The Andromeda Strain miniseries is packed with difficult effects challenges. Some are handled quite well, as in the movie's constant parade of visual readouts, giant screen info and interesting lab equipment. Conveniently for Wildfire, every incident in the movie is instantly accessible in full-color video. Most of the animals, the birds, the fire, explosions, etc., fare less well. The most risible scenes unfortunately involve CGI effects. In the tradition of heroes who can outrun machine gun bullets, explosions, tidal waves and lava, reporter Nash and a cute young thing he's picked up on the range outrace a wave of Andromeda that sweeps across the landscape like a red shadow. As if commenting on the true value of the movie, a rat bites an unlucky camper who drops his drawers to make like the proverbial Bear in the Woods. Ouch!