Raiders of the Lost Ark: Indy Doesn’t Matter Theory Is Bad, Here’s Why

Among the many atrocities committed against popular culture by The Big Bang Theory, there exists only one that equals the sheer, breathtaking obnoxiousness of coming across a Young Sheldon poster without warning.

I speak, of course, of the way the show brought to light and legitimized a piece of geek criticism once reserved for the darkest, most annoying corner of your local video store: The “Indiana Jones Doesn’t Matter In His Own Movie” theory.

Folks, I hate it, and on Raiders of the Lost Ark‘s 40th anniversary, it’s finally time to put the dang thing in the dirt.

Not necessarily because it’s “wrong” or “right”, but because it fundamentally doesn’t work as criticism and ignores what makes cinematic storytelling powerful in the first place.

It does not, to be clear, belong in a museum, unless “a museum” is what you call the dumpster out back.

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