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Title: Legends Episode Ranking System - COMPLETE
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 11, 2012, 12:55:22 AM
I had this idea in my head for a while, but now I really want to try it out. One thing we always discuss on this forum is about how good or bad an episode is on the show, but we never really determine the extent how bad an episode is. And then the idea dawned one me - why not actually rank the Legends episodes to determine which ones are truly the best and worst? The rankings will be similar to THK's "Individual Player Rankings" thread where he ranked the the contestants on different criteria.

Basically, the rankings would look like this:

Moat:
Legend:
Steps of Knowledge:
Temple Games
Temple Run:
Overall:

Of course, you guys can give feedback too on what you think of the rankings. I hope at the end we can collaborate a list for the best and worst episodes in the series. I thought we would start off with a random episode that got chosen by a RNG - "The Bullet-Riddled Handbag of Belle Boyd".


Below is the list of episodes that have been currently reviewed and the average score that was given  to them. You can scroll to a certain episode by clicking on the episode title in the table below.

LINKS:

Tribute Page (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg174777#msg174777)
Production Day Rankings - COMPLETE! (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg161770#msg161770)
Steps of Knowledge Color Combination Rankings (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg198588#msg198588)
Temple Game Color Combination Rankings (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg197030#msg197030)
Temple Room Rankings  (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg168742#msg168742)
Production Day Ranked By Author - (Season 1) (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg181924#msg181924)
Production Day Ranked By Author - (Season 2) (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg181943#msg181943)
Production Day Ranked By Author - (Season 3) (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg181971#msg181971)
Teams Ranked by Author (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg192517#msg192517)

EVERY EPISODE HAS BEEN REVIEWED!

TOTAL EPISODES RANKED BY AUTHOR:
The Red Jaguars: 62
Purple Parrots Fan: 35
The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan (Collaboration): 23

CURRENT RANKINGS:

Episode TitleArtifactEpisode RankingAuthor
"The Mussel-Shell Armor of Apanuugpak" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg125644#msg125644)
8.9The Red Jaguars
"Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg156397#msg156397)
8.9The Red Jaguars
"The Lost Hornpipe of the Pirate Captain" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg158265#msg158265)
8.4Purple Parrots Fan
"The Lucky Pillow of Annie Taylor" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg149812#msg149812)
8.4Purple Parrots Fan
"The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg154358#msg154358)
8.4Purple Parrots Fan
"The Jewel-Encrusted Egg of Catherine the Great" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg150095#msg150095)
8.4The Red Jaguars
"The Lion-Headed Bracelet of Chandragupta" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg157693#msg157693)
8.2Purple Parrots Fan
"The Secret Map of the Bandit Queen" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg148331#msg148331)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/SecretMap_zpsd17e1fe7.png.html)
8.0The Red Jaguars
"The Discarded Seal of Ivan the Terrible" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146278#msg146278)
8.0Purple Parrots Fan
"The Snakeskin Boots of Billy the Kid" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146728#msg146728)
8.0Purple Parrots Fan
"John Sutter and the Map to the Lost Gold Mine" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg172040#msg172040)
8.0The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Metal Beard of the Egyptian Queen" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg163316#msg163316)
7.8Purple Parrots Fan
"The Milk Bucket of Freydis" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg161927#msg161927)
7.8Purple Parrots Fan
"King Tut's Cobra Staff" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg136068#msg136068)
7.8The Red Jaguars
"The Levitating Dog Leash of Nostradamus" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146639#msg146639)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/Nostradamus_zps80bd10dc.png.html)
7.8The Red Jaguars
"The Leopard-Skin Cloak of Annie Oakley" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg156179#msg156179)
7.7The Red Jaguars
"The Lucky Medallion of Atocha" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg154492#msg154492)
7.6The Red Jaguars
"The Much-Heralded Helmet of Sir Gawain" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146178#msg146178)
7.6Purple Parrots Fan
"Henry VIII's Great Seal" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg147221#msg147221)
7.6Purple Parrots Fan
"The Enormous Iron Nose Ring of Babe" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146222#msg146222)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/NoseRing_zps0cc372df.png.html)
7.4The Red Jaguars
"The Golden Earring of Henry Morgan" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg164739#msg164739)
7.4The Red Jaguars
"The Good-Luck Watch of Empress Eugenie" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg149559#msg149559)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/GoodLuckWatch_zps3a5856c0.png.html)
7.3The Red Jaguars
"The Medal of Sir Edmund Hillary" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg158972#msg158972)
7.3The Red Jaguars
"The Priceless Portrait of the Polynesian Girl" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg171081#msg171081)
7.3The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Jeweled Scabbard of Sforza" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg160263#msg160263)
7.2Purple Parrots Fan
"The Bullet-Riddled Handbag of Belle Boyd" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg123239#msg123239)
7.2The Red Jaguars
"The Red Sash of Tokugawa Ieyasu" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146089#msg146089)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/RedSash_zpsd2607442.png.html)
7.2The Red Jaguars
"The Ivory Hunting Horn of Roland" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg158465#msg158465)
7.2The Red Jaguars
"The Star of Sultan Saladin" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg168874#msg168874)
7.1The Red Jaguars
"The Golden Jaguar of Atahualpa" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg152762#msg152762)
7.1The Red Jaguars
"The Royal Torque of Queen Boadicea" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg168983#msg168983)
7.1The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Ruby Earring of Benzibab" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg161724#msg161724)
7.1The Red Jaguars
"The Comet-Embroidered Battle Flag of William the Conqueror" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg171449#msg171449)
7.0The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Two-Cornered Hat of Napoleon" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg162971#msg162971)
7.0The Red Jaguars
"The Missing Eye of David" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170349#msg170349)
7.0The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"Galileo's Cannonball" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg167715#msg167715)
7.0The Red Jaguars
"The Dragon Lady and the Blue Pearl" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg169102#msg169102)
7.0The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Collar of Davy Crockett" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170003#msg170003)
7.0The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Mask of the Man in the Iron Mask" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg124422#msg124422)
6.9The Red Jaguars
"The Broken Wing of Icarus" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146437#msg146437)

6.8Purple Parrots Fan
"Pecos Bill's Lost Lariat" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg150987#msg150987)
6.8Purple Parrots Fan
"The Lost Love Letter of Captain John Smith" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg128313#msg128313)
6.6The Red Jaguars
"The Broken Trident of Poseidon" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg160170#msg160170)
6.6The Red Jaguars
"The Pendant of Kamehameha" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg126817#msg126817)
6.6The Red Jaguars
"The Bonnet of Dolley Madison" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg150620#msg150620)
6.6Purple Parrots Fan
"The Mush Pot Hat of Johnny Appleseed" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg147528#msg147528)
6.6Purple Parrots Fan
"The Melted Head of Madame Tussaud" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg147849#msg147849)
6.6Purple Parrots Fan
"The Electrified Key of Benjamin Franklin" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg151293#msg151293)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/ElectrifiedKey_zps83303c10.png.html)
6.5The Red Jaguars
"The Thornwood Gavel of Judge Roy Bean" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg126592#msg126592)
6.5The Red Jaguars
"The Pearl Necklace of Gwalior" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg168049#msg168049)
6.4Purple Parrots Fan
"The Lost Taj Mahal Turban of Aurangzeb" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg159590#msg159590)
6.4The Red Jaguars
"The Trojan Horseshoe" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg124432#msg124432)
6.3The Red Jaguars
"The Sacred Ring of Sultan Suleiman" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg153846#msg153846)
6.3The Red Jaguars
"The Bone Necklace of the Blackfeet Chief" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg171138#msg171138)
6.2Purple Parrots Fan/The Red Jaguars
"The Helmet of Genghis Khan" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg151574#msg151574)
6.2Purple Parrots Fan
"The Jeweled Necklace of Montezuma" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg168598#msg168598)
6.2The Red Jaguars
"The Lion-Slashed Jacket of Sacagawea" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg169941#msg169941)
6.2The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Diary of Dr. Livingstone" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg153388#msg153388)
6.2Purple Parrots Fan
"The Very Tall Turban of Ahmed Baba" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg159719#msg159719)
6.2Purple Parrots Fan
"The Useless Map of the Chibcha Chieftain" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170440#msg170440)
6.2Purple Parrots Fan/The Red Jaguars
"The Snake Bracelet of Cleopatra" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg155428#msg155428)
6.1The Red Jaguars
"The Silver Horseshoe of Butch Cassidy" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg154881#msg154881)
6.0Purple Parrots Fan
"Alexander and the Gordian Knot" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170884#msg170884)
6.0The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Helmet of Joan of Arc" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg171199#msg171199)
6.0The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Mystical Spellbook of the Imperial Wizard" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg147404#msg147404)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/ImperialWizard_zps16529747.png.html)
6.0The Red Jaguars
"The Golden Cup of Belshazzar" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146908#msg146908)
6.0Purple Parrots Fan
"The Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de' Medici" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg152915#msg152915)
6.0Purple Parrots Fan
"The Upside-Down Compass of Henry Hudson" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg148140#msg148140)
6.0Purple Parrots Fan
"The Belly Button of Buddha" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg166406#msg166406)
6.0The Red Jaguars
"The Mysterious Manuscript of Mary Shelley" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg150353#msg150353)
6.0Purple Parrots Fan
"The Mummified Hand of the Egyptian King" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146844#msg146844)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/MummifiedHand_zps0823e8d8.png.html)
5.9The Red Jaguars
"The Treasure of Anne Bonny" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170215#msg170215)
5.9The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Ivory Elephant of Scheherazade" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg162880#msg162880)
5.8Purple Parrots Fan
"The Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg171604#msg171604)
5.8The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Imperial Purple Robe of Empress Theodora" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg171849#msg171849)
5.8The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Missing Weather Maps of Charles Lindbergh" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg167376#msg167376)
5.8The Red Jaguars
"The Dried Ear of Corn of Sojourner Truth" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg171767#msg171767)
5.8The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Oracle Bowl of Delphi" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg159069#msg159069)
5.8Purple Parrots Fan
"Wild Bill Hickok and the Dead Man's Hand" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg158568#msg158568)
5.8Purple Parrots Fan
"The Paintbrush of Leonardo Da Vinci" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg156031#msg156031)
5.8Purple Parrots Fan
"Robin Hood and Marian's Ladder" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg169610#msg169610)
5.6The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Missing Portrait of Hans Holbein" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg155514#msg155514)
5.6Purple Parrots Fan
"The Mask of Shaka Zulu" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170149#msg170149)
5.6The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg125183#msg125183)
5.5The Red Jaguars
"The Stone Head of the Evil King" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg153058#msg153058)
5.5The Red Jaguars
"The Golden Stallion of Ali Baba" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg157581#msg157581)
5.4The Red Jaguars
"Ponce de Leon and the Lost Fountain of Youth" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg163932#msg163932)
5.4The Red Jaguars
"The War Fan of the Forty-Seven Ronin" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg168338#msg168338)
5.3The Red Jaguars
"The Moccasins of Geronimo" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146053#msg146053)
5.2Purple Parrots Fan
"The Lost Whale Bone of Pytheas" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170645#msg170645)
5.2The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Enormous Feather of the Me Linh" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg147794#msg147794)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/EnormousFeather_zps4fa9f46a.png.html)
5.2The Red Jaguars
"The Lily-Crested Crown of Clovis the First" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg168733#msg168733)
5.2Purple Parrots Fan
"The Silk Sash of Mulan" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170976#msg170976)
5.2The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"Elizabeth I's Golden Ship" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg164646#msg164646)
5.2The Red Jaguars
"The Secret Battle Plan of Nathan Hale" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg166447#msg166447)
5.2Purple Parrots Fan
"The Silver Cannonball of Grandy Nanny" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg157026#msg157026)
5.0Purple Parrots Fan
"The Stone Marker of Leif Erickson" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146943#msg146943)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/StoneMarker_zps6f5fe779.png.html)
5.0The Red Jaguars
"The Shriveled Hand of Efoua" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg163716#msg163716)
5.0The Red Jaguars
"John Henry's Lost Hammer" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg145983#msg145983)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/LostHammer_zps51ea75bc.png.html)
4.8The Red Jaguars
"The Bent Shaving Pan of Jedediah Smith" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg155826#msg155826)
4.8The Red Jaguars
"The Codebook of Mata Hari" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg147183#msg147183)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/MataHari_zps523e177b.png.html)
4.6The Red Jaguars
"The  Smashed Printing Plate of Frederick Douglass" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg163478#msg163478)
4.6The Red Jaguars
"The Lucky Pig of Amelia Earhart" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg150435#msg150435)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/LuckyPig_zpsa9c31bf1.png.html)
4.5The Red Jaguars
"The Silver Saddle Horn of Hannibal" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg157930#msg157930)
4.4The Red Jaguars
"The Crown of Queen Nzinga" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg171356#msg171356)
4.4The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Plumed Headdress of Cosa Rara" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg147010#msg147010)
4.2Purple Parrots Fan
"The Marble Armrest of Xerxes" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg154254#msg154254)
4.2The Red Jaguars
"The Dried Apple Half of William Tell" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170685#msg170685)
4.2The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Golden Spider Web of Robert the Bruce" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg170808#msg170808)
4.2The Red Jaguars/Purple Parrots Fan
"The Lost Lion Tail of Little John" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg156911#msg156911)
4.2The Red Jaguars
"The Golden Goblet of Attila the Hun" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg169446#msg169446)
4.0The Red Jaguars
"The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg124332#msg124332)
4.0The Red Jaguars
"The Stolen Arm of Shiva" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg148047#msg148047)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/Shiva_zps610dfd3c.png.html)
3.8The Red Jaguars
"Blackbeard's Treasure Map" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg162492#msg162492)
3.6The Red Jaguars
"The Golden Chains of Zenobia" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg166871#msg166871)
3.6The Red Jaguars
"The Lost Logbooks of Magellan" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg168634#msg168634)
3.6The Red Jaguars
"The Snow Cone of Mt. Kilimanjaro" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg128017#msg128017)
3.2The Red Jaguars
"The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg126017#msg126017)
3.2The Red Jaguars
"The Bifocal Monocle of One-Eyed Jack" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg150749#msg150749)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/BifocalMonocle_zpsaa390593.png.html)
2.8The Red Jaguars
"The Keys to the Alhambra" (http://phantomstemple.us.to/index.php?topic=2527.msg146408#msg146408)
 (http://s210.photobucket.com/user/tweesterreo/media/AlhambraArtifact_zps3cfd004e.png.html)
2.7The Red Jaguars
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on October 11, 2012, 02:08:01 PM
I like the idea. It will be interesting to see how each episode ranks. I especially want to see how the Steps of Knowledge round of "The Trojan Horseshoe" ranks. Or any of the moats from the "Stone Head" filming days rank.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 11, 2012, 06:14:48 PM
Here is my first ranking for the one that was randomly picked via a RNG. I also added pictures to the post to go along with the text to brighten it up a little more and illustrate some of the highlights of the episode. Please give your feedback. ;)

THE BULLET-RIDDLED HANDBAG OF BELLE BOYD



MOAT: 4/10
MOAT: 6/10 (PPF)



The moat used for this episode was the "Ancient Fallen Bridge" one where the contestants had to cross the bridge while crawling up against it. With that in mind, this moat was very quick and all of the teams were close. Nothing really stood out for this moat either except Leah from the Green Monkeys fell at the end of it. I have to give this one a low score due to the unexcitement factor here.

(PPF's description)

For this moat, the players had to crawl across a wooden bridge without falling into the water. This moat objective was watered down from the previous episode "The Pearl Necklace of Gwalior," where the players had to run across a bridge. The round itself was just average. While the crawling across the bridge was much more challenging, it was still an uninspiring moat. The only noteworthy thing that happened during the moat was Leah of the Green Monkeys tripping just before her team gonged in for the moat. This wouldn't be the only time she trips in this episode. At the end of the round, the Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Purple Parrots, and Orange Iguanas advanced to the Steps of Knowledge in that order. Making for a very rare Steps of Knowledge match up.

LEGEND: 8.5/10
LEGEND: 8/10 (PPF)



Season three had a lot of unusual and goofy legends on the show, but this one seemed more historically accurate and it was enjoyable to listen to. I am also interested in historical events like the Civil War, so this one was an interesting and good choice for the producers to pick to as a legend. The only thing that ruins this episode is the stereotypical Southern accents given to the soldiers and Belle Boyd. I mean really? Does this show have to make everything so stereotypical? This is something they seem to do mostly in season three. Was it suppose to be funny? This is not too bad though compared to another season three episode that I will come across later on. But it was still a good legend.

(PPF's description)

This legend centered around Belle Boyd, who one night overheard Northern Officers talk about their plans to defeat Stonewall Jackson. Belle wanted to warn Jackson, and searched all night for him. By dawn, she found Jackson in the battlefield fighting. She ran bravely through the battlefield very bravely. Jackson was very impressed with Belle and her saving of the army, and kept her bullet riddled handbag. The handbag eventually made its way to the temple. This was a very interesting legend. I love how brave it portrayed Belle Boyd, and it was very historically accurate. Any legend that has to do with the Civil War was interesting, and this legend was no exception.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 9/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10 (PPF)



This was one of those Steps of Knowledge where it was close among all of the teams in it. Every team got at least one correct answer and there was even a two-way tie on the second to last step. There was only one wrong answer by the Green Monkeys, and no one gave some really silly answers either. Most of the questions asked pertained to the Civil War and were not silly either. I only wish more episodes had Step rounds similar to this one.

(PPF's description)

This was a pretty good Steps of Knowledge round. There were very few wrong answers, and the round was very close where it seemed like any team could've advanced. The Blue Barracudas were the first team to advance to the temple games. And the Green Monkeys joined them on the final step not long after. The Purple Parrots got two questions correct, and the Orange Iguanas only got one question correct. All in all, a very close, albeit average round.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6.5/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10 (PPF)



We start off the temple games with the introduction of our two teams: Blue Barracudas and Green Monkeys. The Blue Barracuda Ashley does some sort of weird pose when Kirk introduced her, which I thought was pretty funny. Her partner John also does some sort of lame pose too.

The temple games in this episode were very close and this was one episode where BOTH teams were competitive. The first temple game sought the two male contestants climbing up giant net and dropping a scroll into the hole in the middle of it. Matthew was slightly faster than John in this temple game, but it was still close with a Green Monkey win. The second temple game had the two female contestants jumping up to get a secret document and throwing it in their respective bins. Unlike the previous temple game, this one wasn't very exciting. Probably due to the fact that neither contestant could synchronize their jumps correctly and both of them kept throwing the documents into the bucket and missing.

The final temple game had the ladies firing balls at the guys, who had to catch them place them next to each General's name. The Blue Barracudas struggled early while the Green Monkeys struggled late. At the end it was a tie. With a rare score of a 2-1.5, the Green Monkeys get to go onto the temple. Overall, the temple games were pretty close but they were not the best bunch of games that season three had to offer.  Plus, the second temple game felt a little sloppy on both teams parts.

(PPF's description)

The temple games featured some very close competition between the Blue Barracudas and the Green Monkeys. This round also featured a unique set up of games too. In the first game, Matthew and John had to launch themselves on a net, grab a scroll, and drop it in their baskets below. It was a neck and neck game and both teams gave it forth the great effort, and tied the game. In the second game, Leah and Ashley had to grab a secret document, and place it in their bins using the very common "rotating teeter totter" game. Both players struggled to get a good rhythm down, but Leah ended up winning the game at the end. The score was now 1-0.5, in the Green Monkeys favor. In the final temple game, the female players flung balls at their male partners, who would catch the balls, climb the walls, and place them next to the General's respective names. This was yet another close game, which ended in another tie. But, the Green Monkeys earned a trip to the temple, beating the Blue Barracudas 2-1.5!

TEMPLE RUN: 8/10
TEMPLE RUN: 8/10 (PPF)



This is probably the best part about this episode is the surprisingly exciting temple run. In my opinion, this is one of the most overlooked losses on the show. We all talk about how exciting some losses like "Henry Morgan", "The Dragon Lady and the Blue Pearl", and "Ivan the Terrible" are - but this one was a great effort too. It was one of those temple runs where both players were fast in the temple and didn't struggle at all with any of the rooms. Unfortunately, this team had a brutal layout that required them to take a long route filled with many time consuming rooms. But it didn't help that neither Leah or Matthew didn't take the most direct path at times and actually added a couple of more objectives to their route to the artifact. And unlike some of the losses that are heavily praised, this one is not too memorable and nothing really sticks out. Which is probably why most people don't talk about it in the first place. But this was still the most exciting part of this episode and it was a great effort by the Green Monkeys at the end of the day.

(PPF's description)

This temple run featured a solid performance by both Leah and Matthew. Even though this team lost, this was a very exciting temple run. Leah volunteers to go in first, where she trips upon entering the temple. She completes all her rooms at a very fast pace, and never got turned around once. Leah's path consisted of her going all the way down the central shaft, and traversing most of the bottom floor. She was removed in the temple in the Dark Forest with one full minute left on the clock. That's amazing. Matthew goes in next and he is equally as fast. He retraces Leah's footsteps, and races to the Quicksand Bog, where a temple guard takes his pendant. Time runs out as Matthew reads the secrets passwords. All in all, this was a great temple run. Both Leah and Matthew were very fast, but unfortunately encountered a very lengthy and difficult layout. However, it would've helped if both players had taken more shortcuts. Both Leah and Matthew avoided the Pit-Chamber door, and Matthew didn't even attempt the Quicksand Bog/Shrine passage. Had they taken more shortcuts, they would've at least reached the handbag, and maybe even brought it out at the pace they were going.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.2/10
FINAL VERDICT: 7.4/10 (PPF)

This episode has some redeeming points for certain segments for the episode. I felt that the Legend was really well done and a nice choice to focus an episode on. The Steps of Knowledge was also pretty competitive with competent teams and not a lot of silly questions and answers. And the temple run is an underrated loss where the team puts up a great effort in a tough layout.

On the downside though, the moat was pretty unexciting and lasted only about 30 seconds it seemed. The temple games were close, but they were not too exciting or memorable.

Overall, this is an episode that is worth coming back to from time to time to watch. My suggestion would be to watch it mostly for the legend and temple run though.

(PPF's description)

Overall, Belle Boyd was one of the better Season 1 episodes. None of the rounds were lackluster, and the interesting legend and the temple run are the main highlights of this episode. The rest of the rounds were just average for the most part. Where nothing interesting really happened. But definitely watch it for the temple run, as Leah and Matthew did a fantastic job in the temple despite losing. However, if they had taken more direct routes, this team would've had a much better chance at winning. This was still a decent episode, and I recommend it to anyone.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on October 11, 2012, 08:34:02 PM
Belle Boyd is definitely one of the more overlooked episodes. I agree with you about the rounds and all the rankings. The legend is interesting and the temple run is exciting, but the moat and the temple games were just plain average. The run itself is pretty underrated, but not much sticks out other than the long path and how fast both players were. Still a great effort by both Leah and Matthew nonetheless. They would have won for sure if they had taken more shortcuts.

Good episode and good rankigs all around.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 11, 2012, 10:08:35 PM
Thanks for the response! I remember that "Belle Boyd" was one of the last ten episodes that I needed to see back during the Nick GaS days. Let me tell you that it was the best of the bunch for sure. Season three was off and on when it came to their legends. Some legends were ridiculous and childish, but this one was definitely one of the best in the seasons. And the temple run is indeed exciting too. They might've reached the Handbag if Leah went straight into the Chamber and Matthew went into the Shrine directly. But they still put up a good effort and I like runs where both contestants are next, no matter the outcome of the run is.

For my next one, I want to try one of the "Stone Head" production day episodes since I am interested on how the moats are. Although the episodes kind of suck... Captain John Smith, Empress Theodora, Spanish King, and Stone Head are not the best episodes. But I might want to do "The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King" as my next one since I want to see how this pitiful episode ranks overall.  :o
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on October 11, 2012, 11:08:10 PM
Captain John Smth wasn't from the "Stone Head" production day. Mush Pot Hat was.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 24, 2012, 10:57:43 PM
Here is my second ranking for "The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King". If you fall asleep reading this review of this episode, then I don' blame you. - I almost did the exact same thing with this pathetic episode.

THE CRACKED CROWN OF THE SPANISH KING



MOAT: 1/10



The production day for this episode is imfamous for the painfully long moat where the players had to cross the moat while walking sideways across a wooden plank. If they fell in, they would have to go back to the start. For some reason though, the teams in this moat struggled really bad. It was so bad that some of the players had to take off their aqua shoes and walk across with their bare feet. The moat for this episode was painfully long and hard to watch. You were just praying that the team would just make it across. The producers should've felt ashamed for having such an awful moat. Kirk once said in an interview that a certain moat lasted for 45 minutes, and I believe it was this episode.

LEGEND: 5/10



This was probably the only shining moment of this pitiful episode. The legend talks about Simon Bolivar and his conquest of the Spanish Empire. Not bad choice of a legend since we have all learned about Bolivar in History class when growing up. My problem with this legend is that they don't mention much of the Spanish King. The Spanish King is only mentioned towards the end of the legend and it felt like the producers only threw the Spanish King in there in order to make an artifact out of the Legend. Nothing memorable though about this legend at the end of the day.
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



I have to admit that the Steps of Knowledge for this episode was actually pretty exciting. It was mostly for Josh of the Orange Iguanas determination in getting the answers correct. He did a good job in answering a couple of questions without Olmec revealing all of the choices. This was the only highlight of the Steps and I wish more contestants were like Josh.
TEMPLE GAMES: 3/10



This had to be the most pathetic set of temple games on the entire show. In the first temple game, the boys had to plug in a series of holes in order to find the correct one. Both boys kind of struggled to climb up the wall, but the Green Monkey boy won at the last second.

The second temple game though was the saddest attempt I have ever seen on the show. The Green Monkey girl Winter literally lost in the first 11 seconds of the temple game. And even before she fell off the horse, her grip was starting to come lose after like 4 seconds. I don't think any temple game attempt can be as pathetic as this one. :roll:

Nothing to say about the last temple game where the players had to knock down some "Spanish Soldiers". Winter once again fails at trying to aim the ball and her partner was not much better. What a crappy set of temple games, they were not competitive the least beat and the Green Monkeys were pathetic on top of that.

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10



This temple run was such a snoozefest and so hard to sit through. Josh's time in the temple was short-lived, but he was fast and made it pretty far in the temple. His partner Kerry though had to be one of the slowest players on the show. It was so pathetic to watch her piss away all the time Josh left for her. This is one of those temple runs where you have to force yourself to watch it all the way to the end. There is nothing exciting about it at all and it makes you mad to see a stupid second runner screw everything up. Oh yeah, to top it off, she ran into the wrong direction after the temple run was over.

FINAL VERDICT: 4.0/10
There is absolutely no reason this watch this episode except for the sake of completion. Almost every round of this episode was pathetic or boring, and you will probably fall asleep while watching it. The only real highlight was Josh's determination in the Steps of Knowledge. Other than that, you won't miss much if you don't watch this episode. Every round is pretty much awful from  pathetic moat to a boring and suckfest of a temple run. And to make matters worse, Nick GaS would play this everytime back in the day.What a load of crap.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on October 24, 2012, 11:22:12 PM
Oh man, the infamous "Cracked Crown" episode. :lol: Home to the longest moat ever and one of the slowest players ever. As for the episode as a whole, the moat was juat awful. This has to be by far the longest moat ever. I mean, the mist disappeared about a third of the way into the round. I'm pretty sure everyones aqua shows simply just fell off, since the players kept falling in the moat constantly. I don't remember the Steps round, the temple games sucked, thanks to the Green Monkey girl. And the temple run was so frustrating. Yet another run where it should have been a reverse order of players. If Josh had gone in second, the team would have won for sure. Seriously, I don't know what was with Kerry during the temple run. :roll:

Great review like always. And wow, only a 4.4? I would love to see if any other episode gets ranked lower than that.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on October 24, 2012, 11:23:58 PM
There WILL be an episode that gets ranked lower. Take a guess as to what you think I think will be lower. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on October 24, 2012, 11:27:30 PM
There WILL be an episode that gets ranked lower. Take a guess as to what you think I think will be lower. ;)
The Keys to the Alhambra maybe? It could be Cricket Cage, although I'm sure some of the rounds besides the temple run were somewhat watchable.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 24, 2012, 11:27:53 PM
My take on the moat is that I don't remember it being that long in other episodes. I mean the "Johnny Appleseed" moat was definitely not this long, "Empress Theodora" had only the Green Monkeys struggling, although "Stone Head" was pretty long too. This team might've actually reached the Cracked Crown if Kerry went in first, but she was so slow who knows how much time she would leave for Josh? This is one of my most hated episodes in the entire series and I have hated it since day one.

I think that were will be plenty of episodes that will rank lower than "Cracked Crown", if that is even believable.  :oops: For my next one, I am going to go ahead with a season one episode. I will use a RNG to determine which one is next, but I am hoping its not one of the "infamous" ones.  :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on October 24, 2012, 11:28:57 PM
There WILL be an episode that gets ranked lower. Take a guess as to what you think I think will be lower. ;)
The Keys to the Alhambra maybe? It could be Cricket Cage, although I'm sure some of the rounds besides the temple run were somewhat watchable.

Not Alhambra, but Cricket Cage. ;)

Although Alhambra could certainly end up being lower. Same goes for Blackbeard, John Henry, and Bifocal Monocle.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 24, 2012, 11:30:37 PM
There WILL be an episode that gets ranked lower. Take a guess as to what you think I think will be lower. ;)
The Keys to the Alhambra maybe? It could be Cricket Cage, although I'm sure some of the rounds besides the temple run were somewhat watchable.

Not Alhambra, but Cricket Cage. ;)

Although Alhambra could certainly end up being lower. Same goes for Blackbeard, John Henry, and Bifocal Monocle.

Lost Hammer, One-Eyed Jack, Alhambra, Jean Lafitte, Blackbeard's Treasure Map, Lost Lion Tail, Snow Cone, and Marble Armrest might end up being worst than the "Spanish King" episode. I am going to keep track of the rankings in the original post. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on October 24, 2012, 11:32:05 PM
There WILL be an episode that gets ranked lower. Take a guess as to what you think I think will be lower. ;)
The Keys to the Alhambra maybe? It could be Cricket Cage, although I'm sure some of the rounds besides the temple run were somewhat watchable.

Not Alhambra, but Cricket Cage. ;)

Although Alhambra could certainly end up being lower. Same goes for Blackbeard, John Henry, and Bifocal Monocle.

Lost Hammer, One-Eyed Jack, Alhambra, Jean Lafitte, Blackbeard's Treasure Map, Lost Lion Tail, Snow Cone, and Marble Armrest might end up being worst than the "Spanish King" temple run. I am going to keep track of the rankings in the original post. ;)

It's not just the temple run, but the Final Verdict. Those episodes you listed could very well end up being lower.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 24, 2012, 11:34:01 PM
There WILL be an episode that gets ranked lower. Take a guess as to what you think I think will be lower. ;)
The Keys to the Alhambra maybe? It could be Cricket Cage, although I'm sure some of the rounds besides the temple run were somewhat watchable.

Not Alhambra, but Cricket Cage. ;)

Although Alhambra could certainly end up being lower. Same goes for Blackbeard, John Henry, and Bifocal Monocle.

Lost Hammer, One-Eyed Jack, Alhambra, Jean Lafitte, Blackbeard's Treasure Map, Lost Lion Tail, Snow Cone, and Marble Armrest might end up being worst than the "Spanish King" temple run. I am going to keep track of the rankings in the original post. ;)

It's not just the temple run, but the Final Verdict. Those episodes you listed could very well end up being lower.

Whoops, I didn't mean temple run, I meant episodes. I saw that error right when you posted it. I think all those episodes could be worst than the "Spanish King" episode.  ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 24, 2012, 11:47:25 PM
RNG says:




Episode 66 would be "The Mask of the Man in the Iron Mask". I don't remember much about this episode, but I am hoping it is more exciting than the "Spanish King" episode. But honestly, this has to be the most forgettable episode in the entire series. Who remembers it exists more than half of the time? :roll:

I know which one is my next project.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on October 24, 2012, 11:48:16 PM
Just one click on "Generate", correct? ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 24, 2012, 11:50:52 PM
Of course, silly. ;) Its not like one would intentionally try and get an episode like "Iron Mask". If I want a really good episode, I would just go with "Pirate Captain" or "Annie Taylor". I just like mixing it up so I don't do all the good episodes or crappy ones at one time.  :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on October 24, 2012, 11:52:40 PM
Of course, silly. ;) Its not like one would intentionally try and get an episode like "Iron Mask". If I want a really good episode, I would just go with "Pirate Captain" or "Annie Taylor". I just like mixing it up so I don't do all the good episodes or crappy ones at one time.  :mrred:

Just checking. Wanted to check if you threw away one of your "favorite" episodes like Smashed Printing Plate. :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 25, 2012, 05:26:39 PM
Here is my next ranking for "The Mask of the Man in the Iron Mask". I have to admit that I enjoy doing these rankings and its nice to go back and watch some of these old episodes.  :mrblue:

THE MASK OF THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK



MOAT: 6/10



Nothing exciting really happens in this moat. Most of the teams hit their gongs around the same interval. The moat itself for this episode was one of the better ones on the show and the teams didn't struggle too much compared to other season two moats. Notice that the Blue Barracudas gonged in first, this will be an ongoing theme for the rest of the episode with the Blue Barracudas dominating each round.
LEGEND: 9/10



Just reading the episode title makes you curious what the legend is about. The legend basically tells of the King of France having his face concealed with a giant Iron Mask. One day, one of his men (with a pathetic French accent -_-) comes in and gives him the key that unlocked the Iron Mask. When the mask came off, it was revealed that the Iron Mask belonged to the King of France's twin. A plot twist, huh? I have to admit that this legend was actually really good. It is one of those episodes where you want to hear the legend behind the artifact to understand it more. So I have to give props to the producers for having such a legend that pulled the viewer in.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



The Steps for this episode was very close and it made you wonder what team would go onto the temple games. I always thought that the Red Jaguars would've gone to the temple games since the Red Jaguar boy was on fire, but the Blue Barracudas edged out at the last second. One highlight of this round is the enthusiasm on Justin and the Red Jaguar girls part.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10



This is one of those temple game rounds where you can tell after the first game that one team will suck badly. In the first temple game, the Green Monkey boy struggled to climb up the and kept sloppily dropping his Iron Masks. Danielle had some good rhythm though and won handily.

The second temple game was not any better than the first one and Justin dominated this one also. It was like the Blue Barracudas were on a whole different level than the Green Monkeys. The kids in this temple game had to collect  series of keys and place them into a bucket. One of Kirk's lines about this temple game was, "The key to the game is the key." Thank you Kirk, you are so clever. :roll:

And you guessed the theme of the final temple game... the Blue Barracudas won by a landslide and completed the ball shooting and wall climbing temple game under thirty seconds. That is the fastest I think I have ever seen this temple game completed. In the end, Blue shuts out the Green Monkeys in a dominating fashion.

TEMPLE RUN: 5.5/10



Just like the prior rounds to this episode, this is a temple run where you can watch it without having to cringe but you probably won't go back to watch it since its not really noteable. The players in this temple run moved at a decent speed, but it was the blunder at the beginning of the run that killed their chances. The frontrunner, Danielle, moved fast all the way to the Laser Light Room. Once she completed the objective though, both Medusa's Lair and the Swamp opened. She made the mistake of going into Medusa's Lair, and as a result, she met a deadend and a temple guard. The deadend was pretty brutal and she wasted too much time trying the inactive actuators in the room. By the time she was taken out in the Swamp, Justin followed her path at a slightly slower pace, but he knew what he was doing. The run ended one room away from the artifact and would've probably been a win if Danielle didn't go into Medusa's Lair. The only real highlight in this run though is Justin's head-first slide through the Mine Shaft wall. It was kind of pointless, but still pretty cool nevertheless. :lol:

FINAL VERDICT: 6.9/10

Just like "The Bullet-Riddled Handbag of Belle Boyd", this is one of those episodes you will watch one time but won't go back watching it again because its not very memorable or exciting. But this episode does indeed have some interesting features. I have to commend the producers for giving us an interesting artifact that makes you want to watch the episode to found out what it is about. The other rounds of this episode are just plain average, but they weren't too bad where you want to kill yourself at least. The other rounds have some sort of memorable moment like the Kirk Fogg line in the second temple games and Justin's head first slide during the temple run.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on October 25, 2012, 05:42:49 PM
Good review. Iron Mask, like you said, is just so forgettable. When and what will your next review be?
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 25, 2012, 05:50:53 PM
I am thinking maybe possibly by tonight. I am enjoying doing this so far and this time I want to tackle a season one episode for sure. I am thinking "The Trojan Horseshoe". I think we all know the standout round from that episode. :lol:  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on October 25, 2012, 07:38:11 PM
Yeah, the Steps of Knowledge. I mean, "an arch thing on your knees...." or however it went. Enough said. :lol:

Good review about Iron Mask. You were pretty much right on every point. The legend to me, was one of the best legends this show has ever seen. I'm pretty sure this was one of the few that was actually a true story. And a french accent huh? I guess the producers like to make everything as cliche as possible. :roll: The temple games were pretty one sided, it was so obvious the Barracudas were gonna sweep the temple games. But interesting temple game sequence where we see the rare "go from board to board" game. And we all know about the temple run. If Danielle hadn't set foot in Medusa's Lair, we could have had another "Tall Turban" type victory on our hands. Kind of a shame, but at least we got to see Justin's head first dive into the Mine Shaft.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 25, 2012, 10:04:50 PM
As promised, here is my ranking for "The Trojan Horseshoe". I am honestly surprised at the final ranking for this episode, but you should know why after reading it. Other than that, I enjoyed doing this once again.  :mrgreen:


THE TROJAN HORSESHOE



MOAT: 6/10



Season one had some moats that were ceative while other ones were pretty uninspiring. This one falls into the "uninspiring" one. The first player had to swim across the moat and tie their rope around the pole in the opposite end of the moat, while the second player had to cross the other side with the rope. Not a very challenging moat at all and the walking across the rope part was so flawed anyways because the contestants basically are walking across the bottom floor of the moat. It was close competition though, which is typical for such a lame moat in the first place.

LEGEND: 6.5/10



I am not going to even bring up the part on how this legend is historically inaccurate, but most people know about the legend in this episode neverthless. Basically, Paris the Prince of Troy was in love with Helen of the Greeks. Helen's Greek boyfriend launched a surprise attack on Troy via a wooden horse full of soldiers and the fighting goes on for 10 years. Seriously, that is all the legend talks about. You mean they couldn't have gone more in-depth? And why is the actress playing Helen look so goddamn ugly? And why is the artifact a Horseshoe if they used a wooden horse? Sounds like they rushed the episode plot to me. :roll:

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 5/10



Wow, the steps for this episode was comical at best to describe it. Every team on the Steps got each answer wrong at least. Not only was that bad, but the Silver Snake boy got three answers wrong on top of that. The players were cutting Olmec off to the point that he was getting pissy and Kirk was getting impatient as well. The Silver Snake boy was hilarious and one of the answers to Olmec's questions was "Achilles tendon", and the Silver Snake boy points to the back of his heel as he was explaining his answer. :lol:

What save this round from getting a lower score was the fact that it was so bad that it was comical. Olmec's pissy tone coupled with the Silver Snake boys silly answer sure made this round memorable.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10



The temple games didn't feel very exciting for this episode. Kirk also sounded very unexcited too for a season one episode and had no enthusiasm at all. The first temple game saw the contestants "tearing down Troy" by climbing up a wall, putting bricks on their head, and scaling back down to place it in the bucket. Well, apparently the Silver Snake boy's incompetencce from the Steps carried over to the temple games because he dropped two of his breaks consecutively. :lol:

The second temple game was actually pretty good, even though it used one of the most overused temple games in season one. The players had to carry their wooden horses up a ramp while water gushes down from the top. The Silver Snake Girl and Shawn of the Green Monkeys were neck-and-neck when climbing up the slope and kept you on the edge of the seat on who will win. Eventually, the Silver Snake girl won by a hair but it was nail biter 'til the end.

The last temple game was also a close nail biter. In this temple game, the players had to climb up a pole and place a piece of "stone" onto another pole and had to keep alternating until they finished getting all of the pieces up. This one came down to the wire and it looked like the Silver Snakes would win, but Lucretia pulls out at the last second to pull off the victory.

TEMPLE RUN: 7/10



It was just your typical season one temple win where the team gets stuck with a moderate layout and nothing interesting happens. Here, both players moved at an average pace and I don't think there is anything noteworthy to point out. They didn't really make any big mistakes though and they passed through six rooms to reach the artifact. That is all I can really say about this temple run but it was still a well-deserved win at the end of the day.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.3/10
Wow, I am honestly surprised at the final score for this episode. I knew it wasn't some spectacular episode, but I never imagined that it would rank this low. But at the same time, I think the final ranking is kind of misleading. What brings the score down so much is the pathetic Steps of Knowledge and Legends. The Steps was just a flatout disaster where everything looked comical. But the temple games were decent at least and had a couple of nail biter temple games in there, especially the second temple game with the wooden horse. The temple run was just your typical season one where nothing stood out. But still, they earned it and it is worth a watch. I recommend this episode mostly for the temple win and temple games.

But you have to watch the Steps of Knowledge for this episode though. It is so bad that it is pretty comical, especially the answer the Silver Snake boy gives in response to the "achilles tendon". :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on October 25, 2012, 11:16:40 PM
Wow, only a 4.9? :o The only round I considered bad with the Steps, thanks to that Silver Snake boy. But other than that, the episode wasn't bad at all. I guess the Steps ruined the rating, and the fact that the rounds in general weren't too exciting. The temple run was alright, and the win was deserved. It just doesn't stand out as much as some of the other wins. Though how some people compare this win to "John Sutter" is beyond me.

Oh well, good rankings like always. Maybe the next episode you rank will have a higher score.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 26, 2012, 01:52:26 PM
I think I am going to go back and adjust some of the points for "The Trojan Horseshoe". 4.9 seems a little too slow for an episode that ended in a win. Sure, it wasn't very exciting or memorable, but I think that it deserves a better score. I might beef up the score for the Steps to a "4" or "5". Sure, it was filled with some bad answers, but it is so comical and memorable that it was worth the watch. :lol: And its not like the Steps were boring either, it was the opposite of that. I am definitely adjusting the score for this episode.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on October 26, 2012, 02:02:09 PM
4.9 is definitely too low. I think a 6 or somewhere around there would be better.

I think you should go back to using the Random generator for picking episodes. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on October 26, 2012, 02:15:39 PM
Yeah, maybe a 4 or 5 for the Steps would help improve the score. Despite the bad round, it was still comical. :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 27, 2012, 05:46:44 PM
I went back and readjusted the sore for some of the rounds of "The Trojan Horseshoe". I gave the Steps a 5/10 because as pathetic as it was, it was funny at the same time and its definitely worth to go back and watch to see how bad it is. :lol: And its not like it was boring or anything.

And I went with RNG for the next episode. It gave me the number 19, so it looks like "The Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte" is the next one.  :oops: What a horrible episode from what I recall when I last watched it. It might even rank lower than the "Spanish King" episode.  :oops:


Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: GreenMonkeys#1 on October 28, 2012, 08:58:51 PM
I have a feeling this will be a low score   :oops: :oops: can we have a really good one soon like Apanuugpak?
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on October 28, 2012, 11:06:27 PM
I haven't watch "Jean Lafitte" in a long time and I don't remember a single thing about that episode. It will probably end up with a bad ranking though, probably close to the score of "The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King". Truth be told though, most episodes had some sort of redeeming value to them like "Iron Mask" had a good legend while "Belle Boyd" had a relatively exciting temple run. I am not really dreading "Jean Lafitte" though since its mostly just mediocre rounds and forgettable. Most of the Legends episodes weren't too bad though. Although there were some episodes that were just flat out bad...  :oops:

And I like your suggestion, maybe I will take "Apanuugpak" after I am done with Jean Lafitte.  ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on October 29, 2012, 02:32:49 PM
Jean Lafitte is one of the most forgettable episodes ever. Good luck finding anything positive about it.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 01, 2012, 01:29:43 PM
Here is my rankings for "The Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte". It ranked higher than I expected, but it was still a dull and mediocre episode. But it wasn't painful at least though.

THE TREASURE MAP OF JEAN LAFITTE



MOAT: 4.5/10



I enjoyed the moat challenge used for this production day compared to the other season one episodes. It was a mixed challenge that was not too easy or too hard. But this moat challenge was kind of boring though. The teams were struggling to throw their inner tubes across the moat and in one instance the Orange Iguana girl fell in while trying to throw it to her partner! This moat was too sloppy compared to the other moat crossings on that day.

LEGEND: 9/10



The legend tells about a Pirate named Jean Lafitte who owned a smuggler's colony south of New Orleans. He was eventually captured by US officials and he burned down his colony in hopes that no one will find his fabled treasure. Jean Lafitte trusted one person with the Treasure Map for his treasure, a cabin boy, and made the cabin boy swear to never indulge on the location of the treasure or else he will be inflicted with the Pirate's curse. 60 years later the cabin boy scouts out the treasure with one of his helpers, but his helper dies supposedly due to the Pirate's curse.

I am always a sucker for stories about Pirates, so this was a good legend that actually told a serious story. One difference between the season one legends and later legends is that the season one legends were more morbid where they talked about death. But still, this was a good legend and it did not come with some corny accents or lame moments.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



Like the legend, the Steps of Knowledge was filled with good historical questions and did not wander into the silly questions territory. It was also pretty close competition between Red, Blue, and Green all the way down to the wire. Plus, Terry Kay of the Blue Barracudas showed some good enthusiasm at the end of the Steps. A pretty decent round.

TEMPLE GAMES: 3/10



The temple games were pretty weak for this episode, and I blame that on the producers for poor temple game choices. In the first temple game, the guys had to push a cannonball up a slide that is gushing water. The problem with this temple game was that both male contestants struggled to get their ball up the ramp, and that was because the ball kept getting stuck underneath them. The score was a pathetic 1-0 at the end of it all.

The second temple game was just as pathetic as the first temple game. In this one, the female players had to climb up to the top of the shaft while carrying a piece of gold. Once at the top, they had to place the piece of gold into the bucket at the top. Too bad that both girls struggled to get their pieces of gold at the top. Terry Kay was slightly better than the Red Jaguar, but once again we got a pathetic temple game score of 2-1.

The team temple game was surprisingly competitive though. Both teams put in a decent effort, but Blue screwed up a couple of times. There is no reason why Red shouldn't have won this temple game as they were ahead a couple of times. In the end, it was a tie.

This episode marks one of the rare instances in season one where the team rings in wrong in the tiebreaker and the other team goes to the temple. In this case, the Red Jaguars answered the tiebreaker question wrong and it sent the Barracudas to the temple. Nice job at choking Red Jaguars. :roll:

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10



This temple run was as mediocre as it can get. This is one of those runs where neither player is terribly bad, but they still don't know what they are doing. Aaron, the frontrunner, got unlucky with the Trouble Bridge door being locked from the Gargoyle Room. So what does he do? Instead of trying for the Cave of Sighs, he keeps trying to force the Troubled Bridge door open. Nice work, ace. He eventually gets the hint though and goes down to the Cave of Sighs and eventually is taken out in the Heart Room.

His partner though is equally as incompetent as he was though. Terry Kay tries for the same Troubled Bridge door, but this time it works for her. But now she is taking a different path from her partner with less than a half-pendant. Why would she ever do that? She slowly makes her way to the Shrine, and her last 45 seconds or so, she struggles to get the monkey assembled. Pathetic, both players were slow and this is one temple run that is painful to sit through. And it was not very exciting either.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.5/10

This episode ranked higher than I thought, but that is because the surprisingly good legend and Steps of Knowledge save it from being a completely mediocre episode. Still, other parts of the episode are pretty lackluster and one initial view of this episode is enough. The temple games featured mediocre players and the temple run was so uneventful and lackluster too. Just your typical season one episode with little to no redeeming value.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 01, 2012, 02:10:09 PM
Heh, nice work Ace. :lol:

Anyways, Jean Lafitte has got to be one of the most filler episodes in the shows history. While the legend was interesting, and the Steps were a competitive round, the temple games and temple run were just lackluster. The Blue Barracudas only got to the temple because the Red Jaguars rang in wrong with the tiebreaker. And the temple run sucked, especially at the end when Terri Kay couldn't even assemble the monkey. The Red Jaguars probably would have done a better job if they hadn't choked at the tiebreaker. Overall, a REALLY dull episode. But a 5.5 ranking for this kind of episode is pretty good. Good rankings like always.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 01, 2012, 05:20:51 PM
If it wasn't for the Legend and Steps of Knowledge, then this episode would've ranked much lower. It really was an uneventful episode though and nothing really stands out besides the tiebreaker choke. It is one of the most filler episodes in the series too. It is so filler that they reused the prop from a prior episode ('Map to the Lost Gold Mine"). Definitely the most filler episode of season one, but overall I think there are some episodes that are slightly more filler than this one. (Clovis the First, Sojourner Truth, Snow Cone, Stolen Arm, Cosa Rara).
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 01, 2012, 06:09:33 PM
I always thought "The Stolen Arm of Shiva" was more filler. At least Jean Lafitte had the tiebreaker choke and Terri Kay's monkey "assembly" going for it. But I remember nothing about Shiva. Though there was another pathetic attempt to assemble the monkey there too.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on November 01, 2012, 06:47:11 PM
A 3 for the temple run seems kind of low to me. I don't recall the run being THAT bad. A 4 probably would've been better, but it's your ranking TRJ.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 01, 2012, 09:31:12 PM
I always thought "The Stolen Arm of Shiva" was more filler. At least Jean Lafitte had the tiebreaker choke and Terri Kay's monkey "assembly" going for it. But I remember nothing about Shiva. Though there was another pathetic attempt to assemble the monkey there too.

Oh yeah, "Shiva" definitely ranks up there with "Jean Lafitte". The only thing I remember about this episode is the artifact being in the Bamboo Forest. The screwy monkey attempt doesn't even jump out at you like it did with Kelly from "Montezuma" and Larry. The only other episode that I could possibly think is more filler is "Stone Marker". I think "Leonardo Da Vinci" is even more memorable than "Stone Marker".

A 3 for the temple run seems kind of low to me. I don't recall the run being THAT bad. A 4 probably would've been better, but it's your ranking TRJ.

I don't think it was bad either, just very forgettable and boring to watch. Its one of those runs you just want to be over after the first minute. I might up the score because maybe 3 is a little too harsh. But it was a pretty lackluster and uneventful performance though.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 05, 2012, 02:09:48 PM
Someone suggest earlier that I do "The Mussel-Shell Armor of Apanuugpak" as my next project, and that is the one I am about to post. I have to say that I am not disappointed that selection at all.

THE MUSSEL-SHELL ARMOR OF APANUUGPAK



MOAT: 8/10
MOAT: 8/10 (PPF)



The moat used for this production day is quite possibly the quickest moat ever featured on the show. In this one, the teams had to cross over a pair of icebergs by running across them. If they fell in, then they would have to go back. Even though the moat was very quick, only one team fell in and it was pretty exciting to see what teams would ring in to move onto the next round. Moats that are neck-to-neck are usually the exiting ones.

PPF's description

For this moat, the players had to run across three floating icebergs. If they fell in or touched the iceberg, they would have to go back and start over again. This was a very exciting round, and quite possibly, THE quickest moat ever. Although "The Pearl Necklace of Gwalior" moat was equally as fast too. Despite the quickness of the moat, it was a very close round where it was like any team could've rang in and advanced to the next round. At the end of the round, the Silver Snakes, Green Monkeys, Blue Barracudas, and Red Jaguars all advanced to the Steps of Knowledge in that order.

LEGEND: 8.5/10
LEGEND: 8/10 (PPF)



The last thing you would ever think that Legends of the Hidden Temple would ever make 7 a legend about is an Eskimo. This was one of those goofy season three episodes that were meant to not be taken seriously, but this one was good and comical though compared to the other legends that season. From the insults like "your mother wears sealskin boots" to the witty comments from Apanuugpak, it definitely was a unique legend. And what the hell was with his wife? She looked like a naked gorilla at first. :lol:

PPF's description

This legend centered around Apanuugpak, who was an Eskimo who lived in Alaska in the 1700's. He was a hunter and a fearless warrior who could stand still for a very long time to stalk polar bears. One day, him and his wife encountered a band of warriors, who accused Apanuugpak of fishing in their territory. Despite the enemies ganging up on him, Apanuugpak was not afraid of them. They even shot arrows at him, but that did not phase Apanuugpak one bit as he laughed. The men were so astonished they fled from him and ran away. It was then that Apanuugpak invented a mussel shell armor, which later found its way to the temple. I happened to really like this legend. Very few legends talked about Eskimos, and the producers did a very good job executing this story. Plus, you gotta love the witty commentary this legend had. Especially the "your mother wears sealskin boots" line. :lol: While this legend was a bit silly, it didn't drift into parodying itself with ridiculous storylines, like most Season 3 legends tend to do.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 10/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 10/10 (PPF)



The Steps were very close competition and there was not a single wrong answer. I can't seem to find a single flaw in this Steps round and it deserves a perfect score. One of the answers given by the Blue Barracudas was questionable, but Olmec accepted it in memorable fashion - "That is close enough for the rock." Definitely one of the best Steps of Knowledge rounds on the show.

PPF's description

This was a flawless Steps of Knowledge round. It was very close the whole way through, and there were no wrong answers. There was one questionable answer given, but knowing Season 3 and their lenient rules, Olmec accepted it saying "That's close enough for the rock." That sort of thing also happens in "The Lost Hornpipe of the Pirate Captain." Gator of the Green Monkeys was also very smart during the Steps. He got all of his questions right before the choices were even revealed. It definitely shows that he paid attention during the Legend. The Red Jaguars however, were the first team to finish and advance to the temple games. The Green Monkeys joined them not long after. The Blue Barracudas got two questions right, while the Silver Snakes only got one question right.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10 (PPF)



Like the legend, the temple games featured a goofy sequence of temple games. But they were good temple games though regardless.

The first temple game was kind of lackluster, but that is because the girls kind of struggled in their temple games. In the first temple game, the girls were upside down and had to throw fish into a bucket. They kind of struggled and the Red Jaguars girl even missed a couple of shots. Green wins 4-2.

The second temple game was silly also where the boys had to climb through a maze and carry a couple of stuffed animal seals to the top. Both boys were close, but Gator ended up being a Gator.

The last temple game had the teams knocking down the "Eskimo enemies" with flying cannonballs. Here, the teams kind of struggled and both knocked down one each. But with a pendant score of 2-1, the Green Monkeys go to the temple and prepare themselves for one of the best temple performances ever!

PPF's description

The temple games featured some solid competition throughout. I also liked this round for the unique set up of games used. In the first game, Amanda and Nikolette had to throw fish into their bucket, all while hanging upside down. Both players seemed to struggle here, but Amanda of the Green Monkeys pulled out a win, beating Nikolette 4-2. In the second game, Gator and Jarrod had to jump on a series of trampolines, and bring the seals up to the top of the seal haven. Gator was a BEAST in this game. He flew all the way up there and won the game with plenty of time to spare. This game the Green Monkeys a 1-0 lead over the Red Jaguars going into the final game. In the third game, the teams had to knock over the "Eskimo enemies" with cannonballs. A game which was used quite a bit in Season 3. Both teams kind of struggled here, and the Red Jaguars especially had a difficult time. At the end of the game, both teams tied, giving each of them a full pendant. But the Green Monkeys beat the Red Jaguars 2-1 pendant wise, and earned themselves a trip to the temple!

