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John Byrne
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Posted: 19 November 2019 at 7:32am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I was hugely disappointed by the finale of THE PRISONER, in large part because I saw it only decades after the original release. For some reason CTV in Canada did not air the final episode (or the local affiliate chose not to) so I did not see it until I bought the DVD.

Same for "Living in Harmony", the "Western" episode, which CTV did not show, but which didn't particularly upset me when I finally saw it.

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It's also something the modern incarnation of THE PRISONER totally missed the boat on.   What a waste of electrons that series was!

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Ugh! They missed a whole bunch of boats!

It was as if the showrunners prepared a list of all the element that made THE PRISONER unique, and then deliberately avoided them.

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On a tangent, I visited Portmeirion this Summer (the Village in Wales that the Prisoner is set in). The village is unchanged. It’s exactly as you remember it, seems to exist in a time bubble of its own - apart from the tourists! (myself included)

The UK show “Hustle” (don’t know if this ever made to the US) often had many fourth wall breaking moments, but the series ended with the characters walking out of the film studio at Elstree and driving off into the sunset. Seemed fitting.
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At the end of WW2 British soldiers could be “de-mobbed” to anywhere they wished. My father, stationed in Burma, chose Portmeirion.
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Posted: 20 November 2019 at 1:35pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Portmeirion is a wonderfully strange place, it`s well
worth a visit!

It may be heresy, but i prefered the U.S. ending of Life
On Mars, to the Ashes To Ashes ending of the U.K.
version.
Even though it only lasted one series, the U.S. version
seeded the clues as if theirs was the planned ending. I
wonder if the U.S. version ending after one series, and
the U.K. version morphing into Ashes To Ashes caused the
U.K. writers to change the ending, seeing as it was
spoilered by the U.S. version a couple of years early?
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Posted: 20 November 2019 at 3:27pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Bill, I’m pretty sure the ending to Ashes to Ashes was the correct ending. There doesn’t seem to be any indication regarding it being the US version, while the AtoA ending fits with Sam’s story pretty well.
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I'm still trying to figure out what drugs were being partaken during the writing of the finale of THE PRISONER....

Still have never seen much of the U.K. version of Life On Mars (I saw one or two episodes, but not the first or last), but before the American version aired I knew how the original ended. Thought the ending to the American version was a copout AND lazy writing, considering the characters actually turned out to be astronauts. Great cast wasted in a bad show.

I am a fan of John Simm from his work on another particular show. I'd love to see more of his work, but I'll never be able to Master seeing a good portion of it. 

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Posted: 27 November 2019 at 12:42pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I thought the series finale to The Big Bang Theory was actually great - a non-issue, where life just kept on as before.  Two things:

  1. Since the show is forever available in reruns and on DVD/BLU-Ray, this non-ending keeps everything in circlulation; and
  2. The door is left open for a revival of the series / future specials.

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Posted: 27 November 2019 at 8:17pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Speaking of re-runs, how about how WHO'S THE BOSS? ended? From what I understand, they didn't have Tony and Angela get married because they thought it would hurt syndication and because Tony Danza was against it. But should they have gotten married, or was it find how it ended?

At first I thought they should have, but i am mellowed on that. Its just too bad they never did a reunion movie or anything, and now its pretty much too late, with Katherine Helmond being dead and Danny Pintauro having not acted much since the show ended.
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To be fair to Danny Pintauro, he was a horrible actor as a kid, too. 
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Definitely do not want to be around when you are being UNfair!
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Heh. 
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