Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 20

The Sentry (28 Mar. 1975)

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Kolchak tries to find some kind of reptilian monster that has been killing construction workers after they open a new tunnel, nearly 2 miles underground.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lieutenant Irene Lamont
Albert Paulsen ...
Dr. James Verhyden
Dr. Beckwith
Frank Marth ...
Colonel Brody
Jack Flaherty
Cliff Norton ...
Arnie Wisemore
Frank Campanella ...
Ted Chapman
Ruth Van Galen
Lew Brown ...
1st Detective
Keith Walker ...
1st Reporter
Bill Deiz ...
2nd Reporter
Dr. Phillips
Dr. Gordon


An underground data-storage facility uncovers a problem when they excavate a tunnel for a new wing. Carl investigates the deaths of several employees of the facility who appeared to have been killed by a wild animal, and he discovers a rampaging reptile that has been disturbed by the digging of the tunnel. As Kolchak tries to stay one step ahead of the law, the beast continues its assault on the facility, destroying anything and everything in its quest for the eggs that have been stolen from its nest. Written by acidxian

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Last show of the series. See more »


When the armed men outside the lab confront the lizard, only two guns actually fire and the sound of gunfire continues even after the men use their guns as clubs. See more »


Carl Kolchak: Now, if you can help me, I, uh, I can make it worth your while.
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An enjoyable, but utterly absurd episode.
21 October 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Forget 'The Youth Killer' or 'They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be': *this* has to be the all- time worst episode of the Kolchak series. It's simply ridiculous. If this was the kind of material being churned out by this point, it shouldn't be too big a surprise that this would turn out to be the final episode ever aired. It comes across as a goofy 1950s / 1960s era B movie, complete with one of the most hilarious bad costumes ever adorned by a performer for this sort of thing. Fortunately, due to the fact that the episode delivers so many laughs, of both the intentional and unintentional variety, it's still pretty watchable. And it's not totally lacking in the suspense department. Kolchak gets wind of mysterious deaths in an underground (deep, *deep* underground) information storage facility, and resorts to a lot of trickery in order to get the story, including shipping himself to the facility inside a box. The culprit turns out to be a Crocodile Man bipedal creature that's guarding something precious to it. Crocodile Man has its moments, especially when it's smashing out lights as it advances on its prey, but when we get too good a look at it it's too hard not to start laughing and/or groaning. A shame...the underground mine setting isn't a bad one, but a better story should have been concocted to take advantage of it. We only see Vincenzo briefly, but he and Kolchak set off their usual amount of sparks; the episode is not lacking in the heavily sardonic dialogue that was one of the series trademarks. We don't see Updyke or Miss Emily at all, though. One interesting new wrinkle that 'The Sentry' provides is the presence of a *female* police detective whom people like Kolchaks' fellow reporters and even Vincenzo find captivating but who doesn't easily win over Kolchak: the story is still what matters to him the most. The radiant Kathie Browne (Darren McGavin's real-life wife!) is easy to watch in the role; what a treat it is to see the genuine chemistry between husband and wife here. Other guest stars include Albert Paulsen as a high strung scientist, Tom Bosley (Mr. Cunningham!) as a cheerful P.R. man, and Margaret Avery as a facility employee. The episode at least gets off to a good start, with an action / suspense sequence and no dialogue for a minute or two, and doesn't have too bad a finale, but ultimately it's a real groaner of an episode. Granted, this viewer might have found it a lot more effective if he'd seen it as an impressionable child, but mostly he could just chuckle at it as an adult. A shame, though, that this otherwise great series couldn't have gone out on a higher note and with a degree of closure. But we'll still always be able to relive it through re-runs and DVD viewings. Five out of 10.

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