Furthermore, the tv mini-series is directed by Craig R. Baxley, a former stuntman turned director who has had some modest success with films and in particular a handful of Stephen King-based tv mini-series including Storm of the Century (1999), Rose Red (2002), The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003) and Kingdom Hospital (2004). It is also written by Rockne S. OBannon who has a long career in television as a scriptwriter on films like Alien Nation (1988), as well as writer on and creator/producer of various genre tv series such as The Twilight Zone (1985-7), seaQuest DSV (1993-6), Farscape (1999-2003) and Constantine (2014-5). (See below for eithers credits)
The Bermuda Triangle is an area that supposedly covers around a million square mile area that has its vertices at Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. The term first originated in a newspaper article in 1950, which speculated about the large number of ships and aircraft that have disappeared in the area. The idea was soon taken up by fringe science theorists who have offered all manner of explanations for the disappearances that have included everything from UFOs, timewarps and aliens to technology leftover from Atlantis and more natural explanations like weather and human error (including the one used here at one point of hydrates rising from the seabed). However, the entire idea of the Bermuda Triangle disappears under sceptical examination. For one, nobody is certain of the exact area, which has often been expanded anywhere between a half and 1.5 million square miles by differing authors in order to include incidents within its area. Sceptics, the US Coast Guard and marine experts have conducted examinations showing that some of the claims made of ships that vanished in mysterious circumstances have been wildly distorted and have demonstrated that statistically no more vessels sink or disappear in the Triangle that would be uncommon for any other number passing through any similar area in the world. This does not appear to have stopped the popularity of the myth.
I am not a big fan of fringe science, however the idea of so many genre names assembled on a big event mini-series seemed full of potential. The Triangle not to be confused with Christopher Smiths excellent timeloop film Triangle (2009) or the earlier Bermuda Triangle tv movie also titled The Triangle (2001) sets out to offer a comprehensive answer. Tackling the Bermuda Triangle and especially the fringe science myth that has surrounded it, is a challengingly big idea. The four central characters and their mission are well introduced (although, as someone who has worked professionally as a journalist, I had a problem with the conception of Eric Stoltzs character who improbably makes a living solely by writing stories about the Bermuda Triangle. I would like to see any journalist try that in the real world). For a time, I was being constantly intrigued by the oddities the script tosses up the group diving on a sunken airliner and finding a young girl survived in a compartment who has in a matter of hours aged into an old woman still with the mind of a child. Or where Lou Diamond Phillips becomes the sole survivor of a vanished Greenpeace expedition and returns home to a slightly different timeline where he now has an entire other child that he never knew before and Catherine Bell finds she is living with a mother she has never known who in the other timeline abandoned her at birth. The mini-series makes much play out of alternate timelines at one point, the heroes seem to have momentarily slipped into an alternate history where the US is now ruled by a Nazi government.
All of this is pumped up by the requisite number of conspiracies and government cover-ups. The only surprise when it comes to the end revelation [PLOT SPOILERS] is the lack of explanations that involve UFOs or aliens, as is extremely common in most fringe science explanations. Amusingly, the eventual explanation draws on another great piece of fringe science the Philadelphia Experiment, in particular the version of it that was told in the film version The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), that US Navy invisibility experiments opened up a hole in time that is gradually expanding and drawing in everything around it. Still it does give an intriguing pseudo-explanation for the so-called phenomenon even if in reality the Philadelphia Experiment supposedly occurred 800 miles north of the Bermuda Triangle. (The one thing that the end explanation never offered was why Sam Neill and others keep seeing a phantom version of his dead brother in the mirror). The third episode reaches an unusual conclusion where Eric Stoltz travels back in time and races to stop the series of events from occurring. The finale has them eliminating the Bermuda Triangle altogether and settling into a timeline where none of this existed (although my suspicions would be that the timeline would be far more severely disrupted than it is if so many ships that disappeared throughout history never did). The show works with a reasonable degree of excitement, even if some of the visual effects are on the weak and obviously CGI-generated side.
Bryan Singer has directed the genre films Apt Pupil (1998), X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), Superman Returns (2006), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Singer has also executive produced the horror anthology Trick R Treat (2008), X: First Class (2011), and the horror films My Eleventh (2014) and The Taking (2014).
Dean Devlin originally appeared as an actor in Roland Emmerichs Moon 44 (1990) and wrote the Emmerich films Universal Soldier (1992), Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998). After parting from Emmerich, Devlin disappeared off the radar apart from producing the odd thing such as Eight Legged Freaks (2002), Cellular (2004), The Librarian tv movies and the tv series Leverage (2008-12).
Craig R. Baxleys other films include:- the action film Dark Angel/I Come in Peace (1990) with Dolph Lundgren against an intergalactic drug dealer; the incomprehensible Deep Red (1994) about the search for a child carrying an alien virus; the psycho-thriller Under Pressure (1997) with Charlie Sheen as a fireman who snaps and starts terrorising his neighbours; and the Christian Anti-Christ film Left Behind: World at War (2005). Baxley has made a host of Stephen King tv mini-series including Storm of the Century (1999), Rose Red (2002), The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003) and Kingdom Hospital (2004). Baxley has also made a variety of genre tv movies including the superhero film Chameleon II: Death Match (1999), The Glow (2002) about a conspiracy of immortals and the amazing The Lost Room (2006) about a quest for everyday objects with mysterious powers.
Screenwriter Rockne S. OBannon began writing for tv series such as The Twilight Zone (1985-8) and Amazing Stories (1985-7). OBannon made his feature debut with the script for Alien Nation (1988) and went onto direct the fine psychic thriller Fear (1990), as well as created/produced the tv series seaQuest DSV (1993-6), Farscape (1998-2003), Cult (2013) and Defiance (2013-5) and produced V (2009-11) and Constantine (2014-5). OBannon has also directed and written the tv movie Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare (1995), written the alien invasion mini-series Invasion (1997), written and produced the Peter Benchley mini-series Creature (1998), and written the tv movie Fatal Error (1999), which has the absurd premise of a computer virus that becomes a biological virus.