Land of the Lost

Season 1 Episode 6

The Stranger

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Oct 12, 1974 on NBC
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The Stranger
The Marshalls encounter Enik, an intelligent Sleestak-like being, also trying to get home to his people.

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  • Enik!

    The Marshals discover an intelligent Sleestak named Enik, while exploring the ancient city. Enik explains his story of the advanced Altrusions and him being stranded like the Marshall's. He also explains about the powers of the crystals and how they can be used to open time doorways to help him return to his own time and people.
  • The first appearance of Enik the Altrustion.

    This was a really memorable episode and one of the best from the entire series. It starts off a little slow, but picks up quickly once Will and Holly discover an entrance to a cave. There they find a shining gem called the Mageti crystal, and are promptly attacked by Sleestak in the tunnels. Rick finds them, and soon they meet a golden Sleestak-resembling creature with a peculiar pendant around his neck. To the Marshalls' surprise, he can talk, as well as read their minds. His name is Enik the Altrusion, and he tells them he is a time traveler from the future in the Land of the Lost. At this point, Enik believes he is a descendant of the Sleestak, but little does he know that he is actually an ancestor of them.

    This was a great episode with a strong moral message, as witnessed in Rick's argument with Enik concerning who would get to leave the Land of the Lost. The message is that the human species is inferior because of our lack of controlling our anger and eagerness for war. However, Rick points out that our lack of controlling our emotions can also be a good thing, and will be the only thing that can help Enik to save the Altrustion race when he gets back to his time.

    Strangely enough, Enik opens the time doorway at the end and leaves. Yet, he's back in later episodes as if he never left, with no mention of it.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Enik was originally going to be called Eneg which is Gene spelled backwards (in honor of Gene Roddenberry) by writer Walter (Chekov) Koenig but the producers changed this as too obvious.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Rick(shaking): What you're doing to us now - attacking our minds - isn't this just as bad as the physical violence that eventually destroyed your people?
      Enik: You gave me no choice.
      Rick: Enik, when you go back to the others to explain how to keep their anger in check, tell them that it's allright to destroy those who oppose them, as long as it's done dispassionately - without feeling, without anger.
      Enik: I do not understand.
      Rick: It is not the absence of hate that will save your people, but it is the presence of compassion, and of feeling. And if you can't grasp that, then your race is doomed forever, no matter what you do.

    • Enik: There is only one doorway. Either you shall return, or I shall. I must return, for I must warn my people.
      Will: What do you mean, warn your people?
      Enik: I must warn my kind that what lies in store for them is war and self-destruction. Then perhaps we can yet teach ourselves to curb anger, and hate, and so ensure survival in our world.

    • Enik: I have made a grave error. When I fell through the time vortex, I did not go back in time - I went forward. This is my city. The Sleestak are not my ancestors. They are the barbaric descendents of a people who could no longer keep their anger in check, and eventually destroyed my past. This is not the past. This is my future.

    • Enik: It is the failure of the human race. They are quick to do battle, and quick to destroy. That is why they are inferior.

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