Picks and Pans Review: Ken Follett's the Third Twin
I don't know what's going on here," an FBI agent says to the heroine, "but you've stepped in something—something big." Take warning, viewers, and don your hip boots. The plot of this miniseries, based on Follett's 1996 novel, is almost indescribable. Kelly McGillis stars as a biologist hoping to find a genetic basis for criminal behavior by studying twins who were raised separately. McGillis makes the mistake of falling for one of her research subjects, a law student (Jason Gedrick) accused of raping her lab technician (Lisa Vidal). Not only does this guy have a detestable twin (Gedrick) doing time for murder, he also turns out to have a kinky clone (Gedrick) who owns sex clubs and another kinky clone (Gedrick) who tries to rape McGillis while they fight for the steering wheel of a speeding car. Wait, there's more: Part 2 offers two Gedrick-vs.-Gedrick fistfights and climaxes with a scene featuring five Gedricks in one room.
Gedrick, Shmedrick. Is all this ludicrous enough to be fun? Yes, we admit. If the suspense doesn't keep you on the edge of your chair, it's because the dialogue will have you rolling on the floor. (McGillis, erroneously, to Gedrick: "There's only one explanation: There's four of you.") And Larry Hagman is at his oily best as a scientist who apparently inherited the gene for pointy eyebrows.