TEMPLE RUN: 10/10
TEMPLE RUN: 10/10 (PPF)



Very few temple runs deserve a perfect score, and this one is one of them that deserves it. This temple run is memorable for having quite possibly the best player on the show. Center of the temple runs are always tricky, but Gator made it look like there was nothing to it. Amanda was sort of a slow runner, but she made it far with a good amount of time left. That didn't matter to Gator though since he shot through the temple like a bullet once Amanda was taken out. He was so fast that he had to keep pulling his pants up. Not even the camera could keep up with him. He made it all the way to the Chamber, grabbed the Mussel-Shell Armor, and scored one of the best temple wins on the show. This is an awesome temple run and you can never get tired of watching it.  A great effort by the Green Monkeys to score one of the most signature wins on the show.

PPF's description

This temple run was spectacular, all thanks to Gator. Amanda went in first and she does an alright job. In the Pit, she grabs the rope too high and has trouble knocking over the column. Gator even yells for her to "Jump off!" which Amanda does, and moves on to the Tomb of the Headless Kings, where a temple guard takes her pendant. Amanda makes her away across the bottom floor at a medium pace, and is removed from the temple in the Dark Forest with 1:30 left on the clock. Gator takes over soon after, and I've got to say, he is LIGHTNING FAST! Gator was so fast even the camera crew couldn't keep up with him. Upon making up to where Amanda left off, he busts through the wall, climbs the Quicksand Bog ladder with ease, assembles the monkey swiftly, and gets the right armor on the third try. Gator then grabs the armor in the Chamber, all while the mussels fall off the armor, and escapes with 10 seconds left on the clock. Recording a very rare center of the room victory! Amanda was excited, Gator was excited, Kirk was excited, and I was excited as well. This was easily one of the best wins in the history of the show. And Gator is hands down one of the, if not THE, best Legends contestant in the history of the show. Great temple run all around! :mrgreen:

FINAL VERDICT: 8.9/10
FINAL VERDICT: 8.8/10 (PPF)

This episode deserves this high score because it truly is that awesome. None of the rounds of this episode were bad in anyway, shape or form. It contained competitive teams through each round and nothing was boring at all. Some highlights of this episode include the unique and comical legend and the unique temple games. But the true highlight is the temple run where we see one of the best temple performances on the show. This episode is a must watch and you should even watch it again if you ever get a chance. You will definitely not be disappointed at all with this episode since it meets every aspect of what we are looking for. Quite possibly the best episode on the whole show.

PPF's description

Overall, Apanuugpak was a great episode from beginning to end. The moat was very quick, the legend was interesting, the teams were smart during the Steps, the temple games were solid, and the temple run was magnificent. Apanuugpak was the second of only two temple runs where a player successfully retrieves an artifact from the center of the room. The other being "The Lucky Pillow of Annie Taylor," from Season 2, another excellent temple run. This temple run was just fantastic, all thanks to Gator. I wish there were more contestants on the show who were just like him. This episode altogether is quite possibly the best episode ever on the show. I definitely recommend this episode to anyone. You'd be missing a lot if you don't watch it.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot4Life on November 05, 2012, 02:32:04 PM
Very few temple runs deserve a perfect score, and this one is one of them that deserves it. This temple run is memorable for having quite possibly the best player on the show. Center of the temple runs are always tricky, but Gator made it look like there was nothing to it. Amanda was sort of a slow runner, but she made it far with a good amount of time left. That didn't matter to Gator though since he shot through the temple like a bullet once Amanda was taken out. He was so fast that he had to keep pulling his pants off. Not even the camera could keep up with him. He made it all the way to the Chamber, grabbed the Mussel-Shell Armor, and scored one of the best temple wins on the show. This is an awesome temple run and you can never get tired of watching it.  A great efffort by the Green Monkeys to score one of the most signature wins on the show,

I'm hoping you meant to say that Gator was so fast that he had to keep pulling his pants UP.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 05, 2012, 02:54:23 PM
Very few temple runs deserve a perfect score, and this one is one of them that deserves it. This temple run is memorable for having quite possibly the best player on the show. Center of the temple runs are always tricky, but Gator made it look like there was nothing to it. Amanda was sort of a slow runner, but she made it far with a good amount of time left. That didn't matter to Gator though since he shot through the temple like a bullet once Amanda was taken out. He was so fast that he had to keep pulling his pants off. Not even the camera could keep up with him. He made it all the way to the Chamber, grabbed the Mussel-Shell Armor, and scored one of the best temple wins on the show. This is an awesome temple run and you can never get tired of watching it.  A great efffort by the Green Monkeys to score one of the most signature wins on the show,

I'm hoping you meant to say that Gator was so fast that he had to keep pulling his pants UP.

Yes, I meant that he had to keep pulling his pants up. I am sure the producers had enough of dirty moments with John and Missy on the show.  :oops: :oops: :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on November 05, 2012, 03:00:23 PM
Pulling his pants off...wow! :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 05, 2012, 03:34:37 PM
Oh TRJ, get your mind out of the gutter. XD Though it's better than saying "pulling his pants down." :lol:

In all seriousness though, Apanuugpak was a great episode, and it doesn't surprise me one bit it got a near perfect rating. And I don't even need to explain about Gator, he owned everything. I screencapped this episode a few months ago, and I couldn't even take many pictures of Gator running to where Amanda left off. And if I tried too, it came out way too blurry. Yeah, he was that fast. There's no excuse NOT to give this run a perfect 10, it was a great rare center of the room victory. I wish we had more players like Gator on the show. Great episode overall, and definitely a good contender for one of the best episodes ever. Though I liked Lost Hornpipe a little more. Speaking of which, you should rank that episode next.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: GreenMonkeys#1 on November 05, 2012, 04:01:17 PM
Great to have a high rating for this episode! Oh and I was the one who recommended we do this one next! This was the best of the Green Monkeys and to record a center of the temple victory is rare, only Missy was the other to do it before GATOR did it!
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 05, 2012, 04:52:09 PM
In my mind, there are only four temple runs that deserve a perfect 10. PPF named one already in her post. The other two I feel that deserve a perfect rating is another Green Monkey one while the other had the same outcome as "Apanuugpak".

But yeah, this temple win is definitely one of the signature wins on the show. It is definitely one of my all time favorite wins also. I don't think any episode can top the ranking for this episode. Well, there might be 2-3 episodes that I can see doing that. Maybe I will take "Pirate Captain" next too. That is definitely a fun episode - "A musical instrument that does a jig", very competitive temple games, and of course the best team to win in the temple. Although I don't want to use up all the good episodes either.  :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: GreenMonkeys#1 on November 05, 2012, 05:46:00 PM
The other 3 that could get a perfect temple run rating would be Pirate Captain, Emiliano Zapata, and Lawrence of Arabia.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot319 on November 05, 2012, 05:53:51 PM
The other 3 that could get a perfect temple run rating would be Pirate Captain, Emiliano Zapata, and Lawrence of Arabia.

Pirate Captain? Yes.

Lawrence of Arabia? Maybe, but probably not.

Emiliano Zapata? No.

Just my opinions.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 05, 2012, 06:49:31 PM
Well, the three other temple runs that I had in mind that deserve perfect temple run ratings were Pirate Captain, Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress, and Annie Taylor. The reasoning behind those can be saved for a later review. ;)  :mrgreen: :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 07, 2012, 11:26:04 PM
I decided on my next task. Its going to be "The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan". Maybe I will have it up by tonight.  :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 07, 2012, 11:33:05 PM
You're seriously gonna do Cricket Cage? Instead of using random number generator to pick another episode. Good luck I guess.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 07, 2012, 11:38:20 PM
Well, I was going to have to do it eventually so I thought I might as well get it out of the way. Also, I am curious to see how bad this episode truly ranks.  :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 09, 2012, 12:43:12 AM
Here it is... the dreaded "Cricket Cage" episode. Read at your own risk.  :oops:

THE GOLDEN CRICKET CAGE OF KHAN



MOAT: 4/10



The "Aztec Footboard" moat. This was one of the more challenging moats in season one where the second player had to cross the moat while riding the "Aztec" board. If they fell in, then the player had to go back to the start. This is one of those moats where you wait forever for the last team to get across the moat. And how the hell were John and Tia the first team across the moat? :roll:

LEGEND: 2.5/10



All the legend for this episode talks about is how Marco Polo traveled to China and stumbled across Kublai Khan. Khan was impressed by Polo's bravery while Polo was impressed by Khan's court. Then Kublai Khan gives Polo a Golden Cricket Cage, which eventually gets stolen when Polo gets back to Venice. So yeah, that is all what the legend was about. No back story behind the Cricket Cage, just some random treasure that Khan gave to Marco Polo.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 3.5/10



Wow, this episode is trying very hard to be abysmal. I wonder if any of these kids were attentive at all during the legend. In one instant, both John of the Silver Snakes and the Blue Barracudas gave the same incorrect answer. Also, John and Tia must've had a really bad ADD problem because they kept moving and fidgeting every five seconds. :roll:
TEMPLE GAMES: 5/10



If there is anything redeeming about this pitiful episode, it was the temple game. Surprisingly, the temple games were pretty competitive. In the first temple game, the Purple Parrot girl and John had to travel through a Dragon Tunnel and bring the sheet covering it out at the other end. It was neck and neck for this temple game, but the Purple Parrot girl won.

The second temple game had the teams climbing up in the Shaft-type game where they had to put crickets at the top. This one ended in a tie.

While the first two temple games were competitive, the team temple game was just pathetic. Both teams struggled to try and reach their partner. It was so bad that John kept falling back when trying to pull himself up to his partner. The Silver Snakes eventually won this one though. Now that the temple games are over with, brace yourself for the biggest Legends fail on the entire show... :oops:
TEMPLE RUN: 1/10



This temple run is famous among the Legends fanbase, and certainly not for good reasons either. Why? Well if you haven't watched yet, go find out for yourself. There is literally nothing redeeming about this temple run. Both players only went through four rooms in 3 minutes. How truly pathetic were these two in the temple? There are a lot of bad temple runs on the show, but these two took stupidity to a new level. The temple run is so bad that its comical. You will probably watch it again just because its so awful. I think The Mandarin Hand summed up this temple run perfectly, "...this is easily the worst Temple Run of the series.   Anyone who questions that is as retarded as John and Tia were."

FINAL VERDICT: 3.2/10
This episode is a flat out steaming pile of crap. There is not a single redeeming thing about this episode. The producers should've done Legends fans a favor and just burn this episode from existence instead of putting it out there. You won't miss anything if you choose to not watch this episode. Actually, you should watch the temple run at least because it is so bad that it is comical. I am surprised that I even reviewed this crap. But since I am doing all Legends episodes anyways, I might as well have got this out of the way. Good riddance!  :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 09, 2012, 01:38:12 AM
Hah, I remember TMH's episode summary on the Golden Cricket Cage run. And the above quote was my favorite part about it. :lol: It was also noted that John was apparently a contestant on Get the Picture. And he was, "equally as unintelligent there."

And wow, Cricket Cage was a worse EPISODE than we thought. Only a 3.2 for an average? Damn, and how John and Tia even won the temple games is beyond me. They just got lucky in their third game, though it's not like either team was impressive there either. But even then, the Purple Parrots FOR SURE should have gone to the temple. Even if they wouldn't have been fast, they would have done a MUCH better job than John and Tia would have. I knew you were gonna review this episode sooner or later. Since you just love to talk about them all the time. ;) Also, notice how John keeps making those strange poses all episode? Only to fail miserably in the temple. I've only seen the entire episode once, and I intend to never, ever watch the episode (or temple run) ever again. When I watch Legends episodes on YouTube, that's the one I will always skip over. Along with a bunch of other episodes I refuse to watch due to how utterly bad the episodes are. Maybe the next episode you review will get a better ranking. You may want to go back to random number generator on that one.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 09, 2012, 01:00:54 PM
His whole review for "Golden Cricket Cage" is a classic. Another favorite line from that review is "You thought the girl from Blackbeard's Treasure Map was mentally challenged?". :lol:

And there is no doubt in my mind that any team would've done better than John and Tia. Even Sabrina covered more rooms than both of these losers did. And yeah, John's poses were pretty tiresome by the time the temple games came around. I like how TMH mentions he acts like he ran a marathon at the end of his temple run. Even though the episode is so awful, you have to admit that you go back and watch the temple run from time to time since its so bad that it is funny. In the end though, you won't miss a single thing if you don't watch this episode or temple run.

And I agree with the notion of using RNG again. Now that I got this suckfest out of the way, it might not be too bad.  :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Silver Monkey on November 09, 2012, 01:45:36 PM
Jon may very well have been on Guts, too, if just going off of how terribly "he" did. Seriously, it's a miracle "he" made it up the crag:

Nickelodeon GUTS S2 Delia vs Marnie vs Jon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NkgxX8VCKw#)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 09, 2012, 02:05:21 PM
I don't think that is the same as the "Cricket Cage" John. In "Cricket Cage", John said that he was 13 years old. The one in the Guts video was still in elementary school, and that episode of Guts was definitely set a year after "Cricket Cage" so I don't think a 14-year old would be still in elementary school. Unless he was really that dumb.  :o
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot4Life on November 09, 2012, 02:37:17 PM
Nickelodeon Guts had four seasons, airing over 4 years (1992-1996). Since 11-year-old Jon's episode was a one from Season Two, I'd guess that it would have been taped in the second year, 1993. That happens to be the same year 13-year-old Jon's "Cricket Cage" episode of Legends was taped. Seeing as how the two shows were taped in the same year but the contestants had different ages, it would be physically impossible for the two Jons to be one and the same.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 09, 2012, 03:25:05 PM
That's definitely not Jon. The Jon in the Guts video was 11 years old, and the Jon on Legends was 13. If this takes place during Season 2 Guts, that means this had to have been taped around 1993, like PP4L stated. Furthermore, TMH even stated (on this forum, not his site) that the Jon on Get the Picture was "a goony kid wearing glasses." The Jon in the Guts video is not wearing glasses. Even though it's not too uncommon for a Guts contestant to NOT wear glasses. And in his "get to know the players" section, it says he was class president. Even though we don't know these Legends players personally, I doubt the Jon on Legends would be the class president type.

With that said, I would like to see Jon's episode on Get the Picture, if THAT Jon was truly him. Just to see how bad he was. :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Silver Monkey on November 09, 2012, 09:40:01 PM
There was, however, at least one Legends contestant who appeared on Guts- Ty from "The Lucky Medallion of Atocha":

Nickelodeon GUTS S2 Mike vs TY vs Jennifer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulqCzX2V-Q0#)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot4Life on November 09, 2012, 10:09:57 PM



Definitely looks like him.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 10, 2012, 12:27:56 AM
That has to be Ty from "Atocha" on Guts. His name in Guts was Ty Mathen and he also appeared in the "Nickelodeon All Star Challenge" too as a Legends player along with Jennifer and Olivia-Emma.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 11, 2012, 01:15:34 AM
Here is my next victim:




Episode #88 is "The Thornwood Gavel of Judge Roy Bean". Man, I haven't seen that episode in a loooooooooooong time. Its probably one of those few episodes that I haven't fully seen since the Nick GaS days. Didn't they overplay this episode back then? Besides the temple run, I only remember the stupid legend. Other than that, I completely forget that this episode exists. And I honestly can't stand the temple run either for a certain Orange Iguana player.  :oops: :|
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 11, 2012, 01:36:22 AM
Actually, they almost never played this episode. It was never overplayed or part of the 20 episode cycle. It's definitely one of the most forgettable episodes of the series. And Kelli's incompetence doesn't help matters either.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot4Life on November 11, 2012, 11:20:19 AM
"Bifocal Monocle" and "Thornwood Gavel" were the only two episodes I had on VHS from the 1990s, so after the reruns stopped on Nick and before Nick GaS came along, those were the only two episodes I had. It's funny to me that you haven't seen "Thornwood Gavel" in such a long time and that you think that it is so forgettable, because I have it memorized from watching it so much back then. It's amazing how different circumstances such as that can cause people to have such different memories or views on things.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 11, 2012, 09:15:21 PM
"Bifocal Monocle" and "Thornwood Gavel" were the only two episodes I had on VHS from the 1990s, so after the reruns stopped on Nick and before Nick GaS came along, those were the only two episodes I had. It's funny to me that you haven't seen "Thornwood Gavel" in such a long time and that you think that it is so forgettable, because I have it memorized from watching it so much back then. It's amazing how different circumstances such as that can cause people to have such different memories or views on things.

What a coincidence, I had at least 6-8 episodes taped somewhere when the show originally ran on Nickelodeon in the 90's. The episodes include - "Alhambra", "Montezuma", "Polynesian Girl", "Imperial Wizard", "The Trojan Horseshoe", and "Red Sash". I agree, everyone's own circumstance regarding a certain episode can have different opinions. As bad as "Alhambra" was, I still have a soft spot for it since its one of the few episodes I could remember from the old Nick reruns days. Even when Nick GaS ran Legends episodes back in the day, we had different opinions on different episode depending on how much they aired them. For example, we were kind of getting sick of "Sir Gawain" since they aired it every week. But they never seemed to air episodes like "Lily-Crested Crown" and "Ivory Elephant".

As for "Judge Roy Bean", I just find it to be an average episode. Nothing really memorable or nothing really bad about it. I suppose the Orange Iguanas were very dominant in this episode though. Although I really can't stand the temple run.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 12, 2012, 11:47:07 PM
Here is my ranking for the "Judge Roy Bean" episode. Overall, it was an above average episode. I bet you know what was the standout round for this episode before even reading this ranking. :roll:


THE THORNWOOD GAVEL OF JUDGE ROY BEAN



MOAT: 6.5/10



I liked the moat used in this episode, it was one of the more creative ones used on the show. The players had to cross the moat by having one partner push their partner on a stone board. But the partner pushing the board couldn't touch the player that was riding on top of it. And the player riding the board can't fall off either or else they were sent back. It required skill on both players part to cross. This moat was about average in quality and a couple of teams made it across fine while the Silver Snakes lagged behind. Overall, a creative moat.

LEGEND: 7/10



The legend takes place in the Wild West and talks about a ruthless Judge named Roy Bean. He was an iron-fisted Judge that was tough in the Wild West. He allegedly owned a bear that he used to scare people in order to keep order in the Wild West. One day, a group of cowboys came along and dragged an unconscious man to Judge Roy Bean. Roy Bean, being ruthless, charged the man $40 (which was all the guy had in his pockets) for loitering even though he was unconscious.

I liked the setting used for this legend. There weren't many legends on the show that were placed in the Wild West. And the legend did a pretty good job portraying Judge Roy Bean as being ruthless. But what sets me off of this legend is the silly part about the unconcsious man and Judge Roy Bean charging him $40 for loitering. :roll:

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



Nothing really exciting happens here. In fact, the whole round was boring filled with silly questions. The Orange Iguanas and Green Monkeys were the only two teams that even got a correct answer. Oh yeah, the Silver Snakes also believe that Judge Roy Bean's gavel was made of a bear paw. :roll:

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10



This was the best part about the entire episode. The temple games were very creative in this episode. The first temple game had the girls traveling through a maze-like shaft where they had to clear rubble out of the way and find a way out of the chamber. Once they were outside of it, they had to pull their bag of money through the holes until it was completely out. Definitely one of the most interactive temple games on the show. But I still don't know how the Green Monkey girl lost after having the lead almost the whole time?

The second temple was silly and unique also. Both male contestants had an "unconsious" man attached to them while they are riding a bucking horse. If the player fell off, then their opponent earns a point. It was very close, but the Green Monkeys fell off once, giving the Orange Igauans a final score of 1-0.

The last temple game had the teams in giant "Wells Fargo Wagons" and the teams had to smash their piggy banks by breaking them with their gavels. The Orange Iguanas won this temple game and shut out the Green Monkeys for the first time ever in the show's history and go to the temple with two pendants.
TEMPLE RUN: 5/10



This is one of those temple runs where the frontrunner makes good progress in the temple, but the second runner screws everything up. But Kelli screwed this temple run up major time. But I will get to that later. Mike was a fast guy in the temple and made it very far in his layout and not even half of the time on the clock had expired. He even had one of the fastest monkey assemblies on the show. When he was taken out, this temple run takes a turn for the worst. The second Kelli enters the temple, she already looks lost. She was so bright that she went up into the uncleared King's Storeroom where she wasted time completing the objective when she didn't have to. If that wasn't bad enough, she tries placing herself in the suits of armor and when she makes it to the Room of the Secret Password, she reads the passwords out while keeping her mouthpiece in. I am not sure what password even worked because none of them were comprehensible. But the producers must've felt bad and opened the door to the Quicksand Bog anyways. Not that it mattered, because her time ended there. She basically added one room of progress with over 1:30 on the clock. Way to go, Kelli.

While this temple run wasn't a total disaster, the second runner ruins it to the point that it is painful to watch. I wish I could rank it higher on account that Mike was pretty awesome, but Kelli's performance was so bad that I just can't tolerate to watch this run.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.5/10

For season three standards, this episode was slightly above average. But the episode is at least watchable and definitely worth the viewing. My favorite round was the unique set of temple games. Seriously, every temple game was unique in their own way and relevant to the legend. I wish more temple game rounds in other episodes were creative like this episode. I liked the legend also about Judge Roy Bean and the Wild West. The temple run though is very disappointing considering that Orange was first in the moat and swept the temple games. But you can blame Kelli for that one. Its such a shame when one players kills the entire run after working hard to get to the temple.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 13, 2012, 12:47:52 AM
Thornwood Gavel, what a quirky episode. From the moat to the unique temple game sequence, it felt so different to most of the other Season 3 episodes. As for the episode itself, I personally always hated that "balancing on a boogie board" moat. It looked hard to do, and I'd probably fall in a lot if I were to attempt it. I was never the balancing type. :lol: The Steps of Knowledge was nothing special aside from the Green Monkeys and the Orange Iguanas' double sweep. The temple games featured a very unique sequence. Why couldn't all Season 3 episodes be that creative with which temple games they used? The temple run sucked, all thanks to Kelli. Yet another temple run that should have been reserve order of players. But, we got Mike's fastest assembly of the monkey ever, so that kind of makes up for it. Overall, the episode was just fine until the temple run. It sucks when a team that dominates nearly everything has a subpar temple run due to one incompetent player. Oh well, it's a breath of fresh air from the Golden Cricket Cage episode, right? ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 13, 2012, 01:29:36 AM
That was my first time seeing the entire "Judge Roy Bean" episode since the Nick GaS days. It was worth the watch though and I enjoyed reviewing even though its not the most exciting episode in the world. I liked the temple games the most in this episode and forgot how unique they were. Also, I like stories about the Wild West and the legend was pretty decent even if the end of it was too goofy. And yeah, I would probably fail miserably at the boogie board moat too.  :P But the teams didn't seem to have much problem. The one thing that drags this episode down is the temple run. Its too disappointing when one runner is too incompetent. I can't even find a redeeming thing about Kelli.

And oh yeah, it was definitely a breath of fresh air from "Golden Cricket Cage". I bet any episode is a fresh air from that shitfest.  :P Okay, there are a couple of more episodes that is probably complete garbage like that one is. I think the only three episodes that will come close to that ranking is Alhambra, One-Eyed Jack, and Snow Cone. And I don't plan on doing any of those episodes soon. :P

I think I am going to do "The Pendant of Kamehameha" next. Its one of the few season one episodes that was good from beginning to end. I think i will enjoy this one very much. And the temple run was very exciting with a heartbreaker ending. And let's not forget that a former forum member was in this episode.  ;) :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 13, 2012, 02:44:14 AM
Yeah, kamehameha. But his favorite episode was "BENZIBAB!!!!" remember? :lol:

But yeah, great choice for the next episode to get reviewed. That was a very exciting episode from start to finish, even if the temple run ended on a rather heartbreaking note. On another note about the Thornwood Gavel episode, don't you think Mike looks sort of like Nick Carter (http://www.kepeslap.com/images/10068/Nick_origi.jpg) from his early days in the Backstreets Boys? I know this sounds random to throw in there, but I kind of see it in the hair and facial expressions. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot4Life on November 13, 2012, 10:00:45 AM
In the Steps of Knowledge, the Silver Snakes believed that the gavel was made of a bear's leg bone, not a bear paw. And I guess that goes to show that even when the answer is the episodes title, the team might still get it wrong. So maybe that was why the producers asked what Xerxes' marble armrest was made out of for the Xerxes tiebreaker question?

Oh, and by the way, Kelli's Secret Password combination was "Long Live Olmec," "Open Sesame," and finally the third one (that I never completely understood what it was, regardless of who said it).
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Ancient Warrior on November 13, 2012, 12:15:16 PM
The third one was "Klaatu Barada Nikto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaatu_barada_nikto)." ;)

I can't believe it's so easy for me to forget how quirky this episode was, even with the weird legend and Temple Run standing out as they do.  I think I'd forgotten how creative the Temple Games were because the weirdness of the other rounds overshadowed it and the Moat, but it probably should've stood out a bit more, because I think one of the only other episodes that was that creative with the Temple Games was "The Sacred Ring of Sultan Suleiman." The producers should've tried to make a full sequence with the games a lot more often, you know?
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 13, 2012, 01:01:44 PM
Yeah, kamehameha. But his favorite episode was "BENZIBAB!!!!" remember? :lol:

But yeah, great choice for the next episode to get reviewed. That was a very exciting episode from start to finish, even if the temple run ended on a rather heartbreaking note. On another note about the Thornwood Gavel episode, don't you think Mike looks sort of like Nick Carter (http://www.kepeslap.com/images/10068/Nick_origi.jpg) from his early days in the Backstreets Boys? I know this sounds random to throw in there, but I kind of see it in the hair and facial expressions. ;)

I totally forgot that Mike had his hair like that. During the temple run, his hair is concealed by his helmet so I never noticed that he had long hair before. Reminds me of Nate from "Queen Boadicea". And yeah, he does look like Nick Carter in that image.  :lol: I never understood the appeal for that hairstyle, luckily my hair never looked like that.  :o

In the Steps of Knowledge, the Silver Snakes believed that the gavel was made of a bear's leg bone, not a bear paw. And I guess that goes to show that even when the answer is the episodes title, the team might still get it wrong. So maybe that was why the producers asked what Xerxes' marble armrest was made out of for the Xerxes tiebreaker question?

Oh, and by the way, Kelli's Secret Password combination was "Long Live Olmec," "Open Sesame," and finally the third one (that I never completely understood what it was, regardless of who said it).

Oops, you're right about the Silver Snake answer being a "bear's leg bone". Shows how much detail I paid attention to during that round. :lol: But yeah, its possible that is the reason why they use the almost exact same question in "Xerxes" for the tiebreaker. After all, it was produced the very next day after "Judge Roy Bean" production day. Although it was kind of silly to use it as a tiebreaker question.

The third one was "Klaatu Barada Nikto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaatu_barada_nikto)." ;)

I can't believe it's so easy for me to forget how quirky this episode was, even with the weird legend and Temple Run standing out as they do.  I think I'd forgotten how creative the Temple Games were because the weirdness of the other rounds overshadowed it and the Moat, but it probably should've stood out a bit more, because I think one of the only other episodes that was that creative with the Temple Games was "The Sacred Ring of Sultan Suleiman." The producers should've tried to make a full sequence with the games a lot more often, you know?

The uniqueness about the temple games in this episode was how they used the temple game. Like the "bucking horse" temple game using the unconscious man as a part of game's challenge was a pretty neat idea. Not to mention, that it was kind of funny to see. Also, this is the only time that the "Giant Human Wheel" game was used as a team game. Plus, breaking open the piggy banks with the gavels was neat also. And all of the temple games pertained to the legend mostly too. As for "Sultan Suleiman" temple games, I haven't seen that temple game round in a while. But I do remember the sequence of the temple games being exactly like the legend.

I agree, the temple game sequences should've followed the legend of the episode a little more better. I never liked when they used a random temple game and try to associate it to the legend by some lame or irrelevant connection. 
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 13, 2012, 04:08:32 PM
I totally forgot that Mike had his hair like that. During the temple run, his hair is concealed by his helmet so I never noticed that he had long hair before. Reminds me of Nate from "Queen Boadicea". And yeah, he does look like Nick Carter in that image.  :lol: I never understood the appeal for that hairstyle, luckily my hair never looked like that.  :o
Yeah, Mike didn't show off his blonde hair like that during the temple run. But you could totally see the blonde throughout all the pre temple rounds. I'm not sure if Mike ever looked like Nate though. Nate's hair was rougher and less straight than Mike's was.

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Oops, you're right about the Silver Snake answer being a "bear's leg bone". Shows how much detail I paid attention to during that round. :lol: But yeah, its possible that is the reason why they use the almost exact same question in "Xerxes" for the tiebreaker. After all, it was produced the very next day after "Judge Roy Bean" production day. Although it was kind of silly to use it as a tiebreaker question.
Not to mention, wasn't there a Steps of Knowledge question in "The Star of Sultan Saladin" where one of the choices was the episode title itself? And someone STILL got it wrong. I'm pretty sure it happened in more episodes too, but I don't quite remember.

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The uniqueness about the temple games in this episode was how they used the temple game. Like the "bucking horse" temple game using the unconscious man as a part of game's challenge was a pretty neat idea. Not to mention, that it was kind of funny to see. Also, this is the only time that the "Giant Human Wheel" game was used as a team game. Plus, breaking open the piggy banks with the gavels was neat also. And all of the temple games pertained to the legend mostly too. As for "Sultan Suleiman" temple games, I haven't seen that temple game round in a while. But I do remember the sequence of the temple games being exactly like the legend.
Yeah, the whole episode (Thornwood Gavel), was just.... off. It had such a different feel to it than most of the other Season 3 episodes. And yes, Sultan Suleiman had the same quirkiness too. Didn't all three temple games connect to each other one after the other? Not to mention, they had a unique temple layout and subpar run too.

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I agree, the temple game sequences should've followed the legend of the episode a little more better. I never liked when they used a random temple game and try to associate it to the legend by some lame or irrelevant connection. 
Case in point, the bucking horse game in "The Broken Trident of Poseidon." Where Poseidon was somehow the god of horses? What?
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Ancient Warrior on November 13, 2012, 11:00:30 PM
Well, actually, Poseidon was in fact a god of horses as well even though he is better known as the Greek god of the seas, storms and earthquakes.  I was very interested in Greek mythology when I was little so that reference didn't surprise me at all, but I can understand why it seemed like it came out of nowhere because it wasn't even mentioned in the legend as a background detail if I recall.  I think because of that, it still seems like a sorry excuse for using the horse machine as a Temple Game.



Anywho, going to have to do a little catching up to read the earlier reviews, but I can't wait for the next one. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 13, 2012, 11:57:53 PM
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Yeah, Mike didn't show off his blonde hair like that during the temple run. But you could totally see the blonde throughout all the pre temple rounds. I'm not sure if Mike ever looked like Nate though. Nate's hair was rougher and less straight than Mike's was.

Well, I met more along the line that both Nate and Mike had the same hairstyle pretty much. During the temple run, we don't see their hair since it is concealed in their helmets. But both have that long and ugly 90's hairstyle. But yeah, Nate's hair was darker and more curly than Mike's was. Although I guess some of the other male contestants probably had weird hairstyles too but was concealed in their helmets. I mean look at Gator's hair at the end of his temple run - I never thought he had that much when I watched his episode.  :o

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Not to mention, wasn't there a Steps of Knowledge question in "The Star of Sultan Saladin" where one of the choices was the episode title itself? And someone STILL got it wrong. I'm pretty sure it happened in more episodes too, but I don't quite remember.

Yeah, it had something to with one of the contestants answering "King" instead of "Sultan" if I recall correctly. I mean how many times did Kirk and Olmec talk about Sultan Saladin in both the episode and legend? Very inattentive. :roll:

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Yeah, the whole episode (Thornwood Gavel), was just.... off. It had such a different feel to it than most of the other Season 3 episodes. And yes, Sultan Suleiman had the same quirkiness too. Didn't all three temple games connect to each other one after the other? Not to mention, they had a unique temple layout and subpar run too.

Yeah, "Sultan Suleiman" temple games followed the exact sequence as the legend did for that episode. And yeah, both episodes had unique temple games with subpar temple runs. Except the "Judge Roy Bean" temple run was more tolerable than Sultan Suleiman one. ;)

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Case in point, the bucking horse game in "The Broken Trident of Poseidon." Where Poseidon was somehow the god of horses? What?

Season one and three were guilty of this a lot. It reminds me of Gator's temple game in "Apanuugpak" where they had to carry seals through the top of a maze. I mean what did the seals have to do with the legend? It didn't really correspond to the legend in anyway except that it dealt with Eskimos. The "Poseidon" hardly made any sense also.

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Well, actually, Poseidon was in fact a god of horses as well even though he is better known as the Greek god of the seas, storms and earthquakes.  I was very interested in Greek mythology when I was little so that reference didn't surprise me at all, but I can understand why it seemed like it came out of nowhere because it wasn't even mentioned in the legend as a background detail if I recall.  I think because of that, it still seems like a sorry excuse for using the horse machine as a Temple Game.



Anywho, going to have to do a little catching up to read the earlier reviews, but I can't wait for the next one. ;)

I wonder why the legend didn't mention this in relation to the artifact? I mean it would've made the horse temple game a little more relevant and understandable. But I had no idea that Poseidon was also known as the god of horses.

And I am half-way done with the "Kamehameha" one. I should definitely have it up by tomorrow for sure. So far, it has been a good episode and I haven't even got to the temple games and temple run yet. The one thing I like about reviewing these episodes are that it gives me a reason to watch some of the earlier rounds of each episode. I forgot how good some of the other rounds of the temple that is not the temple run.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 14, 2012, 02:19:21 AM
Well, actually, Poseidon was in fact a god of horses as well even though he is better known as the Greek god of the seas, storms and earthquakes.  I was very interested in Greek mythology when I was little so that reference didn't surprise me at all, but I can understand why it seemed like it came out of nowhere because it wasn't even mentioned in the legend as a background detail if I recall.  I think because of that, it still seems like a sorry excuse for using the horse machine as a Temple Game.



Anywho, going to have to do a little catching up to read the earlier reviews, but I can't wait for the next one. ;)
What's this? TAW is expressing a interest in Legends for once? Let me get that on film! :o

In all seriousness though, they really should have mentioned the god of horses bit during the legend. It would make the bucking horse game make more sense. And yeah, Kamehameha is a very exciting episode. It's safe to say I can expect a good rating on that episode. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot4Life on November 14, 2012, 02:11:52 PM
I wonder why the legend didn't mention this in relation to the artifact? I mean it would've made the horse temple game a little more relevant and understandable. But I had no idea that Poseidon was also known as the god of horses.

During the prelude to the bucking horse game, Olmec announced, "In addition to being the god of the sea and earthquakes, Poseidon was also the god of horses." He then went on to explain the game and the rules. So it wasn't like they didn't mention it at all. Still, I agree that there should have been some mention of it beforehand.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 14, 2012, 11:29:18 PM
Here is my review for "Kamehameha" and Robbie. It got a lower score than I thought, but I still enjoyed this episode very much. ;)

THE PENDANT OF KAMEHAMEHA



MOAT: 6/10



I have to say that this was one of the most uncreative moats used on the show. Basically, all the teams had to do was send one player across the moat with a rope and tie it to the pole on the opposite side. Next, the second player must cross it by walking across the moat. Although the moat was still competitive and required some skill to complete, which saves it from being a total wash.

LEGEND: 4/10



The Legend tells about a warrior named Kamehameha, who reunited the Hawaiian Islands. Around his neck, he wore an Ivory Pendant that symbolized the god, Ku. When a Hawaiian King died, his bones were buried in secrecy with no one to find out its true location. I guess in Kamehameha's case, his Pendant somehow made it to the temple.

This legend reminds me of why I am not too fond of the season one legends. This legend had some real potential because the production crew picked an interesting historic figure. But them they simply tell a story about his jewelry and then he dies. That is basically all the legend was about. Why not expound more on Kamehameha more? What saves this round from getting a lower score was the fact they picked an interesting figure to talk about.
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



I actually enjoyed this Steps of Knowledge round. The question that Olmec asked were interesting and required the player to have background knowledge outside of the episode's legend to answer the questions. For example, one of the questions was "How was the Hawaiian Islands formed?" That was not mentioned in the legend at all, but you most likely learned that answer around your Middle School years. All of the other questions were relevant to the legend in some way, so I enjoyed this Steps of Knowledge a lot. Also, there was only one wrong answer and these group of kids were smart.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10



The first temple game used in this episode was very creative compared to the other season one temple games. In the first temple game, the guy contestants had to climb up the wall and complete a petroglyph of a Hawaiian Warrior. Usually when this temple game is used, the players have to carry a pile of bricks to the top. But this temple game was more creative. And as a result, it was more enjoyable to watch.

The second temple game was disappointing though. It used one of my least favorite and overplayed temple games of season one. In this temple game, the female contestants had to push a boulder up a slippery slope using their backs. This temple game was just too tough on these contestants and the Red Jaguar girl almost had her boulder to the top, but she fell down at the last second. It was a terrible choice for a temple game.

The team temple game was pretty creative like the first temple game. In this temple game, the teams had climb to the top of a tree and grab a coconut from it. Then, they will take it down and send their partner up. Unfortunately, the Silver Snakes lost this one to the Red Jaguars. But they win the very first tiebreaker on the show and go onto the temple!

TEMPLE RUN: 8/10



I have always found this to be an exciting temple run to watch despite the outcome of it. This is one of those temple runs where the players weren't bad at all, they just had a bad outcome. Robbie was one of the fastest male Silver Snakes on the show, and he only got taken out about 30 seconds in the run after traveling through four rooms. Tina was pretty fast herself, but she did make a mistake by entering the Gargoyle Room with less than a full pendant, which will cost her later. But still, she ran through nine rooms before reaching the Dungeon and did a fine job. Unfortunately, by entering the Room of Three Gargoyles, she ensured that this temple run would've ended in triple capture. The ending to this temple run is so heartbreaking, especially considering that the Silver Snakes had more than enough time to bring the Pendant out of the temple. It was even more disappointing that the Dungeon captured Tina when she was already out of the Dungeon. But either way, the capture was meant to happen. Too bad also, but this temple run is still exciting and the ending is very memorable.

Next to "The Dragon Lady and the Blue Pearl", I have to say that this is the most exciting loss in season one. When you have a temple run with good and competent players, then the temple runs are usually exciting. The ending with Robbie and Tina looking both upset makes you feel bad for these two.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.6/10

Honestly, I enjoyed this episode a lot. The Steps of Knowledge was fun to watch with some good questions. There were also a couple of creative temple games that I thought were good. I enjoyed the first temple game the most and I really wish season one got creative more with their temple games like they did in this one. But my favorite round is definitely the temple run though. Its very exciting and memorable, and the ending was one of the biggest heart breakers on the show. I really wish this episode would have a higher score, but unfortunately the uncreative moat and shallow legend ruined it. I really wished the fleshed the legend out more. Overall, this was one of the better and most exciting episodes of season one.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 15, 2012, 01:19:15 AM
The Keys to the Alhambra was the first ever tiebreaker, not Kamehameha. Even if both episodes were on the same filming day. ;)

As for Kamehameha, great episode. The moat was pretty uninspiring, like most of the moats were in Season 1. The legend was alright, but considering Kamehameha was such an interesting historical figure, I'd expect the legend to be better executed. So I definitely agree with you there. The temple games were pretty good, and I happen to like the "push a boulder up a watery ramp with your backs turned" game. It's honestly one of my favorite temple games in Season 1, though it was better when it was used as a team game though. The temple run was very memorable, too bad it ended the way it did. But if Robbie didn't take a direct path, or if they actually had 2 pendants, they would have won for sure. It's kind of funny how the artifact itself was the very same thing they lacked. :lol: Great review like always, and I can't wait for your review on Blue Pearl. That was another exciting episode in Season 1.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 15, 2012, 06:11:13 PM
Yeah, I don't recall liking many of the season one moats. They weren't very creative at all. But I do enjoy the one that was used with the Pharaoh's Staff - I guess that was from the "King Tut's Cobra Staff" day? But that was creative for a season one moat at least. And wow, I had no idea that you liked the water ramp temple games though. I thought you hated those ones? I agree, I liked them better when they were team games like the one in "Sir Edmund Hillary".

And what a coincidence that the artifact was a Pendant, and that was what kamehameha and Tina needed to win. I never noticed that detail before. :P But they should've won their team game since they both won their individual temple games. But then again, the run is so memorable and heartbreaking that I am not sure if I would change the outcome. And definitely agreed about "Blue Pearl" being another good episode. It had a good legend, a rare team temple game, and one of the most exciting losses on the show.

For my next one, I haven't done a Jaguars or Parrot episode yet. I might see which one I will choose next or just go with RNG. ;)

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I meant "Kamehameha" was the first tiebreaker won legitimately. We all knows what happens in the "Alhambra" tiebreaker.  :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 15, 2012, 06:23:40 PM
This is what I did. I numbered all of the Red Jaguar episodes 1-20 and used the RNG to decide which one to do next.

1. Blackbeard's Treasure Map
2. Elizabeth I's Golden Ship
3. The Golden Cup of Belshazzar
4. The Helmet of Genghis Khan
5. The Helmet of Joan of Arc
6. The Keys to the Alhambra
7. The Mask of Shaka Zulu
8. The Silver Saddle Horn of Hannibal
9. The Stone Marker of Leif Erickson
10. The Treasure of Anne Bonny
11. The Crown of Queen Nzinga
12. The Golden Goblet of Attila the Hun
13. The Jeweled Necklace of Montezuma
14. The Lost Love Letter of Captain John Smith
15. The Missing Weather Maps of Charles Lindbergh
16. The Two-Cornered Hat of Napoleon
17. The Ivory Hunting Horn of Roland
18. The Jewel-Encrusted Egg of Catherine the Great
19. The Royal Torque of Queen Boadicea
20. The Smashed Printing Plate of Frederick Douglass




It looks like "Captain John Smith" is the next episode. I can tolerate that, although it wasn't a remarkable episode by any means.  :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 15, 2012, 06:51:56 PM
Yeah, Captain John Smith was one of the more forgettable episodes of Season 2. There's nothing remarkable about that episode whatsoever, it's just plain average. Though it's MUCH more tolerable than say "Smashed Printing Plate" and "Alhambra."

As for the Season 1 moats, the Galileo's Cannonball/Dead Man's Hand filming day featured the "King Tut's Staff" moat. It was the very first moat ever. I also sort of like the "Aztec Footboard" moat for the Cricket Cage/John Sutter filming day. I don't know why, I guess I just like the like the idea of them using a boogie board. And yeah, I always liked the water ramp game. It was the soapy ramp game I didn't care about. I know they're sort of the same thing, but I liked the whole water shooting out and backs turned concept better. Made it a little more challenging. But it was much more creative when they utilized it as a team game.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 23, 2012, 02:11:10 AM
Just a slight change of plan. Since we were talking about it in the other topic, I think I will do "Snow Cone" next before doing "Captain John Smith". I am interested on how bad that Snow Cone will rank. Then I will definitely do Captain John Smith after that. Hopefully I can get the Snow Cone one up by tomorrow.  :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 23, 2012, 02:21:04 AM
Also, didn't you want to rank "Blue Pearl" next? Since you were meaning to rank that episode along with "Captain John Smith." Although it would be interesting to see how low "Snow Cone" ranks. I swear, there's gotta be nothing redeemable in that episode.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 26, 2012, 03:05:37 PM
I forgot all about "Blue Pearl episode too. I think after "Captain John Smith" I will do that episode, so I can take a break from these mediocre and average episodes. But nevertheless, here is my review for the much "anticipated" Snow Cone episode:

THE SNOW CONE OF MT. KILIMANJARO



MOAT: 4/10



This was an interesting moat, but it was not the most creative for season three standards. In this moat, the teams had to cross a rope bridge with their partners on either side. If one of them fell, both had to go back. Nothing really stood out in this moat though and there was no real close competition. It was just an average moat at best.
LEGEND: 1/10



This is probably one of the most absurd legends on the entire show. There is just so much wrong with it that it makes you wonder if the producers pulled this legend out of their ass. The legend tells of Reverend Charles Newman scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro with his guide, Tofiki. One night, Newman notices a leopard in the moonlight outside and Tofiki scares it away with a spear. Then Newman makes a ball of snow and Tofiki adds oranges to it, creating the alleged first Snow Cone ever.

So yeah, you don't even have to hear the legend to realize how absurd it is. Just look at the artifact for God's sake - it was a dessert made out of snow! What the hell? Talk about being uncreative. Not only is the legend beyond stupid, but the pictures used are inaccurate. The image of Mt. Kilimanjaro is actually Mt. Everest, the leopard is actually a jaguar picture, and the image used for Tofiki was used in "The Shriveled Hand of Efoua" legend (credits to GreenMonkeys#1 for pointing this out!). So I am going out on a limb and say that the producers were on some sort of drugs when making this legend, or they were really really desperate for an episode plot.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 5/10



All of the questions from this episode came exactly from the legend, so there is nothing to say about this round. All of the answers were so obvious though and straight-forward, and there were no trick questions compared to other season three episodes. But still, there were no wrong answers so there is no reason to give this round a high or low score since nothing was really wrong.
TEMPLE GAMES: 5/10



The first temple game had the teams crossing an "icy path" via a series of poles. If they select the pole that falls down to the ground, then they must go back and start over. Heather of the Silver Snakes was horrible in this temple game. She kept selecting the same poles that were incorrect even though she tried them before! We will see her stupidity in action later. Overall, the Red Jaguars win this one since Heather was too incompetent to make it far.

The second temple game was the overused "Swing Boulder" game for season three. For some reason, the boulders seemed kind of uncoordinated when swinging. Not as bad as it was in "The Much-Heralded Helmet of Sir Gawain", but it was pretty bad. The one thing that irritates me is Kirk's commentary during this temple game. His voice sounded more annoying than usual. It sounds almost as if it was voiced over? I wonder if it was? Regardless, the temple game ended in a tie.

The last temple game had the teams navigating through a maze where they were connected to each other on the side. The Silver Snakes won this one and with a score of 1.5-1, they (unfortunately) go to the temple.

Overall, this temple game round was pretty poor in quality. The second temple game was hard to sit through and the Silver Snakes basically scraped by in order to win it. But don't worry, it goes downhill from here!

TEMPLE RUN: 1/10



You think that John and Tia from the "Golden Cricket Cage" temple run can be the only team to earn a 1 for the temple run? Guess again, because both Heather and Casey are about to earn the same score. You wonder how this run gets such a low score, and that's because there is NOTHING even redeemable about it. I bet you can't find a single thing that is close to being redeemable. They only made it through five rooms in a whole three minutes. That's just awful for season three. Casey was such a tard and it took 2-3 tries to complete every single room objective. And when he gets into the Dark Forest, he just stares at the temple spirit and basically walks right into it even though he can tell that the arms of the tree are moving. Heather was terrible herself and she didn't even make any progress with her almost full minute in the temple. Instead, she forces the door from the Dark Forest to the Shrine open and wastes her remaining time trying to cheat her way into the Shrine.

What a god awful temple run. At least John and Tia were from season one, so their piss poor performance was kind of excusable. But these two were lost causes and this temple run is so boring anyways that there is no reason to watch it.

FINAL VERDICT: 3.2/10
Just looking at the episode title for this episode should tell you that it was going to be bad. The final score for this episode puts it on par with "The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan" ranking wise. That may be hard to believe, but let me recap why:

- The legend used for this episode is complete crap. It is so inaccurate and cheesy that it makes you wonder if the producers were desperate for an episode plot that they pulled this one together at the last second.
- Almost every single round of this episode is boring with little to no redeeming value.
- The temple games were lackluster and filled with too many annoying moments, like the badly coordinated second temple game with bad Kirk Fogg commentary.
- The temple run was filled with two incompetent players that must've not been paying attention to when Olmec was giving his temple rundown. They were just so bad!

I remember this was one of the few episodes that Nick GaS took a long time to air. I guess there was a good reason why they did not play it. Do yourself a favor and just skip this episode, unless you want to watch it for the sake of completion. But you will not be missing anything if you choose to not watch it. We should sign a petition to burn this episode forever!
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: GreenMonkeys#1 on November 26, 2012, 03:59:23 PM
I knew that episode sucked, we should rename it  :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: because it sucks kinda like how Silk Ladder is  :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 26, 2012, 07:43:00 PM
I don't even want to remember the episode, let alone give it a new name. O_O Snow Cone is by far the most filler episode of Season 3, if not the whole series. Everything about this episode is just cringe worthy, from the stupid artifact, to the lame legend, and to the atrocious temple run. It's definitely no surprise it ranked as low as Cricket Cage. Hopefully the next episode you rank (being Lost Love Letter) will score better.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 26, 2012, 10:55:20 PM
No way "Lost Love Letter" can come even close to the suckiness of "Snow Cone". :P I don't remember much about that episode, but I sure know that it won't even reach down into 3 or 4's range. I remember the temple games being interesting at least, especially Whitney's temple game. Its probably end up being an average episode in the 5's range. I can't wait until I get to the "Dragon Lady" episode though.  :mrorange:

And on an unrelated note, which Purple Parrot episode where the team reaches the artifact but fails to bring it out do you like better - King Tut of Blackfeet Chief? I want your input because I need to do a Purple Parrot episode eventually. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 27, 2012, 01:31:52 AM
Oh Captain John Smith is a vast improvement over Snow Cone for sure. Even though the former is sort of a filler episode as well. I'm guessing it's gonna rank in the 5.0 range, which isn't too bad. As for the Purple Parrot reached artifacts but didn't win episodes,  I like "King Tut's Cobra Staff" better. It's more exciting, temple game sequence is very unique, and the temple run was more suspenseful. I don't mind "The Bone Necklace of the Blackfeet Chief" that much, but it's more of an average episode and not much sticks out. And what a coincidence that Bone Necklace and Captain John Smith are on the same filming day. If you're looking to rank a Purple Parrot episode next, you can rank King Tut's Cobra Staff next. Either that or finally take on Blue Pearl, but it's up to you. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 27, 2012, 12:43:37 PM
Not to mention, Blue Pearl/Cobra Staff were produced on the same day and both feature the same rare temple game. ;)

Which brings me to which one I like better. Both episodes are good, but I like "Cobra Staff" a little better. It had a good legend with an interesting artifact, a rare temple game that should've been used more often, and the temple run was a nail biter to the ending. Even if Eusinia was dumb, she was still fast though and made it far despite her mistakes. "Blackfeet Chief" is good too and has some highlight moments, but I like "Cobra Staff" a little better. ;)

But first things first, I need to do "Captain John Smith". :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 29, 2012, 01:43:37 AM
Here is my review for "Captain John Smith". The episode was MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH better than "Snow Cone". I really underestimated this episode and throughly enjoyed it.

THE LOST LOVE LETTER OF CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH



MOAT: 6.5/10



I actually like the moat that was used on this day. It was creative and required both players to work together. In this moat, the teams had to cross it with a set of planks. They only had four planks, so they had to set them up wisely to reach the other side. What I like about this moat was that there were different ways the contestants could arrange their planks. Derrick and Whitney on the Red Jaguars placed their planks further apart. It was a close moat and it made you wonder what four teams will make it across. This was a great moat to start the episode off.
LEGEND: 9/10



The legend tells about the governor of Jamestown, Captain John Smith, getting captured by Algonquian Indians. The leader of the Indian tribe, Chief Powhatan, wanted to crush Captain John Smith with a hammer. But then, the Chief's daughter, Pocahontas, arrives at the scene and demands her father not to kill Smith. A romance then blossoms between John Smith and Pocahontas, in which she informs Smith of dangers that attack Jamestown. However, some English whore had a crush on Captain John Smith too. So when Smith was called back to England and wrote a love letter to Pocahontas. But the English whore lied to Pocahontas and told her that John Smith had died

You might be familiar with the "Pocahontas" story via the Disney film. This story was the more historically accurate version of it. So if you are not familiar with it, then it is indeed an interesting watch. Nothing to complain about the legend and I like how they chose Pocahontas and Captain John Smith to talk about.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10



The Steps of Knowledge were filled with a smart group of kids. There was not a single wrong answer and we even get some answers correct before Olmec has a chance to finish. It was a quick Steps of Knowledge round and all of the questions pertained to the legend. Nothing really bad to say about the Steps this time.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10



This temple game round had an interesting set of temple games. In the first temple game, the guys had to cross to the other side by a use of a boat. Once they were on the other side, they had to plant their flag onto Jamestown. Once they were done, they had to then pull the boat back on the other side via a rope. It was an interesting idea for a temple game. My only problem with it was the silly rule if the guys touch the ground, then they would be disqualified. What kind of silly rule was that? :roll:

The second game was one of my favorite temple games of season two. The girls had to climb a net and break open the cubby holes to find stalks of corn. Each cubby hole had a different size and amount of bananas. Once they had a stalk of corn, then they had to place it on the scale. At the end, the player with the heaviest set of corn won. This was a creative temple game and I am not sure why they didn't use it much in season two.

The last team game had one player climbing the wall and placing balls flung by their other partner on different locations like Jamestown and Windsor, as mentioned in the legend. This temple game came down to the wire and both teams were so close to winning. In the end we get a tiebreaker with the Red Jaguars winning!

TEMPLE RUN: 4.5/10



If you have watched temple runs where the artifact is in the Dark Forest, you should know that the outcome will always be disappointing. This temple run is not any different, although it wasn't that huge of a disaster either. Derrick didn't last long in the temple and he moved at about an average speed. Whitney was slower than Derrick, but she also had to face Medusa's Lair with four snakes. We all remember "The Stone Head of the Evil King" for Tony having to put four snakes into Medusa's head. Whitney had to do the same thing. Unlike Tony though, Whitney didn't struggle as much, although it still consumed a lot of her time to do so. After completing Medusa's Lair and the King's Storeroom, it looks like Whitney could possibly make a last second grab for the Lost Love Letter! But her run ends in the Shrine due to having only a half-pendant.

She should've noticed the semi-obvious half-pendant. I am not sure though it would've done this team any good. In the end, there is not much to talk about this temple run. It was just average with a disappointing outcome.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.6/10

This is one those episodes where every round is decent except for the temple run. I severely underrated this episode and I enjoyed it. The legend was great and featured a historical figure who we mostly know through a Disney movie. I remember back in the day was intrigued by this legend when I first watched it as I didn't know much about Captain John Smith or Pocahontas outside of the Disney movie. The Steps featured a smart group of kids too. I like the unique set of temple games used and they were more creative than certain season two episodes. The only downside of this episode is the temple run. It is not very exciting and the outcome is pretty disappointing. Not a total fail, but it does bring the episode's score down a little bit. Overall, I enjoyed this episode.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 29, 2012, 02:06:38 AM
I also added a feature on the very first post that contains a list of all the episodes in the series. The episodes that are scratched out are ones that I have already completed. The ones that are bolded and colored are the ones that I expect to review next. In this case, I want to do Cobra Staff, Nostradamus, and Egyptian King next in that order. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on November 29, 2012, 02:26:26 AM
"But the English whore lied to Pocahontas an...." What? :P

And wow, Captain John Smith got a better ranking than I expected. :o I also liked the moat on this day. It wasn't too easy, but then it wasn't too hard either. It was MUCH better than the "shaky log" moat they used on the following filming day. I also remember liking the legend to this episode as well. The whole story between John Smith and Pocahontas was very interesting. Especially the part where Pocahontas' love letter got thrown away and was told John Smith had died. Pretty low thing to do, huh? :roll: The temple games were a pretty close round, and it did come down to a tiebreaker. The temple run is just plain average, and nothing really stands out. And Whitney really should have been able to spot that half pendant. It was so easy to see on that inactive actuator, but with only 26 seconds or so remaining, I doubt she would have grabbed it in time.

