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The remake of classic 1960s Brit TV series The Prisoner will hit US screens on Sunday, when viewers of AMC will be able to enjoy writer Bill Gallagher's six-part "reimagining of themes and characters", as the New York Times ominously puts it. Promotional poster for The Prisoner rehash Jim Caviezel has the task of interpreting …

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Anonymous Coward

-.- < title

I don't feel inspired to watch it...

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Win

Looking forward to seeing this, it's got to be better than some of the plot lines of the original.

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You lost me...

...at "fulcrum of a love triangle"

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Keyword

Well I guessed the keyword... nice map, but not sure what to do with it now!!

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Password for Summakor Map

I believe you find the password is 'Villiage' - not sure if that's obvious to everyone already and I missed something in the story, but there you go.

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Got it 2nd attempr

The keyword on the Summakor site, that is... not exactly brain taxing! For the hard of thinking it's.... well, just think of a film that M. Night Shyamalan did....

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Password

Was easy enough to guess... not very good at security are they ;)

A bit dissapointing what comes next though :(

(assuming there is only one password).

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Preemptive review

I won't let not having seen the show prevent me from commenting that it is both a travesty of the original that should never have been made, and a surprisingly watchable and contemporary reimagination. Condemnation and kudos to all concerned. Don't let it happen again - can't wait for series 2.

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Anonymous Coward

60s balloon weapon

wonder if it will be like the 60s effort ? Lots of intricate escaping then getting outwitted by a huge balloon.

As long as the last episode isn't 'we cant be arsed' useless it should be ok...good luck to them and glad to see Jesus back again.

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Unhappy

What do you want?

Information. Information!

You're not going to get it!

By hook, or by crook we will.

Looking up Bill Gallagher on imdb I see his past credits include Lark Rise to Candleford and Dalziel and Pascoe. I don't see anything there that inspires me to think that this will be anything other than run of the mill TV drama.

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6

not as good as the number 6 on BSG

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“I am not a number, I am a free man!”

Spoiler

Caviezel will bellow “I am not a number, I am a free man!”

Be seeing you.

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Other search terms

"Number 6" works to give links.

But "midget butler" and "rover" don't .

"Number 1" has confused me, error or given the plot away?

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all sorts of things

There are all sorts of results for searches

http://www.summakor.com/pig.html

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looks OK

Saw the trailer a few weeks ago. Having just finished watching the original series this looks surprisingly good actually.

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6 downloads

"The Prisoner will hit US screens on Sunday"....and British screens on Monday via BitTorrent!

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Go

The blocks at the bottom of the map...

are a Code39 barcode.

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It’s definitely a commentary on right here and right now.

What, a shallow remake of a great classic embodying the inability of Hollywood to come up with original ideas whilst raping our childhood memories? With that much insight, I'm amazed he completed the project.

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Love triangle?

A love triangle? They didn't want number 2 to be faceless and soulless? They're going to develop the "characters", and leave the short-story format for more of a soap-opera style, aren't they! Golly.

I do hope they develop that love triangle; it promises to be a lot more interesting than that boring "wanting to escape" part. And I'm so looking forward to seeing the human side of number 2, explore his human and sympathetic side, maybe even have some dramatic moments that explore their sameness and differences in more heart-rending depth. They don't have to wallow in that boring "prisoner trying to escape" thing; they can explore the various dramatic and interesting relationships with the characters around him!

I can see it now: he refuses to fully commit to a relationship, because he believes he is going to escape one day, resulting in dramatic tension. Oh golly! They could have long, heated conversations about it! One of them could become slightly upset, and leave you wondering if they're going to break up, only to reconcile the next week! Wow!

This promises to be as good as the new Doctor. I'm weeping tears of joy. Really.

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@Skizz

*beep* Frozen peas?

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Lucidia

It seems that the Terms & Conditions of Use (http://www.summakor.com/terms.html) have instructions about notificaitons and removing content that violates copyright (through DCMA). The website lists a pharma product "Lucidia" for putting people in a "removable coma". Odd thing, there really is a product called "Lucidia" - www.lucidiadreams.com, which appears to be one of those "herbal" supplement sleep aid.

Don't seem to be affiliated, so maybe a marketer didn't do a Google first?

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WHOIS Info

Interesting, attempting to use Network Solutions WHOIS gives back a "violation" message (or could be from where I am accessing), but http://whois.domaintools.com/summakor.com gives the info as Network Solutions. Cover up to hide a piece of marketing, or is this going to be a real venture? Interesting.

(Note: Modified and excerpted for posting)

Registrant: Summa Kor, ATTN: SUMMAKOR.COM, c/o Network Solutions, P.O. Box 459, Drums, PA. 18222

Domain Name: SUMMAKOR.COM

Administrative Contact, Technical Contact: [SAME AS REGISTRANT]

Record expires on 28-Jul-2013. Record created on 28-Jul-2008. Database last updated on 11-Nov-2009 10:30:50 EST.

