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Old July 16 2014, 03:34 AM   #16
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Our own Samuel Walters has reviewed the whole series here.
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Old July 16 2014, 03:35 AM   #17
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Actually, I remember getting tired of the WWI episodes after a while. I wanted Indy to be having different adventures, not stuck in one long one. That said, the Battle of Verdun was stunning, and the episode where he's in London, falling in love with a young Liz Hurley as Zepplins bomb the city, was quite good. Incidentally, in the "Old Indy" framing story for that ep, Jane Wyatt played the aged Liz Hurley.
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Old July 16 2014, 03:51 AM   #18
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I remember one about the battle of Verdun that I thought was particularly good.
Sadly, I missed that episode. I actually bought the 2-part comic-book adaptation so that I'd have the story. (Yes, they did comics adapting the episodes.)


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He might be. That version of Indiana Jones has been completely wiped from all current versions of the series.
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^ I wonder why they did that.
The Old Indy frame sequences were insisted on by the network, and weren't part of the series as Lucas imagined it. So when he got the chance to present the series his way, he eliminated them. I suppose they were kind of gratuitous, although I really liked George Hall as Old Indy.


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So was there ever anything paranormal in the tv series?
Nope, except maybe for some occasional things that characters believed were paranormal or cursed or something but that behaved perfectly normally. The series was much more educational and naturalistic than the movies, set in something much closer to the real world.

In fact, I recall reading a comment recently from one of the people involved with the show (Rick McCallum, mayyyybe?) that you could look at YIJC as being the life story of the "real" historical figure that the movie character was a fictionalized version of.


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Actually, I remember getting tired of the WWI episodes after a while. I wanted Indy to be having different adventures, not stuck in one long one.
Yeah, I did feel it went on rather long.


and the episode where he's in London, falling in love with a young Liz Hurley as Zepplins bomb the city, was quite good. Incidentally, in the "Old Indy" framing story for that ep, Jane Wyatt played the aged Liz Hurley.
I think that was the first time I saw Hurley, and I was utterly enraptured with her there. I was really disappointed when it turned out he never saw her again, because it meant she couldn't come back for more episodes.
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Old July 16 2014, 07:15 AM   #19
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I remember one about the battle of Verdun that I thought was particularly good.
Sadly, I missed that episode. I actually bought the 2-part comic-book adaptation so that I'd have the story. (Yes, they did comics adapting the episodes.)


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He might be. That version of Indiana Jones has been completely wiped from all current versions of the series.

The Old Indy frame sequences were insisted on by the network, and weren't part of the series as Lucas imagined it. So when he got the chance to present the series his way, he eliminated them. I suppose they were kind of gratuitous, although I really liked George Hall as Old Indy.
I just rewatched a clip of old Indy on youtube, remembering how I liked them.... They have aged very poorly. They come off as "You lousy kids, let me tell you how things were done in MY day..."

Of course, given how Indy is in Kingdom....
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Old July 16 2014, 07:51 AM   #20
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I think that was the first time I saw Hurley, and I was utterly enraptured with her there.
I just had a Lost Forum Flashback.
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Old July 16 2014, 12:28 PM   #21
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I remember one about the battle of Verdun that I thought was particularly good.
Sadly, I missed that episode. I actually bought the 2-part comic-book adaptation so that I'd have the story. (Yes, they did comics adapting the episodes.)
Illustrated by Dan Berry! I used to have those, too.

The amount of time spent on World War I in the series doesn't bother me. As a proportion of Henry Jones Jr.'s life at the time, World War I was a hefty percentage of time. What does bother me, but I accept it because it's part of the fiction, is how he seemed to be able to go anywhere and do anything during the war. "Okay, which front is he visiting this week?"
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Old July 16 2014, 01:11 PM   #22
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He fought the Mexicans in Mexico and the Germans in Germany, while serving in the cavalry and the airforce when he wasn't a spy, while never forgetting that Laurence of Arabia was his favourite Uncle and mucked around with him for a tot.

Hmmm...

I never really made it to the end.

Did young Indiana Jones ever encounter any Mystical artefacts or Aliens?
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Old July 16 2014, 02:07 PM   #23
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I just rewatched a clip of old Indy on youtube, remembering how I liked them.... They have aged very poorly. They come off as "You lousy kids, let me tell you how things were done in MY day..."
And I have the impression that their production values were kind of bare-bones compared to the episodes they framed, which may have been one of the major reasons Lucas didn't like them.
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Old July 16 2014, 02:57 PM   #24
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I hazily remember this show and how excited i was back then when it aired.

