A group of astronauts awake from hypersleep and crash on Earth after being gone for 7 centuries. Emerson, an immortal who knew Kortan, betrays the rest to take credit for their discovery. A bureaucrat defects and finds Quentin to inform him of the arrival of the shuttle; Quentin decides to investigate the crash site and space center. Kortan finds Emerson, tells him of the Great Catastrophe, and reminds him of his debt. Emerson shows him the discovery, an invisibility gas, and then Kortan decapitates him and uses the gas on himself to take on Quentin. Malone accidentally runs over Kortan in the snow, and Quentin and Ramirez escape.