Much like ‘jumping the shark’ from 'Happy Days’, the Indiana Jones movie series has a similar phrase to encompass the moment it all went a little bit too far.
And it’s 'nuked the fridge’.
Many ardent fans of Harrison Ford’s swashbuckling archeologist very much drew the line at the moment in 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ where Indy jumps into a conveniently situated fridge to protect himself from a nuclear blast.
Walking away unscathed, it did seem a trifle unfeasible.
Director Steven Spielberg has taken the wrap for it in the past, saying of 'nuked the fridge’: “Blame me. Don’t blame George. That was my silly idea… I’m proud of that. I’m glad I was able to bring that into popular culture.”
Lucas, meanwhile, has said that Spielberg was protecting him, and that it was actually his idea all along, but a new fan theory may be coming to their rescue.
A Reddit user by the name of That_Secret_Chord summed it up in a mere sentence.
“Food for Thought,” the user wrote.
“Indiana Jones drinking from the Holy Grail helped him survive unlikely scenarios, most notably the infamous fridge scene.”
And with that, a whole new light is shed on matters.
Indy does indeed drink from the holy vessel in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, choosing the right cup in the hidden chamber.
The drinker can be immortal, but cannot leave the chamber, and having chosen the wrong cup, Julian Glover’s Walter Donovan shrivels and dies. Though Indy leaves the chamber, the water still heals Sean Connery’s Henry Jones, with no bother at all.
And Indy necked a whole cup of it, so presumably it’s had some miraculous effect on him too.
Food for thought indeed. Or at least drink.
Despite a mixed response to 'Crystal Skull’, (some loved it, some hated it) a new Indiana Jones movie is in the offing, Disney boss Bob Iger confirming the plans before Christmas.
And now we know Indy is immortal, well why not?
Image credits: Lucasfilm