(Apply tongue in cheek humor before reading!) The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in the UK from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. The series follows a British former secret agent (played by Patrick McGoohan) who is held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job.
The series follows McGoohan (an unnamed British agent) who abruptly resigns his job, apparently preparing to go on a holiday. While packing his luggage, he is rendered unconscious by a knockout gas in his quarters. When he wakes, he finds himself held captive in a mysterious seaside “village” (ASC :))that is isolated from the mainland by mountains and sea. The Village is further secured by numerous monitoring systems (Coaches) and security forces (parents), including a mysterious balloon-like device called Rover (Refs) that recaptures those who attempt escape. The agent encounters the Village’s population (players), hundreds of people from all walks of life and cultures, all seeming to be tranquilly living out their lives. They do not use names, but instead are assigned numbers; the protagonist (Patrick McGoohan) is assigned Number Six, but refuses to go by this, refusing to give in to the pretence.
Six is monitored heavily by Number Two (SCVA), the Village administrator acting as an agent for an unseen “Number One” (USAV). In the show, a variety of techniques are used by Number Two to try to extract information from Number Six, including hallucinogenic drug experiences, identity theft, mind control, dream manipulation, and various forms of social indoctrination (SCVA and USAV do not condone nor exercise such practices). All of these are employed not only to find out about why Six resigned as an agent but to extract other dangerous information he gained as a spy. The position of Number Two is filled in on a rotating basis; in some cases, part of a larger plan to confuse Number Six, while other times as a result of failure in interrogating Six.
Number Six, distrusting of anyone involved with the Village, refuses to co-operate, provide answers – defiant of the system. Alone, he struggles toward multiple goals: determining for which side the Village works, remaining defiant to its imposed authority, concocting his own plans for escape, learning all he can about the Village and subverting its operation. Some of his schemes, feats of individualism, while not resulting in an escape, do lead to the dismissal or defeat of an incumbent Number Two on two occasions. These are infrequent victories. By the end of the series the administration, becoming desperate for Number Six’s knowledge and fearful of his growing influence in the Village, takes drastic measures that threaten Number Six, Number Two, and the rest of the Village. In the final episode Number Six (McGoohan) discovers he is, and was always, Number One. The series (Mandatories and Regionals) represent his journey. (“Mandatory on Garth!” “Mandatory on Wayne!”)
Will a team replace Coast VBC 14-1 as #1 Saturday in SCVA’s Mandatory #5? The three top teams, Coast VBC 14-1, Tstreet 14-Mike and Wave 14-Brennan have identical Mandatory finishes placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th through the first four Mandatories. A spread of only 4.5 points separates each. But SCVA 14s isn’t a three-way race. Parity reigns in Division 1. Each of these teams has been handed a loss by one or more of Numbers Four through Eight in the standing’s mix: Mizuno Long Beach 14-Rockstar Lance (defeated Madfrog 14 National – Esper in Spokane JNQ), Temecula Valley 14-Kat, Laguna Beach 14-Quon, Rancho Valley 14-Premier and San Gabriel Elite 14-Roshambo.
In The Prisoner, Number Six’s recurring trademark question is, “Who is Number One?” The recurring response was, “You are Number Six.” Don’t believe it. With SCVA 14 Regionals June 1-2 “Breathe. Believe. And Battle!”