Monday, February 17, 2020

Young Indiana Jones -- Episode 19: Winds of Change

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Synopsis in 3 sentences or less:
Indiana Jones's has a front row seat at the Treaty of Versailles as a translator. Then he returns home to an icy reception from his father. 

Memorable Quote:
Change is painful. People will do anything to prevent pain.  ~Indy

Much like Spring Break Adventure, I like the vibe of 1920s Americana that they create in his hometown of Princeton. 

Jones Sr. is a flat-out jerk in this episode. His character has always been stuffy and too interested in his own work, but his behavior in this episode is unforgivable.

Brushes with historical figures:
  • Lawrence of Arabia (third time for Lawrence)
  • Arnold Toynbee
  • Gertrude Bell 
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Prince Faisal
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Robert Goddard 
  • Paul Robeson

Other thoughts, observations, and questions I didn’t ask when I was in fourth grade:
  • The guy playing Woodrow Wilson doesn't look anything like Woodrow Wilson, not that people who look like Woodrow Wilson grow on trees. Turns out that the actor is the crooked cop from Witness. And other guest star with a Harrison Ford connection is the German negotiator who played Dr. Nichols in The Fugitive. Great scene at the end where Dr. Kimball interrupts Nichols during his speech -- ok, I'm off track. 
  • 9:00 mark - Wilson says that he's prepared to succeed where Jesus Christ failed. In basketball, they call that a heat check. 
  • 12:40 - "The answer to this problem therefore is simple. We go and consult the people themselves...we ask them what it is they want."  Wilson is on fire right now. 
  • Fun fact: I've been to the Woodrow Wilson presidential library and birthplace in Staunton, Virginia. My wife and I were passing through town on our way to West Virginia. We had no plans to see the historic site and didn't even know it was there until we made a wrong turn and saw it right in front of us. So we decided to stop and check it out -- we got a nice guided tour and saw some old cars, and I got a souvenir glass. 
  • 15:13 - the normally soft-spoken Lawrence of Arabia surprisingly blows a gasket and tells Indy to go to Hell. 
  • I was recently was watching the first episode of Ken Burns's Vietnam documentary, which relayed the story about how Ho Chi Minh was hoping to meet Wilson in Paris after WW1 but never got the chance. 
  • The actress who played Amy was the cheerleader and Keanu Reeves's love interest in The Replacements.
  • I didn't know anything about Robert Goddard other than knowing of Goddard Space Center in Maryland. I did know Paul Robeson (although didn't know he was a football player). Great voice

Final Analysis:
Decent episode with no big highlights or lowlights. Ranking it 7 out of 19. 

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