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Rewatch: The Prisoner — Episode 8: The Schizoid Man

No. 12 is the new No. 6! In the obligatory doppelganger episode, the doubles compete to prove their identity.

This is a pretty convoluted plot, seemingly designed to wear down No. 6 and force him to confront his own identity–not for the last time. Who do you think won this round: No. 6 or the Village?

This episode’s title was reused for a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode about a brilliant man who implants his consciousness into Data’s body in order to gain immortality. Though the title was mainly used because the producers originally intended Patrick McGoohan to guest star, the two episodes both deal with questions of identity. Which do you think wrestles with them more effectively?

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