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Thursday 11 September 2014
Questions – They Really Are A Burden!
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 at the time, have been surprised to learn that fans would still discussing debating the series so many years later. Still finding new things in the series forty-seven 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 is ‘the Prisoner,’ 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. Some viewers, according to Patrick McGoohan, were expecting a James Bond style of ending. If you forget the allegorical for a moment, that is just about what ‘Fall Out’ presents to the viewer. But because McGoohan wrapped it all up in an allegorical box, the public at the time, could not see it!
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