Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

If you’ve found yourself watching this movie, and you’ve managed to make it through Act II, consider yourself an anomaly.

After nearly ninety minutes of [editorialization removed], Indy, Mutt, Marion, and Dr. Oxley manage to escape from their Russian captors (and Mac joins them for some reason). They float down three waterfalls and find themselves at the entrance to the lost city of Akator.

ACT III

Upon entering Akator, Indy and his squad are in awe at the huge archaeological collection the aliens have made. They wander their way through, looking for a place to put the Crystal Skull that Dr. Oxley found in Peru.

Why is Mac dropping blinking reds?

In the movie-blogging biz we call those “tracking devices.” Mac does this because he rolled a chaotic neutral character and wants to see what happens when the Russians meet Indy’s crew in the throne room.

I think a better question would be “Why didn’t the Russian team plant one of those numerous tracking devices on Indiana Jones, Marion, Mutt, Dr. Oxley, Mac, or the crystal skull?” To which I would answer: The Russian team got a huge boost to their budget when Moscow found out how close they were to Akator, so they were only able to afford them right at the very end of their journey when they were deep in the Amazon.

What causes the crystal skull to spontaneous become magnetic?

Steven Spielberg originally wanted to show its magnetism the entire time, but realized how stupid that was. So it’s only magnetic when it’s convenient.

Why are there thirteen crystal skeletons?

I imagine it has something to do with the Mayan culture– they have tons of folklore and philosophies surrounding the number 13. Granted, the Maya lived way far north in the central Americas, not the South American Amazon, but when you’re making a movie about an archaeological explorer, specific cultural features don’t mean much.

How does Irina know the Thirteen are a hive mind?

This is explained in the margins of the DVD manual. Irina is actually from a different alien species. She has been trying to find a way to destroy the Krystals (what they call them) for nearly a couple millennia.

How does Dr. Oxley know the crystal beings are interdimensional?

Dr. Oxley is a scientist in the 1950s. As such, he’s familiar with all the current talk on string theory and the multi-verse.

Why does Indiana try to save Mac?

This is explained in the British DVD commentary. A lot of scenes constructing Mac as a well-rounded character were cut from the final script before shooting began. We would have seen Mac defend Indy and be an actual friend to him, rather than just gab about how great things used to be and constantly back-stab him with no redemption.

Why did Mutt look surprised and lick his lips when his mom and estranged dad kiss each other?

To quote Felicity Shagwell from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: “I thought I wanted to be you, but then I realized that… I wanted to be with you.”

Mutt is just imagining being in his mom’s position.

If you have any other questions about Act III of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (or any part of the movie, as you sure you have tons), please feel free to ask below!

~Phil

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