The latest version, a 4 hour miniseries, is so wretched that it doesn’t get a picture or a link. Problems with the adaptation:
- This was a short book, and would not sustain a 4 hour miniseries, so it was padded with elements not in the book.
- The journalist was a drug addicted idiot. How does some college punk, who has never been outside of a big city, outwit trained soldiers? How does this college punk manage to survive in a desert?
- The military as conspirators against the civilian government. This doesn’t square with any of the military guys that I know. It’s a bit of overdone left-wing nonsense.
- The politically correct casting. One black woman, a gay, etc. Crichton’s people were WASPs.
- A disease that affects mammals also affects plants, and causes the vegetation to change color?
- The disease spreads so fast that you can see fields change color as you stand in the middle.
- The cure revives the dead vegetation.
- A guy manages to throw a thumb up in a straight vertical.
- The epileptic attack came at the wrong moment. In the book it came at a better point in the plot.
If you’re like me, and you actually watched this drivel, I hope you had it on Tivo or DVR so that you could cut down the time you wasted.