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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/51AzZxcf-VL__SL500_AA300__3913.jpg]] ->''"[[SpySpeak There's a fire, sir.]]"'' -->-- '''Capt. Morton''' (film version) ''TheAndromedaStrain'' is a novel published by MichaelCrichton in 1969 about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. As the novel opens, the microorganism has killed an entire town save for two individuals, an old man and a crying infant. The team races to find the common link between the two survivors before the rapidly mutating organism can find a way out of containment and cause a deadly epidemic. Most of the action takes place in an underground research installation called "Wildfire", located in a remote part of Nevada. A lot of the book and the 1971 movie spend considerable time showing the process the research team has to go through to be decontaminated just to be able to work on the problem. The novel has been adapted into movie form twice; the 1971 film starred Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, and David Wayne and followed the book closely, while the 2008 miniseries is a re-imagining of the original story. ---- !! ''TheAndromedaStrain'' contains examples of: !!!The Book * ComputerVoice: The computer in the Wildfire secret underground base plays pre-recorded messages spoken by a pleasant female voice. It is revealed that the voice, which one scientist describes as "luscious," is that of a woman in her 60's, turning it into in-universe FetishRetardant.\\ \\ This is in-universe FanService, as the book points out that the most sexy voice the military could find is used for voice reminder systems on the theory that men will pay more attention to it. It turns into in-universe FetishRetardant when the same voice also announces the [[spoiler: nuclear countdown.]] Stone finds this extremely infuriating. * CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: The Wildfire biological research installation is buried underground, below a Department of Agriculture crop research facility. * DisabilityImmunity: the eponymous Strain kills an entire town save a baby and an old man. Turns out that the contagion is actually extremely sensitive to abnormal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PH PH]] levels. The old man was a nutcase who drank alcohol jury-rigged from canned stove fuel, resulting in acidic blood, and the baby was colic, and had cried himself into alkalosis. * HiddenInPlainSight: The top-secret WILDFIRE facility is hidden underneath a real agricultural research facility studying ''corn crops''. * MagicCountdown: Subverted in that Hall disarms the nuclear self-destruct with more than half a minute to spare. {{Double Subver|sion}}ted in that the lowest level of the facility is ''evacuated of atmosphere'' '''thirty seconds before detonation''' to increase the yield of the nuke - the researchers were only seconds from being '''''suffocated.''''' !!! 1971 Movie * AsciiArt: The computer graphics - hot stuff at the time. * AvengersAssemble: When Code Wildfire is declared the movie cuts to scenes showing the military coming to collect the four scientists, often interrupting them in mid-work. * ChekhovsGun: ** Dr. Hall is repeatedly told about Wildfire's nuclear bomb SelfDestructMechanism (which will go off if a disease escapes containment), how he's the only one who can stop it from detonating and how important it is that he be able to get to one of the deactivation terminals quickly. [[spoiler:You can guess what he has to do at the ending of both the movie and novel!]] ** A fighter jet experiences a severe malfunction when it flew past Andromeda -- all of its plastics dissolved, leaving him helpless as the jet crashes. [[spoiler:Andromeda quickly adapts the same form in Level Five and destroys the gaskets keeping the levels uncontaminated, quickly causing a self-destruct mechanism to activate.]] * ConvulsiveSeizures * CreatorCameo: When Mark Hall is ordered to stop a surgery he's about to start, one of the doctors in the back of the operating room is Michael Crichton. * DecontaminationChamber: There is a long sequence in one of these while the scientists are entering Wildfire, done to prevent any outside contaminants from getting inside. (There is a similar long sequence in the book.) * DramaticallyMissingThePoint: When the scientist is first given the key to prevent the nuclear device from detonating if the computer controlled auto countdown starts, he thinks it would be his job to initiate it. * ForWantOfANail: A simple piece of paper prevented the notification bell from ringing. * GenderFlip: Leavitt was a male in the book, but was changed to a female in the film. * GoshdangItToHeck: