Quote of the Day: The Ultimate TV Show

mvardoulis's picture
Submitted by mvardoulis on Tue, 2008-04-22 02:41

For the ultimate individualist...

"I AM NOT A NUMBER, I AM A PERSON!"

The Prisoner, made for only one 17 episode stretch and broadcast before I was even born, still inspires me to this day.

Just thought I'd throw it up on SOLO, perhaps there are some other life-affirming TV shows which inspire my fellow SOLO-ists?


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Jameson...

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

I favor restitution and justice -- not out-of-context, abstract principle-based martyrdom -- against general-population Welfare State tyrants, criminals, and their supporters which have had a direct, profound, deleterious impact on my life. Doesn't every right-thinking person?

Kyrel...

Jameson's picture

are you saying you're a supporter of multi-media piracy?

Jameson...

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Or: Support the individual wealth and happiness of the rare handful of moral freedom-fighters -- in a world of egregious property rights violators -- by discovering, publicizing, and exploiting the blossoming world of free video content sites (possibly even "illegal" ones).

Kyrel...

Jameson's picture

Support intellectual property rights and buy it here for the reasonable sum of US$50...

[click on pic to purchase]

Yes, a good post indeed, Michael ~ a timely reminder that we are not numbers, but free men (and women)!! Smiling

You're quite welcome, Kyrel

mvardoulis's picture

Part of the theme of The Prisoner, particularly it's final episode "Fall Out" was that we are all of us 'prisoners' in some way to something which is in opposition to our individuality. And yes, the world in general is so irrational and tyrannical today we must all act defiantly in some way just to *be* an individual and not a number!

Thanks, Marcus!

mvardoulis's picture

Yes, *I* was the one who interviewed Roger Langley, Patrick McGoohan's most recent biographer, for Free Radical #78. Smiling

Haven't seen Onedin Line on these shores yet, but I loved your clip that you posted. I'll have to check to see if I can order a DVD online. I know all 17 episodes of the Prisoner is on DVD as of last year, which I'm sure one can pick up online as well.

The Onedin Line

Marcus's picture

You should have noticed by now that in the last FreeRadical (#78), there is an interview with Roger Langley, author of a new biography of Patrick McGoohan, specifically about the series Prisoner.

TV shows that I would pick as celebrating the individual would be Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear, Steve Irwin's Crocodile Hunter and Bear Gryll's Survivor (which I posted a thread about below).

However, these are all non-fiction.

If you are meaning a drama series in particular, you can't go past the "Onedin Line". The series is set in Liverpool in the late 19th century and deals with the rise of a shipping line, the Onedin Line, named after its owner James Onedin. James Onedin is a real go-getter entrepreneur during the industrial revolution and against the odds is always his own man. And it shows the role that ships played in affairs like international politics, uprisings and the slave trade.

Defiance

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Outstanding video segment. Thanks for posting this, Michael! I think today's world is so irrational and tyrannical that in a sense we're all numbers and prisoners. Sad

Does anyone know where full episodes of The Prisoner are located on the internet?

Patrick McGoohan wrote it

Jameson's picture

with George Markstein... legend has it they mapped out the whole 17-episode series in a single weekend.

McGoohan: "It was a place that is trying to destroy the individual by every means possible; trying to break his spirit, so that he accepts that he is No 6 and will live there happily as No 6 for ever after. And this is the one rebel that they can't break."

Brilliant.

Number 6. A truly

Bosch Fawstin's picture

Number 6. A truly captivating show, had to say it. A few episodes made me think if McGoohan read Rand.

http://fawstin.blogspot.com/

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