On The Triangle

Written by Dean Devlin (Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla), Bryan Singer (Star Trek: NemesisX-Men, X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns, X-Men: First ClassX-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse), and Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape, Farscape: The Peackeeper Wars), The Triangle features Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Event Horizon), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate: Universe), Bruce Davison (X-Men, X2: X-Men United), and Charles Martin Smith (Deep Impact), with music by Joseph LoDuca (Xena: Warrior Princess, Cleopatra 2525).

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Although the first episode is done quite well, the remaining two episodes tend to fall increasingly flat until by the last 30 minutes of the miniseries, I no longer care about the cast of characters presented, as I grew really bored.

According to the USA Today review:

It’s easy to get lost in The Triangle.

So easy, in fact, that you won’t be alone if you sometimes find yourself drifting quizzically through this goofy yet engaging six-hour miniseries about that ship-eating Triangle near Bermuda. And the actors and writers seem to be just as lost as we are.

But don’t let that deter you. Strict adherence to logic or even coherence is not what The Triangle is selling. Conceived and produced by big-screen thrillmeisters Bryan Singer (X-Men)and Dean Devlin (Independence Day), Triangle is designed to startle and amuse, and that it generally does.

Devlin and Singer had the good sense to turn the script over to Rockne S. O’Bannon, creator of one of Sci Fi’s best series, Farscape. Though Triangle doesn’t have the intricacy of Farscape‘s far-reaching plotit does have a similarly entertaining cast of characters and a similar sense of the absurd.

The off-center approach is clear from the opening scene, as a blustering, Triangle-bound Christopher Columbus is struck dumb by the sight of a passing modern American freighter. This time-warp encounter puts one of Chris’ crewmen in contact with shipping magnate Eric Benirall — Sam Neill, who seems to enjoy his switch to the nutty side of Jurassic Park‘s meddling-in-things-you-don’t-understand debate.

Benirall gathers a Park-like panel of experts: a journalist (Eric Stoltz), a deep-sea engineer (Catherine Bell), an adventurer/meteorologist (Michael Rodgers) and a psychic (Bruce Davison). “What I want,” he tells them, “is nothing less than the definitive reason why almost 1,000 ships and nearly 8,000 souls have been lost over the centuries.”

At least one other person wants that same answer, Meeno (Lou Diamond Phillips). He had his own encounter with the Triangle, and it’s playing tricks with his memory.

More tricks and jolts are coming as the team enters the Triangle and discovers — well, what they discover is one of the secrets you deserve to learn on your own. Suffice it to say that they all emerge changed in ways that, at times, pack an unexpected emotional punch.

Triangle boasts an attractive cast and some clever twists, but it often has to stretch to fill time. And like many a fun ride, the destination itself is a bit of a disappointment: The solution is nonsensical and prosaic. You get the feeling that having waded into the murky waters of the Triangle, the producers weren’t quite sure how to get out.

True believers are sure to empathize.

 

 

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