The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 14

The Phantom Train of Doom, German East Africa, November 1916 (2)

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jun 05, 1993 on ABC
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The Phantom Train of Doom, German East Africa, November 1916 (2)
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Having destroyed the Phantom Train Indy and Remy find themselves unknowingly helping the 25th Royal Fusiliers to capture the famous General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. However, things go from bad to worse when Indy, Remy and the General become stranded in a hot air balloon with an entire German army after them!moreless

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  • Indy and Remy find themselves as part of a plan to capture master strategist Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck!

    8.9
    This fun adventure continues and it's not bad at all. If you've read my previous review you'll already know that home video and the original broadcast versions of 'The Phantom Train of Doom' are almost identical. Very little has been changed or added between them. The broadcast version was also shown in the 90 minute TV movie format. This is a review of the second part for those watching the story in two parts as networks have sometimes shown them in this format.



    Now having destroyed the Phantom Train our hero Indy as well as his not-so-happy buddy Remy think they're finally out of trouble. However, the 25th Royal Fusiliers have other ideas. The two unknowingly become involved in a mission to capture famous General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck from a German camp. Indy or Remy have no choice but to go along with this risky plan. It's only when they become stranded in a hot air balloon with their prisoner and pursued by an entire German army that they realise things cannot possibly get any worse!



    Well, thanks to Indy (as well as the 25th Royal Fusiliers) destroying the Phantom Train the bombardments have now stopped. Everyone's safe for now. But unfortunately for Indy and Remy those cheeky, sneaky old soldiers are plotting to capture military strategist Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck with our two would be Belgian soldiers at the front of this foolhardy mission. As you can imagine they don't see it coming. Frederick Selous and the others lead them back to what they think is the Belgian army. It's only when the team run into and get captured by their enemy things finally begin to make sense to Indy. It doesn't even end there. Escaping in a hot air balloon Indy, Remy and Lettow-Vorbeck become stranded airborne (with a deflating balloon) having to deal with the unruly General who as Indy comments reminds him of his father. Also, lets forget being chased by an entire German army, a group of lions and some restless natives out to protect their land. While not as quest driven as Part 1 the second part of this story succeeds by throwing one misadventure after another in our hero's path. Tom Bell is perfectly cast as military strategist Lettow-Vorbeck. Bell is commanding in his performance like the General. Even while captured the General shows who's boss. Lettow-Vorbeck's continuous scolding of Indy and Remy for their badly planned capturing of him and his here's-how-you –should-of-done-it approach is hilarious, providing the episode's best moments. Lettow-Vorbeck's commanding presence also allows them to learn tactics necessary to survive. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck spent much time in Africa and he avoided the British by using the environment around him to his advantage. Much to Indy's dismay (or much to Remy's appreciation) the General knowing termites provide nutrition shows a man who has had to make do with little while serving in Africa. Both sides soon begin to show respect for each other. Indy learns to appreciate the General's unorthodox ways while he appreciates Indy's determination in not giving up. It's this mutual respect that allows Indy to let Lettow-Vorbeck go in exchange for their own safety. The next time they meet things will be different but at least here a compromise can be met. This all helps as a look at the story concept of Part 2 presents on the surface anyway a much slower episode than the first part. Peter MacDonald is a fast paced action director and while that train almost never stopped moving in Part 1 here the action is confined to a slow moving balloon. Thankfully the pace still doesn't slow down (credit must go to writer Frank Darabont as well) and story wise it's only Margaret Trappe played by Lynsey Baxter that is underutilised.



    If there is another criticism of the second part of 'The Phantom Train of Doom' is that Remy's whining, which while easy to put up with in Part 1 really begins to grate in Part 2. The man just doesn't stop complaining! How many times can Remy tell Indy "it's all your fault". Although, being barraged by heavy artillery weapons, being captured by the enemy and then sent to death while suffocating from claustrophobia in a hot air balloon with an annoying prisoner is bound to make anyone a bit cranky so I guess we can allow Remy's behaviour to pass this one time since the rest of the story is so fantastic. It's an enjoyable second part to a fun story and even those pesky Royal Fusiliers turn up at the end to find out what's going on. More than anything 'The Phantom Train of Doom' was proof to naysayers that the series could be entertaining.moreless
  • Phantom Train Part 2

    8.8
    Features the actual destruction of the Train from Part One and includes Indy and Remy both being hijacked by the old group of soldiers into capturing an elusive German commander. This episode was actually more silly and laugh filled than part one and I enjoyed it more. Indy ends up "kidnapping his father" when capturing the German commander goes awry and he and Remy end up stranded in a hot air balloon with the snooty commander. Indy learns that you are only as old as you feel and that you can still wonderful things for your country at an age when you could be retired. Very enjoyable episode.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

Lynsey Baxter

Lynsey Baxter

Margaret Trappe

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Tom Bell

Tom Bell

General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck

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Paul Freeman

Paul Freeman

Frederick Selous

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