G'night Patrick McGoohan

by alphamonkey on January 14, 2009 · 2 comments

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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.

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    The man could have been James Bond, he could have spent years on Secret Agent and simply sat back and counted his money, but he had his own vision of stories to tell and what he wanted to use television for. The Prisoner was great, if confusing mindfuck of a show, and the DVD set (check the review) makes up part of the core of my collection which gets regularly rotated into my player. And let’s not forget his appearance as the baddie in Silver Streak!

    Much more than a number, he’ll be missed.

    ‘Be seeing you!

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