Posted by: mikecane | July 26, 2009

Some Hidden Images In AMC’s The Prisoner Trailer

Most, but not all, of these images are hidden in the nine-minute trailer AMC released for San Diego Comic Con this weekend. Some of the images go by in a fraction of a second and it was difficult to grab them all. I don’t claim comprehensiveness here. Non-hidden images are ones I personally found interesting.

This has been a highly-anticipated series although most of the buzz has been of a derogatory nature. I’m not sure this trailer is going to do anything to counteract that except among those who don’t hold the original series as being brilliant to begin with. As much as I’d like to reserve comment about this, some of this material just really deserves some snark — and I will give it that.

Also, if you do not want any part of the series spoiled, do not read past the spoiler warning at the end. Beyond that will be my speculations of what I think the series is about, having studied the images.

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Study that logo, it is different in a later shot!

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Dear God! The Village was built by Habitat for Humanity!

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The faces embedded go by in fractions of a second:

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This not a spoiler. The writer of the series has already confirmed what I myself speculated after seeing the trailer: That guy is meant to be the original Number Six.

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OK, compare the logo above to the others. It looks like a hand.

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The famous map scene:

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The iconic Be Seeing You handsign is gone. And I really really really want to slap the shit out the store owner.

You prat! This is how it’s done:

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Back to the AMC trailer …

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OK, if it’s not Habitat for Humanity, it’s some kind of rotten summer camp.

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A pig walking in the street. Is this Cuba?

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I really really really want to slap her too.

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Did you notice them in the trailer?

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The writer has already spoiled this too: “Escape” on the bus is the name of the bus’ destination. Subtle, huh?

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See, if this was a summer camp, those larger buildings would be the latrines. One for males, one for females.

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I am certain that is a very clumsy metaphor.

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The Twin Towers?

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Another clumsy metaphor, I’m sure.

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As you can see, they spared no expense for wardrobe.

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That logo. Obvious yet?

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Neurons. I’m certain.

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I think this is supposed to be New York City. No part of New York City looks like that, OK?

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It’s difficult not to compare this to the original series. And why shouldn’t it be? They used the same damn title to begin with! So they really are fair game for comparison.

The new Village is no Portmeirion.

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That place was so eccentric we could believe it was an area outside of normal time and space. This new Village, well, I’ve already snarked it.

Also gone are the eccentric wardrobes of the Village inhabitants. The final blow is the removal of all of the wonderful technology for snooping on Number Six.

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And I didn’t see anything to indicate touches such as this:

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I also doubt we’ll see someone utter the words …

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“Orange Alert!”

Do not read beyond here. Possible spoilers!

OK, so Number Six is not a secret agent who has resigned. Then who is he?

I think he’s someone who’s suffered a traumatic event and the entire Village thing is in his mind, while he lies in a coma. This is right out of Philip K. Dick.

Of course I’ll watch it, just like millions of others will. I’m curious as hell, if only to possibly see one hell of a train wreck.

How the hell can anyone top McGoohan?

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Even the way he stood was dynamic!

One thing that might be in AMC’s favor. As the economy continues to deteriorate, those millions of viewers will feel like prisoners too.

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Responses

  1. the only thing this drives me to do is to visit the McGoohan original in the ‘intended order’ (which is open to speculation itself) in order to cleanse my brain of the piece of crap that I just witnessed via screencaps.

    And I had such respect for Sir Ian before now; even joking about how the two of us were confused with each other so frequently!

    One does need money, it’s true, but…

    Why did someone say ‘yeah, let’s shoot *that* series, and skip the other pilots we’re looking at’?

  2. I agree with you about the coma remark, I also noticed the “twin towers” and speculated exactly the same thing. I hope TO GOD that they don’t persue the coma thing.

    There is a brief scene where Number Two is closing a fridge full of drugs or samples, these could be integral to the plot (some sort of junkie induced hallucination), or a homage to the episode where they get Number Six off his tits on LSD…

    Time will tell either way I can’t wait…

  3. The Village logo looks similar to a hamsa –
    replacing the sign of the fish.

  4. […] Some Hidden Images In AMC’s The Prisoner Trailer […]

  5. Ah, but that hand salute in the original series, is not the sign of the fish. You’d better take another look!


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