33 episodes

Critics Chris Klimek and Glen Weldon both loved the late-60s British sci-fi series "The Prisoner" in their formative years, but they haven't seen it in a long time and they're not at all sure how it will play in a 21st century rife with with "alternative facts" and militant individualism at the expense of social responsibility. One thing is certain: Run-DMC were clearly influenced by the vocal patterns of Patrick McGoohan, and that malicious weather balloon is still eerie as hell. Wait, that's two things.

Join them for this illuminating rewatch!

A Degree Absolute‪!‬ Chris Klimek & Glen Weldon

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

Critics Chris Klimek and Glen Weldon both loved the late-60s British sci-fi series "The Prisoner" in their formative years, but they haven't seen it in a long time and they're not at all sure how it will play in a 21st century rife with with "alternative facts" and militant individualism at the expense of social responsibility. One thing is certain: Run-DMC were clearly influenced by the vocal patterns of Patrick McGoohan, and that malicious weather balloon is still eerie as hell. Wait, that's two things.

Join them for this illuminating rewatch!

    BRAVEHEART with Alexandra Petri

    BRAVEHEART with Alexandra Petri

    It's primae noctis for your ears because we can put it off no longer: The quintuple-Academy Award-winning a-historical epic Braveheart is the most widely seen and, your hosts agree, best latter-day expression of undiluted Patrick McGooted. The Washington Post's Alexandra Petri returns to discuss her journalist doppelganger, the New York Times' Alexandra Petri, and to share with Glen the virgin Braveheart experience. Freeeeeeeeeeeedommmmmmm!
    Given the volume of Star Wars talk that seems to follow (the Post's) Petri around, it's a wonder we forgot to mention that Braveheart was produced by Alan "Laddie" Ladd, Jr., who 20 years earlier had been the guy preventing the board of 20th Century Fox from firing George Lucas off of the weird, expensive kiddie movie he was making and/or shutting the production down. 
    Braveheart
    Written by Randall Wallace
    Directed by Mel Gibson
    Released May 24, 1995
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    Our song: "A Degree Absolute!"
    Music and Lyrics by Chris Klimek
    Arranged by Casey Erin Clark and Jonathan Clark
    Vocals and Keyboards by Casey Erin Clark
    Guitar, Percussion, Mixing by Jonathan Clark
    Bass by Marcus Newstead

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Our Top Six Twos

    Our Top Six Twos

    THERE CAN BE ONLY TWO(s) as Chris & Glen rank their top six on this week’s exciting episode! Thanks to @UrbanSpaceMan64 for suggesting the topic.
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    Our song: "A Degree Absolute!"
    Music and Lyrics by Chris Klimek
    Arranged by Casey Erin Clark and Jonathan Clark
    Vocals and Keyboards by Casey Erin Clark
    Guitar, Percussion, Mixing by Jonathan Clark
    Bass by Marcus Newstead
    "Break Me Gently" written and performed by doves

    • 58 min
    MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

    MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

    It’s the Notorious V.R.G. v. the founder of the Jackson Fivehead in this 16th century showdown among two dope queens—and we don’t mean Timothy Dalton & Ian Holm! PLUS: Jimmy Stewart! Current Release Corner! Dispatches from the French of Liberty, Kansas!
    Mary, Queen of Scots
    Written by John Hale
    Directed by Charles Jarrott
    Released December 1971
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    Our song: "A Degree Absolute!"
    Music and Lyrics by Chris Klimek
    Arranged by Casey Erin Clark and Jonathan Clark
    Vocals and Keyboards by Casey Erin Clark
    Guitar, Percussion, Mixing by Jonathan Clark
    Bass by Marcus Newstead
    "Mary, Queen of Arkansas" written and performed by Bruce Springsteen

    • 1 hr 31 min
    THE HARD WAY with Patrick Flynn

    THE HARD WAY with Patrick Flynn

    It's Patty McG v. Lee Va C as Original Cast host Patrick Flynn joins Chris & Glen to discuss the existential 1980 thriller The Hard Way.
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    Our song: "A Degree Absolute!"
    Music and Lyrics by Chris Klimek
    Arranged by Casey Erin Clark and Jonathan Clark
    Vocals and Keyboards by Casey Erin Clark
    Guitar, Percussion, Mixing by Jonathan Clark
    Bass by Marcus Newstead
    "I Learned the Hard Way" written by Bosco Mann; performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Shattered Visage

    Shattered Visage

    Chris and Glen discuss Dean Motter & Mark Askwith's 1988 four-volume comic book sequel to the unclassifiable and unforgettable TV series.
    The A Place to Hang Your Cape interview with Dean Motter we discuss in this episode is here.
    Write to the Citizens Advice Bureau at adegreeabsolute dot gmail!
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    Our song: "A Degree Absolute!"
    Music and Lyrics by Chris Klimek
    Arranged by Casey Erin Clark and Jonathan Clark
    Vocals and Keyboards by Casey Erin Clark
    Guitar, Percussion, Mixing by Jonathan Clark
    Bass by Marcus Newstead
    "Shattered" by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards; performed by The Rolling Stones

    • 1 hr 25 min
    THE PHANTOM

    THE PHANTOM

    An increasingly besotted Glen & unceasingly bemused Chris wax purple on THE PHANTOM, 1996’s two-fisted failed franchise starter with Billy Zane as the 30s comic strip hero who coulda been called WHITE PANTHER & Patty McG as the Ghost Who Walks™ ’s… Ghost Dad?
    The Phantom
    Written by Jeffrey Boam
    Directed by Simon Wincer
    Released June 7, 1996
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    Our song: "A Degree Absolute!"
    Music and Lyrics by Chris Klimek
    Arranged by Casey Erin Clark and Jonathan Clark
    Vocals and Keyboards by Casey Erin Clark
    Guitar, Percussion, Mixing by Jonathan Clark
    Bass by Marcus Newstead
    "Purple Rain" is by Prince, obviously

    • 1 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

AMagidin ,

It's Sir Humphrey behind it all

Crazy theory: the village is run by the U.K's Civil Service. The reason they need to know why Number Six resigned is because they've lost his file (we know what a haphazard method of filing they seem to have; just dumping a punchcard into a big filing cabinet in a huge room? No way they know where it is later on). They need to determine the reason for his resignation in order to figure out how much pension he is entitled to. It would also make sense that the National Bureaucracy would treat everyone like a number. And they certainly control the government (see "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister") so they could easily get the funds to run the Village.

Doc Denoon ,

Orange Alert! Great Podcast!

This podcast brings inventive humor and fresh insight to one of the all time cultiest of cult tv shows. Worth tuning in just for the Patrick McGoohan.

The hosts have invited reviewers to include our favorite Prisoner fan theories, so here goes: Six is actually a phantasm summoned by Rover to cause disruption in the Village so that the poor weather balloon can finally be put out of its misery.

beadist ,

Notes from 6

Okay, I think the whole village thang is a fever, drugged dream. I think the only ‘real’ episode is Once Upon a Time.
God, I love it.

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