As a long-time fan of The Prisoner, I fully understand that the whole point of the show is that Number Six will not be stamped, briefed, debriefed, spindled, folded, mutilated or numbered and that the pleasantness of The Village was part of the horror for him.  On the other hand, having pretty much free reign of such a beautiful place, with no need for jobs or money or any such frippery other than a piped blazer almost doesn’t sound so bad.  I mean, if you HAD to choose your own prison, you could do worse than a spring day in Wales.  Heck, if one had free reign of any fictional realm, one would be hard-pressed to find a more lovely place to spend a terrible situation, leading to today’s esoteric query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also be fine with spending my exile in Cloud City, as long as I got to one of them twin-hulled cloud cars, asking: If you had to choose your own prison, what pop-culture locale would be your The Village?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Malone_hasco on

    It would have to be something that has everything. Let’s go with Neo Tokyo from Ghost in the Shell. (or thousand other sci fi anime & manga)

  2. The Digital World of just about any incarnation of Digimon. I would happily spend the rest of my days surrounded by weird fantastical creatures made of living code, having adventures in a world where the laws of physics are bent and have a little lizard friend that can turn into a gigantic laser shooting mecha-dragon or a steampunk angel warrior with a chainsaw sword something.

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