The Andromeda Strain (miniseries)

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The Andromeda Strain is a 2008 science fiction miniseries (two episodes), loosely based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly disease of extraterrestrial origin.

Directed by Mikael Salomon. Written by Robert Schenkkan (teleplay), Michael Crichton (novel).

The Andromeda Strain Part 1 [1.1][edit]

Mancheck: We suspect a biological agent now code named Andromeda. Whatever Andromeda is it killed those two soldiers so quickly they didn't even have time to jump out of their vehicle.

Stone: Why in God's name did you withhold this? We have wasted valuable time – time we don't have – flailing about in the dark!
Mancheck: Can you imagine the panic news of an event like this would have caused? It was strictly need-to-know.
Stone: Need to cover your ass!

Chou: Dr. Tsi Chou, microbiologist.
Mancheck: So modest. 'Bout 10 years ago Dr. Chou was one of the premier designers of biological weapons for the Chinese government.
Chou: But then I saw the light of Jesus, and now I serve as a consultant on bio-terrorism for a wide range of U.S. corporations.
Keene: Out of the ashes into the fire.

Dr. Jeremy Stone: In the event of an overwhelming breach, the lab is built atop a nuclear device. (He inserts his electronic ID tag into the computer) I've just armed that system. Once it's activated, there's a 15-minute countdown to detonation.
Dr. Charlene Barton: You gotta be shittin' me!
Dr. Tsi Chou: I'm sure the chances of an accident in such a beautifully designed facility are too small to be significant, but if there should be a mistake?
Dr. Jeremy Stone: There is a failsafe plan. Dr. Keene is our odd man. Please insert your card.
Dr. Angela Noyce: Odd man?
Dr. Jeremy Stone: Place your thumb upon the panel. To abort the self-destruct sequence, Bill ID's himself via thumb print and his card. There's a panel like this on every level.
Dr. Charlene Barton: Why Bill?
Dr. Jeremy Stone: The army ran an extensive battery of tests and determined that unmarried males were more likely to make the right choice during a crisis. In our particular case, the right decision is to not prematurely abort the self-destruction sequence.
Dr. Charlene Barton: So you were looking for the man most likely to kill himself, and us? (everyone looks as Keene)
Dr. Bill Keene: Cool.
Dr. Tsi Chou: I feel so reassured.

Jack Nash: Release me immediately, or I'll have my lawyer all over this!
Col. Ferrus: (talking over him) I don't have to let you speak to a lawyer, I don't even have to acknowledge that you are in our custody. Under the Homeland Security Act you can be held here indefinitely as a terrorist threat.
Jack Nash: Listen to me, you little tin-pot fascist, I'm not some hapless Middle Eastern exchange student with an out-of-date visa, I'm an American citizen with a very public profile. You screw with me, and you're gonna have to answer some really unpleasant questions!

(Capping off a list of nothing but bad news.)
Pat Terrence: There's also a rumor at the U.N. that the blast in Utah was staged as a deliberate distraction from the vent-mining controversy.
President Scott: (disbelieving) Oh… "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"

The Andromeda Strain Part 2 [1.2][edit]

Major Bill Keane: (to Jeremy) If you set out to deliberately exterminate mankind, you couldn't do better than Andromeda.

Jack Nash: Release me immediately, or I'll have my lawyer all over this!
Col. Ferrus: (talking over him) I don't have to let you speak to a lawyer, I don't even have to acknowledge that you are in our custody. Under the Homeland Security Act you can be held here indefinitely as a terrorist threat.
Jack Nash: Listen to me, you little tin-pot fascist, I'm not some hapless Middle Eastern exchange student with an out-of-date visa, I'm an American citizen with a very public profile. You screw with me, and you're gonna have to answer some really unpleasant questions!

(Capping off a list of nothing but bad news.)
Pat Terrence: There's also a rumor at the U.N. that the blast in Utah was staged as a deliberate distraction from the vent-mining controversy.
President Scott: (disbelieving) Oh… "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"

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