When Hall asks the old man the baby's name, the following exchange ensues: -->'''Old Man:''' Give us a butt first. -->'''Hall:''' We don't allow smoking here. -->'''Old Man:''' Then go ''fish''. ** Made funny because the old man says it like a PrecisionFStrike. * HotScientist: Noticeably averted. The lone female is in her fifties and overweight. * JustInTime: The coutdown is stopped with time to spare. -->'''Ruth:''' There were eight seconds left. [[DeadpanSnarker Hardly exciting.]] * MediaClassifications: '''This Movie is Rated G for General Audiences "But may be too intense for younger children"'''. It would receive a higher rating today, no doubt. A town full of dead bodies. A dead child. A dead hippy girl with bare breasts. Cutting the bodies open. A woman mentions that an experimental farm would be a "great place to grow pot". Lab animals "dying" on camera. A woman has a seizure and foams at the mouth. Released as G today, it would unleash a firestorm of WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids. * {{Pixellation}}: In the men's ultraviolet scan, their privates are blurred. * ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting: In the opening, the pair in biohazard suits are investigating the corpses littering the town: -->'''Dr. Mark Hall:''' [Removing the pants of the dead doctor] Have a look at his buttocks. -->'''Dr. Jeremy Stone:''' That's NOT funny. -->'''Dr. Mark Hall:''' Not meant to be! Normally, blood in a dead person goes to the lowest points. There should be marks of lividity, right? Do you see any purplish marks on his butt? -->'''Dr. Jeremy Stone:''' No... * YouCanSeeThatRight: Ruth to Dr. Stone while they're examining the green stain on the meteorite. !!!2008 Miniseries * AlternateRealityGame: ''What Happened In Piedmont'' is an ARG for the miniseries. * DeathOfTheAuthor: Literally. The producers used Crichton's declining health to [[AssPull shove]] a GreenAesop into one of his seminal [[YouCanPanicNow Panic Is Evil]] works. * FanService: Actress [[TheDrewCareyShow Christa Miller]], naked during the sanitation sequence. * [[spoiler: StableTimeLoop: The 2008 version.]] * {{Green Aesop}} - Turns out the only way to kill the disease is [[spoiler: with a rare strain of bacterium found only in deep sea volcanic vents which were destroyed in the future for their mineral resources (don't even try to make sense of it). People in the future somehow found this out despite the bacterium having been totally wiped out, thus they sent the disease back in time to infect Earth while we still had a chance of killing it.]] * OffWithHisHead: One of the suicides in Piedmont. ''With a chainsaw''. !!!In General * CrazyPrepared: The entire plot concerns a U.S. government agency whose job it is to deal with obscure, virulent contagions. One character who is surprised that it is so readily funded find out later that the government is mainly concerned about [[spoiler:using these contagions as possible [=WMD=]s, and if they can't, containing them. As well as being prepared in case U.S. (or another nation's) military biowar agents get loose. At the time of the book, the USA was spending $300 million a year in biological weapons research and production.]] More true to this trope, the WILDFIRE facility has a lot of redundant security systems, [[spoiler:all which are bypassed and nearly destroy the facility.]] * CryingLittleKid: One of the survivors, an infant, is found by researchers who hear it crying. [[spoiler:The crying is the reason why the baby didn't die.]] * DesolationShot: Piedmont, New Mexico. Current population: two scientists, a baby, and an old guy vomiting blood. * DeusExNukina: ** [[spoiler:Subverted. The Wildfire team find out, almost too late, that the disease would actually thrive in the middle of a nuclear explosion, mutating wildly and spreading on the winds to the West Coast.]] ** Doubly subverted in the 2008 miniseries, [[spoiler: where the virus somehow gains the ability to activate the nuclear bomb ''after'' the drop has been canceled, since the virus knows the bomb will help it spread]]. * ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Wildfire facility. * EncyclopediaExposita: The introduction to the novel is written as an introduction to some official report of the events covered in the novel, and the end is a log of [[spoiler:the suspicious -- and fatal -- failure of a manned spacecraft's tungsten-and-plastic laminate heat shield as it re-enters the atmosphere.]] * FailsafeFailure: [[spoiler:The organism mutates into a form that eats plastic... just like the plastic used in the gaskets that are keeping the most secure level from being contaminated.]] Also, a warning bell that is supposed to sound when vital