RMG 214: The Andromeda Strain (1971)

April 1, 2020

In this episode, the Retro Movie Geek crew is joined by Gamma (find more from Gamma here), and they’re geeking out over The Andromeda Strain (1971) and

  • a deadly space virus
  • that poor monkey
  • Michael Crichton
  • realistic science
  • and much, much more!


When a satellite falls to Earth near a remote New Mexico village, the recovery team finds everyone in the area dead except for an infant and an old derelict. The survivors are brought to a five-story underground lab where scientists attempt to determine the nature of the deadly microbe before it starts a world-wide epidemic.

A trailblazer in the realm of science-fact, The Andromeda Strain is based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel that created national paranoia for its topical relevance to the first moon landing.



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