Tue, 21 July 2020
"Free For All"
UK Airing: October 20, 1967
US Airing: June 29, 1968
The Prisoner is thrust into the politics of the Village as he runs for the position of Number Two.
John and writer Jim Beard discuss an episode that was produced second and yet aired fourth and that bothers Jim. They discuss how the episodes actually played out on television regardless of production, how this episode is timeless in its commentary on elections, and the dig the episode takes at the Fifth Estate.
Take a moment to comment on the episode here or by writing firstname.lastname@example.org. One source used for this episode was The Official Prisoner Companion by Matthew White and Jaffer Ali.
Direct download: Once_Upon_A_Village_-_Free_For_All.mp3
Category:Once Upon a Village -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT
Sun, 21 June 2020
"A. B. and C."
UK Airing: October 13, 1967
US Airing: June 22, 1968
Number Two has only one more chance to get the information they need from The Prisoner. He turns to a new brain scanning technique of Number Fourteen's for help.
John and author Jim Beard discuss the direction of this episode, how it is a much smoother episode than fan favorite, "The Chimes of Big Ben" and continue their discussion of episode order in light of how this episode plays out. Please make sure you comment here or by writing us at email@example.com.
Mon, 8 June 2020
"The Chimes of Big Ben"
UK Airing: October 6, 1967
US Airing: June 8, 1968
One of the fan favorites, in the second episode of the series, The Prisoner has a chance to escape thanks to meeting a prisoner who a similar background to our hero.
John and author Jim Beard discuss the plot choices of this particular story, pose the questions, "Does anyone really ever leave?", and "Is the viewer as much a prisoner as The Prisoner himself?". Please make sure you comment here or by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct download: Once_Upon_A_Village_-_The_Chimes_of_Big_Ben.mp3
Category:Once Upon a Village -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT
Sun, 24 May 2020
UK Airing: September 29, 1967
US Airing: June 1, 1968
Your Chronic Rift host, John S. Drew, is joined by author/editor Jim Beard to explore this cult limited series in the first of our limited series summer podcasts. You know Jim from such podcasts as The Batcave Podcast, The Hornet's Sting Podcast, and right here on The Chronic Rift. Together, as a pair of fans with some knowledge of the series between them, they will explore each episode and try to come up with their only answer to what it is we all want - information.
In the first episode, John and Jim discuss the pilot episode, the Village, and Patrick McGoohan as an actor. Please make sure you comment here or by writing us at email@example.com.
Direct download: Once_Upon_a_Village_-_001_-_Arrival.mp3
Category:Once Upon a Village -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT