With its unique mix of action, drama, science fiction and the surreal, and with a message even more relevant today than when it originally aired, The Prisoner is a television classic of the rarest kind. I just bought the DVD boxset and am watching them again for the first time in years. The show has aged a bit, but is still engaging to this day.
Our hero is shown at the beginning of the first episode resigning his job as a secret agent. He is followed home where he is drugged and kidnapped. When he wakes up, he finds himself on an island where he is cut off from all communication to the outside world. He has been given a number, 6, and everyone there has their own number. No names.
After meeting a few residents of the Village, he meets Number 2, the man in charge of the Village. Number 2 tells him that he is in a sort of retirement community for people who know to much. They want to know why he resigned. Is he selling out? They know almost everything about him, but they are missing the small things, like the time of his birth. He tells them "I will not be pushed, filed, indexed, stamped, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own."
Though out the series, which only lasts for seventeen episodes, he is put though hell as they try to find out one simple thing. Why did he resign?