Fromage Two Beers — How many beers do you recommend for this movie? Pretty much everyone alive knows Michael Crichton from Jurassic Park at least, although his connection with showbiz spanned far beyond just his novels, to scripts like Twister and TV shows like ER , and everything in between, it seems. Alas, that Congo musical we all wished for never came to pass. You may not know that Crichton was a doctor before he first published a novel, and most of his early work focused on combining his knowledge with scifi concepts.
The Terminal Man was one of his first novels, and one of his first movie adaptations. It stars George Segal as a man who develops delusions and homicidal tendencies after a devastating brain injury who undergoes an experimental procedure to try to restore some normality to his life. A small computer is implanted in the base of his brain which regulates his stresss and gives him a jolt whenever he begins to Hulk out.
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Some parts of this page won't work property. Please reload or try later. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain. Michael Crichton novel , Mike Hodges. On Disc at Amazon. Cheesy 70's Sci-Fi movies. Best 70's Sci-Fi Movies.
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Pursuit TV Movie No Blade of Grass Howard Gardner, Robert F. Morons from Outer Space The Great Train Robbery Murder by Numbers Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Harry Benson Joan Hackett Janet Ross Richard Dysart John Ellis Donald Moffat Arthur McPherson Michael C. Robert Morris William Hansen Ezra Manon Jill Clayburgh And I suppose the tremendous research and effort dedicated in this book is worth an additional star.
Okay, so this is about a man named Benson who frequently had violent seizures. People from the Neuropsychiatric Research Unit decided to apply some experimental methods to him that were never used in humans before, in an attempt to "cure" him.
Whenever Benson would have a seizure, the electrodes placed in his brain would at once pulse some sort of pleasurable sensation. Apparently Benson liked this feeling very much that he managed to increase the stimulation which would lead normally lead to seizures in order to feel that pleasurable response. But it became too much for his brain to handle, and soon enough he was on the loose with a deadly intent on his mind.
I'm glad my General Biology class came in pretty handy, so I wasn't lost in all those scientific terminologies regarding the nervous system. One of the things I noticed here is that there isn't too much piling of information.
I think that's a good thing, especially if you're the type of reader who'd get tired of the unceasing lectures and technical discussions. The pace is very quick. Even the novel is quite short, and I finished it in about three hours or less. Unlike his other novels, there wasn't much history or background on the characters.
And the point-of-view primarily centered on Dr. It's rather rare for him to use a woman as the main character. Though to be honest, one couldn't really pinpoint a single person who could effectively be considered as the protagonist. Furthermore, it was very straightforward.
I like that simplicity and economy of words and pages. However, because of that, the characters didn't develop very much. There was hardly any time for characterization. And I felt like I wasn't able to get to know the characters better. The writing could be better. But I understand that this was written much earlier. And having read Crichton's latter works, I can say that his writing style improved immensely. Sadly, in this book, the descriptions were a bit bland.
I'll cite an example when I get a hold of my copy. The suspense wasn't as intense as I expected. I'm not complaining; I think it was still satisfying. But the thrill only arrived towards the end of the book, which was unlike Crichton's other novels as there was usually a continuous dose of thrill available all throughout.
I could feel her fear - it was so palpable. Since then the suspense erupted. Wow , that was the first time I've ever come across his books wherein the ending was so abrupt and unexplained. I flipped to the next page and was flabbergasted to find it empty. It gave me goosebumps, really. As usual, the painstaking research done is commendable. One look at the bibliography and you could already say that The Terminal Man was a very intelligently-crafted work.
I felt so smart after reading it, as if a considerable amount of knowledge was entered into my brain. Heh, mind control, indeed. Although this isn't really my favorite, I'd still recommend this. The main reason would probably be because the subject matter is controversial and leaned more on psychology and ethics than medical science. The implications of this research were massive, indeed. View all 5 comments. Jun 21, Jessica rated it it was ok. View all 4 comments. Jan 12, Joe rated it liked it.
Brief synopsis; neurologists implant a patient's brain with electrodes in an attempt to calm his violence-inducing seizures. As 'playing God' goes, the doctors involved fall a few steps short of Frankenstein or Jekyll, but they engage in quite a lot of back-slapping, words-of-caution-ignoring and unhatched-chicken-counting.
Needless to say a garden-variety thriller breaks out. What sets The Terminal Man apart is how thoroughly researched it is; we're talking 5 pages of bibliography and technical Brief synopsis; neurologists implant a patient's brain with electrodes in an attempt to calm his violence-inducing seizures.
What sets The Terminal Man apart is how thoroughly researched it is; we're talking 5 pages of bibliography and technical references for a short novel. Perhaps Crichton just binged on Neurology articles because he was interested in the subject and figured he might as well write a novel about it. The bulk of the story comes pre-op; detailing the science and personalities in play while the inevitable rampage ends up feeling rushed and perfunctory.
