Imagine a satellite falling from the stars that once opened unleashes a virus that kills almost instantly, and if it spreads could mean the end of humankind. That is what happens in this new mini-series set to hit A&E at the end of the Memorial Day weekend. The Andromeda Strain is based on the book by Michael Crichton, and the movie comes to us from producers Ridley and Tony Scott. Many familiar faces are included in the cast such as Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack, Daniel Dae Kim, and Ricky Schroder.
It's a four-hour movie event, and night one will air on Monday, May 26th. This is where we see the satellite fall just outside a small town in Utah, and we see it start to attack the southwestern United States. A group of scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone sets out to find out what the virus is and how to stop it before it spreads. They do this from a top secret facility, and are up against odds outside of the virus.
They work against the clock as they learn about the virus and its origin, which is more shocking than can be believed. In the second part of the mini-series, we see the military trying to save the virus, even if it will kill everyone, and we also see that the origin of the virus might not be outer space, but from our very own future. We are trying to save ourselves, but it goes terribly wrong.
This mini-series had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The stars are some of Hollywood’s better known faces, including Daniel Dae Kim, who we know quite well from ABC’s Lost. As for the movie itself, it is an adaptation of a novel, and it is a good one. We’re taken step by step with highs and lows during each night of the event, and there is a good resolution at the movie’s end. I highly enjoyed watching The Andromeda Strain. Make sure to check it out on A&E on Monday May 26th at 9/8c.