I was dreading this
one, but it was apparent from the first few minutes that I was
completely wrong. It was great. It contained all the humour
and adventure of a true Indiana Jones adventure. This might
someday usurp my favourite Young Indy: The
Mystery of the Blues.
The story is simple. Indy and Remmy are sent to their next
command, but they take the wrong train. Then, trying to get back,
they take the wrong train again, and end up even deeper into Africa.
The train breaks down, and they walk for a couple of days before wandering
into a British camp of elderly soldiers.
In a hilarious scene, a couple of the soldiers are trying to
put together an elite team, but they need an expert on trains, who can
also speak German. Of course, Indy fits the bill perfectly!
But he doesn't know it. He thinks he is going to see the General,
to get back to the Belgian lines.
There is another great scene, where the elite team that is going
to try and destroy the train-mounted gun is introduced. It is done
in hero's style, while Indy stares, mouth agape, when he discovers that
he has become part of the team.
I love episodes where Indy gets to learn a lot. And this
one is full of them. He lets the detonator caps get wet, so they
don't work when they are set. He also learns that these old men have
lots of life and experience left in them. They are great soldiers,
and they can still give a lot in terms of lessons.
The search for the train is a success, thanks to an errand where
Indy goes in search of "toilet paper", which actually is ordinary paper,
where they find a requisition for a very long length of telegraph cable.
They dig up the cable, and follow it to a fake cliff, where the train is
It was nice to see the other side, where Remmy was waiting, during
the scenes where the gun was fired. Even if it was only a short scene,
it really drives home why Indy's mission is so vital.
The music also stood out from the rest of the episodes that we've
seen. It was fun, and energetic, and gave a sense of the dramatic,
whenever something was going to happen. I'd like to see more of that.
Needless to say, the mission is a success, but not in the way
they planned it. They set up the timers and the explosives on the
train, but the train moves out on another mission before they can blow
it up. The timers fail, so they have to rewire the explosives on
the run. Of course, they are discovered. And when the explosives
go off, the gun isn't destroyed. So they commandeer the train, and
plan to take it back behind British lines. Unfortunately, they run
into more opposition. They escape under the cover of the engine's
steam, and a sharp-shooter on the team shoots at one pack of dynamite from
a long distance, setting it off, destroying the train. Indy gains
a new respect for his colleagues.
Once they return, they are hailed as heroes. Remmy doesn't
like the way it has gone to Indy's head, and the spend the rest of the
episode bickering, which is so funny. Also, Remmy's constant use
of the phrase "I hate it when that happens" is so hilarious, because he
uses it so seriously.
The elderly group is sent on a mission to kidnap a German Colonel
now, and they want Indy to tag along. So they promise to get him
back to his regiment, and take him on their mission, leaving him in the
dark. Remmy gets to dress in a dress for the first time, as they
go in disguise. But they are found out almost immediately after crossing
German lines. They capture a messenger, a woman whom Indy tries to
get to know better. Remmy is so bitter that it is really funny.
But they are captured, and brought to the camp where the Colonel
is stationed. They manage to escape, in typical British deadpan,
and kidnap the Colonel, but then all hell
breaks loose. The team steals a car, but Indy and Remmy aren't with
them. And the Colonel is with Indy.
They end up flying in a balloon, in the most incompetent kidnapping in
history. The Colonel is furious.
If he was to be kidnapped, he would much prefer professionals, not these
But once again Indy gets to learn a lot from his captive.
He learns how to prepare for travels in Africa, to march a prisoner, and
a little discipline, as well. No wonder he makes Captain later in
In the end, however, he has to choose between letting his captive
go, and getting captured himself. He weighs his options well, and
the Colonel respects that, letting him and
Remmy go on their way.