Picks and Pans Review: The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

updated 03/16/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/16/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Wednesdays. 9 P.M. ET)

B-

George Lucas takes his hugely popular Raiders of the Lost Ark hero and reduces him both in scope (by banishing him to TV) and in age (by placing him in a prequel).

The handsome but stuff series is framed as the remembrances of an old, infirm Jones (George Hall), who reflects on the globe-trotting adventures of his youth. Alternating episodes feature Indiana at age 9 (Corey Carrier) and at 16 (Sean Patrick Flanery) as he travels to faraway destinations and bumps into such famous 20th-century figures as Teddy Roosevelt. Pablo Picasso and Pancho Villa.

The Flanery segments, like this week's cute romance set in London, are better because the teenage Indy is more equipped for adventure and because Flanery is a more polished actor than Carrier.

Each episode tries to shoehorn in bold a history and an ethics lesson with the period dress and picturesque ports of call. The result, though visually rich, is like a fuddy-duddy theme-park ride,

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