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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr


Indiana Jones: Travels With Father Indiana Jones
"Travels With Father"
(Originally part of the TV movie Young Indiana Jones: Travels With Father)
(44:31-end on the Travels With Father DVD)
Written by Frank Darabont & Matthew Jacobs & Jonathan Hales
Directed by Deepa Mehta
Original air date: June 16, 1996

Anna Jones leaves little Indy and his father alone together for a weekend in Greece.


Read the "Winter-Early Spring 1910" 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 Greece in 1910.  


Didja Know?


The title of this episode ("Travels With Father") is taken from the title of the DVD movie, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels With Father.


This "episode" of The Young Indiana Chronicles was never produced for that series. The script had been written as "Athens, 1910" for a foreseen third season that never happened. When the Family Channel agreed to air the original TV episodes as a series of TV movies, some new material was also produced to fill out the slate. The "Athens, 1910" script was one of these.


Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles


No Old Indy bookends were produced for this "episode". Teen Indy bookends (featuring actor Sean Patrick Flannery) were cobbled together for the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels With Father TV movie from the "Princeton, 1919" episode, but I am omitting them from this study "Princeton, 1919" will be covered fully in its own episode study).


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 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:


The journal as published skips over this time in Indy's life. In fact, it goes from September 1909 to June 1912...a period of almost three years! Are we to believe that Indy made no journal entries that entire time? Perhaps the entries were excised by the Russians for some reason when it was in their possession?


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Indiana Jones

Anna Jones

Henry Jones, Sr.

Helen Seymour

Anna's sister (mentioned only)

cab driver

second cab driver

pan pipe player




winch room monk




Didja Notice?


As the episode opens, we witness the Jones family's path of travel from Odessa, Ukraine through Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey, Thessaloniki, Greece, ending in Athens.


The ruins seen at 45:18 on the DVD are the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia at the Temple of Athena Pronaia at Delphi. Seconds later, the Athenian Treasury is also seen there.


At 45:24 on the DVD, the Jones' visit the Acropolis of Athens, seeing the Parthenon and the Propylaea.


While Indy and his father have an adventure together in Greece, Anna goes to visit her sister. Presumably, this unnamed aunt of Indy's lives in Greece or a nearby country. This is the only mention of this woman.


Indy's father takes him to the town of Kalambaka (also known as Kalabaka).


Indy's father tells him, "We will be spending a Spartan weekend translating Byzantine transcripts of Aristotle." His use of the word "Spartan" is probably an intentional pun of sorts, as the word originates from the name of the Ancient Greek city of Sparta and means "disciplined, simple, austere, and frugal." Aristotle was a brilliant student and then teacher of science, philosophy, and the arts in Ancient Greece. Starting in about the 6th Century AD, Christian scholars of the Byzantine Empire began copying all of Aristotle's Greek writings, helping to preserve them.


Before heading to Kalambaka, Indy's father takes him back to the Acropolis and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus located there, where the pair have a philosophical discussion.


At the Odeon, Indy remarks, much to his father's consternation, "I'll bet Alexander the Great cut off some poor fool's head right here!" Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) was a Macedonian king who ruled one of the largest empires of the ancient world and was never defeated in battle.


During his discussion with his son, Henry, Sr. mentions Socrates and Plato in addition to Aristotle. Socrates and Plato were Ancient Greek philosophers prior to Aristotle.


After getting dumped out of their cab, Indy and his father discuss Pyrrho and Diogenes. Pyrrho is considered the first skeptic philosopher. The Diogenes spoken of here is Diogenes of Sinope, one of the founders of cynic philosophy.


The man riding in the cart at 59:05 on the DVD is playing a pan flute. When Indy and his father get off the cart to continue their walking journey, it appears the man also gave Indy a pan flute (the man still has his as well).


Indy and his father are picked up by a Greek man named Aristotle driving a donkey-drawn cart. He jokes that his wife told him he better name his donkey Plato or he will have no one to talk to. Historically, Aristotle was a disciple of Plato.


The hanging monastery visited by Indy and his father is made up of shots of three different real world monasteries: the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, the Holy Monastery of Holy Trinity, and the Holy Monastery of Rousanou.


This episode reveals that Henry, Sr. has somewhat of a fear of heights.


When Indy gets bored at the monastery, his father assigns him to write a 3-page essay on Aristotelian logic from his books Prior Analytics and Posterior Analytics. These are two of six books compiling Aristotle's studies of formal logic.


In the monastery library, Indy meets Nikos Kazantzakis. Kazantzakis (1883-1957) was a Greek writer who would go on to most notably write Zorba the Greek (1946) and The Last Temptation of Christ (1955) and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature in nine different years.


Kazantzakis quotes from a poem he says a friend of his wrote when he first visited the monastery, "I said to the almond tree, 'Sister, speak to me of God.' And the almond tree blossomed." This quote is actually attributed to Kazantzakis himself in his posthumous 1963 book The Fratricides.


When Henry, Sr. is saying goodbye to the monks at the monastery, he says to the head monk, "Many thanks, Pater." Pater is Greek for "father".


At 1:19:27 on the DVD, a figure can be seen moving between pillars in the monastery on the far left edge of the shot even though all of the monks are supposed be sequestered in meditation at this time. The figure appears to be wearing a white shirt and is probably Indy walking through (from the earlier shot at 1:09:54) even though he is trapped in the elevator at this point.


Memorable Dialog


it ain't even finished yet.mp3


an adventure together.mp3

a wild savage.mp3

the very birthplace of philosophy.mp3



thinking about thinking.mp3

this is the home of democracy.mp3

if that rope broke.mp3

I don't know how much of this little adventure we should be telling your mother about.mp3

philosophically speaking.mp3 


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