Sunday, August 24, 2008

the Andromeda Strain (2008 miniseries)

RAINS came down heavily in Sibu throughout the day today. Feels bored because of my off-day today yet unable to get out, I skimmed through my entire DVD that I have bought yet have no time to watch. Ok, I lied; - I do have time to watch them, but chose to lepaq with friends in the town instead. Then, sue me!

Ah, the beauty of pirated DVD... ehehe, complete season of latest miniseries just for RM6, only in Sibu. Mentioned of time, I bought it three weeks ago wondering if the miniseries could compete with the adrenaline rush I had by reading the original Novel years back.

The Andromeda Strain is a 2008 science-fiction miniseries, based on the novel published in 1969 by Michael Crichton about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly disease of extraterrestrial origin. In 2004 the Sci-Fi Channel announced that they would produce a miniseries of The Andromeda Strain. Since that time the project has shifted to the A&E Network. The miniseries originally aired as a four hour two part mini-series, with part one premiering in America on May 26th and part two on May 27th, 2008. The series had previously aired in the UK on May 11th.

The tagline of the series is: It's A Bad Day To Be Human.

P/S: 1. source of description: Wikipedia; 2. check-out the e-book they used in the miniseries, wish that I had one!

Trivia: In the source novel by Michael Crichton, the main scientists were mainly white (presumably) heterosexual men, but 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 with Brent Hartinger on, "If you're going to update the story, which is our mandate, you have an obligation to reflect the world as it is." Schenkkan further said that he decided to include the brief reference to Keene (Rick Schroder) being gay because of a principle invented by Crichton in the original novel, the "Odd Man Hypothesis," which states that in a time of crisis, an unmarried, unattached person [Crichton specified a man] with no family to distract him would have the best chance of making rational, unbiased, unemotional decisions.

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