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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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Sue Short lectures in film and media at Birkbeck College, University of London, and has contributed articles to numerous media journals. Cult Telefantasy Series is her third book. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is a professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.
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  • Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Book 30)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (June 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786443154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786443154
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,599,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 29, 2011
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There are TV shows and then there are a few, rare groundbreaking programs that dared to be different, played mind games with the TV audience, made viewers pay attention and question what they were seeing and becoming, in the process, cult favorites with sometimes rabid fan bases. Chief among those television 'rara avis' were DOCTOR WHO, STAR TREK, THE PRISONER, TWIN PEAKS, THE X-FILES, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, LOST and HEROES. British film professor Sue Short examines those eight series in this delightful, comprehensive and insightful 2011 release from McFarland & Company.

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.
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