Did Patrick McGoohan Achieve That Which He Set Out To Do?
Yes I think he probably did. He made a television series the Prisoner, he got people thinking instead of vegetating in front of the television. And he made people angry, those who felt cheated by McGoohan's allegorical ending of Fall Out. But then people at the time didn't see Fall Out as being anything else than utter rubbish and blamed McGoohan for it, although I'm not sure he expected that bit. But would he have been surprised to learn that fans are still discussing debating the series? Still finding new things in the series forty-five years on? And what might he thought of that?
Did Patrick McGoohan Get The Response To The Prisoner He Wanted?
Well according to what McGoohan said, he wanted to make people think, he wanted to make them angry. So yes I think he did. People did think about the enigma that the Prisoner is, indeed they still do to this day. And at the time people did get angry, because they felt cheated by the allegorical ending which McGoohan presented us with. Most were expecting a James Bond style of ending, which if you forget all that allegorical rubbish, is just what McGoohan did present to viewers, a James Bond style of ending. But because McGoohan wrapped it all up in an allegorical box, the public at the time, and for sometime after, could not see it! To me it became as plain as the nose on your face.
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