information is being printed from a teletype machine is defeated when a loose shred of paper accidentally becomes lodged inside the machine between the bell itself and the striker, silencing it when it tries to go off. Thus, the team misses an important alert that costs them time. * {{Foreshadowing}}: In the 1971 movie, [[spoiler:when Dr. Leavitt first enters Wildfire, she avoids looking at a flashing red light. Later on she looks at a flashing red alarm light and goes into a grand mal seizure, whereupon another character realizes she's epileptic. There's a similar bit with a male scientist and a cop's siren in the miniseries.]] ** [[spoiler:It's also in the book, but is easy to miss when Leavitt doesn't look at the light when they're being deconned..]] *** Leavitt also doesn't look at a flashing emergency light when he is first picking up Dr. Hall to take him to Wildfire. * GodzillaThreshold: The reason for the nuclear device in the center of Wildfire, which will go off if a world-destroying contagion threatens to get loose and cannot be stopped. * GoneHorriblyRight: The true mission of the SCOOP Satellite and the Wildfire facility was not just to study and combat a a virulent alien organism, but also to actively seek one out and obtain it to weaponize against America's enemies. Unforunately for all involved, it succeeded. * HazmatSuit: Dr. Stone and Dr. Hall wear these when investigating the town of Piedmont. In the book, it's stated it makes them look ridiculous ("fat men from Mars"), and they're a bit less bulky in the movie. * TheImmune: Central to the plot is the mystery of why a baby and an old man survived when everyone else died. * IndyHatRoll: Attempted, but the character in question was too slow. * InferredHolocaust: In the remake, humanity in the future sends a sample of a Nanobot virus dead set on killing with humanity with (very roundabout) instructions on how to beat it and (presumably) to keep some of that cure around for when it comes in the future. They stop the virus, but continue with the deep sea excavation that will cause the extinction of the only thing capable of stopping it; so the future is completely screwed because of us. * {{Infodump}}: Most of the book consists of it. * ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: [[spoiler:Averted in all versions when it is discovered that the pathogen will make things much, '''much''' worse if nuked.]] * {{Leitmotif}}: The 2008 version gives Andromeda itself a guitar riff whenever it either adapts or spreads on camera. * LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The novel is presented as a docudrama recounting actual events, complete with a bibliography listing relevant scientific papers (most of the citations are real, but some are fakes supposedly authored by characters from the book). * {{Lockdown}}: [[spoiler:Part of FailsafeFailure. The airlocks closing were supposed to stop any infected personnel or animals going to the upper levels, but Level Five, the floor the protagonists are on, has their self-destruct call-off still under construction. Hall needs to climb past laser turrets and anesthetic darts to get to level three to shut it off.]] * MasterComputer: WILDFIRE is run by one mega-computer. * MundaneDogmatic: All versions although the 2008 mini-series is kind of pushing it. * NukeEm: [[spoiler:Subverted in the book and 1971 film. In this case, nuking a contagion that mutates faster when exposed to any sort of energy would be a Bad Thing.]] * ThePlague: The Andromeda strain itself. * SelfDestructMechanism: The Wildfire Lab was constructed on top of a nuclear warhead, which is designed to be activated (without human intervention) if any bugs escape. You know there's going to be a thrilling last-minute deactivation scene at some point. [[spoiler:Ironically, he has thirty seconds left when he did deactivate it.]] ** [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted when it's discovered that ''is'' a last-minute save. Five seconds later, all the air would have been pumped out of the lower levels where the others were trapped in order to make the reaction more efficient.]] * SpySpeak: In the 1971 movie, Dr. Charles Dutton uses Variant #3 to enter Project Wildfire: -->'''Guard:''' Howdy. \\ '''Dutton:''' Howdy Doody. \\ '''Guard:''' You got the time? \\ '''Dutton:''' My watch stopped at 11:46. \\ '''Guard:''' Darn shame. \\ '''Dutton:''' Must be the heat. * TimeBomb: The nuclear {{self destruct mechanism}}. * TrappedInContainment: Much the story is centered on this type of set-up. Near the end, one of the scientists is stuck within the contaminated area due to a failure of the lab's airtight seal. * TheWormGuy: Most of the researchers attached to Wildfire.
