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    The Prisoner

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by sidtvicious, Nov 18, 2009.

    Just curious to if anyone is familiar with the original tv show. I saw the remake on AMC recently, wasn't bad, but not as good as the original. Have any opinions of either? Be seeing you.
     
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    I was so sick of the adds for it that I had no desire to see it by the time it came on. I do love Caviezel and McKellan, though.
     
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    I enjoyed the original immensely, so I gave the remake a shot. It was a complete and utter waste of good viewing time that I will never get back.

    What I could stand to watch of it was dull, flat, and uninspired, and bore only a fleeting resemblence to its brilliantly satirical predecessor. And believe me, "bore" is the right word to use in this instance.
     
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    i watched the original regularly and doubt anyone could touch mcgoohan in that role, but i do like caveziel... it's not one here, yet, as we get everything a week late... i'll give it a look, but don't hold out any great hope that it'll be worth the remake...
     
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    I have it recorded on my DVR. Should I just clear up some hard-drive space and be done with it?
     
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    My opinion? Skip it. Then go find a boxed set of the original series. :)
     
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    The remake was never going to be as good as the original. There were no Minis in it. :D
     
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    I think I'll spend some time writing instead of watching it.
     
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    I've just started watching the original and it has me enthralled. I could watch Mcgoohan fight a balloon for hours.
     
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    i just watched the opener and one of the follow-up hours, found it to be really dumb... a piss-poor imitation of a brilliant original... and a directorial disaster... a jumbled mess of memories, switching scenes, characters etc., done so poorly one can't make head nor tail of anything...

    'we are not impressed'
     
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    Well, I do remember critics and the like griping about the original, saying things like "disorganized", "lacks direction", and "fails to answer its own paranoid questions."

    However, I thought it was brilliant, refreshing, and pretty clear in its message - even though I know there was a layer taking potshots at British politics that I had no clue about. And the final episode, Blast Off, did indeed answer the series' "paranoid questions", regardless of whether everyone accepted those answers.

    I watched bits and pieces of the remake, including the final hour, and was thoroughly disappointed. And that is even considering that I had very low expectations when I learned of the project.

    In trying to be more sophisticated and focus on the intrigue, it fell flat on its deadpan face.
     
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    it sure did!... the final episode was the worst mess of all, leaving nothing explained, only hinted at so obtusely as to be even more confusing than ever...
     

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