The society (also known by its acronym SEA), was introduced to Disney fans at Tokyo DisneySea, where the society makes its headquarters in the Citadel next to the park's Mysterious Island. Inspired by the characters and atmosphere of Joe Rohde's original Adventurer's Club at Walt Disney World, SEA provides the backstory for DisneySea's version of Tower of Terror, in which society member Harrison Hightower finds his, uh, downfall, thanks to a vengeful idol he'd plundered in his global travels. Despite Hightower's shady past, not every member of SEA is a villain. The host of Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Manor, Lord Henry Mystic, is also a society member, and a much more benevolent one at that.
Connecting SEA with the Indiana Jones universe seems an obvious match. With his British upbringing and career in archeology, Indiana Jones' well-traveled mentor Marcus Brody would be a logical potential connection between Jones and the members of mostly upper-crust, colonialist SEA, who would be a generation older than Indy. But Disney is making the connection now through Jock Lindsey, a fringe character who appears only for a few moments at the beginning of the first Indiana Jones film.
"Jock made a home at this waterfront property in the 1940s after discovering this charming little town while flying Indiana Jones over the Sunshine State in search of the elusive Fountain of Youth in 1938. As a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Jock often welcomed his globetrotting friends to his hangar for a drink and fun times."
This isn't to say that other members of the Jones franchise couldn't be members of SEA, as well. Placing Brody and Jones' dad, Dr. Henry Jones, in the society, or in close contact with it, opens enormous narrative potential, as well as the opportunity to finally bring SEA to American audiences through the promised development of new Indiana Jones films.
But that could happen only if the decision to merge these two franchises has been made at a high level in the Walt Disney Company, and not just by mid-level Imagineers or publicity writers who needed to pad a backstory for a press release.
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