It makes me wonder whether he could've cut the thriller elements entirely and just given us a story of complex people and their complex experiments. Medical dramas only work on TV I guess. Sep 19, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: It also shows the fallacy of positive feedback as a form of control.
It might be a bit dated now, though. If you have to hunt up a volume, try to find the first hardback. It had some good, if a bit gruesome, illustrations in it, as I recall. Through the use of tools mankind has made unimaginable advances, and with the ever increasing advances in tools progress has come at increasing speed and complexity, but at what point are the advances untenable?
At what point does the dependency on the tools become a weakness? At what point do we design our own destruction?
This is a classic 'man orchestrates his own downfall' or 'man created monster' warning tale, but at the same time it is a quick paced thriller.
This might be my favorite Cric Through the use of tools mankind has made unimaginable advances, and with the ever increasing advances in tools progress has come at increasing speed and complexity, but at what point are the advances untenable? This might be my favorite Crichton so far - not that he is one of my favorite authors - but this book is short and while you can see that he has done his customary research, this book keeps the focus on a concise plot better than some others I have read by him I'm looking at you Next.
The reader can get a sense of the complicated nature of neuropsychiatry, and how little we understand the human brain or at least how little we understood it in while not feeling like they are reading a fear-monger's treatise on the subject. We get the background, but only enough so that we can see the implications on the specific story.
It is a story that will make you think, but also entertains. This story specifically centers around a man named Henry Benson whom has brain damage, and partially due to this damage he has episodes of uncontrollable rage and psychosis, this man is also brilliant in his own right.
At a research facility we have doctors and biotechnology experts that are on the cutting edge of neuropschiatry and they believe that they can implant a computer that will correct some of Benson's damage, and hopefully alleviate the violent attacks.
Predictably, the excrement hits the air conditioning to borrow a quote from Kurt Vonnegut after the procedure has been completed. Overly eager and arrogant men can not control the impacts of their actions, nor the reactions of their test-subject.
A chaotic and dangerous man is on the loose in L. The characters are not the most well rounded and developed, but neither are they completely two-dimensional. For a quick and interesting thriller the level of characterization works well enough. For me this leans to the high-end of a three-star rating, it accomplishes what it sets out to do and is a fun, if somewhat dark, ride along the way. One of Crichton's earlier works The Terminal Man is not as polished or as engaging as his later Science Fiction or Medical Fiction, but the hint of greatness is definitely evident and despite the fact that the books is 41 years old this year the story is still a compelling read with a few unexpected twists and turns.
The Terminal Man is the story of, Harry Benson, a normal man who following a car accident develops a violent side which is triggered by a seizur The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton. The Terminal Man is the story of, Harry Benson, a normal man who following a car accident develops a violent side which is triggered by a seizure and a black out. The technical medical term I looked it up is "psychomotor epilepsy.
If you're a student of medical history you'll be familiar with the story of Phineas Gage and you'll note some similarities here. For everyone else this is a Jekyll and Hyde story without the magic potion. Without giving too much away the action of the story really gets going when you find out that due to a miscalculation and a psychological misreading of the patient the effect of the surgery is only delaying the eventual release of Benson's dark violent side.
He's a man with a ticking time bomb inside his head and anyone in his way when it goes off is in for a world of hurt. They made a movie version of this book in 74, but I haven't seen it. However I did see a very good Christopher Walken film called "The Happiness Cage" or "The Mind Snatchers" depending on which release you see that covers some of the same ground.
That movie came out in as well, so I wonder if the book influenced the movie or vice versa, or it's just another of those cases where an ideas time had come and several people ran with it.
In any case, if you like Crichton this is a fast read and holds up well. It's not his best, but it won't put you to sleep and the science it describes is still relevant today as we're not really all that more informed about what all the different parts of the brain actually do.
It's still a brave frontier and there's a lot of room for research and growth. Apr 02, Jonathan rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I had high hopes for this book after reading Crichton's 'The Andromeda Strain. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Perhaps the book is dated in the sense that a man receiving brain implants and receiving shocks in order to stimulate the brain is no longer science-fiction and rather is a reality of today's medicine.
Furthermore, the ideas of a war between man and machine are standard Hollywood staples nowadays. The book sorely lacks characterization and some of the main character's motivations are completely unbelievable. These paper-thin characters are constantly comparing man to computers and are constantly day-dreaming about the ways in which man and machine are the same.
Even if I try and place myself in the early 's when the book was published and pretend that the comparison of man to a computer is a new and exciting revelation I would still have a problem with the ham-fisted ways that Crichton goes about comparing man and machine. Frequently characters refer to thinking as 'processing' and there are several other instances of these obvious comparisons.
