East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Too old for Young Indiana Jones, too young to die

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Yesterday I mentioned that there are things in the past that should be let to rest – case in point, the pseudo-science/UFOs/ancient mysteries books of the seventies, that I loved as a kid and now find insufferable.

Another case in point – The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, the spin-off series telling us the early exploits of Henry Jones Jr., before he went looking for the Lost Ark… and even before a number of the tie-innovels.

I re-watched the a few episodea yesterday night.
Goodness was it boring!

the_adventures_of_young_indiana_jones_tv_show_imageNow don’t get me wrong.
Great production values.
Shot on location in Egypt.
Costumes just great, photography a smash, the music is beautiful.
But the story, for crying out loud… basically a big Scooby-doo number – and not one of the best.
It was impossible to get into the story – it was too distant, cold, detached. Banal.
I blame the cast, and the writing: they even managed to make Lawrence of Arabia look dull. And the very young Indiana Jones was an insufferable brat.

gallery-1457024674-catherine-zeta-jones-indianaBut it’s me, of course.
Maybe I’m too old. Maybe I am no longer the target audience for which these movies were made.
I did feel a little guilty – after all I love Indiana Jones, and I was able to find something good even in some of the tie-in novels.
But this… after the first episode I tried two others, from the other DVDs.
Then I just decided there are better ways to get bored.
When even a young Catharine Zeta Jones as an Oriental dancer doesn’t make the story any more interesting, it’s time to call it a day.
A pity, really.

But the question remains… how come Hollywood has such a hard time doing simple, good pulp entertainment, even when the property seems to be watertight?


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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