A first rate variation on First Contact that manages to put the finger on some monumental neuroses. Six astronauts are dispatched to investigate an alien Ship in the longest journey man has yet assumed. All earth is tuned in and they are under strict orders to watch their step. . . impossible after the discovery that the ship is overrun by two life forms. . . one incredibly vicious. They must decide whether the E.T.'s are intelligent or merely guinea pigs out of control. And if so, where is the ship's crew? There's bloody bedlam that sends base command into a paranoid panic and the astronauts are denounced as traitorous barbarians until. . . . Telstar reality in a remarkable conception.