Do the phrases “I am not a number, I am a free man!” or “Be seeing you” mean something to you? Do they bring back memories of the cult-classic TV series “The Prisoner” (which has been listed among television’s greatest shows, and is considered the grandparent of riddle-based programs such as “Lost” and “The X-Files”)?
If so, you may be pleased to learn that Seattle will be hosting a one-evening convention for fans of the iconic and groundbreaking British television series on Saturday, in honor of the series’ 50th anniversary.
The event, which runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Broadway Performance Hall at Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill, costs $20 to attend and will feature guest appearances from actors, musicians and creative directors from the original show.
Described by the Los Angeles Times as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka,” the cult favorite is built around the resignation of a British secret agent, played by Patrick McGoohan, who also created the cult classic.
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McGoohan’s character, who is known throughout the series only as “No. 6,” is kidnapped and sent to an apparently idyllic seaside resort town known as The Village, from which there is no escape. He is there because authorities, usually presenting themselves as “No. 2,” want to know what he knows and why he quit.
The series ends with a puzzle rather than an answer, and McGoohan — who died at age 80 in 2009 — said he had to hide from fans unhappy with the lack of a clear resolution.