The other day I read an interview with Patrick McGoohan, and in that interview McGoohan stated that 'the Prisoner' is about the survival of the individual within society. That no name is ever given to the Priosner, that he could be anyone, he is everyman. "It wasn't really anything about a secret agent, who'd been locked up because he had secrets they didn't want the enemy to have. It wasn't about that at all. Tough that was how it was interpreted by a lot of people because I'd just done SECRET AGENT and I happened to be the same fellow with the same face, but no name."
So that gave me a dark thought, that such an abduction could happen to anyone, anyone at all. You, me, the man living down the street. The dark thought of someone being lifted from their home, abducted to an alien environment. Stripped of his identity, given a number, to be only know by that number. A man wakes to find himself in the Village, he doesn't know why, or how he came to be there. He doesn't know who runs this Village, or what it is they want. He resists, he rejects the Village, refusing to accept, or respond to his number, and he attempts to escape. So it doesn't matter what the Prisoner's name is. It doesn't matter which side runs the Village, or where the Village is, or who even No.1 is. It's simply all about survival of the individual. And that's all well and good, and where my dark thought ended, well it never really got going, because once I'd thought of the Prisoner going running back to the Colonel and Fotheringay, the Prisoner become a completely different person. He's no longer just someone who has been abducted to the Village, he's someone of some importance. And that is reiterated in 'Many Happy returns' when once more the Prisoner goes running back to his ex-colleagues. And finally any belief I might have generated about the Prisoner being "everyman" was completely torpedoed when I recalled that the Prisoner resigned from a top secret, confidential job. But then that shouldn't matter, he's an individual like anyone else. He's simply better equipped to survive as an individual in the Village than you or I might be. It's just that for you and I, the Village would be more of a nightmare world, than it is for the Prisoner known as No.6.
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