Overall, while it's MUCH better than that atrocious Snow Cone episode, Captain John Smith was still pretty boring. The legend was interesting, and the temple games had an interesting sequence, but nothing else stood out. On a more off topic note, don't you think Whitney kind of looks like Jessie Spano/Elizabeth Berkley (http://assets.flavorwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/jessie-spano-saved-by-the-bell.jpg) from "Saved by the Bell?" I don't know if I'm alone on this, but the poofy hair, the eyebrows, etc. I sort of see the resemblance. And I know, I've been noticing a lot of these celebrity lookalikes lately. ;)

EDIT: And nice touch on your new "feature" in the OP too. But I thought you were going to do Blue Pearl next?
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on November 29, 2012, 12:44:30 PM
Oops, I forgot to finish the legend because I made a mistake somewhere else. Thanks for pointing that out, I fixed it. ;)

And yeah, the story between Captain John Smith and Pocahontas was more depressing that what we are use to. But then again, that is the "historically accurate" version so it is not made out to be a fairy tale as much. But that English whore though was a bitch for throwing away the Love Letter. Other than that, I enjoyed the unique rounds of this episode. Although they weren't very exciting or memorable though. And I agree, Whitney should've saw that half-pendant. I have seen people defend her because "one wouldn't expect to look at a deactivated actuator". But the actuator was right next to the door and you can see it hanging down during her temple run. Hell, I saw it my first time through. Not that it mattered because with only 26 seconds she MIGHT have had a close encounter with the Lost Love Letter. It might've been a "Charles Lindbergh" type ending, but with less fail though. ;)

And right when you mentioned Whitney looking like Jessie, the eyebrow comparison came to mind. :o Whitney did have some fuzzy eyebrows. Not like Gabby from "Golden Ship" but still they were pretty fuzzy. As for the hair, that was the style back then, so I can let that one pass. :P And didn't Derrick have a crush on Whitney?

As for the "Blue Pearl" episode, I figured since I am doing "Cobra Staff" next, I will save that one for the future. Just so I don't review all the good episodes first and get stuck with garbage like Alhambra, Amelia Earhart, Bifocal Monocle, Grandy Nanny, and Enormous Feather all at once down the road. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on December 10, 2012, 07:54:18 PM
Its been a while since I have posted another episode, but I am almost done with "King Tut's Cobra Staff". I want to post within the next hour. Once I get out of school in a week, I want to aim for an episode a day.  :!:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: PurpleParrot4Life on December 10, 2012, 08:01:31 PM
The second game was one of my favorite temple games of season two. The girls had to climb a net and break open the cubby holes to find stalks of corn. Each cubby hole had a different size and amount of bananas. Once they had a stalk of corn, then they had to place it on the scale. At the end, the player with the heaviest set of corn won. This was a creative temple game and I am not sure why they didn't use it much in season two.

I'm pretty sure that if the teams were in search of corn, then the cubby holes would not have contained different sizes and amounts of bananas.   ;)  But I'm sure that would have made for a creative temple game that most definitely should have been used more in season two.   ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on January 31, 2013, 11:03:16 PM
I am thinking about bringing this back from th dead. I want to continue it and try to review more episodes. I am half-way done with "King Tut", so I think I will finish that up and post it. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: SGLegendsfan on February 01, 2013, 12:00:18 AM
Thanks for doing all these rankings!!! :D
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on February 05, 2013, 07:09:47 PM
It's been a while since I reviewed an episode, but I finally finished by review for "King Tut's Cobra Staff". :P I am going to try and rank more episodes now since I have a little more free time. ;)

KING TUT'S COBRA STAFF



MOAT: 5/10



In this moat, the first player had to cross the moat by using a rope to get to the other side. Once they got to the other side, then they had to throw an innertube to their partner, who would then will have to pull themselves to the other side and could clock into the next round. It was a pretty uninspiring moat if you ask me, but I guess it is better than what most of S1 had to offer. Plus, it wasn't easy being the first player to cross the moat with the rope overhead AND then turn around and throw the innertube to their partner. It took quite some time in order for the four teams to cross the moat. The players seemed to have a hard time throwing the innertube across the moat. But you can't blame them because that was no easy task and those innertubes were hard to throw. What I found most pathetic about this moat was that NEITHER player on the Green Monkeys or Orange Iguanas could get the first player across the moat even after four teams crossed the moat. -_-
LEGEND: 8/10



This legend tells about a famous archaeologist named Howard Carter who entered King Tut's tomb. Before entering King Tut's tomb, there was a warning that heeded that "any person who disturbs the King's resting place must die". While searching King Tut's tomb, Carter found a room filled with gold and other treasures worth millions of dollars. Carter's men began taking the treasures and eventually some of them die later on with mysterious deaths like Malaria and pneumonia. Rumor goes that Carter brought this death upon his men from entering King Tut's tomb. But the other part of the rumor was that someone stole King Tut's Cobra Staff and caused the curse to take place.

I found this legend to be pretty interesting and different from the other legends on this show. It wasn't too often that the show mentioned death a lot in their legends. But this legend talked a lot about death and it had a very serious tone to it. The one part I don't understand though is what does the Cobra Staff have to do with King Tut? All it talks about was that one of Carter's men stole the Cobra Staff, and that is what brought the curse. No backstory on the Cobra Staff? It would've made the legend a little more interesting...

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



This was a good Steps of Knowledge round. You can tell that these kids came out and were ready to answer some questions. Every question that Olmec asked had almost all of the teams attempting to answer them. The questions that were asked to the questions seemed a little too easy if you ask me, but at least they were relevant to the legend.

TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10



This was probably one of the best temple game rounds of Season 1. The temple games used were very creative and not the same old crap that seemed to be used in almost every single episode.

The first temple game was one of the more overused temple games on the show. It had the two players climbing up a wall in order to place bricks onto the top and climb down and repeat the same thing over and over again. It was a close match, but the Purple Parrots won the first game in the end due to the Blue Barracuda boy knocking down the brick off his head.

The second temple game was one my favorite temple games of Season 1 that involved the dragon tunnel. In this game, the players had to push a boulder through the dragon tunnel and repeat this process for three times total. I always enjoyed the dragon tunnels games, in this one was no exception. The Purple Parrots kind of struggled though in this temple game and the Blue Barracuda girl was pretty much dominating David. In the end, the Blue Barracudas win the second game.

The last temple game was one of the most unique temple games used on the show. In fact, it was only used in one other episode - "The Dragon Lady and the Blue Pearl". In this temple game, the players had to work together as a team to wrap their partner in a sheet similar to a mummy. And once that partner is wrapped in a sheet, then the other player had to wrap themselves up again before the other team finished. In this temple game, the Purple Parrots dominated and finished pretty quick. That gave them 1.5-0.5 temple score and good enough to send them off to the temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 7/10



This episode marks the second and last time that the Purple Parrots make it to the temple in season one. Unlike the "Oracle Bowl" temple run though, this one wasn't too big of a fail. Candace was a pretty confused contestant in the temple. Starting off in the Room of the Royal Gongs, she was looking for actuators in random places in the room! Once she figures out the Royal Gong objectives, then it looks like Eusinia is starting to get her head together. But then she descends the entire temple shaft and all the way down into the Throne Room. No doors opened towards the artifact, so Eusinia tries to head out through the Wheel Room. Of course, the rock slab is not up and we see a shot of her peering out through it! Eventually she gets taken out in the Shrine after her pretty "eventful" outing in the temple.

David was the opposite of Candace. He moved slow but he knew what he was doing in the temple. He moves slowly all the way to the Tomb of the Ancient Kings, where he grabs the Cobra Staff at the last second. This temple run would've been a win if Eusinia wasn't so stupid at the beginning of her run. Other than that though, this temple run was pretty exciting and it was pretty interesting to see how the Purple Parrot players shared opposite traits in the temple.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.4/10
This was a good episode and definitely one of the better Season 1 episodes on the show. The Purple Parrots only had two temple appearances in S1, but this one did them better justice than "The Oracle Bowl of Delphi". I thought the legend was interesting and I like the morbid and serious tone to it. The temple run was also pretty decent and both players had different traits that complemented them well in the temple. But the best part of this episode is the temple game round. I liked the choice of temple games used in this episode and felt that this was one of the best temple game rounds in S1. Too bad that the producers didn't believe in using different temple games more often like the mummy wrapping one. I will take that any day over the lame water slide one.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: GreenMonkeys#1 on February 05, 2013, 07:13:20 PM
It's been a while since I reviewed an episode, but I finally finished by review for "King Tut's Cobra Staff". :P I am going to try and rank more episodes now since I have a little more free time. ;)

KING TUT'S COBRA STAFF



MOAT: 5/10



In this moat, the first player had to cross the moat by using a rope to get to the other side. Once they got to the other side, then they had to throw an innertube to their partner, who would then will have to pull themselves to the other side and could clock into the next round. It was a pretty uninspiring moat if you ask me, but I guess it is better than what most of S1 had to offer. Plus, it wasn't easy being the first player to cross the moat with the rope overhead AND then turn around and throw the innertube to their partner. It took quite some time in order for the four teams to cross the moat. The players seemed to have a hard time throwing the innertube across the moat. But you can't blame them because that was no easy task and those innertubes were hard to throw. What I found most pathetic about this moat was that NEITHER player on the Green Monkeys or Orange Iguanas could get the first player across the moat even after four teams crossed the moat. -_-
LEGEND: 8/10



This legend tells about a famous archaeologist named Howard Carter who entered King Tut's tomb. Before entering King Tut's tomb, there was a warning that heeded that "any person who disturbs the King's resting place must die". While searching King Tut's tomb, Carter found a room filled with gold and other treasures worth millions of dollars. Carter's men began taking the treasures and eventually some of them die later on with mysterious deaths like Malaria and pneumonia. Rumor goes that Carter brought this death upon his men from entering King Tut's tomb. But the other part of the rumor was that someone stole King Tut's Cobra Staff and caused the curse to take place.

I found this legend to be pretty interesting and different from the other legends on this show. It wasn't too often that the show mentioned death a lot in their legends. But this legend talked a lot about death and it had a very serious tone to it. The one part I don't understand though is what does the Cobra Staff have to do with King Tut? All it talks about was that one of Carter's men stole the Cobra Staff, and that is what brought the curse. No backstory on the Cobra Staff? It would've made the legend a little more interesting...

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



This was a good Steps of Knowledge round. You can tell that these kids came out and were ready to answer some questions. Every question that Olmec asked had almost all of the teams attempting to answer them. The questions that were asked to the questions seemed a little too easy if you ask me, but at least they were relevant to the legend.

TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10



This was probably one of the best temple game rounds of Season 1. The temple games used were very creative and not the same old crap that seemed to be used in almost every single episode.

The first temple game was one of the more overused temple games on the show. It had the two players climbing up a wall in order to place bricks onto the top and climb down and repeat the same thing over and over again. It was a close match, but the Purple Parrots won the first game in the end due to the Blue Barracuda boy knocking down the brick off his head.

The second temple game was one my favorite temple games of Season 1 that involved the dragon tunnel. In this game, the players had to push a boulder through the dragon tunnel and repeat this process for three times total. I always enjoyed the dragon tunnels games, in this one was no exception. The Purple Parrots kind of struggled though in this temple game and the Blue Barracuda girl was pretty much dominating David. In the end, the Blue Barracudas win the second game.

The last temple game was one of the most unique temple games used on the show. In fact, it was only used in one other episode - "The Dragon Lady and the Blue Pearl". In this temple game, the players had to work together as a team to wrap their partner in a sheet similar to a mummy. And once that partner is wrapped in a sheet, then the other player had to wrap themselves up again before the other team finished. In this temple game, the Purple Parrots dominated and finished pretty quick. That gave them 1.5-0.5 temple score and good enough to send them off to the temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 7/10



This episode marks the second and last time that the Purple Parrots make it to the temple in season one. Unlike the "Oracle Bowl" temple run though, this one wasn't too big of a fail. Candace was a pretty confused contestant in the temple. Starting off in the Room of the Royal Gongs, she was looking for actuators in random places in the room! Once she figures out the Royal Gong objectives, then it looks like Eusinia is starting to get her head together. But then she descends the entire temple shaft and all the way down into the Throne Room. No doors opened towards the artifact, so Eusinia tries to head out through the Wheel Room. Of course, the rock slab is not up and we see a shot of her peering out through it! Eventually she gets taken out in the Shrine after her pretty "eventful" outing in the temple.

David was the opposite of Candace.He moved slow but he knew what he was doing in the temple. He moves slowly all the way to the Tomb of the Ancient Kings, where he grabs the Cobra Staff at the last second. This temple run would've been a win if Eusinia wasn't so stupid at the beginning of her run. Other than that though, this temple run was pretty exciting and it was pretty interesting to see how the Purple Parrot players shared opposite traits in the temple.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.4/10
This was a good episode and definitely one of the better Season 1 episodes on the show. The Purple Parrots only had two temple appearances in S1, but this one did them better justice than "The Oracle Bowl of Delphi". I thought the legend was interesting and I like the morbid and serious tone to it. The temple run was also pretty decent and both players had different traits that complemented them well in the temple. But the best part of this episode is the temple game round. I liked the choice of temple games used in this episode and felt that this was one of the best temple game rounds in S1. Too bad that the producers didn't believe in using different temple games more often like the mummy wrapping one. I will take that any day over the lame water slide one.

Eusinia not Candace Mr. Fogg Up God ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on February 05, 2013, 07:19:20 PM
Yeah, you might want to go back and fix that. ;)

As for the episode itself, it was definitely one of the more exciting episodes of Season 1. And a huge improvement over Oracle Bowl.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on February 22, 2013, 02:29:22 PM
Since we were talking about it in the other thread, I want to take a stab at the Enormous Feather episode next. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 01, 2013, 01:11:29 AM
It's been a while since I have touched this thread, but I wanted to rank some more of the episodes on the show. And since GM1 has been ranking all of the Legends episodes on the show, I thought it would be interesting to review some of the episodes he has covered to see where they stand. Since I have had this episode review for a while on my computer, I want to include my write-up for "John Henry's Lost Hammer".

I think I want to try and bring this topic back again,

JOHN HENRY'S LOST HAMMER


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MOAT: 4/10


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The moat used in this episode was pretty tricky compared to the later production day moats in S1. The first player had to paddle the board across the moat while the second player had to stand on top of the paddle boat and cross by using the rope over their heads to pull themselves forward. An unexpected event happened in the moat where the Green Monkey girl crossed improperly because she hung onto her paddle board while crossing. She was not suppose to touch the board with her hands. As a result, the Green Monkeys were disqualified for cheating and were replaced by the Blue Barracudas. The reason this moat got such a low score due to this event right here. It made the production crew look a little incompetent with Kirk announcing the disqualification of the Green Monkeys. Couldn't they have edited the moat instead of showing this? It looked so unprofessional. Other than that, this moat was pretty average. Also, the Blue Barracuda team that didn't make it across were the same team to appear later in "John Sutter and the Map to the Lost Gold Mine".  :mrblue:

LEGEND: 7/10


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The legend of this episode talks about an African American Railroad worker by the name of John Henry. He was very skilled with his hammer and one day was engaged by foreman into a competition with a steam drill. The challenge was whether John Henry could drill deeper than the steam drill. In the end, John Henry was successful and drilled deeper than the steam driller. He was celebrated by the other railroad workers where they retired his hammer.

This legend was pretty interesting and was actually very historically accurate. John Henry in real life was known as the "steel driving man", and is often depicted with his hammer too. This is one of the few episodes where the producers actually don't try to add a spin about a historical figure. Too bad more legends couldn't have kept their original roots like they did with this episode.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 5/10


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The questions asked from this episode pretty much details taken from the legend or related to the railroads in some way. The Steps of Knowledge though kind of lacked any enthusiasm from any of the teams. The Orange Iguanas even swept the temple games and stood there like nothing happened. There was not much competition either during the Steps. It was basically the Orange Iguanas and Silver Snakes answering. Although the Silver Snakes got an unlucky break on the first question asked. Billy technically got the answer right about John Henry being known as a "Ghandy Dancer", but he mispronounced the first word a little bit. Knowing how strict the S1 producers were, they didn't count his answer as correct. If this was any other season though, Billy would've gotten away with it. Oh well, the Silver Snakes still went onto the temple games.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10
The temple games in this episode featured some of the most common temple games used in Season 1. The competition though was pretty decent though, but the Silver Snakes were more consistently dominant than the Orange Iguanas. But there is nothing that sticks out too much about this temple game round. No bad performances or exciting moments.

Temple Game #1 - Escape the Tunnel


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In this temple game, Kim and the Orange Iguana boy had to travel through the dragon tunnel that is filled with rubble and rocks. The players had to travel through one side of the tunnel and come back around to the other side of it. The competition was very close in this temple game, but Kim beat the Orange Iguana boy by a couple of seconds. Kirk's commentary in this temple game though was pretty laughable. He compared the player's performance with a "swim meet".  :roll:

Temple Game #2 - Building Railroad Tunnels


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In the second temple game, Billy and the Orange Iguana girl had to climb to the top of the shaft with a bucket in their hand. Inside of their buckets, they had to place rocks inside of it and drag the bucket with rocks to the top. They then had to put the rocks at the top of the shaft and come back down for more. This was a pretty unique temple game compared to the other variations of this game used. Billy smoked the Orange Iguana girl and gave the Silver Snakes one pendant heading into the final team game.

Temple Game #3 - Building a Railroad


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The final temple game had the teams collecting hammers from their partner in order to build a railroad. One player had to place a hammer on their head and crawl towards their partner. The ground was slippery though for each of the players and had to use their upper strength in order to reach their partners. Their partners had to grab the hammer of their head and place it into their team bucket. The teams kind of struggled in this temple game and it came down to a tie. But with two full pendants, the Silver Snakes won the rights to go onto the temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 2/10


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If you are a big Legends fan, you know how infamous this temple run is. This was one of the worst temple runs on the show and it was all thanks to one player - Kim. Now you think after an entire episode where the Silver Snakes were pretty dominant, you are hyped up for a good temple run, right? The very opposite is going to happen here. When Kim enters the Wall Climb, she has trouble trying to figure where to go next because she doesn't know how to open any of the doors. Out of 240 contestants that entered the temple, Kim was the only that did not know how to press an actuator. Really? The button is right next to the door! Even Sabrina and the Cricket Cage crew knew what an actuator looked like. After being repeatedly yelled at by Kirk and Billy, Kim finally figures out how to press the button to the Heart Room. Unfortunately, the moment she entered the Heart Room, she is still confused on how to open the doors. It was so bad that the producers even sent out a mercy guard to end this miserable attempt.

Thankfully, she gets removed from the Throne Room. Billy only has a little over a minute to work with in the temple, but he makes a time consuming mistake himself by wasting time trying to climb the ever so useless webbing in the Spider's Lair. He eventually gives up though realizing the webbing is too thin to even climb. His time ended in the Torch Room, where he finished two rooms away from the artifact. This temple run was a pretty big disaster, but what saved it from getting a 1 was Billy. Otherwise, this temple run will most likely receive a few facepalms from you!

FINAL VERDICT: 4.8/10
This episode was pretty average up until the temple run. The Silver Snakes were a decent team up until they reached the temple. The temple run brings this episode down a lot. It's amazing how Kim took stupidity to a whole new level. Legends had plenty of dumb contestants, but Kim was one of the worst offenders of them all because she was the only one that did not know how to press a button. Even if the temple run did not suck so bad, this episode would probably rank in the middle of the pack with the other average and boring episodes. My recommendation would be to watch this episode only one time and add it to your "don't watch again" list because there is nothing really good or notable about this episode. This is episode is not a HUGE disaster, but still not worth your time.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 01, 2013, 01:22:35 AM
Ah, Lost Hammer. The episode that wouldn't stop following you. :P Based on your rankings of this episode, it seemed like a pretty average episode until the temple. It was there when Kim failed.... miserably. Did she really not know what an actuator looked like?! Seriously?! The only logical theory I can come up with is that Kim saw the doors opened in the Wall Climb while the teams toured the temple pre temple games. And she thought they were supposed to stay open all temple run. But even then, that's just inexcusable. Even though Billy had 1:20 to make up for Kim's incompetence, victory was impossible thanks to Kim. I've only seen this full episode twice, and I really don't bother watching at all thanks to Kim.

Oh well, great to see this thread get revived again. Any episodes in particular you want to do next? ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 01, 2013, 01:31:45 AM
Yes, hopefully I can get away from this episode for good now!  :P Yeah, it was a pretty average episode until the dreaded temple run. And that sounds like the most logical reason why Kim didn't know how to open the Wall Climb door either. But the actuator for the door was right next to it. How did she not notice it? And everyone was shouting at her to press, and she still couldn't figure it out. Poor Nick also, Kim never gave him a chance to prove much. I know he gets a lot of slack for climbing the Spider's Lair webbing, but I actually overlook this because his mistake was nothing on what Kim did. And he made it pretty far in the time that he was given. This is one of the worst temple runs on the show, only saved by Billy.

I think I want to try Red Sash next. It's the last episode I remember watching recently for my player rankings and it was a pretty good episode. Also, we are ranking that soon in the Legends episode thread. So will I will probably try that one.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 01, 2013, 01:39:05 AM
Billy you mean? ;)

Also, I've been thinking of doing this kind of ranking too. I was thinking of doing episodes like "Geronimo" or "Sir Gawain," since those are episodes I know by heart since I've seen them a million times. I hope you don't mind. And Red Sash is a good episode choice next, either that or Enormous Nose Ring. Since we're ranking that episode right now and you wanted to rank Joel in the Player Rankings thread. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 01, 2013, 01:46:58 AM
Actually, I don't mind at all. That would be less episodes for me to rank and it would be interesting to get another individual's point of view. :P And I would be glad if you do Moccasins because I am not a fan of that episode.  :oops: My intent was to rank all 120 episodes and if other people contribute, that would be less episodes for me to have to worry about.

And I enjoy the whole Enormous Iron Nose Ring episode, so I don't mind at all doing that episode after Red Sash. It was actually a very fun episode. And I have to admit even though Joel is overrated, I still have respect for him more than other overrated players like Paula, Mitchell, Bobby, and Yakerra. He would've won if you gave him almost any layout. I have a hard time giving him a score in the temple. I don't want to rank him too low because he was fast and smart, but I don't want to rank him too high because he did make some costly mistakes.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 01, 2013, 02:33:19 AM
Yeah, Joel was a good player, albeit a tad overrated. He made some mistakes (taking forever with the monkey, scaling the whole central shaft), that cost other players a chance at victory. But he really would've done well in any layout that was given to him. I like him MUCH better than overrated players like Paula, Shane, Bobby, and Yakerra. When I did rankings of Joel, I gave him an 8 for the temple run. The only points I took off were the aforementioned mistakes I just mentioned.

As for my rankings, I can't guaranteed they'll be as detailed as yours, especially with the "legend" bit. But I can still write enough and provide screencaps of the episodes I want to do. And it'll be especially easier with the episodes I've seen a million times.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 01, 2013, 10:19:02 PM
Okay, I'm gonna try my hand at this. It's not gonna be as detailed as TRJ's review, but I'll do my best. Here is my review on "The Moccasins of Geronimo."

THE MOCCASINS OF GERONIMO



MOAT: 5/10



In the moat, the players had to paddle on a raft, and their partners had to cross in the same manner. It was a boring moat really, too short and all four teams rang in all at the same time. The Green Monkeys were first, and the Blue Barracudas, Purple Parrots, and the Silver Snakes all rang in soon after. I never liked moats that were either too short or too long.

LEGEND: 6/10



The legend talks about Geronimo, and how he fought back when soldiers imprisoned the Apaches. When the Mexican army tried to do a sneak attack on Geronimo, all they found were his moccasins. I'm indifferent to this legend. It wasn't bad, but it could've been a little more detailed.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 4/10



The Steps of Knowledge round in this episode annoyed me. It seemed like EVERY team was getting a question wrong. The Purple Parrots were especially the worst for it. The Silver Snakes especially gave a ridiculous answer on how the "amazon river" created the Grand Canyon. -_- Alas, they eventually joined the Blue Barracudas on the final step.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10



In the first temple game, Mitchell and William had to put an arrow on their helmet, and climb up the soapy ramp and throw it through the bulls eye on top. William sucked, and he had a tough time staying on his knees. Mitchell ended up beating him 3-1. In the second temple games, Emily and Erin had to put feathers on the mannequins on all four corners of the Mr. Bubbles. Neither player was fast, but Erin beat Emily 5-4. In the third temple game, the teams had to put together a ti pi using the up and down pulley game. The Silver Snakes kind of sucked at this game, and they kept knocking off their ti pi's. In the end, the Blue Barracudas beat the Silver Snakes 5-2 and headed off to the temple with 1.5 pendants. Overall, it was a pretty average round. Neither team was impressive and the Silver Snakes' less than stellar performance was basically the reason they didn't go to the temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 5/10



The temple run is infamous for Mitchell switching floors three times and somehow getting the Treasure Chest to work. Despite this very quick win, it wasn't impressive at all and Mitchell was just lucky the treasure chest opened for him. In my player rankings of Mitchell, I gave him a "5" for the temple run, and I figured a 5/10 for this run would be fitting here as well.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.2/10

Wow, only a 5.2? That's not good for an episode that's supposed to be a win. The incredibly rushed moat and lackluster Steps of Knowledge round really bring it down. As well as the average scores all throughout. If you can't above a 6 for any other round you know this episode isn't very good.

And.... that's my take on Geronimo. I know this wasn't very detailed, but this was actually easier than I thought. :lol: I chose Geronimo because it was my first Season 1 episode and I've seen it a million times. It does have some sentimental value to me because it was one of the very first episodes I ever saw. But that doesn't mean it was an exciting episode though. Other episodes I'd like to do are "Billy the Kid," "Sir Gawain," and "Discarded Seal." So keep that in mind to those of you who want to review episodes as well. So.... thoughts? :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 02, 2013, 12:46:15 AM
The first write-ups or so are kind of a learning experience, but once you write more reviews the process becomes quicker. Sometimes I do my write-ups in one sitting while others I do by pieces. If it is a good episode, I can do it through one sitting. The amount of detail though is optional, and I always give greater detail because I get carried away with what I am writing.  :mrred:

And Geronimo was a lame episode. I remember watching this episode many times a long time ago, but I have not seen it recently. So your episode review is like a refresher for me. :P One thing I can say though is that if I reviewed Geronimo myself, I would've probably came up with around the same score. The legend not being very detailed was a flaw in a lot of S1 legends. I remember the "Golden Cricket Cage" legend being short as well. I am not sure why some of the legends were so brief in S1 and some were more in-depth. I guess bad editing? Another thing S1 episodes are guilty of are the bad Steps of Knowledge. Judging from your description from this SoK, it was kind of similar to "The Trojan Horseshoe" where there were bad answers every where. But not as bad as that one though.  :P

I do remember pieces of the temple games though. The first temple game had Kirk acting more annoying than usual about the "on your knees" rule. :roll: I hate when they used the team game in this episode also. I was never a fan of any variations of that game. And then the temple run was one of the most overrated runs on the show. I would've given this temple run the EXACT same score as you did too. Mitchell had to be one of the most overrated contestants on the show. All he was walk through the whole temple, reached the artifact, and walk out with it. There was no difficulty at all in his path and the biggest objective he had to do was spin the sundial. :roll: He lost all credibility from me when he started assembling the Silver Monkey with the Moccasins in his hand. :roll: He was just an average contestant that had a really generous layout. And I am sure this run wouldn't have gotten so much praise if the Treasure Chest didn't open. I think he was more overrated than Paula also. At least more people are convinced Paula was a fluke, but it is amazing that people consider Mitchell a strategist. :roll: I hate this win so much and there was nothing special about it.

Overall, good review. I think that this is the exact same score I would've given Moccasins. :mrblue: And thank God you did this episode, because this one would've been at the bottom of my list.  Aside from "Great Seal", all the other episodes from S1L4 are painful to watch.  :shock:   I am almost done with my Red Sash review and I am going to post it tonight. It will be ready before we rank it tomorrow in GM1's thread.  :mrblue:

Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 02, 2013, 01:00:12 AM
Yeah, I wish I could've written in more detail, but for some reason I hate writing long things. Of course it's worth it in the end, whether it'd be a full episode ranking or the individual player ranking. I look forward to your Red Sash ranking, especially since you just reviewed that episode in the Player Ranking thread not long ago. :P

Also, I was thinking of doing "Sir Gawain," "Billy the Kid," and "Discarded Seal" next. And I updated the OP to reflect that. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 02, 2013, 01:05:46 AM
I know that feeling to. Whenever I write these reviews, I always feel like I never write enough. That is why I add the pictures along with it to make it a little longer. And there are just some parts of the episode that you can only write 1-2 sentences because there is absolutely nothing to say about them.  :o

Good luck with those three episodes too. ;) All three of those are a classic. I am sure you know "Billy the Kid" by heart as a Purple Parrot fan, "Ivan the Terrible" is another fun episode and probably the best one where a team loses, and "Sir Gawain" was overplayed so much on Nick GaS that it is practically wired in everyone's head. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 02, 2013, 01:38:00 AM
I finally finished my ranking for "Red Sash". Since I reviewed this episode recently for my "Individual Rankings", most of this episode was fresh in my mind. And it was still worth a good watch because before I ranked the Blue Barracudas and Red Jaguars in the other thread, I have not seen this episode in a long time. My next project after this will be "The Enormous Iron Nose Ring of Babe" and then probably the "Mummified Hand" episode. ;)

THE RED SASH OF TOKUGAWA IEYASU


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MOAT: 7/10


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The moat used during this production day was more simpler than other production days in S3. It was also quicker compared to most moats also. In this moat, the players had to cross three icebergs by walking across them one-by-one. Once the first player made it across, then the second player had a chance to move across it. The players had to balance their body though because the icebergs were wobbly and if they fell in the water, that player would have to start over again. The final result for this moat was pretty quick as expected. The first teams made it across with no problem while the Red Jaguars came in the rear in fourth place after the second player struggled to get across.

LEGEND: 6/10


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Season 3 had a tendency to use silly and lame quotes in their legend, and this legend is about to use one of these lame quotations. The legend dealt with Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was the founder of the original and prestige Tokugawa Shogunate. In 1603, Tokugawa engaged into battle with any War Lords that resisted him. There was one War Lord that Tokugawa could not defeat though, whose name was Lord Yoritomo. For weeks, Yoritomo and Ieyasu battled out until Yoritomo's castle burned down. A punishment for defeat usually meant decapitation, but Ieyasu spared Yoritomo's life and he pledged his allegiance to Tokugawa for his salvation. In the end, Tokugawa gave his Red Sash to Yoritomo for his allegiance to him.

Now, the legend above sounds historically accurate and interesting. In fact, the legend was interesting for the most part considering we have all studied Tokugawa Ieyasu. Like all legends in Season 3 though, the producers liked to add a spin to the legend to add humor to it. When Yoritomo was about to be punished by Tokugawa, he thought his punishment would be "Grounded for two weeks with no TV.". Not only is this line lame, it doesn't even make sense at all. I am sure most children would know that TV was not around during the Tokugawa Shogunate. :roll: This legend would've received a much higher score if this line was not added to the legend at all. I wonder who was hired in the writing department for Legends, because they sure dropped the ball on them in S3. :roll:

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10


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The Steps of Knowledge was decent in this episode. Most of the questions revolved around Tokugawa and his Shogunate. Quentin of the Blue Barracudas answered two questions without any of the answers being revealed. The Blue Barracudas were the first to progress onto the temple games too. Another highlight of this SoK was the Purple Parrots pulling out an answer at the very last second. In the end, the Red Jaguars and Barracudas progress onto the temple games. Also, one of the questions at the steps was "What was the penalty for disobeying the Shogun?". Even though the question was answered without any of the answers being revealed, I can bet that one of the answers would've been the "grounded for two weeks with no TV".  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10

The temple games utilized a unique segment of different games. This set a temple games featured an athletic set of contestants. Some highlights included Quentin of the Blue Barracudas who played chess and wanted to be a video tester and Melody of the Red Jaguars who wanted to be a lawyer. The temple games were close competition, but the Blue Barracudas were the more dominant team. Both Barracudas completed their individual games. In the end, the Blue Barracudas out perform the Jaguars in a score 2-0.5.

Temple Game #1 - Raise the Sun


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In the first temple game, both Troy and Quentin had to use the bungee cord to jump to the top of the ceiling and place their suns on the velcro portion of the ceiling. The player that got the most suns at the top would be the winner. Quentin was able to complete his temple game before the time was up. The Red Jaguar boy though struggled a little bit at the end and even knock some of his suns down. The first game went to Quentin of the Blue Barracudas.

Temple Game #2 - Destroy the Family Crests


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"Suddenly these games have turned upside down." - Kirk before the second temple game

In the second temple game, Brandy and Melody were upside down and had to collect various family crests and drop them into the bin on the opposite side. The player with the most family crests in their bucket would be the winner. The temple game ended in a tie, but Brandy was the better player though in this temple game. At the beginning of the temple game, Brandy missed one of her family crests when she tried to throw it in her bin. However, she was still able to tie the temple game despite missing the first piece. Had she not missed that piece, then the Barracudas would've had one pendant going into the last game. In the end though, the temple game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Temple Game #3 - Conquering the War Lords


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The final temple game had the players conquering different dynasties like Tokugawa did. One player was station a wall with four different city names while the other player uses a catapult to project the balls to their partners. The player on the wall had to catch the ball and place it next to each of the four cities. The temple game like the earlier game was competitive and came down to the last second. The Red Jaguars were close to reaching their city, Edo, before time ran out. But in the end, the Blue Barracudas made more progress and enter Olmec's temple with two pendants!

TEMPLE RUN: 8/10


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Many temple teams in Season 3 faced temple layouts that required the team's to take a long path. This temple run was not exception for Brandy and Quentin. And like any bottom of the central shaft temple run on the show, this one ended in a loss. Enroute to the artifact, the Blue Barracudas entered 9 rooms total. This layout was very brutal, but this team put up a great effort. Brandy was one of the few contestants to make it back to the rope in the Pit of the Pendulum. However, on the upper floor of the temple, she hesitated too much and stalled a few objectives. Her biggest mistake though was she tried to assemble the Silver Monkey when the door to the Room of the Secret Password was already open. Now, this wasn't a total waste as the door to the Quicksand Bog DID open from the Shrine when she did this. She was taken out in the Room of the Secret Password.

Quentin did a good job following up on Brandy's path. However, he was hesitant himself and entered the Secret Password when he could've just entered the Quicksand Bog. He blazed through the bottom floor of the temple and reached the room with the Red Sash, but came up short of reaching the artifact. Too bad, this team would've won if they were allowed to use the Shrine shortcut. Both Brandy and Quentin still made a few mistakes though in the temple, and it cost them the second prize. The temple performance was still very exciting and both players should be proud of the strong effort they put up.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.2/10
Red Sash is an episode that is not talked about much due to it being forgettable. However, I highly recommend anyone to watch this episode. There was no real disappointing or bad moments to it at all. Brandy and Quentin were a very strong team and were forced to face a brutal temple layout. They would've won if they were allowed to take shortcuts, but it didn't help that either player stalled in a couple of rooms. But still, the episode was pretty exciting and the temple run was a nailbiter. If I had to name one disappointing moment about this episode, it would be the dumb quote in the legend. Other than that, if you have learned about Tokugawa in school, then this episode should be up your alley. Definitely try catching this episode if you have time.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 02, 2013, 02:32:34 AM
Red Sash was a good episode, and good to see it ranked well too. It's kind of sad that a team who doesn't even REACH the artifact has its episode ranked better than someone who actually won. :roll: The Blue Barracudas were a dominant team all episode and they still gave it a good effort in the temple. However, when an artifact is in the bottom central shaft, losses are expected. Naturally, this episode was no exception. If it wasn't for all the hesitating by Brandy and Quentin, they probably would've won.

Great review like always, I would love to see your ranking of Babe the Ox next. And you should totally rank Joel in the Player Ranking thread too. As well as the other episodes from that filming day. I'm gonna rank Sir Gawain next. We should take turns ranking episodes in this thread too. :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 02, 2013, 10:20:10 PM
Here's my second review, and this time it's "The Much-Heralded Helmet of Sir Gawain."

THE MUCH-HERALDED HELMET OF SIR GAWAIN



MOAT: 7/10



The moat in this episode is when the players had to walk across the platforms at the same time. This is one of my personal favorite moats, and all the episodes to feature this moat were always close. The Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, and the Purple Parrots gonged in at the exact same time, with the Silver Snakes joining in not long after. While it was a close moat, I only gave it a "7" because it was a rather short moat. Just like with Geronimo's moat, I never liked it when teams ring in at the same time.

LEGEND: 8/10



The legend talks about a stained glass window that was stolen from the royal chamber. As it turns out, it was a maid who accidentally broke the window. Sir Gawain pleaded to Merlin the magician to fix the window, but with the price of having to give Merlin Sir Gawain's helmet. I happened to like this legend, it was certainly creative and not a self parody like most Season 3 legends were. *coughRedSashcough*

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10



The Steps of Knowledge were an average round. The only low point was Tiffani's "silver helmet" answer, but the Orange Iguanas still managed to join the Purple Parrots on the final step. One thing I found funny though was Jahmel's nearly falling over while trying to ring in at the buzzer. :lol:

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10



The temple games in this episode featured great competition and an interesting sequence. In the first game. Tiffani and Donna had to jump up on the trampolines, repair the stained glass, then come right back down. Tiffani was kind of slow in this game, and it looked like she was taking her time jumping on the trampolines. Donna however moved much faster, and won a half pendant for her team. At one point of this game, Kirk almost called Donna "Jahmel" but corrected himself. "Ja- Donna!" Oh Kirk. In the second game, Jahmel and Josh had to grab a shield while avoiding the giant swinging boulder.... or mace in this particular case. This game was TERRIBLY voiced over, and the spotters were very sloppy with moving the wrecking ball too. This was obviously the first time the "swinging obstacle" game was used, and it would appear A LOT in Season 3. In the end, Jahmel beat Josh 4-3 and tied up the pendant score. In the third game, the teams used the rotating levers game to grab a chalice, and put it in their bin. The Purple Parrots were extraordinarily sloppy in this game, and couldn't get a good rhythm down. As a result, the Orange Iguanas mopped the floor with the Purple Parrots 8-3 and won a trip to the temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 8/10



This is yet another famous temple run, and unlike Geronimo, this run was MUCH more exciting. As we all know, Tiffani did not run into any temple guards in her foray in the temple, and grabbed the huge helmet with 53 seconds left on the clock. This artifact was so big you could hear Tiffani grunt as she tried to lug that thing out of the temple. Also, I liked Tiffani's method of entering the Ledges, climbing up the Crypt, and then race back down to the temple gates. Especially since those Ledges were pitch black. :shock: Nonetheless, she escaped with 12 seconds left on the clock, marking the final Orange Iguanas victory in the shows history. As well as the last of two times an artifact is successfully retrieved from the Jester's Court/Swamp/Holes of Python room space. The other win being good ol' Lawrence of Arabia. :mrgreen: As for the win itself, I happen to like it, even though Tiffani got incredibly lucky with her temple guard placement. But her objectives were certainly no walk in the park, and she had to carry a huge artifact out. Plus, Tiffani got back on the platform, which is something only Brandy, Kris, and Travis accomplished besides her. If she hadn't gotten back, I doubt this would've been a win.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.6/10

This was a solid episode, though it's gone waaaaay down on my favorite episode list because I've seen it 1029384756 times. Since this was once one of the very few episodes that was on YouTube back in the day. And it was way overplayed on Nick Gas during the "20 episode cycle." With how many times it's been seen by everyone, there's no reason why you shouldn't know this like the back of your hand. :P The win was also great, Tiffani may not have been the fastest and she may have been lucky, but she did an awesome job. Definitely worth watching again if you're not sick of seeing this episode.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 03, 2013, 12:42:14 AM
Sir Gawain was an episode that was overplayed a little too much on Nick GaS. I didn't mind though because the whole episode is great from the legend to the awesome solo run. The moat that was used for the very first production day of S3 was unique. It was one where you had to work together with your partner to cross. I like this one a lot too, and is only beaten by the moat used for the Imperial Wizard/Useless Map day. The legend was also very interesting too and was among my favorites for S3. And it didn't have some silly one-liner in it like "Red Sash" and "Mussel-Shell Armor" had.

The temple games were very quirky, but they were also very relevant to the legend. I remember Tiffani taking in the first temple game, and Donna won rather easily. The stained glasses looked pretty neat also. And at least the girls' performance wasn't as crappy as "Bifocal Monocle" one was. I DEFINITELY remember the second temple game with the swinging mace. The mace was so out of whack and badly coordinated. I never understood the reason voice over either. Maybe it had something to do with how awkward the game was conducted? Also, was this the only time they actually changed the design of the boulder? The Orange Iguanas dominated the Purple Parrots too, and they went to the temple like usual when Orange-Purple happened. Although I don't mind this one as much as I did for "Butch Cassidy" or "Enormous Feather".  Also, I am surprised you didn't mention the "Exit Stage Left" quote. I remember one person here hated that quote.  :lol: 

The temple run was a solid win too. I know Tiffani was lucky with her generous temple guard layout and winning after moving so slow, but she was still a very solid contestant and did many things right. She was one of the few contestants to make it back to the platform and she used the Shrine-Dark Forest shortcut. I am sure if she took the longer way then she would've been subjected to more temple guards. In the end, I like this win very much and it was a good effort. I am glad you gave it an 8 also and I never really like to call this win overrated. There were more exciting solo wins out there, but Tiffani and Jahmel deserved their win.  :mrorange:  :mrorange:  :mrorange:  :mrorange:

Overall, great review. I know I went a little overboard with the whole Sir Gawain feedback, but I know this episode by heart and it was definitely worth it. I also like how some of the sections of your review were brief too and got to the main points. I am going to try that for my next review. I am going to do "Enormous Iron Nose Ring" tomorrow since I don't have any work for once. And when I get done with Iron Nose Ring, that will be 5 episodes we completed in less than a week.  :mrsilver: I want to try and cover at least half of the Legends episodes before the summer is over, so any help from anyone would be great. ;)

And one more thing, I am going to edit some areas of "Captain John Smith" too since I think it should get a lower score than 7.2. There is no reason why it should be tied with strong episodes like "Belle Boyd" and "Red Sash".
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 03, 2013, 01:01:05 AM
Damn, I knew I was forgetting the "Exit Stage Left" quote. :shock: And to think, I know this episode by heart. I also liked the legend, especially since it didn't have any ridiculous quotes, like you said. I also liked the win, even though I don't think as highly of it as I used to because I've seen it a million times. I definitely prefer it over the overrated "Butch Cassidy," that's for sure. Furthermore, this is one of the very few Orange/Purple episodes that I like besides "Nostradamus" and "Dolley Madison." The rest are either forgettable or suck.

And I'll say, you wrote more about Sir Gawain than I did. :lol: But that just goes back to my point on how I hate writing long paragraphs/reviews. I definitely look forward to your review on Babe the Ox, AND your player rankings of Joel, Shane, etc. Let's not forget about the other ranking thread. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 03, 2013, 01:13:43 AM
I might do episode reviews for Iron Nose Ring/Ahmed Baba back-to-back. Since Iron Nose Ring will be part of my player rankings/episode rankings, I could work on both at the same time. I am interested on what score "Ahmed Baba" would end up with as a whole, especially since I gave it a 5 in GM1's thread. I know Enormous Iron Nose Ring will rank higher than Ahmed Baba, despite both wins being overrated. Of course, I will need to do player rankings for Ivory Elephant and Ivory Elephant. But I can do their episode rankings later. I might work on those two episodes tonight for player rankings and then finish Enormous Iron Nose Ring/Ahmed Baba tomorrow for both player and episode rankings.  :mrgreen:  :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 03, 2013, 01:20:27 AM
You said Ivory Elephant twice. :P

As for me, I'll probably review Snakeskin Boots next, then Discarded Seal. But, it's your turn to rank an episode, so I'll hold off on that. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 03, 2013, 02:38:00 PM
I can't wait until you review "Ivan the Terrible".  :mrgreen:  I love that episode and I am especially interested in your score for the temple run for that episode. I already know what score I would give that temple run. :P

And below is my reviewfor "Enormous Iron Nose Ring". Since I was ranking the entire production day for this episode in my "Rank the Player" thread, I felt that I might as well do a review for this episode. And speaking of my player rankings, I already completed ones for this episode and "Missing Eye". I just need to do Ahmed Baba and Ivory Elephant, so I will try to post those tonight.

THE ENORMOUS IRON NOSE RING OF BABE


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MOAT: 7/10


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The players in this moat had to cross it by swimming out into the moat to grab a rope and swing across the moat to the other side without falling in. They then had to throw the rope to their partner who must cross the same way. If they fell into the moat, then the teams had to start over. Joel and Dorothy of the Silver Snakes were the only team to make it across without falling in. The other teams fell in at least once, but eventually three more teams clock in to make it to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 7.5/10


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Paul Bunyan was the biggest and strongest lumberjack of all time. He was so tall that when he was a baby, he needed multiple dairy cows just to feed him. With his giant blue ox, Babe, Bunyan logged out most of the West Coast of the United States. He had to carve out the Great Lakes just to feed Babe. One winter, a nasty winter storm hit Minnesota and Bunyan and Babe decided to help out the locals by gathering as much firewood as possible. When Babe died, Bunyan kept her Enormous Iron Nose Ring as remembrance of her.

Overall, the legend was pretty decent. It sounds exactly like the folklore tale of Paul Bunyan that we learned growing up. The ending was kind of depressing where they mention that Babe passed away. But I like the part where Bunyan carved the Great Lakes out just to feed Babe. I thought that was clever.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10


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The whole Steps of Knowledge round pretty much asked questions about certain details mentioned in the legend. The only wrong answer given was by Dorothy of the Silver Snakes who answered "Bull" to the question, "What type of animal is an ox related to?". It wasn't a bad guess either way. Joel did all the answering for the Silver Snakes, but the whole time it looked like he was shouting in Dorothy's ear too. :shock: Likewise, the Michelle of the Green Monkeys got all of the answers correct for her team too. The ending was memorable for the Green Monkeys and Silver Snakes hugging each other too.  :mrgreen:  :mrsilver:

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10

The temple games featured a matchup between the Silver Snakes and Green Monkeys. The Green Monkeys team consisted of Billy, who was part of a skate team, and Michelle, who enjoyed swimming and the breaststroke. The Silver Snakes consisted of Joel, who skied a lot and played tennis for his  high school, and Dorothy, who enjoyed playing basketball. The temple games were pretty fun and creative, and related mostly to the legend. However, they were also too one-sided in this episode. The Silver Snakes felt like a more dominant team, especially in Joel's game and the team game. Another highlight of this episode is a pop culture reference made by Kirk Fogg in the first temple game.

Temple Game #1 - Bells on Babe's Neck


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The contestants had to shimmy up Babe's back bone and place a bell on Babe's neck. While trying to climb up her back though, Babe will be snorting and spitting water at them. The player that puts them most bells on Babe wins. Dorothy of the Silver Snakes struggled with this temple game a little bit. The final score was 2-1 Green Monkeys.

And before the game started, one of Kirk's quotes were "Babes on Bells Neck, isn't this a song?" Very witty, Mr Fogg. :afro:

Temple Game #2 - Jump and Feed Babe


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In the second temple game, the contestants had to help feed Babe the Ox by jumping up to her and feeding her corn. In front of each male contestant, there is a basic full of ears of corn. They must take each ear of corn and attach it to the top of the ceiling. The contestant that feeds Babe the most in 60 seconds will be the winner. Billy of the Green Monkeys struggled in this temple game while Joel was very dominant. Joel wins this temple game 7-2.

Temple Game #3 - Ring Paul Bunyan's Doorbell


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In this temple game, the teams had to work together and climb Paul Bunyan's giant steps in order to reach the top. Once the team's reach the top, they will have to ring the bell to win. The Silver Snakes were entirely dominant in this temple game. The Green Monkeys weren't even up on their second step when the Silver Snakes rang the bell at the top. Joel was amazing where he pulled himself up each step without Dorothy's help. The Silver Snakes in the end win the temple games with a score of 1.5-1.

TEMPLE RUN: 7.5/10


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The temple win for this episode is pretty controversial. Many people praise this win for Joel's performance and fast speed, while others feel that it is overrated and the praise is a bit excessive. What do I think? I am honestly split between the two parties. As for the temple run itself, it was pretty memorable for certain details. This was one of the very few temple runs where no temple guards were ever encountered. It is also memorable for the fast solo completion too.

Joel was a very fast player in the temple. He completed the entire bottom floor in under 50 seconds. :shock: It was amazing watching him breeze through the whole bottom floor. He even dodged a Temple Spirit along the way! However, his problems begins when he enters the Shrine. He spent almost an entire 30 seconds in this room assembling the Silver Monkey had some of the pieces in the wrong direction. He even makes a bigger mistake when he grabs the Enormous Iron Nose Ring and descends the entire central shaft while exiting the temple. Even though he won with 56 seconds left, he was lucky he had a lot of time to begin with because his mistake has cost players in other runs - Tara from "Sir Edmund Hillary" and Ron from "Anne Bonny" in particular. So while Joel was a fast contestant, he struggled when he faced a room with an actual objective and made a mistake that would've been deadly to the final outcome if he didn't have so much time. If he didn't make either of these mistakes, there is no doubt in my mind that this run would've beaten "The Mask of Shaka Zulu" for the fastest win.

Even though Joel's performance is overrated, he was still a great contestant. He made it across the bottom floor within the first 50 seconds of the run. I guarantee that if you give him most any temple layout, he would've won. So while he was a flawed contestant that is not as great as made out to be, he still had a solid performance and I respect him more than I do for other temple winners that are highly praised. It was still a good solo win at the end of the day.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.4/10

Joel and the Silver Snakes were a strong temple team throughout their entire production day. The Silver Snakes showed great enthusiasm throughout the production day and it was fun watching Joel dominating every round. The whole episode was a memorable experience too and there is no real disappointing round on this episode either. The temple win does get a high amount of unwarranted praise. But Joel was still a very solid contestant and his performance was fun to watch for me. I would definitely recommend this episode and temple win.

Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 03, 2013, 03:48:51 PM
Babe the Ox was a good episode, I especially liked Joel's enthusiasm. I also liked the legend too of Paul Bunyan, very interesting and one of the better legends of Season 2. I also remember the temple games being a tad one sided, where Dorothy kind of sucked in her game, but Joel excelled in his. The win is also a tad overrated, for the same reasons you stated. But I still find Joel a respectable contestant and he deserved his win. At least he had some objectives in there, even though he sort of struggled with them. I definitely prefer Joel over Paula, Shane, Bobby, and Mitchell any day.

Overall, great review. I can't wait until you post your player rankings of Babe the Ox and the whole production day. I'll probably rank Discarded Seal next, I'll post it here sometime tonight. And PS, the Silver Snakes beat the Green Monkeys 1.5-0.5, not 1.5-1. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 03, 2013, 05:06:45 PM
Yes, I definitely take Joel over Shane, Bobby, Mitchell, Paula, Yakerra, and the  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  kids. And I think he would win at any layout in S2 too. Joel was very strong in this episode - got across the moat his first try, answered all three questions in the Steps, dominated his own temple game, and had a pretty strong temple performance. His final player score will probably be the highest out of all the teams that day. I will probably post by player rankings by tonight. I still need to sit through Ahmed Baba and Ivory Elephant, which are a borefest. *yawns*

And I definitely can't wait until your Ivan the Terrible review. I will save the details on that one for you to post. But I love that episode and I hope your final score of it is just as good as the final score I have in mind.  :mrgreen: There are three episodes that I have in mind that I want to do next too - Mummified Hand, Ahmed Baba, or Alhambra. I am interested in seeing if Alhambra ranks as the worst episode on the show. And it will have to be done sooner or later.  :oops: But I think I will do Mummified Hand next because I have been wanting to do it for a long time.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 03, 2013, 11:24:24 PM
Here it is, my review on "The Discarded Seal of Ivan the Terrible." :mrgreen:

THE DISCARDED SEAL OF IVAN THE TERRIBLE



MOAT: 8/10



For this moat, the players had to cross by balancing on three islands and a plank. If you fell into the water, you had to start all over again. This was a pretty exciting round, and none of the teams had much trouble at all. The Orange Iguanas finished first, and the Green Monkeys finished last.

LEGEND: 7/10



The legend was about Ivan the Terrible, who wanted to change his name and stray away from his old name "Ivan the Kind." Ivan and advisor Krankoff kept thinking of names like "Ivan the Horrible," "Ivan the Miserable," etc. to which Ivan said "That's terrible." It was then Ivan declared "That's it!" and the name stuck. Naturally, he needed a new seal made and gave Krankoff the old seal as a souvenir. This was a decent legend in my opinion. I know it sounds lame to revolve a legend around name changing, but it was executed in a humorous way where it wasn't a total waste.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



The Steps of Knowledge were a good round, and just about all the teams were smart the whole way through. The only wrong answer was given by the Purple Parrots, where they thought Ivan the Terrible wanted "to change his attitude" as opposed to "change his name." Nonetheless, the Green Monkeys eventually joined the Orange Iguanas on the final step.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10



The temple games were an awesome match, with the Green Monkeys absolutely destroying the Orange Iguanas. In the first game, Elisa and Ashley had to spell out the "Terrible" in "Ivan the Terrible." Elisa beat out Ashley before the 60 seconds were up, as Ashley could only spell "Terrib." In the second game, Travis and Jimmy had to knock over Pizzaro's soldiers. Both players did well in this game, but Travis beat out Jimmy with about 10 seconds to go. In the final game, the teams had to throw rings at their partner, and rebuild the onion domes. The game was AGAIN finished before time ended and the Green Monkeys sweep the Orange Iguanas and go to the temple with 2 pendants! Literally all three games ended just before time ran out, and it was a temple game sweep by Travis and Elisa. That's amazing.

TEMPLE RUN: 9/10



This was by far the hardest layout in the shows history. Travis and Elisa were both fast and smart, didn't hesitate once, and STILL lost. Travis was one of the very few people to get back on the platform, and he breezed through the rest of the bottom floor with no trouble at all. He was removed from the temple in the Shrine, two rooms away from the Discarded Seal, with 1:15 left on the clock. Elisa goes in and blazes through his partners removal, assembls the monkey in quick fashion, and makes it to the Room of the Ancient Warriors with time ticking down. Unfortunately, a third temple guard was waiting there and totally stalls Elisa. Needless to say, her time ends as she tries the last armor. Stupid temple guard and crushing any chance this team had at reaching the Discarded Seal. I do love how when the credits roll, Elisa is still spinning around in one of the armors. And she's totally laughing it off too. Good to know she was a good sport about losing the way that she did.

FINAL VERDICT: 8/10

This was a great episode from beginning to end, and it was the first episode I ever saw on YouTube from a long time ago. And I've seen this one a million times, so it was easy for me to review this episode all from memory. Every round featured solid competition and I loved Elisa's enthusiasm throughout the whole episode. Especially during the temple run when she was cheering for Travis from the sidelines. It's such a shame this team lost, and I can't believe the production crew gave them a layout this impossible. If Travis and Elisa were given say.... Bent Shaving Pan's layout, they would've won for sure. I definitely recommend a rewatch of this episode, it's totally worth it.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 04, 2013, 01:23:37 AM
You pretty much came up with the final score that I would've came up for this episode.  :mrgreen: "Ivan the Terrible" is a classic episode and the Green Monkeys were a great team. The moat was pretty creative and I think this was the only moat during that production day that was quick. I don't think any of the teams fell in? The legend was also pretty humorous and unusual at that. I didn't really expect this legend to be about how Ivan the Kind became Ivan the Terrible. The conversation between Ivan and Krankov was pretty witty too, although I expected more from the legend.

