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Hercule Poirot goes to Rhodes (a Greek island) on vacation and,
wouldn't you know it, gets involved with the death (via poisoning) of a
rich and glamorous (and married, to her fifth husband) woman staying at
the same hotel. Captain Hastings is not present in this one; Poirot's
sidekick is a woman he meets in Rhodes.
The mystery is pretty good, once again appearances are completely deceiving, but the highlight of this episode must be the magnificent, vividly photographed island scenery. In both story and production values, "Triangle at Rhodes" reminded me of the 1982 film "Evil Under the Sun". This is a TV production of cinematic standards. (***)
This is not a favourite of mine, but it is still a very good episode of a truly great mystery series. The short story wasn't a favourite either but it was an enjoyable read, and the plotting here is well constructed and easy to follow in general. The true star though is the scenery, it is utterly amazing, and captured wonderfully by the skillful and very vivid photography. The dialogue is great and the direction is efficient. And I loved the music too, the only real problem and this is very minor is that the mystery does start off fairly slowly. But everything else is fine, and among the acting David Suchet of course stands out as Poirot while Annie Lambert is a delight as Valentine Chantry. Overall, a very good episode that is well worth watching for the amazing scenery. 8/10 Bethany Cox
As the two previous reviewers have mentioned, it is the beautiful photography of the beautiful island of Rhodes that makes this episode special. Although I think that the mystery with its well done misdirection is good. This happens to be one of the very few short stories that I actually remembered how it ended even though it has been decades since I read it. The story is a simple one - two couples, the Chantrys and the Golds meet on a beach on Rhodes and later, one of them is poisoned. But was the "right" person poisoned or was the intended victim someone else? Frances Low as Poirot's sidekick does a very good job but I prefer the shows with the regular sidekicks of Hastings, Japp and Lemon and the humor and interest they add to the shows. But there are no bad Poirot shows only some that are not as good as others.
The glorious island of Rhodes, a Greek island, is the setting for this
Poirot mystery from season 1, "Triangle at Rhodes." Poirot is at the
end of his holiday when a beautiful woman and her husband, Commander
and Valentine Chantry arrive. It seems that pretty soon, a love
triangle has developed -- Valentine seems to be having an affair with
Douglas Gold, who is there with his wife Marjorie. Poirot smells
trouble and advises Marjorie Gold to leave the island with her husband.
They don't leave.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Chantry is then poisoned by a drink meant for her husband. Poirot is actually supposed to be on the ship taking him away, but he has passport problems and his friend on the vacation, Pamela, is able to find him and bring him back.
Neat mystery in stunning surroundings, with Suchet in top form as Poirot. As usual, there is a lot of attention to style, with beautiful vintage clothes, speech, and attitudes. Very good.
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