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Official Episode Discussion:"The Andromeda Strain Part 2"(05/27/08)

What did you think?

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    danharr

    [1]May 27, 2008
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    The final part please discuss here
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    Vod_Katonic

    [2]May 27, 2008
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    Man, I thought the first part was going so well. The second part started out ok but then it just went horribly wrong. I can't remember where the turning point was... probably about the time that Andromeda started turning the bushes red at about 100mph. It was still tolerable for a bit. Then the very end was horrific.

    I can't really remember the book all that well so I can't say with certainty how badly the adaptation was... but good or bad dialog and acting can still make or break a movie. Unfortunately this was the latter. As soon as they explained the nuclear device under the bunker I knew that it would start to go off and the only way to shut it off would be to chop off Silver Spoon's thumb. The duck phone is ringing Ricky! Oh wait, you died an unclimactic death by falling into a kiddie pool at the end of a uneccesarily large and accessable maintenace shaft. I mean come on, it was supposed to be totally sealed. Oh wait! the air ducts! I'm sure the engineers totally missed that!

    The part where Stone was trying to deactivate the bomb was the worst piece of acting I have seen outside of porn. So did whatever spray him in the face not only blind him but make him crippled and retarded? I mean, its a nuclear bomb, try and at least sit up for 3 seconds... The whole side story with Will and Grace guy and cow girl could have been almost completely cut out. And the end scene with Stone's ex wife and son.... It was like Michael J Fox trying to put the finishing touches on a sports car with spray paint and a hammer.

    This was about twice as long as it needed to be and the filler totally replaced the key plot points which were hurried and ruined.

    Heres the movie in 30 seconds:

    Oh no, a terrible virus!

    Good thing we have a lab just for this.

    Let's nuke the town!

    No!

    It mutated, lets nuke the town!

    No!

    I need to buy coke and cover the story!

    It mutated, let's nuke the town!

    No!

    It got nuked anyway!

    It can communicate!

    Nuh uh!

    It thinks!

    Nuh Uh!!!

    Its from the future!

    I'm not listening! Nananananananah!

    Conspiracy!

    We have an antidote!

    Expected plot twist!

    Main characters die uncreatively.

    Solved with 20 seconds to spare!

    YAY!

    I knew you could do it! Kiss me!

    My daddy isn't such a loser.

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    Scagnetti66

    [3]May 27, 2008
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    Summary:
    Everything blows up. Scientists down in 'Nightmare Hall' start making out, while people die. They stop making out & discover that it was all a coded message sent from Al Gore. The whole world is blown up by an alien fart created by Ricky's flying thumb.
    Review:
    For the most part...I liked it, it was a sci-fi thriller in the purest sense...however, I think all would agree that computer graphics just never do the job...in any movie no matter what the budget...it always looks cheesy. If I were a director, I would NEVER USE THAT. Get me an F-16, or forget it. The movie will be nominated for some special effects awards, as it was over the top for its robotics and in the lab in general. The only major problem I had was the ending...throwing up Ricky's severed thumb was ill-advised...I am sure the audience, cast, crew, directors, and producers could not help but giggle once they saw that flying thumb on the screen for the first time...I wish Steve Bartman was there to fumble it away...and the lab got nuked at that point. I mean...What would Fonzy think? Heeyyyy!!


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    revovovichfan12

    [4]May 27, 2008
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    Well just to tell you, when he was going through the shaft and he was blinded. But not only was he blinded, but he fell from the ceiling dude and that's what made him cripled. He probably broke his arm and/or his legs when he fell and thats why he was crippled
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    faCt24

    [5]May 28, 2008
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    I have to agree with scagnetti66. The thumb flying up 20 feet killed the whole movie. Movie was ok just too many questions were left unanswered.
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    Bloodbath_87

    [7]May 28, 2008
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    Vod_Katonic wrote:

    It was like Michael J Fox trying to put the finishing touches on a sports car with spray paint and a hammer.


