Adventures In The Secret Service first aired September 22 1992 and March 27 1993. A couple of years after the show shut down the episodes were repackaged into a series of movies for syndication. A 90 minute movie is made of up of 2 edited tv episodes. Often the 2 story lines barely have anything to do with each other. Some material was re-shot to fill in the gaps but for the most part, there it is. They episodes were arranged chronologically for the films, the tv show jumped back in forth in time and place, from young Indy to even younger Indy, and all around the globe. I like the chronological flow of the movies. It's not perfect but it's works fairly well.
The story opens with Indy in the secret service for the Belgian Army. He gets sent to Austria in March of 1917 to see Emperor Karl and convince him to leave the war. It doesn't go too well and Indy is on the run from guest star Joss Ackland and the Austrian secret police. There's a nice bit on a train. After that mission Indy sets up shop in Saint Petersburg. It's a volatile time and people die for marching and protesting. I see not much is changed there. I think they still have the same hats.
Frank Darabont wrote the first half of the story, the part about Austria, and some other guy wrote the rest. It was a fairly good bit of story, not much good happens and war is futile. Not my favorite of the bunch. I have been having mixed reactions to the series. Glad I've been picking up the discs from NetFlix and glad to be seeing it. I'd still recommend the whole series as a nice blend of fiction and reality. Especially since it's for free on YouTube.
I wonder why they are still up there, some have been posted for a couple of years. I found them in a second but they haven't been taken down by Lucus Film. Do they want people to see them to peak their interest in buying the better looking dvd. I would think to the right person that would be a great motivation. Then you know if you want them for sure. Of course the other draw on the dvd is all the short featurettes that fill the rest of the dvd or even a second disc. Some of the shorts have been nearly as interesting as the films but some fail to keep my attention. Depends on who they interview and my interest in the person or period they are talking about. Often there are 2-3 hours of extras for every 90 minute movie. That's a lof of time to invest. Mind you watching them once is mostly enough.