Trinity, North Carolina - The occult drama
AMERICAN GOTHIC/CBS/1995-96 starred Gary Cole as Lucas Buck, a demonic sheriff who
lived in the town of Trinity, South Carolina.
Sheriff Lucas Buck
Is Lucas the devil in disguise or just a fallen angel? No one knows for sure,
but they do know that he hates to lose control and will always collect his pound
of flesh for any favors he may perform for the citizenry. His psychic abilities
gives him the edge on those thinking to oppose him and he's likely to appear out
of nowhere when you least expect it.
Lucas has a ten year old son named Caleb
(Lucas Black) whom he fathered by raping the boy's mother. Caleb's sister Merlyn
(Sarah Paulson) had witnessed the rape. Five years later Merlyn's father Gage
(who went crazy after the death of his wife) took a shovel to his daughter and
nearly killed her.
When Lucas arrived, he found Merlyn still alive, but decided
to snap her neck and put her out of her misery. Lucas then arrested Gage and
placed him in jail where Lucas convinced him to commit suicide. With Gage and
Merlyn gone, Caleb was placed in the custody of boarding house owner, Loris Holt
Caleb only discovered that Lucas was his father on his tenth
birthday. The revelation was as shocking as when Luke Skywalker leaned his dad
was Darth Vader.
To offset Lucas's evil influence, the spirit of Merlyn as a
glowing angel appears to Caleb and offers advice to keep her little brother on
the straight and narrow and away from the seductive charms of his evil father.
Lucas Buck, Gail Emory and Caleb
When Caleb's reporter cousin, Gail Emory (Paige Turco) returned to town, she
begins to investigate Lucas whom she suspects was responsible for burning down
the town newspaper the day after he was elected sheriff. Gail's editor parents
were killed in the blaze.
Helping Lucas was Selina Coombs (Brenda Bakke), his
girlfriend and Caleb's teacher; and the well-meaning but weak-willed deputy
sheriff Ben Healy (Nick Searcy). He saw Lucas kill Caleb's sister, Merlyn, but
has never told anyone.
Dr. Matt Crower (Jake Weber) the town doctor knew Lucas
was evil, but when he attempted to kill him, Lucas had him committed to the
Juniper House psychiatric facility for safe keeping.
The only threat to Lucas'
power base is a newcomer named Dr. Billy Peele (John Mese), a Louisiana-born CDC
doctor who comes to Trinity to investigate a mysterious illness. He's not
intimidated by Lucas and if need be, he is ready to take Lucas on to get the job
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