This episode was a lot
of fun. It was full of Indiana Jones missteps, along with danger,
dinner with the enemy, and, of course, an effort by Indy that could save
We start off with Indy and Remmy in the Belgian intelligence
service. However, they are unsatisfied, because they don't get to
actually do anything. So Indy forges documents to get them into the
French intelligence. As usual, the scheme backfires- sort of, anyway.
The officer knows that the documents are forged, but accepts them anyway,
probably knowing that they are being wasted in Belgium. But Indy
and Remmy are split up. Remmy gets to pose as a restaurant owner,
while Indy gets sent off to a volunteer American flying regiment, that
will take reconnaissance photos of German military buildup.
On his first mission, Indy gets shot down by the Red Baron, with
whom he gets to have dinner. It is Indy's idea that the Baron paint
his plane red! He is then sent off to prison (again), but escapes
along the way, thanks to an aerial raid by his American squadron.
He arrives at the same time as a note from the Red Baron challenging
a famous French pilot, Charles, who has aspirations of flying across the
Atlantic. I couldn't help but wonder if this guy changes his name
to become Lindbergh after the war.
The duel proceeds, and Indy gets photos of the Baron being shot
down. The Baron is not pleased by this, and desperately tries to
shoot down the photographer in the next few engagements.
But Indy's temporary assignment with the fliers ends before the
Baron can get another shot at him.
The first part of the episode was neat, though it gave just a
taste of the action. There were some natural jibes from the pilots,
of course, because Indy wasn't one of them. He was just the photographer,
a person who lasts about 6 days before being captured or killed.
It was just enough to give him a taste of the action. And, of course,
he still doesn't know how to land a plane!
In the second part, Charles flies Indy into Germany, where he
tries to make contact with a Dutch aircraft designer, and try to get him
to defect to France. This part was even more fun, as Indy has to
be dumped out of an airplane with the latest design of a parachute.
Of course, he misses his contact, so he has to catch a train for the German
secret design bureau. He poses first as a waiter, then as a lover
to a strange, but attractive, woman, then as a baggage boy.
He finally makes contact, but the Dutchman doesn't think the
money is worth it, plus, he'd have to start his laboratories from scratch.
But while there, Indy learns about a new German invention, and makes a
camera from some tools he gathers up. He steals a uniform, and tags
along with the Germans to see the new invention, a triplane, which will
be landing at the Zeppelin warehouse. The warehouse, of course, is
filled with hydrogen fuel for the zeppelin, and you just know that Indy
is going to put that to his full advantage, whether he knows it or not!
While taking pictures, Indy is clumsy, and allows himself to
be seen by a specially invited guest, the Red Baron himself! A firefight
ensues, and the hydrogen factory, along with the new triplane, goes up
This adventure was more like a James Bond episode, down to the
gadgets in his shoes and suitcase, and the maps drawn into the lining of
his pockets. The secrecy part had me laughing hard, as the intelligence
officers in room 13B told him never to reveal his name, but to go as Lieutenant
D, then he is ushered into room 13A, where they welcome him as Lieutenant
Defence, then into a secret door into room 13C, where he is told more about
That, and the mishaps that take place in the mission itself,
make this episode well worth watching. It is pure Indiana Jones,
down to young Indy's total naivete.