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I had to pick seeing the “Caprica”/”The Plan” panel over seeing AMC’s “The Prisoner” panel at Comic Con, but my favorite visual last week (even better than than the hot rollerskaters Girl Scouts) was seeing four guys dressed as Number Six rolling a 12-foot white Rover balloon past my hotel. If you had to miss the panel as well, here’s the nine-minute preview premiered at the event: And here’s 11 minutes of the panel:

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  • July 27, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    This Looks Amazing

    by Mr_Neutr0n

    Although I do miss the bicycle logo, I am very, very excited for this. The only thing I'm more excited about is footage from the VENTURE BROS panel!!!

  • July 27, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    That looks great. Will def be watching this.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    AMC are doing such good stuff.

    by TELF

    I kind of wish they had left this property alone - maybe just taken the elements they liked and just done their own thing - but it does look really good and will no doubt bring more deserved attention to the original. Now, lets have someone re-do Danger Man.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    cool shot of the twin towers

    by durhay

  • July 27, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Oh, and yes, bring the Venture.

    by TELF

    Ignore Me!

  • July 27, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    You know what sucks

    by eric haislar

    there is no AMCHD channel. Well at least not on direct TV. Does anyone have one?

  • July 27, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Who does Number 2 work for?

    by StatelyWayneManor

    I was at the panel. I miss the old Village. New one looks like a commune & not a seaside resort. The new Rover is awesome.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    "We're not in Portmeirion anymore"

    by penhapus

    Looks good; got the vibe but different enough... will give it a whirl.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by banville

    When I heard about the remake I thought it was the worst idea. So glad to be proved wrong, this looks brilliant.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    McGoohan clone?

    by Celicynd

    So was the old man he sees while in the mountains supposed to be the original #6 from the original series? They certainly made him look like McGoohan, and the outfit looks like the original.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Looks interesting but so FUCKING tired of remakes.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Is there no GODDAMNED originality left? Everything is a fucking remake. And most of those remakes are NOT better. <p> Sure BSG is an exception. But that seems to be it. <p>You can not gut classics and expect them to be a better product. You can never remake the message of the original and expect the same level of insight. <p> All for a buck, a fast shit covered buck.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    For someone who hates homosexuals as much as Cavaziel

    by Jor-El23

    I'm sure it was very difficult to work with McKellen. Or maybe he just used that hate for his role, since 6 hates 2

  • July 27, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    For the first time in a while, I am truly amazed by something

    by YackBacker

    This looks absolutely incredible. I love the look, the tone, the acting... I'm just fucking blown away. Thank you for showing us this clip. This show cannot arrive soon enough.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    How do you know he hates Homosexuals?

  • July 27, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    How do you know he hates Homosexuals?

  • July 27, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Just because he is religous does not make him a biggit.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Pointless but harmless.

    by MetalMickey

    Good on AMC for doing something bold, though.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Echo, Echo

    by banditmania

    I am a number.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by CMX

    Yeah, I agree. The old man definitely has the old outfit on so maybe he is the original Six. Other than that, this preview looked... I don't know... dull. And I don't like that desert setting at all.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    The great thing about the original Prisoner

    by smackfu

    is no matter how hard these guys try, they cannot even approach the level of batshit craziness that the original achieved. To anyone who hasn't watched the original series in full, I can assure you, the buildup is worth the wait because the finale is bar none the most insane, fucked up hour of television that has ever occurred.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    AMC is the new HBO


    Really good stuff. It's only a six episode miniseries, but oh well.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Fucking disgraceful.

    by Johnny Smith

    I can't wait for Michael Bay's CASABLANCA: REVENGE OF THE NAZIS. That's surely on the way after this.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    he donated money to Rick Santorum, he spoke out against stem cell research, he supports radically conservative religious organizations...I'd be surprised if someone like that was totally pro gay rights...but I guess you never know.<p>I do know Santorum is one of the most bigoted men in America, so if he supports him, it doesn't look good for his level of tolerance for homosexuality...

  • July 27, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    between this, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, AMC is on fire

    by BadMrWonka

    honestly, everyone was suspicious a few years back when they announced this plan for rebranding themselves with all these new shows. but my goodness, is there any other network on such a hot streak?

