Slow is the word that I would use to describe this episode.
I remember it being much better. Even though Indy has been through
so much, I found the way he acted towards the two Austrian princes way
out of character. Even if he has been through so many failures, this
is not the real Indy.
The two Austrian princes are soldiers in the Belgian army, but
they have a message from their sister, Empress of Austria, telling them
that she and her husband want to negotiate a separate peace treaty from
Germany. So Indy is instructed to take them across the border.
They have the usual forged papers with tense moments, but they aren't really
They arrive, by roundabout way, and give the demands of the French
government. The Emperor agrees, but his advisor knows that there
will be war with Germany if the agreement gets out. So he makes a
reply that is very vague. But the Emperor pens a secret letter, and
gives it to Indy at the last moment, agreeing to all the surrender terms.
Not much excitement here, or even much to interest a viewer. The
moral hits over the head, saying there should be grownups to solve the
differences between empires.
The best scene of the Austrian part takes place at the end, when
Indy has to run across the top of the train to get across the border into
Indy is then sent to Russia, where he befriends some Bolsheviks.
They agree that they will not gain intelligence from each other.
And so they drink together, they party together, and have a lot of fun.
One of them falls in love with Indy. He even warns them when Russian
military forces will be watching for his friends.
But he breaks the agreement with his friends, when he knows that
something is happening at a steel factory, and he finds out that his friends
will be rallying there. He confronts them, accusing them of starting
the Revolution, and they lie, telling him it is not the time.
And Indy is naïve enough to believe them. He tells
his superiors about it, and they verify his information. They all
believe the Revolution is weeks away. But then unrest starts up again.
Indy goes to his friends at the steel factory, and tells them that now
is not the time. He knows that Lenin does not support the revolution
now, and that it will fail. But his friends ignore him.
And so they march on the square, and are fired upon by soldiers
on the rooftops. One of his friends is killed. And that's
how it ends.
The ending is rather abrupt. And we don't get to see the
Russian Revolution. That was disappointing. So the episode
doesn't amount to much.
There was a neat misleading scene where the Bolsheviks get Indy
out of the apartment so they can plan things. The scene leads us
to believe they are planning a key revolutionary meeting, but they are
instead planning his birthday party!
There is humour in the Russian part, but not much in the Austrian
part. The Austrian princes were played like fools, acting very casual,
and laughing at completely the wrong times. Fortunately, they were
balanced by the Russian revolutionaries that Indy befriends. They
know how to party! But not enough to make the episode a winner.