The Andromeda Strain

Season 1 Episode 2

The Andromeda Strain Part 2

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 27, 2008 on A&E



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Major Bill Keane: (to Jeremy) If you set out to deliberately exterminate mankind, you couldn't do better than Andromeda.

    • Jeremy Stone: (discussing time travel) It would be nice, though, wouldn't it, to be able to go back and change things?
      Angela Noyce: I-I think a linear time frame is a key part of what it means to be human. If our really important choices could be sampled like a box of chocolates, then… our decisions would lose their meaning. What would be at stake?

    • Maj. Bill Keene: You're missing the point! Whether Andromeda is the newspaper, or it's the delivery boy who is dropping it off, the message is loud and clear: drop dead.

    • Jack Nash: Release me immediately, or I'll have my lawyer all over this!
      Col. Ferrus: (talking over him) I don't have to let you speak to a lawyer, I don't even have to acknowledge that you are in our custody. Under the Homeland Security Act you can be held here indefinitely as a terrorist threat.
      Jack Nash: Listen to me, you little tin-pot fascist, I'm not some hapless Middle Eastern exchange student with an out-of-date visa, I'm an American citizen with a very public profile. You screw with me, and you're gonna have to answer some really unpleasant questions!

    • (Capping off a list of nothing but bad news.)
      Pat Terrence: There's also a rumor at the U.N. that the blast in Utah was staged as a deliberate distraction from the vent-mining controversy.
      President Scott: (disbelieving) Oh… "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"

    • Major Bill Keane: There has never been anything like Andromeda anywhere on the earth. This is Terra Incognita, this is alien.

  • Notes

    • Part two's opening titles included only the production company credits (A&E, Universal Pictures, Scott Free and Traveler's Rest) and the name of the miniseries. The full credits ran at the end of the broadcast so as not to distract from the resolution of the previous night's cliffhanger.

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia – April 27, 2008 on Showcase
      United Kingdom – May 11, 2008 on Sky Movies Premiere
      Denmark – July 30, 2008 on TV3+
      Czech Republic – January 23, 2009 on Prima
      Finland - September 6 (part 1), September 7 (part 2), 2010 on MTV3

  • Allusions

    • Maj. Bill Keene: If you don't ask, I won't tell.

      A direct reference to the U.S. military policy known as: "Don't ask, don't tell".
      This policy forbids homosexuals or bisexuals from disclosing their sexual orientation while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

    • President Scott: "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"

      This line is attributed to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft who was responding to a question about how his life had changed post September 11, 2001, aside from his focus on terrorism. Ashcroft was referring to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln who was shot while he attended the play, Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre.