The Prisoner was messed up. It probably had some brilliant underlying theme about the nature of reality and how we’re all really prisoners to the superego of society as well as our own nature when we refuse to confront it, but it might also just have been about pie. I don’t know for sure. I’ve been told it’s about the nature of individualism vs collectivism, but I think that’s only one facet. The show’s conclusion is either brilliant or stupid, and, after reading through forty-five years of reviews and analysis of the episode, the only thing I know for sure is that I’m not the only one who isn’t sure if this is madness or genius. But, that kind of thought provoking ambiguity definitely is a merit in itself.
The show’s premise is that there is an island prison which houses people from all areas of society in…
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