The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Season 1 Episode 2

The Curse of the Jackal, Mexico, March 1916 (2)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 04, 1992 on ABC
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The Curse of the Jackal, Mexico, March 1916 (2)
To keep him from getting into any more trouble, Indy is sent to visit his aunt in New Mexico. While there, he is kidnapped by Pancho Villa and swept up into the Mexican Revolution.

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  • On a visit to see his aunt in New Mexico Indy gets caught up in the Mexican Revolution!

    I think it's safe to assume that a trip to Mexico will never be the same again. This episode forms the second part of the TV movie 'Spring Break Adventure' but is more notable for being the second part of pilot 'The Curse of the Jackal'. The show was re-edited for better continuity and so 'Mexico, March 1916' was taken out to be replaced with a newly filmed episode 'Tangiers, 1908'. Trust me, as the show went on it did get much more complicated than this.

    Visiting his aunt and family in New Mexico Indy sees the opportunity to explore Mexico further. What our hero doesn't count on is being captured by the infamous Pancho Villa who persuades Indy to join his revolution. Father is not going to be happy! Thinking he's finally found his calling Indy begins to realise that in a revolution there are no positive outcomes. But Indy knows if he can just hang on in there he'll have the chance to recover a priceless artefact and avenge the death of a friend by a figure from the past!

    Well this is where it all kicks off. Indy's life will never be the same after this story. The events of this episode lead our hero to World War One, treasure hunting and espionage. During the airing of the original pilot story one can imagine it must have been a slightly frustrating jump to have Indy at one age and to then go forward suddenly to when he's older. 'The Curse of the Jackal' did set up the format of the series with one episode airing with an eight year old and next week one with Indy in his teens. Some would argue that the second part of the original pilot was the strongest. Unlike some episodes of the show the advantage presented here is that it was originally written so that events from the first part had an effect on the second part. It was rewarding in that sense. There was also a lot more action than in the Egypt segment but people really can't blame the series for what those episodes where trying to do. Those episodes had to be lighter in tone because they featured a younger version of Indiana Jones. Do you think an eight year old could survive the Mexican Revolution shown in this story? The reason the second part is in my opinion stronger is because it builds on the first segment and fully establishes Indy's journey to the man he'll become. As I've mentioned, he sets off on an unforgettable journey after this story. The episode contains all the trademarks of the show whether it's the action sequences (with big, cool explosions folks), lines referenced from the films ("it belongs in a museum") or things that contribute to Indy's appearance like his bullwhip. At times everything's a little too chaotic for my liking. At one point early on Indy rides after a thief to take back clothes he's stolen from a woman. It doesn't quite make sense that Indy would just go off like a delivery boy. I mean if they stole cutlery would he go and fetch it back as well? Having said that this is probably the only flaw I could find in the story. Indy's insecurities about not finding his place in the world was explored when he was at Princeton. This episode is where that's dealt with more directly. He joins the revolution because he thinks he's fighting for the greater good. Besides, who can resist a commanding leader like Pancho Villa, expertly played by Mike Moroff. It's when he meets a poor man who's lost his cattle to Villa's men that Indy begins to realise that fighting for the greater good should be done for others, not for one's own personal gain as Villa is doing. It's his disillusionment with Villa, that Indy made that bad decision to join Villa that leads him to eventually join World War One. What makes him stay is retribution against Demetrios by taking back the jackal headpiece stolen in the first part of 'The Curse of the Jackal' when Indy was eight years old! It's nice continuity and ultimately leads to a terrific final battle between them both that brings back fun, adventure filled memories of the Harrison Ford Indiana Jones films. Lastly this episode also introduces everyone's favourite character Remy played by Ronny Coutteure. People tend to slap their foreheads whenever Remy's name is mentioned. I've heard people wish for one stray bullet, just one stray bullet... Oh come on, he's not that bad. Alright so he constantly eats food, whines nearly all the time and the actor's complete lack of conveying expressions through acting means any comedy feels forced most of the time but this is actually quite a good episode for Remy as a character. Like Indy our budding Belgian hero thinks the revolution is his place in life after his family is killed. It's after Villa's men take over an American cinema showing newsreels of Belgium losing the war that Remy begins to see he's fighting the wrong war. In this one scene Coutteure does a commendable job of making us care for his predicament and Remy would very rarely get this level of character development again in the series.

    The second part of 'The Curse of the Jackal' is hugely enjoyable. It introduces new characters, references themes and character traits from Indy's previous adventures in the films but more importantly builds on the Egypt segment by successfully establishing the conventions of the series as a whole. Indy and Remy may ride off into the sunset at the end but Indiana Jones unforgettable adventures are only just about to begin.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

Mike Moroff

Mike Moroff

Pancho Villa

Guest Star

Lloyd Owen

Lloyd Owen

Henry Jones, Sr.

Guest Star

Ronny Coutteure

Ronny Coutteure

Remy Baudouin

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Indy's line to Demetrios "it belongs in a museum" is a throwback to the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in which he says the line many times near the beginning of the film.

    • The events of this episode are later referenced in the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when Indy explains to Mutt that he rode with Pancho Villa and his men.

    • TRIVIA: Non-fiction characters appearing in this episode -

      -General John "Blackjack" Pershing: An American Army General who is best known for leading the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and mentoring the great generals of World War II including Marshall, Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton. (1860-1948)
      -George S. Patton: An American military officer who served with Pershing in Mexico against Pancho Villa, in the newly founded United States Tank Corps in World War I, and was one of the most influential leaders in the European Theater of World War II. (1885-1945)
      -Pancho Villa: A Mexican Revolutionary general who was famous for leading a raid into New Mexico prior to the U.S. joining World War I. (1878-1923)
      -Julio Cárdenas: An important leader in Pancho Villas military organization, leading Pancho Villa's bodyguards, the Dorados ("Golden ones"). He was killed by Lieutenant Patton who reportedly carved notches into his revolvers. (????-1916)

    • TRIVIA: Indy's adventure that would take him around the world during World War I started on the morning of March 9, 1916 when Pancho Villa's men made a cross-border attack against Columbus, New Mexico. In reality, they set part of Columbus on fire and killed 18 Americans (80 of Villa's men were killed).

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  • NOTES (7)

    • The episode won 4 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Single Camera Production and Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special.

    • Located on Volume 1 Disc 12 of the Young Indiana Jones DVD collection is an interactive game called The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Revolution. The interactive game is based on this episode.

    • Mike Moroff's (Pancho Villa) grandfather interestingly enough actually rode with Villa and Moroff ended up inheriting several love letters written by Villa.

    • The horse used by Sean Patrick Flanery in this episode is called Hurricane. The same horse was actually used by Harrison Ford in previous Indiana Jones feature films.

    • This episode originally aired as the second part of pilot The Curse of the Jackal. When the show was later re-edited and put into chronological order this episode was taken out and replaced with the newly filmed Tangiers 1908.

    • This episode is included on Volume 1 Disc 8 of the DVD collection. The companion documentaries are on Disc 9, and they include:
      -Thomas Edison - Lighting Up the World
      -Invention and Innovation - What's Behind a Good Idea?
      -The Mystery of Edward Stratemeyer
      -Wanted: Dead or Alive - Pancho Villa and the American Invasion of Mexico
      -General John J. Pershing And His American Army
      -George S. Patton - American Achilles

    • Part 2 of the video Spring Break Adventure with Princeton, February 1916.