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The Andromeda Strain 

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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Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Benjamin Bratt ...  Dr. Jeremy Stone 4 episodes, 2008
Christa Miller ...  Dr. Angela Noyce 4 episodes, 2008
Louis Ferreira ...  Colonel James C. Ferrus 4 episodes, 2008
Ricky Schroder ...  Major Bill Keane MD 4 episodes, 2008
Michal Suchánek ...  Lance Stone 4 episodes, 2008
Eric McCormack ...  Jack Nash 4 episodes, 2008
Daniel Dae Kim ...  Dr. Tsi Chou 4 episodes, 2008
Barry Flatman ...  Charles 'Chuck' Beeter 4 episodes, 2008
Ted Whittall ...  President William J. Scott 4 episodes, 2008
Ted Atherton ...  Edward 'Ed' Dewitt 4 episodes, 2008
Andre Braugher ...  General George W. Mancheck 4 episodes, 2008
Juan Carlos Velis ...  Roach 4 episodes, 2008
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ...  General Blair 4 episodes, 2008
Viola Davis ...  Dr. Charlene Barton 3 episodes, 2008
Anna Galvin ...  Lisa Stone 3 episodes, 2008
Jonathan Potts ...  Pat Terrence 3 episodes, 2008
Ava Salomon Ava Salomon ...  Sarah Scott 3 episodes, 2008
Emily Holmes ...  Joanne Scott 3 episodes, 2008
Fred Keating ...  Charles Henderson 3 episodes, 2008
Denise Galik ...  Annie Dillon 3 episodes, 2008
Kurt Max Runte ...  Sherriff Martin Willis 3 episodes, 2008
Cory Dagg Cory Dagg ...  General Michaelson 3 episodes, 2008
Adrian Holmes ...  Sam Barton 2 episodes, 2008
Nicola Anderson ...  Lt. Amy Deacon 2 episodes, 2008
Paul Perri ...  Dr. Smithson 2 episodes, 2008
Eve Harlow ...  Leila 2 episodes, 2008
Douglas O'Keeffe ...  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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USA

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English

Release Date:

26 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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The Andromeda Strain See more »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

As Jack runs from the helicopter, there is a brief shot of the bag before it explodes. This is clearly a shot from before the landing, as you can see the legs of the guard sitting in the seat, and the cabin is not full of smoke. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeff Megan: [to Suzie] That's a lion out there. And a triangle.
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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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This is the MTV version
4 June 2008 | by sideriteSee 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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