The Prisoner Opening
May 2, 2022 2:38 PM   Subscribe

The Opening Credits to The Prisoner. To say more - that would be telling.

This is 12 years old but I only discovered it today, and it so delighted me I had to share.
posted by wittgenstein (25 comments total) 45 users marked this as a favorite
Very nicely done!

MaxFun drive is on at the moment, and a stretch reward is John Hodgman doing a Prisoner recap podcast series like I, Podius, I really hope that happens.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 2:50 PM on May 2, 2022 [6 favorites]

There are some very clever beats in that intro, but I was really impressed by the Coca-Cola bedding and throw pillow on the futon. Like, how long did Number 6 have to save up her Coke Rewards points to nab those?
posted by td2x10e3 at 3:03 PM on May 2, 2022

This is amazing!
posted by Mogur at 3:13 PM on May 2, 2022

That's some nice Swede-ing there, Jessica!
posted by Saxon Kane at 3:24 PM on May 2, 2022 [3 favorites]

posted by clavdivs at 3:56 PM on May 2, 2022 [3 favorites]

Now I want a Coke!
posted by Czjewel at 3:58 PM on May 2, 2022

No disrespect to John Hodgman but Chris Klimek & Glen Weldon's podcast, A Degree Absolute! did this, brilliantly, last year.

While we're here, check out the video for Episode 1: Arrival by Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.
posted by whuppy at 3:59 PM on May 2, 2022 [4 favorites]

10/10, would rewatch the whole series done like this.

switches back to the prisoner theme ringtone

posted by jquinby at 4:05 PM on May 2, 2022 [5 favorites]

Got the font right. That's all that matters.

(Not sure how Number Six managed to stay on that machine around some of those curves, though!)
posted by humbug at 4:44 PM on May 2, 2022

My dad quoted The Prisoner at me on and off throughout his life. I wish I'd know about this when it first appeared, he would have gotten a kick out of it. He died eight years ago as of yesterday and this brought back some memories I didn't know I had. Thank you.
posted by Hactar at 5:22 PM on May 2, 2022 [6 favorites]

I was like "Oh good, an intellectual and sober discussion of one of my favorite shows of all time. I'll just quickly watch the opening again because, even though I know it by heart, it's always good to watch it."

Then I near chortled to death.
posted by lumpenprole at 5:23 PM on May 2, 2022 [4 favorites]

I cannot love this enough. So, so good.

Very nice to have a drawing of McGoohan in the suitcase, among other touches.
posted by doctornemo at 5:45 PM on May 2, 2022 [3 favorites]

There was a brief moment when I thought "wow, nice touch with the vintage TV/VCR combo unit"
posted by phooky at 5:45 PM on May 2, 2022 [2 favorites]

Oh, and: This is good. I LOL'ed at the handwritten x's and the card being pulled down the clothesline.
posted by whuppy at 6:15 PM on May 2, 2022 [1 favorite]

When you think of vintage media like this being redone on a microscale budget, you're always eager to see how they interpret high budget effects and props. It must have been a relief for them that the biggest effect from the original was... a really big white balloon.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:29 PM on May 2, 2022 [5 favorites]

I loved when she raised the window blind and saw teepees instead of Portmeirion.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:30 PM on May 2, 2022 [4 favorites]

I have no idea who these people are but I deeply love Jessica, Susan, Russell and Jim Erskine right now. That is the single best thing I have ever seen on YouTube.
posted by xigxag at 10:05 PM on May 2, 2022 [1 favorite]

Love it!
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 12:44 AM on May 3, 2022

This is 100% fantastic.
posted by freakazoid at 5:01 AM on May 3, 2022

Dammit, internet!

(The novel I am due to hand in next week—which comes out in May 2023—is riffing all over The Prisoner! Even a female Number Six! And also Bridgerton, with Shoggoths.)
posted by cstross at 5:49 AM on May 3, 2022 [12 favorites]

I was waiting for the balloons, and they were all I could have hoped they’d be.
posted by jamjam at 5:50 AM on May 3, 2022 [2 favorites]

Love The Prisoner. Just came across my DVDs of "Danger Man" aka "Secret Agent" and started rewatching those. This show also stars Patrick McGoohan and can be thought of as an unofficial prequel.
posted by thefool at 10:26 AM on May 3, 2022

Undercranking the camera for the lengthy lawnmower shots was a nice touch
posted by condour75 at 2:16 PM on May 3, 2022 [1 favorite]

Love 'Danger Man'. The episode where the British oil guy predicts the future is cool.
posted by clavdivs at 3:06 PM on May 3, 2022

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