The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 18

Benares, January 1910

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jul 03, 1993 on ABC
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Benares, January 1910
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Indy travels to Benares where he seeks enlightenment from Krishnamurti who may or may not be India's saviour.

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  • Indy's receives enlightenment from a reluctant messiah!

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    Young Indiana Jones travels across the world in search of wisdom and enlightenment. 'Benares, January 1910' was later re-edited with 'Peking, March 1910' to form the first part of the TV movie 'Journey of Radiance'. What's odd here is that unlike previous stories that were rather randomly edited together by chronology instead of production order, both segments of what would become this TV movie were shot back to back. What's even stranger is that although shot one after the other these two episodes are still in the wrong order. Chronology rules out again…



    Young Indiana travels with his family to Benares, India where our hero meets Jiddu Krishnamurti, a young man destined to become the new world leader. He brings fear in some and brings happiness to many. People worship him as he will lead them. It is the unorthodox theosophist Charles Leadbeater with woman's rights activist Annie Besant that discovered and raised him. But as Indy's teacher Helen Seymour does some investigating she uncovers what could be false information that not only implicates Leadbeater but threatens the reputation of Krishnamurti as the leader of his people. Miss Seymour must decide whether the world is ready to know the truth, as nothing will ever be the same again!



    When I watch episodes of 'Young Indy' like this I feel sad. It's not just that this episode is based on such a sad story of a young man reluctantly thrust into the spotlight of fame but it's the fact that the show had good writing that would normally go over anyone's head who aren't watching solely for the action and so the show was let down by poor ratings. This episode is representative of the problem the show had as a whole, well deserved critical praise for a well written and acted television series which couldn't find an audience who were expecting action adventure. Jiddu Krishnamurti was plucked from obscurity to become a reluctant messiah not only of his people but of the whole world. He was in training from an early age. The controversial man who discovered him, Charles Leadbeater claims to have seen a powerful, beautiful aura around the young man. It was eventually the death of his brother that made Krishnamurti question his own faith and power in himself. He renounced his role as new world leader and began preaching freethinking; the idea that organized religion cannot ultimately help us make decisions. This story takes place during Krishnamurti's early life; already he seems aware he might not be the saviour of his people. Although he holds great power he can't simply dismiss. In one scene he strikes fear into two bullies simply by staring into their eyes. They see something extraordinary-ingly powerful in him. It is respect from fear that they feel. Soon afterwards Krishnamurti and Indy come across a woman whose baby has just died. He looks deep into her eyes and soon the pain of her loss is gone, replaced with an expression that signifies she understands her baby is gone and must continue her own life. It's amazing to watch, even more amazing when the audience can see that Krishnamurti's power over people isn't magical in the mystical sense but magical in a human one. They trust him as a leader. But it's really Helen Seymour's story. The pessimist she is, Helen does some investigating and finds evidence to suggest that Leadbeater is a fraud. He has written two manuscripts, one that prophesizes a boy from Chicago is supposed to be the new world leader. Revealing the truth to an entire society that has followed Krishnamurti's teachings wouldn't be easy especially since anyone who could listen like Annie Besant follows Leadbeater as a leader as well. In the end Miss Seymour realizes that Benares is not ready for the truth. The people of Benares are in need of a saviour, someone who can give them guidance and Krishnamurti is that person. As I've mentioned at the beginning of my review like most episodes of 'Young Indy' this episode works on a more cerebral level. It's unlikely viewers wanting action will be happy here, at one point Krishnamurti spends a good ten minutes philosophising with Indy about life. There's a wealth of info in that ten minutes but with episodes like this you can see why the show was cancelled. For people who want to make the effort the episode delivers great characterization, great acting, great music and great location work. Considering all these things have been done so successfully I don't think you could have a more fitting piece of television about would be saviour Krishnamurti.moreless
Corey Carrier

Corey Carrier

Young Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. at age 8-10

Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery

Young Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. at age 16-20

George Hall

George Hall

Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr. at age 93

Dorothy Tutin

Dorothy Tutin

Annie Besant

Guest Star

John Wood

John Wood

Charles Leadbeater

Guest Star

Hemanth Rao

Hemanth Rao

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Guest Star

Lloyd Owen

Lloyd Owen

Professor Henry Jones, Sr.

Recurring Role

Ruth DeSosa

Ruth DeSosa

Anna Jones

Recurring Role

Margaret Tyzack

Margaret Tyzack

Helen Seymour

Recurring Role

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    • When Indy is discussing religion and life with Jiddu Krishnamurti he says he wishes to live forever. This maybe foreshadowing the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in which Indy searches for the Holy Grail. The cup gives immortal life to whoever drinks from it.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode and its companion documentaries are located on Volume 1 Disc 7 of the DVD collection, they include:
      -Jiddu Krishnamurti - The Reluctant Messiah
      -Annie Besant - An Unlikely Rebel
      -Medicine in the Middle Kingdom
      -Eastern Spirituality - The Road to Enlightenment

    • Part 1 of the video Journey of Radiance with Peking, March 1910.

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