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/51AzZxcf-VL__SL500_AA300__3913.jpg]] ->''"[[SpySpeak There's a fire, sir.]]"'' -->-- '''Capt. Morton''' (film version) ''TheAndromedaStrain'' is a novel published by MichaelCrichton in 1969 about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. As the novel opens, the microorganism has killed an entire town save for two individuals, an old man and a crying infant. The team races to find the common link between the two survivors before the rapidly mutating organism can find a way out of containment and cause a deadly epidemic. Most of the action takes place in an underground research installation called "Wildfire", located in a remote part of Nevada. A lot of the book and the 1971 movie spend considerable time showing the process the research team has to go through to be decontaminated just to be able to work on the problem. The novel has been adapted into movie form twice; the 1971 film starred Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, and David Wayne and followed the book closely, while the 2008 miniseries is a re-imagining of the original story. ---- !! ''TheAndromedaStrain'' contains examples of: !!!The Book * ComputerVoice: The computer in the Wildfire secret underground base plays pre-recorded messages spoken by a pleasant female voice. It is revealed that the voice, which one scientist describes as "luscious," is that of a woman in her 60's, turning it into in-universe FetishRetardant.\\ \\ This is in-universe FanService, as the book points out that the most sexy voice the military could find is used for voice reminder systems on the theory that men will pay more attention to it. It turns into in-universe FetishRetardant when the same voice also announces the [[spoiler: nuclear countdown.]] Stone finds this extremely infuriating. * CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: The Wildfire biological research installation is buried underground, below a Department of Agriculture crop research facility. * DisabilityImmunity: the eponymous Strain kills an entire town save a baby and an old man. Turns out that the contagion is actually extremely sensitive to abnormal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PH PH]] levels. The old man was a nutcase who drank alcohol jury-rigged from canned stove fuel, resulting in acidic blood, and the baby was colic, and had cried himself into alkalosis. * HiddenInPlainSight: The top-secret WILDFIRE facility is hidden underneath a real agricultural research facility studying ''corn crops''. * MagicCountdown: Subverted in that Hall disarms the nuclear self-destruct with more than half a minute to spare. {{Double Subver|sion}}ted in that the lowest level of the facility is ''evacuated of atmosphere'' '''thirty seconds before detonation''' to increase the yield of the nuke - the researchers were only seconds from being '''''suffocated.''''' !!! 1971 Movie * AsciiArt: The computer graphics - hot stuff at the time. * AvengersAssemble: When Code Wildfire is declared the movie cuts to scenes showing the military coming to collect the four scientists, often interrupting them in mid-work. * ChekhovsGun: ** Dr. Hall is repeatedly told about Wildfire's nuclear bomb SelfDestructMechanism (which will go off if a disease escapes containment), how he's the only one who can stop it from detonating and how important it is that he be able to get to one of the deactivation terminals quickly. [[spoiler:You can guess what he has to do at the ending of both the movie and novel!]] ** A fighter jet experiences a severe malfunction when it flew past ''The Andromeda -- all of its plastics dissolved, leaving him helpless as the jet crashes. [[spoiler:Andromeda quickly adapts the same form in Level Five and destroys the gaskets keeping the levels uncontaminated, quickly causing a self-destruct mechanism to activate.]] Strain'' can refer to: * ConvulsiveSeizures ''Literature/TheAndromedaStrain'': The 1969 novel. * CreatorCameo: When Mark Hall is ordered to stop a surgery he's about to start, one of the doctors in the back of the operating room is Michael Crichton. * DecontaminationChamber: There is a long sequence in one of these while the scientists are entering Wildfire, done to prevent any outside contaminants from getting inside. (There is a similar long sequence in the book.) * DramaticallyMissingThePoint: When the scientist is first given the key to prevent the nuclear device from detonating if the computer controlled auto countdown starts, he thinks it would be his job to initiate it. * ForWantOfANail: A simple piece of paper prevented the notification bell from ringing. * GenderFlip: Leavitt was a male in the book, but was changed to a female in the ''Film/TheAndromedaStrain'': The 