In 2008, TIME magazine identified a term modeled after “jump the shark”: “nuke the fridge.” Specifically applicable to film, the magazine defined the term: “to exhaust a Hollywood franchise with disappointing sequels. “The phrase derives from a scene in the fourth Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which Indiana Jones survives an atomic bomb detonation by fitting himself into a lead-lined refrigerator. The explosion annihilates its surroundings but sends the refrigerator flying sufficiently distant for the protagonist to escape unhurt. The scene was criticized as being scientifically implausible.
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