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The Prisoner: Season 1 (2009)

Seasons:
1

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 14

Meekly echoing the classic orignial series, The Prisoner is a ponderous, pretentious sci-fi mystery with giant plot holes and many moments of general incoherence.

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 13

Meekly echoing the classic orignial series, The Prisoner is a ponderous, pretentious sci-fi mystery with giant plot holes and many moments of general incoherence.

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Season Info

In this reworking of the 1960s cult hit of the same name, a man known as Six (Jim Caviezel) is held in a mysterious area called the Village, where inhabitants are known only by numbers and have no knowledge of the outside world. He meets taxi driver 147 (Lennie James), develops a bond with doctor 313 (Ruth Wilson) and goes up against Two (Ian McKellen), who has a special interest in maintaining the Village.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Network: AMC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 15, 2009

Arrival / Harmony

"Arrival" A man, Six, wakes to find himself in an isolated town called The Village where every person is called by a number rather than a name. Two, the leader of The Village, attempts to assimilate him. AMC Original

2
Air date: Nov 15, 2009

Harmony

"Harmony" Six meets his brother and with the help of a mysterious woman, tries to find the ocean and escape. Two must confront his son's growing sense of rebellion. AMC Original

3
Air date: Nov 16, 2009

Anvil

"Anvil" Six becomes an undercover spy for Two. 313 grows fearful of her own special gift. 11-12's secret life is exposed. AMC Original

4
Air date: Nov 16, 2009

Darling

"Darling" Six meets a familiar woman. A mysterious natural disaster strikes The Village. 147 endures a family tragedy. AMC Original

5
Air date: Nov 17, 2009

Schizoid

"Schizoid" Six must stop an evil version of himself from killing Two. 11-12 seeks out answers to his existence. 313 battles her own inner demons. AMC Original

6
Air date: Nov 17, 2009

Checkmate

"Checkmate" Six receives a death sentence. Two suffers a great loss. The truth behind The Village is revealed. AMC Original

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (14)

"The Prisoner" -- a remake of a legendary 1967 original -- at least takes viewers to relatively uncharted territory and dares to wrestle with an actual idea or two.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

This Prisoner is visually stunning and risk-taking but not a satisfying rethinking.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Looking for logic in a remake of "The Prisoner" - even if you've never seen the original version - is like asking for two-fisted shoot-outs on "Mad Men," or for more tasteful humor on "Two and a Half Men."

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

It's filled with deep thoughts, deep meaning, cultural allusions and comparisons galore.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

It's frequently too choppy and elliptical to build up much suspense or dramatic impact.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune

As the story moves along, we understand Six's desire to get out.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

I urge you to heed my advice: Opt out while you can.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

This version of "The Prisoner" is not a remake, it's a clever and engaging reinterpretation by Bill Gallagher, who shaped the script to contemporary tastes and sensibilities - notably, a postmodern fatigue with ideology and big thoughts.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

The result proves perhaps not surprisingly frustrating -- a very British six-hour, three-night event that features striking images and arresting moments but can't overcome a persistent lack of coherence.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

I suspect that this somewhat gutless iteration is still likely to enrage die-hard "Prisoner" fans.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

Obscurity is no longer a novelty - and this thuddingly pretentious adaptation of The Prisoner has little else to offer.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Little here resonates with this world.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Failing to breathe life into it is just disappointing, if not entirely unexpected.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

If you are one of the tens of fans of the 1960s Brit cult series "The Prisoner," may I suggest you particularly stay away from AMC's excruciatingly long remake.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

For the characters and for the viewers, the miniseries is a plodding excursion on the road to nowhere.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

It's self-absorbed to the point of incoherence.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The failure of its spawn is that while it gives us so much to look at, there's really nothing to see.

November 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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