I can't believe that I missed almost all of the
"The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones." The ABC television network must
have buried it in their schedule, because I didn't realize that the series
continued on through 1995.
The final episodes of the series are now on DVD.
Sean Patrick Flannery returns to the small screen to globetrot and get into
adventures that are sometimes over his head. Though most of the adventures
aren't the typical "Indy" we've loved on the big screen, the television
version is still very good. Does the series occasionally drag with history
and dramatic scenes. Yes it does. Taken in sections as an unfolding yarn,
the series works as history is recreated for Indy's exploits. I would've
liked to have seen more adventure and more of the supernatural elements that
Indy was thrown into. I would've like to have seen more of Indy's death
defying escapes from ancient temples mined with boobytraps. But since the
series is George Lucas' baby, I suppose he could, and did, whatever he
wanted with it. The series is more about the drama with a little bit of
adventure thrown in.
My favorite episode of this box set is "Masks of Evil." This is where it
feels like more of an Indiana Jones adventure, rather than a high-class
television mini series. He's thrust into Romania and encounters Dracula. The
episode is a bit silly at times, but there's enough campy gore and vampire
scenes to entertain.
Much of what I've written before about the other "The Adventures of Young
Indiana Jones" DVD box sets applies here, too. Under producer Rick McCallum,
the series is rich with great locations, wonderful acting, and high
production value. It seems that the production crew and cast really put
their hearts into making this tale of Indiana Jones compelling enough and
entertaining to watch. With its interpretation of history and its figures,
the series could be used to start of discussions in history classes. I can't
say that I'd immediately rush out and buy the series, but it is quite good
once you start to watch it.
Special thanks to Click Communications
Photos: © Lucasfilm/Paramount/CBS. All rights reserved.
Continues Young Indy's TV adventures
Cast: Sean Patrick Flannery
Lots of extras
Not rated (contains violence and scary situations)
Gotta love the vampire episode!
Aspect Ratio (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD RELEASE DATE
April 29, 2008