If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve seen the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones saga, “The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. If this is the case, you’re probably quite familiar with Indy narrowly escaping an atomic bomb by hiding in a vintage refrigerator… and how absurd that whole sequence was.
You would think people could just laugh off the whole thing, but instead it’s became a colloquialism, much like “jumping the shark“, “nuking the fridge” is used to “refer to the moment in a film series that is so incredible that it lessens the excitement of subsequent scenes that rely on more understated action or suspense, and it becomes apparent that a certain installment is not as good as a previous installments, due to ridiculous or low quality storylines, events or characters”.
You can watch the atomic bomb scene below:
To add even more absurdity to this whole situation, writer George “Toy Boy” Lucas has even been quoted as saying “The odds of surviving that refrigerator – from a lot of scientists – are about 50-50”. Palm meet face.
Could this be accurate though, I mean Lucas did say “a LOT of scientists”. Well the good folks of Geek Twins put together a nifty infographic which takes a look at if this much criticized scene from the film. Check it out below:
Yes, you read that right: Odds of Survival 50%
You win this time Lucas.