Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by ryanof1, Jun 30, 2001.
Of course, Curse of the Jackal rocks. Mystery of the Blues was also good.
I thought it was a good show but my favorite is the Pilot.
The London episode was also great - the love story one. Nice music!
I've never even heard of this "young Indy" thing. Was it a made for TV movie or something?
Young Indy was the TV series about the adventures of Indiana Jones as a young boy and a teenager. It's, um, eerily, similar to what is going on now with Anakin in Star Wars PT.
Ahh. TV. It must have been on in my college years. I don't think I saw any tv at all between 1988 and 1994.
Sounds like it might have been interesting. Though I must admit, I don't usually enjoy a show that is interupted every 15 minutes to sell me a bunch of junk I don't need.
I mostly watch movies, and the news.
There are some videotapes out. Some of the actors who wound up in Episode One, like Pernella August, were in the shows.
I like the episodes released on the tape called: "Adventures in the Secret Police".
I also like all the episodes about the trenches in "WW1".
I loved them all!
The one I remeber most was (sorry it's been a while) when he met the girl that spoke all the languages he did. Then there were zeplins all above the city.
Where are the tapes on sale? ::CenterSpire heads over to amazon::
The two set in Africa are my favorite. Phantom Train of Doom and Oganga, the Giver and Taker of Life.
Long ago, when they aired as hour-long episodes, I remember being blown away by Verdun, 1916.
Indy is a motorcycle courier running orders from French command to the trenches. The music, direction, and acting in this episode are top notch, and stand as one of the finest hours of television i've ever watched.
This was in 1992, when TV was just cop and lawyer shows (my, how times have changed). That a show could be so ambitious, grandious, violent, shocking, and rewarding at once stunned me. From Indy's visit to a wounded Remy in a depressing hospital, to his ultimate decision regarding delivering the command to charge.
THe episode also has a great rundown explaining why the war started. ("So that's why we're fighting, to protect some tiny country no one's ever heard of?")
This episode hasn't been released on video yet. When it does, it will be part of 'Demons of Deception', paired with the Mata Hari episode (which is also good). It's a shame the bookends will be cut from the video release, because this episode had one of the finest Old Indy moments.
That episode of Young Indy was my first exposure to what WWI trench warfare was like and how stupid and wasteful it was. People should also rent "All Quiet On the Western Front" and "Paths Of Glory".
Bongles, I also thought the description of how the war started using pieaces of bread was brilliant. What a great show it was. So...we getting those DVDs anyway?
My particular favorite is...aw gee...i love pretty much all of them...some more than others....ill list my top f of the "movies"
1. Phantom Train of Doom
2. Winds of Change
3. Trenches of Hell
4. Hollywood Follies
5. Treasure of the Peacock's Eye
Phantom train of doom is the only one I've seen. They are hard to track down around here.
"The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" was an okay show. Great production values. One of those one-season wonders, like "Police Squad!", "My So-Called Life", "The Ben Stiller Show", and "Action!", that were cancelled after their first season by dumb, penny-pinching TV executives who wouldn't know quality if it ran around wearing a yellow jumpsuit with the word "QUALITY" written in big red letters on it.
"Young Indy" was simply too expensive to produce to warrant its ratings. Too many viewers expected it to be like the movies, with ancient relics and ruins every week, instead of the historical fiction it was. Too bad, because I heard that the future seasons were going to be set after World War I, with young Indy studying to be an archeologist. They were going to have him meet a young Rene Belloq, and possibly train under Abner Ravenwood at the University of Chicago.
It's bizarre how it was cancelled, while utter poodoo like "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Walker: Texas Ranger" enjoyed long and successful runs. Makes you wonder who they actually sample for the Nielsens.
Fettism of the Day: "Rejected 'Star Wars' licensed product #901: The Phillip Morris 'Sound Like Darth Vader' Cigarette Smoking Starter Kit."
I recently purchased the indy trilogy at circuit city here in Peoria, since it doesn't sound like the dvd is coming anytime soon, and it came with a young indy tape of the Treasure of the Peakock's eye or something like that. It was decent, and i would like to see more of the series, but haven't found any more of the tapes.
Bongles, that was a great episode. They aired it on Scifi not too long ago. Unfortunately I didn't like the Mata Hari one very much. Stuff like that makes me wish they would have kept the Old Indy bumpers and just released each tape as two seperate episodes, rather than editing them together as one 2 hour movie. Still, if you can view the Verdun episode as one single adventure, it is awesome.
Young Indy had some absolutely stunning episodes, I must say. Adventures In The Secret Service is definitely one of my favorites(first half had adventure, the second half had drama...and they were both executed as well as ANY movie or tv episode I've ever seen). All the war stuff was great...Oganga is a favorite of mine. Phantom Train of Doom I think comes closest to the Indiana Jones movies. The comedy works, and the action is top notch.
They should have released Curse of the Jackal as one movie...why do they seperate them for the video releases? I should be thankful that they have finally released some on video, but the format is kind of annoying.
I didn't like Mystery of the Blues at all. Jule Selbo is my least favorite Young Indy writer...it's a shame that he wrote two of the most high profile episodes(the Harrison Ford episode and the boxed-with-the-triolgy episode...although Peacock's Eye wasn't too awful). It was great seeing Ford as Indy again, but the actual young Indy parts were a complete chore to watch. Just imagine if he had done wrap-arounds for Phantom Train...that would have given the series a huge popularity boost. But oh well.
Other great episodes:
Attack of the Hawkmen(I'd like to see Ben Burtt direct something else)
Daredevils of the Desert
Trenches of Hell