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Showing

They are being shown as two episodes each night for three consecutive nights. Very odd way of doing it, makes me suspicious on its own. I was hoping for a marathon of the original series which I only saw a few of back when I was too young to understand.

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Love Triangle?

Watched the preview yesterday. Wasn't as crap as I was expecting - of course can't have a show on US TV without some romance, so not surprised to see that in there.

At least in the original you knew why he had been taken there. This one doesn't seem to have a definite reason so you don't know what he's fighting against. Or what they want from him.

Perhaps it will be explained in more detail during the first episode....

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first V, now the prisoner

It's almost enough to make you think the well of inspiration has run dry... well dryer than usual!

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The Ending

I'm guessing from that 'community' description of the ending that all the numbers rise up, exercise the right to bare arms in the name of truth and justice?

Given that we now live in a society much closer to that of the original Village, there was probably more scope to make a believable version this time, one where you don't need to be an arty-farty nonce in order to perceive any meaning (not that there was any meaning anyway - We all know they just made up a load of rubbish on the spot because Lou Grade demanded 26 episodes instead of 6 so, like a supermarket own-brand 'economy' sausage, it contained less than 3% meat.)

Or they could have reimagined it as a village where people who switch back from Macs to PCs suddenly find themselves... with Steve Jobs as Number 2 in all that iconic 60s iFurniture.

The big revelation at the end of the series is that number 1 is.... you guessed it - King William III himself!

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V for Prisoner

I doubt whether this will be any good. Just look at the remake of V running on ABC at the moment; pretty insipid, thinly veiled terrorist plots, etc. If The Prisoner isn't as disappointing as this, I'm a monkey's uncle.

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any ORIGINAL ideas, Hollywood??

So yet another rehash of an old success because they cant think up anything new.

Is anyone surprised that, yet again, they change it all and make the main protagonist American (since as we all know, nothing exists outside the borders of the USA other than evil terrorists and backwards natives...)

What's the betting that they will take out everything that made the original a success the first time round - the mystery, the struggle against faceless and untrustworthy government...

But hey - we get a "love triangle" instead! Hooray!

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Why?

Wasn't that the question 6 used to kill the awfully clever computer?

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Remember, this is some of Hollywood's "High Value"

And this is the shite they're worried about people taking so they're trying to force ACTA up everyone's bum. Bunch of lying wankers. DIAF, Hollywood

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Good lord no

The original series was made during the Cold War and all about Left vs Right, East. vs West, Communism vs Capitalism etc etc.

Except that it wasn't.

Patrick McGoohan was trying to make the point that both sides are really the same and that it doesn't matter which of the sides you are ostensibly on at all, because it is all the same thing in the end.

Unfortunately, the public weren't quite up to the task of interpreting it the way PM wanted them to and started holding his character up as the some sort of Hero of the West valiently holding out against the evils of the socialist east. Rah Rah Rah.

This annoyed McGoohan to no end. When the premature end to the series was announced he basically said "fuck 'em" and produced that nonsensical load of rubbish that was the last episode.

I can't imagine that the yanks could manage to make something with similar sensibilities (last episode of ToS not withstanding). No doubt it will all end in a glorious victory of Good (U.S.A) over Evil (The people with all the oil).

If it's not a puerile load of hogwash cloaked in good old American Patriot garb I'll eat a bug.

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I've never seen the original version

Although I have been to Portmeirion.

Is the original worth a look?

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@Bit Fidler

"Or they could have reimagined it as a village where people who switch back from Macs to PCs suddenly find themselves... with Steve Jobs as Number 2 in all that iconic 60s iFurniture."

You might be a computer geek if you:

(a) understand these references

(b) find the idea strangely alluring

(c) would pay good money to actually see this version

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Bah!

This sort of thing makes me want to reach for my Box of Stab™

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True to form.

Casting a yank and the hero and a brit as the villain.

Like most US drama It'll quickly degenerate into Lost like make-it-up-as-we-go-along drivel or a Battlestar like political soap yawnfest.

Fail!

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It'll be shit...

If the "project stands on it's own" then why use the original name?

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No more remakes please

First we had Knight Rider which was dire, then there's the US version of Life on Mars which if what I've heard about the ending is right then it's been ruined.

Now we've got a US version of The Prisoner with "reimagining of themes and characters".

Two words - NO THANKS.

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Going to be tough

I'm not so sure. I think beating the other romantic comedy on offer right now, V, is going to be tough task. And only a lesbian love triangle can hope to do the original version justice I feel.

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Oldies and Goldies

I remember the the original prisoner well most of it anyway.. Black n white TV and enough chemical stimulation untill the TV turned into colour. It all made sense then...

Blakes Seven again tonight.

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Tried to like it...

...but I couldn't finish it. Patrick is spinning in his grave. More proof Americans can't remake British shows (and I'm American).

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I'm also trying to like this show

but I keep doing the comparison to the original (which I watched again before watching the new version.)

The original was almost an acid trip in its oddness, while the "new" version is sort of sneaking out behind mum's for a quick joint. I'll watch it through before making up my mind completely.

(This is the time I need a "meh" icon!)

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