#TV #Review: The Triangle (2005)

the-triangle-mini-seriesThis is TV mini-series from a few years ago, produced by the company formerly known as the SciFi Channel (now SyFy). As the title suggests, the plot is centered around the Bermuda Triangle. Sam Neill plays a shipping magnate who hires a ragtag, multidisciplinary team of experts to investigate what is causing his tankers to disappear. While this is B-movie material, the fact that it is science fiction and it is also to do with the sea is immediately a plus point for me. Problems? Well, there are quite a few gaping logic holes. For instance, part of the plot revolves around an event that causes a character to age suddenly. The circumstances of this aging makes no sense because sudden aging and growth without rapid metabolic activity fueled by feeding obviously breaks the first law of thermodynamics, i.e. the conservation of energy.* However, this tired old trope is standard fare in genre fiction, e.g. it is used in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), so it would be unfair to single The Triangle out. All-in-all, I found it an okay, inoffensive distraction; something you could watch over a few nights to waft you gently to sleep.

*I’m not physicist, so please correct me if I am wrong about this!

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