In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull the titular hero survives a nuclear blast by hiding inside of a fridge. But was it just the fridge that saved him, or is there more to the story?

The Search for the Holy Grail

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In Indy’s previous onscreen adventure, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy and his father, Henry Jones Sr., are hunting for the Holy Grail. The pair eventually find it at a temple in modern-day Turkey, but Nazis are also seeking the Grail, and mortally wound Jones Sr. to force Indy to retrieve the Grail for them. When Indy makes his way to the Grail chamber, he finds a seemingly immortal protector.

The Powers of the Grail and the Grail Knight

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The Holy Grail is a relic that is said to be the chalice of Jesus Christ, granting an extensive life-span to those who drink from it, as well as curing disease and healing wounds. The man Jones finds in the Grail Chamber is a knight who has been protecting the Grail for over 700 years. The knight had two brothers who also protected the temple, though they eventually left. The knight appears old and weak, his explanation being that he refused to drink from the Holy Grail on a few occasions, causing his immortality to wane. 

You Chose, Wisely

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Upon entry to the chamber, a Nazi collaborator drinks from the wrong chalice. He rapidly ages, eventually turning to dust. Jones drinks from the correct cup, with the Grail Knight remarking that he chose wisely, though he cannot take the Grail from the temple, as its powers will not work outside of it. Jones then has his father drink from it, healing his wounds. The Grail is ultimately lost as the temple collapses, with Jones and company barely escaping.

Nuking the Fridge

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Almost 20 years later, Jones is caught in a nuclear test site in the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. To escape, Jones quickly climbs inside of a lead-lined fridge, and is blown miles across the Nevada desert. Adept at escaping death, he survives the blast and radiation exposure with not a scratch to be found. So, did the Holy Grail have a hand in this?

Maybe, maybe not

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The Grail Knight made a point that the powers of the Holy Grail would not have an effect outside of the temple. However, the knight’s two brothers seemingly lived an extended life-span once they left the temple, and Jones Sr. did not see the return of his wounds. But, the filmmakers could have also intended for the lead-lined fridge to be the savior for Jones. Ultimately, it is up for the viewer to decide.

The first four entries in the Indiana Jones series are available to watch on Disney+


Check out our review for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

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