The paper-thin characters would be more forgiveable if the book had a strong-plot. I didn't start reading a Michael Crichton book expecting strong characterization; I was expecting a page turner with under-developed but mostly-believable larger than life characters. It fell short in every way.
The weak characters were not compensated with an exciting plot. I found myself bored almost the entire way through. Usually with page-turners the plot engages you so much that you are swept up by it and distracts you from the weak characterization, but the weak story just highlighted all of the books other faults. The plot itself is somewhat ridiculous and the story basically becomes a killer on the loose story. Don't worry I haven't revealed any more than the book jacket itself.
If you look at the book as a killer-thriller it is still boring and clumsily written. Due to the killer's medical condition it diffuses the killer's responsibility and therefore takes all of the emotion out of the book. It becomes a hackneyed morality play in which it could be argued that the doctors are more responsible for the murders than the murderer himself. Without revealing any specifics, the book culminates in such an unbelievably contrived and easily foreseeable so foreseeable that the killer himself predicts the ending about 60 pages before it happens , that when it ends you find yourself turning the page and expecting another chapter to add some sort of originality or real meaning to the book.
The ending is so bad that you wish you could unread the last chapter and leave it as a 'bad book that may at-least have a fun ending. This was one of the worst books that I have ever read. It made me wonder if Crichton had to write this quickly to bank in on the success of The Andromeda Strain. Anyhow, when I read 'The Andromeda Strain' I thought that I might buy a few more Crichton books to have for rainy days when I just want an easy, fun book.
The Terminal Man has made me seriously question Crichton's ability. I will probably read Jurrasic Park someday as it is known as one of his better books, but I certainly won't think of Crichton as a reliable author.
Don't read The Terminal Man. There are so many good books in this world- more good reads than you can read in a lifetime. Don't waste your time on this one. Dec 02, Arun Divakar rated it it was ok. The important point to note was that these two books are as different as chalk and cheese. The premise is standard Crichton fare of science running amok and how we finally fix it.
Trouble begins and goes unnoticed. There you have it! Science, you are too naughty! A typical Crichton thriller; It's a casual airport novel which is fast-paced, has a lot of action, chases, coffee drinking, cigarette smoking and some violence. It seems a bit dated with its talk of the growing omnipresence of computers in our day to day life and an eye on the potential growth in the future along with the drastic growth in their power and functions.
As a parallel, it talks of the power of the brain in the scale of a computer and how the two can potentially interact and be made t A typical Crichton thriller; It's a casual airport novel which is fast-paced, has a lot of action, chases, coffee drinking, cigarette smoking and some violence.
As a parallel, it talks of the power of the brain in the scale of a computer and how the two can potentially interact and be made to work together - the brain controls the computer in that the human brain has invented it and operates it, what if the brain were to be controlled by a computer which runs it? That seems to be the crux of the morality of the book. What appealed to me more than this dilemma was the talk of brain functioning and the research behind traumatic brain damage and violent tendencies.
It is a topic of major research, especially in sports research as the study of repeated blows to the head and repeated concussions termed Chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE in boxing, American football and professional wrestling and its effect on the long-term mental health of the sportsmen.
The narrative is pretty fast, doesn't leave much scope for major character development except the main lead and the book suffers from making some obvious revelations in the earlier part of the book which makes a few later actions of the characters quite obvious. Crichton does have a keen eye for writing about medical procedures and terminology as seen in his hit tv show ER which he does really well here Oct 01, Donovan rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoy Crichton's work and the immersive environments he creates and the hard-science edge he adopts.
Tis is no different in that respect. It moves along at comfortable pace and I found myself going through it quite quickly. A great work that once again explores morality combined with science. He often has seizures followed by blackouts, and then wakes up ho I really enjoy Crichton's work and the immersive environments he creates and the hard-science edge he adopts.
He often has seizures followed by blackouts, and then wakes up hours later with no knowledge of what he has done. During one of his seizures he severely beats two people. He is a prime candidate for an operation to implant electrodes and minicomputer in his brain to control the seizures. Surgeons John Ellis and Morris are to perform the surgery, which is unprecedented for the time.
In modern medicine, such a device would be called a brain pacemaker.
Jun 19, · Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain /10(K).
The Terminal Man has 21, ratings and reviews. Anne said: The Terminal Man is so far my least favorite of all Michael Crichton's novels. (I'm al /5.
If "The Terminal Man" has one fault, it is the general slowness of the plot. Even though the audience is paid in full for their patience, minutes could have been edited out%. The Terminal Man is a book that Stephen King convinced me to read. I read King's short story called "The Woman In The Room." The story is in King's collection Night Shift and briefly mentions how, according to Crichton, putting wires in people's heads can be a /5().
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