How To Construct That ‘Indiana Jones’ Fridge Scene Way Better

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The Indiana Jones franchise has its share of terrible moments, from the time Indy passed up the opportunity to kill Hitler to Temple Of Doom ‘s suggestion that Indian food is mostly insects and severed heads. But most fans would agree that the dumbest moment in the history of Indy’s adventures was the infamous “nuke the fridge” scene in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull , in which Dr. Jones stumbles into a nuclear test site …


… hops inside a refrigerator …


… and get blown across the desert sky like he’s starring in a particularly artsy Maytag ad …



… only to roll out and stroll it off like it was all simply a shoddy carnival ride.


Lucasfilm Which doubleds as a meta explanation of the production of this movie.

There are so many problems here. Sure, the refrigerator is lead-lined or whatever, but even if you accept that( you shouldn’t ), it doesn’t account for the senior citizen bouncing around like a rag doll inside a metal coffin. Wouldn’t he transgress his neck, at the very least? Fans of the series accepted face-melting Old Testament lasers, but they couldn’t swallow Indy surviving this scene.

But what if this scene does make sense, but merely because it’s Indiana Jones? One redditor has a hypothesi asserting merely that. Indy is no median guy, after all. He’s battled the Nazis, freed a city of enslaved children, and, uh, battled the Nazis again( it’s hard to think of a third thing ). But most importantly, Indiana Jones maintains having brushes with God, who in this universe is a verifiably real guy. Indy survives the Ark of the Covenant’s actual magical assault. He discovers the literal Holy Grail, and then drinks from it .

Lucasfilm “This is just water, right? I noticed a lack of bathrooms here … “

In The Last Crusade , we learn that drinking from the beaker awards afterlife, but only if you decide to expend the rest of their own lives in a dank cave full of fake grails. Apparently, JC was all about the irksome loopholes. Indy bails on relocating to the world’s filthiest Crate and Barrel, so he isn’t immortal. But isn’t it possible that there was at least some consequence on his physiology? Like, maybe downing an entire cup of holy water imbued Indiana Jones with some degree of healing ability …

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That would mean the fridge scene wasn’t just terrible; it was a clue that Indiana Jones has become something more than human as a result of his constant encounters with the supernatural. After all, it was George Lucas who originally proposed that Last Crusade focus on the search for the Holy Grail, even when Steven Spielberg didn’t like the idea because it had been “defined by” Monty Python. And as we’ve mentioned before, Spielberg also resisted the fridge-nuking scene. They merely wound up including it because Lucas absolutely insisted on it. If it wasn’t telling us that Indy was a little magical himself, then why make such a big deal over a scene that doesn’t actually add anything to the film?

Aside from being bad at building movies, of course.

This could also explain something in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles , which originally had bookend scenes featuring an elderly Indiana Jones principally screaming at teenagers.

Lucasfilm You belong in a museum! ” “Where’s my whip? “

The show revealed that Indy was born in 1899, but the present-day scenes were shot and apparently took place in 1992. But apart from the eye patch and an unbridled loathing of anyone under 30, Old Indy sure didn’t seem 93. In fact, the actor who played him, George Hall, would was only 76 at the time … virtually the same age Harrison Ford is now . So why does Indiana Jones look nearly 20 years younger than he should? It could be that his youthful sheen is all the result of his actions in The Last Crusade . Expect to see Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Grail-Water Enema” on shelves this fall.

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