Singularities and Buckeyballs (Andromeda Strain Part I)

Wow, maybe its the freakiest episode of Lost yet. It’s a Jin episode and in the flash forward he’s working as a scientist in an underground government facility along with people including Jordan from Scrubs. Meanwhile Will (Eric McCormack) is missing Grace but is working as an investigative reporter out of rehab under a different name.

Actually its the first part of the A&E version of The Andromeda Strain but compared to the Michael Crichton novel and original move it is as weird as if it was an episode of Lost. Instead of the relatively hard science of the original we get a singularity or wormhole which presumably brought the alien menace to earth and Buckeyballs, named after Buckminster Fuller. There’s also a lot of simplistic political allusions from the military obviously keeping something secret to Enburtel, a Halliburton like company which is described as “one of President Scott’s largest campaign contributors.”

Despite all its flaws, I can’t wait to see the conclusion tomorrow night. A show doesn’t have to be flawless to be fun. After all, it’s scifi with the fate of the entire human race at stake, and it’s even broadcast in high definition. Being cable, it will probably be rebroadcast many more times. If you missed part one, it will be shown again before part two tomorrow. If you want to watch, definitely watch on cable as opposed to buying the DVD scheduled to come out next week.


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    Eric says:

    Just another liberal conspiracy screed.  Wonder how they got Crichton to sign off on the screenplay.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    I’m not sure how much this is going to turn out to be a conspiracy story as opposed to alien invasion. Early on it seemed like they were heading in the direction of the infection being something developed by the military, but then they brought in the worm hole. We’ll have to see how it comes out. I wouldn’t be surprised if they combine the two, such as having something initially created by the military be made more deadly by contact with an alien source.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Incidentally, why is skepticism of government now characterized as liberal? There was a day when conservatives were justifiably suspicious of big government. Of course that was before conservatives turned out to be the ones doing the most to enlarge the scope of government.

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