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Rewatch: The Prisoner — Episode 2: Free For All

In honor of the late, great Patrick McGoohan, we’re spending the next couple of weeks rewatching his landmark SF show The Prisoner. Day 2, Episode 2: Free For All

This time, No. 6 is encouraged to run in the upcoming election for the position of the new No. 2. What better way to fight the system than by becoming part of it?

This episode is a clear criticism of the democratic process and perceptions of individual freedom. We never see another election, but every episode begins with a new No. 2; this one ends with a new one as well. Considering this episode first aired in 1967, what do you think prompted this, and what relevance does it have for us in 2009?

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