Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Prisoner: Anvil

The PrisonerHour Three of The Prisoner remake, Anvil, is the first hour of the second night's Prisoner episode. The Prisoner remake stars Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen as Number Six and Number Two.

The title is a shortened version of the original series title, "Hammer Into Anvil," though it only bears a marginal resemblance to it. It has more similarities to "It's Your Funeral" and "Free For All."

This episode has Two assigning Six to work with 909, a village spy. Six knows it's a trap and Two knows that Six knows it is a trap, even addressing it as such. Six accepts the role, trying to find the right angle to play it at. Six and 909 are assigned to investigate 1955, a history teacher. Six takes a teaching position as a surveillance teacher.

Six finds surveillance equipment on 313's roof and Two finds surveillance equipment in his house. 909 suspects Six, with Two suspecting his son, 11-12, could possibly be spying. 313 begins to doubt her own memories and starts to open up more to Six.

This episode is far more original than the first two, and the homages to the original show appear to be diminishing. At the very least the imagery is top-notch and I'm starting to put comparisons to the quality of this series compared to the original on the back burner. We'll see how well "Darling" is.

*** 1/2 out of *****

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