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RETRO SHOCK-“Skulls, monkey brains and children in peril … hooray?" (1984): Want to ride the rails of a slave child diamond mine?   Maybe insult the integrity of your sole female actress? Or perhaps feast upon some intended-as-exotic and but-racially-offensive cuisine?  Then join hosts Bob and Tim as they combat the winter blues by basking in the sacrificial torch-light of this Temple Of Doom. 

Episode Summary

00:00:00 - UNLICENSED AUDIO CLIP - "The endearing Willie Scott”

00:00:21 - REMINISCE REUNIONS - The passage of time / “Slave Children Crusade" 

00:04:52 - MAY 23rd 1984 - Fedoras for the whole family? 

00:18:59 - HATEFUL BOY’S CLUB - the unfortunate caricature of Willie Scott

00:21:23 - INTREPID TREPIDATION - not a well lit memory

00:24:37 - PRESENT DAY (ALSO GOOD MEMORY/BAD MEMORY) - Re-watching our first prequel

00:28:21 - HARRISON FORD WITH A HAT - Is Indiana Jones a consistent character?  

00:34:40 - THE BIG DANCE NUMBER  an eff you to expectations

00:37:25 - IS THIS SEQUENCE RACIST? -asking the reoccurring question

00:42:03 - TONAL SHIFTS - more screwball than subtle yet still misogynistic

00:51:30 - STILL INDY - and now some good points about the movie

01:03:08 - DARK FORCES OR SCIENCE? - Just what does Indy believe in?

01:07:24 - THE PG-13 COMETH- did this movie impact the ratings system?

01:11:05 - FAMILY FILM NIGHT YAY OR NAY? - Will Bob’s kids see this on Friday?

01:14:27 - GOOD REALITY/BAD REALITY - does "The Temple Of Doom” hold up?

01:16:14 - CLOSINGS - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase / “The Loco-loco-motion”

Watch the original theatrical trailer HERE.

Watch an original MAKING OF documentary from 1984 in 6 parts stating HERE.

Hear Special Effects Supervisor George Gibbs discuss how they filmed the climactic bridge finale with accompanying animation from the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences HERE.

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“Slave Children’s Crusade” and “Short Round’s Theme” composed and conducted by John Williams for the 1984 original motion picture soundtrack to “INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM”

“Locomotion/The Loco-Motion” performed by Kylie Minogue off her 1987 debut album KYLIE

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