The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain Part 1

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 5/26/08
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  • Episode Description
  • After a satellite crashes, the entire population of a small town is wiped out by a deadly plague, except for one man and one baby. A team of specialists is activated and tasked to find a cure for what is called "The Andromeda Strain". The army tries to discredit and silence an addicted reporter who discovers that something dangerous is going on.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rick Schroder

    Major Bill Keene, MD

  • Andre Braugher

    General George W. Mancheck

  • Viola Davis

    Dr. Charlene Barton

  • Daniel Dae Kim

    Dr. Tsi Chou

  • Eric McCormack

    Jack Nash

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • it's watchable

    By sfviewer, Jun 04, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Mancheck: We suspect a biological agent now code named Andromeda. Whatever Andromeda is it killed those two soldiers so quickly they didn't even have time to jump out of their vehicle.

    • Stone: Why in God's name did you withhold this? We have wasted valuable time – time we don't have – flailing about in the dark! Mancheck: Can you imagine the panic news of an event like this would have caused? It was strictly need-to-know. Stone: Need to cover your ass!

    • Chou: Dr. Tsi Chou, microbiologist. Mancheck: So modest. 'Bout 10 years ago Dr. Chou was one of the premier designers of biological weapons for the Chinese government. Chou: But then I saw the light of Jesus, and now I serve as a consultant on bio-terrorism for a wide range of U.S. corporations. Keene: Out of the ashes into the fire.

    • Sophie Derabond: Mr. Nash, I think this is a terrible mistake! Nash: I'll check in again when I'm done. Sophie Derabond: It doesn't work like that. Nash: What doesn't, my addiction or my insurance? Sophie Derabond: Well, both, really.

    • (discussing the Wildfire Protocol) Beeter: Does Dr. Stone still head the team? Mancheck: Until they pry his cold dead fingers off the door.

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    Notes (5)

    • In the source novel by Michael Crichton, the main scientists were mainly white and presumably heterosexual men. However, 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, "If you're going to update the story, which is our mandate, you have an obligation to reflect the world as it is".

    • This movie originally aired as a two-part miniseries. It has also been edited into 4 different parts intended for airing as hour long episodes with commercials.

    • The announcement was made on July 17, 2008, that the Andromeda Strain was nominated for a 2008 Emmy award in the Outstanding Miniseries category.

    • This production was filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada.

    • International Air Dates: Australia – April 20, 2008 on Showcase United Kingdom – May 10, 2008 on Sky Movies Premiere Denmark – July 30, 2008 on TV3+ Czech Republic - January 16, 2009 on Prima Finland - August 30, (part 1) and August 31, (part 2) 2010 on MTV3

    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: When comparing the victim diagnoses, Dr. Noyce states that if Sylvie breathed rapidly long enough, carbon dioxide would build up in her system and she would become acidotic. This is incorrect because rapid breathing (hyperventilation) causes carbon dioxide blood levels to decrease, creating alkalosis, which is essentially the opposite of acidosis.

    • Goof: Buckminsterfullerene, aka buckyballs, were not discovered or invented by Buckminster Fuller. Fuller was the architect who created the geodesic dome. Buckminsterfullerenes comprise 60 or 70 atoms of carbon and is the third natural state of carbon after graphite and diamond. The structure resembles Fuller's dome and was named after him for that reason.

    • Goof: There are far too many four-star generals in this film. Most four-stars are retired three-stars who got that fourth star on retirement as an honorary promotion and to enhance their pension. There should be only one four-star general in this story, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    • Goof: When the helicopter with the scientists goes to the secret base, it is visible through the helicopter windows that one of the F-16s is escorting them. This is impossible because the F16 has a stall speed of about 250 mph while that helicopter has a max. speed of only 135mph - a difference greater than 100 mph.

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