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Cult Telefantasy Series: A Critical Analysis of The Prisoner, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Heroes, Doctor Who and Star ... Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy)
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CULT TELEFANTASY SERIES devotes a chapter to six of the above series with the final chapter covering DOCTOR WHO and STAR TREK. Since those two series preceded the other six, I was puzzled by that arrangement but accepted it because, in Short's words, McGoohan's "maverick series...pioneered a number of cult characteristics. Well, OK.
In any case, back in the summer of 1968 I was transfixed by McGoohan's masterpiece from the first note of Ron Grainer's gripping theme music. At once inspiring and mystifying, its story of a lone individual imprisoned in a fairy-tale prison made for must-see tv. Week after week, Number 6 thwarted every attempt to make him crack but also, sadly, failed in his efforts to escape the prison and learn the identity of its leader. As inspiring as the Prisoner's struggle was, the series created myriad questions about who, what, where and why. In part, the ambiguity was due to McGoohan's need to stretch the concept/produce more episodes to placate Lew Grade and disagreements McGoohan had with co-creator George Markstein. Fittingly enough, when the series wrapped up, its concluding episode - 'Fallout' - raised as many questions as it answered.Read more ›