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Review: The Prisoner - Part Four: Darling

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 17th 2009 1:32AM
The Prisoner: Darling
(E04) If you cannot break a man with family, or mistrust, then you must try love. For love is the greatest of things after all, is it not?

it seems we've fallen into a familiar pattern with The Prisoner. Two tries various schemes and techniques to break Six and Six resists them all, either through his own ingenuity or through the help of other Villagers who are sympathetic to his situation. But we still don't know why Two is trying to break Six. This week's tactic was love, but love was explored in many ways throughout the episode.

Six's love of the woman from New York is so strong that it cross boundaries from that world into the Village world. But in neither case is it clear if the love is real, or something manufactured.

We're not given a clear reason why, in New York, Lucy was passed out in the hallway, or why she and Six were suddenly more interested in making love and snuggling than getting to the bottom of what's going on at Summakor. I suspect it has a lot to do with the same reason they were so compatible in the Village.

Six awoke in the Village to a woman on his television, doing her best impression of Max Headroom, telling him he was next in line for the Village matchmaking services. It was certainly no surprise when his perfect match was Lucy, only now she's calling herself 415, and claims to have been in the Village her whole life. She even has a father to prove it.

Which brings the question again of just how far Two and whoever is behind all of this is willing to go. They've either recruited or kidnapped Lucy and put her into this scenario just to make Six fall in love with her, and then subsequently break his heart? Why? Why are they so determined to break Six?

There seem to be no efforts to get any information out of him. Instead, Two is almost solely focused on getting Six to accept his place in the Village and believe that his other life is but a figment of his dream-state. Two has even more concerns as well, though, as his own son 1112 has taken an interest in why his mother is in the catatonic state she's in.

It's interesting that this world of the Village is so much larger and more complex than the original. There are children and families and strip clubs and bars and a whole life for so many people. Are they all victims of whatever forces have done this to Six? Or is there something else entirely afoot? Certainly Six is important, in that while Two seems more than willing to send people for treatments, or eliminate them altogether, he is always adamant that Six must remain unharmed.

Maybe he needs Six to rebel in as many ways as possible so that Six can know everything he needs to know about the Village before slowly being given all the answers. Then Six can become the next Two. How's that for far-fetched?

It is 1112's love for his mother that has him looking into what Two is doing to his mother and why. That closing scene of his mother in a setting clearly outside the Village was kind of just thrown in there, but it confirms that she was indeed in a life outside, and not that long ago from the looks of her.

And then there's the holes. Sudden and random abysses into seeming nothingness, their existence pulled 147 back into the storyline, as his apparent negligence inadvertently led to his daughter 832 falling into the hole. But how are such holes even possible, and then able to be filled in later by a Village work crew? It's even more outlandish a reality that would allow such constructs to exist than a reality in which an ocean can disappear.

Every episode now is ending with the white ball coming into play. What did it do to Lucy/415, as suddenly she knew who she was and admitted why she was brought to the Village. What role does the ball play, and why did Lucy jump into the hole? Is the Village a virtual reality construct, or a shared and controlled dream or hallucination of some sort? Is the hole an exit from the experience, or something far more sinister?

Yeah, I have no idea what's going on.

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I missed Sunday and Monday's episodes can anyone tell me where I can watch reruns?

November 17 2009 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Big D

This sucks.

Sorry, but I was a huge fan of the old series. What made it work was that there was a basic story you could follow (six tries to escape via some clever method, two tries to break six), with surreal story elements thrown in. In fact the original episodes had very little surrealism in the beginning. The elements were added slowly over time.

In this series they start with the surreal, and have no other other story to tell. It is all design, no substance. It has become very boring, very quickly.

Really it comes down to trust. Do I trust the writers of this series not to toy with me, not to put strange stuff in for the sake of strangeness? The answer is no.

November 17 2009 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was a bit miffed with some of the editing inconsistencies. For example, the daughter fell in the hole, and then the village workmen came and closed it up. The mother was shown standing in front of the closed hole. Then, in another scene, 2 and 6 are standing around the open hole. Then later, the girl's father starts stabbing a knife at the closed hole to try and get his daughter back. How does a mistake like that happen in a production of this caliber?

November 17 2009 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to TotallyNormal's comment

Different Holes?

November 17 2009 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Clearly. The first hole is in a large open area outside 147's home's back gate. After that is filled up, 147 contemplates jumping into a second hole before 6 talks him down, and 415 jumps in instead. That hole is in the courtyard of a large building, not 147's home.

November 17 2009 at 10:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can you just tell us if this show is worth watching?

I recorded the first two hours on Sunday and didn't realize there were two more last night.

Is this a miniseries or what? It's an awful lot of television to keep up with in a short period of time.

November 17 2009 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jake G

YES. This has been an AMAZING miniseries.

This was meant to be remade and I am loving every minute of it. The original heavily influenced sci-fi, including such shows as Lost. The remake just make me love complex sci-fi even more. Really, its a good precursor to the beginning of the last season of Lost because the Village is like the Island in MANY different ways.

Watch it with an open mind and you will be rewarded.

November 17 2009 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not me either.. everything is so f weird. I dont even know if it helps to watch it again. Didnt follow the storyline half of the time.
When six was druged with love... I was like- How did he get there..
Still entertaining though

November 17 2009 at 5:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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