseries was promoted at ComicCon via a skywriter airplane that sketched the phrase "Seek the Six" on the sky over San Diego.
The airing of the miniseries resulted in at best mixed reviews, scoring 46 out of 100 on Metacritic. Los Angeles Times television critic Robert Lloyd wrote "why anyone, on either side of the screen, should be particularly interested in his fate, is never made clear nor compelling," and further states "the payoff is weak, and more than a bit daffy." In a comparison with the miniseries to AMC's hit series Mad Men, he writes "the difference [is] that 'Mad Men' is never boring."
Chicago Sun-Times reviewer Paige Wiser declares "There's also a reason why I am not conking myself on the head with a croquet mallet, but The Prisoner somehow has the same effect," and with reference to viewing all six hours of the miniseries, concludes "I urge you to heed my advice: Opt out while you can."
Despite wide-spread lambasting from the critics, New York Times reviewer Alessandra Stanley struck a contrary note: "This version of The Prisoner is not a remake, it’s a clever and engaging reinterpretation by Bill Gallagher, who shaped the script to contemporary tastes and sensibilities — notably, a postmodern fatigue with ideology and big thoughts." She concludes "The 21st century adaptation pays only lip service to the human condition, and instead explores a power struggle between two human beings. It’s unlikely to prove as lasting, but the new series still manages to be thrilling."
|#||Title||Original series title which inspired this title||Original airdate|
|1||"Arrival"||Arrival||November 15, 2009|
|6 wakes up in the desert, where he sees an old man, 93, being shot at and chased. Wounded, 93 is dragged into a cave by 6, where he tells him to "go to 554" before dying. 6 buries 93 in a shallow grave, and wanders into the Village, where he meets 2 and finds himself grilled over the location of the old man he encountered. Ultimately he finds a confidant in 554, who is killed on orders of 2 as he formally introduces 6 to his new permanent home.|
|2||"Harmony"||Living in Harmony||November 15, 2009|
|As 6 struggles to find allies to escape from the Village, 2 introduces 6 to 6's brother's family in the Village in an attempt to convince him of his belonging. 6 is confused; he had a brother in the real world before the Village, but the brother died in childhood in a drowning accident. As 6 begins to doubt himself, his brother admits to the facade and the pair make a failed attempt at escape from The Village. Though his brother dies in the attempt (by drowning, following an encounter with Rover), 6 renews his faith in himself.|
|3||"Anvil"||Hammer Into Anvil||November 16, 2009|
|2 offers 6 the opportunity to become an undercover agent, spying on suspected dreamers within The Village. Both parties openly opposed to each other, 6 accepts, in a complex gambit of keeping one's enemies closer. However, the situation quickly becomes a tangled Spy vs. Spy as 909, the man 6 is working with, is spying on 6, and 6 strives to use his position to learn more about the dreamers in the Village.|
|4||"Darling"||Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling||November 16, 2009|
|The Village Matchmaking Service targets 6, pairing him with a woman, 4-15. 6 recalls 4-15 from a brief encounter his New York alter ego, Michael, had with her shortly before he was taken to the Village. 4-15, however, pretends that she does not remember 6. 4-15 and 6 become lovers, and ultimately plan to marry, until 313 intervenes. 4-15 reveals to 6 that she is indeed Lucy, the woman Michael knew in New York; 2 has brought her to the Village to "break his heart," and break 6 in the process. 4-15 apparently dies by jumping into a bottomless hole that has appeared in the Village; in a concurrent, ostensible flashback to New York, Lucy apparently is killed by an explosion in Michael's apartment.|
|5||"Schizoid"||The Schizoid Man||November 17, 2009|
|2 has embodied 6's animal desires in an identical double named 'Two Times Six'. 6 must find a way to reconcile himself with his desires, or risk being manipulated by 2 through them. Meanwhile, 11-12 confronts his mother, 313 sees more visions of her past, and 2 relaxes for a day as 'UnTwo.' In New York, Michael returns to Summakor to find answers. 11-12's mother reveals that when she awakes, bottomless holes (or voids) appear in the Village.|
|6||"Checkmate"||Checkmate||November 17, 2009|
|2 has afflicted 6 with a disease that will kill him, believing the threat of death will break him. 6 confronts 11-12 twice. 11-12, unable to reconcile himself with his existence as a lie, proceeds to smother his dreaming mother, and hang himself. In New York, Michael is escorted to a car so he may meet "Mr. Curtis." Events in New York and The Village begin paralleling each other synchronously, and Michael is aware of it. 6's determination does not waver in the face of death, and 2 allows him to live. However, 2 intends to use 6's sense of nobility to finally control him. In New York, Curtis, who is 2, introduces Michael to Curtis' wife, who seems to be in a sort of waking dream, and reveals the purpose of the Village to 6. Curtis explains that the Village is a form of therapy used to help people that Summakor has identified, although without regard to those people's own desires. It exists within the mind of his wife, who 'discovered' the Village—a dream present in all of us at a level of consciousness deeper than the subconscious—and was its first inhabitant. Michael was drawn into the village because he worked so well at Summakor, finding people who needed 'help', and Curtis does not want Michael to resign. In The Village, at his son's funeral, 2 rallies The Villagers and tells them 6 is the only solution to the holes, while in New York, Curtis introduces Michael to Sara, the real world counterpart of 313, who is homeless and insane because of childhood trauma. Michael is overcome with his humanity and desire to help Sara and the villagers, and replaces Curtis as the head of Summakor. In The Village, 6 becomes the new 2, while 313 becomes the dreamer who keeps the Village in existence, freeing Curtis' wife from being the dreamer and allowing her to return fully to the real world. 6 begins planning how to 'do The Village right' and 313 sheds a tear, realizing that 2 has finally tricked 6 into accepting a number and The Village.|
On 25 April 2008, ITV announced that a new series of The Prisoner would go into production, and in June 2008, that American actor James Caviezel will star in the role of Number 6, with Sir Ian McKellen taking on the role of Number 2 in all six episodes.