Originally Posted by Temple Raider
The downtime is to take a break from the action and calm down a bit to get more involved in the story and characters. Non-stop action after a while gets old and tedious, which is why action has to be used in moderation to serve the plot and characters, not the other way around. This is something all the Indy films do very well but especially the first two. There's a building sense of excitement as you get closer to the major action scenes in those.
Another thing about TLC, anyone else feel it sort of lost the "pulpy" feeling of the first two? ROTLA and especially TOD really embraced the pulp, vintage adventure serial roots of Indy and felt so much like those old serials. TOD in particular with it's storyline, occult themes and use of lighting and shadows also evoked 50s-era EC Horror comics. With TLC it felt like a lot of that was lost. ROTLA and TOD felt like old-school adventure serials with a budget and a master crew at the helm.
I can see that to some extent but it never really bothered me. The move away from pulp felt like a natural turn for the series at that point, though it would be nice to see it come full circle and make a return in the next film.