Originally Posted by IndyBuff
I wish we had seen more of the skull's power. The novelization did a good job of showing Spalko's obsession with it and how she was able to tap in to its power. It made the skull more menacing and added some urgency to Indy's mission, which the film would have benefited from.
The novelization is far and away better than the finished film. It includes the full uncut Nazca cemetery sequence, and features a greatly expanded and much more technologically impressive Akator. It also avoids a lot of the slapstick moments that make the film seem like a parody of the original trilogy.