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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 56 “The Andromeda Strain”

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 by | 1 comment

The Andromeda Strain

Nat, Cody, and Robert experience Michael Crichton’s first techno-thriller with Robert Wise’s 1971 film THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN.

The Andromeda Strain

A satellite returns to Earth with samples from space. A town is wiped out from a virulent disease. Scientists are called to solve the medical mystery of the disease before it possibly wipes out humanity. THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN has a simple yet effective premise.

The Andromeda Strain

Unfolding under widescreen, deep focus cinematography and Robert Wise’s sober direction, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN wants you to absorb all that’s going on. It gives you time to think and wants you to think about the story and the problem presented.

The Andromeda Strain

State of the art science is deployed. The art direction department goes all out. And the result is a tense, intelligent thriller. THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN would be an important touchstone for much of Michael Crichton’s career to follow where intelligent people with seemingly foolproof systems discover that the world has surprises for them. We have a lot to discuss, naturally

The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain

You’re not going to need to take a trip to a secret government installation to hear this episode. You can give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Time tracks:

The Andromeda Strain Discussion: 0:00 to 50:49

Sci-Fi Spectacular Discussion: 50:49 to 58:22

Next Film and Outro: 58:22 to End

Next month, we take a trip into the world of virtual reality with 1994’s THE LAWNMOWER MAN. I’m sure we’ll have much to say about this somewhat infamous adaptation of Stephen King’s work. We hope you’ll join us.


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1 Comment

  1. Andromeda Strain just never really took of and delivered on the sci-fi the previews promised. Still for 1971 it was the best one could hope for i suppose. What stuck with me though was the DefCom 1. I still use that expression today to describe the dire and urgent.

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