In Order of Series Chronology according to the video tapes
Indy meets his new Governess, Miss Helen Seymour. The family go to Egypt, where they meet Ned Lawrence, Howard Carter and Demetrios (an explosives expert).
While in Morocco, Indy befriends a young black slave boy ... and is then kidnapped by slavers himself!
Indy and family are in the Massai Mara with Ted Roosevelt and Paul Freeman. A Masai boy helps Indy find Burton's Auric [this is a 1990s conservationist story]. Is Indy meant to be scared of snakes yet?
In Paris, the Joneses meet Norman Rockwell [Tobey McGuire with an Ulster Accent]. He takes Indy to the Montmartre - they meet Degas, Lautrec, Picasso, and some Cartoonish villains looking for their street-whores.
Young Indy, aged 8, attends a riding school in Vienna with Princess Sophia (daughter of Archduke Ferdinand). He also meets Sigmund Freud (Max Von Sydow - Flash Gordon ) and Emilie (Pernilla August - Star Wars 1: TPM ).
Indy's mother meets a tenor, Puccini.
It's been over one year for them since they lived in New Jersey, and Indy is getting bitchy.
Indy accidentally ruins a wedding. He does the only thing he can - he runs away.
He meets Tolstoi (Michael Gough - ), and learns the principle of each according to his needs.
Nanny is ill. Indy and his dad bond. They discuss Philosophy. This is the first episode where the father is important.
German spies are trying to steal Edison's inventions. Indy teams up with Francesca Quinn (an older woman - aged 24!) to stop them.
This is like Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boy. Indy is a dumbass wimp - when he is trying to be stealthy he shouts his GF's name!
This was directed by Joe Johnston .
Indy goes to Mexico with his cousin Frank, and gets caught up in the conflict between US General Pershing and Mexican rebel Pancho Villa. He makes friends with a Belgian named Remy, and bumps into Lt. George S. Patton. Great story!
This was written by Lucas, as a sequel to the Egypt story. There is even a mention of Ned Lawrence. The battle scenes are taken from the 1989 film Old Gringo, which explains why a TV show has suddenly got Hollywood-scale production values.
This is actually a couple of episodes edited together. This works because the episodes are linked chronologically, geographically and also there is a nice contrast between them.
The first episode takes place in Dublin, 1916, in the days leading up to Easter. Indy is involved with a beautiful girl, and since her brother is a Fenian we naturally get involvement with the Rising. Strangely, for an American TV show they have managed to show a reasonably balanced view of things. It actually keeps more or less to the historical reality.
The second episode takes place in London. Indy signs up for the Belgian Army so he can fight against the German Empire. While he is waiting to ship out he meets a beautiful suffragette ( Elizabeth Hurley of all people) and carries on a romance with her. This allows a nice contrast between the methods of the Fenians and those of the Suffragettes.
Serving on the Western Front, Indy meets british officers Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
Captured, Indy is imprisoned with Colonel DeGaulle. Ulsterman James Nesbitt ( Lucky Man ) is a Russian!
Indy works a motorbike courier, scout and spy. As the battle drags on, the story becomes ever more cynical ...
In decadent Paris, far from the trenches, Ian McDiarmuid (Palpatine in Star Wars ) and Jacqueline Pearse (Servalan in Blake's 7 ) are a married couple! Indy meets and falls in love with a certain dancer named Mata Hari ...
This was written by Carrie Fisher and directed by Nic Roeg - and with such high expectations, is easily the most disappointing ep so far.
Young Indy is in Africa, where he is promoted to Captain.
This was written by Frank Darabont .
Indy takes an expedition all the way across Africa. They sail down the Congo river, where he meets Dr Albert Schweitzer.
1917, and Indy is captured by the Red Baron, von Richthofen.
Indy becomes a spy to get the plans of Dutchman Fokker's new planes. Pertwee and Anthony Daniels guest-star.
This was written by Frank Darabont and directed by Vic Armstrong . Indy escorts the bothers of the Austrian Empress (including Benedict Taylor - Star Wars: Phantom Menace ) to Vienna to negotiate a secret peace deal. The boss of the Austrian Secret Police (Joss Ackland - Lethal Weapon 2) tries to stop them. Christopher Lee ( Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith ) is a Count.
Naturally, there are lots of references to a certain film by Carol Reed and Orson Welles . Jones is the Third Man, we glimpse the fairground as they pass it, and there is a night-time chase through the sewers ...
An old man in a museum explains why a photo of the Russian Revolution is mis-labeled. He is Old Indy (George Burns, aged about 89 years old) ...
In 1917, Indy was a spy in Russia. His job was to go undercover among revolutionaries, to discover when the Revolution would come (and thus, when Russia would cease to be a useful ally in the war). His rival is a clerk, who thinks that desk-work is more important than field-work.
Indy goes to Barcelona in neutral Spain, where he teams up with Allied Agents Mike McShane, Timothy Spall ( Red Dwarf ) and Terry Jones ( ). He goes undercover in a theatre where Pablo Picasso paints the scenery ...
Indy goes to Prague, to work with Colonel Clouseau of French Intelligence. They must get a phone line installed in their safe house in time to receive an important message. Indy must visit the Ministry of Telephones, a Kafkaesque institution. Bernard Breslaw ( Krull ) guest-stars, and Tim McInnerny ( Blackadder ) is Franz Kafka himself. Much slapstick ensues.