1971 film. * GoshdangItToHeck: When Hall asks the old man the baby's name, the following exchange ensues: -->'''Old Man:''' Give us a butt first. -->'''Hall:''' We don't allow smoking here. -->'''Old Man:''' Then go ''fish''. ** Made funny because the old man says it like a PrecisionFStrike. * HotScientist: Noticeably averted. The lone female is in her fifties and overweight. * JustInTime: The coutdown is stopped with time to spare. -->'''Ruth:''' There were eight seconds left. [[DeadpanSnarker Hardly exciting.]] * MediaClassifications: '''This Movie is Rated G for General Audiences "But may be too intense for younger children"'''. It would receive a higher rating today, no doubt. A town full of dead bodies. A dead child. A dead hippy girl with bare breasts. Cutting the bodies open. A woman mentions that an experimental farm would be a "great place to grow pot". Lab animals "dying" on camera. A woman has a seizure and foams at the mouth. Released as G today, it would unleash a firestorm of WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids. * {{Pixellation}}: In the men's ultraviolet scan, their privates are blurred. * ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting: In the opening, the pair in biohazard suits are investigating the corpses littering the town: -->'''Dr. Mark Hall:''' [Removing the pants of the dead doctor] Have a look at his buttocks. -->'''Dr. Jeremy Stone:''' That's NOT funny. -->'''Dr. Mark Hall:''' Not meant to be! Normally, blood in a dead person goes to the lowest points. There should be marks of lividity, right? Do you see any purplish marks on his butt? -->'''Dr. Jeremy Stone:''' No... * YouCanSeeThatRight: Ruth to Dr. Stone while they're examining the green stain on the meteorite. !!!2008 Miniseries * AlternateRealityGame: ''What Happened In Piedmont'' is an ARG for the miniseries. * DeathOfTheAuthor: Literally. The producers used Crichton's declining health to [[AssPull shove]] a GreenAesop into one of his seminal [[YouCanPanicNow Panic Is Evil]] works. * FanService: Actress [[TheDrewCareyShow Christa Miller]], naked during the sanitation sequence. * [[spoiler: StableTimeLoop: ''Series/TheAndromedaStrain'': The 2008 version.]] * {{Green Aesop}} - Turns out the only way to kill the disease is [[spoiler: with a rare strain of bacterium found only in deep sea volcanic vents which were destroyed in the future for their mineral resources (don't even try to make sense of it). People in the future somehow found this out despite the bacterium having been totally wiped out, thus they sent the disease back in time to infect Earth while we still had a chance of killing it.]] * OffWithHisHead: One of the suicides in Piedmont. ''With a chainsaw''. !!!In General * CrazyPrepared: The entire plot concerns a U.S. government agency whose job it is to deal with obscure, virulent contagions. One character who is surprised that it is so readily funded find out later that the government is mainly concerned about [[spoiler:using these contagions as possible [=WMD=]s, and if they can't, containing them. As well as being prepared in case U.S. (or another nation's) military biowar agents get loose. At the time of the book, the USA was spending $300 million a year in biological weapons research and production.]] More true to this trope, the WILDFIRE facility has a lot of redundant security systems, [[spoiler:all which are bypassed and nearly destroy the facility.]] * CryingLittleKid: One of the survivors, an infant, is found by researchers who hear it crying. [[spoiler:The crying is the reason why the baby didn't die.]] * DesolationShot: Piedmont, New Mexico. Current population: two scientists, a baby, and an old guy vomiting blood. * DeusExNukina: ** [[spoiler:Subverted. The Wildfire team find out, almost too late, that the disease would actually thrive in the middle of a nuclear explosion, mutating wildly and spreading on the winds to the West Coast.]] ** Doubly subverted in the 2008 miniseries, [[spoiler: where the virus somehow gains the ability to activate the nuclear bomb ''after'' the drop has been canceled, since the virus knows the bomb will help it spread]]. * ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Wildfire facility. * EncyclopediaExposita: The introduction to the novel is written as an introduction to some official report of the events covered in the novel, and the end is a log of [[spoiler:the suspicious -- and fatal -- failure of a manned spacecraft's tungsten-and-plastic laminate heat shield as it re-enters the atmosphere.]] * FailsafeFailure: [[spoiler:The organism mutates into a form that eats plastic... just like the plastic used in the gaskets that are keeping the most secure level from being contaminated.]] Also, a warning bell that