Picks and Pans Review: Taping Tip
ON LABOR DAY (SEPT. 6), THE SCI-FI Channel has scheduled a marathon of The Prisoner (1968-69), which is—Twin Peaks be damned—the most imaginative and bizarre show ever to twist the airwaves. All 17 episodes of The Prisoner, which combines elements of Lewis Carroll and Franz Kafka with a dollop of hippie paranoia, wall be shown beginning at 7 a.m. ET. In the opener, Patrick McGoohan resigns from a covert government agency in swinging London. Drugged and abducted, he wakes up in a quaint, very strange seaside village where sinister characters try to debrief and on of brainwash him. Throughout the episodes, McGoohan is referred to only it as No. 6. (Some rabid fans of the show to insist that McGoohan is in fact John of Drake, the character he had previously played in the espionage series Secret Agent.) The final episode, a truly, trippy piece that features Leo McKern. ET. (Rumpole of the Bailey), begins at 1:40 a.m. ET the following morning. In it, McGoohan finally discovers the surprising identity of No. 1, the village mastermind.