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Dead Tree Alert: The Prisoner

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In this week’s print TIME, I review The Prisoner, which I found pretty to look at, but pretentious and incoherent. Which, since you’re probably going to ask, is not how I would describe the 1967 original, for all its surreality. Some of the problems with the new version stem from the way it tries to conceptually update the original’s Cold War, totalitarianism-vs.-individuality themes for today; but it’s the sort of problem that, by its nature, I can’t describe in much detail without getting into spoilers. I doubt I’ll do individual-night reviews, but I may post after it finishes airing to spell out some of my issues in more detail, and we can compare notes then.

 

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