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New Andromeda Strain Will Be More Widescreen And Splodey Than Original

The Ridley Scott/Tony Scott-produced Andromeda Strain miniseries got a new trailer and an airdate: Memorial Day weekend. The new trailer includes a few snippets of cast interviews, but also shows more of the tense showdown between Benjamin Bratt and Andre Braugher over the impossibility of stopping the fast-mutating alien virus and saving the human race. And you glimpse more of the crazy over-the-top action sequences, including a fighter jet pilot getting struck down. I only hope that weird "ribbit" sound effect isn't in the actual movie. [Andromeda Strain]


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"The whole point of the friggin book and original movie was that the nerds win. They figure it out, they stay alive and it doesn't get out"

Curiously enough, Crichton commented somewhere that the point of the novel and the first movie is that Andromeda mutates into a harmless form without human intervention, and the scientists make mistake upon mistake up to the point of them nearly blowing the base up and turning Andromeda into a monster.

Knocking Science out off its pedestal seems to be Crichton's recurring theme, not just as an excuse for thrilling adventure but as a conscientious posture: scientists are humans and just as reliable as anybody else, their mistakes quite amplifiable by their jobs' nature, he seems to mean. Sphere, The Terminal Man and others are about that. He explained Sphere as how wrong it is to put psichologically untrained scientists in charge of a first contact scenario.

He's an interesting guy: I read some lecture of him about how scientists don't do enough of a Sagan and make science more attractive to the mainstream, and some letter of his demanding that climate science change research and manifestos are as thoroughly scientific process-checked as other things are (independently of how most data seems to point out things, it is true there have been some real rigorousness failures, and you can't allow yourself that if your data is involved in some megazillion bucks-costly political decisions).