The temple games were very fun for Elisa's enthusiasm and the Green Monkeys dominance. It was actually nice to see the Orange Iguanas get dominated for once since they had very few temple game losses on the show. :roll: And it was a good feat also for Travis and Elisa to finish every single one of their games because normally each of those games they used are ones that you never see completed. The other episodes that day sure didn't have all their temple games completed. Unfortunately, Travis and Elisa got stuck in a production day where the producers decided to not give a grand prize out. :roll: Seriously, that layout was hard as hell. The Green Monkeys were a flawless team in the temple - Travis made it back to the platform, both players moved fast, and Elisa covered his path very well. They were so close to the Discarded Seal, but that last guard stalled Elisa and the ending was a heartbreaker. Too bad, they would've won on any other layout of S3 most likely. I honestly wouldn't have mind if you gave the temple run a 10 because it was a flawless performance and exciting and memorable experience.  :mrgreen:

Overall, "Ivan the Terrible" is the best episode to end in a loss. Either that one, Polynesian Girl, or Henry Morgan were the best episodes ending in a loss. I liked this one the most due to flawless and dominating performance throughout the episode. And do not believe what people have to say about Elisa being a blabbermouth either. Her enthusiasm was authentic and this episode was great. I would recommend this episode too.  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:

So it looks like Billy the Kid next for you? My plan is to either do "Mummified Hand" or "Alhambra" next. I still need to finish Ahmed Baba and Ivory Elephant for my player rankings, but I got stalled with something else.  :oops: And both of those are boring that it is kind of hard wanting to watch them. Also, I changed the score for "Captain John Smith" and gave it a lower one. Likewise, I raised the score for "The Trojan Horseshoe" a little bit too.  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 04, 2013, 01:30:35 AM
Yeah, I'm doing Billy the Kid next, but I'll let you rank an episode next, since it is your turn. ;) And good luck ranking Tall Turban and Ivory Elephant, I assume you'll have them up very soon. I already have an idea of how Joel will do, but I still want to see how Shane and Jamie rank. I know this seems like a lot to do, but it will be worth a read through at the end. :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 04, 2013, 01:49:20 AM
It's actually not too time consuming at all. It usually takes an hour at most to do the player rankings, and about 45 minute at most to do the episode ones. The only thing that would keep me interested in Ahmed Baba is to see how Shane and Jackie rank altogether. Other than that, I always felt that episode was so boring and plain average.  :P

And I think I am going to do Alhambra next too and do Mummified Hand afterwards. Since Alhambra is considered the worst episode ever around here, I am interested in how it ranks. And I can knock out a shitfest at the same time. Although I think that Bifocal Monocle will rank lower than Alhambra, but I am not touching that one anytime soon.  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 04, 2013, 02:28:48 AM
Shane and Jamie you mean? ;)

And I'm not touching Bifocal Monocle either. That's on my black list, and I swore never to watch it again. :shock: But I'd love to see if Alhambra is truly the worst episode ever. Whether or not your rating of it decides that, I still consider it the worst and is also on my black list.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 05, 2013, 12:26:42 AM
Well, I finally completed the dread "Alhambra" episode review. All I have to say that I am glad to get this episode over with.  :roll: I am sure the score won't disappoint anyone. ;)

THE KEYS TO THE ALHAMBRA


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MOAT: 3/10


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This had to be the most blandest moat ever used on the show. Basically, the first player had to swim across the moat with a rope in their hands and tie the rope around the pole. The second player then had to cross by using the rope over their head. The moat moved by pretty quick, which is expected for such an uninspiring moat. The Silver Snakes rang in first while the other three teams followed close behind.

LEGEND: 4/10


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Alhambra was a beautiful palace that was located in the Moors of Spain. The legend talks about a young Queen Isabella and her husband who ruled most of Spain, except for an area south of the Moors. Queen Isabella wanted the mythical jewels and treasures of Alhambra, so she battled for it for 10 years before the King gave her the Keys to it. According to the legend, the Alhambra was designed by a magician and only an individual can only unlock the treasures of Alhambra if they are pure of heart. Isabella tried unlocking every room of the temple, before she threw away the Keys...

The legend was pretty boring this episode, but it wasn't terrible like some of the other S1 legends. The legend tried to fit so many things in a 2 minute segment though. Like the part of the magician casting a spell over Alhambra felt like it was randomly thrown in to make it more interesting. Plus, the artifact was pretty lame too.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 2.5/10


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The Steps of Knowledge was pretty uneventful like the legend. The Red Jaguars got 3 questions answered correctly within the first four questions asked. The Silver Snakes were bad at this Steps too. They got two questions incorrectly, but they still moved onto the temple games. :roll: There was no form of excitement either during this round and Kirk and Olmec sounded awkward. Furthermore, a majority of the questions asked had nothing to do with the actual legend. :roll:

TEMPLE GAMES: 3/10

The temple games featured the Silver Snakes pitted against the Red Jaguars. There was Steve, 14, and Lisa, 13, of the Red Jaguars; and Rodney, 14, and Leslie, 14, of the Silver Snakes. That's right, no personal interview questions in this episode. This temple game round is pretty infamous for the Red Jaguars lucking out in their last temple game and winning the tiebreaker due to the Silver Snakes answering incorrectly. The temple games themselves were lackluster in performance anyways.

Temple Game #1 - Decorate Alhambra


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In the first temple game, Leslie and Leah had to climb up the wall and place pieces of tile to decorate Alhambra. While the concept for this game was interesting, I hated the rules used behind it. The girls had to align the patterns correctly on the tiles for it to count. Why were they so picky on this rule in S1? Oh well, Leslie won this temple game within the last few seconds while Lisa was getting ready to put her final piece up.

Temple Game #2 - Unlock Alhambra's Doors


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Steve and Rodney had to climb up a slippery water slide with keys on their head. At the top of the water slides were three key holes where they must place their keys. The player that gets the most keys into their correct holes will be the winner. Rodney won this temple game rather easily and Steve kind of just gave up on getting his last key to the top. He even dropped his key while trying to climb up. And you can tell that Rodney was not completing the games while on his knees. He was walking of the slope with his feet. I am surprised Kirk didn't catch this?

Temple Game #3 - Attack on Alhambra


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Okay, the premise of this game made no sense. One player was suppose to be Isabella from the legend and one is suppose to be the King of Alhambra? And the King of Alhambra is suppose to catch the balls? Weren't they enemies? :roll: Basically, the female players had to throw velcro balls at their partners while their partners must catch them with their bodies. The Red Jaguars win the final temple game and force the first ever tiebreaker.

The tiebreaker in this episode was a load of crap. The Silver Snakes answered Kirk's tiebreaker question incorrectly, so that automatically means that the Red Jaguars go to the temple?! Season 1 had so many flaws, and this one of the glaring ones that was luckily fixed in later seasons. I know it's not Lisa and Steve's fault for the tiebreaker working this way. But the way they went to the temple was a load of crap. They only won their final temple game and then go to the temple with the other team who was more dominant getting the answer wrong? This temple appearance was handed to them on a Silver Platter!  :roll:

TEMPLE RUN: 1/10


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Brace yourself everyone, you are about to witness one of the worst temple runs on the whole show. The first 30 seconds of the run is fine, but everything goes downhill after that. Steve was one of the fastest runners on the show, and he made it through his fifth room in under 30 seconds (granted his path was incredibly simple). Leah, on the other hand, was quite the worst second runner either. She had 2:30 to herself and doesn't even make any progress towards the artifact. :roll: When she makes her way into the Tomb of the Ancient Kings, the golden door to the Shrine doesn't seem to open when she tries it out. So she spends the next two minutes screwing around the temple and backtracking to the entrance. Yes Lisa, running into the room you entered will sure make you progress. :roll: In the end, she just spent 2:30 running around and only entered one new room - the Heart Room. And that was not even progress towards the artifact.

Furthermore, Kirk Fogg was extremely annoying in this temple run. His commentary was so annoying and didn't make any sense. He called Lisa a "cool customer" and said then said that "she pulled her socks up because she is a cool". What is wrong with you Kirk? His lamest line though was when he said "They are tangled, oh what a might web we've weaved" when Lisa was in the Spider's Lair. Apparently, both Lisa AND Kirk needed to get it together in this run. :roll: I was originally going to give the temple run a higher score due to Steve and feeling a little bad for Lisa who got confused in the Tomb of the Ancient Kings. Then I felt like the lowest score possible was fitting for one of the worst temple runners on the show. What a pathetic and sad attempt. :roll:

FINAL VERDICT: 2.7/10
This episode is often labeled as one of the worst episodes on the whole show by the Legends fanbase. And you know what? Listen to what the fans sAY! I really think this is the worst episode ever aired on the show. There is nothing good or redeemable about this episode at all. You could try to find something, but it would probably be something trivial. Steve and Leah are the poster child of an undeserving temple team. They didn't help their case when they blew their load in the temple! As a Red Jaguars fan, not only am I embarrassed what these two did to my team, but I am also embarrassed on what they did to my favorite game show. The only reason to ever watch this episode is for completion! Otherwise, stay away from it and you will thank me too for that!
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 05, 2013, 12:40:59 AM
Wow, only a 2.7? Fuck. This really is the worst episode ever, and your review just reminded me all over again why I always skip it. I've only seen the full episode twice, and I don't intend on watching it ever again, not even for player rankings. This is why I hate the Red Jaguars, their episodes are always my least favorite. I'm not sure how much better the Silver Snakes would've fared, but they probably wouldn't have been as pathetic as Lisa was. If only they didn't choke at the tiebreaker.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 05, 2013, 04:01:44 PM
Well, here's another review for you guys. I've decided to switch gears and do "The Broken Wing if Icarus" instead.

THE BROKEN WING OF ICARUS



MOAT: 7/10



In this moat, the players had to swing across using a rope. Much like they did in the Enormous Ring episode. The Silver Snakes and the Green Monkeys got across with little trouble, with the other two teams ringing in not long after. Also, everyones shirts were wet before the round even started. Maybe the teams had to start over due to struggling in the moat? Nonetheless, it was a good round, just not as exciting because the round didn't last long at all.

LEGEND: 8/10



The legend was about Dædalus, who wanted to teach his son Icarus how to fly. However, Dædalus warned Icarus not to fly too high or else his wings would melt. Unfortunately, Icarus ignored his advice, and flew higher and higher to the sun, which got hotter and hotter and melted his wings. Icarus ended up plunging into the ocean and one of his wings eventually floated ashore. I liked this legend a lot, and I especially like legends that dealt with Greek mythology. They were always the most accurate, and this legend didn't disappoint.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



The Steps of Knowledge were over in a heartbeat as the Silver Snakes and the Green Monkeys double swept the steps. I happen to like double sweeps, but it just makes the round a lot less exciting, and very rushed. Hence why I only gave this round a "6."

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10



The temple games were a decent and close round. In the first game, April and Kevin had to place birds on the ceiling above them. Kevin kept knocking his birds off, but April had no problem as she kept 5 birds hanging, winning the game for her team. Just as the game ended, Kirk joked to April "That's a good position there," referring to April's awkward standing position after the game ended. Silly Kirk. In the second game, Jason and Lisa had to grab feathers, and put it in their bin using the oh so common rotating lever game. Jason kept a solid lead the entire time and beat Lisa 7-4. In the final game, the teams had to meet up with each other, take a feather foot to foot from their partner, then attach it to their shirt. At the end of the game, Kirk almost declared the game, and NOT the pendant score a tie. Then he noticed the extra feathers on Kevin's shirt, and declared the pendant score a tie. For the tiebreaker, the Silver Snakes choked by saying "Mount Olympus" and not "Atlantis" were destroyed in a volcanic eruption that also took out Crete. April got the latter answer, and thus won a free trip to the temple, much like Steve and Lisa did in Alhambra. However, at least the Green Monkeys here actually got the tiebreaker question. And didn't weasel their way into by winning automatically like Steve and Lisa did. -_- Oh well, still a decent match, but the tiebreaker in the end kind of dragged the score down a little.

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10



The temple run is yet another famous one. Jason had a solo victory basically handed to him, but he totally blew it by taking his sweet ass time exiting. I mean, people pick on Tony from Billy the Kid for take a long time exiting too, but at least he knew what he was doing up until then. Jason just sucked the whole way through. He just had no idea what he was doing. Quite truthfully, I didn't find this run exciting at all, it was very frustrating. I can't say it was uneventful though, and it was a memorable, nailbiter finish. It was also the closest anyone came to winning without actually doing so. But this loss is not heartbreaking at all due to how slow Jason was. Which is the reason I only gave it a "6."

FINAL VERDICT: 6.8/10

Overall, this was a pretty good episode, despite the frustrating finish the temple run had. The Green Monkeys and the Silver Snakes were 1 and 2 all day long, until the tiebreaker where the Silver Snakes choked. Seriously, you would think "Atlantis" would be an obvious answer. Even the very first time I saw this episode, I knew the answer. You would think a team that outright swept the steps would get that no problem. Alas, the Green Monkeys ended up winning a trip to the temple and almost won. If only Jason didn't hesitate so much and take forever exiting. I'm not sure how much better the Silver Snakes would've fared, but I doubt they would've done a worse job. Either way, I still recommend this episode, especially if you're into Greek Mythology and actually like the temple run despite the outcome.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 06, 2013, 12:45:33 AM
Good choice of an episode to choose! Icarus was definitely an entertaining and good episode to watch through out. I am curious about the wet team shirts in the moat. It happened in Nostradamus too, but I don't think the players in Dolley Madison or Polynesian Girl had wet shirts before the moat start. The legend was good and interesting also. And I also very much enjoy legends about Green Mythology. Legends like this one and "Broken Trident" were very interesting choices for legends.

The Steps of Knowledge had the rare double sweep. This hardly happened at all on the show. The only other episode I recall was the "Mummified Hand" episode. The temple games were decent also, and it's always hilarious when a girl beats a guy in the individual games. The temple games pretty much pertained to the legend too, so they were decent. I always thought the final game was a little tricky to get those feathers to stick to the other player's feet. The tiebreaker question was kind of a fail. How did the Silver Snakes not now it was Atlantis for the answer? At least April answered it correctly. And I'd rather see a team who won their individual games over just their team game in the temple.

The temple run though pisses me off. Jason was so slow and was backtracking into the wrong directions. He had an easy temple layout and still managed to lose in the temple. -_- He was a mediocre player and couldn't even bring the Broken Wing out of the temple with almost a minute on the clock. His temple run literally ended behind Olmec. If he had just a couple of more seconds, they would've won. April looked kind of piss at the end of the run too. But still, it wasn't a terrible run and at least it was sort of a nailbiter at the end. I think a 6 is the best score to give this temple run.

Overall, good review and good choice for an episode. This is one of those episodes where everything about the episode is good except the temple run. Even then, the temple run is decent and memorable. My next episode? After reviewing "Alhambra", I am looking for a good episode. Looking at the highlighted list, I think "Nostradamus" and "Mummified Hand" are the next choices. Maybe I will do Nostradamus next.  :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 06, 2013, 01:03:47 AM
You should totally do Nostradamus next. :mrorange: What a coincidence that Nostradamus was filmed just before Icarus too. We'd be reviewing episodes filmed back to back! And after the abomination that was Alhambra, you owe it to yourself to review an awesome episode. :P It should rank high too, since it was very exciting the whole way through. Plus, you've been wanted to rank that episode for months now.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 06, 2013, 01:20:54 AM
Yeah, I haven't ranked many of the Orange Iguanas episodes yet, so I think Nostradamus would be a good start. Actually, all those episodes that day would be fun to cover. Dolley Madison and Polynesian Girl are very fun and solid episodes. So you can't go wrong with any episode that entire production day. My plan for the next three episodes: Nostradamus -> Mummified Hand -> Leonardo Da Vinci.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 06, 2013, 01:28:46 AM
I'm not sure which episodes I'm gonna rank next. I would love to do Dolley Madison, which is also from the same day as Icarus. I also wanted to do Billy the Kid somewhere down the road, and didn't you want to rank Very Tall Turban in this thread too? But, it's your turn to rank an episode, and I most look forward to Nostradamus as your next episode. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 06, 2013, 01:35:41 AM
I don't know about Ahmed Baba, I have finished it half-way through that episode for my player rankings and I almost literally fell asleep while watching it.  :o Seriously, the Green Monkeys were such a boring team and they barely won their team game in that episode. I know I am hard on that episode sometimes, but it really is a snore fest.  :o I will eventually cover that one down the road. But Nostradamus is the next one for sure.  :mrorange:

Dolley Madison is a great episode also. The Orange Iguanas were a fun team and this is literally the only good Orange Iguana episode ending in a loss next to "Blue Pearl". I think I might even use the temple run for this episode in my newly created "Does this temple run get a bad reputation" thread next.  :o
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 06, 2013, 02:25:57 AM
Wow, seriously? You almost fell asleep watching Ahmed Baba? :o It is a pretty boring episode, it's pretty much in the same tier as Snake Bracelet and Dr. Livingstone for episodes I forget are even a win due to how unexciting they are. You can take Nostradamus, and I'll review Dolley Madison sometime. I might even rank that one next after you finish with Nostradamus. Speaking of Blue Pearl, didn't you want to rank that episode too? I know you had that episode in mind months ago, but it hasn't been reviewed yet. I'll let you take that one too. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 07, 2013, 01:57:31 AM
And here is yet another episode review completed! We have been on a roll with them lately. I enjoyed doing this episode very much and it was definitely a welcome change to "Alhambra". The Orange Iguanas were a fun team to watch. Definitely my most favorite Iguana episode next to "Atocha". :mrorange:

THE LEVITATING DOG LEASH OF NOSTRADAMUS


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MOAT: 7/10


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The teams had to cross the moat by swinging across a rope and reaching the other side without falling into the water. The first player had to run out into the moat to grab the rope, give it to their partner, and then swing across. The second player would then have to cross the same way. The only team that got across the moat the first time without falling in were the Silver Snakes. Both the Orange Iguanas and Purple Parrots struggled immensely cross, but they were the third and fourth teams to make it respectively.

LEGEND: 7/10


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Nostradamus was the most well-known and famous astrologist and prophet of all time. He was able to predict many famous events, like the second World War and San Francisco earthquake. The Queen of France turned to Nostradamus one day because her dog went missing. Nostradamus told her that her dog was out being lead by a Levitating Dog Leash. The Queen of France found her dog and platted the entire Dog Leash in gold, and gave it to Nostradamus as a token of her gratitude. On the night that Nostradamus died, it boarded a ship to Olmec's temple...

This episode featured a very quirky and unusual artifact and legend. It was definitely interesting to listen to and Nostradamus is definitely a familiar figure to most people. The only lame part about this legend was the ending where the Levitating Dog Leash took a ship to Olmec's temple. What did I just hear? That part brought the legend down a little bit, but it was still an interesting view.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 9/10


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Both the Purple Parrots and Orange Iguanas were a smart team during this round. Only 6 questions were asked this whole round and both teams answered them correctly. The Purple Parrot boy was very impressive and he answered all three questions correctly without any of the answers being revealed! This had to be on of the fastest Steps rounds on the show, it was nice to see both teams dominate.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7.5/10

The temple games featured Elizabeth and Jason of the Orange Iguanas against Karen and Christopher of the Purple Parrots. Like any matchup that involves Orange-Purple, the Orange Iguanas came out on top victorious. It was frustrating to see the Iguanas constantly beat the Purple Parrots, but this was one of the better episodes of this color combination. The highlights of this episode was the dominance of Christopher of the Purple Parrots, enthusiasm of Elizabeth, and the tiebreaker at the very end where Orange wins. The overall performance of the temple games were fun and featured a good selection of temple games. Kirk was also having fun with the Nostradamus jokes too. :lol:

Temple Game #1 - Fountain of Forgetful Waters


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The first temple game was a luck-based game where Elizabeth and Karen had to put their plugs into one of the five correct holes in order to prevent water from squirting them. If a player is not squirted, then they will receive a point. The entire game was lucked-based and there was no sort of strategy involved at all. Orange Iguanas win the first game 3-2.

Temple Game #2 - Stars in the Sky


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Both the male players in this game had to jump up to the ceiling and stick a star at the top of the ceiling. The star had to stick at the top in order for it to count. The player that had the most stars at the top wins. I have to say, this temple game was awfully executed on the producers parts. Both players had trouble sticking the stars at the top because they kept getting tangled or knocked down when the players went up to the ceiling to grab a new star. Jason kind of struggled judging up to the ceiling though. Purple Parrots win this game 7-1.

Temple Game #3 - Pre-determined Paths


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In the final temple game, the both players on each team were on a trapeze and had to work together by transferring a ball from one player to the next. The second player had to grab the ball from their partner and put it into the bucket. The player that had the most balls at the end of 60 seconds would be the winner. This temple game came down to a tie, which forced a tiebreaker. This temple game is also memorable for the "Groundhog Day" reference made by Kirk too.

The final tiebreaker question was "Which of these did Nostradamus find for the Queen of France?" Elizabeth chimed in without any answers being revealed and said "her lost dog" as the correct answer. The Orange Iguanas enter Olmec's Temple with 1.5 pendants. :mrorange:


TEMPLE RUN: 8.5/10


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The Orange Iguanas didn't have many good temple runs, but this was probably one of their best wins next to "The Lucky Medallion of Atocha". Even though the temple layout was pretty simple, Elizabeth and Jason were still good players. Elizabeth's time in the temple was short-lived, but she made good progress and even pointed out the half-pendant for Jason. Jason was a solid contestant himself, and moved along the top of the temple at a good pace. When exiting the temple with the Levitating Dog Leash, he uses the Leash to reach the rope in the Pit of Despair. This was a very clever move and it actually saved him some time avoiding the Ledges. He definitely wouldn't have been able to reach the other side without the Leash and rope. He manages to pass through the gate and win with some time on the clock!

This temple run was definitely a memorable experience. Jason and Elizabeth were a good team, and their enthusiasm made this run more exciting. You might not be a big Orange Iguanas fan like me, but you got to love this temple win. Definitely one of their best wins on the show!

FINAL VERDICT: 7.8/10
This episode featured two strong and very fun teams to watch. The episode itself was very memorable and a good watch from the start to end. The highlights of this episode include the quirky legend, the very fast Steps of Knowledge, and the competitive temple games. The temple run was also a very well-earned win and Jason and Elizabeth were an outstanding team. I would definitely recommend this episode in a heartbeat, even if you are not a huge Orange Iguanas fan. This is probably one of their best episodes next to "Atocha". Don't miss this one at all. :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 07, 2013, 02:23:50 AM
Nostradamus was an awesome episode from beginning to end. I can definitely say this is my favorite Orange Iguanas victory next to Atocha. :mrorange: You're totally right about this being one of the very few Orange/Purple episodes I even like. Even though the Parrots choke yet again at the tiebreaker here, the Iguanas totally deserved it more. The Steps of Knowledge were yet another double sweep, just like Icarus was. That's something else having two consecutive double sweeps in a row. :lol: Enough has been said about the temple run except it was a solid performance. Especially for Jason's usage of pulling of the Pit rope over to him via the Dog Leash. This was also the only team victory the Orange Iguanas had.

Great review like always, I think I'll do Billy the Kid next. It's about time we get another Purple Parrot review in here, especially an episode with PP Pwnage! :mrpurple: And yes, we have been on a roll with these lately. Even if it means we're the only ones who are gonna be doing this. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 07, 2013, 12:27:50 PM
Billy the Kid is an excellent choice and I find that episode very memorable. The Purple Parrots could use more reviews anyways, even if there aren't many Purple Parrot episodes. :P I know that we have been the only two posting, but I have seen other people read them at least. And it is pretty much like that in the Player Rankings Thread too. :P

As for my next project, I will probably do Mummified Hand since I have been saying for ages that I would be doing that one. Then I am going to knock out a couple of the forgettable episodes from S1. Maybe Stone Marker since I watched it recently due to Keeli's interview. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 07, 2013, 03:54:53 PM
What about Blue Pearl? Didn't you want to do that one too when you first started this thread? I would love to do Billy the Kid next, I should have it done later today. I'll probably do Belshazzar after that, since I've seen that one recently.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 07, 2013, 10:12:56 PM
Okay here it is, my review on "The Snakeskin Boots of Billy the Kid." :mrpurple:

THE SNAKESKIN BOOTS OF BILLY THE KID



MOAT: 7/10



The moat crossing for this episode involved the contestants crawling under a series of inner tubes. I always liked these moats, even if they did take a while, and it was a creative moat. It looked hard to do though, imagine Gareth or Kristen from Lucky Pig trying to maneuver through that. :shock:

LEGEND: 8/10



The legend revolves around the mean spirited Billy the Kid, who would shoot people for snoring too loud and shoot around peoples feet just to see them dance. He even killed over 21 men, one for each year Billy the Kid lived! One day, he was looking for trouble in Lincoln, Nebraska, and found it in an encounter with Pat Garrett. None of Garrett's posse wanted to fight Billy, so he ended up going alone. When Garrett rode back into town, he was wearing Billy the Kid's snakeskin boots. The boots were kept by the sheriff until Billy died. I liked this legend a lot, I always like legends that have to do with the Wild Wild West. It could've been a little more detailed, but it was still an interesting legend.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



Tony swept the steps for the Purple Parrots and were on the final step in a heartbeat. The Green Monkeys eventually joined them, after a total of 8 questions were asked in this round. All in all, it was a decent round. There weren't many wrong answers, which is always good.

TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10



This was an awesome round and a great sequence of games used. In the first game, Tony and Adam had to put balls between their feet, and swing out and drop the balls in a 3x3 grid. Tony ended up beating Adam 6-4. In the second game, Kelly and Stacy had to climb up Billy the Kid's horse while water spits at them. Kelly was a BEAST in her game. She climbed up the horse/slanted log in a very quick fashion and never touched the ground once. Seriously, she climbed that thing like it was nothing. Stacy on the other hand, sucked at the game. Kelly had turned the head around 3 times before Stacy even touched the head at all. In the end, Kelly beats Stacy 5-1. In the final game, the teams had to knock over the columns/posse by using cannonballs and a slingshot. Kirk was so annoying in this game. It was like he WANTED the Green Monkeys to come from behind and go to the temple with 1 pendant. He literally says three times in this game "If the Green Monkey win, we go to a tiebreaker." Stop bringing the Parrots down, Kirk. -_- At the end of the game, both teams knocked over 2 columns, each earning them a full pendant. But, Purple ends up winning a trip to the temple by winning 2 full pendants!

TEMPLE RUN: 8/10



The Purple Parrot were such a strong team all day, and it showed in the temple run. Kelly was removed from the temple very quickly, being removed in the Laser Light Room with 2:12 remaining. Tony absolutely blazed through the bottom floor, and even picked up the Boots with 52 seconds remaining. Tony delayed quite a bit exiting the temple, but THAT SHOULD NOT detract from his progress, nor does it make him a bad player at all. With 5 seconds left on the clock, the Purple Parrots at long last score their first ever victory. And let's get real here, they should've won a long time ago. There are a number of episodes that would've been wins if Purple went to the temple instead.

FINAL VERDICT: 8/10

Can you say PP Pwnage? :mrpurple: The Purple Parrots were first in the moat, swept the Steps of Knowledge, earned 2 pendants, and won! Very few teams can say they've accomplished this, and Kelly and Tony were by far the strongest team on the whole show. Also, I don't understand the hate for this win at all. Everyone seems to hate this win and calls it undeserved just because the layout was too easy and just because of Tony's exit plan. Just because Tony makes one little mistake, doesn't make him a terrible player. Yes Jason from Icarus did the same thing, but he sucked the whole time he was in the temple. Tony only made one mistake at the end, and at least he knew what he was doing. I don't understand why people compare this win to "Robin Hood and Marian's Ladder" and call it the "Silk Ladder of Season 2." And that this team only got a win handed to them on a silver platter just because they had zero objectives. I don't know why people call this run "rigged" and a mediocre performance. If Shane gets showered with praise just because he entered 9 rooms, and Joel gets praised for scaling the whole central shaft, Tony should get praised too. Plus, I like Billy the Kid much better than Ahmed Baba and Babe the Ox. I thought this win was very exciting and very memorable the whole way through and it's by far the most underrated win ever. If it's any win that doesn't get any credit at all and doesn't get praised enough, it's this one. On a more shallow note, does anyone else think Kelly looks like Kimmy Gibbler from Full House? I always thought so, especially in the picture above when her and Tony are celebrating their win. :P Overall, I definitely recommend this episode, whether you're a Parrot fan or not.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 08, 2013, 01:05:35 AM
Billy the Kid was another classic S2 episode and every Purple Parrots fans favorite episode too. I like the Babylonian moat crossing also. If Garrett or Kristen used that moat, the rings would probably fall from the ceiling.  :shock: The legend for this episode was pretty mature compared to the other legends on the show. Especially when it talks about killing and death. And Billy the Kid was such an interesting name that you want to listen to the legend.  :mrpurple:

The Purple Parrots were also very dominant in this episode, which is a nice change for once. They got their very first Steps of Knowledge sweep by Tony. The Green Monkeys were not match for Kelly and Tony either. I definitely remember Kelly's dominance in her individual game because no other contestant owned it like she did. I mean this same temple game was used in "Iron Nose Ring", and the final score in that one was like 2-1. But 5-1? That is amazing. And Kirk can be such a troll sometimes in the temple games. He is either too blunt sometimes or gets carried away with his lovefest for another team. I am glad though that the Purple Parrots got the tie and didn't force another tiebreaker. It would've been awesome if they won that team game alone and swept the steps. Then they would've had back-to-back temple game sweeps!  :mrpurple:

And I can't believe anyone would ever give the temple run a hard time. It was a very exciting and memorable win. The temple layout was simple, but it was also very exciting and the ending came down to the wire. It was also very fun to actually watch the Purple Parrots win in the temple for the first time! This win is definitely not "Silk Ladder" :roll:  material at all like some people compared it to. The Purple Parrots earned, and they did it in dominating fashion.

I agree with your final score too. I find this episode to be pretty underrated and people don't appreciate it that much because the players didn't face a "Mussel-Shell Armor" type layout. I actually find this to be an exciting and one of the Purple Parrots best episodes. I like "Freydis" a little better, but this one still ranks up there. I am sure this is your longest write-up yet too. :P But it was probably worth it, considering "Billy the Kid" was one of your all time favorite episodes. It is also one of my all time favorites too.  :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 08, 2013, 01:17:20 AM
Yeah, people just don't appreciate this win just because it wasn't a Mussel Shell Armor layout. I don't understand how anyone can say this win was boring and/or undeserved. Nor can I understand why everyone seems to hate it. I thought it was very exciting and MUCH more memorable than say.... Very Tall Turban. I mean, Shane gets praised for adding extra rooms to his path and everybody loves him. But Tony has a less than stellar exit plan and he's a bad player? It just doesn't make sense to me. And yeah, Kirk's commentary can be rather annoying sometimes. Especially when he'd say things like "Oh, you almost had it, but you just had to slide down at the last second." Basically rubbing it in their face that the said player lost the game.

And I didn't even realize this was my longest write up yet. :o Maybe it's because I had a lot to say about what an exciting and great run this was in the final verdict. :P But it was definitely worth it, this was a great episode. The Purple Parrots dominated this whole episode, and they really deserved their win in the end. In my opinion, I like it better when a team dominates everything rather than a team that barely wins each round.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 08, 2013, 01:25:42 AM
Your episode review makes me want to write-up one for "Catherine the Great" since its my all time favorite episode on Legends for my favorite team color. I definitely won't write a review for that one now and save it for a later time when we are need of a good review. But yeah, I get carried away with my episode reviews too if the episode in general is good. :P And I would definitely take Billy the Kid over Ahmed Baba anyday. It reminds me of a thread I just recently read where everyone was calling Tarrah, Tiffani, Paula (which was accurate), and Mitchell (which was accurate too) overrated. Someone even said that Shane didn't deserve criticism because he handled all those objectives. Makes me think he is even more overrated. :roll:

My next project I am going to post tomorrow will most likely be "Mummified Hand". And after that, I want to knock a couple of the forgettable episodes out since I'd rather get the out of the way. I am thinking Stone Marker and Mata Hari would be the next ones.  ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 08, 2013, 02:25:16 AM
Yeah, I remember that thread. Where everyone called Shane an "amazing" player and how he had "the hardest layout in the shows history" and that his run was so groundbreaking and breath taking. I echo your sentiments that all that praise Shane gets makes him even more overrated and makes me dislike the run even more. But Tony is just a bad person just because he makes one little mistake at the end. :roll:

And you should totally review Catherine the Great next! I have that episode screencapped with the Nickelodeon logo too. I could PM you some screencaps for you to use to illustrate your review even more. ;) But you should definitely stick to your review of Mummified Hand next. When it's my turn again, I'll review Belshazzar next. It'll be interesting to see how Mata Hari ranks too when you get to that.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 09, 2013, 01:51:23 AM
Well, here is my review for "Mummified Hand" after saying for months that I would complete it. It was a pretty interesting episode, and I enjoyed it for the most part. I will let the write-up explain the rest. :P

THE MUMMIFIED HAND OF THE EGYPTIAN KING


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MOAT: 6/10


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The moat featured on this production day and was a pretty tough challenge for the teams. The teams had to cross the moat by standing on the lilypad and pull themselves across using the vines on the ceiling. If they touched the lilypad with their knees or fall into the water, they had to start over again. Slowly each of the four teams made it across the moat. Considering how tough this moat was, it wasn't surprising to see it longer than usual.

LEGEND: 3/10


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Pharaoh Khufu (Egyptian King) was one of the greatest Egyptian rulers of his time, and was the individual responsible for building the Great Pyramid at Giza. According to legend, he didn't like the color of the pyramid and dismissed his Master Builder. The Master Builder uttered a curse to Khufu stating that his hand will drop off his body and HE will never rest until he finds it. Centuries later, two grave robbers named Achmed and Nachmed enter King Khufu's tomb and clumsy Nachmed knocks over kHUFU'S coffin. Nachmed tried to give Khufu a "hand" but the King's hand came off and Nachmed ran off with it. Some say that King Khufu is still looking for his hand to this day...

This was one of the lamest and worst legends ever used on the show. The entire plot used for the legend felt like it came from an episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark?". The legend is hardly believable and the voice acting used IT for so lame. And don't get me started on the names Achmed and Nachmed. Those names were pretty racist considering both of the grave robbers were Egyptians. Although not as bad as Ring Ling and Wing Ding in the "Imperial Wizard" legend. Overall, this was a bad legend and I am shocked they even used a hand as an artifact.  :shock:

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10


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Not much to say about this Steps of Knowledge round, except for that it was very quick. Only six questions were asked altogether and they were both answered correctly by the Blue Barracudas and Green Monkeys. The Green Monkey boy in general was very smart and answered all the questions for his team.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10

The temple games featured Maggie, who liked to play basketball, and Josh, who liked to play drums, of the Blue Barracudas facing Alexandra, who wanted to be a Vet, and CJ, who liked traveling back and forth to Guyana. The featured temple games pertained mostly to Olmec's legend about the Great Pyramid at Giza and mummies. In the end, the Blue Barracudas beat the Green Monkeys 1.5-0.5.

Temple Game #1 - Knock Over Mummies


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In the first temple game, the male contestants had to knock over the mummies on their opponents side of the line with the giant boulder. At the same time though, they had to make sure their mummies weren't knock down. The player with the most mummies remaining would be the winner. The temple game was very close, but the Blue Barracudas won with a score of 1-0.

Temple Game #2 - Steal the Treasure


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In this temple game, the girls had to run under a large boulder and collect various treasures. They must not get hit by the boulder or else they would be forced to start over again. The player with the most treasures collected would be the winner. Alexandra of the Green Monkeys was able to collect all four pieces of treasure with no problem. She got lucky on her last treasure where her boulder shifted left and gave her a clear opening to her bucket. With Green winning, but players had 0.5 pendants a piece going into the final temple game.

Temple Game #3 - Build the Pyramid of Giza


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The final temple game had the teams strapped to a wall. On one side of the wall, the player must collect a boulder and throw it over their head. On the other side, their partner must collect the boulder and throw it into their team's bin. The temple game required team work though and if one player moves too soon, then the other player might not have a chance to complete their task. The Blue Barracudas were more synchronized during this temple game and won with a score 4-2.

TEMPLE RUN: 6.5/10


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The temple run is pretty infamous for a mishap that occurred during the beginning of the run. When Maggie was in the Pit of the Pendulum, as she was swinging to knock over the column in the center, her Pendant of Life comes off her hand somehow in the Pit. When she enters the Tomb of the Headless Kings, she encounters her first temple guard. When she realizes that her Pendant of Life is gone though, Josh immediately runs off into the temple. Somehow Josh is able to find Maggie's lost Pendant in the Pit.

He decides to take a different path than Maggie. With 1.5 pendants on hand, he uses the upper floor of the temple. Along the way, he encounters a temple guard in the Room of the Ancient Warriors and has one of the fastest Silver Monkey assemblies on the show. However, his run ended in triple capture when he entered the Room of the Secret Password. Even after finding Maggie's Pendant, the team still encountered all three guards. Because Josh took the upper route, he missed the half-pendant in the Chamber of the Sacred Markers. Now, before you say it was dumb for Josh to take a different route with less than 2 pendants, you can't really blame him for it if you think about it. The upper floor was a shorter route for Josh and with a full pendant in his hand and one temple guard out of the way, you can't fully expect to encounter that third guard. But still, this outcome would've been avoided if he sticked to Maggie's path. Overall, this temple run was pretty memorable for the Pendant dropping quirk and for Josh carrying more than one full Pendant. The team itself wasn't bad, but the outcome was pretty disappointing. Not much they could've done to win with this tough layout either.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.9/10
"Mummified Hand" was an interesting episode to watch for sure, but the overall quality was just average. The Green Monkeys and Blue Barracudas were good teams from the double sweep at the steps to the Blue Barracudas temple run performance. The one thing that hurts this episode's score the most was the lame and nonsensical legend. The overall plot felt like it came from some old B-rated horror movie or something that came out of Nickelodeon's very own "Are You Afraid of the Dark?". The producers must've been desperate for an episode plot because this legend was among the worst that was used on the show. The temple run was pretty quirky too from the Pendant drop to the disappointing outcome. You can't really blame the loss on the players either way since they put up a good effort. This episode is definitely worth your time, but don't expect to take it seriously in some parts. It definitely is also worth rewatching too from time to time. Definitely keep an eye out for this one.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 09, 2013, 02:09:40 AM
Mummified Hand was an interesting episode. Definitely worth a rewatch, even though the episode is pretty average. The legend was beyond ridiculous, it sounded like it came from a cheesy horror film. And what kind of name is Nachmed and Khufu? :roll: You can definitely tell the legend hrurt the overall score. The temple games were a decent round, but Kirk was just downright annoying. After he asks if the teams are ready, Kirk sarcastically replies "Oh yeah, me too!" Which goes back to my previous point of annoying commentary I mentioned in my Billy the Kid review. Also, right when the Blue Barracudas win the final temple game, there's this strange voiceover where Kirk says "Great teamwork guys!" And then he says something like "I had rocks in my mouth" afterward. Oh Kirk. -_-

The temple run is an infamous one, and I certainly don't blame Maggie for dropping her pendant. The elastic on the pendant probably rubbed off her weird when she was trying to get back on the platform. Methinks it was Maggie and Josh's plan to stick to the top floor all along, but Maggie just couldn't get back. Such a shame, both seemed like pretty good players. And I always thought it was a mistake for Josh to abandon Maggie's bottom floor path. It may have been time consuming, but at least he would've found the half pendant and then the triple capture wouldn't have happened. But I do agree that nobody can really except to get triple captured in that situation. Plus, with an artifact in the Dark Forest, and a lengthy path no matter which route they took, victory was slim anyways.

Overall, great review. :mrblue: This episode probably would've scored higher if it wasn't for that stupid legend. As for me, I'm probably gonna rank Belshazzar next. Which I believe was paired up with Mummified Hand back in the pre production order Nick Gas days. I might do Cosa Rara somewhere down the road too, now THAT had a ridiculous legend.

EDIT: PS, Josh ran into a temple guard in the Room of the Ancient Warriors, NOT the Shrine. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 09, 2013, 12:31:55 PM
Yeah, I noticed Kirk was a little annoying during the temple games too.  :P In addition to his sarcasm, he also made some snarky comment to the Green Monkey boy after their first temple game. And the "I had rocks in my mouth" quote made no sense at all either. I am assuming it was a reference to the team game, but it was still out of place. -_- I also finally realized that this episode had the introduction where both Kirk and Olmec spoke a little French. I was looking forever for the episode that happened in. :P The legend was definitely what brought the score down for the episode the most. Horror-themed legends really don't work well on this show and come off a little childish. Although I do think Khufu was actually a real historical Pharaoh, but the names Achmed/Nachmed were definitely made up.  :oops:

And I could never understand how people could the whole Pendant drop against Maggie. It's not like she was thinking "Let me drop my Pendant in the temple so I can be taken out as soon as possible." When she encountered her guard in the Tomb of the Ancient Kings, you can tell she is even surprised her pendant was gone. As for Josh, he should've stayed on the bottom floor of the temple. But he probably would've been forced up the central shaft anyways. That temple layout was very lengthy though and if the team stayed on the bottom floor, they had no prayer in reaching the Mummified Hand. Too bad, but that whole Pendant drop is what screwed up everything. Still, I find this episode better than most triple captures on the show. And I fixed the Shrine/Ancient Warrior mistake for Josh too. ;)

And have fun with Belshazzar. It will definitely be an awkward episode to rank due to the layout change and being one of the first episodes taped ever. If I ranked that episode, I probably would've been a little more generous towards it than usual. Same with Dead Man's Hand too. I am thinking of doing "Mata Hari" next because I am interested in how the temple games will hurt the episode's overall score. And have fun with "Cosa Rara", you know I hate that one. :P The legend in that one is definitely worse than "Mummified Hand" and very laughable. It was probably the worse legend on the show next to Snow Cone.  :roll:  :shock:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 09, 2013, 03:51:29 PM
Yeah, Maggie did look surprised that her pendant was gone. She probably didn't feel or see the pendant fly off her. The elastic on the pendant just rubbed off weird, like I said above. Good thing Josh found the pendant though, he must've seen it fly off her wrist. And yeah, Belshazzar isn't a bad episode at all, and it should be interesting to rank with all the first episode quirks. I don't think many of the rounds will rank low at all, not even the temple run, which had a ridiculous dead end. It had almost the same path as Blackbeard, only this team made MUCH better progress than Sabrina did.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 09, 2013, 10:23:34 PM
Here's my review of "The Golden Cup of Belshazzar." It's about time we get another Red Jaguar episode in the mix. :P

THE GOLDEN CUP OF BELSHAZZAR



MOAT: 6/10



In this moat, the players had to use "King Tut's Staff" to pull themselves across the moat while kneeling on a raft. Once they crossed, the players had to put the staff on the raft, in which the second player reeled it in so they could cross the same way. I personally like this moat, sure it was too easy, but I thought it was a neat idea to use for a moat. The moat round in this particular episode though, wasn't too exciting. It was like almost all the teams were taking their sweet time just getting across.

LEGEND: 6/10



The legend was about Belshazzar, who was being told a fortune by a guy named Daniel. The fortune revealed that Belshazzar was a thief, and that his empire was about to be destroyed. It should also be noted that Belshazzar stole "his" Golden Cup from a Jerusalem temple, so he was in complete denial about being a thief. Infuriated by this revelation, Belshazzar kicked Daniel out. As it turns out though, the writings on the wall (where Daniel told the fortune), were true, and the Persians surprise attacked Babylon. Pretty decent legend in my opinion. Most fortune telling legends *coughGoldenPepperonicough* tend to be lame, but this legend was good at not drifting into ridiculous territory.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 5/10



I didn't like this round honestly. It seemed like every team was getting a wrong answer, and two questions had to be thrown out. The Red Jaguars eventually got to the final step first, with the Purple Parrots following suit not long after.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10



The temple games were a great match, and featured some close competition between the Red Jaguars and the Purple Parrots. In the first game, Sean and Keith had to attach a sign to their shirts, climb up the cage/mine shaft and spell out "Corrupt Babylon will fall." Both guys were VERY fast in spelling out the message, but Keith just barely edged out Sean and finished the game with 25 seconds left. In the second game, Katherine and Leslie had to climb up the ramp and pull down three water buckets. It was another neck and neck match and both girls moved very quickly in the process. In the end, Katherine won the game with 18 seconds left on the clock. In the third game, the teams used the oh so tired up and down pulley game by putting Babylon back together. This was done by putting rings on a poll, a method that was used a lot in Season 1. While it was a close match between both teams before this game, the Purple Parrots blew their load big time here. They couldn't get a good rhythm down all game and could only get two rings on the poll. The Red Jaguars on the other hand, got all 8 of their rings on the poll, finishing the game with 9 seconds left on the clock. Which earned them a full pendant and a trip to the temple. Overall, this was a neck and neck round until the Parrots' humiliating defeat in the third game, where the Jaguars beat them 8-2. Oh well, at least the Purple Parrots scored the first ever half pendant of life. And all three games ended just before time ran out, which is a pretty impressive feat. Also, is it me, or does Leslie look like Karisa from Enormous Feather? :shock: They look so much alike, only Leslie is shorter.

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10



We now go from Layout 1 of the Season 1 temple, to Layout 5. So instead of the Wall Climb, the Throne Room, and the Room of the Golden Idols in place, we get the Wheel Room/Troubled Bridge, the Room of Harmonic Convergence, and the dreaded Treasure Room instead. And this temple run here featured a cruel dead end and a VERY difficult layout. After encountering some bad luck in the Room of Harmonic Convergence, Katherine had to go all the way back to the Cave and up the top floor of the temple. When she reaches the Treasure Room, she's removed from the temple with 54 seconds remaining. Sean just couldn't make up for lost time. He eventually makes it to the Treasure Room, where the chest doesn't open AGAIN, and his time runs out there. I'm pretty sure the Room of Harmonic Convergence was NOT supposed to be a dead end. When Katherine tries one of the steps, you can here the "objective completed' noise, but no doors open. I doubt the production crew would ever make a layout this hard, nor would they make the team do all that backtracking. What rotten luck, it's always a shame when production errors cause teams to lose. And Katherine and Sean seemed like a good team, they were just stuck with a difficult layout.

FINAL VERDICT: 6/10

This was a very quirky episode. From the layout change, to the devilishly difficult layout. You can definitely tell THIS was the first episode ever recorded. It featured the "King Tut's Staff" moat, Kirk delivers his utterly cheesy "Actually, it's Olmec's temple" and "return to its rightful owner" lines, and the teams are wearing black water shorts instead of their khaki shorts in the temple games. Also, Katherine and Leslie are NOT wearing their colored windbreaker jackets for the water bucket temple game they did. Maybe the jackets were a late shipment? Since the teams in Galileo's Cannonball and Dead Man's Hand were wearing their colored jackets in their respective episodes. It would also make sense that the temple run was pushed back to Layout 5 since filming was running so late that the kids were too exhausted to run through the temple. Furthermore, Kirk said in his radio interview that the first episode ever recorded took 18 hours to film. And they only filmed that one episode, being this one. There was also no pilot ever filmed according to Kirk, so Blackbeard couldn't have been "the pilot episode." Just because Blackbeard was labeled "Episode 1" doesn't make it "the first episode ever recorded." First episode edited maybe, but not the first recorded at all. That honor goes to Belshazzar, who's pre temple rounds were filmed in Layout 1, where as Blackbeard's entire episode was filmed in Layout 5. As for the episode itself, I still recommend it. Especially for all its early episode quirkiness, and competitive temple game rounds.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 09, 2013, 11:18:28 PM
Belshazzar was definitely one of the most bizarre Legends episodes on the show from the temple layout switch to the very early S1 quirks. This was definitely the first episode produced on the show and took 18 hours to complete. It had to be because the episode featured some very weird edits that was only in the first couple of episodes of S1 and the temple run was taped in a different layout. As for the episode itself, it was pretty average and uneventful. But you can't expect much from the first episode ever produced. I do like the "Pharaoh Staff" moat in S1, it was probably the most creative moat they used all season. Which is ironic, considering this was the first moat ever used. :P

The producers also chose to open the show with a very weird choice of a legend. But at least it sounded serious, which the very first episode should use as a legend. The temple games were pretty quirky too. We hear the "Find one of the Golden Cups" and the "bring it back to its rightful owner" line. Really? How many Golden Cups were in existence? And isn't Belshazzar dead? No wonder they didn't use it after Dead Man's Hand. :roll: The temple games featured the usual from S1. The first temple game was great because the Purple Parrots and Red Jaguars boy were both close in competition. Even though the Purple Parrots won the first ever half-pendant, the Red Jaguars won the first ever full pendant.  :mrred:  :mrred:  :mrred:  :mrred:

I am glad you gave Sean and Katherine a good score in the temple, because I would've gave them that exact score. That layout was very unfair and brutal. They definitely weren't bad players at all, they got stuck with a crappy layout. Katherine moved fast in the temple and hit a deadend in the Room of Harmonic Convergence. She had to backtrack all the way to the Gargoyles Room and use the top floor of the temple because none of the doors would open from the Harmonic Convergence. She gets taken out in the Treasure Room. Sean made his way to the Treasure Room, but it was unclear if the useless Treasure Chest ever opened. Too bad, if this team had any other tmple layout, they would've had more success. Even the lowly Blackbeard layout they would've done better in.

Overall, good episode score and I think it is reasonable given the circumstances the Red Jaguars had to (first episode ever, layout change, brutal temple layout). I wouldn't expect a high quality episode from the first ever episode produced, and I definitely agree with this score overall.  :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 09, 2013, 11:28:37 PM
Yeah, I'm glad they did away with the "return to its rightful owner" line. It just sounded so cheesy and lame, same with the "Actually, it's Olmec's temple" bit. Thanks Kirk, we wouldn't have guessed it was Olmec's temple if you didn't tell us. I also liked the "King Tut's Staff" moat, imagine if King Tut's Cobra Staff took place in Layout 1. It would be an interesting coincidence. :lol:

And yeah, an overall score of "6" is reasonable for this episode. While it's very quirky and bizarre, it's rather uneventful at the same time. Though it's much more eventful than say.... Stone Marker, which I believe you wanted to review next. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 10, 2013, 02:42:31 PM
Speaking of "Stone Marker", I just finished my review for it. Yeah, there is literally nothing memorable about this episode at all. No wonder it won the "Most Forgettable Episode Ever" title.  :o

THE STONE MARKER OF LEIF ERICSON


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MOAT: 4/10


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This moat crossing was pretty pathetic. The first player had to paddle across the moat on a log raft. Once they reached the other side, their partner had to cross with the ropes tied to the top and bottom of the pole. The Silver Snakes were very pathetic in this moat. By the time three teams already chimed in for the next round, the Silver Snake player paddling just makes it to the other. -_- You could even see the player struggling to swim across. Really? Even I would've made it across without that much trouble. Eventually, the last team made it across in an very uneventful moat round.

LEGEND: 6/10


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500 years before Christopher Columbus, a fierce Viking named Leif Ericson and his longship battled a ferocious storm in the Atlantic Ocean. The waves attacked the boat violently, and the crew paddled where their oars hit the water. Leif's father, Eric the Red, knew that he would be worried about his son and the violent storm kept pushing his crew further away from their destination. By then, Ericson did not know where they were. As lightning lit the sky, Ericson pointed to the West and found land. When the storm subsided, Ericson came upon land filled with trees. He called it "Forest Land", but today it is called America. He carved a Stone Marker so he could return to the land with other Vikings, but no one ever returned...

Not much to say about the legend. It was pretty much a history legend taken right out of your Word History textbook in Middle School.  I expected something a little more exciting for a legend about a Viking, but neverthless it was a pretty detailed legend about the discovery of America.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10


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There were a lot of questions asked in this Steps of Knowledge, but that was because all of the teams were chiming in and giving correct answers. The Red Jaguars were the last team to answer a question correctly, but the first team to move onto the temple games. The only other memorable moment was the Purple Parrot player falling down while trying to answer one of the questions.

TEMPLE GAMES: 4/10

The temple games featured the Eric Anderson, who played defender in soccer, and Kelly Anderson, who loved to smile of the Blue Barracudas. Meanwhile, the Red Jaguars featured Keeli, who loved to play on computers, and Chris, who was a second degree green belt in Karate. Note that the Blue Barracudas players both share the same last name and age. It is unknown whether the two players were related though. In general, the temple games were pretty unexciting and there was little competition at all. One player from both teams dominated their individual game.

Temple Game #1 - Raggin the Dragon


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During Leif Ericson's time, the bowels of Vikings' ships contained decorations of ferocious beasts like dragons. During this temple game, Keeli and Kelly had to climb the wall and take off pieces of the dragon decoration. Once they take off all of the pieces of the dragon, they had to climb back down to the bottom. Kelly was the more dominant player in this temple game and had most of the dragon disassembled before Keeli start working on hers. She won the first half-pendant for the Blue Barracudas.

Temple Game #2 - Build a Stone Home


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Chris and Eric had to build a house of their own by digging through a quarry for rocks and climbing to the top of the quarry to place their rocks. The player that had the most rocks at the end of 60 seconds would be the winner. Chris was the more dominant player in this temple game and won with a score of 5-2.

Temple Game #3 - Traveling Vikings


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The Vikings use to travel all the time between Finland and Greenland. In this temple game, the players had to help the Vikings travel from Finland to Greenland. One player had to grab the Viking doll from their partner's head while the other player had to grab the Viking doll and put it into their team's bucket. The player with the most dolls would be the winner. Unlike the last two games, this temple game was very close and the Blue Barracudas were actually leading at one time. But the Red Jaguars pulled ahead and got all 5 dolls into their bin to gain the rights to Olmec's temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 5/10


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Season One had some inconsistent layers where the temple run featured either an easy or brutal layout. The Red Jaguars in this episode featured a brutal layout. In fact, their temple layout was exactly a cookie cutter of the one used in "The Paintbrush of Leonardo Da Vinci". Keeli started in the Room of the Three Gargoyles, but after not trying all three tongues, she was forced down into the Wheel Room. After completing the Wheel Room and Room of Harmonic Convergence, she meets a rare and one-time only temple guard in the Bamboo Forest that apparently scared her a lot. The Bamboo Forest was a deadend for Keeli though and she was forced to retreat back to the Harmonic Convergence and forced up the central shaft. In the Observatory, she encounters her second temple guard and lets out a earth shattering scream! :o Chris follows Keeli's steps, but he doesn't have enough time to make anymore progress.

Not much to say about this temple run except the producers expected too much from these kids. It's a shame that they had to reuse the exact same temple layout from the production day before it. It didn't help though that Keeli never tried all 3 tongues in the Gargoyle Room. There was literally nothing that happened in this temple run though. The Red Jaguars weren't a bad team though, they got caught up in a brutal and time-consuming dead end.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.0/10
"Stone Marker" is one of the most forgettable Legends episodes on the show. In fact, it won the title "Most Forgettable Legends Episode Ever" in a competition that was held in the Temple Games forum. It was just an average episode in every sense and most likely you won't even know this episode exists because there is nothing to talk about. Every round was just average and there is not even a noteworthy detail to point out. You should definitely watch this episode for the sake of completion. Other than that, this was a boring and uneventful. You wouldn't miss anything by not watching it at all.

