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)
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 Dr. Charlene Barton (3 episodes, 2008)
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 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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 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)
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 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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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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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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In describing the black matter on the satellite, Dr. Tsi Chou tells Dr. Stone "This is nanotechnology light-years ahead of anything anyone is doing right now." A light-year is not a measure of time; it is a measure of distance. However, the statement is the same as saying "they are miles ahead of us": time itself has no reference in this instance. Dr. Chou is simply using distance to demonstrate how far ahead the technology is, not time. See more »

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It left me astonishingly depressed
1 June 2008 | by (Pasadena, California USA) – See all my reviews

I never cease to be amazed at how (a) multiple screenwriters can leave plot holes big enough to drive a truck (hell, a 747) through, and (b) a film company can spend $15M on a TV production and yet not spend a few thousand dollars on some bona-fide (not pseudo) scientific consulting to at least make the sci-fi plausible. Throwing together a haphazard technobabble bouillabaisse referencing every speculative idea that has appeared in Discovery Magazine or Scientific American in the last couple of years is no substitute for working out a solid plausible sci-fi extension of reality as a basis for the plot points. In the original novel, Crichton did it on spec as a grad student in medical school, for God's sake!! A weak effort at best, falling far short of the original movie.

What an utter waste of money and an embarrassment for the Scotts. If I were Michael, I would be furious, if I cared. I completely agree with the previous negative comments and remain depressed at how poorly this remake was executed. What a damned shame because an excellent opportunity was completely blown.


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