The Andromeda Strain (2008)

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A crack team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.

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 Dr. Jeremy Stone (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Dr. Angela Noyce (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Colonel James C. Ferrus (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Major Bill Keane MD (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Lance Stone (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Jack Nash (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Dr. Tsi Chou (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Charles 'Chuck' Beeter (4 episodes, 2008)
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 President William J. Scott (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Edward 'Ed' Dewitt (4 episodes, 2008)
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 General George W. Mancheck (4 episodes, 2008)
Roman Podhora ...
 General Blair (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Dr. Charlene Barton (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Lisa Stone (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Pat Terrence (3 episodes, 2008)
Ava Salomon ...
 Sarah Scott (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Joanne Scott (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Charles Henderson (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Annie Dillon (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Sherriff Martin Willis (3 episodes, 2008)
Cory Dagg ...
 General Michaelson (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Roach (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Sam Barton (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Lt. Amy Deacon (2 episodes, 2008)
Paul Perri ...
 Dr. Smithson (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Leila (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Blonde Man / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
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In "The Andromeda Strain," a U.S. military satellite crashes in a small town and unleashes a deadly plague killing all but two survivors. As the military quarantines the area, a team of highly specialized scientists is assembled to find a cure to the pathogen code-named "Andromeda," and a reporter investigates a government conspiracy only to discover what he is chasing wants him silenced. Written by Official Site

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It's A Bad Day To Be Human.


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11 May 2008 (UK)  »

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La amenaza de Andrómeda  »

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In the source novel by Michael Crichton, the main scientists were mainly white (presumably) heterosexual men, but Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the teleplay for this remake made the decision to change the characters' ethnicities, sexualities, and genders because, he said in a May 2008 interview with Brent Hartinger on afterelton.com, "If you're going to update the story, which is our mandate, you have an obligation to reflect the world as it is." Schenkkan further said that he decided to include the brief reference to Keene (Ricky Schroder) being gay because of a principle invented by Crichton in the original novel, the "Odd Man Hypothesis," which states that in a time of crisis, an unmarried, unattached person [Crichton specified a man] with no family to distract him would have the best chance of making rational, unbiased, unemotional decisions. See more »

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Dr. Angela Noyce reports that what connects the three survivors is acidosis. Dr. Jeremy Stone says, "So, you're saying they survived Andromeda because they had the same level of stomach acid? That's brilliant." What's not brilliant is that acidosis has nothing to do with stomach acid. Acidosis is the acidity level of the blood. See more »

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4 June 2008 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

During the late sixties, Michael Crichton wrote a novel about contamination with an alien microorganism. At that time, science was hailed as the pinnacle of human achievement and it was thought that anything is possible. Therefore it is normal for the book and the subsequent film from 1971 to focus on the science, on the formalism, on the way people think their way out of a situation.

Fast forward to 2008. People are dumber, science is a joke, people need to look good and the design must be perfect. Some horrible deaths and some fear of government conspiracy or terrorism is the only way tension can be achieved.

The problem is that I have anticipated this. My own theory says that if you expect it to happen, there won't be a negative response, yet I am terribly angry at this mini series BECAUSE it was exactly what I expected. Things have been added to the original story that make no sense and make no sense to add: government black ops, wormholes, message from the future, ecological controversy over ocean vent mining, etc, etc. As expected the effects were really good, the people looked good, the computer interface design was flawless. And it all fell completely empty.

If you are familiar to The Andromeda Strain book or 1971 movie, you might find it interesting to see how it can go horribly wrong. Otherwise, just watch the 1971 version. It is slow paced, faithful to the book and a lot more interesting.


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