Sunday, March 05, 2006

Hey, Dr. Jones, no time for love. We've got company.

There are things in this world that you can spend your life wondering about and never find an answer for. Atlantis, bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, the cure for cancer, or what happened to Short Round.

Short Round was of course, Indiana Jones' sidekick in Temple of Doom. A young child at the time, somehow travelling the world with a womanizing white man (I mean that in the nicest possible, James Bond, kind of way). A professor who is...good with a whip and spends his free time trading stolen artifacts with gangsters. The perfect role model for any young, asian boy.

But you know, that's fine. I can overlook that. Temple of Doom takes place a year before Raiders of the Lost Ark. That means it's the first of the three movies, chronologically. It also means that Short Round could have been with Indy for god knows how long, but a year later, in 1936, when Indy was in Peru, stealing the golden idol, Short Round is gone.

So, what happend? Did Short Round get tired of the lifestyle and return to his home villiage to live out the rest of his days in quiet peace? Perhaps he was swallowed by an anaconda in the South American jungle.

I want to see an answer to this in Indiana Jones IV. Did Short Round die? Did he just leave? What happened??

Poor, poor Short Round.


Anonymous said...

They probably didn't create Shorty's character til the second move was n production, so he wouldn't be in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but they never referenced him in the Last Crusade either, assuming I didn't see th hidden writing on the walls. But Indy IV would be nice to tell wat happened to Short Round, like seriously if I had an asian sidekick that could take down some grown guys with some crazy martial arts and then beat up a voodoo child, I'd have kept him around to go after that damn Holy Grail, and this Crystal Skull.