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Sci Fi Tracks ‘Crystal Skulls’ Mystery

Looking to draft on the buzz of the upcoming Indiana Jones theatrical, Sci Fi Channel will air the first three installments of the action franchise, as well as an investigative special on May 18.

Sci Fi will bow the Mystery of the Crystal Skulls, hosted by NBC News Lester Holt, May 18  at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) The special gives viewers an insider’s look at the real treasure of Indiana Jones’ newest adventure. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opens in theaters May 22.

Mystery of the Crystal Skulls explores the true history of the legendary relics, exhuming the myths, legends and controversies surrounding them. Among the questions addressed: Could the skulls be ancient Mayan prophecies of doom, relics from the Lost City of Atlantis, or store a vast knowledge of a highly advanced extraterrestrial civilization?

Holt follows in the footsteps of British explorer and adventurer Frederick Mitchell-Hedges, an inspiration for the fictional Indiana Jones character, whose daughter discovered the first ancient crystal skull in the 1920s in the Mayan ruin of Lubaantun.

Following clues that Homann obtained from Mitchell-Hedges’ daughter and local Mayans, they search for another missing skull while surviving bat-ridden caves and alligator-infested rivers. Along the way, they come across amazing discoveries including a hidden Mayan temple that could house more treasures.

The special will be preceded by the first three “Indy” films: Raiders of the Lost Ark airs May 17 at 4 p.m. and May 18 at 1 p.m,; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom runs May 17 at 6:30 p.m. and encore May 18 at 3:30 p.m.; and  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is slated for May 17 at 9 p.m. and May 18 at 6 p.m.