Young Indy finally sees the end of World War I in this second-to-last post covering the show!
Masks of Evil - Istanbul and Transylvania, 1918
While the first half of this episode in Istanbul was mostly forgettable, the second half in Transylvania took the show in a completely new direction. An appearance by Vlad the Impaler and some supernatural elements made this episode stand out over the others for its uniqueness. There was also some pretty graphic gore for a network TV show, which kind of surprised me. Overall, some great action and occult mystery make this episode a highlight.
Treasure of the Peacock's Eye - 1919
I have vague memories of this episode running as a TV movie back in the mid-90s, and rewatching it I understand why this episode in particular worked as a standalone TV movie. Out of the whole run of the show, Peacock's Eye has the most classic Indy elements: an historical artifact, globe-trotting, fist fights, malicisous Germans, and exotic locations. Also, Remy is back as Indy's sidekick! Their relationship was missed during the episodes where they were separated. I also enjoyed the relationship Indy develops with the anthropologist on the island and the lessons he learned about understanding cultures in their own context. Great episode overall!
Winds of Change - Paris and Princeton, 1919
I have to give the creators some credit for trying to turn the complex world of political negotiations around peace treaties into interesting TV, but it did not work. The ideas addressed in this episode are fascinating and important to think about, but they did not work well in this show. I was the most bored I have been in the show while watching the Paris half of this episode. When Indy makes it back home to Princeton, we get one more opportunity to see Indy's relationship with his dad. As you might imagine, it is still not great. I do think, however, that the way the show handles Indy and Henry's relationship is great, and I wish we could have seen more of that throughout the series.
Next up: Indy goes to college and Harrison Ford makes his first and only appearance on the show!
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