  • July 27, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Oh wow

    by Swoomustdie

    When I first heard this I thought it would be terrible but damn, this looks good.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    What Wonka said!

    by Jor-El23

  • July 27, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    not yet convinced.

    by TinSpider

    I'm a huge fan of the original and so far it seems to be missing the odd kookyness that made the original so great. Will it feature the fucked up sport that is Kosho..? I doubt it.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    i am....

    by massolit

    the new #2!!! bwhahahaha

  • July 27, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Looks weak

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

  • July 27, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Shut Up! That's why!

    by catman

    Looks lame. I'll stick to my complete mega-set

  • July 27, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by punto

    I don't really care for the romatic drama crap tho

  • July 27, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    That's Sir Ian McKellen, Mr Credits Monkey

    by mulberry

    And don't you forget it.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    I'm Underwhelmed... so far

    by Mazzer

    Man, what a dull bunch of characters they are in this Comic Con panel! I'm glad I didn't line up to see these lifeless asses. Anyways, I know it's "reimagined", but the footage just doesn't feel anything like The Prisoner. The only part that seems well-chosen is McKellen. By the way, I was in Portmerion a couple of weeks ago... it hasn't changed a bit!

  • July 27, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    This looks brilliant! Definitly my most anticipated TV.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Any apprehension I had has been replaced with utter enthusiasm and a ripe desire to partake in this series now. Aesthetically this feels like a supemely crafted film, not something made for cable. There's a enigmatic soulfulness and almost ethereal meloncholy about Jim Caviezel that lends this version an added texture of surreality and freshness, I think his casting in particular was an inspired choice. A new era of great serialized fiction on TV seems poised to make a strong return in the coming year and AMC is spearheading the renaissance with some really fantastic storytelling. Between this, Mad Men's return, HBO's The Pacific, FNL and the final season of Lost; I'm becoming embarassingly gitty with excitement. Can't wait to feast my senses.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    AMC *is* the new HBO.

    by Ash0k

    Well, FX is really good too.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    And major props to Jim Caviezel for standing for his values

    by Ash0k

    Major props for Jim Caviezel for standing for what he believes in, and not caving in to the elitist leftwing BS that Hollywierd tries to shove down America's throat.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST

    "I know 6 better than 6 knows 6." - Number 2

    by Barry_Woodward

    Say what?

  • July 27, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Looks better than the original...

    by nalapou

    but the original really wasn't a show so much as an attempt to throw as much shit that made no sense as possible into an hour block... Congrats on being entertaining again, AMC. "Basic" cable, my ass.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Give Caviezel a fucking break already...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    For fuck's sake, the man (and his wife) are devout Catholics, well established from all the interviews he's given. He's incredibly pro life and, as a couple, they've even adopted a child with a brain tumor to give him proper care. So the idea that he would be against stem cell research only fits in with his pro-life personal beliefs, much the same as many in America are a bit queasy over stem cell research due to their religious beliefs. But to somehow turn THAT into him being anti-gay is the most fucked up reach I've heard in a long time.<p>Seriously, for as devout a Catholic as he is...and for the all the interviews he's given, certainly back with THE PASSION was tearing up the global box office and he was giving interviews left and right, don't you think you'd have some fairly well documented QUOTES that you could actually produce to SHOW he's anti-gay?<p>No, of course not. Better instead to just label him anti-gay and smear they guy by pulling an accusation out of your fucking ass. Once again, the joy of the modern internet where you can say or accuse anyone of anything without having to actually back up your bullshit.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I forgot...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    This actually looks great. As a fan of the original, I wasn't crazy to hear about them doing a remake, but this looks WAY better than I ever anticipated. This really looks like a great production with first rate casting. So I agree with others that AMC is doing some solid stuff and really making a strong push to make a name for themselves with their original programming. They clearly have a good team in place, so good for them. Too bad the offices at the networks are still filled with far too many worthless, talentless suits or film school rejects that are greenlighting and pounding out so much utter shit.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Wow! Between this and Tron....


    I'm going to have to rethink my stance as a 'hater'. <p>This looks fucking amazing. I thought it was one of the worst ideas I'd heard recently. Nice to be proved wrong.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by RaRoMo

    It's not available on DirecTV, which we use, but apparently it is available on some cable providers. My impression is a satellite that DirecTV sent up a year or so ago malfunctioned, which is why they've fallen behind on their HD conversions. Which is a real pain in the ass. Hopefully, DirecTV will straighten this out soon. It's a real shame to not be able to see the AMC shows in HD. Couldn't they give the TLC bandwidth to AMC?

