Spoiler alert for those not on Season 7 of The Big Bang Theory – if you’re caught up or just don’t care, read on…
In the most recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, Amy suggests that the outcome of Raiders of the Lost Ark would have been unaffected by Indiana Jones not actually being in the film; specifically that even without Indy the Nazis would still have acquired the Ark of the Covenant, they would still have opened the Ark, and they would all still have had their faces melted off. All very true so far.
However, this wouldn’t necessarily have been a bad thing. Without Indy having been contacted by some Feds he would never have travelled to Nepal and hooked up with Marian Ravenwood again, and we would have been spared the mind-shredding awfulness of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
All of that being said I still think Raiders is the best film of the franchise, despite all the terribleness that it spawned.