History YMMV / TheAndromedaStrain

24th May '17 8:06:44 PM Kalaong
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** Leavitt is revealed to be epileptic in the final act; Hall sympathizes with the secrecy because in TheSixties, epilepsy was considered little different from Down's Syndrome - a deal-breaker that would keep a truly brilliant woman from working in any lab more important than a high school(and the source of his anti-establishment mindset).

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** Leavitt is revealed to be epileptic in the final act; Hall sympathizes with the secrecy because in TheSixties, epilepsy was considered little different from Down's Syndrome - a deal-breaker that would keep a truly brilliant woman from working in any lab more important than a high school(and the source of his her anti-establishment mindset).
24th May '17 8:06:23 PM Kalaong
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** Leavitt is revealed to be epileptic in the final act; Hall sympathizes with the secrecy because in TheSixties, epilepsy was considered little different from Down's Syndrome - a deal-breaker that would keep a truly brilliant man from working in any lab more important than a high school(and the source of his anti-establishment mindset).

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** Leavitt is revealed to be epileptic in the final act; Hall sympathizes with the secrecy because in TheSixties, epilepsy was considered little different from Down's Syndrome - a deal-breaker that would keep a truly brilliant man woman from working in any lab more important than a high school(and the source of his anti-establishment mindset).
10th May '17 9:25:55 AM Kalaong
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*** ...but even forgiving that, it really ''is'' a disability, as his condition made him black out during testing and miss a vital clue as to destroying the Strain.

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*** ...but even forgiving that, it really ''is'' a disability, as his her condition made him her black out during testing and miss a vital clue as to destroying the Strain.
8th May '17 6:22:42 PM Kalaong
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** ...but the thing ''was'' covered in warning labels.

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** ...***...but the thing ''was'' covered in warning labels.
3rd May '17 6:53:46 PM Kalaong
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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Leavitt is revealed to be epileptic in the final act; Hall sympathizes with the secrecy because in TheSixties, epilepsy was considered little different from Down's Syndrome - a deal-breaker that would keep a truly brilliant man from working in any lab more important than a high school(and the source of his anti-establishment mindset). But even forgiving that, it really ''is'' a disability, as his condition made him black out during testing and miss a vital clue as to destroying the Strain.

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Leavitt Hall tends to make strawmen out of some rather serious problems;
**Leavitt
is revealed to be epileptic in the final act; Hall sympathizes with the secrecy because in TheSixties, epilepsy was considered little different from Down's Syndrome - a deal-breaker that would keep a truly brilliant man from working in any lab more important than a high school(and the source of his anti-establishment mindset). But mindset).
--->'''Stone''': Why in the hell didn't she tell us about it?\\
'''Hall''': No top lab would have her if they knew. Insurance, prejudice, all that crap from the Middle Ages.
***...but
even forgiving that, it really ''is'' a disability, as his condition made him black out during testing and miss a vital clue as to destroying the Strain.
** Also, the crashed probe - Hall and Stone find it in the county doctor's office, opened. Hall sympathizes because most county doctors don't deal with BSL-4 pathogens;
--->'''Stone''': The damn fool opened it!\\
'''Hall''': Yeah, every country doctor should run his office like the lunar lab.
**...but the thing ''was'' covered in warning labels.



* TooDumbToLive: Leavitt enters the Wildfire facility fully admitting to a phobia of red lights - actually covering for her photosensitive epilepsy that will paralyse her and turn her into a convulsing lump. The facility science experiments have flashing red lights when a success is recorded. Leavitt nearly destroys the world when she goes catatonic when a red flashing light signifies a cure has been discovered on her watch.
** In fairness to the character, however, she didn't know going in that the lab used that kind of alert signal, didn't realise she had blacked out when it first displayed (as she, like all the characters, was already running on the ragged edge of exhaustion at that point), and is pragmatic enough in the face of the failsafe device that one may freely theorise that she ''would'' have confessed her problem ''if'' she had had time enough to realise how it might affect their work.

