Indy goes on a
treasure hunt, only to discover that he doesn’t need the treasure.
That’s a pretty good summary of this episode. Only it takes too
long for Indy to make this realization.
The episode begins just a few minutes before the armistice begins.
We see and hear the guns roaring. Then a whistle blows, and the fighting
stops. A very strange feeling, I’m sure. Then, as if in disbelief,
people start cheering.
But from the boot of a dying man comes a map, and from his mouth,
a message to find the peacock’s eye. Remy keeps the map, and gets
it translated. Then he and Indy go to Alexandria, India and Java
in search of the diamond that was once an eye to the peacock statue.
On the way, of course, they are shot at by a man who is also searching
for the diamond. They come across a woman who is very forward, but
who seems very innocent. As usual, she’s not.
The first half of the episode was a lot of fun, from the search,
to discovering the hidden box, which nobody can open –which should give
a clue right there. It is too obvious a clue that the episode suffers
for it. Losing the box to the other treasure hunter was fun, too,
right up to Remmy dressing in woman’s clothing to get onto the cruise ship
to follow him, and to the pirate attack. I had the singer pegged
as a pirate right from the start. I also figured the girl would end
up with the diamond in the end. There, I was wrong. But she
did prove to be more surprising than I expected.
The episode goes downhill after the pirate attack. Chasing
the pirates through endless waters was endlessly boring. Then the
pirates are killed by headhunters, and Indy and Remmy are left floating
along endlessly again. It seems they traveled into the Pacific in
that little rowboat.
Ending up on another island with rivaling clans of natives should
have been exciting, but it wasn’t. I think we were supposed to feel
like Indy, not knowing anything about their language or culture.
Having it explained later was not satisfying.
It is among the tribes that they meet an anthropologist, Bronislaw
Malinowski, studying them. He helps them get the box open, and, surprise:
there is a stone in the place of the diamond, with more instructions.
When Remmy gets mad and frustrated, Indy talks with Malinowski, and discovers
that he doesn’t need the diamond. He frustrates Remmy again by telling
him to go on searching for the diamond alone. The island was peaceful,
but also not interesting enough to tell a decent story.
And so a freighter comes along delivering supplies, and picks
up the two lost treasure hunters. Indy is going home, to begin studying
for his dream, of being an archeologist.