The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 19

Demons Of Deception , Paris, October 1916 (2)

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jul 10, 1993 on ABC
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Demons Of Deception , Paris, October 1916 (2)
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When Indy goes on leave in Paris and engages in a torrid affair with infamous spy Mata Hari and she shows him that love isn't always grand.

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  • Indy falls for the charms of double agent spy Mata Hari!

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    I’ll start by saying that this is probably the most ill advised relationship that Indiana Jones has embarked on. Viewers might like to note that ‘Paris, October 1916’ was later re-edited to form the second part of what would end up being the TV movie ‘Demons of Deception’. While this second segment is from Season 2 the first segment is from Season 1.



    Taking a well-deserved break to France our hero Indy is less than enthusiastic about having to spend his free time with friends of his father. However, it’s at a boring dinner party that he meets Mata Hari, a woman of great beauty known all round the world for her exotic dancing. Consumed by this beauty Indy begins an affair with her but as devious men watch their every move Indy discovers that love can be manipulated when victory over World War One is concerned.



    Well, Indy is back in Paris, France and as usual looking for love in all the wrong places. The last time Indy was in France he was an eight year old and met Pablo Picasso. Now as a sixteen year old our hero’s on leave in France with Remy. It seems his actions at Verdun didn’t get him into trouble as Indy’s been allowed to spend some time in Paris looking for that perfect woman. But there is a catch. Our young explorer won’t be exploring the latest bars for beautiful French women. Instead, rather disappointingly he’ll have to spend his free time with Professor Levi and his wife Annabelle, friends of his father. Henry Jones Senior isn’t too happy that his son has gone off to fight in the war. Professor Levi has everything planned out for Indy’s visit. Star Wars fans might recognise Professor Levi played by Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine. Indy, the sly devil he can be of course has other plans for the Levi’s upcoming dinner party. As the Emperor himself might say there can be no doubt that only at the end does Levi see the true power of the Dark Side of the Force! Sorry, I couldn’t resist but neither can Indy when he meets the seductive Mata Hari. The theme presented throughout this story is of how love can be manipulated when love should mean safety. Indy’s encounter with exotic dancer Mata Hari soon afterwards is what he thinks is love but it’s really seduction for secret intelligence. Love in this sense is being used as a tool to gain information. Interesting to note that ‘Paris, October 1916’ was written by Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia in the ‘Star Wars’ films. Fisher is mostly known for writing comedy but as a writer here shows more than that. Unlike a lot of her work she writes a story of passion, intrigue and deception. For the most part the script plays out straight, making us care for Indy’s forbidden affair with Hari while at the same time giving the viewer the impression it’ll all end in disaster. Someone forgot to tell poor Indy that Mata Hari was a spy for both France and German intelligence. In fact her title of double agent was unclear, as both sides couldn’t figure out which side she was deceiving. Whether it was her intention to reap profits from the victor of The Great War or did what she did because she was simply bored what we can say is that Hari died a lonely person. The life she led was full of mistrust and danger. When she died she died alone. Structurally the story is strange. ‘Young Indy’ as a series jumped back and forth through time every week. One week he’s eight and the next week he’s a teenager, all framed by an elderly Indiana Jones. Fisher actually takes it one step further showing Mata Hari get captured and then shot on the firing line for her crimes. We get quick flashes throughout the last quarter of the episode of these events. At first it seems like skilful writing although you wonder whether these flash-forwards were Fisher’s intention or that she took her briefing by George Lucas on the flexible nature of the series timeframes a little too seriously. Actress/artist Domiziana Giordano is generally very good in the role of Mata Hari. She’s great at bringing a natural boredom of life to the role while making us see glimpses at a more insecure person. This is someone who kept her own identity as much of a secret as her intelligence information. If there’s any failing of Giordano in the role of Hari is that while she’s definitely terrific as the deceptive spy seeking information from a naïve Indy she just doesn’t convince as an exotic dancer. In the scene where she performs for Indy she doesn’t look like an expert who’s become famous across the world. Nicolas Roeg use of in-your-face zoom in/zoom outs also doesn’t really help and the sequence, as a whole just feels more hallucinogenic or awkward rather than erotic.



    For Fisher’s sole writing credit for the series she does a commendable if not outstanding job. Indy learns that love can be used to deceive those naïve in its ways. Almost becoming the jealous husband Indy realises what he’s been feeling is lust, not actual love. As Indy heads off back to war we can be thankful he has friends like Remy to help him get back on track. Mata Hari isn’t so fortunate as her own double crossing would finally bring her an early death and a lonely death at that.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

Domiziana Giordano

Domiziana Giordano

Mata Hari

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Kenneth Haigh

Kenneth Haigh

War Minister

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Ian McDiarmid

Ian McDiarmid

Professor Levi

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Ronny Coutteure

Ronny Coutteure

Remy Baudouin

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