Published: March 26, 2009 at 9:48 AM
RA writes: MIB may be the best shooting ride, but it doesn't touch a hair on the back of Indy.
I Respond: On Indy you are just ballast. Zero interaction. Same ride every time.
RA writes: The Big Bug may be the largest, but it is hardly the most articulated. It doesn't leave the same impression as the boulder in Indy.
I Respond: Fist of all the Big Bug has moving eyes antenna, claws and an arm the size of a bus. And it is far more "articulated" than a boulder (chuckle).
RA writes: The AAs in Men in Black are all minor and by and large just pop-up and shoot.
I Respond: This is where RA demonstrates he does not know what he is talking about. Smoke blast alien, newspaper alien, eye and tentacle alien, water alien, graffitti alien, wanna-buy-a-watch aline, TAFKAB, the two ambush aliens demonstrate that these effects are anything but pop ups. Further there is the animation's interaction with the riders. Beyond that there are different aliens depending on the track you ride.
RA writes: None of them are particularly memorable or complex.
I Respond: Especially to those who don't pay attention.
RA writes: The Mummy, the Yeti and the Pirates are all far better AAs.
I Respond: None of which are competing with MIB today.
RA writes: Spielberg couldn't appear in the Disney ride because of his contract with Universal.
I Respond: If you say so. (chuckle)
RA Writes: The theming in Indy is far stronger than MIB ... The second you enter the show building for Indiana Jones, it feels like you have left the planet
I Respond: The second you enter Indy's show building yopu feel like you're still in Adventureland. The MIB theming is airtight to the franchise. It starts from the moment you set foot in the building and ends with the Neuorlizer at unload. MIB has a coherent story with guests being trained as MIB recruits (more interaction). The Indian Jones ride could exist WITHOUT Indiana Jones. It could be just an archaeology ride. Indy does not even have to be a part of it.
RA writes: The queue is amazing and was the first example of an interactive line.
I Respond: There are interactive effects in line with MIB. There are dead on themes associated with the franchise (the worms and the recreation of MIB headquarters. There is star power with performances by Will Smith and Rip Torn. Again where is Harrison Ford?
RA writes: The ride system is still the most complex and inventive combination of simulator, dark ride and coaster.
I Respond: The ride system is like a minor improvement on Dinosaur -- and again zero interactivity. Guests are baggage.
I Respond: Men in Black's cars just spin.
I Respond: And provide interactivity and carry guests to different ride experiences. And house a gaming system. And interact with the other cars after the scanning scene. And again, on Indy a guest is merely baggage. ZERO interaction.
RA Writes: Indy has variances between rides just like Men in Black with its' different beginnings and Indy quotes.
I respond: OH PLEASE! MIB's variances include different aliens, different scenes and different endings depending on what track you ride. Guests consistently get off the ride and get right back on motivated by the fact that they KNOW the next trip is a new experience. Indy does not boast that reputation.
RA writes: That main show building is as elaborately detailed a show building as there has ever been.
I Respond: The exterior of MIB -- with its wonderwall and icon towers and lighting effects at night is extraordinary. The icon towers are directly from the film -- more themeing. The interior queue is not only entertaining but (unlike Indy) maintains the story from the licensed franchise.
Disney could have done Indy ... without Indy. Which is probably why Will Smith shows up in MIB. And that's where MIB schools Indy in themeing and a ride experience that is different with every visit.