The Andromeda Strain

Season 1 Episode 1

The Andromeda Strain Part 1

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 26, 2008 on A&E



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Beeter: Where was this again?
      Mancheck: Piedmont, Utah, old mining town. There's a state park nearby. It's remote, very isolated; we seem to have caught a break there.
      Beeter: You'll forgive me if I don't share your sense of gratitude.

    • Dr. Jeremy Stone: Listen Jack, be careful, I'm not just talking about the army or whoever else is following you.
      Jack Nash: Andromeda?
      Dr. Jeremy Stone: It's lethal, beyond comprehension.

    • Dr. Jeremy Stone: In the event of an overwhelming breach, the lab is built atop a nuclear device. (He inserts his electronic ID tag into the computer) I've just armed that system. Once it's activated, there's a 15-minute countdown to detonation.
      Dr. Charlene Barton: You gotta be shittin' me!
      Dr. Tsi Chou: I'm sure the chances of an accident in such a beautifully designed facility are too small to be significant, but if there should be a mistake?
      Dr. Jeremy Stone: There is a failsafe plan. Dr. Keene is our odd man. Please insert your card.
      Dr. Angela Noyce: Odd man?
      Dr. Jeremy Stone: Place your thumb upon the panel. To abort the self-destruct sequence, Bill ID's himself via thumb print and his card. There's a panel like this on every level.
      Dr. Charlene Barton: Why Bill?
      Dr. Jeremy Stone: The army ran an extensive battery of tests and determined that unmarried males were more likely to make the right choice during a crisis. In our particular case, the right decision is to not prematurely abort the self-destruction sequence.
      Dr. Charlene Barton: So you were looking for the man most likely to kill himself, and us? (everyone looks as Keene)
      Dr. Bill Keene: Cool.
      Dr. Tsi Chou: I feel so reassured.

  • Notes

    • 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

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