  • July 27, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Jim Caviezel

    by RaRoMo

    I have no problem at all with him being religious. I believe very strongly in the right to abortion, no prayer in school, gay marriage, stem cell research, etc., but I have to say the most bigoted, dumb, closed-minded, intolerent people I have met in my life have all been atheists. Give me a Baptist preacher or Catholic priest any day. At least they have a sense of humor.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Oh hah hah hah ho ho. That's a good one.<BR><BR>Seriously, man. Ever heard of a guy by the name of George Carlin? Of course, if you're into what passes for garden-variety church humor, you probably wouldn't take to Carlin too well. <BR><BR>That stated, I also have no problem with JC being a religious man. Each to their own. And, furthermore, I've never been able to understand why anyone gives a fuck about any actor/director's personal life or proclivities (e.g., Woody Allen--not that I'm a big fan of his work). <BR><BR>Count me as cautiously optimistic on this TP re-imagining. At the very least, McKellen's acting will be phenomenal (as usual), and that's worth everyone's time.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    rober should have been transparent

    by punto

    it came out of the water as an air bubble, didn't it? <p> and will all the actors be faking an american accent? what's the point?

  • July 27, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape

    by BadMrWonka

    if I donate thousands of dollars to an extremely liberal candidate, like, say, Al Franken, I'm sure you'd feel comfortable extrapolating that I share most of his beliefs, right?<p>Caviezel donated to Rick Santorum and a host of other candidates who have condemned homosexuality and said that it is a scourge on society. can't we safely assume that it's at least LIKELY he believes that as well?

  • July 27, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape

    by Ash0k

    Well said mate. And BadMrWonka, so what if Rick Santorum is pro family values. Good for him. I'd take Santorum any day over that Franken dipsh*t.

  • July 27, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    well Franken is a US Senator, and Santorum lost reelection and is now doing, well, nothing. <p>so I guess maybe american values are changing from the archaic notions of "traditionam Uhmuricans!", yeah?<p> don't worry, you can change, too! hug a gay guy for peace!

  • July 27, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Le Vicious Fishus

    by RaRoMo

    I enjoyed a lot of Carlin's humor. I was a big fan. I did feel he sometimes got a bit too self-important and bitter. But really, we're not talking about atheistic comedians who are funny (isn't that sorta their job?), but rather about regular, non-comedian atheists. Regular folk.

  • July 27, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by A G

    Two great actors do not a great show make. What happened to the secret agent story line? That aspect of the story gave Number 6 (eh..."six") a real hard edge, like he was a retired badass who knew too much. They could have expanded on the "too much" in some Lost-ish way. This looks like it has no plot or story at all.

  • July 27, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by Ash0k

    2010 baby, Congress will be blood red.

  • If there was gonna be a remake... ^^^

  • July 27, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Pierce Brosnan would have been a smart choice...

    by Johnny Smith

    ...especially given the metatextuality of such a casting. And honestly, when seeing Half-Blood Prince, I was struck by Michael Gambon's resemblance to Leo McKern in the sequence where Dumbledore meets a young Tom Riddle. "

  • July 27, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Comeback when got some quicktime for us

    by Vision

    Quicktime which we can download and watch on the TV. Thanks

  • July 27, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Jor-El: "since 6 hates 2"

    by Toonol

    Not to mention that 7 ate 9.

  • July 27, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Number 1

    by doppleganger35

    I didn't see any over-arching theme about Number 1 or who he is. I hope that's incorporated. <P> Who is number 1? You are (,) number six.

  • July 27, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised to say I'm encouraged

    by Dr Lizardo

    The original is one of my favorite things ever, and the promo looks like a reasonably well-handled update. I was prepared to scoff, but now I'm cautiously optimistic and looking forward to November.

  • July 27, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    AMC has become fucking awesome

    by nechyv

  • July 27, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    AMC should greenlight The Preacher

    by Ash0k


  • July 27, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    This looks slow and stupid.

    by kabong

    How long does it take for Jim Six to get his lame ass in gear? <P>

  • July 28, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST

    The old man supposed to be McGoohan?

    by Bill Clay

    The old guy he rescues in the desert was dressed in McGoohan's suit from the original series. Wouldn't it have been great if McGoohan had lived to do the actual cameo? Although, being the curmudgeon he was, he probably would have disapproved of the remake.

