A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It highlights the political and cultural climate in Ireland in the 1980s and 90s, which is characterized as patriarchal, sexist, and within the context of the Garda, corrupt. Homophobia is also referenced. It also shows how one person can make a difference when trying to find missing people.
Positive Role Models
Lisa Wallace is strong and committed to helping women, in part for personal reasons. She will take risks if she has to. Detective Burke wants to help, but is cautious in the way he does so.
The series creator is male, but the writing team is comprised of women offering a female-centered story world that highlights sexism and patriarchal values in Irish society during the 1990s. The cast is Irish and white, but features strong female characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence against women in the form of kidnapping and murder are majore themes, but specific details about what happens are not offered. Images show people's hands tied. Attempted assaults are shown being thwarted by women fighting back, and images are rarely bloody. Police ignore missing women cases, often referring to them as pretty women "probably having fun" with a man.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some innuendo, including men trying to pick up women and expecting them to sleep with them. A cast member's marital problems is a secondary plotline.
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Curses include "s--t" and crude expletives like "cock tease."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People drink at pubs (ale, whisky, etc.), but cigarette smoking is frequent at job sites and in social settings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Vanishing Triangle is a fictional thriller inspired by cases of missing and murdered women in Eastern Ireland. There are some brief scenes featuring chases, pushing, and hitting, but most of the violence is suggested instead of described or shown. There's some sexual content and talk, much of which is sexist in nature. Cursing and crude language, as well as some homophobic comments, are also audible. There's drinking, and cigarette smoking is frequently visible at work and in social settings, as was the case in Ireland in 1996.
Is It Any Good?
This intense but sensitive series offers a suspenseful story, but manages to do so without exploiting the real victims of these crimes. Granted, some of what is presented in The Vanishing Triangle is based on unsubstantiated media suggestions that many of these crimes were committed by at least one serial killer. It also points to some believable reasons why these crimes were never solved, including (but not limited to) the corruption, systemic sexism, and lack of coordination throughout Ireland's national police force during that era. The Vanishing Triangle is an overall well-produced thriller that is worth the watch. However, the horrific story behind it may take a while to shake off.
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