Indy and a bellydancer ( Catherine Zeta Jones ) must cross the desert. Ned Lawrence has a cameo.
The battle scenes are taken from the 1987 Australian film The Lighthorsemen, which explains why a TV show has suddenly got Hollywood-scale production values.
Indy is on the Italian Front, undercover. Ernest Hemingway befriends him, but they argue over a beautiful girl. World War One seems insignificant compared to their petty domestic squabbles. Pernilla August ( Star Wars: Phantom Menace ) is the girl's Mamma.
Indy escorts Edith Wharton ( Clare Higgins ) through Morocco. He is undercover to discover an illegal arms dealer who is stealing French rifles and selling them to hostile tribes.
Indy is a translator at the Paris peace talks, setting up the League of Nations. His old friend TE Lawrence pops by to work on the Arabia agreement. There is no mention of the Balfour Declaration, of course. The Vietnamese delegation is led by Ho Chi Mihn, while Dutch actor Jeroen Krabbe ( The Living Daylights ) represents the Germans.
On the ship home to the USA, Indy has a shipboard romance. He meets his Father again and returns to Princeton, where he gets involved in Rocket Science and uncovers the ugly truth about racism.
Indy and Remy go on an international treasure hunt. Ade Edmundson (Blackadder) is a one-eyed German villain.
Indy and Remy chase the treasure from Egypt to Java to Singapore. They also meet a brothel creeper named Mrs Simpson.
This starts with a car chase. Harrison Ford is on the run, in a segment that bookends the story.
Young Indy went to Chicago, where he met Jane Krakowski and the guy who played Billy Bats in Goodfellas. There is an encounter with Scarface Al Brown. Hemingway re-appears.
The second half is a whodunnit, when the boss is shot dead.
Indy befriends George Gershwin, and works as a stagehand on Broadway. He gets THREE girlfriends:
Indy has his 21st birthday.
Indiana Jones gets a job at Universal Studios, Hollywood. Von Stroheim, Irving Thalberg, John Ford and Wyatt Earp all work on a western.
Back in the USA, Doctor Jones is a nerdy college professor working for Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott - ). He is hired by Porkins (William Hootkins - Star Wars: ANH ), a representative of the US Government, to find the fabled Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do.
Indy gets a couple of allies to help him. One is an old lover interest, Marion Ravenwood ( Karen Allen ), and another is an Egyptian ally named Salah (John Rhys Davies - Sliders ). Yes, this was in the 1980s when colour was only skin deep, and actors were judged on their abilities instead of held back by the colour of their skin. This paved the way for such revolutionary casting as Eggs as Jimmy Olsen in Supergirl .
The Nazis have their own archaeologist - Bellaq. He is actually better than Indy, and finds the Ark quite quickly. After much swashbuckling, which involves Indy wiping out dozens of German footsoldiers, the climax is literally a Deus Ex Machina. This is the story's so-called plot hole: Indy does not actually do much to resolve the plot. However, it is not about the climax - it is about the journey.
However, the presence of a young boy character does not mean this was dumbed down for a childish audience. Things get quite gruesome and gory when they get to India and stumble into the Temple of Doom itself.
The story picks up again in the late 1930s. Grown-up Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford - Star Wars ) is contacted by a millionaire (Julian Glover - ). Henry Jones (Sean Connery - ), Indy's father, has gone missing while searching for the Holy Grail. Indy goes off to Italy to look for the old man, and the Grail. He also hooks up with yet another blonde bombshell, Ilsa ( Alison Doody ).
This is basically a follow-up to the original movie. Indy's allies once again include Salah (John Rhys Davies - Sliders ) and Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott - ), the McGuffin is an Xian artefact, and the enemies are Nazis. It is nice to see Marcus actually gets something to do this time.
All in all, this is a bit lacklustre compared to the previous films. Perhaps that is because it was shot on locations rather than on specially-made sets.
The commies steal a Crystal Skull from the warehouse - it is in Area 51, which is a test site for nuclear weapons. Their leader ( Cate Blanchett ) claims to have psychic powers, and the Crystal skull is from time-travelling aliens from another dimension. IIRC Lucas originally wanted to set the climax of Last Crusade in Atlantis ... but this is ridiculous, even compared to that!
Back at the University, Indy is hassled by the FBI. His father (Sean Connery) has been written off as dead. Because Denholm Elliot is dead, his character (Marcus Brody) cannot make an appearance either. But as a reference, there is a statue of Marcus in the University grounds. In a typical step too far, this statue actually plays a part in the story.
The big quest is to find the Lost City of the South American civilisation. Indy gets some help from a group of semi-famous actors. Shia LeBoeuf ( Transformers ) is a Marlon Wild Ones Brando impersonator, Karen Allen pops up for old times sake, and John Hurt ( Alien ) plays a doddery old Professor. Ray Winstone ( Robin of Sherwood ) is an old friend of Indy's, who is a bit of an unpredictable character ...
There are three big chase scenes in the film. Yet we never get the sense at any time that Indy is in any jeopardy. After Raiders Of The Lost Ark we know Indy is invincible - but in the sequels he had sidekicks who were in jeopardy. This is just cartoonish in comparison.
The whole Lost City thing was done in National Treasure 2 . The climax was ... just dumb. It fitted in well with the rest of the film, though.