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The Andromeda Strain 

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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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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 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 ...  General Michaelson 3 episodes, 2008
Adrian Holmes ...  Sam Barton 2 episodes, 2008
Nicola Anderson ...  Lt. Amy Deacon 2 episodes, 2008
Paul Perri 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

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2008 (USA) 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

The personnel in the innocuous-looking building above the "Wildfire" complex are said to have the "highest levels of security clearance" (and were specifically tasked with project security). Yet the guard at the desk agreed (with little or no persuasion) to use his personal cell phone to hook Dr. Stone up with, of all people, a reporter. See more »

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Jeff Megan: [to Suzie] That's a lion out there. And a triangle.
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all visuals, no story
18 November 2011 | by ronc-5See all my reviews

There is a certain type of movie. It's usually a made-for-TV movie, and it's usually an "updated" remake of an older movie.

The cast and story elements are painfully politically correct.

The writers appear to labor under the mistaken assumption that the viewer really doesn't need to be told a coherent story as long as there are a few visual elements from the original and some handsome-looking people emoting at each other. And things blowing up.

If there was a punchline to the original, the film will either ignore, misinterpret, or completely blow it.

The remake of Lathe of Heaven (2002)was such a film.

The remake of The Andromeda Strain (2008) is also such a film. It takes the tight script and edge-of-seat stress and paranoia of the original and substitutes digital effects, things blowing up, and absolutely nonsensical plot. When the time comes for the big reveal (which I won't reveal here), instead of the insightful political message of the original, we get a sophomoric, pasted-on ending that doesn't relate to what's gone before and basically contains no message whatsoever, but does allow one last digital effect.

It's not even bad enough to be good in a campy way. It's just dreary and indecipherable. See the original instead.


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