The Andromeda Strain A remake of the 1971 sci-fi thriller (and adapted from the Michael Crichton novel), The Andromeda Strain is about a mysterious satellite that lands in… The Andromeda Strain A remake of the 1971 sci-fi thriller (and adapted from the Michael Crichton novel), The Andromeda Strain is about a mysterious satellite that lands in… 2008-05-26 Sci-fi and Fantasy Benjamin Bratt Christa Miller A&E
TV Review

The Andromeda Strain (2008)

, The Andromeda Strain | STRAIN IN VAIN Ricky Schroeder, Christa Miller, and Benjamin Bratt in The Andromeda Strain , a plodding deadly-virus miniseries that's anything but infectious
Image credit: Diyah Pera
STRAIN IN VAIN Ricky Schroeder, Christa Miller, and Benjamin Bratt in The Andromeda Strain, a plodding deadly-virus miniseries that's anything but infectious
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Start Date: May 26, 2008; Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Benjamin Bratt; Network: A&E

A remake of the 1971 sci-fi thriller (and adapted from the Michael Crichton novel), The Andromeda Strain is about a mysterious satellite that lands in Utah and releases a virus that kills people or makes them crazy enough to murder with disturbing speed. That's all that's speedy here: Andromeda is a two-night extravaganza that could have been one if its characters didn't speak in massive, clunky chunks of technojargon. And if they moved faster. (This is one of those TV movies where the music gets tense but no one else seems to get that cue. This is a crisis, people, hustle!) The scientists and soldiers battling the virus, including Benjamin Bratt, Ricky Schroeder, Andre Braugher, and Christa Miller (Scrubs), let loose an unbelievable amount of scientific spiel designed to daze: You know something's wrong when Bratt, after years of smooth cop talk on Law & Order, looks bored mid-paragraph. Andromeda's pace problems are odd, since the movie's producers include Tony and Ridley Scott, two directors who know from pace. Despite the eerie premise, the cluttered remake mires itself in lab work, inane backstories, and bureaucracy. People assemble a lot and discuss things. Occasionally the crisis gets sexy, like in the extended ''disinfecting'' sequence that Schroeder, Bratt, and Miller endure, in which they're run, Willy Wonka-style, through various sprays and soaps that trickle or shake off their naked bodies in slow motion. Yes, slow motion. C-

Sign up for EW.com's What to Watch Newsletter!

What to watch on TV. Hear what's on tap for the night ahead and get witty, morning after recaps of top shows (sent weekday mornings).
Originally posted May 23, 2008 Published in issue #994 May 30, 2008 Order article reprints