On another note though, there has been a recent interview with Keeli of the Red Jaguars on the internet. Some highlights of her interview include how she had to start her temple run over a few times and how she thought her partner Chris was stupid. Definitely worth a read if you have watched this episode.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: GreenMonkeys#1 on June 10, 2013, 03:11:42 PM
Stone Marker wasn't a win ;)

But yeah, this is the most forgettable Legends episode after all. I forget it exists 3/4 of the times. The only time Legends was brought up in the news, Keeli had to talk smack about it. I mean, if you search up Legends of the Hidden Temple on Google or Bing, one of the first things you see is Keeli's interview and right on top, it says "It Sucked" :roll:. Keeli should get sentenced to Golden Cricket Cage for life.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 10, 2013, 06:13:41 PM
Stone Marker has got to be the most forgettable episode ever. The only thing I remember about it is the Blue Barracudas sharing the same last name, and Keeli's ear shattering screams when she got taken out of the temple. I also remember Keeli's interview on how she said her experience on the show "sucked." Keep in mind though how young these kids were when they signed up for the show. And Keeli was on the show in Season 1, where the whole season in general was frustrating and a hassle to produce. I'm sure participating in a day long show and having to restart your temple run three times was very frustrating. You really can't blame her for thinking "it sucked."
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 10, 2013, 06:37:06 PM
And I am sure Keeli enjoyed her experience overall. After all, it seemed like she was having fun throughout the whole episode. I mean, she couldn't contain herself when the team went onto the temple games. :P And yeah, it was probably a frustrating experience for the S1 kids. They were all pre-teens or teenagers that were forced to spend an entire day in a studio with kids that they most likely don't know. And having to restart the temple run three times would frustrate any person too. The only part I found that was kind of unnecessary was her calling Chris "stupid". The kid was only 11 years old and he won his individual game for that team. But still, I am sure Keeli was glad to be a part of the experience on the show. Every other Legends interview had the player's loving their experience. :P

And for my next project, I am going to do "Mata Hari". Now that will be an interesting one to do.  :o I am kind of glad that I got "Stone Marker" out of the way, which means one less boring and average episode I have to worry about. But Season 1 is still filled with ones that need to be covered - Hannibal, Golden Chains, Joan of Arc, Lost Logbooks, Dead Man's Hand, Amelia Earhart, and Leonardo Da Vinci are more average episodes that need to be covered. Not to worry though, they will be covered eventually. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 10, 2013, 06:41:20 PM
For my next project, I'm gonna do "Cosa Rara." This one will be interesting to review, especially for that stupid legend and temple run. I don't even think it's gonna get past a 5.0 rating. :roll: I should have it up by tonight.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 10, 2013, 06:48:57 PM
Nope, I can't even see "Cosa Rara" making it past a 5 either. The legend was insanely bad and the temple run was very disappointing. Every other round too was just plain average. Although the temple games were sort of interesting I will admit. But they are still dumb when you compare them to the plot of the episode. :roll:

After "Mata Hari", I might want to do "Catherine the Great". I might actually use PPF's screenshots because I literally don't need to watch the episode to cover it. I know everything by heart and I need something good to review after sitting through Mummified Hand, Stone Marker, and Mata Hari. Either "Catherine the Great" or "Queen Boadicea" will be my second project. But I will save Boadicea for a later time because I don't want to use up all the good Red Jaguar episodes. ;)  :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 10, 2013, 11:36:04 PM
Here it is, my review on "The Plumed Headdress of Cosa Rara."

THE PLUMED HEADDRESS OF COSA RARA



MOAT: 3/10



In this moat, the players had to work together and cross a bunch of "Ancient Babylonian wheels." This particular round was just terrible. It was heavily edited because the teams struggled to get across. It was one of those moat crossings where the first three teams are waiting for a fourth team member and it takes forever. It came down to the Red Jaguars, the Orange Iguanas, and the Purple Parrots and nobody was making it across. Eventually, the Red Jaguars took the 4th place slot.

LEGEND: 1/10



The legend centers around King Ludwig II, who built three castles, one that had a large dining room that could sit one hundred people. The King however, only set the table for two, one for himself, and one for Cosa Rara.... his horse. Ludwig gave Cosa Rara a plumed headdress as a gift, but it disappeared when Ludwig was declared mentally insane, and rightfully so. This has got to be.... the worst legend I have ever heard in all 120 episodes on the show. You thought The Snow Cone of Mt. Kilimanjaro legend was nonsensical and ridiculous? This one was even worse, I mean a conversation with a HORSE?! Poorest excuse of a legend ever, talk about asinine. -_-

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



If it's any consolation, the Steps of Knowledge round was decent. The Green Monkeys were first to finish, and the Blue Barracudas joined them second. Nothing much to say here really.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10



The temple games were a decent match actually. The the first game, Jessica and Mary had to stay on the spinning horse for as long as possible. Mary was very strong in this game and didn't budge even once. Jessica on the other hand, was pathetic. She was loose and barely hanging on the entire game. She eventually fell off the horse with 19 seconds remaining, giving Mary the half pendant for her team. In the second game, Justin and Danny had to take a Merlin, climb up the totem pole, and stick it up to the top squares. Justin put all four Merlins on the top of his pole with 24 seconds remaining, tying up the pendant scores. The third game was the common giant steps game, where the teams had to pull each other up each step, then light the menorah on top. Justin and Jessica had a solid lead throughout, while Danny and Mary lagged behind the whole time. In the end, the Green Monkeys lit the menorah on top first, winning the game and winning a trip to the temple. This was a pretty competitive match, and I liked the temple game sequence that was used.

TEMPLE RUN: 4/10



This team would've had a much better chance as reaching the headdress, if not winning, if Jessica had just MOVED FASTER. Justin was a beast in his time in the temple. He made it from the Ledges, all the way up the central shaft, and into the King's Storeroom with 1:40 left on the clock. While scaling the central shaft is no easy feat, there's really no excuse why the artifact couldn't have been reached with plenty of time remaining. While Jessica did grab the half pendant in the Rock Quarry, it didn't matter. She moved way too sluggishly and only added one more room to her progress in the temple. Just as she was finishing assembling the monkey, time ran out. Such a pity, and even if Jessica had gone in first, this team still wouldn't have won. Definitely one of the more lackluster temple runs of the show.

FINAL VERDICT: 4.2/10

Ouch, I guess we were right when we predicted this wouldn't even make it past a 5.0. But you can definitely tell this episode sucked. From the poor performance in the moat, to the ridiculous legend, to the subpar temple run. The Steps of Knowledge were an average round, and the temple games were pretty competitive. That's the only positive thing I can say. Other than that, this is by far one of the most filler, most boring episodes ever and it's definitely worth skipping.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 11, 2013, 12:13:21 AM
4.2? I knew "Cosa Rara" would ranked that low and I hate that episode with a passion. The legend and temple run drag this episode down a lot. Yeah, I do remember the prolonged moat where it seemed like an eternity for that last player to cross. Kind of reminded me of the Blue Barracudas in "Mulan" who could not get across while the other 3 teams were waiting. The legend though was the worst part about the episode. A diner conversation with a horse? Really? I like how King Ludwig actually talks to the horse too and they even had sound effects for the hose.  :shock:  :roll: Definitely the worst legend on the show. At least the "Snow Cone" legend had some sort of sense to it (and that episode was pushing it!). Also, apparently Cosa Rara was a real horse too.  :o

I do agree about the temple games though. The temple sequence was pretty interesting, especially the last temple game where the players had to climb the giant steps to light the menorah. Justin was definitely the strong player throughout this episode too. I hate the temple run also, even if it wasn't that bad as it is made out to be. Justin was a beast and making it to his sixth room with 1:40 is amazing. Jessica was not a good player though, and she only made one room progress with all that time Justin left for her. She didn't even have the Silver Monkey assembled either. Although if the team started in the Crypt, I think they would've been allowed to use the top Troubled Bridge. But Jessica was a pretty lousy player and they would've loss even if she went in first. And Kirk was annoying in this run too. He kept calling her "Jessie" and I wish Jessica moved faster to shut him up.  :?

Overall, good review. I am glad you knocked out this episode because I hate Cosa Rara. Also, we are nearing the 40 episode mark already. That is impressive! :o I am going to knock out "Mata Hari" tomorrow or maybe even finish it up by tonight.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 11, 2013, 01:11:48 AM
Yeah, nearing the 40 episode mark is impressive. We are making great progress in this thread. :o And I definitely look forward to your review of Mata Hari. Methinks that's gonna score in the 4.0 range as well. Though the legend was pretty interesting.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 11, 2013, 01:21:20 AM
Yeah, I am actually very interested how "Mata Hari" will rank. It feels like this will be an episode filled with mixed scores. I am sure the temple game and temple run might have the lower scores too. And speaking of interesting legends, I am thinking of doing Wing Ding and Ring Ling next after "Mata Hari" ;) I actually like the whole episode and temple run for "Imperial Wizard". It was just the legend that was bad and stupid...  :roll:  :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 11, 2013, 01:29:30 AM
I'll probably do "Henry VIII's Great Seal" next, after you're done with Mata Hari. That was a pretty awesome episode, and unlike the episodes we've been ranking lately, Great Seal will probably get a decent score. Also, I want to do some player rankings again. I'll probably do S1L5's filming day, and compare them to the rankings THK did of those episodes. Not that I'm looking too forward to it, since S1L5 was a pretty crummy filming day. :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 11, 2013, 02:16:11 AM
Good choice for "Great Seal", that episode is definitely a classic for good reasons. :P I would definitely enjoy a review of that episode. Don't worry, I haven't forgot the Individual Ranking Thread either. ;) I still half of Ahmed Baba to complete than Ivory Elephant. And good luck with S1L5. I wouldn't really bother doing Belshazzar for that day though since it will make life easier if you do the 5 episodes instead. But yeah, that day is total crap. Blackbeard, Jean Lafitte, and Delphi?  :shock: And Leonardo Da Vinci and Lost Fountain of Youth are average episodes at best. :o
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 11, 2013, 02:35:33 AM
Well, I was thinking of doing just the intended 4 episodes on that day, excluding Blackbeard. I know Blackbeard was also in S1L5, but I figured I'd rank   Ponce de Leon, Jean Lafitte, Oracle Bowl, and Leonardo Da Vinci, just like THK did. Remember how the OP in that thread was THK ranking S1L1, including Blackbeard and Belshazzar? Either way, Great Seal is definitely next for me, but it's your turn to do Mata Hari. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 12, 2013, 02:50:02 AM
THE CODEBOOK OF MATA HARI


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MOAT: 5/10


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The first player had to cross the moat by paddling across while sitting in a floating ring. Once they reached the other side, they had to throw the ring to their partner who then had to cross the same way. The hardest part of this moat was for the player to get the ring thrown to their partner. With that in mind, half of the moat was spent just for their partners to try and throw the floating ring to them. It was painful to watch this moat to drag on, but you can't really blame the players on this one. The S1 moats were almost never exciting anyways, and this one is no exception.

LEGEND: 8/10


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Mata Hari was the most famous and most beautiful female spy of all time. Prior to World War I, Mata Hari moved to Paris and became a dancer. Soldiers and princes hopelessly fell in love with her, but she declined marriage with any of them. When WWI came about, Mata Hari worked as both a spy for the French and German. Working as a French Spy, her assignment was to have a German general and German prince fall in love with her so she could get secret information about their army. Working for the Germans, she got a French prince to fall in love with her and got secret information about the French army. The French found about Mata Hari being a double-crosser. They sentenced her to death by firing squad. Mata Hari refused to wear a blindfold and even blew kisses at her firing squad. No one ever found her Codebook after her death,

This was a very good and interesting legend. Legends did not have many stories around historical figures in WWI or WWII. It was a nice change of pace for once, and also very interesting to listen to. Mata Hari also sounded badass with how the legend play out. It actually made me want to do some research on her to learn more about her life as a spy.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 4/10


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Too many bad answers were given out during this steps round. Some of these incorrect answers were obvious ones from the legend or common sense ones in real life. The Silver Snakes were the only team that didn't get any wrong answers. The highlight of this round was the Purple Parrot girl thinking that "camouflage" means the act of spying.

TEMPLE GAMES: 1/10

The two teams that faced off in this round were the Blue Barracudas (Gigi and Brian) and Silver Snakes (Garrett and Rinette). Now you might wonder why this temple game round gets a 1? It was a mixture of bad officiating by Kirk and the spotters and the poor temple game performance by the teams too. This has to be the worst temple game round on the show and it was so bad that some players got a half-pendant when they didn't deserve it. Read below for more details about how bad the temple games truly were.

Temple Game #1 - Codebook Exchange


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On one side of the wall, there are two Codebooks with nothing on them. On the other side of the wall, there are two Codebooks with the initials "MH" on them. The player would have to climb the wall to grab a plain Codebook and then climb to the other side of it to exchange for an "MH" one. The "MH" one would then have to be brought to the other side and put in place of the regular one. The player that switched all four Codebook in 60 seconds wins. The final outcome of the temple games was Rinette being declared the winner because she was "furthest along". This is a load of bull because the Blue Barracuda boy reached the ground before Rinette even did. Actually, the whole concept for this temple game was confusing and Kirk said the Barracuda boy knocked down one of his Codebook when that didn't happen at all. As a result, Rinette was gifted a half-pendant that she did not deserve. At worst, the temple game score should've been a tie and not a Silver Snake win.  

Temple Game #2 - Blowing Kisses to the Firing Squad


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Garrett and Gigi were on a mat filled with soap on it. They had to crawl over to two corners and plant three "kisses" on each of the corners (who were suppose to represent the men of the firing squad). Garrett struggled a lot in this temple game while Gigi collected more kisses than him. She won with a score of 3-2.

Temple Game #3 - Underground Document Trading


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You thought the first two temple games were bad? Well, this one gets even uglier. It was a epitome of awfulness jam-packed into 60 seconds. The preise of the temple game was that one player had to travel through a tunnel full of rubble while carrying a secret document. Their partner had to grab the document and put it into their team's bin. What is so bad about it? The Blue Barracuda girl. She couldn't even pull herself up the first hill of the dragon tunnel. She didn't even look like she was trying either. Her partner literally had to travel all the way to the other side of the tunnel to get a document. What the heck? On top of that, Kirk's commentary was annoying. He even makes a lame reference to Barney Rubble of the "Flintstones" since the teams were going through a lot of rubble.  Both teams only had 1 secret document a piece, but instead of calling a tie, Kirk rewarded the Silver Snakes the full pendant since he thought they were the "furthest along". Basically, the Blue Barracudas got screwed out of 1.5 pendants in the temple games due to Kirk's bull crap officiating.

TEMPLE RUN: 5/10


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Season One contained dozens of temple layouts where the teams were plagued by one room away temple guards. This run was one of those many runs affected by this problem. Don't listen to what other people say about Garrett, he was actually a good player in the temple. He did have problems going through the Cave of Sighs and Holes of Python with his obesity, but he also moved at a good pace throughout the temple and even made it one room away from the Heart Room with 44 seconds on the clock. By the time he got taken out, there was no way this team would've even reached the Codebook. Rinette, on the other hand, was a bad player. Even if she had little time for herself, she should've attempted to make an effort to try and make it to where Garrett was taken out. She moved like a slug in the temple, sat on the Throne Room chair when the door was already open, and took her sweet time getting through the Holes of Python. The only way this team would've had a chance of winning was by encountering all three guards. But I am not sure if that was possible when Rinette didn't seem like a competent player at all. It was a just an average and boring temple run. The Silver Snakes wouldn't have won due to their slow speed and unfair temple guard placement anyways.


FINAL VERDICT: 4.6/10
The quality for most S1 episodes seem to be inferior to episodes in later seasons. This episode is no exception and it was very lackluster due to the lack of talent by either team and the poor officiating in the temple games. Seriously, this was the worst officiated temple game round on the show. Kirk took the "furthest along rule" way too seriously in this episode. As a result, we see half-pendants being rewarded to players who did not deserve it. Furthermore, the temple game performance was pretty poor also. Especially by the Blue Barracuda girl in the team game, where she could not even get it up the first hill in the Dragon Tunnel. The temple run is forgettable and uneventful. The Silver Snakes were a slow team and Rinette didn't look competent at all in the temple. And honestly, neither team looked impressive throughout the whole episode. So while the Silver Snakes were lackluster in the temple, it was better for them to make it there rather than the Blue Barracudas.

While this episode has a lot of bad to it, it also has some good also. The legend was actually very interesting and an excellent choice of a historical figure to have an episode plot revolve around. The legend is honestly is saving this episode from getting a lower score. Other than that though, I wouldn't really recommend this episode to anyone unless for the legend mostly. Everything else you should try to avoid unless it is for completion.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 12, 2013, 02:38:54 PM
Mata Hari definitely has the worst temple game sequence ever. When Kirk takes the "furthest along" rule way too seriously, AND it's a poor temple game performance by both teams, you know it's gonna be a pretty horrible episode. And yeah, that Blue Barracuda girl was just pathetic. I mean, I wasn't very athletic or coordinated when I was 11-12 years old, but even I would've been able to make it up the dragon tunnel. I remember when THK ranked her she got a lower score than John, Tia, and Evan. His rankings of that episode got deleted in the database crash last year, but I remember THK's comments were "Wow, GG got worse than John and Tia? Fuck." :lol: I'm pretty sure her score was in the mid 3 range, maybe even lower than that too. Then again, the Silver Snakes were equally as pathetic. They kept on losing their scrolls. The temple game score should've been 2-1, Blue wins, not 1.5-0.5 with Silver winning. But looking at the Blue Barracudas performance, I doubt they would've done a better job. Imagine the Blue Barracuda girl in the temple. :shock: Truth be told, neither team deserved to win.

The temple run was an okay performance, I don't understand the hate for Gareth though. He actually moved fast through the rooms, the only problems he had were maneuvering through tight spaces because he was rather chubby. Rinette was just a lost cause. In 44 seconds, you should be able to make it further than the Holes of Python, even if you have no chance at winning. If she had gone in first instead, Gareth probably wouldn't even have a chance to enter the temple. :roll:

Oh well, great review. I knew it wasn't gonna make it to the 5 range. I'm not sure which episode I'm gonna review next. I'll probably do Great Seal next, which is a much better episode than Mata Hari. At least the Silver Snakes won their games fair and square.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 12, 2013, 04:03:22 PM
Yeah, I definitely remember THK ranking the Blue Barracuda girl lower than John and Tia. :P And I actually agree with him too, she did crap the entire episode. Her partner was the one that answered all the questions in the Steps and she looked lousy in the moat. That temple game performance was beyond pathetic and it shouldn't have been that hard to pull yourself up that hill even if you weren't that athletic. Even chubby Garrett was able to pull himself up the dragon tunnel. I am not sure why Kirk didn't call the temple game a tie though. In the past, he would've done so for the exact same temple game. :roll: Season 1 had bad and inconsistent officiating anyways. :o But yeah, neither team was that great to begin with. But I am glad the Silver Snakes went into the temple because they were the more consistent team throughout the whole episode.
 
Great Seal is definitely a good choice of an episode. Some many memorable and funny moments in that episode. :P I am going to do the "Imperial Wizard" episode next. I know that episode by heart pretty much and don't need to watch the Youtube video except for screenshots. It was a good episode, minus the legend.  :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 12, 2013, 10:13:19 PM
My turn to do a review, and this time it's "Henry VIII's Great Seal." :mrsilver:

HENRY VIII'S GREAT SEAL



MOAT: 7/10



For this moat, the players had to paddle across on a raft. Once across, their partners had to reel the raft back over to their side, and then cross in the same manner. It was a pretty quick round, and nobody really struggled. The Silver Snakes rang in first, with the Blue Barracudas following suit not long after ringing in second.

LEGEND: 7/10



This legend centered around Henry VIII, who wanted a son to be the heir of his throne. His first two wives gave him girls, but his third wife finally gave him a boy. Henry VIII's was still dissatisfied and got married three more times. Despite having a son, he was still unhappy and worried his son wouldn't be good enough to run his kingdom. The more bitter and unhappy he became, the fatter he got, and when he died, he needed to be buried in a small piano sized coffin! Henry VIII's sixth wife ended up keeping his Great Seal. Very interesting legend, while it could've used a little more detail, it was still good enough to warrant a decent rating.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10



The Steps of Knowledge were a decent round. The Silver Snakes blazed through the steps and were on the final step in only four questions. The Blue Barracudas were sort of hesitant on the Steps. And they almost didn't get one answer in due to Jordan of the Blue Barracudas whispering his answers. It was the question about famous English bridges that didn't actually fall down, but moved to Arizona. Nonetheless, the answer "Londonbridge Londonbridge Londonbridge!" was accepted, and the Blue Barracudas eventually joined the Silver Snakes on the final step.

TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10



This was one of the best temple game segments in the shows history. I liked how it featured a unique set of games, instead of repeating the same ones over and over like most production days of Season 1 did. In the first game, Nick and Annie had to crown six of Henry VIII's wives, three heads on each side of the playing field. Both players struggled to get the crowns to stick, but finished off the game with a 4-4 tie. The most humorous part was Nick knocking Kirk down as he tried to help him up. I liked how Nick blamed the bungee chord for not being long enough too. :lol: In the second game, Shay and Jordan had to maneuver through the rarely used Bamboo forest, while wearing fat suits. Along with the comment of, "my have you gained weight" by Kirk. Tee hee. -_- Anyways, Jordan was incredibly fast in his game, so he ended up scoring the half pendant for his team. In the third game, the teams had to transfer cloths to each other in the middle of a soapy field. The Blue Barracudas kind of struggled in this game. They had quite some trouble with the transfers from head to head. That however helped the Silver Snakes win this game, with a score of 4-3. And with a pendant score of 1.5-1, the Silver Snakes go to the temple! Great match and very unique sequence, I wish more temple game rounds were like this.

TEMPLE RUN: 8/10



This was a solid temple run, despite the outcome. Both Shay AND Nick were startled by all three temple guards they encountered. Shay almost ran out of the temple when she ran into the first temple guard. On top of Kirk's comments on how "that just scared me!" Yeah, right Kirk, yeah right. :roll: Shay continued to move through the temple at a decent pace, though you can totally tell the temple guards frazzled her. She's removed from the temple in the Heart Room, where she was so scared she almost retreated down the latter. Nick goes in and he moved pretty quickly through every room he entered. He got slightly confused in the Shrine, checking the cabinets for monkey pieces. But, most contestants get confused in that room, so it wasn't a big deal. In the Pirate's Cove, he beelines straight to the Dungeon ladder, not needing to complete the objective. The production crew probably forgot to "re block" access, considering "The Moccasins of Geronimo" was filmed just before this episode. Nick makes it to the Tomb of the Ancient Kings with under 50 seconds to go. Where he is startled so badly by the temple guard he jumps right out of the temple! Priceless. XD Nick and Shay probably would've won if they had used the Gargoyle Room entrance instead of the Cave. Either way, still a great run nonetheless.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.6/10

This to me, was one of the best episodes of Season 1. Nick and Shay were a very strong team all day, and almost reached the artifact. If they had one more full pendant, or if they hadn't entered the Cave to start their run, they would've won for sure. I definitely recommend this episode, for the temple game sequence, and for the memorable ending to the temple run.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 13, 2013, 12:53:29 AM
Great Seal is a classic episode and I never knew why people complained about it being shown on T90'sAAT. It was definitely better than "Bifocal Monocle" and "Attila the Hun". I know the whole episode by heart too. The legend was very good and historically accurate too. Henry VIII after all had at least 7 wives. So the legend was right about all the wives part. The "piano sized" coffin was a little dumb, but Legends always added their own spin to their stories and at least it wasn't out there line some other legends... *cough Galileo's Cannonball cough*

The temple games were some of the best in the series indeed. I remember the temple game interviews for Shay liking to collect glasses horses. :P The first temple game was memorable for Nick knocking over Kirk at the end of the game, and he gets his short all wet. I believe Nick stated in his interview that Kirk wasn't happy about that off cameras. :o Also, Nick was ashamed that he tied a game against a girl too. The second temple game was very unique. It was so unique that it was used only one time after "Great Seal". I liked the idea for the temple game, why didn't they use it more often in S1? It was much better than those soapy and slide climbing games. :roll: It was close competition throughout, but the Silver Snakes edged out and won.  :mrsilver:

The temple run is a classic too, and I am glad you gave this run a good score. It was the only triple capture I really like next to "Kamehameha". Shay and Nick were a good team, but the lack of a half-pendant was their downfall. It wasn't there fault though because it was not in plain view at all. The temple guard encounters added to the memorableness to this run. The first temple guard had Shay screaming right away. It even scared Kirk too. :roll: The second temple guard had Shay retreat back down the ladder with that weird laugh. :lol: The best moment though was when Nick was in the Tomb of the Ancient Kings and the temple guard scared him so bad that he jumped out of the temple! :P Luckily that didn't happen with a full pendant, but who knows what would've happened? It was a solid run and these two were good players.

Overall, good score and I definitely believe "Great Seal" deserves the high score it gets. It was one of the few enjoyable S1 episodes and triple capture episodes. I am glad that T90'sAAT chose to air this one.  :mrsilver:  :snakes2:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 13, 2013, 01:19:39 AM
Yeah, I'm glad Teenick played this twice. It was a MUCH better pick than the utterly boring episodes like Attila the Hun and Bifocal Monocle. And the temple guard encounters definitely added to the excitement of the temple run. I'm glad the third temple guard was on the bottom floor of the temple. Imagine what would've happened if that encounter happened in the Observatory. :shock: I'm pretty sure TMH brought that up on his site once. Another thing brought up was "what if the temple guard was IN the sarcophagus" instead of the golden doors? I wonder how much further Nick would've jumped out of the temple then. He probably would've run out of the temple in that case. :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 13, 2013, 01:42:38 AM
Luckily there was railing at the top of the temple so that probably wouldn't ever have happened. :P The Tomb of the Ancient Kings guards in general were pretty scary. Lea from "Sultan Saladin" stumbled to the ground when she encountered her temple guard there and Tim from "Gordian Knot" also jumped out of the temple like Nick did in the Tomb.

But yeah, I am glad that T90'sAAT chose "Great Seal". I actually haven't watched that episode for a while before they showed it. I know episodes like "Bandit Queen" or "Mussel-Shell Armor" would've been a better choice, but you get tired of watching those after a while since you have seen the so many times. Great Seal was actually a gem of an episode and worth watching twice.  :P  :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 13, 2013, 11:31:30 PM
Another day, and another episode review. This time it is the beloved Wing Ding and Ring Ling.

THE MYSTICAL SPELLBOOK OF THE IMPERIAL WIZARD


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MOAT: 7.5/10


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I liked the moat that was used for this production day, and thought it was one of the best ones used in S3. The first player had to cross the moat by grabbing the rope out in the moat and swinging to the net in the middle. They then had to climb over the net and reach the other side of the moat. Their partner had to cross using the same method. Climbing the net was the tricky part because it was easy for the contestants to get tangled. It was a good moat, and none of the teams that clocked in struggled except the Silver Snake boy who could not get his foot untangled from the net.

LEGEND: 3/10


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Emperor Wu-Ti was one of the greatest rulers of Ancient China. He loved the arts and shadow dancing was created for him. The Emperor's wife, Ling Ling, passed away suddenly and the distraught Emperor turned to his Wizard in hopes of returning his beloved wife to him. The Imperial Wizard could not revive his wife, and told the Emperor he could marry any woman in the land, some of them being Ring Ling and Wing Ding. The Emperor wanted his wife Ling Ling back and told the Imperial Wizard that if she isn't back in 24 hours, he will do away with him. The Imperial Wizard turned to his Mystical Spellbook for help, but he could not find a spell to bring Ling Ling back.When the Emperor summoned the Imperial Wizard, he provided a silhouette of a beautiful shadow behind a screen. It wasn't really his wife Ling Ling, but the Emperor was still impressed and promoted the Imperial Wizard to the title of Grand Brazier.

The legend was pretty much a story about an Emperor getting the love of his life back, but why the low score? The legend contained some childish lines, but the worst part about it was the racist names given to the two female Chinese women - Wing Ding and Ring Ling. The Legends producers seem to have the idea that any word rhyming in "ing" is an appropriate Chinese name. The name Ling Ling is fine, but Wing Ding and Ring Ling is definitely racist. It was also stupid names anyways. I am not sure what the producers were thinking when they made this legend, but they should've done a little more research for their names because they went overboard with this one. :roll:

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10


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There were only 7 questions asked during the entire Steps of Knowledge round, and all of them were answered correctly. The Silver Snakes even swept the Steps while the Green Monkeys followed behind. Also, one of the questions asked was, "What was the name of the Emperor's Wife?" and one of the answers was Wing Ding. :roll:

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10

The Green Monkeys were very dominant in Season 3, and Jared and Katie of the Green Monkeys swept the temple games. The Green Monkeys opponents were Larissa and Mike of the Silver Snakes. While the Green Monkeys were a strong team, the temple games were still pretty fun to watch. This was mostly due to the unique sequence of temple games used. Jared's temple game where he and the Silver Snake girl had to find different creepy stuff for a spell was pretty creative.

Temple Game #1 - Traverse the Bamboo Forest


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In the first temple game, Mike and Katie had to traverse through a Bamboo Forest in order to find the Imperial Wizard's cave. In order to do so, they had to step on a pole. If the pole is incorrect, it will sink to the bottom of the pit and the player had to start over. Once the player finds the correct path to the Imperial Wizard cave will be the winner. The temple game was very close and both players made it far, but Katie was victorious with less than 10 seconds left.

Temple Game #2 - Ingredients for the Wizard's Spell


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Jared and Larissa had to collect different ingredients in order to make a Wizard's spell. They had to collect the various ingredients by climbing on a spider web and grabbing the ingredients from the other side. The player with the most ingredients after 60 seconds will be the winner. Jared was able to get all 6 ingredients into the cauldron before time was up. One weird quirk to this temple game was both Jared and Larisa dropped one of their ingredients. It wasn't until the last few seconds of their game when Kirk told them he could retrieve them.

Temple Game #3 - Shadow Dancing


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Both teams were strapped to a wall and hooked together by a chain. They had to guide each other through a mini maze and reach the opening at the bottom. In order for them to be successful, the players had to work together. In the end, Jared and Katie were victories and swept the temple games with a score of 2-0.

TEMPLE RUN: 6.5/10


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The Green Monkeys faced a pretty lengthy layout, but there was no reason why they couldn't have reached the Mystical Spellbook. Jared was a decent moving runner when it came to his pace, but he hesitated a little too much also. In the beginning of the run, he wasted more time than usual in the Crypt and climbing the Pit of the Pendulum wall. After being forced down into the Pit, he was forced to climb up the wall and entered the King's Storeroom. He completed the top floor rooms just fine and even had a very fast Silver Monkey assembly. However, his biggest mistake was after assembling the Silver Monkey, he entered the Dark Forest and tried completing the room objective. There was no reason for him to reach inside the trees and he just wasted time doing this. When he finally got the hint that he had to plow through the wall, he was taken out in the Quicksand Bog.

Katie was an amazing secondrunner. While she had very little time to herself, she raced all the way to the other side of the temple and entered directly into the Quicksand Bog from the Shrine (unlike Jared). Unfortunately, time was up for her as she was climbing the Quicksand Bog. Katie's speed as a second runner is a perfect example how the second runner that has a clear path should move. She definitely used her time to her advantage. If Katie had went into the temple first, this team would've definitely reached the Mystical Spellbook.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.0/10
This episode had potential to be an underrated gem, but there are certain areas that hurt it. The legend hurt the episode's score a lot. What were the producers thinking when they named the two Chinese female figures Wing Ding and Ring Ling? The names are very offensive and sound stupid. The rest of the episode was above average, and Jared and Katie were a good team. The temple games were fun and the Green Monkeys put up a good effort in the temple run. The whole episode is definitely worth a view, and it is not bad by any means. Just don't expect a lot of exciting moments though. And if you are interested, there is also an interview by Katie of the Green Monkeys from this episode. It is pretty interesting to read along with watching this episode.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 14, 2013, 12:37:51 AM
Mystical Spellbook was just an average episode. The only thing I remember it by was the ridiculous legend, and Jared's stalling in the Dark Forest. Seriously, Wing Ding? Ring Ling? Racist much, Legends producers? :roll: As for the temple run, Katie should've gone first. She would've left Jared plenty of time to at least reach the Spellbook. Doubt they would've won though. And I also remember Katie's interview, and how her and Jared didn't get along at all. I remember one tidbit where she said "Jared was so pissed at me after the temple run was over. You could tell he was angry at me because we lost the temple run." Hello.... Jared was the one who hesitated and wasted all that time. How is that Katie's fault? Jared sounds like a jerk, and someone who just wanted to be on the show to gain 15 minutes of fame. :?

Overall, great review. I might do Mush Pot Hat next, either that or Melted Head. By the looks of the OP, you look like you want to do a lot of episodes next. Good luck with that, especially with the likes of Shiva and Enormous Feather. :o
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 14, 2013, 12:58:41 AM
Yeah, Jared sounded like a douchebag for sure. Katie said he was only interested in the Purple Parrot girl and didn't pay attention to the temple run details. That makes sense considering he should've known that you only had to complete the Dark Forest if you were trying to enter the Shrine. :roll: And Katie didn't do anything wrong either, it was Jared's fault they lost. I am not sure why he thought that. In fact, Katie was more of a role model on what a second runner would be like.

And yeah, I am going to do Enormous Feather and Shiva. :P I have been wanting to do Enormous Feather for months now and I already have the temple run and legend write-up complete. That will be my next project I think. I want to do Shiva also to see how low it ranks. :o The other 3 I will work with is Bandit Queen, Broken Trident, and Sultan Suleiman. :P

Mush Pot Hat is a good choice. It was one of the few enjoyable Orange Iguanas episodes I liked. The temple run was pretty exciting too, and it was very close. Plus, it was the only moat from that day that didn't take forever.  :P Madame Tussaud is also a classic and quirky one.  :lol:

I might do "Empress Eugenie" to with the above five. Another very exciting episode with a very exciting temple loss. Minus a certain player though.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 14, 2013, 01:15:24 AM
I think Jared's asshole-ish personality is what irritates me about the run even more. He wasn't paying any attention during the temple run, but blames Katie? Even his whole demeanor just before he entered the temple screamed stand offish to me. :? I also remember Katie saying in her interview Jared wanted to go first in the temple run on the grounds that "she went first in all the other rounds." She even said she had a much better time chilling with the girl on the Silver Snakes than she did with Jared.

Good luck with Enormous Feather. I would love to see how low that ranks. I was rooting for the Parrots in the temple games. :( I'll probably do Mush Pot Hat next, and have it posted by tomorrow. I'm not sure if I can completely write an episode review from memory. So I might have to do a little rewatching.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 14, 2013, 09:46:29 PM
My turn to review another episode. This time it's "The Mush Pot Hat of Johnny Appleseed."

THE MUSH POT HAT OF JOHNNY APPLESEED



MOAT: 7/10
MOAT: 7.5/10 (TRJ)



For this moat, the players had to balance on a shaky log. If you fell in, you had to go back and start all over again. This was a solid round and this was literally the only group of kids that did NOT struggle with this moat. And it's by far the shortest moat featuring the shaky log. The Orange Iguanas and the Silver Snakes were the first to cross, by gonging in simultaneously. The Green Monkeys were third to finish, and the Blue Barracudas rang in last not long after.

(TRJ's description)

The infamous "shaky log" moat! This moat is memorable for having one of the longest moat crossings on the show. It even took 45 minutes to complete one moat crossing! How did it work? The first player had to cross the moat while balancing themselves on a log that tilts. Their partner had to hold the log steady for them so they could cross. When their partner made it across, then the second player had to cross the same way. When both teams made it across, then they could hit their gongs to move on. What made this crossing so difficult? It was hard for their partners to balance the log because it required a lot of strength. As for the moat in this episode, it was actually... pretty decent! The Silver Snakes and Orange Iguanas got across on their first try, and the Green Monkeys followed closely in third, and the Blue Barracudas not long afterwards. It surprisingly looked like a decent moat crossing despite the fact that every other episode during this day had a long ass moat. For this reason, I am going to give this moat extra credit for having good teams and for having a unique moat objective.

LEGEND: 7/10
LEGEND: 7/10 (TRJ)



The legend centers around John Chapman, who often went by the name Johnny Appleseed. The reason for the name was because of his love for planting appleseeds. He wore mush pot for a hat, a coffee sack shirt, and he did not wear shoes. About a week after his introduction, Johnny came back to warn everyone of Indians and settlers fighting in a close by town. Some people wanted to fight, but Johnny convinced everyone to just hide. Fortunately, the Indians left town when they found the place to be deserted. As a reward, the town gave Johnny a new mush pot hat, and threw out the old one. Decent legend in my opinion, though it could've used more detail.

(TRJ's description)

On a hot summer day in 1812, a strange looking man walked into Mansfield, Ohio. His name was John Chapman. He wore a Mush Pot for a hat, a coffee sack for a shirt, and walked around barefoot. He introduced himself as Johnny Appleseed because he wanted around the country planting nothing but appleseeds. He reached into his sack to hand people his seeds and went on his way. About a week later, Johnny returned to town and warned the townsfolk about a battle between Indians and settlers in a neighboring town and told them to "get out of town". Some men wanted to stay and fight, but Johnny convinced them that the best thing would be to stay and hide. When the Indians came into town, they found it deserted and rolled on. Legend has it, the people of Mansfield gave Johnny a new Mush Pot Hat and he threw away the old hat before it made its way to Olmec's Temple.

In my opinion, Johnny Appleseed was a pretty interesting historical figure to talk about. He was somebody we heard about a lot as children, so it was an appropriate figure to talk about given the target audience were mostly little kids. They did a good job sticking to the original Appleseed story on how he was a kind and simple folklore hero. I liked how they describe his clothing in detail to show how simple he was. The legend was kind of short, but it got to the point with no crazy plot points or stupid characters. On the downside, this legend sort of sounded exactly like a Season 1 legend with how short it was and how the intro started. But it was still early Season 2, so it is understandable.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10 (TRJ)



This was a pretty average round, apart for the letting three answers slide. The question was "How far did Johnny run to warn the settlers?" The choices were 30 miles, 30 kilometers, and 300 days, in which the Green Monkeys got the correct answer, 30 miles. The Orange Iguanas however, were the first team to reach the final step, with the Green Monkeys joining them not long after. Close match, as it was a three way tie on the second to last step, and it was only a matter of who rang in first.

(TRJ's description)

This Steps of Knowledge round was pretty interesting for several reasons. First off, this was one of the very few times where Olmec accepted 3 answers for the same question. The only other time this happened was in "Missing Eye", which was filmed a few days after this episode. Another interesting part about this round was the close competition. There was only a couple of wrong answers given out in the question I talked about earlier with Olmec. Other than that, the teams got their questions correct and there was even a 3-way tie on the second to last step between Green, Orange, and Silver. Orange Iguanas came from behind to be the first temple to win this round, and the Green Monkeys followed suit. Overall, this was a pretty eventful and close SoK round which was interesting for the close competition and the multiple answers allowed by Olmec.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10 (TRJ)



The temple games were average, and had a pretty neat sequence. In the first game, Angela and Andrea had to climb up a mountain and plant appleseeds with their pegs. Not much else to say except Angela won that game. In the second game, Chris and Jamal used the zip line game to transfer apples to the opposite side. Jamal was kind of sloppy, but Chris got a good rhythm down. In the end, the game ended in a 4-4 tie. In the third game, the teams had to harvest apples by using the rotating lever game. Both teams were pretty sloppy, and Angela kept missing the buckets. The game also ended in a 4-4 tie, but the Orange Iguanas go to the temple after beating the Green Monkeys 2-1.5.

(TRJ's description)

The temple games featured Angela and Chris of the Orange Iguanas facing off against Jamaal and Andrea of the Green Monkeys. In the first temple game, Angela and Andrea had to climb a mountain with pegs in order to plant appleseeds. In order to score, they will have to find the correct hole with their peg that will shoot out debris from the top. The player that finds the most correct holes after 60 seconds will win. The temple game between these two lasses were close, but Angela came out on top with a 3-2 score. In the second temple game, Chris and Jamaal had to transfer apples between platforms via a zipline. Basically, the boys had to grab apples from one side of the platform, put it into their sack, and transfer it to the other side and put it in their bin. They then had to go back and repeat the same process. The player with the most apples in their bins after 60 seconds would win. Despite Jamaal always being ahead in for almost all of the game, Chris managed to score at the last second to create a 5-5 tie. The Pendant score was now 1-0.5 moving onto the team game! In the team temple game, the two teams had to work together to harvest some apples. One player had to jump up and grabbed an apple from the pillar and then jump down and put it into their team bin. Their partners had to jump up next while the other player was dropping off an apple. The key to this game is coordination and both players had to work together to stay in synch or else they could be missing their apples. The team with the most apples in their bins after 60 seconds will win. The temple game ended in a tie, but the temple game was pretty sloppy as both teams were missing their apples and everyone was off-balance. Also, Kirk had trouble keeping track of the score because he kept saying that the Green Monkeys were ahead even though Orange was tied with them all along. In the end, the final score was 2-1.5 in favor of the Orange Iguanas. With 2 Pendants, Chris and Angela are granted the right to enter Olmec's Temple! :mrorange:

This was an exciting temple games sequence that featured close competition and some unique temple games. The two individual games were some of the most uncommon games of Season 2. The "zipline" one was one of my personal favorites too. In addition, this episode was VERY close to being a 2-2 final result. If Andrea had found another hole in her temple game, it would've been a 3-3 score and all of the temple games would've been tied. That would've made this episode even more unique!

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10
TEMPLE RUN: 7/10 (TRJ)



The Orange Iguanas in this run faced a rather tough layout. It reminded me a lot like "The Medal of Sir Edmund Hilary," only no Troubled Bridge and one less temple guard encounter. Chris doesn't last too long in the temple, as he is removed from the King's Storeroom, his fourth room, with 2:10 remaining. Angela races in and she does an okay job. She wastes about 10 seconds climbing out of the Pit, but she eventually makes it to the King's Storeroom, or "The Pottery Room" as Kirk calls it. -_- After assembling the monkey, she's forced to take the Shrine/Shaft passage, ride the elevator to the Viper's Nest, where she grabs the Mush Pot Hat with 21 seconds left! She doesn't take a bad exit out, but she does trip up the King's Storeroom/Observatory stairs, and breaks the Mush Pot Hat handle in the process. Alas, she jumps into the Pit, and races to the Ledges, where her time runs out there. If Chris had started in the Ledges instead of the Crypt, they probably would've had a better chance at winning.

(TRJ's description)

Angela and Chris were a fast team in the temple, but they did not taste victory due to a long layout and slight hesitations by the second runner. Chris entered the temple first and met his first temple guard in the Crypt. After a sweet dive into the Pit, he chose the higher route by taking the Observatory on the top most floor. He is eventually removed from the King's Storeroom with 2:10 on the clock. Angela follows Chris' path, where she performs another nice jump into the Pit. :lol: After hesitating a little bit in the Pit and the Observatory, she quickly picks up where Chris left off in the King's Storeroom and is allowed entry into the Shrine. Now being one room away, she finishes the Silver Monkey with 0:52 seconds left! Only to find out...that only the Mine Shaft door opened. After losing a lot of time with the slow elevator, she grabs the Mush Pot Hat with 21 seconds left! While running out of the temple, Angela trips and breaks the handle off the artifact in the Observatory. With time winding down, she makes a last ditch effort for the Ledges but time ends while she is in the crawl tube. Overall, this was a pretty exciting temple run featuring a strong team. The main reason they lost was due to the slow Mine Shaft elevator and hesitations by Angela. Other than that, this temple run was fun to watch and Angela breaking the artifact was pretty memorable too.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.6/10
FINAL VERDICT: 7.5/10 (TRJ)

This was a pretty average episode. Every round was close and the temple games featured good competition. But other than that, there's really nothing noteworthy that goes on in this episode. The Orange Iguanas  however, were a strong team all day, and they almost reached the Mush Pot Hat. The layout they got was just lengthy, and it diminished their chances at winning. When an artifact is in the top corner of the temple, and the players are forced to use the diagonal passage, you know the team is gonna have a tough time winning. Nonetheless, it's still a watchable episode and I definitely recommend it, especially compared to all the other episodes on the "shaky log" filming day.

(TRJ's description)

Overall, "Mush Pot Hat" was the shining star on a production day plagued with average and horrible moats and episodes. From start to finish, every round was enjoyable and eventful. The moat was above and beyond the best crossing on this production day and it actually made the "shaky log" moat look like a good idea. The Steps of Knowledge and temple games were also very close and featured some interesting details like Olmec allowing 3 answers in the SoK and some unique games featured in the temple games. The temple run ended in a failed escape, but it was a good effort by Chris and Angela and the majority of the loss can be blamed on the slow Mine Shaft elevator. Overall, this was a high quality episode and I definitely recommend it for viewing. Especially since I am not a big fan of the Orange Iguanas myself.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 15, 2013, 12:52:06 AM
I liked the "Mush Pot Hat" episode, and it was one of the few Orange Iguana episodes that was only good. The moat for this episode was the only really where the teams never seem to struggle. "Empress Theodora" wasn't too bad, but this was the quickest one out of the whole day. I remember reading about Johnny Appleseed in school, and the legend does seem pretty accurate from the version I remember. Although I thought the artifact was a little silly. :P And I forgot that this episode had the "three choices for one answer" though. I think that happened in another episode though, but not sure which one?  :?:

The temple games were a very good watch too, and it had a rare 2-1.5 score. I also liked the unique temple games that were used. The zipline temple game and mountain climbing game wasn't used much in S2. I like temple games where a game is hardly ever used. The temple games even came close to a 2-2 pendant tie like in Empress Theodora. :o The temple run was pretty exciting as far as Orange Iguana losses go. Chris was a beast in the temple and I love his dramatic dive into the Pit. :P He didn't make it very far in the temple, but was taken out with respectable time on the clock. Angela was a good secondrunner, but she stalled in a couple of places like the Pit and King's Storeroom. Too bad this team was forced to take the Mine Shaft, because they would've won if it wasn't for the slow ass elevator. But still, she came very close in being the Mush Pot Hat out of the temple and even reached the Ledges with it. That is pretty good considering Angela only grabbed it with what, 20+ seconds on the clock? Jason from "Icarus" couldn't even bring it out with 50+ seconds to himself. :roll:

This was a good episode, and I like it as far as Orange Iguana episodes go. They were a good team and the temple run was pretty exciting. There were better losses on the show, but this still come close to the top 10 losses though. If they didn't stall so much though, they would've won for sure. I would definitely recommend this episode easily.  :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 15, 2013, 12:55:49 AM
Angela not Aqila. You might want to edit your post. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 17, 2013, 12:51:08 AM
Time to move onto our next episode, which will be the dreaded "Enormous Feather" episode. Yeah, I don't have much to say about this one. The review below will do most of the talking.  :oops:

THE ENORMOUS FEATHER OF THE ME LINH


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MOAT: 5/10


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In this moat, the players had to cross by sliding on their bellies across a slippery path and reach the other side without falling into the water or not making it all the way across. Once they made it to the other side, their partner's had to cross the same way. It was a pretty creative moat, but there was no exciting moments or competition at all. The Purple Parrots rang in first with the Silver Snakes, Blue Barracudas, and Orange Iguanas a few seconds later respectively for each team.

LEGEND: 6/10


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Two of the bravest sisters to ever live were the Queens of Vietnam, Chun Chak and Chun Ne (sp?). The sisters heard of a legend of a bird called the Me Linh, which moved across the sky in a flash. When the Me Linh appeared, the Vietnamese would be free.
For centuries, the Vietnamese were subjected to harsh ruling under the Chinese. The sisters decided to raise an army to overthrow the Chinese rulers. One night, the Vietnamese rebels attacked the Chinese by surprise. The Chinese fought back and an a battle ensured. During the battle though, the Me Linh appeared and one of the sisters grabbed it's Enormous Feather before it flew away. In the end, the Vietnamese won and the sisters became Queen of Vietnam.

The legend for this episode was decent, but it had a few silly moments and some bad voiceacting like most of Season 3 legends did. It wasn't as exciting as some of the other Legends on the show, but I didn't find it bad at all. It gave good details and it was interesting for them to use a legend about Vietnam.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10


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This was a pretty competitive round with some memorable moments. One of the questions asked "How fast was the Me Linh?", and one of the answers given by the Purple Parrots was "Really, really fast?" And Olmec answered "That is really, really correct." The producers seemed to be pretty lenient about their answers in general in this Steps of Knowledge round. The Orange Iguanas were the last tea to answer, but they still came back and answered the last 3/4 questions to go onto the temple.

TEMPLE GAMES: 5/10

The temple games featured Karisa, who liked to play softball and draw, and her partner David who was into roller hockey and collected sports cards of the Orange Iguanas. Their rival team was Molly, who was a cheer leader, and Joey, who was a fisherman of the Purple Parrots. The Purple Parrots have never beat the Orange Iguanas in the temple games at all. This episode was no exception also. The Purple Parrots have also had many tiebreaker losses against this team also in the past too like "Nostradamus" and "Butch Cassidy". The Orange Iguanas won their first two temple games, with the Purple Parrots winning the team game. The Orange Iguanas were the team granted entry into Olmec's temple in the end.

Temple Game #1 - Chinese Army vs. Vietnamese Army


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David and Joey had four soldiers on their side of the field, and it was their job to knock down all four of their opponent's soldiers with a giant boulder. At the same time, they also had to block the boulder from knocking their own soldiers down. The player with the most soldiers standing in the end of 60 seconds would win. David won this temple game with a score 2-1.

Temple Game #2 - Collect Arrows


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Karisa and Molly were upside down and had to collect arrows for the Vietnamese army. The player that collected the most arrows would be deemed the winner. Molly struggled a little bit in this game and Karisa also struggled a little bit in the end. Karisa won with a score of 4-2.

Temple Game #3 - Smash the Chinese Statues


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The final temple game had the players smashing the leftover Chinese statues. One player on each team was inside a large sack, which was to be used to knock over the statues. Their partner had to push the player in the sack towards the statues in order to knock them down. The player in the statue could also move around in the sack in order to assist in knocking down the statues. The player that knocked down the most statues would be the winner. The Purple Parrots were the more dominant team in this episode and knocked  all three of their statues knocked down. With the Parrots winning, the teams were going to a tiebreaker.

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10


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Usually, temple runs ending in a failed escape where the contestants fail to bring the artifact out of the temple usually are the most exciting temple runs. However, this one fails to have any excitement. In fact, it was so frustrating and pitiful. David was a fast contestant in the temple and he raced along the bottom floor of the temple and made good time. He was removed from the Dark Forest with two minutes left. Karisa was one of the most horrible second runners on the show. She took her sweet time just to get where David was left off. She pretty much walked through the whole temple also. Her "star moment" of this run was when she didn't know how to get past the Quicksand Bog. Really? That was the easiest room of Season 3. :roll: Even Kirk felt that she was too tentative and slow. Somehow, Karisa made it to the Enormous Feather with some time left. Even after grabbing the artifact, she still makes no attempt to speed up. She was pathetic and brought this run down a lot. This temple run is not exciting by any means and you probably want to avoid watching it because of how bad Karisa was in the temple. I would've rather had this episode end in triple capture instead of watching Karisa piss away all that time. :roll:

FINAL VERDICT: 5.2/10
The Orange Iguanas had a lot of weak episodes on the show, and this was one of the many weak episodes the team possessed. The rounds of this episode were pretty mixed too. Some of the rounds were strong, while some of the other rounds were weak. The episode in general was boring and weak though. Karisa and David scraped by the whole episode and it felt like they didn't deserve to go to the temple. The most frustrating part about this temple though is the temple run. Karisa was one of the dumbest and most frustrating contestants to watch in the temple. Even Kirk and David were getting pissed off at her. How a player like her even makes it to the temple is an anomaly. David carried her through most of the episode it felt anyways. In the end though, it was a boring and mediocre episode. I wouldn't really bother watching it after your first view. The Purple Parrots would've made it a better temple team anyways.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Silver Monkey on June 17, 2013, 01:13:00 AM
Sir Gawain didn't have a tiebreaker. ;)  Butch Cassidy was the other Orange/Purple episode that had one.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 17, 2013, 01:16:21 AM
Yeah, you might want to fix that. ;)

Anyways, I hate the Enormous Feather episode. The team barely scraped by and Karisa was just retarded. Though the legend was interesting, and it did share the exact same temple games as "The Lost Hornpipe of the Pirate Captain." Other than that, this team just didn't deserve to go to the temple. Should've been the Purple Parrots. They wouldn't have stood there like idiots in the Quicksand Bog. :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 17, 2013, 01:20:16 AM
Yeah, you might want to fix that. ;)

Anyways, I hate the Enormous Feather episode. The team barely scraped by and Karisa was just retarded. Though the legend was interesting, and it did share the exact same temple games as "The Lost Hornpipe of the Pirate Captain." Other than that, this team just didn't deserve to go to the temple. Should've been the Purple Parrots. The wouldn't have stood there like idiots in the Quicksand Bog. :roll:

Oops, fixed the Sir Gawain/Enormous Feather mistake.  :lol:

I hate this episode too. I think this is my most hated Orange Iguana episode. Okay, Bifocal Monocle sucked too. But it was a suckfest anyways so I don't count that one. But Enormous Feather was just cringeworthy due to Karisa. Which is too bad, because it was a crappy ending to a good day with Roland, Queen Boadicea, and Pirate Captain. TMH was right about Karisa being one of the most retarded girls of the first season.  :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Silver Monkey on June 17, 2013, 01:20:57 AM
But Enormous Feather was in the third season! :lol:

EDIT: And you changed the wrong episode. Butch Cassidy and Nostradamus are the other Purple/Orange episodes with tiebreakers.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 17, 2013, 01:28:43 AM
Man, you're on a roll tonight, aren't you TRJ? Geez. :lol:

The Orange/Purple victories with tiebreakers were Butch Cassidy and Nostradamus, bot NOT Sir Gawain. You still need to fix that. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 17, 2013, 01:33:25 AM
Thanks guys, I don't pay much attention to my posts sometimes and get carried away.  :oops:  I think I said Sir Gawain because I was thinking of Orange/Purple losing where Orange wins in the temple in that episode. Which also happened in Butch Cassidy and Nostradamus too. But Butch Cassidy and Nostradamus were also tiebreaker wins too. Pretty lame 3/4 of the Orange Iguana wins came from one temple game combination.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 17, 2013, 02:47:15 AM
Yeah, the only non Purple victory the Iguanas had was in Atocha, when they beat Red. And even THAT came down to a tiebreaker. So I guess in a way, the Purple Parrots are a valuable resource to the Orange Iguanas, since they gave the Iguanas 3/4 of their wins. As for me, I'm gonna do "The Melted Head of Madame Tussaud" next. What a coincidence, another Orange/Purple episode. :roll: But, I'm looking forward to reviewing it, since it is a pretty interesting episode. Plus, I have this episode screencapped with the Nickelodeon logo on it. So the illustrations will look extra neat. ;)

PS, Karisa's horse teeth really scare me. Just sayin'.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 17, 2013, 11:39:18 AM
Madame Tussaud is actually one of the better Orange/Purple episodes. It's one of the few I actually like next to Sir Gawain and Nostradamus. I think you will definitely enjoy reviewing it. Nick GaS liked to show this one a lot, so I know a lot of details about this episode. The artifact was definitely bazaar, but the legend was interesting. I think we know the stand out moment in the temple games though. :P The temple run is annoying to watch though, but that is because of Nick's incompetence. Jennifer definitely gets a bad reputation and this would've been a better temple run if she went into the temple first.

I will probably do Shiva for my next one. I am interested in seeing how low this episode ranks.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 17, 2013, 07:30:26 PM
Here it is, my review of "The Melted Head of Madame Tussaud." :mrorange:

THE MELTED HEAD OF MADAME TUSSAUD



MOAT: 6/10



For this moat, the players had to stand on a bunch of green lily pads, and pull themselves across using the vines in front of them. If they fell into the water or let their knees touch the lily pads, they had to start all over again. This was an okay round, the only team that truly struggled was the Purple Parrots, who rang in 4th in the moat. The Orange Iguanas, the Green Monkeys, and the Red Jaguars were the first three teams to cross.

