The opening sequence to 'the Prisoner' makes for powerful imaging. Dark clouds, the clash of thunder as though a storm is on its way, a long and deserted airstrip, and coming out of the distance hurtling towards the camera a green and yellow nosed Lotus Seven. This opening sequence appears at the very beginning of every episode of 'the Prisoner' except for three, one of those being 'Living In Harmony.' And yet the opening sequence of 'Living In Harmony' is a re-imaging, a reinterpretation of the regular opening sequence. A lone rider crossing the open prairie on horseback. A Marshal sits writing a report at his desk. The Man With No Name puts down his Sheriffs badge on the desk, no words are spoken as he takes off his gun belt and lays that down on the desk beside his badge. The Sheriff has resigned his job!
The Man With No Name is then see walking, carrying his saddle, perhaps his horse went with the Sheriff's job! Then further on the trail the Man With No Name is attacked by a bunch of desperado's, and over powered and then abducted to the town of Harmony. As a friend of mine commented a few days ago, this is paraphrasing the original opening sequence.
It would have been nice to have seen George Markstein reinterpreting his role as the Marshal sat behind the desk, but he and Patrick McGoohan had long since fallen out, with Markstein having left the production long before 'Living In Harmony.'
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