Friday, May 23, 2008
Bad day to be human, but possibly a great day to be a television viewer if the promos we've seen so far are any indication. Premiering this Monday at 9pm (Memorial Day!) on A&E network, the Andromeda Strain is a two night blockbuster miniseries about one of our favorite Flaming Nose topics...."the end of the world".
Powerhouse, genius film making brothers (Bladerunner anybody?) Ridley Scott and Tony Scott are the producers of this re-purposed apocalyptic fairy tale about a very bad Level 5 Hot Zone disease unleashed upon the world. Since practically nobody will remember the 1971 original Andromeda Strain, they can expect a whole new crop of amazed eyeballs for this 21st century take on creepy ways to destroy humanity with a whimper and not a bang.
The cast looks B level, special effects look top notch. Writing and execution is anybody's guess. I'm tuning in because I love Ridley Scott, so if he did much more than wave his hand over the script in a Pope-like blessing, I'm thinking there might be some fun to be had.
My question is: whatever in the world did A&E have to do to get the Scott brothers on board for this effort? Maybe they are partial owners of A&E now? Or maybe they both knew that cable television in the summer is the coolest place to be outside of an air conditioned movie theater. Let's all watch and find out!