  • July 28, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    I'm interested

    by tomdolan04

    as Ian McKellen makes many things watchable but I'm very wary of how the shift in terms of how passive Number 6 is as a protagonist. <p> The character of this Number 6 seemed to be founded on 'Why is this happening to me', 'I want to go home' in a kind of angsty way whereas McGoohan played it in a way of an angry man who was adamant that his business about why he resigned was private above all else - that 'his life was his own' and the rest of the world could go jump. Cranky and world weary who just wanted his privacy and thats the over-ridding theme I got from the original - the 'lone wolf' in a world that increasingly expects people to compromise. <p> This one seems to have a big love interest thrown in and him on some messiah-type mission to save people in the village. Not casting judgement yet but we'll see.

  • July 28, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    boring and aimless

    by dioxholster

    the whole existential thing has been done to death already even if its a remake it still bears no interest for me

  • July 28, 2009, 12:50 a.m. CST

    I'll buy it


    As a life-long Prisoner fan (watched the series first time round when I was 10 and still think it the best TV show ever, bar none) I can say I will give this my full support. I like the nods but something like this needs to be updated. You can't do a period piece. The craziness of the original is what will make it irreplacable and unique. This will be good on it's own merits. You can't keep a good idea down... and shouldn't. McKellan and Caveizel are spot on. Bring it on! But in November in the UK...not bloody 2010!!!!! A gift for pirates.

  • July 28, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST


    by Unknown Canadian

    ...also a life-long fan that first saw this series before I was too young to really grasp all of its nuances. I would also call this my favorite TV show of all time, and was worried at first, but now I can't wait to see this re-imagining!

  • July 28, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST

    This looks awful!

    by Hideo Kojima

    I am a fan of the original series since first seeing it when the Sci-Fi channel was just starting... I agree with others in this talkback that have said this preview is shit.. the original is great because of what it does and how it works within the context of its era... this remake just seems very bland and generic, something The Prisoner should be anything but... I'd wager that most of the people in this talkback pleased by the trailer have never seen the original show, and those that have seen the original just aren't feeling this bullshit..

  • July 28, 2009, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Be Seein' Ya!

    by smellmycheese

    I dunno, man. I dunno. Looks good but some things just shouldn't (and don't need to) be remade.

  • July 28, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    This looks so Different from the Original

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    that the two shows should be able to coexist. And people who are judging this negatively already? This is NINE minutes from a multi hour miniseries. We have no idea what the show will be like until it airs. Give it a shot. Patrick McGoohan signed off on this before he died. Wish he'd lived long enough to watch it with us.

  • July 28, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    sorry, but this misses the whole point of the original series

    by bacci40

    trying way too hard to push the psychological nature of the show<P> honestly, this is one series that didnt need to be reimagined

  • July 28, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    here are some probs that i see

    by bacci40

    the original village was all about sameness and anti tech (seemingly)<P> yes, the villiage itself was high tech, but most residents had no access to any of it<P> the clothes are all wrong, and would lead everyone to individuality<P> and im sorry, but cavizel is playing six totally wrong...mcgoohan in his prime would kick the ever loving shite out of this whiny bitch

  • July 28, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Bill Clay....apparently mcgoohan gave his blessings

    by bacci40

    of course, that was to the script<P> not sure what he would have thought about the finished version

  • July 28, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST

    looks awesome! except for Rover - still looks shite

    by Maniaq

    I like the direction they've taken with this - getting a sortof... Twilight Zoney vibe, like what if there REALLY IS NO NEW YORK in some Planet of the Apes/Dark City/Matrix/Logan's Run style twist and The Village is all that is left of humanity - and some latent memory of 6's from pre-apocalypse is key to "getting us back on top where we belong" (a la 12 Monkey's in case that was too subtle) <p> No it's not unicycles and 60's acid trip freak shit and yes I too miss the spy-factor of 6's background, but still... <p> I like it

  • July 28, 2009, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Will reserve judgement.

    by The McPoyle Clan

    From what's shown in the clip, I don't hate it, but I can't say I embrace it, either.