    x10

    Did you make that up? It's one of the best things i've seen in a while.
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    Bloodbath_87

    [8]May 28, 2008
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    revovovichfan12 wrote:
    Well just to tell you, when he was going through the shaft and he was blinded. But not only was he blinded, but he fell from the ceiling dude and that's what made him cripled. He probably broke his arm and/or his legs when he fell and thats why he was crippled

    It wasn't that long of a fall. He was acting like he had just been hit by a bus.
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    Miamiheatboy3

    [9]May 28, 2008
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    whats with the tumb going that far up? i mean come on he was weak as can be how in gods green earth can he throw that far up? but all in all it was a good movie just answer the questions
    Edited on 05/28/2008 12:14pm
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    RandallMoss

    [10]May 28, 2008
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    Ok, so I'm about 46 minutes in to part 2, and these guys are getting "attacked" by birds. Seriously? These guys are wearing Interceptor vests with, I'm assuming, SAPI plates, yet they were still somehow taken down by birds. Even without SAPI plates, the layers of kevlar would still protect against avian attacks.

    Wow.

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    Goalieguy

    [11]May 28, 2008
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    Could someone please explain the ending? Like, i understood the whole movie up until the satelite thing at the end. I just dont get that.

    THX
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    fatewemake

    [12]May 28, 2008
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    I didn't like the last two hours. But, I do think that thumb tossing should become the next Olympic sport.

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    efeatherston

    [13]May 29, 2008
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    Okay, part 1 was pretty decent, but part 2 quickly de-generated into a SciFi Channel made for TV movie, how many different scifi concepts can we merge into the plot, with different special effects, all of which makes no sense (e.g. andromeda starts killing all the plant life, so we can visually see it, then when they kill andromeda, all the plant life turns green again so we can understand they killed andromeda). I was ready to throw stuff at the TV it started getting so stupid.
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    IlyanaRVS

    [14]May 29, 2008
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    Oh wow, so not what I was expecting - the cheese factor in the second half is just incredible. I remember the so-called kiddie pool is the coolant tank for the nuclear generator, and something about how even a half a second bath in it would be fatal, but damn... I love my cheese, but this was bad...

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    danharr

    [15]May 29, 2008
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    Yea real let down how the second part ended show had real promise but it's almost like they waited all this time to pull the pin on the bad scifi movie grenade. Amazing how bad things ended but with a nice mystery of whether the virus still makes it to the future. Didn't care for how the characters turned out Shroeder pushing the "G" card and the woman turning traitor and as you guys have mentioned Bratt acting like he's been dropped off a cliff from that little fall was unbearable.
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    isbill

    [16]May 30, 2008
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    Wow i agree acting in the part when bomb is going to blow and his face looks like he has horrible diaria not hurt atleast, throwing like a 20 gram finger is imposible so high it wouldnt even go half the way, the movie ended horrible its one of those movies that has a bad ending, so all is fixed virus dead, o jey some super secret dudes have some remains of the virus that is supposed to be dead? oh wait they have a spare? or did they plant the virus?
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    krinks

    [17]May 30, 2008
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    Read the book, it's far more believable... and there's no wormhole.

    See the original movie. It had a tighter script and was VERY close to the book.

    This was just okay for some mindless entertainment. The first half was actually quite decent... but the whole thing should have been cut to a 1-part, 3 hour movie.
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    Miamiheatboy3

    [18]Jun 4, 2008
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    to anyone who read the book, which is better?
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    efeatherston

    [19]Jun 9, 2008
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    Miamiheatboy3 wrote:
    to anyone who read the book, which is better?

    No contest, the book hands down.

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    cyyto_degaunt

    [20]Jun 9, 2008
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    The book is much better. Crichton is superb.

    But I had a question. At the end, there's a guy watching them file away the virus. Who is that? He had like an empty pill or mint container, yes? I remember seeing somebody with one at the beginning of the first episode. I thought it was just the kid that found the satellite, though. Was it someone else? Someone important? If so, would that have been the same guy at the end who was in on it all?
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