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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Last Year's Zeitgeist: Indiana Jones and the Search for Spock

Friends, welcome to this installment of my ongoing series: Last Year's Zeitgeist. In this installment, I will both condemn Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and made a bold call for another Indy flick to be made. More? Oliver Twist wants more, you say?!? Please, sir, may I have another I say.

While our sample size is a still small, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the Indiana Jones franchise suffers from Reverse Star Trek Syndrome (RSTS). For those of you out of the loop, Star Trek Syndrome was named, of course, for the Star Trek movie franchise. The disease causes odd numbered movies to range from "suck" to "meh" while even numbered movies range from "yeah" to "fuck yeah." Indiana Jones just suffers from a variant of this debilitating disease. So instead of painting Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with the same brush as The Phantom Menace, realize that it's not George Lucas or Stephen Speilberg's fault; they just can't help it.

To wit:

Raiders of the Lost Ark = Fuck yeah
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom = Meh
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade = Fuck Yeah
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull = Suck
Indiana Jones and the TBD = Fuck yeah???

Ladies and gentlemen, we're due for some "fuck yeah." so let's not hang up the fedora and whip just yet.

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