The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 23

Florence, May 1908

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Unknown on ABC
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Florence, May 1908
Young Indy travels to Florence, Italy with his parents and Helen Seymour, his tutor, where Helen gives him lessons in physics, with examples from Galileo and Leonardo da Vinci. Meanwhile, when Indy's father is temporarily away, the family, notably Indy's mother is charmed by the Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini.moreless

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  • Indy's mother falls for the charm of Puccini!

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    Our young hero Indy isn't the only one who's had trouble in love as his mother soon discovers. So I'll start this review by saying that what we have here is an episode that ended up forming the second part of a re-edited TV movie 'The Perils of Cupid'. More interesting than that 'Florence, May 1908' was never aired as the show by that point was cancelled.



    A trip to Florence allows not for just sight seeing of Italy's beautiful landmarks but it also allows Miss Seymour to teach her young student Indy a physics lesson in gravity. With his father away his mother is feeling a bit left out. What she doesn't count on is being charmed by Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini. He has a power over her she can't resist. Does Anna risk breaking her family apart to be with a man who appreciates her more than her own husband?



    What I've always found quite chaotic about 'The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles' is how they could go from one week with an episode featuring Corey Carrier in the title role to another week with Sean Patrick Flanery as Indiana Jones. To then have those stories bookended by a 90-year-old Indy played by George Hall probably only added to the confusion. It put people off watching and ultimately this way of storytelling was too much for an audience who were used to linear narratives so the series was cancelled. Not all of the second season was aired and a handful of episodes including this one were only eventually seen in what became the standard re-edited TV movie format some years later. The series as a whole had a lot going against it, it's doubtful this particular story would of improved ratings. But bar some flaws it's still a well written piece of drama. If you want to be swept off your feet what better place than Florence, Italy! The subplot involving lessons in gravity on top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is just that, a subplot to Indy's mother Anna falling for the charm of Puccini. Anna is at the forefront of the story with Indy quite literally in the background. The opera composer longs for Anna to do theatre and begins obsessively meeting her in the hope of winning her heart so that they can travel together. This means leaving her family. For Anna, it's a tempting decision as Puccini shows more appreciation for her than Indy's father Henry who is away on business. Indy does notice something strange is going on with his mother but at that age doesn't understand his mother could fall in love with someone else. Georges Corraface gives a suitably creepy performance of Puccini, a man who will stop at nothing to get the woman he loves. The love Anna has for Puccini is soul consuming to the point that she becomes terrified of being in love with him. Ruth DeSosa was never the perfect actress in the role of Anna, her acting always felt a bit forced (or maybe that was intended?) but here she delivers her best performance. DeSosa shows a range of emotions (confusion, anger, sadness), sometimes all in one scene. For once she holds everything together. The physics lesson subplot has no real link to the main story but it's still entertaining. Miss Seymour wishes to test Indy's knowledge of physics with the old 'which will land first' experiment. Oh, but if only they did it from on top of the Eiffel Tower…



    The final scene at the train station in which Anna finally rejects Puccini and meets her husband instead is a relief to the viewer but also shows a family rejoined, completed by the symbolism of the family hugging each other. Some nice location work but what stands out is the acting. Perhaps if I had to pick one flaw is that there isn't a lot going on from a structural, narrative point of view. But that doesn't deter from a well acted and well written episode, which unfortunately no one at the time got to see.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

Georges Corraface

Georges Corraface

Giacomo Puccini

Guest Star

Margaret Tyzack

Margaret Tyzack

Helen Seymour

Guest Star

Ruth DeSosa

Ruth DeSosa

Anna Jones

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