The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 15

Loves Sweet Song, Ireland, April 1916

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jun 12, 1993 on ABC
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Loves Sweet Song, Ireland, April 1916
In Ireland right before the Easter Rebellion, Indy falls for a beautiful young Colleen, whose brother is mixed up in the Irish resistance movement.

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  • Indy wishes for love, Ireland wants a revolution!

    Trouble is afoot and Indy doesn't even realise what's about to happen. Viewers might like to note that this episode 'Ireland, April 1916' was re-edited in 1996 to form the first segment of TV movie 'Love's Sweet Song' with the second part set in London actually airing long before this.

    Indy and Remy have decided to join the Belgian army. The problem is that they don't have any money. Travelling by ship to Ireland our two would be soldiers work at a pub in the hope of saving enough money to pay their way to London where they can then enlist in the army. But for Indy, earning money is difficult when the woman you've fallen for thinks you're a millionaire and as Easter approaches trouble is brewing. The people of Ireland want their independence!

    After seeing this story I think it's fair to say that Indy really knows how to get into trouble. In the course of about a week Indy manages to not only convince a spoilt young woman that he's a millionaire but also manages to get involved with Ireland's own revolution. What is it with Indy and revolutions? The woman he becomes infatuated with (Maggie) is amazingly difficult. Indy would love to tell Maggie the truth but with her you can't get a word in edgeways. She just doesn't stop talking. What I don't understand from a character point of view is why Indy would risk wasting all his money on someone so demanding instead of saving up to give poor Remy some food. The man needs to eat! Script-wise is doesn't quite work. Maggie drives everyone so insane that it's no wonder her brother Sean Lemass wants to join other activists in Ireland's rebellion. The guy clearly wants a better world. Sean wishes for Ireland's independence and this is where the actual theme of the story comes in. The comedy love story is more of a contrived subplot to get Indy involved in the Easter Rebellion. He sees a lot of frustration in people like struggling playwright and Socialist Sean O'Casey who wants Ireland to stand on it's own. He feels angry at how people view Ireland. In fact as a budding playwright he's written a rather controversial drama criticising the way things are being run. He's feels even less than happy when the only person who handles his play, Mr. William Butler Yeats, rejects the script. Having Indy meet both O'Casey and poet/dramatist Yeats is a stroke of genius. These are revolutionary figures from Ireland's past who (maybe unintentionally) helped study and criticise Ireland as simply another country part of Britain. We don't get enough of their interaction due to the slowly tiresome comedy subplot of Indy being in love with someone from a higher social class. In fact, nothing much occurs for the first thirty or so minutes. It's only in the last quarter when the uprising begins that things finally start moving. The bank is taken over and the military arrive to take care of the activists. Suddenly a war breaks out that seems to last days. It's interesting to watch for a number of reasons. Firstly, as chaos ensures everyone who isn't wearing a uniform is now a target. No one on either side is safe. Indy and the others hide in the pub where he's been working to save money for tickets to London. It's a tense situation as the people in the middle of this conflict are in danger. It's ironic as everything either side is working for is being destroyed around them. This leads onto my second point: the visual effects. Two revolutions are taking place on screen. There's the revolution and there's the revolutionary visual effects employed to show the uprising. It all looks amazing. The digital matte paintings showing the destroyed city after all these years still leave a mark of technological greatness. The third thing I noticed about this story is how it affects Indy. The events of this story show him what he'll be facing if he recruits into World War One. People are going to die and he's going to find himself in a battlefield where his morals will be tested. In that sense the Easter Rebellion is a dangerous foreshadowing of what's to come. The acting is fairly good. Special mention must go to John Lynch who plays Sean O'Casey. He certainly makes you feel the frustration he has of his country while also the fact he can't find someone who will listen to his ideas.

    It's not the best episode. O'Casey and Yeats are interesting people played by very good actors and we should be seeing more of them. Unfortunately the continuous romantic misadventures of Maggie thinking Indy is rich while taking the tension off the whole uprising plot also feels tired rather quickly. It's the huge battle in the last ten minutes that saves the story. Without seeing the uprising this episode would be without a point and it helps that the conflict between both sides towards the end is presented as both gripping and exciting. I think Indy's quite relieved to go to London after this story and no; I don't just mean because of Maggie!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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At one point Indy tells Maggie that as a boy he once travelled with his mother to China. This is a reference to Peking, March 1910, which would be aired a couple of episodes later.

    • Non-fiction characters appearing in this episode:

      Sean Lemass: A veteran of the 1916 Easter Uprising and other post-World War I Irish/British conflicts, Lemass went on to serve as "Taoiseach," the head of government in Ireland (1899-1971)

      William Butler Yates: Irish poet/dramatist and an Irish Senator for two terms. As a dramatist, he founded the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 (1865-1939)

      Sean O'Casey: An Irish dramatist and Socialist. In 1929, W.B. Yates rejected O'Casey's play, The Silver Tassie resulting in his leaving Ireland to live the remainder of his life in England (1880-1964)

      Patrick Pearse: Irish activist who proclaimed the Irish Republic on the steps of the Post Office. Pearse and fourteen others were executed for the rebellion (1879-1916)

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  • NOTES (5)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).

    • To present the destruction of the Easter Rebellion at the end of this episode digital matte paintings were used, which were some of the first created in visual effects.

    • This episode is included on Volume 1 Disc 10 of the DVD collection. The companion documentaries are on Disc 11, and they include:
      -Easter Rising - The Poets' Rebellion
      -The Passions of William Butler Yeats
      -Sean O'Casey vs. Ireland
      -Ireland - The Power of the Poets
      -Winston Churchill - The Lion's Roar
      -Demanding the Vote - The Pankhursts and British Suffrage
      -Fighting for the Vote - Women's Suffrage in America

    • The prison scene was filmed at the Kilmainham Jail in Dublin, Ireland. This prison was also used to the Academy Award-nominated film In The Name Of The Father.

    • Part 1 of the video Love's Sweet Song with London, May 1916.


    • Remy: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may...

      The opening line of Robert Herrick's 17th century poem To the virgins, to make much of time, a poem dedicated to the concept of carpe diem, to those in their youth to actively celebrate life and its pleasures.