Recently, my sister Mary (the blogless one) and I had a conversation how we are turning into our father. Specifically - as much as it annoyed us when we were kids - we've both taken to talking back to commercials. But I've recently taken on another of my father's traits - pointing out morals in tv shows. When I was an adolescent, my father used to constantly point out how Kirk and Spock never lost their cool on Star Trek. (Bones would lose it all the time, of course. "Damn it, Jim!") Lately, I've been getting Joe into The Prisoner. ("I am not a number, I am a free man!" for you Iron Maiden fans.) And like my father, I find myself pointing out attributes in Number Six that I want him to have - and wish I had myself. (Of course, as a daddy, I have to pretend I already HAVE these qualities.) "See how he never ever gives up?" I say. "See how they want him to conform and stop thinking for himself? See how they want to make him afraid? See how they want to make him feel guilty? Because when you feel that way, you won't stand up for yourself." I don't think it annoys him. Give him a few years. Then when he grows up he can do it to his kids. As the 2000 Year Old Man said, "We mock what we are to become."
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PS - May I add my displeasure at the way the A&E DVDs of The Prisoner milk the fans for every dollar they can get? 17 episodes over 10 DVDs means an average of less than two episodes per DVD. Hell, that's less than an average of 1 & 3/4 of an episode! Have some shame, fellas!