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Is Young Indiana Jones chronicles a boring series?

Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by antitoxicgamer, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. antitoxicgamer

    antitoxicgamer Jedi Padawan star 2

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    I have watched it's first episode "My first adventure".

    But so far the show was boring(Even though that I'm watching the improved and less boring version of it that doesn't have old Indiana Jones in it.) and it has made me lose my interest in watching the next episodes.

    Does it get better ?
     
  2. DartJackson

    DartJackson Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Yes. It will get better. The episodes with little Indy are rather slow and more like historical lectures. But then there are episodes with an Indy teenager who participates in WWI and in terms of the quality of filming, the entertainment is very cool.

    But I advise you not to miss a single episode. Because some characters from the "children's" episodes appear in WWI episodes.

    Children's episodes are only chapters 1-5. Chapters 6-22 take Indy adventures from 16 to 21 years old. Most are associated with WWI.
     
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  3. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    it's honestly a bit dull, and I'm a huge Indy fan. Lucas used it as a teaching tool about history.
     
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  4. DartJackson

    DartJackson Jedi Youngling star 1

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    WWI episodes are almost on par with movies.

    IMHO, Young Indy not as boring as Mandalorian.
     
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  5. Ackbar's Fishsticks

    Ackbar's Fishsticks Jedi Master star 4

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    Personally, I skipped almost all of Season 1 because the childhood stuff looked boring, apart from the last couple episodes set in the Mexican and Irish revolutions.

    Watched all of Season 2, which is the bulk of the World War One episodes, and can vouch that that's not boring. Well, almost never - you can probably skip "Espionage Escapades."

    Most of Season 3 is worth it too - it closes on a couple more World War One episodes, then you have "Treasure of the Peacock's Eye" which is sort of a precursor to the Indy we know in that it's a treasure hunt (or at least the first half of it is). Then there's the episode with the end of the war and Indy's return to the United States, which is probably worth it if only for setting up the estrangement between Indy and Henry. Then there's "Mystery of the Blues" set in Chicago when he's a college student and bumps into the city's Prohibition era seedy underbelly, which is always fun. The rest of the season I didn't bother to check out, but that's only two episodes.
     
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  6. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    The one that Harrison appears in is fun. He has his beard as he was filming The Fugitive.
     
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  7. Ackbar's Fishsticks

    Ackbar's Fishsticks Jedi Master star 4

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    Also...

    What version are you watching? Most of the "episodes" are two 45-minute episodes glued together into an hour and a half sort-of-movie. The problem is, which 45-minute episodes get glued together has been changed in typical Lucasian fashion. There's the order in which they originally aired, and then there's the order in which they were glued together when they were released on VHS or DVD.

    (I assume you're doing the latter, but I believe some of the former are still available on YouTube).

    One of the better Season 1 episodes in my memory was the original pilot - the first 45-minute segment is with Child Indy on a dig in Egypt getting mixed up in a mystery involving a jackal figurine and a bad guy trying to steal it, the second 45-minute segment jumps to Teen Indy getting mixed up in the Mexican Revolution but then running into the same guy again there, and thus being able to close out the jackal mystery. Unfortunately, that episode got reedited so that each of the two segments are now paired with different ones (Child Indy with another Child Indy, Teen Indy with another Teen Indy), so you don't get the satisfaction of seeing the entire story resolved.

    As originally aired, the episodes were all "out of order" in terms of Indy's life - the way it's been reedited in the DVDs makes it pretty much all in chronological order. Which is less confusing, but sometimes you lose something in translation too, as above.
     
  8. antitoxicgamer

    antitoxicgamer Jedi Padawan star 2

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    The version that doesn't have old indy telling stories of his adventures for people.
     
  9. DartJackson

    DartJackson Jedi Youngling star 1

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    On the other hand, a lot of new things have appeared. The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones is not just chronological re-edited The Young Indiana Jones –°hronicles, but also adding whole new stories, and expanding old ones. Something that was not in the original broadcast
     
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  10. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 6

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    Yeah, as far as I'm concerned, Adventures is the definitve way to watch the series.
     
  11. DartJackson

    DartJackson Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I am also for this option. But there are drawbacks here:

    Many viewers don't get caught up in the children's chapters, so they stop watching the show before getting to more interesting material with Sean Patrick Flannery.

    When looking at the chronology, you get tired of WWI episodes pretty quickly, which seems to be too many and they are redundant. Although they were, of course, shot amazingly, by about 15 or 16 chapter I personally got tired of the military theme. In the original order, military episodes were interspersed with peaceful ones, so there was no such fatigue from the military episodes.

    Due to the specifics of the chronology, the series does not end on such impressive episodes as we would like. Because the Hollywood Follies was not filmed as an intentional ending originally. The most stunning episodes were centered in the middle of the series, and the finale was not so exciting. In a way, the original final episode (Travels with Father) felt more important and better connected the series to the films, rather than final Chapters about how Indy tries himself in the show business of post-war USA.

    Looking at the chronology, there are also obvious problems with Indy's character development. He sees firsthand the horrors of war in Europe in, but continues to be naive and awkward in Africa. In the final post-war –°hapters, Indy doesn't look like a WWI veteran.
     
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  12. antitoxicgamer

    antitoxicgamer Jedi Padawan star 2

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    Guess the series need a perfect version that has the best of the 2 versions.(Without old Indy but and chronological order to make the series feel less repetitive.)
     
  13. DartJackson

    DartJackson Jedi Youngling star 1

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    In fact, some of the Old Indy segments were impressive. And they revealed the context of some of the stories. There are excerpts on Youtube.

    By the way, some episodes that were immediately broadcast in the USA as full-length in other countries were divided and contained old Indy segments.

    But it is impossible to find the entire series in the original version in one language, since some episodes were only aired in Europe (ABC closed the series before the end of season 2). By the way, ABC was headed by Bob Iger in those years. And he was very skeptical of the show from the beginning. The show was mis-advertised and the release schedule was odd (season 1 was very short). All this, coupled with long hitatuses, led to the fact that the initially impressive ratings dropped very quickly.
     
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  14. Emperor Ferus

    Emperor Ferus Chosen One star 7

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    I personally enjoyed the series starting with My First Adventure all the way through. I get why it may not be for everybody though.

    Never saw the George Hall Old Indy segments since I saw the series on DVD.
     
  15. DartJackson

    DartJackson Jedi Youngling star 1

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    George put his soul into this show. I love all episodes. But this does not negate the disadvantages that I highlighted above.

    I do not consider these claims to be particularly serious. And chronological order has its own charm, because it is an attempt to make a coherent saga from series to movies.

    I really liked the new stories, although the transition scenes were filmed at times sloppy. The age difference between the actors is obvious.
     
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