LEGEND: 7/10



This legend was about Marie Tussaud, who was imprisoned and forced to create sculptures of frenchmen. While working on a sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte, she plotted her escape. As soon as she was finished, she put the bust over her head and was on her way. Unfortunately, the wax on the sculpture started to melt due to the sun. The driver was concerned and asked in Tussaud was okay, but she insisted she was fine and hopped off the taxi. She eventually made her way to England and opened up a new Waxed Museum, and the melted head eventually made its way to the temple. I happened to like this legend, and it was pretty funny how Tussaud got away with passing as a waxed head.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10



The Steps of Knowledge were a very close round. It was like any team could've gone to the temple games. Both Jennifer and Nicholas were very smart during the steps and answered most of their answers in unison. The Purple Parrots eventually joined them on the final step, where their final answer was a humorous "He wanted a.... I forget what it was called.... face." Kind of like the "Tudors or whatever" answer in Golden Ship.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10



The temple games were an excellent match. In the first game, Jennifer and Brian had to push boulders to knock down the Bastille towers. Jennifer won this game, and she beat a guy too. That's pretty impressive. In the second game, Nicholas and Brook had to push around a giant "taxi" wheel, grab a ticket, then deposit it on the ship. Neither player struggled that much, but Brook of the Purple Parrots ended up winning the game over Brian. Who had a missing nametag after the temple game ended. In the third game, the teams had to run out, grab a waxed head, and put it in their bin while avoiding the swinging obstacles. Jennifer gets pwned and hit in the face with one of the boulders, but recovers quickly and ends up winning the game for the Iguanas. Though the final waxed head bounced right out of the bin, since Jennifer threw it in there too roughly. Should it still count, or should a tiebreaker have been forced? Either way, since this is Orange and Purple we're talking about, the Orange Iguanas were gonna win anyways since the Purple Parrots have never defeated the Orange Iguanas.

TEMPLE RUN: 5/10



This is yet another temple run where a shot at victory is ruined due to detouring up the central shaft. This layout was a lot like "The Lost Hornpipe of the Pirate Captain," only this time the King's Storeroom was accessible. Nicholas was completely to blame for why this was a loss. He was too slow, hesitant, and had no idea what he was doing. It took him 2:20 just to make it to his sixth room, where he was removed in the Room of the Ancient Warriors. Jennifer is very unpopular around here due to her shouting, and I don't understand why. She was right to be hard of Nicholas. He was taking his sweet time traversing the central shaft, and three minutes is not enough time to mosey through the temple at a leisurely pace. I happened to think Jennifer pulled her weight just fine, and she did her best making up for lost time in 40 seconds. Victory was impossible by the time she entered the temple, you can't expect her to reach the artifact and WIN in that short of time. Furthermore, she made it one room ahead of Nicholas and almost assembled the monkey. She's not the terrible person she's made out to be and she is NOT comparable to Dana and Lauren at all. I think people need to give Jennifer a break. If Brian from Bent Shaving Pan gets a free pass for being in the same shoes, so should Jennifer. This loss is 100% on Nicholas.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.6/10

Very underrated episode. If you look past Jennifer's shouting in the temple run, it's actually very exciting and every round was close. Definitely worth a rewatch to me. Jennifer gets way too much of a bad rap here, and I don't think her shouting was mal intended at all. She was just overexcited and simply cheering Nicholas on. There's a difference between shouting words of encouragement, and words of frustration. Dana and Lauren were in the latter category, and contributed nothing to their temple runs. Jennifer is not a bad player or a bad person at all. I definitely recommend this episode, unless you're sick of seeing it since this was one of the episodes from the 20 episode cycle in late 2006.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 17, 2013, 10:44:38 PM
Good score, I liked "Madame Tussaud" a lot. There was hardly anything bad about this episode. The legend and artifact were definitely bizarre though. How did Madame Tussaud get away with escaping while wearing a wax head? Were people not very bright back then? nd then the whole face melting part and the taxi driver still not getting that the head was made of wax. :roll: The Steps of Knowledge was pretty close too, and I thought the Red Jaguars would've pulled it off. Brook of the Purple Parrots sounded shy. They got a lucky break on that last question, but S3 was lenient with most answers anyways.

The temple games were a classic too. Even though they overused the boulder swinging temple game way too much during that day (I think the other 3 episodes used this one), they were still good. Of course, Jennifer taking a face dive with her boulder is a classic in the series.  :lol:  TMH/RP even had a video of some GIF dedicated to this. Like usual, the Orange Iguanas beat the Purple Parrots.

And the temple run is very annoying. But that is mostly due to Nick's hesitations. He must've spent 10 seconds on every single vine in the Tomb of the Headless Kings and couldn't decide what armor to use. Plus, he moved way too slow. I know the central shaft was tricky in S3, but contestants like Lacey and Asher and Jessica from "Pirate Captain" handled it just fine. I honestly was never annoyed by Jennifer's screaming either. If anything, Nicholas was pissing me off in the temple. I think Jennifer and Jay (Empress Eugenie) are the only ones that are allow to scream at their partners and get a free pass. And even with 40 seconds to herself, Jennifer did two things right. She avoided the entire central shaft AND she almost assembled the Silver Monkey. She used her remaining time to the best of her abilities. I bet if Jennifer went into the temple first anyways, the team would've done much better.

Overall, good review and good score. I like "Madame Tussaud" a lot and the temple run definitely gets a bad reputation. It is nothing like "Smashed Printing Plate" or "William Tell' with annoying incompetent screamers and their incompetent partners. The temple run did suck, but not because of Jennifer. Interesting episode altogether and I would recommend it too.  :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 18, 2013, 02:58:17 AM
Yeah, Nicholas is what annoyed me the most about this temple run. If Jennifer DID mean anything mal intended with her shouting, then can you blame her? It should not take you over 2 minutes to scale the central shaft, even if it isn't an easy feat. People probably wouldn't be complaining about this run if Jennifer had gone in first instead. And yeah, I remember TMH's clip of Jennifer getting owned by that boulder. He did the same thing with Eddie getting owned in the Pit in Sojourner Truth as well. :lol:

But yeah, Melted head was actually a really good episode and every round was close. Just the temple run was bad.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 19, 2013, 02:56:16 PM
I decided to do "Shiva" as my next project. This episode review is pretty short because there is almost nothing detail worthy to talk about in this episode.  :o And it features TSM's favorite player in his sig.  :mrorange:

THE STOLEN ARM OF SHIVA


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MOAT: 4/10


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The first player had to cross the moat by paddling their rafts across the moat with a rope in their hand. Once they reach the other side, they had to tie the ropes to a pole and their partners had to cross by using the two ropes above and below. Once they reach to the other side, the teams could chime in. This moat was like all the other moats of S1 where players had to cross by using the ropes above and below them. How original. There was nothing exciting or bad about this moat at all. The Red Jaguars and Orange Iguanas clocked in first and second while the Silver Snakes took the longest and clocked in fourth.

LEGEND: 2/10


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Deep in the ruins of South East Asia lie the ruins of Angkor, a capital that was built by a great ruler named Suryavarman. He was a  very rich and prestige ruler, and owned a stable with over 200,000 war elephants. Each of his elephants tusks were made of gold. Some of the other fortunes he owned includes a golden crown, golden earrings, and several pounds of pearls around his neck. He also built a great temple called Angkor Wat, which is still the largest religious temple in the world. He built a great statue of Shiva with arms made of ivory. Eventually, the arms of Shiva were stolen after the end of the Cambodian Empire.

This legend was very vacuous and fails to provide many details at all. All it talks about is how rich Suryavarman was and there is very little mention of Shiva. If anything, this legend has nothing to do with Shiva. When I see an artifact dedicated to Shiva, I expect a detailed description of Shiva and not just two sentences at the end of the legend about it. This episode is not the only offender of that, but there is very little detail at all.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 4/10


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The Silver Snakes swept the Steps of Knowledge with the first three questions asked. One of the questions was, "Suryavarman was the king of what people?" and Evan answered "Aztecs". Really, Evan? The legend took place in South East Asia and the Aztecs were a Central American Civilization. After a few irrelevant questions that weren't mentioned in the Legend, the Orange Iguanas moved onto the temple games with the Silver Snakes.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10

The temple games featured Christina, who liked to run track, and Evan, who has been to 45 states, of the Orange Iguanas. Their opponents were Joseph, who collected Basketball cards and own over 500 of them, and Heather, who liked to dance, of the Silver Snakes. The temple game sequence was surprisingly interesting considering how the legend story was pretty lacking. They were also pretty close too and couple of the temple games came down to the last couple of seconds.

Temple Game #1 - Stoop the Bells


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On the temple wall, there were 5 bells that the players had to collect. The players first had to climb up to the very top of the temple wall and grab the very first bell, then they must jump to one side of the wall and grab the second bell. They must keep switching sides of the walls and grabbing each bell until they reach the bottom. The player with the most bells in their bag would be the winner. The temple game came down to a very close last second grab, where Joseph grabbed his last bell before Evan did putting the Silver Snakes ahead 0.5-0.

Temple Game #2 - Reassemble the Shiva Statue


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Over the centuries, Shiva's arms were removed by looters and thieves. In this temple game, Christina and Heather had to reattach all of the arms of the Shiva statue. They had to scale a slippery ramp while placing an arm of Shiva on top of their head. Once they reached the top, they had to place the arms on the Shiva statue and go back down and repeat the process again. The player who placed the most arms on the Shiva statue would be the winner. Christina proved to be the more dominant player and got more arms on the Shiva statue, where she won 3-2. This gave each team a 0.5-0.5 tie.

Temple Game #3 - Decorating the Elephants' Tusks


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In the final temple game, both partners had to work together in order to decorate the tusk of Suryavarman's elephants. There were four tusks in total that needed to be decorated. The temple game almost ended in a tie, but the Silver Snakes dropped on of their golden pieces before time ended. The Orange Iguanas won with a score of 4-3.

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10


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This was a very boring and uneventful temple run. The team was so slow and even Kirk felt that they should speed up. Christina started out by making a break for the direct path, but only for her to be forced up the central shaft. As she slowly makes her way up the central shaft, she is eventually taken out in the Observatory. Evan slowly retraces Christina's path, and even with Kirk shouting at him to speed up and the clock winding down, he makes no attempt to speed up at all. In the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, Evan wastes the remaining time fumbling around the pieces of the Silver Monkey. His Silver Monkey attempt was pretty pathetic and laughable. If Larry from "Mysterious Manuscript" didn't have such a hard time screwing up the Silver Monkey, this would've been probably the worst assembly. Despite the team making it far, it wasn't a good run at all. Both players were very slow and Evan didn't seem competent at all. It was such a boring and uneventful temple appearance.

FINAL VERDICT: 3.8/10
This episode received a lower final score then I thought it would get. But it is understandable because this episode was VERY weak. None of the rounds of this episode were memorable or good at all. The temple games were the only really interesting part about this episode, and that is about it. I don't think it was totally a bad episode though, just boring and uneventful. The temple run is uneventful too and the players were way too slow. A lot of people regard this episode as the "most forgettable episode" on the show, and this episode deserves this title. Before watching it, I didn't remember any noteworthy details at all about it. I would not recommend watching this episode outside of the sake of completion. There is just nothing you are missing, unless you want to see the Silver Monkey get butchered pretty bad. This episode definitely won't be at the top of anyone's lists for r
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 19, 2013, 03:41:47 PM
Ouch, only a 3.8?! I knew it was gonna rank low, but you know it's a pretty bad episode if it can't even make a 4.0 average. This episode was so boring, I literally remember nothing about it, and not just because I've only seen the episode like.... 3 times. Even THK thought Evan was a terrible player and hated him after he ranked him in the Player Rankings thread. Evan even ranked lower than John and Tia! I believe he only got a low 4 average. :roll: I was originally gonna skip over this episode, but I might actually watch it. I want to rank Evan, just to see how low he ranks for me. Also, didn't he cheat in his temple game, and still manage to lose? :?

Overall, great ranking, even for such a filler episode. I was thinking of reviewing "The Upside Down Compass of Henry Hudson" next. I watched the episode yesterday, so I can definitely remember the details to review this episode. It should rank MUCH better than Shiva, even though Henry Hudson is a rather uneventful episode too.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 19, 2013, 04:36:00 PM
I noticed Evan cheating in his temple game too. The boys were suppose to grab the bell at the very top of the wall first, then make their way down with the next highest bell on the wall. Instead, Evan grabbed the second highest bell first and then grabbed the highest bell. He was not suppose to grab that one at all until he grabbed the top one. I am surprised Kirk didn't say anything. The Silver Snake boy played fairly and luckily he won the temple game in the end. As for watching the episode, good luck with it. Even though it had a low score, there wasn't any terrible rounds like "Golden Cricket Cage" or "Cracked Crown". They were still mediocre though, and nothing really exciting happens. Good luck with watching that one.

And "Henry Hudson" is a good choice for an episode too. It will definitely rank much higher than Shiva for sure. I remember watching that episode for the player rankings, and I didn't think it was a bad episode at all. It was boring and uneventful, but not terrible at all. In fact, it was probably the best episode from that production day. And Sherra and Derek were a solid team before the temple. My next project is going to be "Bandit Queen". That should be a welcome change of pace for once.  :P  :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 19, 2013, 11:50:18 PM
I'm back again for another episode review. This time, it's "The Upside-Down Compass of Henry Hudson."

THE UPSIDE-DOWN COMPASS OF HENRY HUDSON



MOAT: 6/10



For this moat, the players had to traverse a "side scrolling net" at the same time, but face opposite sides. Both players had to be off the net in order to ring in. This was a pretty quick round, and it was over fast. And none of the teams really struggled at all. But I only gave it a "6" because nothing too exciting happened during this round.

LEGEND: 7/10



The legend centers around Henry Hudson, who set out to find the Northwest Passage across North America, along with his son John and his crew of 20 men. When icebergs threatened the ship, the men wanted to turn back and threatened mutiny. Hudson however, just kept on going while John turned Henry Hudson's compass upside down to make it look like they were heading south. Naturally, Hudson ended up going south, to the relief of everyone else. They eventually made their way to the Northwest Passage, while the upside down compass made its way to the temple. Pretty good legend in my opinion. It didn't parody itself like most legends in Season 3 tend to.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



The Purple Parrots swept the Steps of Knowledge, while some of the other teams got at least one answer wrong in the process. The Green Monkeys however, barely scraped by and almost got two answers wrong. It was the final question where both David and Anna-Claire said completely different answers. David's answer turned out to be right, and they eventually came from behind to join the Purple Parrots on the final step. I'm surprised they let two different answers slide to be honest.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10



The temple games were a pretty average round. Not bad, just uneventful. In the first game, Sherra and Anna-Claire had to travel to the other side of the iceflow by using the sinking steps. This is one of my personal favorite games of Season 3 in my opinion. Sherra owned Anna-Claire on this game, and it looked like she was gonna make it ALL the way across, but her step sank at the last second. Anna-Claire was just pathetic, she kept stepping on the same steps and only made it ahead like three spaces. Naturally, Sherra won this game fair and square. In the second game, Derek and David had to run out and grab the fish, while avoiding the swinging obstacle. A game that's used A LOT in Season 3. Derek got off to a rather slow start, but he eventually came back to win the game 4-3. In the third game, the players had to use the human maze game to traverse through the Northwest Passage. The Purple Parrots just barely edge out the Green Monkeys, and win the game with about 13 seconds left. Earning them a trip to the temple! Where it's only one of a measly two appearances you'd see the Parrots in the temple. Oh well, PP Pwnage! :mrpurple: The Green Monkeys were pathetic in the temple games, and I'm glad they didn't go to the temple. :roll:

TEMPLE RUN: 5/10



This temple run featured a rather difficult layout, where each room was gonna take the players a while to finish. Sherra was a decent player, albeit a tad slow. She did hesitate at some points, but she's not the terrible player she's made out to be. After she knocks over the column, the Chamber door does NOT open until after she completes the Chamber objective. So the Tomb was not a dead end at all, she was forced to use it. She ends up meeting two consecutive temple guards, both in the Chamber and the King's Storeroom. She's removed in the latter room with 1:06 to go. Derek goes in next and he does an okay job. Unlike Sherra, Derek actually HAD the opportunity to use the Pit-Chamber door, but didn't. And it would've helped if he didn't detour into the Crypt as well. He does however, bypass the King's Storeroom for the Room of the Ancient Warriors, where he meets his third temple guard. With time ticking down, Derek makes it all the way to the Shrine, where he drops the monkey over the edge at the last second. But the editing is just so poor we don't actually see him drop the monkey. Also, after time was called, Derek makes it back to Sherra and Kirk like.... 3 seconds after the run ended. What was up with that? :? Anyways, this wasn't a bad team at all. They just encountered some bad luck.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.0/10

Not bad, not bad at all. I figured this episode would just get a low "6" average, and it's definitely not a terrible episode that it's made out to be. Everybody hates this episode and calls it a bottom five run just because of the temple run. Yes Sherra and Derek could've moved faster, but I think they get a bad rap because of the layout they had. Even if they had taken more shortcuts, this team still wouldn't have won. When Sherra completed the Chamber objective, all three doors opened, so she couldn't have used the Pit-Chamber entry. It's not like she was taking a direct path or anything. Furthermore, when a ladder is revealed for you to go up to the room above, isn't your first instinct to go up that ladder? I mean, Lauren and Mike have a near identical layout, but they get praised for it. But when Sherra and Derek try it, they got criticized and deemed bad players? This is definitely an underrated episode and temple run, and I still do recommend it for a re watch.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 20, 2013, 12:14:46 AM
Henry Hudson is definitely an episode that people make out to be worse than what it really is. It was a decent episode with some strong moments. The biggest highlight of this episode is Derek and Sherra's domination. The artifact used for this episode is very interesting. It's the type of artifact that makes you want to listen to the legend to understand why there is an Upside-Down Compass. I do remember the the Green Monkeys getting leniency in their Steps of Knowledge answers too. Then again, most of the S3 answers were really lenient. Remember Lacey and Asher's tiebreaker question in Sforza? Sherra and Derek start showing their domination in this round by sweeping the Steps.

The Green Monkeys were no match for the Purple Parrots either. I never understood why players would step on the same sinking step in the "pole stepping" game. Hello, it was a memory game after all? At least Sherra got the hint though. Derek also had an impressive come back in his individual game and got all four fish before time was up. In the end, the Purple Parrots sweep the Green Monkeys and earn their first of two temple appearances of S3.

The temple run is definitely overlooked. It was a tough layout and the Purple Parrots weren't a bad team at all. To outer space's dismay, Sherra did NOT take a direct path. Just because a player is forced to take a certain route that happens to be a direct path doesn't mean they did it on purpose. She had no other choice, was she suppose to screw around in the Pit like Veronica? And the Chamber-Pit door didn't open until Sherra completed the Chamber objective. Derek took a couple of detour himself, but he also avoided the King's Storeroom completely. So it kind of evens out. At the end of the temple run though, he manages to drop the monkey torso over the middle. Really, Derek?  :lol:  The producers must've learned from Kelly from "Montezuma" because the camera pans out of the temple when the torso drops. And as a result, we have a very poor edit. Overall, the temple layout was tough and the Purple Parrots were kind of slow. They still made it far though and it is no where near a disaster people make it out to be. And if you compare this episode with the other episodes that day (Kilimanjaro, Bent Shaving Pan, and Xerxes), this episode is pretty much successful compared to those three piles of crap.

Good review and choice of an episode. Forgettable episodes like "Henry Hudson" need to be reviewed because people often overlook them and don't realize how strong certain parts of an episode are. Judging from the remaining episodes needed to be covered, it looks like you are doing Mary Shelley and Annie Taylor next. Good choice on Annie Taylor, you can never go wrong with that one.  :mrblue:  I will probably post "Bandit Queen" tomorrow myself and will probably do "Golden Stallion" afterwards.  ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 20, 2013, 01:02:56 AM
Yeah, compared to Xerxes, Bent Shaving Pan, and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Henry Hudson was like the Apanuugpak of its filming day. Not to mention, Sherra and Derek were the only team that day to win 2 pendants. Mt. Kilimanjaro even shares the exact temple game sequence as Henry Hudson did. Only Casey and Heather barely won their games, but Sherra and Derek dominated. I'll take Henry Hudson over the utterly boring Bent Shaving Pan, and the abysmal Mt. Kilimanjaro and Xerxes any day. While Henry Hudson is a forgettable episode, it's far from terrible that people make it out to be.

And yeah, I'm definitely gonna do Annie Taylor next. That has got to be the best episode ever, and I can't wait to see just how high it ranks. Bandit Queen is an awesome episode too. I'd love to see how that episode ranks too. :mrsilver: :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on June 21, 2013, 05:51:59 PM
Here is my review for "Bandit Queen". This was a great episode and was definitely worth watching again and reviewing.  :mrsilver: For some reason though, Photobucket is down right now so I can't add the pictures just yet.  :? I promise to add them though once it is back up. ;) I already have them saved, just need to upload them.  :mrsilver:

THE SECRET MAP OF THE BANDIT QUEEN


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MOAT: 7.5/10


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The moat crossing used for this day was probably the most unique moat crossing used in the entire show's history. In this moat, one player is standing on an ancient raft while the other player is standing in the moat behind the ancient raft. The player in the moat had to push the player on top of the raft to the other side. If the player on the raft touches their partner's hands or falls off, then they must start over again. The Orange Iguanas and Blue Barracudas made it across with no problem. The Red Jaguars and Silver Snakes struggled though, and both teams took some nasty dives into the water. The Red Jaguars and Silver Snakes both make it across eventually anyways.

LEGEND: 8/10


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One of the roughest and toughest outlaws of the old west was a woman named Belle Starr, but was also known as the Bandit Queen. She was originally born in Missouri, but soon moved west and in 1880 she married a Cherokee name Sam Starr. Their cabin became an infamous hideout for outlaws, including the infamous Jesse James. Legend has it Jesse James buried his treasure near Belle's cabin. The only way to find the treasure was with a map. Jesse James did not know where to find his map though, and asked Belle Starr to help him and promised her half of the gold if she found it. Just then, a group of Desperadoes were heard galloping in the background and Jesse James lured them away to protect his gold. Eventually, Belle found the Secret Map and vowed to not take the gold until Jesse James returned. He never did, and she kept the Secret Map with her the whole time...

This was a pretty enjoyable legend. It sounds believable and any legend about the Old West was definitely worth listening to. The only part about the legend I thought was a little too silly was the voice acting for Jesse James. I don't know if they were trying to make him sound dumb intentionally, but it just didn't work for me.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10


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This was a good Steps of Knowledge round where all the questions were ripped from the legend. The Silver Snakes answers the first 3/5 correctly and the Red Jaguars eventually joined them for the temple games. One highlight of this Steps round was the Blue Barracudas answering "never mind" to one of the questions Olmec asked. :lol: Really? You are in an elimination round kid, try to at least make a guess.  :?

TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10

The temple games featured Jackie and Russel of the Red Jaguars and their opponents Zac and Miriam of the Silver Snakes. The temple games were very close and came down to a one-pendant tiebreaker. The temple games in general were pretty unique and featured some rarely used temple games on the show. Zac in general was a monster in the temple games and it was fun to watch his domination.

Temple Game #1 - Loot the Old Mine


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Zac and Russel had to traverse through a mine shaft that was filled with loot and rubble. Each guy had a bag of jewels attached to a rope and both players had to make their way through the maze-like mine shaft. Along the way, they could knock rubble out of the way in order to clear their path. Once they make it to the outside of the shaft, then they had to pull their bags of jewels through. Zac was a monster in this temple game and he smoked Russel. Russel didn't even make it out of the mine shaft while Zac pulled his bag of jewels out. The Silver Snakes win and earn their first half-pendant.

Temple Game #2 - Bucking Bronco


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Both Miriam and Jackie had to ride a wild bronco like the ones Jesse James and other outlaws rode on in the Wild West. Both girls had to stay on their horse and try to not fall off. If they did fall off, then their opponent would get a point. The girl with the most points at the end of 60 seconds would win. Miriam did an excellent job in holding onto her horse while Jackie looked pathetic and fell off 5 times. The Silver Snakes earned their second half-pendant which put them ahead a score of 1-0.

Temple Game #3 - Find Jesse James' Treasure Map


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In this team game, both players were linked together by a single chain and had to complete a large maze. Both players had to move together in order to reach the hole at the bottom of the maze. The team that made it through the hole at the bottom of the maze would be the winner. In the end, the Red Jaguars won and earn the full pendant. With a final score of 1-1, the teams were forced into a tiebreaker.

In the tiebreaker, the question was "What did Jesse James offer Belle Starr if she found his Map?". The answer was "half his gold". Zac answered the question as "Half of his award...treasure...gold." Olmec counted it correct and the Silver Snakes were granted entry into Olmec's temple. Some people say that Zac got a lucky break here, but I disagree. His answer was pretty much spot on and he just didn't say "gold" the first time he gave it. Besides, there has been sketchier answers that were counted as correct. (Like the tiebreaker in "The Jeweled Scabbard of Sforza" and the "Musical instrument that does a jig" in "The Lost Hornpipe of the Pirate Captain".

TEMPLE RUN: 7.5/10


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Zac Turney is one of the most well-known male runners on the show. He owns the record for the fastest temple exit on the show. The win in general was probably one of the Silver Snakes best wins. Why doesn't this win get a higher score? His partner, Miriam, was a pretty slow and hesitant runner that brings this run down a lot. Miriam stalled too much in the temple when she got into the Dark Forest. According to Zac's interview, she was afraid of entering the Dark Forest and instead, decided to waste time running back and forth between that room and the Dark Forest. She eventually and thankfully gets taken out by a Temple Spirit. Zac didn't have much time to himself in the temple, but he races along the bottom floor of the temple, completes his objectives, and race out of the temple with the Secret Map with the fastest temple exit on the show. This run would've received a higher score if it wasn't for Miriam. If she had gotten taken out any later, they might've not even won. But still, this run was very solid in the Silver Snakes earned it. One of their best wins on the show for sure.

FINAL VERDICT: 8.0/10
"Bandit Queen" was a solid Silver Snake episode and quite possibly their best one on the show. Every round was entertaining and the highlight of this episode was Zac Turney. He dominated almost every round of this episode and his temple performance was definitely stunning. Admittedly, I do find the temple run a little bit overrated. But that is mostly due to Miriam's hesitations and stalling. Zac was definitely a solid and fantastic contestant and the Silver Snakes deserved their win. If you are interested more about Zac, there is an interview on the internet about his Legends experience. Some of the highlights include how his partner Miriam was afraid of entering the Dark Forest (which explains her stalling in that room), the Red Jaguars parents' being total jerks, and how his younger broth Levi appeared in "The Marble Armrest of Xerxes". I highly recommend reading both his interview and watching this episode. You definitely don't want to miss this one!  :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on June 22, 2013, 01:49:40 AM
Bandit Queen is a great episode. All that needs to be said is that Zac was a beast, enough said. :mrsilver: Maybe you could try Photobucket now? I'm sure it's back up again, and you'll be able to upload your photos. Or use Imgur like I do. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 03, 2013, 01:44:34 PM
I finally got the images for Bandit Queen added to the review.  :mrsilver:  Although I might drop Photobucket anyways since memory usage is starting to be an issue on that site. I am also thinking of taking all these episode reviews when we are done and posting it to an actual site. Just like the King's Storeroom in a way and I will try and polish it up. ;)

For my next project, I am thinking of doing "Empress Eugenie".  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Silver Monkey on July 03, 2013, 06:16:45 PM
 Although I might drop Photobucket anyways since memory usage is starting to be an issue on that site.

Switch to Imgur (http://www.imgur.com). You can thank me later. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 03, 2013, 09:33:27 PM
Yay, the pictures are finally up! :mrsilver: And posting the episode reviews on an actual site is a wonderful idea. Just make sure you give me credit for the episode reviews I did. ;) And you have got to use Imgur, like TSM suggested. Which is what I suggested the first time you posted this review. :P

EDIT: By the way TRJ, I updated the OP for you, as well as highlighted Good Luck Watch for you. Since you were gonna do that one next. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 06, 2013, 06:25:33 PM
It's been a while since I have done one of these, so I decided to do "Empress Eugenie" next as promised. It was a good episode overall, even though the Green Monkeys should've won. It definitely would've made that last production day special if Jay and Janeen won.  :mrgreen:

THE GOOD-LUCK WATCH OF EMPRESS EUGENIE


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MOAT: 6.5/10


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The very last production day of the show used a moat crossing that was used earlier in Season 3. In this case, it was the vine and net crossing that was featured in "The Mystical Spellbook of the Imperial Wizard" and "The Smashed Printing Plate of Frederick Douglass". The directions for the moat crossing were simple - the first player had to swing across the moat with a vine and reach the net on the other side. They then had to climb over the net and reach the other side. Their partner had to move the same way in order to cross. While it was a creative moat, the teams all seemed to struggle in this one. The Purple Parrots and Green Monkeys were the last two teams to clock in for the next round respectively.

LEGEND: 8/10


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Empress Eugenie was one of the most powerful French women at her time. She met Napoleon III in a garden when her watched stopped and she asked him for the time. Her and Napoleon got married and she became Empress of France. One day, Napoleon was about to make peace with the Prussians, but Eugenie refused to have peace with the enemy. She felt the French Army was strong enough to take care of them. When Napoleon got to the front of the line though, he was hopelessly outnumbered and the general asked to retreat. With half of the French army wiped out, Eugenie still refused to retreat and galloped into battle with her Watch around her vest. A bullet struck Eugenie, but in reality it actually hit her Watch. Eugenie eventually escapes and Napoleon surrenders to the Prussians.

This was one of the most memorable legends on the show IMO. The legend made Empress Eugenie out to be a warrior and not a pushover. Any legend about Napoleon always seems to turn out interesting. He has been featured in other legends too like "The Melted Head of Madame Tussaud" and "The Two-Cornered Hat of Napoleon". I have to also admit that the Good-Luck Watch was one of the best designed artifacts on the show. The details of the Watch look beautiful and the producers really did put a lot of thought into making it.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10


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All four teams were smart in this Steps round, and no bad or even wrong answers were given at all. There were no silly questions given out at all either. Jay of the Green Monkeys and Nate of the Purple Parrots answered most of the questions though. They both got soe questions right before the answer was revealed. It was a decent Steps round with good teams.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10

The temple games featured Courtney who loves to ice skate and her partner Nate who loved to play basketball and wants to be a lawyer when he gets older of the Purple Parrots. Their opponents were Janeen, who loved to dance and science, and her partner, Jay, who likes to play paintball and wants to be an architect when he gets older. The temple game sequence was pretty interesting, but it lacked competition though. You could tell that Janeen and Jay were the more dominant team as they dominated their individual games and won their team game handily. In the end, the Green Monkeys swept the temple games to go onto Olmec's temple.

Temple Game #1 - Galloping Horse


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The first temple game had Janeen and Courtney on a galloping horse. Each player had to hold onto their horse and try not fall off. If they fell off though, then their opponent will earn a point. The player that falls of the least amount of time will win. In the end, Janeen proved to be much stronger and won with a score of 4-0.

Temple Game #2 - Ticking Watch


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In this temple game, Nate and Jay were on a giant wheel with a picture of Olmec on it that was suppose to resemble a clock. They had to spin the wheel clockwise until they made a complete 180 degree turn on it. Once they made one full rotation on the clock, they woul earn one point. While rotating the clock though, the guys had to be careful to not fall off it. The player that makes the most rotations would be deemed the winner. Kirk had a lot of fun in this temple game with the "Clock" and "Watch" puns. Jay was the stronger player in this temple game, and won with a score of 11-7.

Temple Game #3 - Load the Cannon


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The very last temple game had the teams loading the cannons with cannonballs in order to help the French Army out. Both players had their backs to each other and were tied together by a bungee cord. The first player had to run out and grab a cannonball and throw it over their head to their parter. Their partner then had to grab the cannonball and place it into their cannon/bin. While grabbing the balls and throwing them, the teams had to work together since they were tied together. If one player moved too early, they might mess their other partner up in completing their task. The player with the most cannonballs in their cannons would be the winners. The Green Monkeys were the more consistent team and won with a score of 7-5.

Apparently, Kirk didn't know how to count during this temple game either. He kept saying that the Green Monkeys were behind when they were ahead the whole time. Even on the last production day of the show, Kirk still can't get it together. :roll:
TEMPLE RUN: 7/10


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You know when an artifact is located in the bottom of the central shaft that the team will have a hard time reaching it. For the Green Monkeys in this temple run, it wasn't any different for them. Jay and Janeen did reach the Good-Luck Watch, but when you watch the run and compare it to the other S3 Headless Kings runs, this team really should've won. Janeen is the main culprit on why this team didn't win though. She was way too slow and hesitant to be a frontrunner. It was almost as if she was afraid to complete every room objective. Her temple performance was even starting to piss Jay off too. Luckily, Janeen gets taken out in the Shrine with about 1:30 left on the clock as she cowers in fear from her temple guard. :roll:

Jay was an amazing second runner though and he really hauled ass once Janeen got taken out. He got unlucky in the Jester's Court though when the middle painting didn't work the first time he tried. A stage hand had to tell him to try the middle painting again, and Jay was able to grab the Good-Luck Watch with a few seconds left. That is all he could do before time was up. This team really should've won in the temple though. Their layout was pretty much in their favor. For example, the Quicksand Bog and Secret Password door were locked during this run. It was all thanks to Janeen on why they lost. Overall though, this temple run is pretty exciting and the ending was a nailbiter. It would've been a legendary temple run if the team actually won though.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.3/10
"Empress Eugenie" is one of those episodes that would've been better if the team actually won. Not to mention, if the Green Monkeys actually won, they would've ended the show with a rare bottom of the central shaft win and a 4/4 production day. But still, the whole episode was very good and the producers put an extra effort into it in order to make it memorable. Some of the highlights include the well-designed artifact and interesting legend. The temple loss is also pretty exciting and the Green Monkeys came close. Jay in particular was fun to watch and he knew that he had to put his butt into gear in order to win. Overall, this was a very memorable episode and I would recommend it to anyone like the other episodes from that day. :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 06, 2013, 06:50:15 PM
The moat was not used in "The Snow Cone of Mt. Kilimanjaro." It had the side scrolling net:




So you might want to fix that. Overall, great review. I really need to start writing these again. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 06, 2013, 06:53:57 PM
I knew there was a net game used in Snow Cone, but I forgot that it didn't have the vines.  :oops: Not to mention Imperial Wizard and Snow Cone weren't on the same days. I forgot Imperial Wizard was on the other crappy day with Smashed Printing Plate and Robert the Bruce.  :oops: I am going to fix that now. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 08, 2013, 10:03:56 PM
It's about time I start writing more episodes again, and this time, it's "The Lucky Pillow of Annie Taylor." :mrblue:

THE LUCKY PILLOW OF ANNIE TAYLOR



MOAT: 7/10
MOAT: 7/10 (TRJ)



For this moat, the players had to shimmy upside down on a poll. It was a decent round, albeit a tad long. The thing that drags it down for me though, is the Silver Snakes. They couldn't even get one person across the moat before all four teams had gonged in. The Silver Snake girl was beyond pathetic and continuously fell into the water the whole moat crossing.

(Credit goes to The Red Jaguars for his contribution to this section)

The six teams had to cross this moat by having each player shimmying across an "ancient fallen rod". When Kirk gives the signal, the first player had to shimmy across the rod while hanging upside-down. When they cross safely, then the second player had to cross the same way. Once both players reach the other side safely, then they can hit their gongs to move onto the next round. The first four players that make it the other side will safely will win. This moat was a pretty tough challenge for the teams as it relied on upper body strength to get across. This moat did take a little extra time to finish too. The Orange Iguanas and Blue Barracudas crossed with no problem, but the Red Jaguars and Purple Parrots struggled. Despite the lengthy moat, I enjoyed the unique challenge that it had to offer. And honestly, all of the moats during this day was long too. Just look at the Atocha and Emiliano Zapata moat!

LEGEND: 9/10
LEGEND: 10/10 (TRJ)



This legend was about Annie Taylor, and her journey across the Niagara Falls in a barrel. She strapped herself in the barrel and rested her head on a lucky heart shaped pillow for good luck. Sure enough, her journey all the way to the bottom of the falls had her come out unscathed. Annie Taylor cited her lucky pillow for her successful journey, and even received a plaque for it. However, her lucky pillow was soon forgotten, and eventually made its way to the temple. This in my opinion, was an excellent legend. The whole story itself was a very interesting listen. I mean, traveling down Niagara Falls in a barrel? That takes some guts. :o

(Credit goes to The Red Jaguars for his contribution to this section)

One of the greatest daredevils of all time was Annie Taylor. When she turned 50 she decided that she would be the first person to go over Niagara Falls inside a barrel. She had a carriage maker build her a barrel with a harness to hold her in place. The county coroner thought that Annie had gone mad when he heard of her plans and insisted that she should not do it. But Annie did not listen to him. With the crowd watching, Annie put herself inside the barrel, strapped herself in, and put a heart-shaped red satin pillow behind her head. Annie drifted in the water and went over the waterfall while her barrel remained intact and came out injury-free! When a reporter asked how Annie did it, she gave all her credit to her Lucky Pillow. The town put up a plaque in her honor, but the Lucky Pillow was soon forgotten about. The Lucky Pillow eventually made its way to Olmec's Temple.

I enjoyed this legend and it remains as one of my favorite legends on the show. Annie Taylor was an interesting historical figure to cover because you don't hear much about her. The legend did a great job staying true to the real Annie Taylor story and didn't have any silly characters or lines in it. Furthermore, the Lucky Pillow was a very beautiful artifact and much better than most that were featured on the show.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10 (TRJ)



This was a solid round. There was only one wrong answer given, but the rest of the questions were correct. John and Missy were both extremely intelligent during the steps and were down to the final step in a heartbeat. Stuart and Jamea of the Purple Parrots eventually joined them on the final step. Both teams were very enthusiastic and you can totally tell they were excited to be advancing to the temple games.

(Credit goes to The Red Jaguars for his contribution to this section)

For the most part, this round was pretty good. All of the questions asked by Olmec surrounded the legend for the most part. The Blue Barracudas got all of their questions correct and made it to the bottom first. The Purple Parrots soon joined them and Stuart even got one correct without Olmec revealing any answers. There was one wrong answer from the Orange Iguanas, but it was a tough question anyways and was not mentioned in the legend. I would've liked to see a little more competition too in this round. Overall, it was still an enjoyable round to watch.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10 (TRJ)



The temple games featured great competition and great comebacks throughout. In the first game, John and Jamea had to climb up Niagara Falls by climbing the walls and make hand and foot holes along the way. As soon as they got to the top, they had to grab the handle and ride the waterfall back down. John kind of struggled in this game, so that gave Jamea an advantage and helped her win the game for the Purple Parrots. In the second game, Missy and Stuart had to plug a leak that sprang in one of the five holes. Poor Missy just kept on getting squirted. :lol: But she did score at least once. Stuart scored five times, so he earned another half pendant for his team, making the temple game score 1-0 at that point. In the third game, the teams had to paddle on a boat, through the rapids, then grab a lifesaver and make it back to safety. This is where the Blue Barracudas came from behind and won the game, just barely edging out the Purple Parrots. With the final pendant score being 1-1, it was tiebreaker time. John correctly guessed that the "St. Lawrence River" is what emptied into the Great Lakes and earned a trip to the temple! All with a priceless boob grab too! :mrblue: :kiss:

(Credit goes to The Red Jaguars for his contribution to this section)

The temple games featured John and Missy of the Blue Barracudas facing off against Jamea and Stuart of the Purple Parrots. In the first temple game, Jamea and John had to climb up the cliffs of Niagara Falls by pushing in the holes of the cliff to create a path up to the top. Once they reached the top, they had to ride the waterfall back down. The first player to ride the waterfall after 60 seconds will win. Both John and Jamea struggled in this temple game to find the right holes in the wall to climb to the top. John was having even more trouble finding the right foot holes to reach the top. Despite neither player reaching the hanger at the top, Jamea was ruled the winner because she was further along than her opponent. In the second temple game, Stuart and Missy had to place plugs inside the holes to prevent Annie's barrel from leaking. If they were correct, then they will not be squirted with water and rewarded a point. The entire game was a luck-based game and every hole the two players tried using was just a complete guess. In the end, Stuart got more correct guesses than Missy and earns the Purple Parrots another half-pendant. With a score of 1-0, the Parrots enter the final temple games while leading! In the team game, both players were inside a boat and had to use their oars to retrieve a lifeboat from the other side and bring it back to the dock. While inside the boat, neither player can put their feet on the ground or else they will have to start over. The first player that brings their lifeboat back to the dock after 60 seconds will win. This temple game came down to the wire, but the Blue Barracudas made an incredible comeback and edge out the Purple Parrots! Due to the final 1-1 score, the teams are forced into a tiebreaker!

After their amazing comeback in the team game, the Blue Barracudas and Purple Parrots ready themselves for the tiebreaker question. The tiebreaker question was "Does the Great Lakes empty into the - Mississippi River, St. Lawrence River, or Delaware River?" John of the Barracudas answers "St. Lawrence River". After a slightly delay from Olmec, he confirms the answer as being correct and Missy and John enter the rights to enter Olmec's temple! As John and Missy are celebrating, you can totally see John groping Missy's breasts. :lol: Overall, this was a very memorable and exciting temple games round. The comeback in the team game and the "tiebreaker touch" makes this a round that you can forget. Plus, Missy almost being in tears after winning the tiebreaker makes this round more enjoyable to watch.  :mrblue:

TEMPLE RUN: 10/10
TEMPLE RUN: 10/10 (TRJ)



If there was an award for "best temple run ever," it would go to this episode. Seriously, this run was just flawless. Missy was such a nervous wreck all day long, and it was such a joy to see her win. Besides trying the door to Medusa's Lair, (which is NOT a reason to hate her), she knew what to do in every room and didn't get turned around once. She also very smartly took the Forest/Shrine passage, and assembled the monkey with no problem. She eventually made it to Medusa's Lair and grabbed the Lucky Pillow with 42 seconds remaining! It was here the audience just went wild. Kirk even went wild, and John was cheering Missy on as she made her way back to the temple gates. She escaped with 21 seconds to spare, making her the first victor to successfully retrieve an artifact from the center of the room. Missy was a wonderful player. This was an amazing temple run and she totally deserved to win. :mrblue: Can you go wrong with this episode? I think not!

(Credit goes to The Red Jaguars for his contribution to this section)

If there was ever an award for the "most magical temple win" on the show, it has to be Missy's win. Missy was a very nervous player before entering the temple. She was so nervous and excited that she was in tears before the run even started! The temple run itself was a solid effort by Missy too! After choosing to go first, Missy starts by entering the Ledges where she is temple guard free and enters the Pit of Despair with no problem. After the Pit, she tries climbing the wall in order to try Medusa's Lair where the Lucky Pillow was hidden, but has no luck with the door. The bottom door was the only one open, so she then heads to the bottom floor of the temple. In the Throne Room, Missy meets a temple guard that scares her before she gains entry to the Swamp. In the Dark Forest, Missy cleverly used the Shrine shortcut which grants her access to the top floor. In the Shrine, she has a little trouble assembling the Silver Monkey. She even drops it on the floor and you can see pieces of it falling off. :lol: After completing the Silver Monkey, time starts to wind down and the crowd is starting to go crazy! We finally hear Kirk's normal voice again too and Missy finally enters Medusa's Lair and grabs the Lucky Pillow. Now everyone is going wild including John and Kirk, and Missy escapes to the temple gates to score the very first center of the temple win!  :mrblue: At the end of the run, Missy was in tears and John and Kirk were ecstatic! John even gives Missy another celebratory boob grope. :lol:

Overall, this was one of the best temple runs on the show. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most criticized temple runs also. People like to over-analyze Missy's performance and try to criticize for every little mistake she made. Truth be told, not every temple run has to feature a player like Gator or Zac. Missy's performance was perfectly fine. Plus, the emotional factor and the enthusiasm from the crown and everyone else made this run extra special. Missy's emotions also added to the memorableness of this run. This run is truly an enjoyable and inspirational experience!  :mrblue:

FINAL VERDICT: 8.4/10
FINAL VERDICT: 8.8/10 (TRJ)

This is by far the best episode and best temple run in the show's history. While this doesn't overthrow Apanuugpak as the highest rated episode ever, it's still pretty high up there. Every round was solid throughout and the temple run was near flawless. This is why I don't understand the hate that Missy gets. Just because she wasn't Gator fast, and just because their layout wasn't hard, doesn't make her a terrible player. You can't say she didn't deserve to win just because she wasn't fast and "took a direct path." She didn't luck into this, this wasn't rigged just to make her look good. No, she earned it and she deserved to win. It makes no sense to call Missy a "bad and undeserved" contestant just because she wasn't fast, yet Paula lucks into her layout and had no objectives, but she gets nothing but praise. In what way is Paula a better player than Missy? Just because "she was so fast" and "her partner was fast crossing the moat" boom, it's suddenly a better win than Lucky Pillow. And we're hypocritical? I don't understand how anyone can hate this win. You must not have seen a bunch of wins to call this boring and predictable just because she's not fast. Even if she had this path in a Season 3 temple, she still would've won with 21 seconds left and it would STILL be as impressive as it ever was. This episode was phenomenal the whole way out, and I definitely recommend watching this episode. :D

(Credit goes to The Red Jaguars for his contribution to this section)

"Lucky Pillow" is one of the best episodes on the show and is very legendary among the Legends fanbase. Ever since I first watched it, it has remained my all time favorite episode. It is an episode that I can never get tired of watching. The final score shows that this episode was very strong. Every round was high quality and there was never a single dull moment. The highlights of this episode include the very interesting legend and beautiful artifact. The temple games were intense with the Blue Barracudas making an amazing comeback in the team game and then turning around and winning the tiebreaker too! The temple run was also a classic and Missy's win was legendary! Despite all the criticism this episode gets, it remains as a Legends fanbase favorite among many fans. Missy's enthusiasm and emotions make this episode truly special! If you haven't watched this episode already, you are missing out on an unforgettable experience! I would easily recommend this episode to anyone and to watch it many times there after too!  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 08, 2013, 10:37:38 PM
Annie Taylor is an awesome episode and you can never go wrong reviewing that one. In fact, this is my all time favorite episode ever. :mrblue: All of the rounds were good and memorable, and John and Missy made this episode very memorable. The legend is very memorable and the artifact looked very neat and creative. The temple games were memorable also for the comeback that John and Missy made in the final temple game. John and Missy were behind in that game, but they put their butts into gear and won the game to score the memorable one pendant tiebreaker. Then, they turn around and win the tiebreaker and go onto the temple. Normally, I am not a fan of teams that win their last game only and go to the temple. But John and Missy's comeback was incredible, as was their enthusiasm. And at the tiebreaker, we get the boob touch.  :lol: Don't worry, Missy's boobs will get violated one more time later on. :P

The temple win is amazing and is also a classic. I think a perfect 10 for the temple run is fitting. Missy was an awesome contestant and she made this temple win very memorable. I always hate when people bash her for petty things like "taking the direct path" or getting lucky with her layout. Not every contestant has to move as fast as Gator to be considered good. Some contestants like Tarrah, Tiffani, and Missy were good despite not being the fastest on the show. Missy moved just fine and she actually used a shortcut too, which probably helped her avoid a temple guard. She completed her rooms just fine also and brought the Lucky Pillow back to the temple gates and scored the first ever center of the temple win. The ending was probably the best ending on Legends. Missy was crying, John was molesting Missy, and Kirk was happy also.  :mrblue:  :mrblue:  :mrblue:  :mrblue:

Seriously, I don't see how someone can't love this win. The whole episode is memorable and enjoyable to watch. Missy and John made this one a memorable experience. There might one or two more episodes that might rank higher than "Annie Taylor", but this one is definitely a top 5 overall on the show. Great review and I am sure you enjoyed watching the episode as I would've also.  :mrblue:  :mrblue:  :mrblue:  :mrblue:  :mrblue:  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 08, 2013, 10:49:43 PM
I didn't even need to watch this episode to review it. I've seen it so many times, I did it all from memory. Just like I did for episodes like Sir Gawain and Discarded Seal. :grin: But yeah, this episode was just amazing. You'd be crazy not to like it. So what if Missy wasn't fast? It doesn't make her a bad player or make the win undeserved. I usually don't like it when a team comes from behind and only wins the team game. But this episode (and Metal Beard) are the only exceptions I make to that rule. Otherwise, I like it better when a team dominates everything. As for the final score, the only episodes I can see ranking higher than Annie Taylor are Lost Hornpipe and John Sutter. I take it those were the ones you were referring too. :mrgreen: :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: GreenMonkeys#1 on July 08, 2013, 11:00:13 PM
I really love this episode :mrblue: :mrblue: :mrblue: :mrblue: :mrblue: :mrblue: :mrblue: :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 08, 2013, 11:00:23 PM
Definitely Pirate Captain and Map to the Lost Gold Mine have the potential to rank above "Annie Taylor". And maybe Lawrence of Arabia and Catherine the Great too. I could definitely rate Annie Taylor without rewatching that episode. Same with Catherine the Great, Map to the Lost Gold Mine, Lawrence of Arabia, and Emiliano Zapata. As for my next project, I think I will do "Catherine the Great" because I am curious about how high the score will rank for that one now. I don't think it will pass Annie Taylor, but it will come close though. After that I might do "Amelia Earhart" because I am also curious about how bad that episode will rank.  :o
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 08, 2013, 11:07:06 PM
Well, Kristen managed to rank very low when I did my Player Rankings of her. So this whole episode in general couldn't possibly rank any better. :P Though the temple game sequence was interesting. If you're gonna rank Catherine the Great next, do you still need screencaps for it? I have the episode screencapped with the Nickelodeon logo, and I thought you might want to spice up your review with that. Either that, or borrow the pictures from Ed's site. Since he also the Nickelodeon logo. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 08, 2013, 11:11:19 PM
If you have pictures for Catherine the Great, that would be awesome. It would definitely save me some time going on Youtube and capturing the images myself. :P Since I can do the whole episode without having to watch it at all, there will be no need for me to go onto Youtube again. And the Nickelodeon screen shots look better anyways for the Catherine the Great review and it would only be fitting.  :mrred: I should be doing Catherine the Great over the next couple of days and hopefully have it up by Wednesday.

Do you have Nickelodeon logo screencaps for Boadicea too? I could do that one by heart too and I am pretty sure that episode aired on Nick too.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 08, 2013, 11:19:14 PM
Unfortunately, I don't have Boadicea screencapped at all. But, I'll PM you the Catherine the Great screencaps now. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 08, 2013, 11:28:07 PM
Thanks, that will be awesome. I just pretty much need one screenshot for every round of the show and one screenshot for the actual artifact itself. You know how it works though. :P I should have Catherine the Great up by Wednesday.  :mrred:

And like I mentioned, I hope to put all these reviews on one site. Of course, I will give credit where it is due also.  ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 08, 2013, 11:41:26 PM
Okay, the screencaps has been PM'd to you. ;)

Also, why just make the site, and update it as we go along? It's up to you of course, but I feel like it would be easier to do it that way than do a huge 120 episode update when we're done. While we are making great progress so far, let's face it, we still have a long ways to go. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 10, 2013, 09:01:46 PM
Well, I finally finished my episode review for "Catherine the Great". I did have to go back and re-watch the episode for a few details, but otherwise I was impressed about how much I knew about this episode. I had fun reviewing this one since it was one my personal favorites. It got a high score, but it didn't unseat "Annie Taylor" or "Mussel-Shell Armor". ;)

And I also have to give credits to PPF for the images that was used for most of the review. And to Ed from the King's Storeroom for the image used in the "Legend" section. Thank you both for these images. The Nickelodeon logo makes it look much better.  ;)  :mrred:

THE JEWEL-ENCRUSTED EGG OF CATHERINE THE GREAT



MOAT: 7.5/10



Just like "The Good-Luck Watch of Empress Eugenie" episode I reviewed, the moat from this production day borrows a moat crossing from a prior production day. To reiterate the instructions of this moat for the sake of continuity, the players had to run out into the moat and grab a vine and swing back to the net in the middle of the moat. Once they have reached the net, they had to climb over and reach the other side. Their partners had to cross the same way too without falling in while swinging across. Compared to the "Empress Eugenie" moat, the teams in this one did much better. The Purple Parrots, Orange Iguanas, and Red Jaguars all made it across without falling in. The Green Monkeys were pretty shameful though. They made it to their net, but the Green Monkey girl could not climb over it and fell into the moat. This gave the Blue Barracudas a window of opportunity to cross and chime into the next round.

LEGEND: 9/10



One of the great rulers of all time was Catherine the Great, Czarina of Russia. During her reign, she unified all of Russia and conquered Eastern Europe. In 1745, Catherine was brought it Russia in order to marry the heir of the throne, Peter. However, her new husband Peter was cruel and did not love her. When he became the Czar of Russia, he decided to do away with Catherine. But Catherine had many friends and Peter had many enemies that were tired of his tyrannical ways. Catherine's closest friend, Gregory Orloff, began to plot for her. One morning, a handsome cavalier awaited Catherine in a chariot and took her to the palace. Peter was abdicated from his throne and Catherine became the Empress of Russia. As a sign of her token of gratitude, she gave Orloff a Jewel-Encrusted Egg.

This was a great legend, and usually ones about powerful female rulers were interesting. The legend gets an extra point for incorporating such a beautiful looking artifact. It was definitely one of the most interesting and beautifully designed artifacts on the show. The legend is definitely worth listening to!

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



The Steps of Knowledge were pretty quick, with the Orange Iguanas sweeping the Steps first and the Red Jaguars sweeping it after them. The one part I liked about the Steps was when Kris of the Red Jaguars was giving his last answer, he wasn't able to say "Czarina". But his partner Kristin helped him finish the answer and both of them got it correct. Now that was good teamwork right there.  :mrred:

TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10



The temple games featured Kristin, who was into softball and wanted to be a fashion designer, and her partner Kris, who wants to be a marine biologists, of the Red Jaguars. And no, that is no Fogg-up either on the spelling of this team's name. Their names were really spelled Kris and Kristin. :P Their opponents included Rachel, who was into tennis and wanted to be a Journalist when she was older, and her partner Brian, who was into baseball and wanted to be a computer technologist of the Orange Iguanas. The temple games round was very exciting and both teams were neck-and-neck the whole way through. I liked the interesting temple game sequence used in this episode. Definitely made it more exciting. Plus, the close competition made it a nailbiter to the very end.

The first temple game had Rachel and Kristin crawling underneath a mini-maze trying to find pieces of art that match each other. If they found a match, they had to bring it back to their bucket. If not, they had to replace them and keep looking for a match. The first temple game ended in a 1-1 tie for both teams. The second temple game had Kris and Brian in a giant wheel resembling a chariot, where they had to smash statues of Catherine's husband, Peter. They had to smash Peter's statues though in a specific order. Kris was able to smash all of his Peter statues first, putting the Red Jaguars ahead 1-0.5. In the final temple game, the teams had to work together to knock down four Czars by shooting a ball at them. Each partner will rotate taking turns firing at the Czars. In the end, both teams knocked down two Czars, giving the Red Jaguars 2 pendants heading into the temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 8.5/10



The last temple run ever on the show sure went out with a bang. Kris and Kristin didn't face a tough layout by any means, but their temple run performance was stunning and they earned it. Kris start out at the top of the temple and met a temple guard in the Crypt. In the Pit of the Pendulum, he managed to make it back to the platform, but jumped down because none of the upper doors were open. When he entered the Tomb of the Headless Kings though, he was taken out. Kristin was a solid player and second runner herself. When she entered the Pit, she had an amazing dive that allowed her to move swiftly across the Pit. She moved along the bottom floor of the temple and eventually tried the Dark Forest-Shrine door. Once she got the Silver Monkey assembled, she grabbed the Jewel-Encrusted Egg and brought it back to the temple gates for the amazing and final win ever! Kirk was very excited as were both Kris and Kristin. You couldn't have asked for a better way to end an amazing show. At the end of the temple run, we get a shot of Kirk being chased into the Pit of the Pendulum by a cameraman. Why couldn't the earlier episodes of the show use editing like that? It would've made it more fun! This is what makes this run so special.