is supposed to sound when vital information is being printed from a teletype machine is defeated when a loose shred of paper accidentally becomes lodged inside the machine between the bell itself and the striker, silencing it when it tries to go off. Thus, the team misses an important alert that costs them time. * {{Foreshadowing}}: In the 1971 movie, [[spoiler:when Dr. Leavitt first enters Wildfire, she avoids looking at a flashing red light. Later on she looks at a flashing red alarm light and goes into a grand mal seizure, whereupon another character realizes she's epileptic. There's a similar bit with a male scientist and a cop's siren in the miniseries.]] ** [[spoiler:It's also in the book, but is easy to miss when Leavitt doesn't look at the light when they're being deconned..]] *** Leavitt also doesn't look at a flashing emergency light when he is first picking up Dr. Hall to take him to Wildfire. * GodzillaThreshold: The reason for the nuclear device in the center of Wildfire, which will go off if a world-destroying contagion threatens to get loose and cannot be stopped. * GoneHorriblyRight: The true mission of the SCOOP Satellite and the Wildfire facility was not just to study and combat a a virulent alien organism, but also to actively seek one out and obtain it to weaponize against America's enemies. Unforunately for all involved, it succeeded. * HazmatSuit: Dr. Stone and Dr. Hall wear these when investigating the town of Piedmont. In the book, it's stated it makes them look ridiculous ("fat men from Mars"), and they're a bit less bulky in the movie. * TheImmune: Central to the plot is the mystery of why a baby and an old man survived when everyone else died. * IndyHatRoll: Attempted, but the character in question was too slow. * InferredHolocaust: In the remake, humanity in the future sends a sample of a Nanobot virus dead set on killing with humanity with (very roundabout) instructions on how to beat it and (presumably) to keep some of that cure around for when it comes in the future. They stop the virus, but continue with the deep sea excavation that will cause the extinction of the only thing capable of stopping it; so the future is completely screwed because of us. * {{Infodump}}: Most of the book consists of it. * ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: [[spoiler:Averted in all versions when it is discovered that the pathogen will make things much, '''much''' worse if nuked.]] * {{Leitmotif}}: The 2008 version gives Andromeda itself a guitar riff whenever it either adapts or spreads on camera. * LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The novel is presented as a docudrama recounting actual events, complete with a bibliography listing relevant scientific papers (most of the citations are real, but some are fakes supposedly authored by characters from the book). * {{Lockdown}}: [[spoiler:Part of FailsafeFailure. The airlocks closing were supposed to stop any infected personnel or animals going to the upper levels, but Level Five, the floor the protagonists are on, has their self-destruct call-off still under construction. Hall needs to climb past laser turrets and anesthetic darts to get to level three to shut it off.]] * MasterComputer: WILDFIRE is run by one mega-computer. * MundaneDogmatic: All versions although the 2008 mini-series is kind of pushing it. * NukeEm: [[spoiler:Subverted in the book and 1971 film. In this case, nuking a contagion that mutates faster when exposed to any sort of energy would be a Bad Thing.]] * ThePlague: The Andromeda strain itself. * SelfDestructMechanism: The Wildfire Lab was constructed on top of a nuclear warhead, which is designed to be activated (without human intervention) if any bugs escape. You know there's going to be a thrilling last-minute deactivation scene at some point. [[spoiler:Ironically, he has thirty seconds left when he did deactivate it.]] ** [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted when it's discovered that ''is'' a last-minute save. Five seconds later, all the air would have been pumped out of the lower levels where the others were trapped in order to make the reaction more efficient.]] * SpySpeak: In the 1971 movie, Dr. Charles Dutton uses Variant #3 to enter Project Wildfire: -->'''Guard:''' Howdy. \\ '''Dutton:''' Howdy Doody. \\ '''Guard:''' You got the time? \\ '''Dutton:''' My watch stopped at 11:46. \\ '''Guard:''' Darn shame. \\ '''Dutton:''' Must be the heat. * TimeBomb: The nuclear {{self destruct mechanism}}. * TrappedInContainment: Much the story is centered on this type of set-up. Near the end, one of the scientists is stuck within the contaminated area due to a failure of the lab's airtight seal. * TheWormGuy: Most of the researchers attached to Wildfire.
