It was an incredible show. I can't imagine the remake (with Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen) could have lived up to the original, although I am curious... Have you seen it, by any chance?
My only two problems with the show are, first, that I do wonder sometimes if they were being deliberately elusive with no real answers. I don't think that's the case. But every now and then it would be so strange that I'd think, "Oh, come off it, that's not symbolism, you're just making that up!" Only for brief moments, mind you.
Second, I thought the "powers that be" were a little too omniscient. I like it best when I feel like the hero *can* escape, but isn't. In The Prisoner, it doesn't matter what he does, the little munchikins in charge of the Village just whip out the, "Oh, we had a device..." thing, and it's a bit like that playground chum always going, "Nuh-uh, you didn't hit me, I have a force shield!"
Still, those are minor distractions and they weren't omnipresent or anything. Just once in awhile they'd irritate me a bit. But since it was more philosophical than literal, they weren't deal-breakers.
Certain episodes of other shows reach The Prisoner's high-water mark for thought-provoking, but it's rare to find one that is consistently this thought-provoking the whole way through. Like, for instance, Midnight or Dalek from Doctor Who are brilliant and boggle the mind, but that show has plenty of duds, too.
The remake isn't bad if taken as a completely different series, dealing with more Philip K. Dick-type scenarios than anything else. But as a sequel/reboot of The Prisoner, it fails miserably if you ask me. They should have eliminated any connection to McGoohan's classic & let their story stand on its own ... though perhaps it would never have been greenlighted in the first place, would it?
I agree that not every episode was as good as the best ones, which were brilliant. But even the ones that were more filler at least had an interesting idea or two in them, even so. If McGoohan had gotten his wish, there would have been fewer episodes to begin with, as you know. Still, if that had been the case, we might not have gotten the wonderful Surreal, Theater of the Absurd final episode, made all the powerful by having to completed in a couple of days & causing the creative team to dig deep for an ending that worked on a visceral, dreamlike, depths-of-the-Unconscious-spilling-out-in-a-flood way. To me, that final episode is TV's finest hour.
Oh the last couple episodes are the weirdest and possibly the best.
I'm remembering this right, I think, that the penultimate show was Number 6 v. Number 2 in that loopy, psychological cat-and-mouse trip, yes? Or was there one episode between that and the finale?
Either way...yes. The final episode was bonkers, gangbusters, and pretty much perfect. I love that the show, more-or-less frees the Prisoner. The ending could really only be freedom, death, or No.6 broken and falling in line. I'm glad they gave him the win there. It kinda made up for that "omniscient/omnipotent bad guy" thing I was talking about. And yet, if you're a fan of the twisty-logic, you can still imagine that Number 6's freedom is just another illusion or trap. (Maybe it is, since the Village is a commentary on Society, maybe you can't escape this stuff in the outside world, since that's just a macrocosm, anyway).
And "Dem Bones" will never be the same again (in the best way).
Alexis Kanner was just so wonderful in that scene! :)
"And hear the word of the Lord." (tinkles bell)
So, so wonderful, yes!