A new Phrase…Nuking the Fridge

I stumbled across a new site today called Sci-Fi Heaven.  The title of their post was Nuking the Fridge.

This is from the Urban dictionary;

Nuke the fridge is a colloquialism 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 previous installments, due to ridiculous or low quality storylines, events or characters.

It of course comes from a scene in Indiana Jones IV where Indy “…survives a nuclear detonation by climbing into a kitchen fridge, which is then blown hundreds of feet through the sky whilst the town disintegrates. He then emerges from the fridge with no apparent injury. Later in the movie, the audience is expected to fear for his safety in a normal fistfight.

According to new geek guidelines, Nuking the Fridge should be used for moments in movies where quality reaches an incredulous low, and Jumping the Shark used for television.

I need to go see Indy IV again and give it another shot.

the fonz

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