The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 17

Peking, March 1910

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jun 26, 1993 on ABC
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Peking, March 1910
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Indy becomes extremely ill during a trip to Peking, China. With his father away and Miss Seymour gone to get help it's up to his mother to look after him in a culture she doesn't understand.

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  • Indy must receive alternative treatment in a foreign country or die from a deadly illness!

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    It's amazing how some things work out. 'Peking, March 1910' was later re-edited with Benares, January 1910' to form the second part of TV movie 'Journey of Radiance'. For those who haven't tried to get their heads round 'Young Indiana's' complicated production history (and gone crazy as a result) the two episodes just mentioned were shot back to back. However, due to chronological order the episodes that made up the eventual TV movie are in reverse order. You might want to read my review of 'Benares' first as that is the TV movie's first part but technically this episode was made first so this is the first review you should read and…I'm confusing myself now!



    Travelling through Peking, China with his mother and teacher Miss Seymour our hero Indiana seeks wisdom and enlightenment. He also hopes to understand their language as it could come in useful one day. But Indy soon becomes extremely ill and left stranded in the country his condition worsens. A humble family takes him and cares for him. While Miss Seymour leaves to search for an American doctor at the American embassy Indy's mother must decide whether her son should get alternative treatment from a culture she's unfamiliar with. Indy's life hangs in the balance and he doesn't have much time left!



    You have to feel sorry for young Henry Jones, Jr. He manages to survive being sold as a slave and escapes a nasty drop in Athens but suddenly out of nowhere succumbs to a deadly illness. Thankfully a kind Chinese family have taken him. This is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it shows that the family have total trust for a complete outsider. Aside from the fact Indy comes from another country he also, like his mother, doesn't understand their ways. The family are at first reluctant to take him in but the family show no prejudice towards Indy or his mother Anna. They accept anyone from any culture and end up giving over their only bed so Indy can rest on it. Secondly, having Indy stay with complete strangers allows Anna to try to understand this culture. She is no longer sight seeing or being a diplomat, she is forced to understand and accept their ways. Anna rejects an offer for Indy to be cured by alternative treatment and when no other immediate option presents itself she accepts their offer for help realizing her son may die. She needn't have worried, as the Chinese doctor who arrives clearly knows what he's doing. It's during Indy's recovery we get to see Ruth DeSosa put in some great acting. She isn't the best actress in the show as I've always found her delivery of dialogue slightly forced and while she does the same here DeSosa makes her character a real person. You do honestly feel like she's a mother to Indy. She has the same fears as a real mother and will do everything she can to protect her son amongst foreigners. When Anna realizes that the people around her only want to help she steps in to pay a ruthless man (he's like an evil landlord) money the family owed him. It's a large step forward to accepting those who are different.



    The story does have some flaws. There's a whole subplot involving a thief that doesn't go anyway, the actual plot itself at times is a bit too straightforward and linear, there's a whole subplot at the beginning involving Anna becoming ill that's resolved in about five minutes (perhaps to pre-empt Indy becoming ill or perhaps her own death) while the absence of Indy father at the end sort of leaves the episode on a cliff-hanger. There is also at the end some rather cynical Americanized references to thanksgiving, which threatens to undo the good writing this episode has going for it. Nevertheless even with some flaws the episode still works at showing people overcome cultural differences and unlike most TV shows does it correctly.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

Ping Wu

Ping Wu

Li

Guest Star

Nigel Fan

Nigel Fan

Ah Pin

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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