  • July 28, 2009, 5:58 a.m. CST

    The Prisoner

    by smellmycheese

    "bicycle"? "unicycle"? <br><br> Gentlemen, it's a PENNY-FARTHING! Some bloody fans of the original we have here! <br><br> (And, granted, while the penny-farthing was technically the first "bicycle", it's not exactly a Chopper or a BMX is it?!) <br><br> Anyway, personally, I prefer the absence of the penny-farthing logo and the fact it's not filmed in Portmeirion. These are iconic of the original series and so they shall remain. <br><br> I think the lack of a "uniform" on the prisoners and guards is a mistake. As others have noted, it may encourage individualism but I can over look it as it may well serve the story. I think I spotted a black blazer with white trim early in the preview. As a nod, that'll do for me. <br><br>I think the new Rover looks fantastic. It looks exactly the same as the old one but absolutely massive. I liked that.<br><br> From what I can tell, Six doesn't possess McGoohan's brooding disobedience. This is a shame but a different take on the character might work well for this version.<br><br> The absence of the salute, however, was very noticeable. It's presence in The Prisoner is extremely sinister but that scene with the shop keeper waving with a "Be Seein' yer!"... well, he might as well be saying "Ta-ra, chuck." <br><br> On the whole, this extended preview didn't agitate me as much as I feared. I wasn't at all convinced when it first started but by the end I was somewhat intrigued. As re-makes go it could have been a lot worse but, still, I know now how all the hard-core Trek fans must have been feeling before JJ's recent release.<br><br> I'm going to give this new series a chance. It strikes me as being more "Cape Wrath"/"Meadowlands" than "The Prisoner" but we'll see.

  • July 28, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST


    by Aquatarkusman

    ... that Venture Brothers write-up is sure gonna be sweeeeeeet.

  • July 28, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    This looks...dull.

    by Meglos

  • July 28, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    Great. Another classic ruined.

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    by LaserPants


  • July 28, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    It's not TV.... it's AMC.

    by Ash0k

    Casting seems a bit... well, different than I would have envisioned for a Prisoner remake. But we're talking about AMC here, so this will probably be really, really, really, really good.

  • July 28, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    And LaserPants

    by Ash0k

    We heard you the first time.

  • July 28, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    It actually looks pretty good

    by Lovecraftfan

    Glad that they're not following the original to a T. The original is great as it is.

  • July 28, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    visioneers emblem - secret tunts?

    by jaireaux

    anyone notice the emblem on his ID card (the icon of the village) is almost an exact copy of the company logo in Visioneers? happy jeffers morning to you!

  • July 28, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Is it too late to have Caviezel as Superman

    by DarthBakpao

    Caviezel was that close to play Superman. Instead we got a boy pretending to be Reeve pretending to be Superman.

  • July 28, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Can you feel that tingling sensation?

    by England's Finest

    That's from all the static electricity building up from McGoohan spinning like a fucker down below. Utter shite.

  • July 28, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    I think this thing is FAIL. Did you get it? Do you understand? I thought that you would find this news particularly enlightening as it relates very closely to your own failure as an alleged human being.

  • July 28, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    looks good but Caviezel is no Magoohan

    by zooch

    Magoohan was tough

  • July 28, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Looks great! Jesus vs. Gandalf = sold!

    by kirttrik

  • July 28, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    In the original, Six got wise in the opening creds.

    by kabong

    From the look of this nine minutes, Jim Six is going to drag his butt through the first half of however long this is being stretched to show more and more desert scenes before he finally starts doing more than "Hey, like what's going on here?" <P> And what's with the apparent amnesia? Did the "writers" watch The Bourne Identity the night before they hacked out the script?

  • July 28, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    LasorPaints, I challenge ye' to pistols at dawne!

    by kirttrik

    This cheall be amnzing!

  • July 28, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Caviezel is indeed no McGoohan

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Caviezel's 6 clearly wears his heart on his sleeve. McGoohan's 6 was by far more inscrutable and brilliant and cool (in two senses of that word) than any incarnation of--say--007 we've seen on the big screen yet. Caviezel's 6, OTOH, seems hot-heated and anything but cool. He's definitely (and sadly) a civilian (at least judging from the preview).<BR><BR>I'm not slamming the new PRISONER (yet), but I think it's a shame that they've apparently abandoned the former secret agent angle.<BR><BR>They do, however, have McKellen as 2. And he obviously does not disappoint, judging from the preview.

