"You boys look like you crawled through hell on your bellies!"
"...We didn't crawl."
Heh, probably the best quotable in the series. I've not seen this episode in its original incarnation for many years, but the "Oganga" video manages to maintain the tone fairly well (despite the idiotic decision to redub Barthelmy and Boucher).
The opening battle sequence is chaotic and exciting - this is the first time we see the African campaign in the series. The growing tension between Indy and Boucher is stunning with some fantastically dramatic sequences.
The cross country trek is handled wonderfully - every torturous step is rendered vividly on screen. The diseased village still distresses me. The anti-colonialism message is handled well without being too 'preachy'. The Ubangi boy (that's all he is now, thanks to silly George cutting the bookends!) is beautiful, and many of the scenes are truly heartbreaking. The Christmas 'celebration' can bring a tear to my eye.
These two episodes probably have Flannerys best performances for the series. Really carries that weight wonderfully.
This first of two parts is more the 'action' setup, where "Congo" will shift gears and become much more philosophical and haunting.
A massive thumbs up, one of the finest episodes of the series - and the next one would be even better.
There's a 'picture series' for this episode at the Innermind website for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of seeing it.