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Jim Caviezel in The Prisoner

The Prisoner: Episodes 3 and 4: “Anvil” and “Darling” Monday, November 16th, 8/7 PM Central


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Things get a whole lot weirder in the second night of The Prisoner as the ruminations on paranoia, betrayal, family, desire, and dreams become both subtler and more jarring.

In “Anvil,” the first of the two segments, Six (Jim Caviezel) takes a strange assignment that forces him to delve deeper into his own mind, Two (Ian McKellan) and his son’s (11-12, played by Jamie Campbell Bower) relationship deteriorates further, and 313’s (Ruth Wilson) world begins to unravel. Also, keep on the lookout for nice appropriation of Brian Wilson’s “Heroes and Villains.”

In “Darling,” Six rekindles an old flame, 11-12 moves against his father, and things go from bad to worse as a giant hole in the earth causes problems for a number of the residents in the Village.

I’m a little concerned that this is not going to end well. I really hope that there is a satisfactory conclusion to these stories. I wonder if it is AMC’s intention to launch some sort of series after this? I doubt that either McKellan or Caviezel would be interested in fully committing but, some of these characters are taking on interesting colors and, if a new Two is introduced, the focus could shift to 313 or someone else for another limited run or even for a full season. Either way, there is just one night of this version of The Prisoner left: Tuesday, November 17th. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a solid finish. (

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January 10th 2011

Take my advice and watch the British mini-series, “State Of Play”, which was wonderful, or go rent the original 17 episodes of The Prisoner. And you do rent or watch this after reading this review, don’t say you weren’t warned. I really hope that there is a satisfactory conclusion to these stories. “Rolex Prices