Cult icon Patrick McGoohan passed away last night. While he had a long career in film and television McGoohan was the creative force responsible for The Prisoner, the kafka-esque spy drama about a disgruntled agent who finds himself trapped upon a mysterious island and hands down one of the best TV series of all time. (If nothing else, it should go down in history for the most baffling mind-fuck final episode ever.)
My introduction to the Prisoner was the Shattered Visage limited series, which intrigued me enough to prompt my sitting through the entire series when it was aired as a marathon by a then-newly born (1992 or so) Sci-Fi channel. It was a fantastic way to see the series, as each episode was introduced by Harlan Ellison (who delivered insights and various bon mots in his trademark dry style). It’s a show that’s stayed with me a long, long time.
So g’night, Patrick McGoohan. The Village is a poorer place without you.