FINAL VERDICT: 8.4/10

"Jewel-Encrusted Egg" ranks as one of the best episodes in the entire series. The whole episode is fun and every round is interesting and filled with memorable moments. The producers really went above and beyond with the editing and episode plot for this whole episode. While it is sad that this was the last Legends episode ever, it was a great way to end our favorite show involving a giant talking stone head. The legend was very memorable and the design of the artifact is among some of the best on the show. The temple games were also very close too with a rare 2-1.5 score. And the temple win was amazing, and Kris and Kristen really did end the show in memorable fashion. It would be a crime to NOT recommend this episode to anyone. Even though the Red Jaguars don't have many good episodes, this one is easily their best one on the show. It was definitely a memorable and fun experience!
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Silver Monkey on July 10, 2013, 09:12:57 PM
Kirk's dive into the Pit actually occurred after the temple games.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 10, 2013, 10:39:04 PM
Catherine the Great is an amazing episode. The moat was kind of long, and the Green Monkeys and the Silver Snakes seemed to struggle with it a lot. The legend was interesting, and the artifact was very neat looking. I mean, a golden football-like artifact with jewels on it is pretty hard to beat. :mrred: The Orange Iguanas dominated the steps, and the Red Jaguars were equally as smart. The temple games featured a very unique sequence, and a close competition with Red beating out Orange 2-1.5. Plus, you gotta love Kirk's dive into the Pit at the end. XD But then again, the camerawork all episode was very fun and well done. And the temple run was great. The layout may have been a bit simple, but they still got the job with with 24 seconds left on the clock. Great way to end the show. The Jeweled Encrusted Egg is one of the very few Red Jaguar runs I even like. And Kris and Kristin are one of the very few Red Jaguar teams I wanted to see succeed in the temple. The only other Red Jaguar runs I like Royal Torque, Montezuma, and Napoleon. The rest are either forgettable or terrible.

Great review like always. :mrred: I'll probably do Mysterious Manuscript next. It would be interesting to see how that one ranks. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 10, 2013, 11:17:01 PM
Yes, there are only a very few Red Jaguar episodes I like - Catherine the Great, Queen Boadicea, Roland, Genghis Khan, and Two-Cornered Hat. It was definitely fun reviewing this episode and I was very surprised that I was able to remember some of the details like Kris and Kristin answering their last question together in the Steps.  :mrred: Their layout was pretty easy though. In fact, it was pretty much identical to "Roland" except that there was the additional Shrine objective. It was still great and fun to watch. And Kirk Fogging up in his final temple win is only fitting. ;)

I can't believe I messed up the Kirk jumping into the Pit detail.  :oops: I will fix that. Mysterious Manuscript will be an interesting episode review to read. ;) I have seen it a few times, and I don't find it to be bad. They really played up on the horror theme in that episode though, and they did it pretty well too. Kate's camera poses and the temple run fail make this episode pretty laughable. :lol: I am going to do "Amelia Earhart" next. I want to see how bad that one ranks.  :oops:

And now that you mentioned the Jewel-Encrusted Egg looks like a football, I actually think that they did use a football to design it. I mean the shape is almost identical to one and the brown lines on the artifact resemble the lines on a football. Oh well, at least the producers made it look neat. :P If it was S1, they would've used a real egg like the ones at the grocery store and probably paint it yellow. :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 12, 2013, 11:25:32 PM
My turn to write an episode review. And this time, it's "The Mysterious Manuscript of Mary Shelley." :mrblue:

THE MYSTERIOUS MANUSCRIPT OF MARY SHELLEY



MOAT: 6/10



For this moat, the players had to use a plank to get across the giant lilypads. If you fell into the water, you had to start all over again. It was a decent match, it was pretty close until the Orange Iguanas and the Purple Parrots fell in. After that, it became quite obvious who the four teams would be. It's funny how the moat crossing order was literally Red - Blue - Green - Silver too.

LEGEND: 8/10



This legend centered around Mary Shelley, who was the author of the novel "Frankenstein." When Mary Shelley was in a tavern one day during a storm, a creature told her to "beware." The creature then told a story about a monster who terrorized a village, and also drew a manuscript. The most frightening part for Mary was the cover that read "The Secrets of Life and Death by Victor Frankenstein." Mary eventually wrote a new novel, but the mysterious manuscript was kept hidden away, and then made its way to the temple. This to me, was a great legend. I just love the story behind it, and I liked the horror theme to it as well. I also liked how they executed the spooky legend, without making it too overly cheesy. Like most Season 3 legends tended to be like.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10



The Blue Barracudas swept the Steps of Knowledge and were down to the final step in a heartbeat. The Silver Snakes eventually joined them on the final step. Pretty average round really, and there weren't many incorrect answers along the way.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10



Decent match in the temple games here. In the first game, Kate and Ashlie had to collect all six chapters to the Frankenstein novel. It was a close match, and both players managed to tie. In the second game, Larry and Clyde had to use the giant Olmec wheel to generate Frankenstein's electricity. Clyde fell off quite a bit, which gave Larry the upper hand and helped him win the game. At that point, it was 1-0.5 with the Blue Barracudas in the lead. In the third game, the players had to throw rings to their partners suspended above, and toss those rings right into the polls. Or as Kirk called it, "Ring around the monster!" :roll: :lol: The Silver Snakes sucked at this game, but the Blue Barracudas got a good rhythm down, giving them the full pendant, and a trip to the temple with 2 pendants! With the final pendant score being 2-0.5, you'd think the team would be strong enough to win at the temple. But, more on that below....

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10



This temple run is infamous, but not for a good reason. After dominating just about every single round, Kate and Larry of the Blue Barracudas completely blew their load in the temple run. For someone who was so enthusiastic and doing all sorts of silly poses all episode, Kate was way too slow and hesitant in the temple. She ran into her first temple guard in the Chamber with 2:00 left on the clock, and she was removed from the temple entirely in the Shrine with 1:12 remaining. Larry goes in and my god was he a slowpoke. O_O He ran through the temple run both hilariously and awkwardly. Seriously, just look at how he "shuffles" through the Room of the Ancient Warriors. :lol: He eventually makes it to the Shrine with 40 seconds left on the clock. And we all know what happens next.... he just couldn't assemble the monkey to save his life. You thought Kelly from Montezuma failed epically with the monkey? Larry's "attempt" looked like he was trying to create another Frankenstein with the monkey! Needless to say, he wasted the whole rest of the run there. After time was called, Kate seemed to be a good sport about it. By mouthing "It's okay, It's okay," and even giving Larry a thumbs up. Oh yeah, and Kate recites part of the closing line with Kirk. Very disappointing temple run if you ask me, as I expected MUCH more from a team who won 2 full pendants in the temple games.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.0/10

Wow, a 6 average? I expected this episode to rank MUCH lower. But I'm kind of glad it didn't, since this was a pretty fun episode until the temple run. The higher scores the pre temple run rounds got really helped. The only round that was truly subpar was the temple run, for obvious reasons. Oh well, there were much worse episodes in Season 3 than this one. Despite the epic monkey fail, I still recommend this episode.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 13, 2013, 02:24:27 AM
Mary Shelley was just an average episode overall. That was the exact score I thought that it would end with. The producers really played up on the horror theme in this episode. But like you mentioned, it wasn't very cheesy or over-the-top like the "Mummified Hand" or "Efoua" legend was. I liked the legend a lot too for this episode, and it was interesting and sounded accurate. The temple games were kind of unique too. Once again, the producers were playing up on the horror theme. Especially in the last temple game where the two teams had to drop rings around the Frankenstein heads.  :mrblue:

The temple run definitely drags the score down for this episode a lot. Neither Kate or Larry were that great in the temple. Kate really didn't do that good where she was taken out in the Shrine with a little over a minute on the clock. She should've had 30 extra seconds at least. And oh God was Larry such a loser. :roll: His awkward running and his Monster Monkey puts him up there on the biggest Legends fails ever. :roll: Seriously, he didn't even come close with his Silver Monkey. In the end, the final piece was just a disaster. Oh well, they wouldn't have won anyways.

Overall, a great review. I forgot how good the earlier rounds of this episode were. I liked the horror theme of this episode and Kate also made it memorable with her silly poses. While they were most likely staged, they were also pretty funny too. :lol: She was also the one that said "Legends of the Hidden Temple" with Kirk. I kind of wish more contestants did that. Too bad they screwed up in the temple, which surely hurt this episode's score. For my next review, I am going to do "Amelia Earhart".  :oops:  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 13, 2013, 02:30:40 AM
Yeah, Kate was pretty funny. Especially with her smiling, shouting, and the poses she did. :lol: But still, I expected so much more from someone who was THAT fired up all episode. Though she probably would've done a better job assembling the monkey than Larry. :roll:

And good luck with Amelia Earhart. At least its got the temple game sequence going for it. Which is the exact set of games they used in "Henry VIII's Great Seal." Though the temple run is gonna be hard to sit through, all thanks to Kristen. I was rooting for the Parrots. :(
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 13, 2013, 02:35:40 AM
I don't think Kate would've have screwed up as bad as Larry. She already had the Silver Monkey base placed correctly before the temple guard pulled her out. They probably wouldn't have won anyways. Judging from the other layouts that day, I would assume only the Secret Password would've opened. For some reason, this episode always reminds me of "Golden Pepperoni" where it does kind of get a bad rep for the mistake both temple players make at the end. I honestly don't find either Golden Pepperoni or Mysterious Manuscript to be that bad of an episode. Although Aqila was a decent player, Larry was definitely a moron. :roll:

And yeah, the Purple Parrots should've gone into the temple in Amelia Earhart. I hate that episode a lot, but I do strangely remember it for the most part. Kristen was very bad. She even finished in your bottom 10 player list! The only interesting part about this episode was the rare temple game.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 13, 2013, 02:40:07 AM
I actually like Mary Shelley, and Golden Pepperoni. At least Manuscript finished with a 6.0 rating, which is something episodes like Shiva and Alhambra can't say. Kate would've done waaaaaay better at assembling the monkey than Larry did. Imagine if it were a reverse order of players. :shock: I still want to make a Top 10 list of bad players, but for temple runners only. I said I would do that, but I haven't put together a list yet. Kate and Aqila definitely won't make the list at all. Come to think of it, Larry won't either. Since he has at least a 6.2 average (I think) in the rankings you did of him.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 13, 2013, 02:44:54 AM
Mary Shelley is much more watchable for me than Shiva, Alhambra, and Snow Cone.  :oops: That episode is like "Apanuugpak" compared to those ones. I don't recall Larry being a bad player as a whole. I definitely wouldn't think he would finish in the bottom 10 temple runners. Unless we are only talking about their temple performance. Then Larry would most likely finish in the bottom 10. But throughout his episode, he was pretty good. He was no where near as bad as John, Tia, Kristen, Claude, and Evan thankfully.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 13, 2013, 02:53:57 AM
Yeah, I meant episodes as a whole. And as a whole, Larry got a low 6 average, meaning he will not rank in the Bottom 10. ;) Contestants like John, Tia, Evan, and Claude however, will definitely rank among the worst. Since they managed to get below a 5 average in my rankings. I might have some low 5 averages in the bottom list, but like I said, I still need to compile the list itself. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 13, 2013, 02:26:08 PM
Well, I finished my review for "Amelia Earhart". It was a very lackluster episode and I am not surprised by the low score it received.  :oops:

THE LUCKY PIG OF AMELIA EARHART


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MOAT: 4/10


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Compared to other S1 moats, this one was slightly different. For once, the producers did not require the second player to cross by making them walk across a rope. But still, the idea for this moat was very basic. The first player had to cross on a raft by paddling across. The second player then had to pull the raft back to themselves and cross the same way. There is not much to say about this moat except the Orange Iguana second player fell on while trying to jump on the raft. The Purple Parrots finished in second and the Blue Barracudas finished in dead last.

LEGEND: 7/10


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Amelia Earhart was the first pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Everyone was following Earhart as she attempted to travel around the whole world. When she was traveling in New Guinea in the Pacific, she had some close calls with some heavy storms. Jojo, Earhart's mechanic, fueled and fixed up her airplane for the last leg of the journey. He also carved up a pot-belly pig for Earhart to keep her safe for her final portion of her flight. Earhart could not accept the Pig though, and handed it back to Jojo. As she flew off into the Pacific, Earhart disappeared and was never heard from or seen again. Some said she was captured by the Japanese, while some said she ran out of gas.

Amelia Earhart is definitely a familiar figure for most people. Her story about how she disappeared has sprung up many conspiracies about her whereabouts. The story of Earhart presented by Legends basically is another spin on the same story. For the most part, the legend was very accurate and presentable. The only downside to this legend was the lame artifact they associated with Earhart. I mean an ugly pig that looks like a piggy bank? They could've done better.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 5/10


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This was a pretty average Steps round. There were a couple of incorrect answers given by the Blue Barracudas, but that didn't really matter since the Silver Snakes and Red Jaguars weren't really trying anything. Annie from the Purple Parrots did good though and she got all three of her questions right. The Blue Barracudas eventually joined the Purple Parrots for the temple games.

TEMPLE GAMES: 4/10

The two teams in the temple games featured the Blue Barracudas and the Purple Parrots. The Blue Barracudas consisted of Scott and Kristen while the Purple Parrots consisted of Brad and Annie. One note about the players in these temple games were how young they were. Kristen, Scott, and Brad were all 11 years old. And Annie was 10 years old herself. I don't think there is any other episode that featured that many young players. Furthermore, I am surprised to see how young Annie was.  :shock: I didn't think they allowed 10 year olds on the show. The temple games were pretty boring though. The one highlight of the temple games though at least is the rare use for the "Bamboo Maze" temple game. This temple game was used only one other time in "Henry VIII's Great Seal". This is literally the only reason to watch this temple games round.

Temple Game #1 - Pigs A-Go-Go


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In the first temple game, Brad and Scott had to place two Lucky Pigs on each corner on their side of the mat. While doing so, the mat will be slippery, making it hard for them to pull themselves. In the end, the team with the most Lucky Pigs on their corners would be the winner. The temple games were very close, but Scott won in the end by getting all four of his Lucky Pigs onto each corner while Brad with just a few inches off on getting his last Pig up. On a side note, Kirk flat out calls Amelia Earhart stupid in this temple game. :roll:

Temple Game #2 - Maneuver Through the Jungle


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The second temple game featured a very rare temple game that was used only one other time on Legends. The only other time this temple game was used was in the "Great Seal" episode. In this temple game, Annie and Kristen had to maneuver through a Bamboo Forest with their plane wings. The first player that reached the other side would win. In the end, Annie beat Kristen to put the pendant score 0.5-0.5.

Temple Game #3 -Charting Earhart's Progress


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The final temple game had the teams collecting airplanes and placing them on a globe. One player had to grab the airplanes from their bin and pull themselves towards their partners. Their partners then had to grab their planes and place it on the globe on the other side. In the end, the Blue Barracudas won 5-3 and earn the right to enter Olmec's temple with a Pendant score of 1.5-0.5.

TEMPLE RUN: 2.5/10


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Kristen was way too slow of a player to be the frontrunner in the temple. She didn't know what to do at all. She spent a long time in the Wall Climb just trying to reach one of the higher doors because she was too fat to climb up properly. When she finally climbs up to the top, she gets confused in nearly every room. Kirk and Scott had to tell her what to do in easy rooms like the Treasure Room and Dungeon. She also had one of the slowest Silver Monkey assemblies too. I guess that is only fitting since Kristen spent a long time in each of her rooms. By the time she was taken out in the Swamp, Scott had no chance of entering the temple at all and only made it up 2-3 steps. The layout for this temple run was pretty hard. There was no shortcut in the Shrine and the one room away guard was pretty unfair. However, this is not why the team lost. Kristen was a lost cause and she is to be blamed 100% for this loss. This temple run is very frustrating because Kristen wasted three minutes acting stupid. What makes this run sort of enjoyable though was Kirk's enthusiasm and Scott supporting of Kristen. Other than that, this temple run is very lackluster and Kristen was a bad player.  :roll:

FINAL VERDICT: 4.5/10
"Lucky Pig" was a very lackluster episode, and that is all thanks to Kristen. She barely scraped by every round of the episode and Scott did most of the work for the Blue Barracudas. Overall, this might be the weakest Blue Barracuda episode on the show. The only highlights of this episode is the rare Bamboo Forest temple game and the enthusiasm from Kirk and Scott in the temple run. Other than that, I wouldn't really suggest this episode to anyone. This was personally my first episode I watched on Nick GaS. It was amazing of how bad of a player Kristen was in the temple. This is one of those episodes where it would've been better if the Purple Parrots won in the temple games. On a side note, Annie of the Purple Parrots and Scott of the Blue Barracudas were classmates at the time of this episode's recording. Pretty amazing on how both classmates end up playing against each other in the temple games.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 13, 2013, 04:05:17 PM
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By the time she was taken out in the Swamp, Jim had no chance of entering the temple at all and only made it up 2-3 steps.

For the millionth time, it's SCOTT NOT JIM. ;)

And I'm pretty sure Annie turned 11 years old after her episode was done taping. According to that article found long ago, both Scott and Annie were 11 years old and in 6th grade by September 1993, when the article was printed out. Their episode was taped one month earlier, in August 1993. As for this episode, it's pretty lackluster other than the temple game sequence. This team would've had a MUCH better chance at winning if Scott had gone in first, or not get paired up with Kristen. A measly 4.5 average doesn't surprise me one bit. In my player rankings of Kristen, she only got a 4.6 average. I swear, someone like her would not qualify for the show in Seasons 2 and 3. :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 14, 2013, 01:12:26 AM
The only way Kristen would qualify for Season 2 or 3 if the episode was like "Lost Lion Tail" and the team only gets to the temple by luck. Either way, she was definitely a bottom 10 player overall on the show. She contributed nothing at all to her team's progress. I don't believe I have read Scott and Annie's Legends article though? I know it is posted somewhere here. I definitely need to read that though. ;) Either way, I hate the Amelia Earhart episode and glad that I got it out of the way. :roll:

And speaking of crappy episodes, I am going to do One-Eye Jack next. I want to see how bad this episode ranks with the other crap like Alhambra, Cricket Cage, Cracked Crown, and Snow Cone. I can't think of anything good about that episode. :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 14, 2013, 01:18:33 AM
The article was posted a long time ago, but the link is broken. If anyone had an extra copy of the article featuring Scott and Annie, I would love to see it. It's not like it's a full interview, it just talks about how they were on the show.

And good luck with One Eyed Jack, that was a pitiful episode. :oops: I'll probably do Dolley Madison next. That should be an immense improvement over Lucky Pig and One Eyed Jack.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 14, 2013, 01:40:37 AM
Too bad that it doesn't work. :( If there is a link to it somewhere, I could run it through the Wayback Machine and I am sure that it has a copy of it. I never read though, and I am sure it would be an interesting read even if it wasn't an actual interview. I really kind of wish that the producers revealed these details on the show. Like how Joel and Jamie were related, how Zac and Levi were brothers, and how Annie and Scott were in the same class. It would've made the show much more interesting. I know the show didn't like to make reference to other episodes, but it would've been pretty cool.

And thanks, doing Bifocal Monocle is going to suck. :P Luckily I remember most of it from T90'sAAT airing from last summer. :roll: I have a feeling that it is going to rank in the 2-3 range also. But Dolley Madison is a great choice too. It will be interesting to see how the Steps rank in that episode with Ashlie getting 3 incorrect answers. And how the temple run will rank too with the mistakes made by Matt and Ashlie.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 14, 2013, 01:49:30 AM
I'm pretty sure I can find the URL somewhere. You can try running it through Internet Archive if you want. Not sure if it will work though. And yeah, I'm sure ranking Dolley Madison will be interesting to rank, especially for the rounds you mentioned.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 14, 2013, 08:57:48 PM
My turn to write another review. And today's episode will be "The Bonnet of Dolley Madison." :mrorange:

THE BONNET OF DOLLEY MADISON



MOAT: 6/10



For this moat, the players had to swing on a vine to get across, one teammate at a time. This was one of the more simpler moats, which was also used in episodes like "The Missing Eye of David" and "The Enormous Iron Nose Ring of Babe the Ox." This particular round here was average. Not much to note except the Red Jaguars showed some great teamwork at the end of the moat. By pulling their partner's feet to help get across. They ended up being the last team to ring in.

LEGEND: 7/10



The legend in this episode revolved around Dolley Madison, who was being arrested by General Ross during the War of 1812. Dolley tried to play airplane with Ross' food, in an attempt to trick him. Dolley then noticed her servants taking paintings and documents out to the back door. As soon as Dolley stood up, Ross grabbed her, but Dolley gave Ross her bonnet as Dolley went to the White House. Ross then burned the White House down, but he kept Dolley Madison's bonnet. Very interesting legend, as anything pertaining to the War of 1812 and James Madison's presidency is. However, I probably would've given this a higher score if it wasn't for the ridiculous "Playing airplane with Ross' food" tidbit. That was a bit silly to me. But otherwise, I have no complaints about this legend.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 5/10



This round had good and bad parts. On the positive side, the Purple Parrots were extremely smart during the Steps of Knowledge. As they were down to the final step within only four questions. On the other hand, Ashlie of the Orange Iguanas almost cost her team a trip at the temple games by ringing in wrong three times. They did make a comeback though, as Matt got most of the questions right for his team. And Ashlie got at least one question right, so it's not like she was a total lost cause. Ashlie is probably one of the only contestants I'd agree with getting a low Steps of Knowledge score when it comes to player rankings. But oh well, the Orange Iguanas were the second team to join the Purple Parrots on the final step. I probably would've ranked this round much higher if it wasn't for Ashlie's wrong answers.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10



While the temple game results were extremely one sided, it was still a very fun and exciting round. In the first game, Matt and Dwayne had to row a boat and then put a vessel into their boat. Matt basically pwns Dwayne and finished with plenty of time left on the clock. And stupid Kirk couldn't even get the team names right. He called the Orange Iguanas the "Orange Monkeys." Oh Kirk. And he did it during the moat too, only he mistook the Orange Iguanas for the Red Jaguars. :roll: In the second game, Ashlie and Jessica had to jump up to the ceiling, and put the portraits of the first four Us Presidents in order of their presidency. Ashlie ends up winning, completing a full pendant for her team, with the Purple Parrots having yet to score. In the third game, the teams had to swing out, collect the silver pieces, and put it in their baskets. The Purple Parrots were very sloppy in this game, and kept losing their silver. The Orange Iguanas struggled at times too, but managed to beat the Purple Parrots in the final game 2-1. This gave Matt and Ashlie of the Orange Iguanas a full pendant, and a trip to the temple with 2 pendants, completely shutting out the Jessica and Dwayne of the Purple Parrots. This marks yet another Orange/Purple loss for the Parrots, but this episode was so much better than the likes of Enormous Feather, Lily Crested Crown, etc.

TEMPLE RUN: 7/10



Both Matt and Ashlie were extremely fast in the temple. However, a few mistakes made by both players cost them a chance at victory. Matt goes in first and enters the Ledges, which was not only a dead end, but the first temple guard was waiting. He makes his way up to the Crypt, across the Pit, and up into the Observatory, where he assembles the stone column is record time. In the King's Storeroom, he is removed from the temple by a second temple guard. Ashlie goes in next and trips up the stairs, and it looks like she's in pain the entire time she's running. She was doing just fine until she reaches the Dark Forest with a minute left, where disaster struck. She spent a huge chunk of time running back and forth utterly confused, even breaks the wall down, which would obviously be a dead end. Eventually, she made it to the Jester's Court with 16 seconds remaining, but couldn't even get out of the room when time ran out. She kept on dangling on the Jester's Court/Laser Light Room ladder. If it wasn't for Ashlie's mind blank in the Dark Forest, or if Matt had started in the Crypt instead of the Ledges, this team would've had a very high chance at winning. Matt and Ashlie were a great team, they just made a few mistakes.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.6/10

Overall, this was an exciting episode. The strongest points were the temple games and the temple run, despite the outcome. The only weak point was the Steps of Knowledge, for all the wrong answers Ashlie gave. This is one of the very few Orange Iguana episodes that I like, and I recommend this episode to anyone.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 15, 2013, 12:00:35 AM
Dolley Madison is an episode that gets a bad reputation. I remember before I first watched this episode, everyone was describing on how bad Ashlie performed in the temple because she spent a minute in the Dark Forest. I thought this would be an "Enormous Feather" type run with a stupid second runner. But I was wrong. As for the whole episode, it was a great watch. The legend was interesting because it actually related to a U.S. President for once. I forgot about the "playing airplane with food bit". I hate when Legends adds their own spin to their stories, it really kind of ruins it. But still it was a good legend. The Steps of Knowledge featured a couple of interesting occurences. First off, the Purple Parrots were pretty dominant. And then Ashlie got three questions wrong, and the Orange Iguanas still advanced! Oh well, at least the Orange Iguanas make up for it in the temple games.

The temple games were actually pretty fun, even though the Orange Iguanas swept them. It featured some pretty unique temple games that day. I liked Ashlie's temple game the most where they had to jump up and grab the portraits of the President and put them in the right order. It required both knowledge and skill to complete. In the end, the Orange Iguanas shut out the Purple Parrots like usual. But this Orange/Purple was better than most of them. And boy, was Kirk off that day or what when it came to Fogg-ups? He messed the Orange Iguanas team name up twice and he called Ashlie, "Aqila". :roll:

The temple run was very exciting, but Matt and Ashlie made too many mistakes. Matt was very fast and had one of the fastest Stone Column assemblies ever. Unfortunately, he took the direct path at the beginning of the run that hurt their chances at a solo win. Ashlie was a fast second runner, but she was a little bit clumsy. But still, she completed most of her rooms with no problem. However, she spent a lot of time in the Dark Forest. She got very confused and didn't know what to do with the Dark Forest key. She even knocked the wall down because she didn't know where to go. By the time she got her act together, there was no chance at victory. But despite the mistakes this team made, they were still good players. I think both of them, especially Ashlie, gets undeserved criticism sometimes. They were solid all around and their fast speed made this run exciting.

Good episode review, and I think we covered every episode from that production day now. ;) :P Good choice for an episode too and people need to realize that "Dolley Madison" is not a bad episode at all. I am going to do the much beloved Bifocal Monocle next. It should be interesting to see how that one ranks.  :oops:  :oops:  :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 15, 2013, 12:48:27 AM
Once again with the Fogg Ups: Matt NOT Shem. You might want to fix that. And Priceless Portrait hasn't been done yet. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 15, 2013, 01:48:51 AM
And just as a future reference, so there's no confusion from reading the OP, these are the episodes I want to do next:

The Helmet of Genghis Khan
Pecos Bill's Lost Lariat
The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata
The Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de Medici

And yeah, Dolley Madison gets way too much of a bad rap here. I mean, everyone criticizes Ashlie for her choke job in the Dark Forest, yet Tess from Sojourner Truth goes the exact same thing, yet she gets nothing but praise. It makes no sense to me. Besides, Dolley Madison is a MUCH more exciting episode than Sojourner Truth, an utterly boring episode if you ask me. Ashlie and Matt were great players, Tess and Eddie were just plain average. Plus, at least Ashlie reached the artifact, Tess didn't. And I definitely look forward to reading your review on Bifocal Monocle. I feel kind of bad I'm sticking you with all the bad episodes, yet I'm getting exciting ones. I'll save some of the good ones not covered yet for you, I promise. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 15, 2013, 02:01:38 AM
I actually don't mind reviewing the bad episodes. I mostly review those ones to see how bad of a score those episodes end up with. It's also kind of fun to go back and watch how bad those episodes are. Like the "Snow Cone" legend, the "Golden Cricket Cage" temple run, "Lost Lion Tail" temple game fail, etc. are pretty hilarious to go back and watch. I am also interested to see how "Bifocal Monocle" ranks too. I have a feeling that it will rank close to Alhambra and below Snow Cone/Golden Cricket Cage. I already have the summary for the legend and temple run because those two I can remember.  :P

And I am not worried if you take the exciting episodes either. ;) Believe me, there are plenty of those that are still around. :P Even episodes that seem like they would be boring or bad like Mysterious Manuscript, Henry Hudson, and Judge Roy Bean have some good parts to them. The only ones that will be hard to sit through are those forgettable S1 episodes like Silver Saddle Horn, Golden Chains, Lost Fountain of Youth, and Da Vinci. But then again, I am sure they have some good points to them. As for my next project, I have a lot in mind:

Bifocal Monocle
Golden Jaguar
Golden Stallion
Sultan Suleiman
Queen Boadicea
Electrified Key

I am definitely doing "Bifocal Monocle" next. After that, I am torn between "Electrified Key" and "Atahualpa". I might go with Electrified Key for the two big fails in that episode.  :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 15, 2013, 02:12:54 AM
Also, I recall seeing the likes of Jeweled Necklace, Poseidon, and Cleopatra in the OP too. Assuming those are also episodes you'd like to cover. ;) As for me, I'm starting to run out of episodes I can do completely from memory. But I could always rewatch parts of an episode on YouTube to refresh my memory. Oh, and I counted, we're up to 41 episodes reviewed now. I know it doesn't mean much since we STILL have a long way to go. But that's incredible progress for just us reviewing all the episodes. :o Your review on Bifocal Monocle will be the 42nd episode reviewed. And you should totally do Electrified Key after that. Especially for the Steps of Knowledge and the epic fail tiebreaker. "AMBASSADOR! AMBASSADOR! AMBASSADOR!" :mrgreen: :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 15, 2013, 02:20:26 AM
Oh yeah, I definitely want to do Snake Bracelet and Montezuma too.  :mrred: Most of the episodes I watch on Youtube when I am recapping the earlier rounds. I can easily do the temple run section of every episode without watching. Sometimes I can do the temple games and legends too depending on how well I remember. I don't mind though re-watching episode as it does bring memories back for me and you find interesting stuff that you never noticed before (Like the Silver Snakes in the moat of Clovis the First) :P There are a few episodes like Polynesian Girl, Queen Boadicea, and Anne Bonny I could do from memory. :P

And now that I think about it, I will definitely do Electrified Key after Bifocal Monocle. I am really interested to see how each round ranks with the fails that happened in each of them. From the tiebreaker fail to the Blue Barracudas fail in the temple. Now that one would be interesting.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 15, 2013, 09:00:36 PM
Time for a new episode review, and this time it will be the dreaded "Bifocal Monocle". Brace yourselves for a terrible and crappy ride.  :oops:  :oops:  :oops:  :oops:

THE BIFOCAL MONOCLE OF ONE-EYED JACK


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MOAT: 6.5/10


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In the very first Season 3 moat ever, the teams had to cross using an ancient bridge. To do this, they had to grab one pole and then work together to reach their next pole and pull themselves across the moat. Once they crossed all five poles, then they must hit their team gongs. The four teams that make it across first would go onto the Steps of Knowledge. I always thought this moat crossing was very creative. It emphasized teamwork and forced the players to work together. It was a pretty close moat crossing and it did come down to the wire for the most part. Looks can be deceiving though, as the episode goes down hill from here.  :roll:

LEGEND: 1/10


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One of the fiercest and meanest Pirates of them all was Bluebeard, a retired British officer that turned Pirate. He ecame famous along the coast of America for sacking and burning ships. But his most dreadful invention of all was making folks walk the plank. Eventually, the Navy captured Bluebeard and sentenced him to hanging. Legend has it that one night a strange looking woman appeared in the jail. The woman turned out to be... *gasp* a man by the name of One-Eyed Jack, Bluebeard's first mate. After a pretty lame exchange between Blackbeard and One-Eyed Jack, Blackbeard asked to exchange clothes with Jack in order to escape. He promised that he would come back for Jack, but he never did. Eventually, One-Eyed Jack grew so hold that he needed to wear a Bifocal Monocle. :roll:

If you read the above narration, you are probably confused on what went on during this legend. Don't worry, I was confused too by this legend. It was just a bunch of nonsense and the whole plot was bad. The "jokes" were not funny and Legends overused the gag about men disguising as woman and fooling other people. Did anyone actually think that Jack was a woman? Or Blackbeard for that matter? And the Bifocal Monocle wasn't introduced until the very end of the legend. The producers must've literally pulled this legend out of their ass because I can't for the like of me explain where this one came from. And the Bifocal Monocle looks pretty atrocious as an artifact. It looks both cartoonish and lame. And why is there an eye drawn in it? This had to be one of the worst stories and artifacts on the whole show. :roll:

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 3/10


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Just like the legend, the Steps round was pretty bad. All of the questions asked were from silly parts of the legend. There were also quite a few wrong answers in this round, especially from the Green Monkeys boy. This Steps around was pretty annoying also, mostly because the kids kept going blank while giving answers. It also felt like a S1 Steps round because Olmec was rejected some answers that seemed to be right. It was a pretty mediocre round and the questions asked were really lame.

TEMPLE GAMES: 2.5/10

The temple game sequence used in this episode is among the worst on the show. The temple games had nothing really to do with the legend. There was also no competition at all and it was basically the less sucky team going to the temple. The highlight of this temple games round was during the male temple game. Read below to find more about this "special moment". :roll: The two featured teams include COlby and Megan of the Red Jaguars and Thomas and Veronica of the Orange Iguanas.

Temple Game #1 - Pirates' Treasure Trove


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The first temple game utilized the "underground maze temple game". Basically, Nicole and Veronica had to crawl through a maze and try to find bars of gold. If they found one, then they had to bring it to their team bucket. If they found a silver bar, they had to grab it and replace it with a gold bar once it is found. The player that had the most golden bars in their buckets would be the winner. This was a pretty lousy use of this type of temple game IMO. I liked it better when the players had to find matches of something by memorizing areas of the maze they entered. This version of the temple game was dumbed down. In the end, Nicole won 4-3 for the Orange Iguanas.

Temple Game #2 - Raise the "Jolly Roger"


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This game featured one of the worst temple game performances ever on the show. In this temple game, Thomas and Colby had to jump through a series of holes with the use of the trampoline. Once they reached the top level of the "ship", they had to raise their ship's flag and then proceed back down to the start. What makes this temple game so bad? It was Colby's lack of performance. He literally spent his entire time trying to pull himself through the second hole of the ship. He was dangling from the hole trying to pull himself up. In the mean time, Thomas was taking his plain old tike raising the flag and coming back to the starting point. You can't blame him either. By the time Thomas reached the starting point, Colby STILL couldn't pull himself through the hole. What a sad and pathetic performance.

Temple Game #3 - Escape Bluebeard's Brig


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The final temple game had the players trying to escape Bluebeard's brig in order to avoid "walking the plant". The two teams were chained to a wall and had to traverse through a mini maze in order to reach the opening at the bottom. Once they reached the opening at the bottom, then one of the players had to pull themselves through the hole. The player that reached the bottom would be the winner. In the end, Veronica and Thomas won which gave them the right to enter Olmec's temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 1/10


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You would think that most of the really bad temple runs would come from S1, right? S1 had a lot of really bad temple runs like Alhambra, Lost Hammer, Blackbeard, Golden Cricket Cage, and Golden Ship. This temple run also ranks among the worst temple runs ever on the show. In fact, this temple run might very well be the second worst temple run ever. Veronica and Thomas were a HORRIBLE team in the temple. They made so many mistakes that were unique just to their run. Veronica spent over a minute just to climb out of the Pit of the Pendulum. She just couldn't pull herself out of the Pit at all. She literally spent a 1/3 of her run just in the Pit of the Pendulum. When she finally climbed out of the Pit, Veronica eventually hit a deadend in the Room of the Ancient Warriors. Instead of refollowing her steps though, Veronica ran up into the uncleared King's Storeroom instead of going back to the Chamber. She was thankfully taken out in the Tomb of the Headless Kings. :roll: With very little time for himself, Thomas had no real chance at victory though. But that didn't stop him for showing his stupidity. He was the only contestant to pull the books in the Crypt when the objective was only completed. And then he ran into a dead end into the Room of the Ancient Warriors. His time ended in the Tomb of the Headless Kings, aftering forcing us to sit through this abomination for 3 minutes. :roll:

There is no excuse for how poor this temple run turned out. I don't care if the Room of the Ancient Warriors dead end was cruel or if this was the first episode of S3. Veronica and Thomas were a bad team who had nothing redeemable about them. :roll: This is the second worst temple run in the series and you would be better off to stay away from this.

FINAL VERDICT: 2.8/10
"Bifocal Monocle" was a terrible episode and ranks among one of the worst episodes on the show. With this ranking, the only episode that outranks this one is "Alhambra". So it tells you how bad this episode is. This was a God awful way to start off S3 and every round of this episode was bad. The legend was a joke, the temple games featured a pathetic performance by both teams, and the temple run is among the worst on the show. If there is anything good I have to say about this episode was that the moat crossing was sort of interesting. But the other episodes that day do the moat better anyways. I do not recommend this episode to anyone. It was so bad and is a pretty damn good way to turn off a person from wathcing S3. The one good thing is that there are only 2-3 other REALLY bad episodes from S3. The only reason to watch this episode is for the sake of completion so you can tell people that you managed to sit through a full 24 minutes of "Bifocal Monocle". It was a horrible experience and if someone tells you otherwise then they must have bad judgement. Definitely a bottom 5 episode on the show!
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 15, 2013, 09:45:52 PM
Wow, a 2.8? That's almost as bad as Alhambra. I knew it would rank low though. I've only seen the episode twice, and all I remember is the episode was so boring. And don't even get me started on the temple run. :roll: If you don't have the upper body strength to pull yourself out of the Pit, then you don't deserve to make it out of the moat, let alone go to the temple. Just one more thing I'd like to point out though: Veronica was taken out in The King's Storeroom, not the Tomb of the Headless Kings. So you might want to fix that part. ;) This is definitely an episode I'll never rewatch again. And I haven't rewatched it in a while. Anyone who thinks this isn't a bad episode is as retarded as Veronica and Thomas were. [/TMH] :grin:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 15, 2013, 10:55:05 PM
Apparently, upper body strength was not present in the Bifocal Monocle episode at all.  :mrorange: The Orange Iguana boy could not life himself through the hole in his temple game and Veronica could not climb. I was wonder what would've happened if she never made it out of the Pit? Then this would've been worse than Cricket Cage. :o But yeah, this episode belongs on the black list of episodes not too watch. Along with Cricket Cage, Lost Hammer, Alhambra, Snow Cone, Lost Lion Tail, and Cracked Crown. I hate this episode and I remember this was the last episode a certain member here needed for 100% completion. Too bad for them.  :roll:

Oh, and I fixed the Veronica mistake too. ;) The next one for me will be Benjamin Franklin.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 15, 2013, 11:28:22 PM
Red Jaguar boy. You are really slipping with these Fogg Ups. ;)

As for me, I'm probably gonna do Pecos Bill's Lost Lariat next. That episode should rank decently, even for the temple run.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 16, 2013, 02:32:13 AM
Heh, that's what happens when you post without paying attention to the details of the post. :P It made me thinking though about how embarrassing this Red Jaguars team was. I know I pick on the Purple Parrots a lot for losing to John and Tia, but the Red Jaguars losing to Veronica and Thomas was just as embarrassing.  :oops: And even worse, the Red Jaguars actually looked incompetent and they didn't even enter the temple. :roll: I guess this answers the question about what episode was worse - Bifocal Monocle or Snow Cone. While both are absolute crap, it looks like Bifocal Monocle is slightly worse in my eyes anyways.

Lost Lariat is a good episode too. Interesting legend, funny temple games from the Blue Barracuda girl's horse impression to the close temple games, and the temple run is pretty exciting IMO. It is also very frustrating too. But it still was a fun episode and the temple run is pretty unique for everyone making mistakes. I bet this one will get a good score despite Chris' incompetence.

I can't wait until I review Electrified Key either.  :mrblue: I haven't seen this episode in a while, but I do remember liking it. There were quite a few chokes like the Green Monkeys and temple run, but overall I remember it to be a good experience. Too bad Michelle and Peter didn't win. :roll: Imagine having a production day with both the first center of the temple victory AND first bottom of the central shaft victory? It would've been a legendary day. Especially for the Barracudas.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 16, 2013, 02:39:15 AM
Close, first bottom central shaft victory. We got our wish with the first center of the room victory with Missy the following episode, remember? ;) And I should have Pecos Bill up by tomorrow. I can do it from memory and I have it screencapped, so it shouldn't take that long. And Bifocal Monocle was slightly worse than My. Kilimanjaro. But they're both bad, so I guess it's no real contest. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 16, 2013, 02:48:35 AM
The Blue Barracudas would've had back-to-back historical victories if the Electrified Key team won.  :mrblue: I will definitely be looking forward to Lost Lariat also. ;) I expect a high resolution picture for the Lariat artifact. That had to be the most magnificent and inspiring artifact ever used on the show.  :afro:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 16, 2013, 10:29:17 PM
Here it is, my episode review on "Pecos Bill's Lost Lariat." :mrgreen:

PECOS BILL'S LOST LARIAT



MOAT: 7/10



For this moat, the players had to pull themselves across the moat by using a rope, while lying on a tube. Once on the other side, they must throw the tube back to their partner, so they can cross in the same manner. If the player fell out of the tube, they must got back and start over again. This particular round was very close, it was like any of these teams could've moved on to the next round. Seriously, these players were crossing literally at the same time. In the end, The Blue Barracudas, Silver Snakes, Green Monkeys, and the Red Jaguars were the four teams to advance from the Steps of Knowledge, in that order.

LEGEND: 7/10



The legend centered around Pecos Bill, a cowboy in the Old West. On a stormy day, Pecos Bill bragged how he could ride anything, regardless of how wild. One of the cowboys bet he couldn't ride with a twister approaching. But Pecos Bill got up, went outside with his lariat, and roped up the twister. The cyclone touched down, and he held on for dear life. The cyclone ran on for three states, and finally turned into a rainstorm in Arizona. All the rain created the Grand Canyon, and Pecos Bill crashed to the ground in California, and created Death Valley in the process. The lariat eventually made its way to the temple. This was a decent legend, like most Wild Wild West tales are. But I only gave it a "7" because the legend felt a bit silly to me. While trying to ride a twister is interesting (and brave!), it seemed a bit silly and parodic to me.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



Pretty average round to me. There were quite a bit of wrong answers though, especially at the beginning of the round. Where the first two answers given were literally wrong. So that kind of brought the round down for me. Colleen and Janelle of the Blue Barracudas answered all the questions their their respective teams, and there was a three way tie on the second to last step. Eventually, the Blue Barracudas and the Green Monkeys secured their spots to advance to the temple games.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10



The temple games here featured a decent sequence, and featured some very competitive rounds. Plus, you gotta love Janelle's horse impersonation that she did, much to her embarrassment. :lol: :mrblue: In the first game, Chris and Hank had to take a rope, and hang it up on the wall on top. Hank kind of struggled in this game, as his ropes kept on falling. Chris did a decent job with the game, and beat Hank 2-1, giving him a half pendant. In the second game, Colleen and Janelle had to maneuver across a soapy mat and brand each pole on the four corners of the field. Janelle was a BEAST in this game, as she won with 24 seconds left on the clock, tying up the pendant scores for the two teams. In the third game, the players had to slide down a soapy chute and reach a set of cattle, and put it in their bucket at the end of the ramp. The Green Monkeys ended up barely edging out the Blue Barracudas, giving them a full pendant, and access to the temple!

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10



While this temple run had a nailbiter ending, it was also very frustrating. Colleen goes in first and she is easily the fastest girl in Season 1. She makes it all the way to the Observatory, where she spins the celestial lights, and the bar leading to the Treasure Room delays being opened. Noticing that, Colleen traverses down into the Heart Room. Unfortunately, that move ultimately decided the runs fate. And wouldn't you know it? The bar doesn't open up until after Colleen turns her back. Stupid Season 1 and their faulty doors. :x In the Heart Room, a temple guard takes her pendant, and in the Treasure Room, she is removed from the temple completely. Chris goes in next with 2:20 left on the clock, and he is a painfully slow runner. He pretty much walks through the whole top floor of the temple, and even wastes time with the Torches in the Torch Room. Eventually, Chris makes his way into The Well and grabs the Lost Lariat (which he had trouble finding) with 52 seconds left on the clock. Victory looked certain, as Chris climbed the ladder leading up to the Shrine. Unfortunately, Kirk just happened to open his big mouth and tell Chris to bust through the wall. This is advice Chris took too literally, and then took his sweet time exiting the temple via the bottom floor. Just as he was climbing the Wheel Room ladder leading to the Cave of Sighs, time ran out. While this outcome was so frustrating, and completely avoidable, both Chris and Colleen still entered 11 rooms of the temple, which is quite impressive. In a way, I feel like Colleen, Chris, and Kirk were all equally responsible for this temple run being a loss. But I blame Chris the most, since he moved MUCH too slowly. Oh well, at least they reached their artifact. Which is something the Ponce de Leon kids can't say.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.8/10

This was a decent episode. The close moat round and temple games were fun to watch. The temple run is rather frustrating, but it's still a good watch nonetheless. And I definitely think this was one of the better Season 1 episodes. I would recommend this episode to anyone.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 16, 2013, 11:16:16 PM
Lost Lariat is a pretty infamous episode due to the temple ending. The episode as a whole was pretty good and it does sort of get a bad reputation for how the temple run ended. I definitely remember the legend though for how Pecos Bill supposedly rode a cyclone. It was a pretty neat story for me and one of those you can't forget. But you're right, some of the parts of the legend sound a little cheesy. Like Pecos Bill creating Death Valley. :o The artifact is so lame though. Really? A piece of rope?

The Steps of Knowledge was very close to a four way tie on the second to last step, much like "Missing Eye" and "Leonardo Da Vinci". I definitely remember Janelle's horse impression in the temple games.  :lol: That sounded so authentic and she looked totally embarrassed at the end.  :P It's funny to see Chris winning his own temple game while Colleen getting dominated by Janelle. The temple games were definitely a nail biter though and it came down to the wire.

The temple loss was a very rare occurrence where everyone is responsible for losing. Colleen was probably the fastest girl of S1 next to Jennifer (Map to the Lost Gold Mine) and Tara (Sir Edmund Hillary). Unfortunately, she missed the Observatory door opening to the Treasure Room. But in her defense, the bar delayed and didn't really open by the time Colleen went into the Heart Room. She was taken out in the Treasure Room, and Chris had 2:30 to himself to reach the Lost Lariat. He was pretty smart for avoiding the Heart Room detour, but it goes down here for him though. In the Shrine, he sort of struggled with the Silver Monkey. And then he completed the Torch Room objective for no reason. No problem though, because he grabbed the Lost Lariat with 53 seconds left. But as he cleverly decides to use the Shrine passage, Kirk tells him to plow through the wall. :roll: Chris takes the hardest way out of the temple and basically loses in the end. But even though he took the bottom route, he still had plenty of time to win. If he wasn't so slow and dumb, then this team would've won. I give most of the blame to Chris for this team losing. Any second runner that had all the time like he did should be able to win no matter what. Too bad, but the temple run was not that big of a disaster though. It was still pretty exciting in it's own way and way more exciting than most S1 runs.

Great review, and this was one of the very few exciting S1 episodes. I know the temple loss is frustrating, but the whole episode is worth a watch. I would recommend it too.  :mrgreen: Good job on this one. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 16, 2013, 11:31:24 PM
Thanks! And yeah, Pecos Bill does get sort of a bad rap. The rest of the episode is still exciting, and the temple run is quite memorable. But like I said, Colleen, Chris, and Kirk were all equally responsible for making this run a loss. Though it would've helped if the Observatory bars didn't take so long to raise. Seriously, the precise second Colleen turned her back, THAT is when they were finally raised. But even then, this still could've been a win if Chris didn't move like a slow moving rock. So I guess now it's time for "AMBASSADOR! AMBASSADOR! AMBASSADOR!" next? :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 16, 2013, 11:42:32 PM
Yeah, I am definitely doing "Benjamin Franklin" next.  :mrblue: I have a feeling that it might receive a lower score than it deserves. I like this episode a lot, but it had a couple of bad moments. Hopefully this one is not as painful as "Amelia Earhart" and "Bifocal Monocle".  :oops: I haven't seen it in a while, so I will need to get a little more familiar with it. I should have it up by tomorrow for sure.  :mrblue: With Lost Lariat done, I believe we have covered 45 episodes? That is pretty good and we have basically covered 1/3 of the Legends episodes already. Still have a ways to go, but we are almost to the half-way point.

I plan on doing Electrified Key, Atahualpa, Sultan Suleiman, and another win in that order. Maybe I will do " :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll: " or Shaka Zulu as that next win.  :o
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 19, 2013, 01:49:08 AM
Now it is my turn to post my next episode review, which is "Benjamin Franklin". The episode did not rank bad overall, but it definitely was a VERY eventful episode.  :o  :mrblue:

THE ELECTRIFIED KEY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


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MOAT: 6.5/10


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The moat crossing for this episode featured the "Ancient Rod" moat. The first player will be dangling upside down on the rod and had to shimmy across with their hands and knees. Once they reached the other side, the second player had to cross the same way. If the player fell into the moat, then that team had to start over. Once both players made it across, then they will be able to hit their gongs to go onto the Steps of Knowledge. This moat was just average at most. The first set of players had no trouble getting across except for the Orange Iguanas. The second set of players struggled though, especially Peter of the Blue Barracudas. The last two teams to clock in (Silver Snakes and Blue Barracudas) were close calls.

LEGEND: 6/10


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Benjamin Franklin was one of the most patriots of the American Revolution. He was the Ambassador of France during the American Revolution and helped write the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. His greatest contribution though was the discovery of electricity. One night, Benjamin's wife Debra saw him fly a kite during a thunderstorm. He tied a Key at the end of the kite for a new flying invention. Just then though, the lightning hit the kite. Benjamin Franklin then discovered electricity and then listed some of the stuff that could be used with it including electric shavers and blow dryers. :roll: The Electrified Key made it's way to the temple...

This legend sounded like it came from your middle school U.S. History book. It wasn't a bad choice for a legend at all, but the producers made it sound way too wacky and childish. They actually show Benjamin Franklin getting electrocuted during the legend with the same silly animation that is used in cartoons when someone gets electrocuted. :roll: The wife Debra also had a really awkward voice. The worst part of the legend though was when Franklin listed all the stuff that could be made from electricity including electric shavers and blow dryers. Really? I am sure that during his times that no one had any idea what an electric shaver or blow dryer was. :roll: If it wasn't for these silly details, this legend would've ranked higher.  :?

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10


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If you have never watch this episode the first time, then keep note of the Green Monkeys boy who kept cutting Olmec off during the Steps of Knowledge. He never allowed Olmec to complete his questions before ringing in to provide his answers. While the Green Monkeys didn't have any wrong answers, they get their comeuppance later in the show. The whole Steps were pretty good though. There was a four-way tie on the second step after four questions were asked. Michelle was pretty smart too and got the Blue Barracudas onto the next round rather quickly. The Green Monkeys eventually join the Blue Barracudas for the temple games.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10

The temple games featured Margaret and Ronnie of the Green Monkeys faced off against Peter and Michelle of the Blue Barracudas. The temple games were average for the most part. It came down to a One Pendant tiebreaker which included a "very special" moment. This moment was so special that it got it's down sub-section in this episode review. I usually never make a separate section for the tiebreaker, but this one whole heartedly deserved one. Read below to find out more why it got its own section. Other than that, the competition was pretty average and the temple games used some of the most common game of Season 2.

Temple Game #1 - One-Handed Clock


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Michelle and Margaret were on a giant rotating wheel with an image of Olmec on it. The girls had to turn the giant wheel and make one full rotation of it to earn one point. While rotating the wheel, the girls had to retain their balance and try not to fall off at all. If they fell off, they had to get back on it and start over again. The player that completed the most rotations would be the winner. Michelle was the better player in the end and won 12-8.

Temple Game #2 - Benjamin Franklin's Kite


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Peter and Ronnie had to traverse a giant wall by punching in various cubby holes in order to find a path leading up to the kite at the top. Once they found the correct cubby hole, they had to keep ascending the wall until they reached the kite at the very top with the Electrified Key. They then had to pull the kite back down to the bottom in order to be victorious. Peter won this temple game handily and gave the Blue Barracudas a score of 1-0 heading into the final temple game.

Temple Game #3 - Knocking down British Soldiers


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The two teams were armed with a catapult and standing in front of them were four British soldiers. The players had 60 seconds to use the catapult and knock down all four soldiers. Each of the players would have to switch out while attempting to load their catapults. The team that knocks down the most British soldiers after 60 seconds will win. In the end, the Green Monkeys were able to knock down all of their soldiers before time was up and force the 1-1 tiebreaker. Now we move onto the most epic tiebreaker fail on the show... *drumroll*

TIEBREAKER:


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While I am not providing a score for this section, I want to point out how big of an epic fail the tiebreaker was. Remember how the Green Monkeys earlier kept clocking in early at the Steps? Well, it will come back to bite them in the ass now because they failed hard with this tiebreaker question. The tiebreaker question was, "What country did Benjamin Franklin serve Ambassador too?". The minute the Green Monkeys boy heard the word "Ambassador", he chimed in and screamed "AMBASSADOR! AMBASSADOR!" as his answer. The question was deemed wrong as that not even one of Olmec's answers. Peter was smart enough to allow Olmec to reveal the answers, and he answered it correctly, which was "France". Meanwhile, Ronnie of the Green Monkeys was praying on the pedestal while the Blue Barracudas were winning. He looked pissed at the end when they got it correct. Hey buddy, you are only to blame for getting this answer wrong... :roll:

TEMPLE RUN: 7/10


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There was no excuse for a Season 2 contestant to try and beeline for the direct path like Peter did. The very first thing Peter did when he entered the Pit was try for the Throne Room door. Really, Peter? Do you think that the Throne Room would've opened that easily from the Pit? After being forced up into the Observatory, Peter makes another attempt at the direct path. Both the King's Storeroom and Medusa's Lair door opened, but he entered Medusa's Lair in hopes to get to the Throne Room from that room. As a result, he met an avoidable temple guard in Medusa's Lair. After completing Medusa's Lair, Peter was removed from the temple with less than 1:30 left. Michelle took over and almost pulled a "Harriet Tubman" right off the bat when she entered the temple by almost running into the unentered Crypt. She corrected herself though and followed her path to where Peter was taken out, and she was smart enough to avoid Medusa's Lair also. After having one of the fastest King's Storeroom completions and assembling the Silver Monkey, Michelle enters the Mine Shaft and races along the bottom floor of the temple before time ends for her in the Swamp. This team would've won if it wasn't for Peter's obsession with the direct path. Out of all the bottom of the central shaft runs on the show, this one was probably the most winnable. Peter and Michelle weren't a bad team, they just didn't make smart choices. Too bad they didn't win, but the run itself was still pretty exciting. This would've been a legendary win if they had actually won.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.5/10
"Electrified Key" featured quite a few big fails in one episode. The Green Monkeys tiebreaker question was definitely one of the biggest "dumbass fails" on the show. The hilarious part about this was that the Green Monkey boy kept cutting Olmec off in the Steps of Knowledge, and it came back to bite the team in the tiebreaker. They didn't deserve to go to the temple anyways. The rest of the episode was above average for the most part. On a production day that featured all wins though, this episode was still a disappointment. There is no reason why Peter and Michelle couldn't have won in the temple. Their temple run was designed to allow for a solo victory, and they blew with their flawed strategy. But still, the run was pretty exciting and they weren't a horrible team. Despite all the fails this episode had, it still got a pretty good score. I would definitely recommend watching it because I don't find it awful in any way.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 19, 2013, 06:41:54 PM
Electrified Key was certainly an eventful episode, from the Steps of Knowledge to the temple games. And it's something else to have a separate section for the tiebreaker. :lol: But it totally serves the Green Monkeys right. That's what you get for ringing in too early. I mean, I know there are a bunch of teams that get all their Steps of Knowledge questions right before the choices are revealed. But the Green Monkeys here did it constantly, and it came back to bite them in the ass in the tiebreaker. Even Kirk was getting impatient and saying "Guys, you might want to hear all the choices before you come up with your own answer." By the way, Michelle answered the tiebreaker question, not Peter. ;)

Another thing I found funny about the tiebreaker fail? When the camera is on just Peter and Michelle, and Kirk says to them "We got a good shot of that, didn't we?" I think I know what he was referring too.... XD Overall, great review. I figured this episode would score in the mid 6 range. The next episode I'm gonna do is "The Helmet of Genghis Khan." Which I predict will rank almost the same as Electrified Key.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 19, 2013, 08:58:10 PM
I was originally going to give a separate score for the tiebreaker round, but I didn't want to do that and make this episode look bad because it definitely wasn't bad. But yeah, the Green Monkey boy was asking for it after doing it at the steps the whole time. I am glad Peter and Michelle went to the temple anyways because they were more deserving all around. Too bad their temple run was kind of disappointing. But the whole tiebreaker round was hilarious, from the Green Monkeys boy praying to that Kirk Fogg line. This episode was definitely "special". :lol: I am not sure why I said Peter answered the tiebreaker question when Michelle was the one answering in the picture...  :oops:

Genghis Khan is a good choice for an episode too. ;) It is literally the only Red Jaguars episode in S1 I liked. Becca and Taylor did good before the temple and the episode did have a few standout moments. Genghis Khan will probably rank in the same range as Benjamin Franklin too. After you are done with that one, then I am going to do "Atahualpa" next. I also see that you plan on doing Emiliano Zapata. When you do that one, then I will probably do "Atocha" and that should complete that amazing production day.  :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 20, 2013, 02:23:15 AM
Yeah, Peter and Michelle should've won in the temple. If Peter hadn't tried for a direct path, it would've not only been a 4-on-4 day, but it would've been a legendary run too. It would've been the first bottom central shaft victory, but Peter blew it. I realize a lot of contestants beelined for a direct path, but with contestants like Peter and Kevin from Montezuma, their constant detours is what cost them a chance at winning. And by Season 2, you should know that retrieving an artifact from the Pit to the Throne Room won't work.

