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Is The Prisoner Actually a Continuation of Secret Agent?

Inspired by super-commenter Allston, a whole week of discussions about one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Patrick McGoohan's surreal pop masterpiece, The Prisoner.

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July 14, 2014 - 3:00 pm

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An email received on Sunday from one of the most thoughtful commenters at PJ Lifestyle:

A friend and I were just debating this – is the television show The Prisoner actually the continuation of the show Secret Agent Man?  We both finally decided, yes it is.

Regards,

Allston

We’re going to talk more about The Prisoner, one of TV’s most innovative cult classics, this week at PJ Lifestyle Pop Culture Debates. What are some more of the mysteries and questions about the show you want to discuss?

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McGoohan said on numerous occasions, from the day "The Prisoner" first aired to the day he died, that 6 was not John Drake. Since McGoohan created "The Prisoner", I'm going to go ahead and conclude that they are not the same person.
1 week ago
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Absolutely.

It's all set up in a first-season episode of "Danger Man" (the British name for the series) available on YouTube. Sorry, I can't at this time recall which show.

John Drake goes in search of an old German spy whom he finds tending bar in a pub on a remote and isolated village on an island off the Scottish coast, where he is trying to live as quiet a life as he can: it's for his "peace of mind".

In The Prisoner episode 16, The Prisoner finally breaks and confesses to Number Two that he resigned for "peace of mind"."I know too much; you know too much; we all know too much!" or something to that effect. Number Two does not believe him.

Of course, that old German spy is involved, peripherally, in a smuggling operation...peace of mind does not come easy.
8 weeks ago
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One thing that struck me about The Prisoner in hindsight was the "village." A collection of faux-Euro village buildings on one side of a small, artificial lake. That happens to be the exact town center plan for so-called "planned communities." Every one of those communities in the greater DC area, Reston, Columbia, Shady Grove, have such clusters of buildings by an artificial pond.
9 weeks ago
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Secret Agent : The Prisoner :: Ang Lee's Hulk : MCU Incredible Hulk. Since it's pretty much the same character, one could be a continuation of the other, but it doesn't have to be. (BTW, you do know it's "Secret Agent" (or "Danger Man") and not "Secret Agent Man", right?)
9 weeks ago
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Yes. I believe my friend and I were hearkening to the song, not the series, when we had our little debate. :)
9 weeks ago
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Yeah, no avoiding how the theme song applies. ("They've given you a number and taken away your name.")
9 weeks ago
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For the audience, then -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX5rHfmPyNU

1966 - Hory Clap, were we ever actually that young?
9 weeks ago
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Well, the Village had free health care, I believe. And in a precursor to *Hotel California* you could check out any time you liked, but you could never leave.
9 weeks ago
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A continuation perhaps, but it only used the seeming connection as a springboard to explore McGoohan's ideas about individualism and the state.
9 weeks ago
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It has been speculated that The Prisoner was a continuation of Secret Agent Man.

I guess it's possible as nobody has ever been able to figure out what The Prisoner was about.

9 weeks ago
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Gilligan's Island was the bell-bottom version of Mysterious Island.
9 weeks ago
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"Gilligan's Island was the bell-bottom version of Mysterious Island."

Might explain the giant spider. Would that make "Wrongway Feldman" Captain Nemo?
9 weeks ago
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Lost was a continuation of Gilligan's Island: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X13riysl9ng
9 weeks ago
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The Professor, who could build a functional computer out of coconuts, nevertheless was unable to simply fix the ship.

Let's see - an ambiguously Gay nautical couple, an old couple...and two desirable babes, him the only eligible bachelor on the island.

It's a conspiracy, I tell you.
9 weeks ago
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"I was at a speaking engagement for MIT ... and I said ... the Professor has all sorts of degrees, including one from this very institution [MIT]! And that's why I can make a radio out of a coconut, and not fix a hole in a boat!"

—Russell Johnson
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