|Journey To The
Center Of The Earth, a USA Network and Hallmark Entertainment event,
is an exclusive, original 4-hour miniseries.
Photographs by Greg Noakes.
The story is told by entries in a diary. In Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Jeremy London plays Jonas Lytton, and the diary is Jonas. Jeremy is a brilliant young scientist and mathematician. The year is 1876. Jeremys promising future lies before him. A life of research and teaching at a great university in Boston, and his impending marriage to Helen, a proper, well-bred young woman.
By nature Jeremy (as Jason) is not a passionate person, nor is he a risk taker. He is content to see his future in the most conservative of terms. No expeditions abroad to seek out scientific discoveries his is a life of the mind.
One day, Jeremy joins his uncle Theodore, played by Treat Williams, in presenting a lecture to Bostons scientific elite. The lecture they give is a controversial one.
Uncle Theo presents a case dangerously close to the forbidden theories of Charles Darwin. Jeremy and Theo are booed, and the lecture is broken up. But the theory Uncle Theo is presenting presages what the entire miniseries is about. That beneath the earth there may exist flora and fauna unimaginable to those of us who live on the surface of the earth.
Suddenly a beautiful young woman approaches Uncle Theo; her name is Alice Hastings. She makes him an irresistible offer. Seven years ago, her husband, Casper Hastings, had left on a prospecting trip to New Zealand. He never returned. Would Theo accept payment to journey in search of her missing husband? In doing so, he would have the opportunity to study the geology and ethnology of New Zealand. Jeremy stands by listening to their conversation. That evening, Uncle Theo asks Jeremy to join him on the expedition. At first, its unthinkable, a voyage half way around the earth, and then down below, leaving his fiancée behind. The idea is completely alien to Jeremys nature. But Theo is persuasive, and Jeremy resolves to join his uncle in the adventure.
We best know Jeremy London, of course, as Griffin in Party of Five. His on-again off-again relationship with Neve Campbells character, Julia, is the subject of international analysis, discussion, dissection and debate. Jeremy has also appeared in the films Mallrats and The Babysitter. Jeremy was in the very fine NBC series Ill Fly Away. Hes appeared in several made-for-television movies: A Season of Hope, A Mothers Gift, Breaking Free and The Defenders. Jeremy is definitely one of Hollywoods rising young stars.
But for those of us who are fans of Jeremys, never before have we had the opportunity to see him in an epic adventure story produced on a grand scale, by one of the best production companies in the television industry. Its Jeremys job to portray the growth and development of a young man who experiences enormous physical hardship, wondrous but threatening environments, and ultimately to confront the love at the core of his life -- is she his fiancée Helen in Boston? Or is she the exotic and sensuous young woman, Ralna, he will meet at the center of the earth?
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