The Andromeda Strain

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  • Season 1 Episode 1: The Andromeda Strain Part 1

  • 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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