15th Nov '12 7:25:24 PM BobbyBrown
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A town of literally fifty people who were all relatively fit - and even then, the only one who survived from not crying did so, thanks to illegal alcohol.
* DisabilityImmunity: the titular Strain kills an entire town save a baby and an old man. Turns out that the contagion is actually extremely sensitive to abnormal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PH PH]] levels. The old man was a nutcase who drank alcohol jury-rigged from canned stove fuel, resulting in somewhat acidic blood, and the baby had colic, and had cried himself into alkalosis. ** Actually rouses FridgeLogic for readers who know much about physiology, as it's unlikely that only two people in an entire town would have pH imbalances: anyone with poorly-managed diabetes or who was crash-dieting ought to have been too acidic to be affected, while anyone suffering nausea or bulimia would've vomited their way to alkalosis and likewise been immune.
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* DisabilityImmunity: the titular eponymous Strain kills an entire town save a baby and an old man. Turns out that the contagion is actually extremely sensitive to abnormal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PH PH]] levels. The old man was a nutcase who drank alcohol jury-rigged from canned stove fuel, resulting in somewhat acidic blood, and the baby had was colic, and had cried himself into alkalosis. ** Actually rouses FridgeLogic for readers who know much about physiology, as it's unlikely that only two people in an entire town would have pH imbalances: anyone with poorly-managed diabetes or who was crash-dieting ought to have been too acidic to be affected, while anyone suffering nausea or bulimia would've vomited their way to alkalosis and likewise been immune.alkalosis.
10th Nov '12 2:52:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: The Wildfire biological research installation is buried underground, below a Department of Agriculture crop research facility.

* SpyFromWeightsAndMeasures: The Wildfire biological research installation is buried underground, below a Department of Agriculture crop research facility.
6th Oct '12 8:34:46 PM Vandegraff1
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* {{Green Aesop}} - Turns out the only way to kill the disease is [[spoiler: with a rare strain of bacterium found only in deep sea volcanic vents which were destroyed in the future for their mineral resources (don't even try to make sense of it). People in the future somehow found this out despite the bacterium having been totally wiped out, thus they sent the disease back in time to infect earth while we still had a chance of killing it.]]
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* {{Green Aesop}} - Turns out the only way to kill the disease is [[spoiler: with a rare strain of bacterium found only in deep sea volcanic vents which were destroyed in the future for their mineral resources (don't even try to make sense of it). People in the future somehow found this out despite the bacterium having been totally wiped out, thus they sent the disease back in time to infect earth Earth while we still had a chance of killing it.]]
6th Oct '12 8:34:35 PM Vandegraff1
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* CreatorCameo: When Mark Hall is ordered to stop a surgery he's about to start, one of the doctors in the back of the operating room in the 1971 film is Michael Crichton. * DecontaminationChamber: The 1971 movie has a long sequence in one of these while they are entering Wildfire, done to prevent any outside contaminants from getting inside. (There is a similar long sequence in the book.)
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* CreatorCameo: When Mark Hall is ordered to stop a surgery he's about to start, one of the doctors in the back of the operating room in the 1971 film is Michael Crichton. * DecontaminationChamber: The 1971 movie has There is a long sequence in one of these while they the scientists are entering Wildfire, done to prevent any outside contaminants from getting inside. (There is a similar long sequence in the book.)

