Friday, June 27, 2008

In Defense of Aliens in Indy IV

In many of the reactions I've seen to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I've noticed people range from surprised to dismayed at the inclusion of aliens and the paranormal in the series.

Personally, I don't see the problem, and while it was definitely a brave move, to me, it's a move that makes sense. So, we've got an archaeologist-adventurer now in the 50s, the height of the Cold War.

1) There are plenty of theories that wonder if ancient civilisations were founded by extra-terrestrial beings, so surely an archaeologist would be familiar with this.

2) This is set 10 years after Roswell and when flying saucer sightings were prominent and gaining attention...

3) ...and a theory as to why aliens were suddenly so interested in us? Because we were now nuclear...

4) ...a big part of the Cold War, along with the space race.

To me, it makes sense that aliens would be a considered and chosen option for Indiana Jones. Granted, some parts may have been over the top and verging on silly, but really, like Nazi faces melting off isn't silly?

Yes, it helps that I'm a great big dirty UFO believer, but whatever...

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