Land of the Lost (1974–1977)
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Ancient Guardian 

The yeti goes on a rampage when the Marshalls disturb an ancient Sleestak statue.


Joseph L. Scanlan (as Joe Scanlan)


Peter Germano, Sid Krofft (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Wesley Eure ... Will Marshall
Kathy Coleman ... Holly Marshall
Phillip Paley ... Cha-Ka (as Philip Paley)
Ron Harper ... Uncle Jack
Mickey Morton Mickey Morton ... Monster
Walker Edmiston ... Enik
Jon Locke ... The Sleestack Leader
Bill Boyd Bill Boyd ... Sleestak
Cleveland Porter Cleveland Porter ... Sleestak


Out one evening, Jack, Will and Holly stumble across an old wooden carving of a Sleestak with some detailed symbols on its chest. They decide to take it home with them to examine it further. They learn from Enik that the Sleestak believe the statue, which was carved and placed there by their long deceased ancestors, is an ancient guardian, protecting them from the "hairy monster", who they call the kona and which is akin to a yeti, from coming through the mountain pass from the high country into the low land where they live. Historically, the kona has pillaged the Sleestak of their eggs, threatening their species. Enik and the Sleestak do not know why the the statue has its effect on the kona. Regardless, the statue is placed back to its original location. However, the statue back in its place now does not stop the kona from descending from the high country. The Marshalls have to figure out if the Sleestaks' story is purely a myth, or what the magic is behind the statue truly to ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

20 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to this episode, the Ancient Guardian has protected the Sleestak from the northern marauder for centuries, yet when the Marshalls handle the statue, it's clear that it's just sitting on a pedestal without any mechanism to anchor it. This makes absolutely no sense, as there are rain, wind, and earthquakes in the Land of the Lost. Will even throws something heavy at the statue, and it doesn't fall off its pedestal.

So which is it: Does the statue stand freely (and precariously), or is it anchored so that its position relative to the marauder's crevice never changes, even slightly? See more »


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Performed by Wesley Eure
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