This DVD movie shows a young Indy more familiar to the feature film Indiana Jones we know. With the move back to the US for the first part, the story has fast forwarded several years and Indy is now played by Sean Patrick Flannery as what looks to be a 17-18 year old. Interestingly it is clear that Indy's mother character has died though this is never explained. Lloyd Owen makes his penultimate appearance in this video series and his interaction with a new actor comes off well. Flannery does reasonably well in this role, albeit the high school prom context of this first half of this TV movie means his character comes off as a sort of cross between Indy and Marty McFly from Back to the Future. The subtext of corrupt oil companies and the sense of a distant perspective on World War 1 are quiet effective, and there is a lot more action in this episode than the Corey Carrier productions.
In the second part of the story Indy heads off on a break to Mexico but is captured by a band of outlaws and introduced to Pancho Villa. This part of the story is quite political and its interesting to see Indy's character begin to take some interesting views on issues. His character goes through an interesting evolution and decisions his character makes sets the character up to adventure on with a new sidekick. Flannery's characterisation in this episode is much more interesting, and again, some integral action sequences are well handled.
A solid start for this particular incarnation of Indiana Jones.
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