It was very good and the war years didn't shy away from showing the brutality and inhumanity of war. I also liked Indy meeting historic people (kind of like Forrest Gump) who weren't historical figures back then.

I remember that Indy was present at the armistice talks after WW1 and a scene where some Vietnamese were trying to get rid of the french colonial power by attending the conference and demanding their independence via diplomatic means.

They nearly get laughed out of the conference and at the end of the episode we learn that the name of one of the vietnamese was Ho Chi Minh.

This is why i like the show so much.. it sure presented history in a dramatized way and may have taken their liberties now and then but in the end it educated people about historical contexts and claims that if only people would learn from history they could prevent future desasters.
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Old July 16 2014, 03:44 PM   #25
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In The Nineties, George Lucas produced "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" for television. I've never seen this show and have resisted looking into it further, out of fear that it sucked, royally. Has anyone here ever watched it at all, or enough to have formed an opinion on the quality of this series?
I own them and like any series it has it's ups/downs.
However I feel there are more ups and as an overall series is quite enjoyable. The 10yr old Indy stories are a bit harder to swallow even if you allow for the "boys will be boys" mischievous axiom. Late teen Indy are the ones that really shine the most and there are more of them.

When Lucas put them out though he took out the intro that each episode had. Where old, one eyed, cane wielding Indy spoke to a museum intern about artifacts which set up each episode. Lucas stated he was removing that version from canon. Old one eyed, cane propped up Indy.

On the Wiki page it says that a planned 3rd season was going to be post WWI and introduce Indy to Abner Ravenwood and of course his young daughter. Too bad that ABC didn't renew it.
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Old July 17 2014, 01:30 AM   #26
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I just rewatched a clip of old Indy on youtube, remembering how I liked them.... They have aged very poorly. They come off as "You lousy kids, let me tell you how things were done in MY day..."
And I have the impression that their production values were kind of bare-bones compared to the episodes they framed, which may have been one of the major reasons Lucas didn't like them.
And very underwhelming....Here's Indiana Jones getting into an altercation with a punk at a donut shop....Here's Indiana Jones mediating a dispute over a parking space....
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Old July 17 2014, 03:56 AM   #27
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I just rewatched a clip of old Indy on youtube, remembering how I liked them.... They have aged very poorly. They come off as "You lousy kids, let me tell you how things were done in MY day..."
And I have the impression that their production values were kind of bare-bones compared to the episodes they framed, which may have been one of the major reasons Lucas didn't like them.
And very underwhelming....Here's Indiana Jones getting into an altercation with a punk at a donut shop....Here's Indiana Jones mediating a dispute over a parking space....
My favorite is the one where he gets arrested for trying to get his parcel back out of a busy street mail box, which IIRC went something like this:


POSTAL EMPLOYEE: Sir, what ARE you doing?!

INDY: I put the wrong package in there!

POSTAL EMPLOYEE: Sir, stop that right now! Tampering with US Mail is a Federal Offence!

INDY (sighs): Gee, it was never this hard back when I was a spy in the first World War!

POSTAL EMPLOYEE (incredulous): *You* were a spy?

INDY: Yes! Let me tell you all about it.....

(**Fade to flashback**)


Subtle they certainly weren't.
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Old July 17 2014, 08:17 AM   #28
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I just rewatched a clip of old Indy on youtube, remembering how I liked them.... They have aged very poorly. They come off as "You lousy kids, let me tell you how things were done in MY day..."
And I have the impression that their production values were kind of bare-bones compared to the episodes they framed, which may have been one of the major reasons Lucas didn't like them.
Production value... meh... fine for a 90s show. It was more tonally. It actually didn't make Indy come off as very ... Indyish.
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Old July 18 2014, 04:39 AM   #29
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One other thing Lucas did right when he re-edited the series was that he went back to the original 16mm negatives and rescanned everything and re composited the SFX on film, since the original versions had been edited and composited on videotape. So if Paramount/CBS/LucasFilm/Disney ever wanted to do a Blu-Ray release, they could. May not look as sharp as a show shot on 35, but a Blu-Ray would be possible.
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Old July 18 2014, 12:28 PM   #30
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I know they couldn't have used Sean Connery as Indy's dad, but is Henry Jones, Sr. featured alot? That would be interesting! I can only imagine that's why Indy's at most of these places, is because his father had business there, of some kind.
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