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While travelling through space, an astronaut Reardon (Karl Held) flies
through a timehole that takes him 200 years into earth's future - and
finds the planet being a wasteland. He also meets a horrible mutant, Andro
(Martin Landau) who tells him wht happened: A certain Bertram Cabot jr,
also an astronaut, brought some terrible space virus to earth, which
destroyed humankind, all but a few sterile mutants like himself. So our
astronaut agrees to take Andro with him back to the past, so the two of
them can save the planet from the terrible future Andro lives in. But when
they fly through the timehole again, Reardon just disappears, leaving
Andro more than 200 years in his past all alone.
There he meets Noel (Shirley Knight), future mother of Bertram Cabot
jr, who is about to be married to Bertram Cabot (John Considine). Andro,
changing his appearance to resemble that of a young and handsome Martin
Landau (he can do that among other things), befriends the girl, even woos
her a bit, but above all tries to dissuade her from marrying Bertram. But
Bertram, an army officer, doesn't like that too much (naturally), and
eventually the two get into a fight, where Bertram shows Andro his place
... or so he thinks.
At the wedding of Noel and Bertram, Andro shows up with a revolver and
tries to shoot Bertram - but he is overcome, and for a moment he even
loses his cool and turns back into a monster. Somehow that frightens the
others away so he can escape.
And now it gets incredibly silly: Noel was so impressed by Andro's
gesture (gesture meaning that he tried to kill her hubby-to-be) that she
spontaneously fell in love with him. Now the two of them escape together,
hounded by Bertram and his army friends. Andro wants to fly back to his
own time, and Noel persuades him to take her with him. but when they go
through the timehole again, Andro just disappears - since he has prevented
Bertram Cabot jr from being born, earth never was a wasteland and there
never was a mutant named Anrdo ...
This story starts out alright, with space- and timetravel and alternate
futures and everything, for a time, the plot even seems to be predating Terminator
(the first one) by more than 20 years. Unfortunately, the totally
illogical kitsch-ending destroys everything - or do women normally fall in
love with the men who try to kill their grooms on their wedding day ? I
mean, come on, this is not only badly written, this is an atrocity.