“Marion, don’t look at it…”
July 23, 2012
Over the weekend I caught the last bit of Raiders of the Lost Ark and was reminded that it’s a nearly perfect action adventure movie. Sensible, well paced, funny when it’s appropriate, serious when appropriate. And OMG that scene with Indy and Marion on the boat is so damned sexy. I love that the mystery/magic of the Ark isn’t revealed until the very end, and when it is, holy cow. And the thing that saves Indy and Marion is faith — not any kind of religious faith, or faith in a particular religion, but faith that the stories are true, the stories are real. That’s where the bad guys fail — they used the stories without believing in them. It’s why The Last Crusade is the other great Indian Jones movie, because the climactic moment hangs on the same trait — Indy’s faith in the stories.
And that’s when I decided that the Indiana Jones stories (the three actual ones, that is) could very well be part of the same universe that the Kitty stories are in. They could be part of the same continuity. I try to ask the question, What happens if the stories are real? If the magic in them is real? Well, it means the Nazis went hunting for the Ark of the Covenant and Bad Things Happened ™. (I posted this on Facebook and someone asked if that meant Indy and Kitty could date. Well, no, because Kitty was just a little kid when Indy was in his 90′s. Continuity, guys!)
So I started thinking about what other movies might be part of the same universe as the Kitty stories. Ghostbusters? Maybe. The tone is certainly right (funny, but gets totally serious when the crap hits the fan). If the Ghostbusters existed in her world Kitty would totally want to interview them. But probably not, because they’re too public, and on Kitty’s timeline, everything’s still in the closet in 1984. Big Trouble in Little China? Hmm, very possibly, because none of the supernatural there becomes public. The Serpent and the Rainbow? Quite possibly indeed! Wraps the political and supernatural together, examines the line between folklore and science? Oh yes! Poltergeist? Again, quite possibly. In fact, Kitty’s already encountered Cheesman Park, one of the sources of inspiration for Poltergeist.
I could do this all day. Mind you, this doesn’t mean that I’m actually going to be writing any crossover stories, or even working anyone else’s stories into Kitty’s continuity. (I mean, I’m pretty sure some of these exist as movies in Kitty’s world.) But it’s an interesting thought experiment.