Tomorrow at 8 pm on AMC the new remake of The Prisoner premieres. I’ve been waiting this from the moment I saw the commercial for it a week ago. If you like movies like The Matrix, Mad Max, Watchmen and the Truman Show or TV shows like Lost and Alias (which i do) then you’ll love this. Staring the talented Ian Mckellen of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Jim Caviezel of The Count of Monte Cristo and Deja Vu this show promises to be the TV Event of the Year! (And that’s a pretty damn big promise)
This show original premiered in September 1967 and it sent ripples though the Media World influencing TV, music, movies, and art for decades. And lucky you (if you’re interested) you can watch full episodes online at their site.
In the new show a man, played by Jim Caviezel, wakes up in a strange world where only “The Village” exists and there is nothing else. He has lost everything, family, friends, and even his own name. Referred to as the number Six, he tries to escape and get back to his precious New York. His biggest advisory Two, played by Ian Mckellen, does everything in his power to convince Six that this is the world and there is nothing else out there, that he is mentally ill and” there is no out; there is only in!”
I love shows and movies that tackle the philosophical ideas of defining reality, right and wrong, freedom, and madness. I think my favorite definition for real comes from The Matrix when Morpheus explains what the Matrix is to Neo; he says “if real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain”. In that case who’s to say we aren’t in the matrix and The Village is all around us?
Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow at 8 and ask yourself “Who’s watching you?”