With ‘the Prisoner’ is it possible to square the circle? Certainly the series in its ending, is it’s beginning. A vicious circle as far as the Prisoner himself is concerned. ‘The Prisoner’ is not constructed as a tightly consistent serial, but from a number of independent episodes, which apart from ‘A B and C’ and ‘The General,’ ‘The Chimes of Big Ben,’ ‘Once Upon A Time,’ and ‘Fall Out’ can be generally said to have no relationship with each other. Indeed, as far as ‘Many Happy Returns’ is concerned, this episode actually resets the Prisoner back to square one, the episode being as circular as the whole series itself.
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