LOST Theory: The Island is the Village from the Prisoner (spoilers)

This was a brief, badly written, post I made at Lost Theories dot com some time back. The site seems to be defunct now, so I’m posting this here:

The Prisoner was a British TV series that aired in 1967. It took place in a mysterious location called “The Village.” The location of the Village was never pinned down conclusively, it seems to have either been somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, or perhaps in England – a single gas tank’s drive from London.

The Village is apparently destroyed in the last episode. During this destruction, the Rover(s) – strange egg shaped robots that act as guards of the Village – are seen melting into smoke. Is this the Smoke Monster?

The Village was administered by a group of strange, paranoid individuals doing some sort of research – usually assumed to be espionage related, but the last episode casts doubt on this. It seems they may be more interested in psychological or sociological research than espionage. They do a lot of work with brainwashing and mind control. Could this be the Dharma Initiative?

The Village administered by someone called “Number 2.” Every episode has a new Number 2. The nature and identity of “Number 1” is never made clear. Could Ben be the current Number 2, with Hanso (or someone else) being Number 1?

Since I wrote this, it’s become clear that Jacob is Number 1, and John Locke is the new Number 2.

Also: “In the ABC TV series, a group of survivors is trapped on a mysterious island. In the second season, they open a hatch that leads to a large bunker. A cache of food inside is labelled in an identical Albertus font to that used in The Prisoner.” Source: The Prisoner references in popular culture entry on Wikipedia

More Info

Watch every episode of the Prisoner online for free (US only?)

The Prisoner Wikipedia entry


  1. its especially obvious when Hurley says to Ben – you make a great number 2 and Ben replies your a great number 1

  2. Now that we have seen the finale . . .
    In the long history of the island, were Hugo and Ben #1 and #2 in direct line with “The Prisoner” mythology? Seems that each #1 gets to make decisions. Jacob let no one leave. Hugo will help people go home (Desmond). Perhaps another #1 sublet the island to The Village. Just thinking.

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