Even though a couple months ago TrekMovie.com debunked the rumor, apparently some still thought there would be a new trailer for Star Trek with Paramount’s release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull this week…well there isn’t. However, there may yet be a subtle reference, consciously or unconsciously to Star Trek in the new Indy film.
[INDY 4 SPOILERS BELOW]
Indiana Kirk and the Kingdom of the Crystal Khan
The narrative of Star Trek II is of an ex-girlfriend Carol Marcus who needs the help of Captain Kirk against a wrathful Khan. During the adventure, Kirk, whose character faces the personal dilemma of aging, meets his son, David. Because the son does not share the same name (David Marcus) it is a surprise when it is revealed that David is Kirk’s son. The story ends with their reconciliation and Kirk realizes he has many adventures in his future. In the Genesis cave scene, David asks about Kirk’s past relationship with Khan, to which Kirk responds “Oh, it’s a long story.” David quips,”We appear to have plenty of time.”
This father/son relationship is also the basic narrative of Indiana Jones 4. Indy goes on a mission to rescues his old friend Ox, and it also happens, his ex-girlfriend Marion Ravenwood who needs Indy’s help against a wrathful Spalko. During the adventure, Indy, whose character faces the personal dilemma of aging, meets his son Mutt. Because the son does not share the same name (Mutt Williams) it is surprise of sorts when it is revealed that Mutt is Indy’s son. The story ends with their reconciliation and Indy realizes he has many adventures in his future. In Nazca, Peru, Mutt asks about Indy’s past relationship with Ponco Villa (a nice reference to the Young Indiana Jones television show) to which Indy responds “Long story, kid.” Mutt quips, “I got time.”
Fathers and sons
It would not be ridiculous to think that director Steven Spielberg or screenwriter David Koepp might have slipped in such a reference. There are many “six degrees of separation” examples between the worlds of Star Trek and the adventures of Indiana Jones. Steven Spielberg has labeled himself a Star Trek fan, and visited the sets of the latest Star Trek film, as did Harrison Ford. And it goes both ways as the new Kirk as well as the Star Trek screenwriters have expressed their appreciate for the professor adventurer. There are more connections as well, such as Ford’s whip advisor being none other than Maj Cullah himself, Anthony DeLongis.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is in theaters now, and in my opinion it is a great film and highly recommended. It is in this author’s opinion it may be the best of the four films and fun time. I also recommend Star Trek II, but really, you should have seen that already.