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| January 14, 2009


As has been reported elsewhere in the press, reclusive actor Patrick McGoohan died earlier today.

The 17 episode series of “The Prisoner” was transformational in many ways for television. In an age of episodic television, where everything was resolved in 30 minutes and at the end nothing ever changes, McGoohan’s show was one enormous story arc. He wrote it with a beginning, a middle and an end.

As such he paved the way for other television shows that followed a grand story arc, such as Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica.

Personally, watching The Prisoner prompted me to think very carefully about the work I had done for the US government, and examine the notion of what became of people who worked on sensitive subjects once they decided they would move on.

For those of you who have never taken a look at this masterpiece of story-telling, the plot revolves around spy (played by McGoohan) who resigns his post with the government, and awakes the next day on a strange island called “the Village”. The entire place is one giant mind sieve that houses former and current members of the spy community from several countries. The series revolves around the efforts of those that run the place to break McGoohan, who is only referred to as “Number 6”, which he steadfastly refuses.

If you want to learn more about this visionary television series, you can head over to AMC (which is doing a re-make) and view the classic episodes on line.

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Bruce Henderson is a former Marine who focuses custom data mining and visualization technologies on the economy and other disasters.

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