The Triangle (TV miniseries)
Promotional poster for The Triangle.
|Directed by||Craig R. Baxley|
|Produced by||Volker Engel
Kelly Van Horn
|Written by||Rockne S. O'Bannon
Lou Diamond Phillips
with Charles Martin Smith
and Sam Neill
|Music by||Joseph LoDuca|
|Editing by||Sonny Baskin
Randy Jon Morgan
|Distributed by||Sci-Fi Channel (US)
|Release date(s)||December 5, 2005 (US)
26 May 2006 (UK)
|Running time||240 minutes|
The Triangle is a three-part US-British-German science fiction miniseries concerning the Bermuda Triangle, which first aired on Sci-Fi Channel in the US December 5 – December 7, 2005. It was written by Dean Devlin, Bryan Singer and Rockne S. O'Bannon, directed by Craig R. Baxley, and produced by special effects experts Volker Engel and Marc Weigert, together with Kelly Van Horn, for Devlin's and Singer's production companies Electric Entertainment and Bad Hat Harry Productions, the BBC, and Engel's and Weigert's production company Uncharted Territory.
A shipping company employs four people: a reporter, a psychic, a meteorologist, and an oceanographer to discover the secret of the Bermuda Triangle, a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and surface vessels have disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Ultimately the team, with the help of a Greenpeace survivor and a tycoon, find out the truth about a high-tech underwater facility from the US Navy (and its relation with the Philadelphia Experiment), and close the Triangle, destroying it forever. (Note: in this plot and many others, the main underlining cause is a rip in space or "wormhole".) Their efforts also make it so the Triangle never existed and everyone who was taken is returned and they end up living their lives as though they were never taken. In the new Triangle-less timeline the only ones who know the Bermuda Triangle existed is the team that destroyed it.
Eric Benirall (Sam Neill)
Shipping tycoon Eric Benirall has lost numerous ships in the Bermuda Triangle. Benirall is the architect of a historic expedition. He brings together a team of disparate experts by making them an offer they can't refuse – US$ 5 million each to solve the mystery of the Triangle – but his intentions might not be all that they appear. Stan eventually figures out the truth after seeing a man that looks just like Eric but with darker hair and a mustache in his reflection in a window with him: he has a twin brother named Winston who was taken by the Triangle and he wants to find him. In the first timeline he leads them to the Secretary of the Navy who is apparently a friend of his and the Secretary reveals what is believed to be the truth to them. In the second timeline when Howard traveled back in time several hours with the knowledge of the truth he kicks them out when Winston is mentioned. Ultimately he comes to his senses and leads a methane tanker out into the middle of the Triangle to stop the Navy. His efforts buy the others the time they need and the Triangle is destroyed. In the new timeline he apparently remembers the truth as he sends everyone the $5 million he promised. Also, he has his brother back.
Howard Gregory Thomas (Eric Stoltz)
Howard Thomas is a reporter for a supermarket tabloid and an "expert" on the Bermuda Triangle. He is a hardcore cynic and a walking encyclopedia of fringe knowledge. Howard is recruited by Benirall to be the team's "ultimate arbiter", applying his experience with debunking the "paranormal" as a litmus test for the rest of the team's theories. With a young daughter and an ex-wife (Shannon Esra) to whom he can barely afford to pay alimony, his personal life might be in even worse shape than his career. He is somewhat of the story's true hero as when he notices all is lost he follows Stan into the triangle and ends up in the past to change things. His efforts allow them to get where they need to be faster and the Triangle is destroyed. In the new timeline he is still with his wife but they are having marital problems and are probably headed for a divorce. This time he decides to work it out with her and presumably succeeds.
Stan Lathem (Bruce Davison)
Stan Lathem is a man with genuine psychic abilities, but he has been reduced to hawking self-promotional tapes at New Age fairs to make a living. Low-key but deeply emotional, Stan is attuned to an entire invisible world filled with clues to the Triangle's origins. His intuition complements the rest of the team's literal and scientific approaches to discovery. In the first timeline he survives a Triangle effect in which a bridge, that he, Howard and a scientist are crossing, is erased from existence; but in the second timeline, when he (by mistake) and Howard (on purpose) are transported back to that point, he dies as Howard tries to save the scientist first and doesn't get to him in time. He is revived in the new timeline when the Triangle is destroyed.
Bruce Geller (Michael E. Rodgers)
Australian native Bruce Geller is a thrill-seeking (and often reckless) professor of meteorology who has an often questionable moral fiber. Initially, he joins Benirall's team purely for the money, and he starts by looking for the fastest and easiest way to collect the $5 million payoff. He has a childlike enthusiasm for discovery, however, and his passion for the task at hand soon reveals itself. He is the one that ultimately discovers the truth about the Triangle and after it is destroyed ends up in a timeline where he has an injured leg and is married with children. The injury to his leg was the result of a bad stunt, even though the same stunt had worked in the previous timeline.
Emily Myredith Patterson (Catherine Bell)
Deep ocean resource engineer Emily Patterson has recently been fired from an off-shore drilling company, for not backing off from safety concerns that would have shut down their operations. She is a smart woman with strong convictions, but, despite her multiple degrees and expert knowledge of oceanography (among other subjects), its financial need that drives her to accept Benirall's far-fetched proposal. She keeps encountering visions of her mother from another timeline and in one sits down to dinner with her and asks why she gave her up for adoption. In that timeline her mother had almost given her up but didn't and explains that at that time she was simply unable to take care of her. She learns her mother's name and calls her once everything is over; however her mother does not know her. It is also shown in the new timeline where she has a boyfriend as well.
Meeno Paloma (Lou Diamond Phillips)
Meeno Paloma is a sailor, the sole survivor of a Triangle event that killed the crews of two ships. He returns from his ordeal to a loving family, but one that is not quite as he remembers it. Confronted with a son he doesn't know and smaller details that aren't as they should be, Meeno is increasingly tormented by the possibility that either his memory has been damaged... or that he has somehow rejoined a world in which he doesn't belong. He seems to keep switching between two timelines: one where he has one son and one where he has two. Ultimately he goes to Howard for help and joins the group's efforts to stop the US Navy from accidentally creating the Triangle. He suggests they do things the "Greenpeace way" and drive his cigarette boat out to where the Navy is attempting to close the Triangle not realizing they are creating it. The first attempt fails and the Triangle is created but the second time around Howard gathers him and everyone sooner and they make it to the Naval Base although Meeno's boat is destroyed by the Navy and captured. The attempt works and in the new timeline created from the Triangle's destruction he has two sons not just one anymore.
- IMDb: Awards for "The Triangle" Retrieved 2011-11-19