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* TooDumbToLive: Leavitt Central to a Crichton work, ''everyone'' who fails to think about the problem rationally.
**Leavitt
enters the Wildfire facility fully admitting to a phobia of red lights - actually covering for her photosensitive epilepsy that will paralyse paralyze her and turn her into a convulsing lump. The facility science experiments have flashing red lights when a success is recorded. Leavitt nearly destroys the world when she goes catatonic when a red flashing light signifies a cure has been discovered on her watch.
** *** In fairness to the character, however, she didn't know going in that the lab used that kind of alert signal, didn't realise realize she had blacked out when it first displayed (as she, like all the characters, was already running on the ragged edge of exhaustion at that point), and is pragmatic enough in the face of the failsafe device that one may freely theorise theorize that she ''would'' have confessed her problem ''if'' she had had time enough to realise realize how it might affect their work.
** Also, the county doctor who opened the SCOOP capsule, killing everyone in Piedmont. Shiny thing from beyond space... he's ''lucky'' Crichton was writing a ''hard'' sci-fi thriller and all it did was instantly clot the blood of every animal for several dozen miles. [[Film/TheBlob1988 Softer scenarios]] made that the first step on the path to planetary apocalypse.
27th Feb '17 10:14:54 AM Bense
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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Leavitt is revealed to be epileptic in the final act; Hall sympathizes with the secrecy because in TheSixties, epilepsy was considered little different from Down's Syndrome - a deal-breaker that would keep a truly brilliant woman from working in any lab more important than a high school(and the source of her anti-establishment mindset). But even forgiving that, it's really ''is'' a disability, as her condition made her black out during testing and miss a vital clue as to destroying the Strain.

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Leavitt is revealed to be epileptic in the final act; Hall sympathizes with the secrecy because in TheSixties, epilepsy was considered little different from Down's Syndrome - a deal-breaker that would keep a truly brilliant woman man from working in any lab more important than a high school(and the source of her his anti-establishment mindset). But even forgiving that, it's it really ''is'' a disability, as her his condition made her him black out during testing and miss a vital clue as to destroying the Strain.
24th Aug '13 3:44:55 PM Kalaong
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* DeathOfTheAuthor: The producers used Crichton's [[AuthorExistenceFailure declining health]] to [[AssPull shove]] a GreenAesop into one of his seminal [[YouCanPanicNow Panic Is Evil]] works.
27th Jul '13 9:43:00 AM Dante668
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* FridgeLogic: The old man and baby survived because their bodies' pH wasn't normal. But pH can be affected by a ''lot'' of health conditions, including such mundane things as being ''on a diet''. Were there no diabetics in the entire town? No bulimic teens? Nobody who started to hyperventilate when they looked out their window and saw some of the neighbors keel over in the street?
** It didn't kill everyone immediately... some of them went 'quietly nuts' and committed suicide when they saw what had happened to their neighbours...




* FridgeBrilliance: The confusion Hall has over stopping the nuke instead of "firing the thing" is a legitimate worry on his part, because he still has final say on allowing it to go off if [[GodzillaThreshold the need arises]].
6th Jun '13 12:05:22 PM Zeego
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* DeathOfTheAuthor: Literally. The producers used Crichton's declining health to [[AssPull shove]] a GreenAesop into one of his seminal [[YouCanPanicNow Panic Is Evil]] works.

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* DeathOfTheAuthor: Literally. The producers used Crichton's declining health to [[AssPull shove]] a GreenAesop into one of his seminal [[YouCanPanicNow Panic Is Evil]] works.
23rd May '13 2:18:37 PM MRAustin
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* TooDumbToLive: Leavitt enters the Wildfire facility fully admitting to a phobia of red lights that paralyses her and turns her into a convulsing lump. The facility science experiments have flashing red lights when a success is recorded. Leavitt nearly destroys the world when she goes catatonic when a red flashing light signifies a cure has been discovered on her watch.

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* TooDumbToLive: Leavitt enters the Wildfire facility fully admitting to a phobia of red lights - actually covering for her photosensitive epilepsy that paralyses will paralyse her and turns turn her into a convulsing lump. The facility science experiments have flashing red lights when a success is recorded. Leavitt nearly destroys the world when she goes catatonic when a red flashing light signifies a cure has been discovered on her watch.
watch.
** In fairness to the character, however, she didn't know going in that the lab used that kind of alert signal, didn't realise she had blacked out when it first displayed (as she, like all the characters, was already running on the ragged edge of exhaustion at that point), and is pragmatic enough in the face of the failsafe device that one may freely theorise that she ''would'' have confessed her problem ''if'' she had had time enough to realise how it might affect their work.
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