* MediaClassifications: '''This Movie is Rated G for General Audiences "But may be too intense for younger children"'''. It would receive a higher rating today, no doubt. A town full of dead bodies. A dead child. A dead hippy girl with bare breasts. Cutting the bodies open. A woman mentions that an experimental farm would be a "great place to grow pot" Lab animals "dying" on camera. A woman has a seizure and foams at the mouth. Released as G today would unleash a firestorm of WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids * {{Pixellation}}: In the mens ultraviolet scan, their privates are blurred. * SpyFromWeightsAndMeasures: The Wildfire biological research installation is buried underground, below a Department of Agriculture crop research facility
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* MediaClassifications: '''This Movie is Rated G for General Audiences "But may be too intense for younger children"'''. It would receive a higher rating today, no doubt. A town full of dead bodies. A dead child. A dead hippy girl with bare breasts. Cutting the bodies open. A woman mentions that an experimental farm would be a "great place to grow pot" pot". Lab animals "dying" on camera. A woman has a seizure and foams at the mouth. Released as G today today, it would unleash a firestorm of WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids. * {{Pixellation}}: In the mens men's ultraviolet scan, their privates are blurred. * SpyFromWeightsAndMeasures: The Wildfire biological research installation is buried underground, below a Department of Agriculture crop research facilityfacility.

* OffWithHisHead: One of the suicides in Piedmont. ''With a chain saw''.
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* OffWithHisHead: One of the suicides in Piedmont. ''With a chain saw''. chainsaw''.
8th Sep '12 12:33:41 PM SharleeD
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** Actually rouses FridgeLogic for readers who know much about physiology, as it's unlikely that only two people in an entire town would have pH imbalances: anyone with poorly-managed diabetes or who was crash-dieting ought to have been too acidic to be affected, while anyone suffering nausea or bulimia would've vomited their way to alkalosis and likewise been immune.
20th Aug '12 4:44:27 PM Hellkell
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* OffWithHisHead: One of the suicides in Piedmont. ''With a chain saw''.
29th Jul '12 3:24:33 PM LTR
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''TheAndromedaStrain'' is a novel published by MichaelCrichton in 1969 about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. As the novel opens, the microorganism has killed an entire town save for two individuals, an old man and a crying infant. The team races to find the common link between the two survivors before the rapidly mutating organism can find a way out of containment and cause a deadly epidemic. The team is whisked away to an underground research installation called Wildfire, located in a remote part of Nevada. A lot of the book and the 1971 movie spend considerable time showing the process they have to go through to be decontaminated and able to work on the problem.
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''TheAndromedaStrain'' is a novel published by MichaelCrichton in 1969 about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. As the novel opens, the microorganism has killed an entire town save for two individuals, an old man and a crying infant. The team races to find the common link between the two survivors before the rapidly mutating organism can find a way out of containment and cause a deadly epidemic. The team is whisked away to Most of the action takes place in an underground research installation called Wildfire, "Wildfire", located in a remote part of Nevada. A lot of the book and the 1971 movie spend considerable time showing the process they have the research team has to go through to be decontaminated and just to be able to work on the problem.
28th Jul '12 6:21:02 AM NapoleonBlownapart
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* GoshdangItToHeck: When Hall asks the old man the baby's name, the following exchange ensues: -->'''Old Man:''' Give us a butt first. -->'''Hall:''' We don't allow smoking here. -->'''Old Man:''' Then go ''fish''. ** Made funny because the old man says it like a PrecisionFStrike.

* UnusualEuphemism: When Hall asks the old man the baby's name, the following exchange ensues: -->'''Old Man:''' Give us a butt first. -->'''Hall:''' We don't allow smoking here. -->'''Old Man:''' Then go ''fish''. ** Made funny because the old man says it like a PrecisionFStrike.
28th Jul '12 6:17:54 AM NapoleonBlownapart
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* UnusualEuphemism: When Hall asks the old man the baby's name, the following exchange ensues: -->'''Old Man:''' Give us a butt first. -->'''Hall:''' We don't allow smoking here. -->'''Old Man:''' Then go ''fish''. ** Made funny because the old man says it like a PrecisionFStrike.
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