This was a lackluster
episode of Young Indy. I remember seeing the two parts when they
first aired, and enjoying them. Maybe there was nothing better out
there. But it seems that the show improved so much as it was
produced, and everybody got the hang of everything, that watching the
first episodes has turned them into dull shows.
They were still entertaining, but they lost a lot, especially
when compared to the Jazz and Blues episode I saw last.
Indy desperately wants to drive his girlfriend's (Nancy) dad's
car to the prom. He will be one of only two or three people to be
there. But the compressor has broken. His family has a friend
who works at Thomas Edison laboratories, and he says that he can have one
of the guys look at it. While at Edison labs, there is a kidnapping
and a theft. The Jones' friend has been kidnapped, along with his
plans for some defense submarines and an electric car battery.
Nancy (whose father writes the Bobsie Twins books) figures out
where they have gone, and they follow the trail from warehouse to warehouse,
to the coast. Finally, they figure out that it was the oil companies
that wanted to get rid of the car battery concept. They used the
submarine details as a diversion. So they steal the plans back, and
return them to Edison labs, where it seems the kidnapping was not quite
as real as it seemed.
The performances were okay, and the insight into Edison's lab
was neat. But somehow, the story seemed to be missing something.
I can't identify what that was.
Now the second part didn't seem to fit with the first part.
The cut was very poor, and the acting in the first ten minutes was quite
poor. Indy's cousin couldn't act, and I was glad when he disappeared
soon into the plot. The explanation for the Egyptian Jackal was way
too short. There was barely time to figure out why Indy would go
risk his life to steal it back when he discovered it.
Poncho Villa was neat, as was Indy's realization that he didn't
belong in this revolution, that it wasn't his to fight in. I loved
the part where Indy ends up translating the movie and the newsreel for
the Mexicans. That's what I love about these shows.
I think we are supposed to see that Indy is searching for meaning
in his life, but with dialog like "maybe the war in Europe is mine to fight,
instead of this one," it is in desperate need of a rewrite.