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The Prisoner is an episodic television series out of Britain that was created by Patrick McGoohan. The theme includes spy and science fiction and psychological drama elements. The story follows a British agent who resigns from his job. About to go vacation, he is knocked unconscious while packing luggage. When he awakens, he is being held captive in an unknown, isolated seaside location by the mountains. The area has monitoring systems with a device named Rover that captures anyone who attempts an escape.

The agent comes upon the Village of people where there are hundreds around from everywhere and all areas of culture. They appear to be living their lives peacefully. They use numbers rather than names and the agent is called Number Six.

Number Six is being monitored by the administrator, Number Two who acts as agent for Number One. Number Two uses techniques to attempt to get information out of Number Six. This includes hallucinogenic experiences, mind control, identity theft, some types of social indoctrination and dream manipulation.

This is all done to determine why Number Six resigned and learn about the other dangerous information that he acquired as a spy. Different people rotate as Number Two which is done to confuse Number Six.

Number Six distrusts all of those at the Village and refuses to provide answers or cooperate. He is solitary and attempts to find out how the Village operates. He is defiant against the authority and creates escape plans by learning everything he can about the system and how it operates.

While he is unable to escape, some of his actions contribute to the dismissal of resident Number Two on a couple of occasions. The agency pursues Number Six to find out what he knows.

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1 Season, 16 Episodes - Canceled
November 15, 2009
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The Prisoner Full Episode Guide

  • Contnuing from ONCE UPON A TIME, the Prisoner is presented to the President of the Assembly. He watches the trials of Number Forty Eight and the resuscitated Number Two. It is now his chance to finally meet Number One. As chaos breaks out, The Prisoner leaves the Village and heads for London.

  • After all previous attempts to break Number Six have failed, Number Two decides the only way to obtain the information wanted is by using a system known as 'Degree Absolute'. A battle that will leave one of them dead. If Number Six wins, he will have survived the ultimate test and meet Number One.

  • The Prisoner is back in his old job as he tries to track down the murderer of Colonel Hawke-Englishe, who was looking for a crazy scientist called Schnipps. The scientist's daughter Sonia, who calls herself Death, protects her father and sets many deadly traps for Number Six. Sonia eventually leads him to her father who has plans to destroy London with his super-rocket. Is this real or a just a story?

  • When a young woman is driven to her death by Number Two, Number Six swears his revenge. Number Two tells Number Six that he is going to hammer him (using a quote from Goethe about hammers and anvils) so Number Six decides to turn the tables. He plans to make Number Two think that he is an agent called D6 and that he reports to a superior X.O.4. Number Six sets out on a campaign to break Number Two.

  • The Prisoner finds himself a stranger in a Western town called 'Harmony'. He reluctantly takes on the job of the Sheriff in order to release a young saloon woman. As Sheriff he refuses to carry a gun until a killing spree forces him to take one up. After a gun fight with the Kid, the Prisoner decides to resign from his post but The Judge refuses to let him.

  • Number Six awakes to a deserted Village. He realises that he has the perfect opportunity to escape his captors. He builds a raft and sets sail away from the Village. During his voyage he comes across some gunrunners who steal his remaining supplies and leave him to drown. He is eventually washed up on the south coast of England. He manages to get back to London to find a 'Mrs Butterworth' living in his house. The next day is Number Six's birthday and Mrs Butterworth has a surprise planned for him.

  • Six's time runs out when the order is handed down for his execution. Two suffers a personal loss and all is revealed.

  • Six discovers he has a twin...who attempts murder. Two. 313 battles with her inner demons and 11-12 seeks the answers to his dilemma.

  • Six meets a woman from his past, while the Village prepares to weather a disaster and 147 weathers personal tragedy.

  • Six chooses to spy for Two, while 11-12's darkest secret revealed and 313 learns more of her own gift.

  • Two attempts to deal with questions within his own household, while Six meets a man claiming to be his brother... a man Six has never seen.

  • An unidentified man awakes in an unknown desert community referred to only as "the Village." The city's administrator, Two, designates the man as "Six" and begins the process of destroying his will to resist.

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