Is The Prisoner So Difficult To Follow - Or Too Subversive.......
......... to make some people dislike and even loathe the series?
You either love ‘the Prisoner’ series, take to it like a duck to water. Or you loathe it with a passion. But love and hate are just opposite sides of the same coin, are they not?
Perhaps those who hate or loathe ‘the Prisoner’ see it as being subversive. That they see something in ‘the Prisoner’ to be afraid of. Or on simpler terms, they just don't understand it and that makes them afraid. But do they try to understand the Prisoner - well no, and make no attempt to do so. It is enough for them not to like the series, and nothing will make them change their minds. But then it's a free country.
I recall a radio interview carried out on-air, but over the telephone with three fans of ‘the Prisoner.’ I make no comment regarding the first two interviews, but during mine, the interviewer did his best to try and make me out to be some sort of "over the top" Prisoner fanatic, who he tried to make fun of. But like ‘the Prisoner,’ I was having none of it, I wouldn't play the game and gave back as good as I got. Why do members of the media have to do that? But then that's been part and parcel of ‘Prisoner’ appreciation over the past 45 years. The media see something strange about fans of the Prisoner. But there's nothing so different between fans of the Prisoner and Star Trek. I mean if you want weird..... who had the idea of writing a Klingon dictionary? I knew someone who had a klingon dictionary, I asked her could she read it, she said “No.,” so what the hell was the point?
Patrick McGoohan loved ‘The General,’ he thought that was just exactly what he wanted to do. It was just his cup of tea.
Lewis Griefer, author of this episode, which he wrote under the pseudonym of Joshua Adam, his son's names. The idea for the plot came from Griefer because of the way the educational system failed to meet his son's needs. It appeared to Griefer that the amount of rote information being squeezed into their heads did little for their imaginations and even less for their intelligence.
Well I'm not too sure what "Speedlearn" & The General would do for them!
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