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Question #45217 posted on 05/24/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the correct chronological order of the Indiana Jones movies? Not the order they were released, but when they take place.
- Junior

A: Dear Henry,

The movies take place in the following chronological order for the characters:

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, coming soon to a theater near you

Did you know that the character of Indiana Jones was originally going to be played by Tom Selleck? I, for one, am glad he was too busy with Magnum PI. The franchise just wouldn't be as cool without Harrison Ford.

-Kicks and Giggles, who is beside herself with anticipation and also a little worried that Crystal Skull is going to be a let-down, and who disagrees with Humble Master's sentiment below
A: Dear Junior

Kicks got it right, but I just wanted to add my own sense of anticipation for the upcoming Indiana Jones flick. However, I wish that rather than creating a generational franchise and moving them forward in time as they seem to be doing with this film (and George Lucas has implied he'd like to do with a follow-up) I wish they would recast Indiana Jones, ala James Bond, and keep him in the thirties and forties fighting Nazis. Fighting Nazis never gets old, and neither should Indiana Jones. But, whatever they do with the franchise I'll be seeing the movies.

-Humble Master
A: Dear Humble Master,

As much as I love Nazi-fightin', I was actually really glad that they didn't make Indy the ageless hero, like they did with Bond. We relate to Indy as a person, not just a title (and yeah, I think James Bond is more of a title than a person..."We confer upon you the title of Bond, and all the lasciviousness that comes with it; from this moment forth, you shall have your martinis shaken, not stirred").

So, hurrah for an aged Dr. Jones and the aged Harrison Ford that plays him!

-Claudio
A: Dear Claudio

Since they are bringing back Harrison Ford, I believe it was absolutely the right thing to move the story to the fifties. Having an old Harrison Ford fighting Nazis twenty years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade would have been weird. And since they moved the story to the fifties, it was absolutely the right thing to have Indiana Jones fight Communists, and also to involve aliens and psychics.

-Humble Master