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RIP, Mr, Roarke and Number Six!

by Paul C / January 14, 2009 7:27 PM PST
Ricardo Montalban dead at 88.

Patrick McGoohan dead at 80.

I always thought that The Wrath of Khan was by far the best of the Star Trek movies, and that The Prisoner was a series that was a ground breaker in its own way; a show that almost was a sort of video Rorschach test - what you took from it depended more your belief system than it did on the show itself.
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Montalban left his suave "pretty boy" roles with
by drpruner / January 14, 2009 9:00 PM PST

Khan, certainly. Very good movie.

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One by one, they depart
by Willy / January 14, 2009 11:15 PM PST

Khan showed far more human emotion than other ST pictures, IMHO. As for the, "The Prisoner", I just read its coming back as a new series/show. More updated, etc., but following the same premise. -----Willy

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I hadn't heard about Patrick McGoohan
by Josh K / January 14, 2009 11:30 PM PST

I didn't watch The Prisoner when it first aired but I got the whole series from Netflix last year. A bit dated now but you can see where shows like Lost got some of their ideas.

Despite suspicions from "Prisoner Geeks," McGoohan insisted that Number Six was NOT the same character from "Secret Agent."

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I can believe that.
by drpruner / January 15, 2009 12:29 AM PST

The Secret Agent was had a different attitude: still patriotic and hard working.
Number 6 was kidnapped from his sports car AIR after he quit 'The Agency' in disgust over something. The closing scene of the series showed him again in his car, finishing his trip. Once again his own man.

The two men certainly looked alike, though. Happy

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One of my quibbles with The Prisoner....
by Josh K / January 15, 2009 12:32 AM PST
In reply to: I can believe that.

....was that they left a lot of questions unanswered, such as why DID he resign? And who were the operators of "The Village" working for? We never really found out. The final episode was a bit of a mess IMO.

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Yep, Number Two in the steam hole, or something.
by drpruner / January 15, 2009 1:03 AM PST

It seemed Number Six was talking his way out of The Village; 'Why didn't he just do it in an earlier episode?' Happy

The English do things differently, and IMO scarier. I just saw a BBC miniseries on PBS called The Last Enemy. Very disturbing; the "last enemy" is, of course, ourselves and the governments we put over our lives. The gov't was covering up at least three dastardly plots, each of which was threatening to run completely amok. No happy ending.
I'm also not fond of unanswered questions, but they do raise the anxiety level.

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one of the better offerings of UK TV
by jonah jones / January 15, 2009 2:23 AM PST

we were hooked on it....

your "secret agent" was our "danger man", also a great series

another was the avengers which was a sort of run up to the james bond movies


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I recall Montalban in his MGM days
by Angeline Booher / January 15, 2009 12:05 AM PST

,,,,. such as when he played romantic leads opposite such stars as Esther Williams. Photos of him and his wife, Georgia, showed that she was a dark-haired beauty,

I, too, especially enjoyed "The Prisoner", but my favorite was "Secret Agent Man" for Mr. McGohan.

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