  • July 28, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Caviezel is indeed no McGoohan

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Caviezel's 6 clearly wears his heart on his sleeve. McGoohan's 6 was by far more inscrutable and brilliant and cool (in two senses of that word) than any incarnation of--say--007 we've seen on the big screen yet. Caviezel's 6, OTOH, seems hot-heated and anything but cool. He's definitely (and sadly) a civilian (at least judging from the preview).<BR><BR>I'm not slamming the new PRISONER (yet), but I think it's a shame that they've apparently abandoned the former secret agent angle.<BR><BR>They do, however, have McKellen as 2. And he obviously does not disappoint, judging from the preview.

  • July 28, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    @Big Dumb Ape

    by CaptainBass

    You hoping he isn't anti-gay 'cause you want his cock up your ass?

  • July 28, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I Applaude the Attempt But ..."Meh"

    by Replicant23

    I watched the 9-minute promo piece, and I was torn. I truly LOVE everything AMC has done to date...both Mad Men and Breaking Bad are extremely high watermarks for television, but this...I'm not sold. I have to say, compared to the original, this is underwhelming in pretty much every regard except Ian McKellan...set design, costumes, music, and acting. Especially acting, because to all of you out there who said that Caviziel was a bad choice for Number 6, I salute you. You were absolutely right. I had never seen the man in anything before, so I was neutral at the news of his casting. But after seeing only 9 minutes of this, I can tell the guy is all wrong for this project. He has no intensity, no gravitas, no charm. He's a big nada, an everyman. Shit, forget McGoohan's fierce burning rage, I can think of a LOT of other actors who would kick ass as an "American" Number 6. Matthew Fox, for example...think of his intensity on Lost these last few seasons, when he's trapped and bugnuts. Even non-leading men like Michael Epperson (Ben on Lost), the guy on "Journeyman", almost ANYONE on Mad Men...they just leave this guy in the dust. How could they not see that during shooting? McKellan is going to BLOW THAT GUY AWAY, clean off the screen. Jeez. So yeah, without a powerful Number 6, this show is doomed. All nostalgia that I have for the old show aside, the fact that he's so incredibly "meh" makes the show doomed to be "meh". Sorry to say it. I do respect AMC's clear decision to do a seriously different interpretation of The Prisoner, which is the right way to go artistically, BUT...if you do go your own way on this, you'd better make sure what you do is as compelling as the original, or you're in trouble. And they're in trouble. This is lackluster, with a really boring leading man.

  • July 28, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Captain Bass -- why, do YOU like cock up the ass???

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I'm not hoping for anything. I was simply making the point that just because Caveziel is religious and pro-life, it was a leap for others here to slam him (and even slander him a bit) by accusing him of being anti-gay. Especially since, as I noted before, after THE PASSION was out he was all over the world giving a zillion interviews, so you'd think people could actually PRODUCE anti-gay quotes to back up their accusations. That's it, that's all I said. I simply said it wasn't fair to accuse a guy of something without any PROOF. Seems like a fair and reasonable stance to me.<p>But thanks for adding to the discussion by making an even LARGER leap of truly fucked-up logic by asserting that just because I stood up for Caveziel, I must "want his cock up my ass" (as you put it). Really, comments like that add such intellectual insight to the talkbacks!

  • July 29, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    A List of Humorless Atheists

    by BlankGeneration

    would have to include Mojo Nixon, Doug Stanhope, George Carlin and Bill Hicks. A list of humorous Catholics would definitely have to include all those wacky bishops and cardinals that kept returning pedophile priests back to Middle America and covering up their crimes. Now that shit is funny. Nothing says comedy like a priest's lubed up finger pushing up a crying youngster's anus.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I am not too pleased...

    by JohnnyQuest666

    About the jerky video and the equally jerky comments from some of you. I just don't get it- we're here to look at the PRISONER preview, and say whether or not we think it will be any good, right? Comments about McGoohan being better than the new guy and McKellan being a good choice would seem to be appropriate, but why talk about assplay? Is there some sort of stem-cell research subplot I missed? Personally, I think Rick Santorum is a weird casting choice for Rover, but - wait, was that not in there either? I'm afraid I only have the talkback to go by at this point, because the video is so choppy it might as well be a slideshow. Is anyone else having this problem? I'm going to see if I can find it elsewhere.

  • Aug. 31, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    johnny is right

    by bright

    I happen to know caviezel a bit so I check out his movies and comments about them on this site. I am struck by how EVERY thread about his MOVIES become creepy back and forths about religion. It's so predictable and kind of sad. There are other website, I'd think, for that baggage. Is he a good actor? Debate away. But those who can't get past his religion or politics need to get a life