I clearly remember when ‘Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull’ came out, as the sound of Stephen’s eyes rolling about the alien subplot actually caused small tremors across the entire Midwestern United States. Thankfully, it’s been nearly five years, which should allow his simmering rage to have subsided enough for me to finally ask a question regarding a certain controversial plot point. (Also, I only caught the thing on cable recently…) When I remember the events of the first three films, I recall Mola Ram and his magical potions, an immortal knight, endless vengeful spirits from within the Ark, and… Oh, yes: THE FREAKIN’ HOLY GRAIL. It’s clear from these elements that Indy lives in a world that is NOT governed by the same natural laws that you and I follow, nor is Part IV the first time that plot developments in his world require a healthy suspension of disbelief to follow.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) remembered just in time that, in Aramaic, “Nerd-rage” is spelled with a “J”, asking: Given the copious supernatural elements already in play in Indiana Jones’ world, why is the alien subplot in “Crystal Skull” so problematic for some fans?