Forward Into the Past

With a high-adventure history lesson, George Lucas joins a growing band of top filmmakers who are dabbling in TV

The prime-time Pancho Villa is a dashing figure. The Mexican revolutionary hero, who shows up in the first episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, battles gringos, champions the poor and makes inspiring speeches about the land. Yet his followers are an unsavory bunch who steal food from the peasants they are fighting to protect. "In a revolution, it's people who suffer," sighs a toothless old man whose chicken has been snatched. "All over the world, revolutions come and go. Presidents rise and fall. They all steal your chickens."

Indiana Jones, George Lucas' whip-wielding superhero, battled just about everything from giant...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!