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Canon Television
Timeline 1917
Preceded by Adventures in the Secret Service
Followed by Daredevils of the Desert

Espionage Escapades is the fourteenth film in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. It is edited from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episodes "Barcelona, May 1917" and "Prague, August 1917".

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Indy's undercover adventures continue in Barcelona, where he joins a trio of international spies -- Marcello the Italian, Charles the Frenchman, and Cunningham the Englishman. Together they contact an elaborate plot to disrupt the balance of diplomatic power and allegiances in the neutral city. Their fiendish plot, to make it appear as if the Countess of Toledo is carrying on an affair with a German colonel. Indy will help facilitate this illusion with his "low profile" cover as a ballet dancer in Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, a job he lands thanks to his previous acquaintance with Pablo Picasso. Indy is hired to "stand still," but he can hardly keep quiet as the complex caper begins to unravel during a performance thanks to the bumbling of his comrades.

Indy's next assignment is more-or-less solo and fiendishly cryptic. Posing as lady's undergarment salesman, he is to make his way to Prague, to check into a hotel in order to receive a phone call at a specific day and time -- innumerable lives are at stake. When Indy arrives, he discovers there is no phone installed in his room. The dehumanizing bureaucracy, endless forms, and mountainous paperwork required to get a working phone installed are labyrinthine and maddening. Can a clerk at the office, Franz Kafka, help navigate this surreal nightmare before Indy loses his mind?

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While the Barcelona segment can be described as a madcap adventure, the Prague story is, fittingly, Kafkaesque. The story revolves around the absurdity of bureaucracy as do many of Kafka's own stories. There are many references to Kafka's own life (such as Jones's cover as a seller of ladies undergarments) and to his literary works. Many of the events are similar to events in the novels "The Castle" and "The Trial." In fact, at the end of the episode, Kafka states, "what a trial!"

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ADVENTURE TIMELINE
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May / June / July 1917 July / August 1917 October 1917
Adventures in the Secret Service Espionage Escapades Daredevils of the Desert

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