Apparently there’s a new phrase in town for TV shows and movies that have crossed the event horizon of just plain silly:
In recent weeks, a similarly ridiculous episode Ã¢â‚¬â€ in this case from the movie Ã¢â‚¬Å“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ has produced a similar term, Ã¢â‚¬Å“nuked the fridge,Ã¢â‚¬Â that is gaining traction online. A Google search comes up with 64,000 hits.
In Ã¢â‚¬Å“Indiana Jones,Ã¢â‚¬Â the heroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s improbable achievement was to survive a nuclear blast by hiding in a refrigerator. Hence, Ã¢â‚¬Å“to nuke the fridgeÃ¢â‚¬Â means to introduce a wildly implausible element to a once-respected franchise, or more generally, to signal the abandonment of past standards of quality.
I’m not sure we really needed a new phrase, but what the heck? ‘Nuked the fridge’ is a suitable replacement, as it seems even more improbably and ridiculous than ‘jumped the shark’.