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  • Series Premiere Date: May 26, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: Michael Crichton's novel, which involves a deadly disease that is unleashed when a satellite crashes into a small town, is remade again, this time as a miniseries.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. Each part has edge-of-the-seat moments, thanks to some admirable performances as well as several intriguing new plot twists that inject surprise at key moments.
  2. 70
    This version of “The Andromeda Strain” is paced well; it gives Crichton’s story a hint of blandness but it also marches through the plot with no-nonsense efficiency.
  3. For about three hours and 40 minutes, the mini-series rockets along, an exciting pile of preposterousness with conspiratorial overtones. Then it fizzles, with stuff you've seen 1,000 times before, and irritating loose ends.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Where the movie was content to focus on that process, director Mikael Salomon and writer-playwright Robert Schenkkan throw in a veritable kitchen sink of elements. [...] Too bad, because the project has assembled a solid cast, even if they're constrained by spouting all that scientific jargon and spend too much time squabbling and grappling with outside distractions.
  5. It never grows quite suspenseful enough, and it rests on the rather un-sci-fi-ish idea that the future is a benign force, like a mentor uncle with something meaningful to teach us about our venality and callous disregard for the Earth.
  6. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    As each new element is added, explored and explained, the tension evident in the original novel gets watered down as we digest these other distractions. The result is completely devoid of any suspense.
  7. If it's relevant and reflects the hip themes of today, perhaps nobody will notice wooden acting, ludicrous dialogue and a plot so convoluted that the whole enterprise has as much tension as a broken violin string.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. JRC.
    Jun 16, 2008
    After awhile you just need to stop indulging all those writers "What if's". "Ooh! What if the where attacked by sharks next!?" "Sharks? Their in an under ground bunker in the desert." "How about ducks then?" Just get on with the end of the show already! Expand
  2. TriciaB
    Jun 3, 2008
    It sucked. It lacked the "gee-whiz" of the original (not to mention the book) by failing to explain ANY of the science taking place in either version of the original, and by substitutiing the lame notion that a wormhole somehow transported the bug to earth. Crichton made the science understandable in the book, and respected the reader enough to offer a challenge. This movie just offers an opportunity for a nap. Expand
  3. EricM.
    May 28, 2008
    Horrible. Attempting too many subplots, unconvincing dialog and acting, and an embarrassingly unthoughtful plot line that tries to be politically edgy. Rent the original instead. Expand
  4. TerryD.
    May 28, 2008
    Let's see, other than the bad script, terrible casting, cheapoid production, and horrible direction, this is a darn fine mini-series. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the definition of mini-series; a device to cram 2 hours of story into a 4 hour (or more) time slot. So this thing doesn't drag - oh no.... So what's all this mean? The remake of The Andromedia Strain is nothing but trash, plain and simple. And what really amazes me is that the Scott brothers are aassociated with this turkey - they should know better. Expand

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