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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Indiana Jones: Mask of Evil Indiana Jones
"Mask of Evil"
(49:09-end on the Masks of Evil DVD)
Written by Jonathan Hensleigh
Directed by Dick Maas
Bookends directed by Carl Schultz
Original air date: February 7, 1995

Indy versus Vlad the Impaler.

 

Read the "October 1918" entry of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this episode

 

Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology

 

This episode takes place in January 1918.

 

Didja Know?

 

The title "Mask of Evil" for this episode has been assigned by PopApostle based on the title of the TV movie repackaged for the Family Channel from the two episodes of the Young Indiana Chronicles, "Istanbul, September 1918" (covered by PopApostle as "The Wolves") and "Transylvania, January 1918".

 

Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles

 

The Old Indy bookends for this episode take place on Staten Island on Halloween of 1993.

 

The three trick-or-treaters are dressed as Dracula, a werewolf, and a pumpkin. Dracula, of course, is the classic vampiric character from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel.

 

The three trick-or-treaters are worried that knocking at Indy's door will yield another one of his long stories.

 

Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones

 

The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved.  

 

The events of this episode are not covered in the journal. The pages jump from August 1916 ("Trenches of Hell") to November 1918 and the end of the war (The Treasure of the Peacock’s Eye).

 

The boxed set of DVDs of the complete The Young Indiana Chronicles TV series has notations and drawings in the storage slot for each disk that suggest they are meant to be excerpts from Indy's journal. Most of these notes and drawings do not appear in the The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones book. Here is the slot image for this episode:

 

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

trick-or-treaters

Indiana Jones

Vasily

gondolier

tarot reader

Venice police

Colonel Waters' assistant

Colonel Waters (dies in this episode)

Carlo Paretti

Henry Stanfill

General Mattias Targo (dies in this episode)

Francois Picard (dies in this episode)

Evan Thompson (dies in this episode)

Frederick McCall (dies in this episode)

Dr. Franz Heinzer/Adolf Schmidt (dies in this episode)

Nicholas Hunyadi (dies in this episode)

Maria Straussler

French officer

British officer

American officer 

 

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

The story opens in Venice, Italy, where Indy has been transferred to American Intelligence.

 

At 50:28 on the DVD, the tower seen between the buildings in Venice is the Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli di Cristo (Church of the Holy Apostles of Christ) in Venice.

 

At 50:35 on the DVD, the bridge under which Indy's gondola is passing is the Calle de la Pieta and the campanile of San Giorgio Maggiore Church is seen on the horizon. At 50:39, a flipped shot of the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore is seen from the vantage point of St. Mark's Square.

 

When Indy's gondola pulls into the dock, the Church of St. Mary of Health is seen in the background, in another flipped shot.

 

At 50:58 on the DVD, the Doge's Palace in St. Mark's Square is seen (also seen as part of the interior courtyard of the building housing American Intelligence). Seconds later, Indy is seen walking towards St. Mark's Basilica.

 

At 52:33 on the DVD, the San Geremia church is seen on the left in another flipped shot. The building on the right is the Palazzo Labia, representing the headquarters of American Intelligence in Venice; notice the U.S. flag and the flag of the municipality of Venice (at the time of WWI) are flying from a small balcony.

 

When Indy first checks in with Colonel Waters at American Intelligence, the colonel remarks, "Barcelona, Vienna, Petrograd. You get around, Defense." He is referring to Indy's adventures as seen in "Espionage Escapades", "The Secret Peace", and "Revolution!".

 

Indy tells Colonel Waters that he speaks 27 languages.

 

During Indy's and Waters' briefing by Stanfill and Paretti, a map of Italy can be seen behind Waters at 56:18 on the DVD.

 

Stanfill tells Indy and Waters that they will meet their contact for the mission at the village of Istrita. This is an actual village in Romania.

 

The shot at 59:14 on the DVD is across the waters from the House of Mocenigo in Venice.

 

The small blue car Waters and Indy drive to their rendezvous in Romania is a 1913 Peugeot Bébé 6CV. The truck they drive from the rendezvous point may be a custom job for the production.

 

The burning vehicle Waters and Indy pass at 1:00:46 on the DVD appears to be a 1927 Morris Cowley.

 

Waters and Indy check in at an inn with a sign in front reading Gasthaus, German for "inn".

 

At the inn, Dr. Heinzer is reading Wiener Zeitung. Wiener Zeilung is German for "Vienna Newspaper." It is a real world newspaper in Austria, published since 1703.

 

The truck Indy, Waters, Heinzer, Hunyadi, and Straussler take to the Transylvanian border is a 1925 Praga AN.

 

The distant shot of Targo's castle is a matte painting. The close-up exterior shots are of Bouzov Castle in the Czech Republic.

 

When Indy insists to the team that they will save time scaling the castle wall with a rope and grapple rather than search for an open door, he remarks to them, "Don't worry, I've done this before." Indy used a similar technique in The Pirates' Loot.

 

Inside the castle grounds, the team discovers a number of Targo's enemies dead, impaled on pikes. Targo is using the same methods as the historical Vlad Tepes (real name Vlad Dracula, tepes means impaler in Romanian, for the way he often killed his enemies) was a ruler of Wallachia (later Romania) in the 15th century.

 

Dr. Heinzer speculates that Colonel Waters was killed by spontaneous human combustion (though he does not use that term).

 

During their exploration of the castle, Indy and Nicholas appear to be armed with Mauser C96 pistols.

 

After Targo falls to his seeming death from a parapet of the castle, Maria tells Indy that to ensure he remains dead, they must move his body to "where the four roads meet" and they'll need a wooden stake and a hammer. These were part of the strigoi (or vampire) lore of Romanian myths.

 

By the end of the episode, it actually seems as if Targo did have supernatural powers and a cadre of undead victims who all died once he was destroyed. Of course, if one accepts the original Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episode ("Transylvania, January 1918") with the Old Indy bookends, it could be argued that Old Indy exaggerated the story highly to scare the young trick-or-treaters.

 

Memorable Dialog

 

if he starts telling one of his stories.mp3

a living dead man.mp3

it would be my duty.mp3

I can handle myself.mp3

something very strange going on here.mp3

evil laughter.mp3

you are American.mp3

a wooden stake and a hammer.mp3 

 

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