Young Indy was a really great show that explained alot about the Indiana Jones character. I have volume I and II, seen every episode, and The best part is when they show a little inside development.
What I mean by that, The events in YIJ prepare indiana for who he ultimately becomes. For example in the YIJ series Chapter 1: My First Adventure (Egypt - 1908) he was kidnapped by slave-trading bandits. He would have been sold into slavery. This would eventually strike a major nerve to indy in the temple of doom. In temple of doom, though the thought of pursuing the stones would be great, he still wasn't convinced of the risks, until......they mentioned "they took away all the children". Lets not forget that after he gets the stones after the collapsing ceiling scene, hears the cries of children and pursues to investigate. well I guess you would know what happens next.
Another YIJ moment would be in Chapter 10: The Phantom Train of Doom (Germany/East Africa - 1916). Up until this episode, Indiana had never been introduced to individuals who literally "make it up as they go", this group called "The Old and the Bold" taught Indy the importance of improvisation and to never depend on a plan as a concrete thing, always be prepared to adapt.
Now as a result from this point on in the series, you can literally see Indy's transformation with this new approach. Now in the films, how many times have we seen Indy adapt to his surroundings and find a way out???
Now lets also acknowledge that YIJ did a fantastic job of explaining how Indy's comprehension of world knowledge and academics came about. Between Ch.1 to Ch.5, Indy's father is going around the world giving lectures. The family tags along with the inclusion of Miss Helen Seymour, who is Indy's tutor through out the trip. In these chapters you begin to see the sorts of academics Indiana is introduced as a child while traveling the world. In countless scenes, you see Indy huddled over a pile of books while Miss Helen Seymour gives him the introduction to subjects and locations they are currently visiting.
You can obviously apply this to the films because, Indy is now a Ph.D and a professor. He must have been doing something right as a child to make it all the way to a Ph.D, right?
Well, I know there is ALOT more that I haven't placed, I guess this is just an introduction, I'm sure that by monday this thread will be in heavy circulation. If you got anything, lets talk about it