May 23 in Sci-Fi History: Back to the Temple of Doom

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May 23, 2017

On this day in 1984, the premiere of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom launched a financially prosperous if less artistically successful hit. The movie was the highest-grossing film of 1984, and most reviews said it was flat-out crazy and very fun.

Except some people who hated it.

Even Steven Spielberg criticized the movie years later, and it isn't without controversy. Hinduism doesn't come off great, Kate Capshaw famously plays an idiot, it's pretty violent and, yeah, Short Round is kind of a stereotype.

That said, let's not kid ourselves, Short Round is sort of the best part of the movie. Hold on to your potatoes, team.

Also, this scene was improv'd, because Spielberg just loved the kid:

Also on this day in 1994, the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation aired in a special two-part episode that finished out the seventh season. Written by Brannon Braga and Ron Moore, the episode was called "All Good Things ..." and was instrumental in winning the show its 1994 Emmy nomination.

Tomorrow: Radar O'Reilly and The Last Crusade.

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