On the last day of their mission to Mars, three astronauts - Ed Barkley, Alan Wells and Pete Claridge - discover a cave with hieroglyphics on one wall. They also find a pod-like object but ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Ed Barkley
Alan Wells
Pete Claridge
Akiko Morison ...
Megan Halliwell
Dominique Durosier ...
Laura Claridge
Maxine Guess ...
Jenny Claridge


On the last day of their mission to Mars, three astronauts - Ed Barkley, Alan Wells and Pete Claridge - discover a cave with hieroglyphics on one wall. They also find a pod-like object but they are knocked out after trying to move it. They make it back to their ship and begin their voyage home. Five months into that return trip they begin to have equipment malfunctions and find a small growth of alien origin. Soon, one of the astronauts begins to believe that the others are aliens who have taken over the bodies of his shipmates. Written by garykmcd

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When Wells talks about the capsule heating up another 30 degrees. He's talking about 30 degrees Celcius. Adding 30 degrees Celcius to the basic capsule temp. would mean adding 86 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale. A high temperature indeed. But it doesn't seem like an air temp of around 200 F inside the capsule would damage the capsule itself. See more »


Early in episode #1.15, "The Voyage Home", there is a live exchange between the astronauts and Megan Halliwell at ground control. However, there should have been a couple seconds of delay between question and response, the time it takes for the radio signal to reach a spacecraft three days' travel from Earth. See more »


The Control Voice: The true measure of a hero is when a man lays down his life with the knowledge that those he saves... will never know.
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Alien Redux
12 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A spaceship, manned by three astronauts, is returning from a first landing on Mars. On the last day, a discovery is made of a civilization on the red planet. While investigating, a spray/explosion comes out of a sort of pod. The men are rendered unconscious for an hour or so. Because of a lack of oxygen and a deadline for departure, they must leave their discovery behind. Unfortunately for them, they allow a substance on board. This is shades of the first Alien movie. A series of mechanical problems occur, during which irrational behavior begins among the three. The ship heats up to near intolerable levels. One of the astronauts actually sees an extra-terrestrial in a chameleon-like state. The plot then turns to coming home and the implications of that voyage. This is a psychological thriller, engendered by the science fiction angle. Unfortunately, this same thing has been done numerous times in various offerings. It is not without tension and spark.

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