The X-Files

Triangle

Season 6, Ep 3, Aired 11/22/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Mulder goes to the Bermuda Triangle when he learns that the Queen Anne, a British luxury liner which disappeared during WWII, has re-appeared in the middle of the Sargasso Sea. Mulder's boat is wrecked and after floating in the water, he is hauled aboard the ship which has just been hijacked by the Nazis searching for the man who will build the atom bomb. Mulder tries to convince the crew that they have traveled into the future but evidence further suggests that it is he, who is back in the past.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Chris Carter

  • Wolfgang Gerhard

    1st Nazi

  • Guido Föhrweißer

    2nd Nazi

  • Fan Reviews (26)
  • Triangle

    By TrueTvWatcher, Aug 22, 2012

  • Mulder enters the Bermuda Triangle and fights against Nazi's

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Mar 18, 2011

  • "I LOVE YOU" & some where over the rainbow! ;)

    By BaileyMcGee, May 19, 2010

  • He loves her - but we knew that already!

    By serataja, Feb 01, 2007

  • I don't care what you do or who you do or who you have to grease, I need that information and I need it now.

    By tunguska1013, Sep 02, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Mulder: (The Nazi Commander Cigarette Smoking Man said a sentence to Mulder and Past Scully in German.) What did he say? (The Nazis push Mulder and Scully into execution position.) I think I know what he said.

    • Skinner: You're out of line, Scully. Scully: No, sir - you're out of line.

    • Mulder: I don't speak Nazi!

    • Mulder: In case we never meet again. (Kisses Scully's past-life) (Scully's past life looks at Mulder, then slaps him in the face)

    • Spender: You okay, Agent Scully? Scully: No, I'm not. I'm a gun ready to go off so don't test me, Spender. Don't even think about trying to weasel me. Spender: What is it that you need? Scully: Navy AWACS SLAR 100 K swath. South-southeast of Bermuda. I am looking for a boat, maybe a ship. 1939 luxury liner. Spender: 1939? Scully: Don't ask too many questions. I don't care what you do or who you do or who you have to grease, I need that information and I need it now. Are we clear on that? Spender: Crystal. Scully: And, Agent Spender,If you're not back in a hurry I am going to hunt you down, and so help me God... (she clenches her hand in a fist)

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    Notes (11)

    • Taking advantage of the recent move to Los Angeles, many of the ship scenes were filmed on the Queen Mary, a luxury liner built in the 1930s that was (and still is) a tourist attraction in Long Beach Harbor.

    • This is one of Gillian Anderson's favorite episodes.

    • Every time Scully gets in and out of the elevator, there is a cleverly disguised cut because the elevator is actually stationary. However, in the scene where Scully isn't getting reception on her cellphone, every time the elevator rises to a new floor, the crew had to very very quickly switch the set, the extras, the props, and everything. According to Chris Carter, this led to funny shots where sometimes the doors would open too early and reveal crew members scurrying about with pictures in their hands and such.

    • Chris Carter was inspired by an MTV video of the band Semisonic for the split-screen shot of character walking through the split screen (where past Scully and present Scully cross paths).

    • Although this episode is well-known for being a series of four one-offs, Chris Carter says in the episode's commentary track that there are actually 34+ cuts used in the episode, hidden in pans or darkness.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Goof - Possible Anachronism: When Mulder is brought aboard the Queen Anne, the British crewmen claim never to have heard of the FBI. This is possible, as the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), founded in 1908, did not change its name to FBI until 1935. However, movies of the late '30s often ignored the earlier name when portraying the events of the Prohibition era. Worldwide distribution of US movies, already prolific by this time, should have familiarized non-Americans with the term.

    • Scully's 1939 persona calls Mulder "Einstein", even though she knows who Einstein was, it is unlikely she would use that name as an insult, because very few people in 1939 would have heard of him. Note: Einstein achieved fame in 1919, when observations of a solar eclipse by Arthur Eddington appeared to verify general relativity by proving that the sun's gravity bent light. Press all over the world made him a household name overnight. Ironically, Eddington's experiment was proved to be faulty (in 1962), but Einstein's ideas had, by that time, been verified by other observations.

    • Towards the end of the sequence with Scully in the beginning, where she is trying to find information on where Mulder is, she runs out of Fowley and Spender's office and goes around the corner toward the elevator, here she slips and almost falls. It's quite obvious, you can hear her slip and also see Gillian Anderson's arm shoot out to catch herself. She's quite lucky that she didn't fall because if she had, since they filmed the entire episode in real time, they would have had to start back at the very beginning of that scene and do it all over again.

    • The alternate version of Scully is identified as an OSS agent, but the OSS was not established until 1942. It was disbanded in September of 1945, and eventually became the CIA in 1946.

    Allusions (5)

    • Film Reference: Schindler's List The scene in which - when asked who the scientist on board the ship is - Mulder points to an already dead man on the ground, is a reference to a scene in the film Schindler's List. In this scene, a young Jewish boy tells the Nazi officers that a man who was just shot stole the chicken they were interrogating them about, thus saving more people from being shot. However, unlike the boy, Mulder is unsuccessful in his attempt to trick the Nazis.

    • Yet another obvious reference to The Wizard of Oz is in the hospital room at the end, when the three Lone Gunmen arrive. In the film, the three friends who became the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow come to see her in bed, after her 'dream'. I'm not sure which Gunman would be which, but it's a clever allusion.

    • Another obvious reference to The Wizard of Oz also takes place in the hospital room when Scully says to Mulder: "Mulder, I want you to close your eyes and I want you to think to yourself 'there's no place like home'."

    • Film References: The Wizard of Oz
      Much like "Post-Modern Prometheus" was a homage to Frankenstein, this episode was a homage to The Wizard of Oz, filmed in the style of Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film Rope; with the story taking place in real-time and being shot in continuous takes with no cutaway shots. The Wizard of Oz references include:
      - The story loosely follows that of The Wizard of Oz, with Mulder in a sort-of alternate reality, running into people who look amazingly like the important people in his life.
      - Mulder's wrecked boat was named the "Lady Garland". Judy Garland was the actress who played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
      - The first ballroom scene includes a band named "Elmira Gulch and the Lollipop Guild". Elmira Gulch was the non-Oz name of the Wicked Witch of the West (the mean old woman who wanted to take Toto), and the Lollipop Guild was the ruling body of the Munchkins.
      - The events Mulder witnesses on the Queen Anne are taking place in 1939. The movie version of The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939.
      - Captain Yip Harburg was so-named for The Wizard of Oz lyricist, Yip Harburg.
      - Of course the most obvious reference is in the hospital when Mulder is telling Scully and Skinner that they were there, Skinner replies "Right, me and my dog Toto."
      - An obscure reference (probably not for those who speak German) is in the altered tagline, which translates into "The Truth is Somewhere Out There", possibly a homage to the song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".

    • Mulder: It's 1998, the world is at peace. There's a little trouble at our White House but that'll blow over, so to speak. LOL. This is one of the funniest references to the Monica Lewinsky scandal that I have ever heard!

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