R.I.P. Patrick McGoohan

We learned today that actor Patrick McGoohan passed away yesterday at the age of 80. His 1968 TV show "The Prisoner" was (and is) hugely influential in my personality, and I mourn his passing.

The "point" of The Prisoner, as I see, it is to illuminate the role of the individual in society. We idolize the individual as a hero in so much of our society and its art works, but then so much of what we do as a society tries to break down lone wolves and force them to conform. In the final trap, a pure individual is tempted by the desire to show others "the way", and by leading the pack, join it.

I'll never forget him for bringing these thoughts to my attention. If you want to understand me, you have to understand The Prisoner (and Alan Mendelsohn the boy from Mars, but that is a story for another post).

I'm very sad that he won't be able to see the new version of The Prisoner that is being produced as a a miniseries for AMC. If you haven't seen any of the original episodes, AMC has all of them online for free, legal viewing.

2009.01.14 at 9:00pm EST