And yeah, Genghis Khan is definitely gonna be my next episode review. I should have it up by tomorrow. Other episodes I want to cover are Silver Horseshoe, Applewood Amulet, Golden Pepperoni, and Hans Holbein. If I do Applewood Amulet, you should totally do Atocha after that. Just so we have a full production day complete. I'll save that one for you, I promise. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 20, 2013, 09:37:52 AM
Peter is the worst offender of the direct path in S2. He tried for it one two different occasions. If he only tried the Pit-Throne Room door and still got a solo win, then I wouldn't really make a big deal about the direct path. But he did it on two separate occasions. Luckily neither player was bad though, which made the run pretty exciting. And if they won, this would've been the best production day on the whole show!

I would love to see you do Butch Cassidy also. :P Knowing how you have a "special place" in your heart for that one. And I promise whenever you get around to Emiliano Zapata, then I will do Atocha. Those two episodes go hand-and-hand because their legends are very similar...  :mrgreen:  :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 20, 2013, 11:37:47 PM
Okay, here it is. My review on "The Helmet of Genghis Khan." :mrred:

THE HELMET OF GENGHIS KHAN



MOAT: 5/10
MOAT: 6/10 (TRJ)



In this moat, the players had to swim across the moat with a rope in their hand. Once across, they would then wrap the rope tightly around the pole so their partner could cross. This round was generally unexciting, which is why I only gave it a "5." None of the moats on this production day were exciting or noteworthy anyways. Nothing really happened, so I don't have anything to add to it. Plus, the objective in general was both uncreative and boring. You would think the producers would've come up with a better moat idea other than just using a mere rope. At the end of the round, the Red Jaguars, Silver Snakes, Green Monkeys, and the Blue Barracudas ended up advancing to the Steps of Knowledge.

(TRJ's description)

This episode featured one of the most uninspiring moat crossings on the show. The first player had to swim across the moat while holding a rope and tie it to the pole on the other side. The second player then had to cross the moat by using the on top and on the bottom to cross. The first four teams that cross this moat got a chance to move onto the next round. As mentioned earlier, the moat used for this production day was very lame and uninspiring. The objective was too bland and cliche like most Season 1 moats. At the same time though, there really wasn't anything wrong with this moat either as the four teams that made it across didn't struggle too much. At the end of the day, it was just an average moat that lacked competition.

LEGEND: 7/10
LEGEND: 6/10 (TRJ)



This legend talked about Jamuka, who drove a giant Yurt (which is a giant tent wagon) for the Mongolian Army. Jamuka and his other tribe members followed Genghis Khan, who was their Mongolian ruler. One day, they ended up in China, and conquered a majority of Asia and parts of Europe. One of the passengers asked of Jamuka's name, and when Jamuka turned his back, it was Genghis Khan's voice that he heard. Jamuka introduced himself, and begged for Genghis Khan's forgiveness. Genghis Khan then tossed leather helmet to Jamuka, and told him he'd grow into it one day. Jamuka eventually rode off, and was rumored to have become a General at some point. The helmet eventually made its way to the temple. Pretty interesting legend if you ask me. Though I felt this legend had more to do with Jamuka than it did Genghis Khan. But at least an effort was made to include Genghis Khan in a good chunk of the legend. There were WAY worse offenders of an artifact/story having nothing to do with the titular character in the episode (Shiva, Cricket Cage, etc.) Plus, it could've been a little more detailed too.

(TRJ's description)

Long ago, there was a young boy who drove a giant tent wagon called a Yurt for the Mongolian Army. His name was Jamuka. Together, Jamuka and his other tribe members followed Genghis Khan, the ruler of all Mongols. They swept down across the plains and into China, conquering most of Asia and part of Europe. "Your driver" someone shouted, but Jamuka could not hear the command. The voice said the same thing again, and asked for Jamuka's name. The voice belonged to Genghis Khan, and Jamuka revealed his name as he begged the great leader for forgiveness. The great Khan laughed and tossed his leather helmet to Jamuka. He told Jamuka that it belonged to him know and told him that one day he will grow into it. Genghis Khan then rode off as Jamuka held the helmet in his hand. Some say that Jamuka became a great general, while his Helmet eventually made its way to the temple. Genghis Khan is definitely an interesting historical figure to cover. Unfortunately, this legend was not about him at all and instead was more about Jamuka. Which is too bad because Genghis Khan was a powerful ruler and leader. I wish the legend was more focused on him. But still, I can't really say anything bad about this legend either as it was still mildly entertaining. On a side note, the episode "Golden Cricket Cage" covered Kublai Khan, who was the grandson of Genghis Khan. The legend in this episode is much more interesting than the "Cricket Cage" one though.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10 (TRJ)



The Steps of Knowledge here was just an average round, as not much happened other than a few wrong answers given. Just like the moat, there is also not much to note here. The Blue Barracudas were the first team to qualify for the temple games. It came down to a two way tie on the second to last step between the Red Jaguars and the Silver Snakes. In the end, Becca and Taylor of the Red Jaguars were the second team to join the Blue Barracudas on the final step. The Silver Snakes got two questions correct, and the Green Monkeys did not get a chance to answer a question.

(TRJ's description)

This Steps of Knowledge round was pretty interesting because some of the answers were close calls. There were also a couple of wrong answers too. The most notable one was when both the Red Jaguars and Blue Barracudas gave the same exact wrong answer. -_- Other than that though, the questions felt pretty challenging in this episode and the teams did a good job getting them correct. We also had a tie on the second to last step twice. In the end though, the Blue Barracudas and Red Jaguars got three questions correct and advance onto the temple games.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10 (TRJ)



This temple games round was okay. It was sort of a close round, but it was still quite obvious the Red Jaguars were going to beat the Blue Barracudas. In the first game, Taylor and Phillip had to climb up a wall, grabs bricks to attach to their helmet, and then climb back down and put them in their bucket. It was a pretty close match, but Taylor ended up beating Phillip by winning the game 5-4. In the second game, Becca and Tammy had to climb up the soapy ramp, grab the soldier on top, and then put it in their basket. Both girls performed dreadfully in this game. Neither girl could climb up the ramp if their lives depended on it. Though it was pretty funny how Becca ripped off one of the doll's head. :lol: Naturally, it didn't count, and the game ended up a scoreless tie. Going into the third temple game, the Red Jagaurs were ahead of the Blue Barracudas 1-0.5. In the last game, the players had to assemble a yurt by using the same tired up and down pulley game. This was the exact objective the players in "The Moccasins of Geronimo" did. You know, the one with the tipi's? Anyways, Becca and Taylor finished the game with 25 seconds left on the clock, beating the Blue Barracudas in the temple games 2-0.5 and earning them a trip to the temple!

(TRJ's description)

The temple games featured a match-up between Taylor and Becca of the Red Jaguars and Phillip and Tammy of the Blue Barracudas. In the first temple game, Taylor and Phillip had to help Genghis Khan tear down the Great Wall of China. To do this, one player had to climb up the wall and grab a brick to place on their helmet. They then had to climb down and climb back up to grab another brick. The player that collects the most bricks after 60 seconds will win. Taylor was slightly faster and stronger than his competition in this temple game. The final score was close though with Red winning with a score of 5-4.

In the second temple game, Becca and Tammy had to climb up a slippery slope and grab a Mongolian soldier and place it into their bucket. While do this though, they could only stay on their knees while climbing. The player that collects the most soldiers after 60 seconds will win. Both girls struggled really bad in this temple game and neither of them could fully make it to the top. Kirk even told them that one of them would have to make a dive for the soldier. Becca did this and only grabbed the head of it. :lol: It was pretty funny how at the end of the temple game she is showing the head to Kirk and Kirk tells the audience how that is the only part she got. :lol: With a 0-0 score though, both girls earn a half-pendant. They enter the final game with a score of 1-0.5.

In the team game, the teams had to assemble a Yurt by grabbing pieces of flaps and placing it at the top. The players had to take turns getting to the top of the Yurt or else they will have difficulty reaching the top if they are not coordinating themselves. The team that gets the most flaps onto their Yurt after 60 seconds will win. The Red Jaguars managed to get all of their flaps at the top with 26 seconds remaining, while Tammy of the Blue Barracuda sort of took her sweet old time in this game. With a final Pendant score of 2-0.5, the Red Jaguars earn the right to enter Olmec's Temple.  :mrred:

Overall, the temple games were pretty close and entertaining. Each temple game was relevant to the legend and the competition was good too. The "headless doll" incident during the second temple game really stood out and was pretty hilarious too. The Red Jaguars dominance was also fun to watch too.

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10
TEMPLE RUN: 6.5/10 (TRJ)



Well, Becca and Taylor had a straight to path artifact layout to deal with, and their layout was pretty simplistic. But, the team won fair and square and escaped with 9 seconds left on the clock. Not much else to say except when Taylor exits the temple, you can clearly see a temple guard still squatting down in the Cave of Sighs. Same thing happens in "The Star of Sultan Saladin" too. Oh, and Becca and Taylor were so excited about their win, they could barely keep in camera frame. :mrred: This win was a lot less exciting than most other victories, but they still earned it.

(TRJ's description)

Like most Season 1 wins, this team had a pretty simple path to the artifact. In fact, there was no floor switching at all during this temple run and Taylor and Becca scored a win with less than 10 seconds. Becca chose to go into the temple first, where she met her first guard in the Cave of Sighs. After having no doors unlocked in the Cave, she was forced up into the Three Gargoyles and then forced in the Wall Climb. She chose the Observatory route where she had to force the door open with her hands because the door didn't open all the way. After walking all the way to the Shrine, she is removed from the temple by another temple guard. Taylor pretty much walks all the way to the Shrine, where he puts the Silver Monkey together and grabs the Helmet and makes his way to the temple exit. As he crosses the temple gate, he runs way out of camera frame and Becca soon joins him. :lol: You can totally see Kirk grabbing Taylor by the shirt and soon Becca to pull them into camera frame. :lol: Overall, this temple win was just average and there is not much to say about it. Becca and Taylor pretty much won with an easy temple layout. However, you can't really hold the easy win against them either. They didn't do many things wrong in their run either and the ending of the excitement at the end of the run was pretty entertaining at least. It is definitely not the best win on the show, but I don't have any complaints either. :mrred:

FINAL VERDICT: 6.2/10
FINAL VERDICT: 6.5/10 (TRJ)

Not too bad, I figured this episode would finish in the low 6 range. This episode was just average really, though it's a vast improvement over most Season 1 episodes, especially after crap like Alhambra. The one thing that annoyed me about this episode, was the Blue Barracuda girl, Tammy. Not only did she perform terribly in every round, but she had zero enthusiasm. She didn't smile once and she looked like she didn't even want to be on the show. I'm glad she didn't go to the temple. I mean, I'm not expecting every contestant to be like Kate or Elisa, but you could at least try to look like you're having fun. :? Other than that, this was a decent episode and while I don't find the win too exciting, I still recommend a rewatch of this episode.

(TRJ's description)

"Genghis Khan" was just an average episode in every sense. None of the rounds were particularly top notch nor were they mediocre either. The episode was more on the boring side too. Compared to most Season 1 episodes though, this as quite good and was watchable. The stand out moments include the scoreless tie in the female temple game where Becca decapitated the head of a doll. And the ending to the temple win where the Red Jaguars refused to stay in camera frame. :lol: Other than that, this win was just average and don't expect anything exciting or memorable. Overall, I definitely recommend watching this episode. It was still a decent episode despite losing the excitement factor.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 21, 2013, 12:22:21 AM
Genghis Khan was a pretty average episode overall, and not the most exciting one either. However, it was probably the best Red Jaguars episode in S1. I personally like this episode just because it is very memorable from my childhood and one of the reasons I liked the Jaguars growing up.

It seemed like a lot of the Season 1 legends were about other people than what the episode was suppose to be about. Like how "The Stolen Arm of Shiva" legend hardly mentions Shiva at all. They did this a lot in S1 and it was pretty weird. My guess is because no one would know who Jamuka is while everyone knows Genghis Khan.

The temple games were pretty good. Apparently Becca and Tammy were challenged in climbing in the female temple game. I have never seen a contestant struggle as much as both of them did in this temple game. As a result, we get a rare 0-0 score. And we also see Becca rip off one of the dolls heads too. :lol: I personally hate when they used the harness temple game for the team game. I just didn't like the team dynamics behind it.

The temple win was average at best, but I like it more than most S1 wins. Becca pretty much walked through the whole temple all the way to the Shrine. Luckily she didn't grab the artifact because this would've been Geronimo 2.0. :roll: Taylor was a little faster than Becca, and he assembled the Silver Monkey, and grabbed the Helmet and brought it out. The ending of the temple run was pretty memorable and neither player could stay in camera frame. :lol: This definitely wasn't a top quality win, but it was still good for the most part. I will take it over Shaka Zulu anyday. A good win overall too and it was definitely the Red Jaguars best temple run of S1.

I noticed how short your summary for this episode was too. Don't worry, I think my summary would've been this short to if I did Genghis Khan. There is literally not a whole lot to say about it. :P Very good summary though, and I think that is respectable score for it. I am going to do "Atahualpa" next. Should be a fun episode to watch.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 21, 2013, 01:03:28 AM
Yeah, I'm sorry I couldn't write more. But truth be told, there was nothing to talk about in pretty much every round. =/ I'll try to write better next time. And that should be easy, since the next one I want to review is "The Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de Medici." Now THAT episode should have a longer review. And like I've said before, I hate writing long things. I just like to get straight to the point. But I can't wait for your episode review of Atahualpa. Very exciting episode, even though the Blue Barracudas there didn't win. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 21, 2013, 01:07:31 AM
I wasn't slamming you for writing a shorter summary. :P I would've done the same thing for Genghis Khan too if I wrote it. If anything, it tells you how uneventful the whole episode is. I don't expect long summaries at all either. Sometimes short and to the point is better. When I am typing these summaries, I sometimes go overboard and add too much fluff. And my summary for Stone Marker was pretty short too since there wasn't a whole lot to talk about. :P And when I do Golden Stallion next, that episode summary will be short too. ;)

Golden Pepperoni should be a great read. Maybe it will finally prove to others that this episode is not as bad as it is made out to be. It was definitely fun and memorable, and the temple run isn't even that bad. I would look forward to this one. And like Electrified Key, it had a couple of standout moments... :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 21, 2013, 01:32:54 AM
Yeah, Golden Pepperoni had a lot of standout moments, especially the temple run. I always thought this entire episode gets way too much of a bad rap. I mean yes, Aqila screwed up big time, but she was still a decent player despite that. I definitely prefer Golden Pepperoni over episodes like Geronimo, which also got a short summary and was a rather uneventful episode. But granted, it was my first episode review. Not very good when a winning episode generates short responses, and can only score a mere 5.2 average. I honestly like most of the losses better than some of the wins. After all, a win is not always exciting, and a loss isn't always bad. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 21, 2013, 01:55:06 AM
If there is anything that will hurt Golden Pepperoni's score, it will probably be the silly legend. Other than that, it was a fun episode, especially the temple games. Geronimo is pure garbage and I sort of hate that episode. I think all of the "best temple win" talk really maligned my hate for this episode. It deserved the 5.2 score it got. If I ever ranked that episode, it would've had a lower score.  :twisted:

Even though we have a lot of episodes to cover, most of them are watchable even though they don't seem like it. The only ones that I would dread ranking are William Tell, Lily-Crested Crown, Smashed Printing Plate, and Queen Nzinga.  :afro:  The rest are fine for the most part.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 29, 2013, 12:18:25 AM
It's been a couple of weeks since one of these reviews were posted, so I went ahead and did "The Golden Jaguar of Atahualpa".  :mrblue: It was a good and memorable episode, and I am glad I chose to do this one. I also used Imgur for the images below. I will be doing the same for the rest of the episode reviews in the future. And while the images for the old episode reviews are still down, they should be back up by August. ;)

THE GOLDEN JAGUAR OF ATAHUALPA



MOAT: 5/10
MOAT: 5/10 (PPF)



This was probably the most uninspiring moat on the show. All the players had to do was cross the moat by using the rope over their head. Once the first player reaches the other side, then their partners had to cross the same way. It required a lot of upper body strength, and the teams really struggled during this production day. The Blue Barracudas got across the moat without too much problems. The other teams struggled a lot though, and there was big gap in between each time someone clocked in. It was pretty painful to watch overall.

PPF's Description

For this moat, the players had to cross the moat by pulling themselves across the moat with an overhead rope. Once across, the first player had to brace themselves and pull the rope tight around the pole, so their partner can make it across. This was a very difficult challenge for most of these contestants. It required a lot of upper body strength, in which this set of contestants really seemed to lack in this round. Although Chris and Tracy of the Blue Barracudas were the only team to not have immense difficulty. This was a very hard round to watch due to the poor editing and players struggling to get across. Though it wasn't nearly as bad as the moat in "The Silver Saddle Horn of Hannibal," filmed right after this episode. Furthermore, this has to be by far the most uninspiring, most tired moats on the show. You just use a rope to get across, big whoop dee do. At the end of this very lengthy round, the Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, and Red Jaguars advance to the Steps of Knowledge in that order.

LEGEND: 8/10
LEGEND: 7/10 (PPF)



High in the Andes Mountains were two brothers arguing over who became the rulers of the Inca. Their names were Huascar and Atahualpa. Their argument was so fierce that it turned into a Civil War that lasted five years. Atahualpa defeated his brother, but the war left the Inca empire very weak. Soon after, a Spanish conquistador named Francisco Pizarro visited the capital city of the Inca and defeated Atahualpa. Pizarro promised to set Atahualpa free if his people provided him with one room full of gold and twice full of silver. Pizarro never kept his promise though and Atahualpa remained imprisoned. The Spanish melted all the gold and took it back to Spain, except for a Golden Jaguar that it's way to Olmec's temple.

This was a very interesting legend, and it also a very familiar one too since almost everyone has heard about the Inca empire in grade school at one point. It had a serious plot and didn't have any silly bits either. My only complaint was that the legend could've used slightly more detail. But other than that, it was a very good legend and the artifact looked very neat also.

PPF's Description

The legend in this episode centered around Atahualpa, and his brother Huascar. The two brothers often bickered over becoming rulers of the Inca. Their argument was so intense that it turned into a Civil War that went on for five years. While Atahualpa managed to defeat his brother, the Inca empire weakened. And a Spanish conqueror named Francisco Pizarro visited Inca and defeated Atahualpa. The only way Pizarro would set Atahualpa free is if his people provided him a room full of gold and silver. But that never came to be as Pizzaro did not follow through on his promise while Atahualpa remained imprisoned. The Spanish melted away all of the gold and took it back to Spain with them. The only thing that remained was a golden jaguar, which eventually found its way to the temple. This was a decent legend in my opinion. I liked the story that was told, and it didn't cross the line into parodying itself, like most legends tend to do. On the other hand, the legend could've used a little more detail. They could've talked more about Atahualpa's stint in prison, and if he ever escaped. But other than that, this was still an enjoyable legend and the artifact was very high quality and neat looking.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10 (PPF)



The Purple Parrots got a couple of lucky breaks in the Steps. One of the answers they gave didn't really sound like one of the correct answers to the question. Olmec never got to finish the question and they answered "once with gold". That sounded like a partial answer to me, but the producers gave the answer to them. The only bad answer during this Steps round was when the Purple Parrot girl answered "Matadors" for the name of the Spaniards that entered the Inca Empire. Silly Purple Parrot girl, a Matador is someone that tames bulls. Tracy of the Blue Barracudas did well for her team and got all of the answers correct. Nothing really to complain here about this round.

PPF's Description

This was a pretty average Steps of Knowledge round. Aside from a few sketchy the Purple Parrots gave, this round was rather uneventful. The Purple Parrots finished first on the steps, despite a wrong answer they gave about "Matadors" earlier on in the round. The Blue Barracudas, who were very smart on the steps and did not get a single wrong answer, finished second. The Red Jaguars only got one question correct, and the Orange Iguanas did not get an questions right. Overall, not a bad round, but not a great round either.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10 (PPF)

The two temple teams included Tracy and Chris of the Blue Barracudas and Greg and Kelly of the Purple Parrots. The episode has a very memorable and infamous Kirk Fogg quote, which can be found in the second temple game below. The temple game sequence is also pretty unique too since it utilized temple games that were uncommon in S1. The temple games came down to a One Pendant tiebreaker, where the Blue Barracudas make a comeback in the team game and beat the Purple Parrots in the tiebreaker.

Temple Game #1 - Temple Ransom Payment



Chris and Greg had to climb up a "mountain" in order to get the ransom needed to free Atahualpa. In their bins were one bar of gold and two bars of silver. They must put each bar one by one on their head and place it at the top of the mountain. Once they placed one bar of gold down, then they had to do the same for the two bars of Silver. The player that gets all of their bars of gold and silver at the top or the player furthest along will win. The game was a close race between both guys, but Greg was victorious in the end.

Temple Game #2 - Incan Canoes



Tracy and Kelly had 60 seconds to slide down a slide on their bellies and see how much distance they can reach. They can not use their hands once they are down the slide. The ground will be slippery, allowing the players to slide further. The girl that makes it the farthest in 60 seconds is the winner. Kelly was able to slide the furthest in this temple game, deeming her the winner.

The best part of this temple game was the ending where Kirk comments on the Purple Parrot girls appearance - "By the looks of things, you look a little soapy." Really Kirk? It's not like Kelly and Tracy weren't sliding in soap for 60 seconds.  :afro:

Temple Game #3 - Brother vs. Brother



The final temple game had the male players attached to a wall while wearing a velcro vest. Their partners had velcro balls and had to throw them at their partner's vest. The male players had to catch the balls with their bodies. They could move their body around while the girls were aiming at them. The team that caught the most balls at the end of 60 seconds would be the winner. In the end, the Blue Barracudas win 13-11 and force a One Pendant tiebreaker.

The tiebreaker question asked was "Was the Inca Empire found in... North America... South America..." and before Kirk could reveal the last answer, Tracy chimes in and answers "South America" as the correct answer. With a comeback in the last temple game and winners of the tiebreaker, Chris and Tracy of the Blue Barracudas are deemed worthy into Olmec's temple. :mrblue:

PPF's Description

The temple games featured an excellent set up of games, (which is very rare for Season 1), and some close competition all throughout. In the first game, Chris and Greg had to climb up a mountain and put a bar of gold or silver on their helmet, and place it on top of the mountain. Greg was a BEAST in his game! You should see the way he climbed up that mountain. I swear, it had to be a record. Naturally, Greg dominants Chris and wins a half pendant for his team. In the second game, Tracy and Kelly had to slide down a soapy chute to see who can make it the "furthest along." This is one of my personal favorite temple games in the whole series. Unlike most Season 1 temple games, I like this utilization of the "furthest along" concept, and it looks like a lot of fun to do. They definitely should've used this game a lot more often. Furthermore, this was a close match throughout. At the end of the round though, Kelly of the Purple Parrots was just a smidgen bit further along, and won another half pendant for her team. But not without Kirk remarking "By the looks of things, you look a bit soapy!" Oh Kirk, where would this episode be without that memorable little tidbit? :lol: So now the Purple Parrots were up 1-0 going into the third temple game. The Blue Barracudas still had yet to score, but that could all change. In the final temple game, the female players had to throw Velcro balls at their tied up male partners. The Blue Barracudas seemed to be getting a good rhythm down, while Kelly of the Purple Parrots lagged behind in the ball throwing process. It was like she was not putting any effort into throwing the balls at Greg. This really cost her team dearly. At the end of the round, the Blue Barracudas came right from behind and won the game, with a very impressive score of 13-11! So with a 1-1 pendant tie, it was time for the tiebreaker. The tiebreaker question asked for this episode regarded where the Inca Empire was found. Tracy of the Blue Barracudas got the correct answer "South America" and earned her and her partner a trip to the temple! Of course, this means the Purple Parrots lost their first ever tiebreaker. Which would occur seven more times throughout the entire series, knowing their bad luck with tiebreakers.

TEMPLE RUN: 7.5/10
TEMPLE RUN: 8/10 (PPF)



One wrong turn usually spells disaster in most temple runs. Chris and Tracy find out the hard way in their temple. The temple run started out very unusually. Chris' strategy was to start low in the Cave of Sighs. Well, he thought that the opening between the Cave of Sighs and Olmec was the entrance to the temple. :lol: He actually ran into the two spaces, but only wasted 2 seconds at most doing so. As he moved along the bottom floor into the Throne Room, he was given two choices of rooms to go into next. He ultimately went into the Heart Room, where he met a dead end and temple guard. After heading back down into the Holes of Python, Chris is removed from the Shrine. Tracy didn't have much time to herself with a long path back to where Chris was taken out. She did manage to reach where he left off, assemble the Silver Monkey, and grab the Golden Jaguar with less than 2 seconds left. Nothing else could be done though as time was up for the team. While the team failed to win due to a useless detour by Chris, the temple run is pretty exciting. And most of the S1 temple losses were pretty boring and lackluster. However, this team moved fast and didn't have any glaring weaknesses in the temple. If Chris didn't enter the Heart Room at the start, it would've been a solo victory. But still, this temple run is rather exciting and was a nice way to top off a good episode.

PPF's Description

This was one of those temple runs where one wrong turn cost a team a chance at victory. Despite that though, this temple run was still very exciting. Chris heads into the temple first and.... heads in the wrong direction upon entering the temple. He goes behind Olmec, instead of directly into the Cave, until Kirk tells his "Wrong way!" Chris very quickly corrects this rather humorous mistake, and continues to move swiftly into the Throne Room. Once there, Chris has a choice of either entering the Holes of Pyhton, or the Heart Room. Unfortunately, he chooses the latter room, ultimately deciding the fate of this run. In the Heart Room, a temple guard takes away his teams only pendant, and promptly heads back down. He continues to to traverse the temple in a quick fashion, until he reaches the Shrine, where he is removed from the temple with 1:24 left on the clock. Tracy enters next and she moves quickly too. She goes a great job following Chris' path all the way to the Shrine, and even grabs the Jaguar in the last four seconds of the temple run! Of course, they didn't make it out, and time runs out shortly after. Had it not been for Chris' detour into the Heart Room, this temple run would've been a solo victory. Instead, it was the Blue Barracudas' only failed escape. Still a very exciting and fun temple run nonetheless.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.1/10
FINAL VERDICT: 7/10 (PPF)

"Golden Jaguar" was a very solid episode throughout and didn't have many weak moments. If I could pick one weakness about this episode, it would be the long moat. You can't blame the kids for this one though, the producers expected way too much when they made this moat. The rest of this episode is a decent watch though and very exciting too. The legend was very interesting and the temple games had some classic moments. The temple run was not bad either, and this is the only time the Blue Barracudas grab an artifact but fail to bring it out of the temple. I would definitely recommend this episode, especially since there weren't many strong S1 episodes on the show. You would be missing out if you didn't watch "Golden Jaguar". There a few classic moments that many Legends fans talk about.  You definitely don't want to miss what happens at the beginning of the temple run. :mrblue:

PPF's Description

Overall, this was one of the strongest episodes of Season 1, and it was very exciting and memorable the whole way through. With the exception of the moat, where the producers expected WAY too much of these kids, every round was very fun to watch. The temple games were the staple of this episode, as it featured a great set up of unique and rare games, priceless quotes from Kirk, and close competition the whole round. The temple run featured a solid performance by Chris and Tracy too, despite the fact that they lost in the temple. It was especially memorable for Chris' quasi detour behind Olmec at the beginning of the round. This episode was a classic and one of the better Season 1 episodes, and I would recommend it to anyone. :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 29, 2013, 12:47:26 AM
Atahualpa was a very exciting episode. Especially for the "by the looks of things, you look a bit soapy" quote. And for Chris' detour behind Olmec. :lol: The temple games was a decent match, even though it's the first of many Purple Parrot tiebreaker losses. :( Oh well, Chris and Tracy were still a good team. If Chris hadn't detoured into the Heart Room, it would've been a solo victory.

Overall, great review. :mrblue: I'll probably do "The Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de Medici" next. :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 29, 2013, 12:54:32 AM
Golden Pepperoni will be interesting to see where it ranks. The whole episode has some good parts and some not so good parts. The only real "bad part" I remember was the legend. Other than that, I liked that episode and never had many problems with it. Especially the temple run.

I am thinking of doing "Stone Head" next before "Sultan Suleiman". I just watched that whole episode yesterday and it will be interesting to rank. This episode is mixed with some very bad rounds and really good rounds. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 29, 2013, 11:03:38 PM
Okay here it is. My review on "The Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de Medici." :mrpurple:

THE GOLDEN PEPPERONI OF CATHERINE DE' MEDICI



MOAT: 7/10



In this moat, the players had to cross the moat by standing on tubes, and use the poll above for balance. This was a pretty exciting moat, and the round was close where it wasn't too painfully obvious who the four teams would be. Also, none of the teams were penalized for going without their tubes, and just merely climbing across the moat by poll. I'm pretty sure the other moats that day weren't picky about the tubes either.

LEGEND: 3/10



The legend was about Catherine de' Medici, who was the queen of France, and had been having nightmares in her castle. Catherine called over the Great Linguini, to get some answers as to what was happening to her. The Great Linguini had told Catherine she had been eating too much pepperoni, and that she should tear down her new castle. Catherine heeded his advice, and tore the castle down. As a token of appreciation, the Great Linguini gave Catherine de' Medici a golden pepperoni. Both this legend and artifact was pretty lame. I mean, the Great Linguini, seriously? I expected MUCH more for such a legendary figure like Catherine de' Medici. And this is the best story of her the producers could hatch? This sounds like a legend that would fit in better with Season 3. Especially with artifacts and legends like Bifocal Monocle and Snow Cone. :roll:

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



The Steps of Knowledge was over in 7 questions. The Green Monkeys blazed through all their questions and was the first team to finish. The Purple Parrots eventually joined them on the second step. This round would've been rated much higher if it wasn't for all those wrong answers given by the Orange Iguanas. Seriously, were they even paying attention at all? Did they even study the legend backstage? They did get at least one question right, but still. Plus, I couldn't tell which contestant was a boy, and which one was a girl. Because that boy had some long hair! On a more off topic note, after Olmec was done telling the legend, he accidentally calls the Room of the Secret Password, "The Secret Password Room." And Olmec is usually the last person to flub a room name, (even with names like "The Bamboo Swamp"). Usually Kirk is the one Fogging up with that. :lol:

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10



To make up for the lackluster legend and Steps of Knowledge round, the temple games featured a unique sequence and great competition. In the first game, Aqila and Tara had to collect pieces of the noble family's crest, all while avoiding the swinging obstacles. Both girls managed to tie 3-3, giving them both a half pendant of life. In the second game, Chris and Michael had to climb up the totem poll and remove the merlons on top. And only the merlons that actually made the bucket count. It was a neck and neck match between the guys, but Michael of the Green Monkeys ended up winning 4-3, since Chris dropped one of his merlons. At that point, the Green Monkeys were leading the Purple Parrots 1-0.5. In the third game, the teams had to take turns climbing the net, grab crowns out of the cubbyholes, and crown the mannequin heads. The Purple Parrots just barely edge out the Green Monkeys 3-2, giving them the full pendant, and just barely beating them to the temple 1.5-1!

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10



This temple run is an infamous one, with Aqila passing up the pepperoni at the end of the run. But besides that blunder, this wasn't a bad temple run at all. Chris goes in first and trips upon entering the temple. Much like how Leah from "The Bullet Riddled Handbag of Belle Boyd" tripped up the stairs in her temple run. :lol: Chris only lasts three rooms, and is removed in the Laser Light Room with 2:18 left on the clock. Aqila goes in next, and she moves pretty slow. She almost passes up the half pendant, but does go back for it. And she needed it too, since the third temple guard was waiting for her in the King's Storeroom. Now why couldn't Renee from Nzinga find her half pendant, like contestants like Aqila, Kerry, and even Claude did. Anyways, after Aqila assembles the monkey, time is really ticking down. She enters the Room of the Secret Password, and instead of reaching the pepperoni, she passes it! She ends up going down the Mine Shaft elevator and time runs out soon after. After time was called, Chris falls to his knees in complete and utter disbelief. Despite the outcome, it was still an exciting temple run and had a very interesting finish. Not many episodes from Season 2 can say they had a memorable ending.

FINAL VERDICT: 6/10

Yet another episode scores a solid 6, which is a fair score for this episode. The moat and the temple games were exciting, but the utterly cheesy legend is what drags it down. The temple run could have been ranked either higher or lower, but I figure a "6" is fitting. As slow and dimwitted as Aqila was, I think she gets some undeserved flack here. Besides the passing of the pepperoni, I thought she was still a decent player. At least she went back for her half pendant, something Renee from Nzinga can't say. And she completed the Jester's Court (whose lights wouldn't dim) with no problem, and she assembled the monkey in a decent fashion. So she wasn't a total lost cause like Kim from Missing Weather Maps was. Most people consider this temple run the reason the Purple Parrots are ranked "the loser team." But this temple run wasn't bad at all, and I think people like to over exaggerate how bad it was. There were way worse Purple Parrot players than Aqila, and way worse players from other teams in general. Regardless of outcome, I still recommend this episode. It's at least worth a laugh for the lame legend. :lol:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 30, 2013, 12:11:02 AM
Golden Pepperoni is an episode that gets a lot of undeserved criticism. To me, the only bad part of this episode was the stupid legend. Nightmares about eating too much pepperoni? The Great Linguini? This legend was such a bunch of nonsense and you can tell that the producers were desperate to come up with a plot revolving around Catherine de' Medici. :roll: The artifact was pretty lame too. Why would you give a Golden Pepperoni as a token of your appreciation? The legend easily hurts this episode's score.

The temple games is probably my most favorite part about this episode. Every single temple game was a close call. I also liked the temple game sequence they used also. The "swinging objects" and "spider web" games were some of my favorite from S2. The Purple Parrots barely beat the Green Monkeys for the win.

Now, the temple run is definitely the highlight of this episode and is also very memorable. :P It was also pretty exciting too. Chris made good time in his short time in the temple. Aqila was a good second runner, albeit a little slow. She seemed to complete her temple rooms with little to no problem though. And she found her half-pendant too. When she got into the Secret Password though, she passed up the Golden Pepperoni and headed for the Mine Shaft elevator for who knows what reason.  :shock: She eventually gets the hint that she passed the artifact up, but time is up by the time she reaches it. The ending was very memorable with Kirk shouting "GET THE PEPPERONI!!" and Chris falling to his knees. Pretty good run WITH a very memorable ending.  :mrpurple:

Overall, I like the Golden Pepperoni episode and an even 6 is a good score for this episode IMO. The legend really drags the episode's score down a lot though. It probably would rank closer to a 7 if it wasn't so lame. But I like the rest of the episode and it definitely doesn't get the criticism it receives. Even though the temple ending was unfortunate, I don't find Aqila to be a bad player. It was just those last 4 seconds that make her look bad. Good episode and great review.  :mrpurple:

For me, I am definitely doing "Stone Head" next. Only because I watched the whole episode a few days ago and I am curious on how it will rank. This episode had some really good rounds and some poor rounds too. And I after that, I promise I will get to Sultan Suleiman. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 30, 2013, 12:47:51 AM
Yeah, Aqila was actually a much better player than people give her credit for. Sure she was slow and passed up the artifact, but it's not like she was entirely clueless. She definitely doesn't deserve the criticism she gets. Though I always theorized that she thought the artifact was in the Mine Shaft, and NOT in the Room of the Secret Password. That's my best guess at least. And the legend totally brings the episode down. I mean, the Great Linguini?! He's not even a real person, unlike what other people have tried to claim in the past. :lol:

And I can't wait until your review on Stone Head. It'll be interesting to see how that episode ranks. :mrblue: Especially for the temple games and temple run. It's like every round in that episode was either really really good, or really really bad.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 30, 2013, 12:52:05 AM
Yeah, Aqila was actually a much better player than people give her credit for. Sure she was slow and passed up the artifact, but it's not like she was entirely clueless. She definitely doesn't deserve the criticism she gets. Though I always theorized that she thought the artifact was in the Mine Shaft, and NOT in the Room of the Secret Password. That's my best guess at least. And the legend totally brings the episode down. I mean, the Great Linguini?! He's not even a real person, unlike what other people have tried to claim in the past. :lol:

And I can't wait until your review on Stone Head. It'll be interesting to see how that episode ranks. :mrblue: Especially for the temple games and temple run. It's like every round in that episode was either really really good, or really really bad.

Didn't Kamehameha think that the Great Linguini was a real person? Same with Needmore Rupees and Ling Ling from the Imperial Wizard legend. :lol:

And yeah, Stone Head will be very interesting to rank. Every round was either really good or really bad. Although I don't want to spoil the review too much. :P I should have Stone Head up by tomorrow. I am definitely interested in ranking this one.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 30, 2013, 01:02:43 AM
Yeah, it was Kamehameha who said that. And TMH totally called him out on it and told him to "wake the fuck up." :lol: As for my next episode, I'll probably review either Silver Horseshoe or Leonardo Da Vinci. I'll probably review the former first, since it was a pretty interesting episode. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 30, 2013, 07:27:22 PM
As I promised, here is my episode review for "Stone Head". The final score of this episode is pretty surprising considering how bad some of the rounds of this episode scored. Luckily it wasn't a terrible episode though and it actually had some good parts. I never really hated this episode at all except for the temple run. And I double checked, so there should be no mention of Kelly at all. ;)

THE STONE HEAD OF THE EVIL KING



MOAT: 1/10



Whoever came up with the idea of this moat should be fired from the production team. This was the worst moat that was ever used on this show. The teams struggled so bad that it took 45 minutes one time just to complete one round of this moat. How did this moat work? Basically the first player had to cross the moat by balancing themselves on a loose board while crossing. The second player had to hold the board still so the first player can hold their balance. Now why did the kids struggle so much with this moat? Because the board they were crossing was not sturdy at all and it was hard for them to hold their balance. The moat in this episode was very long to the point that the fog disappears. While this may have not been the "45 minute" moat mentioned in Kirk's interview, it comes close to it. And the crappy editing doesn't do this crapfest much justice either.

LEGEND: 9/10



One of the greatest heroes of Greek Mythology was a young Perseus. His mother was about to be forced into a marriage with an Evil King. To save his mother though, Perseus agreed to slay a monster named Medusa. Medusa was an ugly monster whose hair was made of live snakes and anyone that looked at her turned to stone. The Evil King knew that he was sending Perseus to his death, and Perseus set off to Medusa's cave. When encountering Medusa, Perseus tried to avoid looking into Medusa's eyes. Instead, he user his shield to capture her reflection and decapitates her. He then takes Medusa's head to the Evil King, who stares at her and turns into rubble. The only remaining part of the Evil King was his Stone Head.

In my opinion, this was one of Legends' most interesting stories. Medusa is a very interesting monster to study and read about. The legend also had a serious tone to it and didn't sound like some made up plot for "Are You Afraid of the Dark". The producers also mention quite some gruesome details in the legend. Most notably, how Perseus cuts of Medusa's head. The voice acting use for Medusa was pretty decent also. I would've given it a perfect score if the dialogue didn't sound so monotonous in some parts of the legend.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7.5/10



The majority of the questions asked dealt with Greek Mythology and the story that Olmec told. Nothing amazing particularly sticks out about this Stpes of Knowledge round. I do want to mention though how Heather and Tony were struggling a lot to try and chime in order to give an answer. They were pressing their marker hard enough, but they had some bad luck getting it to ring. In the end, the Silver Snakes make it first while the Blue Barracudas follow behind.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10

The temple games featured Heather and Tony of the Blue Barracudas facing Chris and Kristen of the Silver Snakes. Not much to say about this temple games round, except that the Blue Barracudas dominated it. They swept the temple games altogether, and this was with the uncommon Boy-Girl temple game pairing. Sometimes though, temple game sweeps are uninteresting when the other team has no chance at all in beating the other team. But these temple games were pretty decent since the sequence that they used were pretty interesting.

Temple Game #1 - Place a Wing on Pegasus



Heather and Chris each had a wing of Pegasus and had to shimmy up his back bone in order to plan the wings on him. While doing so, Pegasus will be spitting water at the female contestants. The first player to get both wings on Pegasus in 60 seconds will win. In the end, Heather was able to get both wings on Pegasus within 30 seconds of the temple game.

Temple Game #2 - Hang Medusa's Head



Tony and Kristen both a bag containing Medusa's head and they had to hang it on Athena's shield up in Mt. Olympus. In order to do so, they had to scale a wall using the pegs in the wall. Once at the top, they had to place the bag with Medusa's head on Athena's shield. Neither Tony or Kristen managed to get their bag onto the shield, but in the end Tony was deemed the winner as he was the furthest along.

Temple Game #3 - Destroy the Evil King's Statues



In the final temple game, the teams had to knock over statues of the Evil King. Each player had to take turns knocking down a statue of an Evil King with the use of a catapult loaded with a giant ball. There were four Evil King statues in total. The player that knocked down the most Evil King statues will be the winner. In the end, Heather and Tony with 3-2 to completed the temple game sweep.

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10



When a team like the Blue Barracudas dominated the earlier rounds, you expect a good performance by the team in the temple, right? For Heather and Tony though, it was everything but a good performance. This team only made it through 5 rooms in three minutes. Part of the reason why they made such little progress was because of the Medusa's Lair objective. In the earlier layouts of S2, the contestants were required to put four snakes in Medusa's head. In this temple run, the Blue Barracudas were one of two teams that had to complete this task (the other team being the Red Jaguars from "The Lost Love Letter of Captain John Smith". Tony wasted 1/3 of his run just trying to get the snakes into Medusa's head. But he had no luck whatsoever getting the snakes to align. He was getting frustrated in the process and kept jabbing the snakes into any area of her head. In his defense, four snakes Medusa's Lair was very brutal since the producers had to dumb down on the objectives. But there was no reason for Tony to spend over a minute in that room. If Tony took his time in the first place, he might've not spent half the time he did in that room. To further support that Tony was a moron, he punches the King's Storeroom pots in an ineffective way that could've sent the key flying off the set. Overall, this was a very disappointing run and the Blue Barracudas really blew their load in the temple.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.5/10
"Stone Head" was an unusual episode where it featured some really good rounds and some pretty bad rounds. Most episodes that have been rated so far do not have this much diversity as this one. To hit on the high and low points of this episode, I will start off with the bad. The moat was very long and frustrating to watch. It was not the kids fault at all, but the producers should've fixed this moat considering that earlier episodes like "The Cracked Crown of the Spanish King" teams struggled with this moat. The temple run was also very frustrating and the Blue Barracudas should've done much better than the final outcome of the run. The high lights of this episode include the very interesting legend and good Steps of Knowledge that went with it. In the end, the episode managed to get an average score. I wouldn't really recommend this episode, but I say it is worth a watch. It will probably not be on a "Must watch" list, but it wasn't a total lost cause episode either. Watch this episode once you have watched all the good episodes first.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 30, 2013, 08:22:22 PM
Wow, this episode was all over the place when it came to rankings. :o I totally agree that this has got to be the worst moat the show has ever featured. Every episode to have this moat (save his Mush Pot Hat) took forever and the mist disappeared. I would've bombed that moat too if I were assigned to it. Though I still think Cracked Crown's moat was worse, since the mist disappeared MUCH sooner in that one. The legend was pretty interesting, though why couldn't the artifact have been in Medusa's Lair instead of the Swamp? It would've made more sense in there, then Tony wouldn't have had any problems in that room. The temple games were interesting, and I'm always a sucker for the wet games of Season 2. Especially the spitting animal head game that Heather and the Silver Snake boy played. The temple run sucked, thanks to Tony and his screwing around with Medusa's head. And you're right, he probably wouldn't have taken so long with the objective if he didn't try to rush through it. Though putting four snakes in Medusa's head is ridiculous. No wonder they had to dumb down the objective. And of course he smashes the pots like a moron in the King's Storeroom. After time was called, you could tell both Heather and Tony were pissed. Classic example of wasted potential if you ask me.

Overall, great review and ranking. :mrblue: It still managed to rank in the mid 5 range, despite the weak points in the moat and temple run. I'm still not sure which episode I'm gonna rank next. I know I said I wanted to rank either Silver Horseshoe or Leonardo Da Vinci next. But I don't really feel like going through either episode. Maybe I'll do another Season 2 episode, just to continue on the "Season 2" trend we've been doing lately. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 30, 2013, 08:47:01 PM
Yeah, you would think after Cracked Crown (the second episode that day), they would've ditched the moat or make it much easier. It was definitely way too much and I felt sorry for the kids who both had to keep trying and had to wait in order to cross this moat. And yeah, the Stone Head easily should've been in Medusa's Lair. That would've been the most fitting artifact location. And Tony wouldn't have screwed up the room objective either. Heather and Tony are easily the #1 example of wasted potential in my book.

And yeah, I don't blame you for not wanting to do Butch Cassidy or Leonardo Da Vinci. Those are the kind of episodes you have to force yourself through. Although there are a lot of great S2 episodes left, so you can't go wrong there.  :P Maybe Lost Lion Tail? j/k. I am going to do Sultan Suleiman next though.  ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 30, 2013, 08:54:46 PM
Yeah, Heather and Tony dominated almost every round, yet couldn't even make it past their fifth room. On the other hand, there were a lot of teams who were dominant in all the pre temple rounds, and then had a subpar temple run. And yeah, I'll probably do another Season 2 episode next for my episode review. Maybe I'll finally do Applewood Amulet, or another episode I'll pick from the list.

Also, do you mind if I delete the strike through episodes we've already done? It will make the list less cluttery and easier to read. I figure since you've already put your name on the episodes you want to do next, I could clean up the list a bit. Since we already have that table of episodes that have already been reviewed anyways. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on July 30, 2013, 08:57:38 PM
Actually, I don't know why I put strikes through the episode in the first place.  :lol: It makes more logical sense just to get rid of the episode title altogether. And the list is starting to look ugly with all the scratched out episodes anyways.

Also, if you do Emiliano Zapata for your next one, I promise I will do Atocha right after that one then. Since those episodes go hand-and-hand. Both legends are very similar and the rounds featured two strong teams. I always forgot how similar those two episodes are.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 30, 2013, 09:10:21 PM
Alright, strike throughs of episodes we've already done has been eliminated from the OP. And I've got to say, it's MUCH easier to read now that the list is shorter. And I've decided to do "The Diary of Dr. Livingstone" next. Then you can finally do Sacred Ring, and then the reviews for Applewood Amulet and Atocha are to follow. Since like you said, it would be fitting reviewing both episodes that were filmed back to back. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on July 31, 2013, 08:51:08 PM
My turn to do an episode review. And this time, it's "The Diary of Dr. Livingstone." :mrblue:

THE DIARY OF DR. LIVINGSTONE



MOAT: 5/10



For this moat, the players had to build a bridge by laying four boards on two parallel bars. The back most player had to grab the last plank, and give it to their partner in the front. While this was a creative moat, which required teamwork to finish, the round itself wasn't very exciting. Regardless, the Green Monkeys, Blue Barracudas, Silver Snakes, and the Purple Parrots ended up advancing to the Steps of Knowledge. It should also be noted that the teams advancing from the moat was announced as Silver - Green - Purple - Blue. Which wasn't even the order of the four teams that gonged in. This also happened at the end of Silver Horseshoe's moat. I'm glad the producers didn't edit all the end of moat announcements like that. It just came across poorly edited and too sloppy.

LEGEND: 7/10



The legend in this episode revolved around Henry Stanley, who set to look for Dr. Livingstone, who was assumed to be missing. As Henry made his way to see Dr. Livingstone, he practiced ways he would greet him. Some of his rehearsals consisted of him saying "Hello, Doc?" "Doctor, how do you do?" and "Pleased yo meet your acquaintance, Doctor!" Finally, Henry made it to Ujiji, where he found Dr. Livingstone himself. He greeted Livingstone with (and while coining a famous phrase in the process), "Dr. Livingstone, I presume!" to which Livingstone answered back "Delighted!" Dr. Livingstone then gave Henry his diary, to prove that they had met. I happened to like this legend, especially for the way Henry Stanley rehearsed his ways he would greet Dr. Livingstone when he met him.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



The Steps of Knowledge were an average round. There were some questions that were thrown in there that we didn't actually hear in the legend, which happens in a lot of episodes. This goes to show that the legend we hear on the show is different from the legend the kids hear backstage. Either way, the Purple Parrots were the first team to qualify for the temple games. And the Blue Barracudas were the second team to join them. The Green Monkeys got two questions right, and the Silver Snakes got one question correct. All in all, this was a close round, just uneventful.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10



The temple games were an okay round, and it did feature a unique sequence of games. And I'm pretty sure this is the only Season 2 episode to feature both individual games as wet temple games. As all four players are wearing their colored windbreaker jackets. In the first game, Tabitha and Adrianne had to guess where Dr. Livingstone was, by using the very underrated squirting/plugging holes game. Tabitha ended up beating Adrianne 6-4, and it should also be noted that one of the name tags "Bagdad," was spelled wrong. Way to misspell a country name, Legends producers. -_- In the second game, Brett and Shawn had to put a jewel on the spitting snake. It was very obvious this was the first episode to use this temple game. As the guys were required to only put one jewel on the snakes neck, which made the game WAY too easy and rushed to me. Needless to say, Brett ended up finishing the game first in only six seconds. Winning the game and making for the quickest temple game completion in the shows history. In the third game, the teams had to trace Henry Stanley's steps through Suez, Zanzibar, Unyanyembe, and Ujiji. They did this by using the fling balls at your partner/wall climbing game. This game could've ended in a tie, with Brett knocking off the ball he put on Unyanyambe, but spotters told him he didn't need to cover it again. The Blue Barracudas never did make it further than Unyanyambe, but they still won the game as the Purple Parrots only got as far as Zanzibar. And with 2 full pendants, the Blue Barracudas shut out the Purple Parrots and won a trip to the temple!

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10



This temple run was very similar to "The Metal Beard of the Egyptian Queen," in which the teams ran into temple guards in the same room spaces, and entered every single room of the temple. Only Metal Beard was much more exciting than this run, which was an average win. Tabitha goes in first and she moves pretty slow. She covers the bottom floor at a rather sluggish pace. Tabitha at one point tries to climb the Swamp ladder, to try the King's Storeroom door, but with no avail. She runs into a temple guard in both the Throne Room and Dark Forest, with the latter guard removing her from the temple with 2:05 left on the clock. Brett goes in next and he also covers the temple at an average place. He eventually makes his way up to the Viper's Nest, making him the only contestant to complete the objective. Ty from Lucky Medallion doesn't count since he didn't need to complete the objective. Brett then retrieves the diary with about 40 seconds left on the clock, where he enters every room in the temple in the process. While it was a rather ineffective exit, he still escaped with a victory with 5 seconds left on the clock. This was a rather forgettable win, but they still earned it.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.2/10

This episode wasn't very exciting, and I figured it would finish in the low 6 range. Nothing noteworthy happened other than Brett's quick temple game completion, and Brett's entering of every room of the temple. The win was also forgettable, where you forget it's even a win most of the time. Despite the uneventfulness throughout this episode, I still recommend it as it is worth a watch.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 01, 2013, 12:40:47 AM
Dr. Livingstone in my mind is nothing but an average episode. I didn't expect it to rank past 6.5 at all. The whole episode is forgettable to me and I always forget that Tabitha and Brett won. There were a few highlights about this episode. The first being the very quick temple games. The Purple Parrots were really not match for Brett and Tabitha either. Considering they got swept in he temple games by them. Although, the first game was pure luck. I remember the team game though very well for the weird city names like Ujiji in which we use in the Legends Alphabet game all the time. :P

And as I mentioned, the temple win was pretty unexciting and forgettable. Tabitha and Brett were an average team with a close call for a win. The only hard objective they had to complete was the Viper's Nest... They still deserved the win, but it is no where near as exciting as "Egyptian Queen". Plus, they were lucky to win even after Brett took that horrible exit.

Good review as usual. This is the type of episode I can't sit through in one sitting because it wasn't very exciting. Yet, it was still a decent episode though and watchable. And it definitely should be watched for a win. I mean who doesn't want to see a win? ;) Good job with this one. Since it is my turn, I will do Sultan Suleiman next. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 01, 2013, 03:15:00 PM
Thanks for the feedback as usual. ;)

And yeah, this episode was completely unexciting. Even the very first time I saw this episode, I thought it was boring. But yeah, who doesn't like to see teams win from time to time? I probably would've had MUCH more enthusiasm for this win if it weren't so uneventful. And I can't wait for your review of Sultan Suleiman. That should be an interesting episode to rank, especially for the temple games and the temple run. :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 03, 2013, 10:59:48 PM
After saying for months that I would review this episode, I finally finished "Sultan Suleiman".  :mrpurple:  It was a pretty good episode up until the dreaded temple run. :roll:

THE SACRED RING OF SULTAN SULEIMAN



MOAT: 6/10



In front of the teams were 3 hanging Babylonian wheels and they had to use these three wheels to cross the moat. While crossing, both players had to work together to reach the next wheel to pull themselves across. If they fell into the water, they would have to go back and try again. This was a pretty good moat overall and went by pretty quick too. None of the teams really struggled and it was a matter who was able to successfully cross first. In the end Red chimed in first and Purple Parrots chimed in last.

LEGEND: 7/10



One of the most feared and powerful woman of the 1500's was Roxelana, Sultanate of the Ottoman Empire. She was so powerful that she began a line of women rulers that lasted for 100 years. Legend has it, she came into the Throne Room where Sultan Suleiman resided because she wanted to ask him to marry her. While Suleiman was bewildered by this request, the Grand Bazaar was convinced that Roxelana was trying to trick him in order to gain privilege to his power. The Grand Bazaar told Suleiman that Roxelana was eavesdropping on him earlier. Roxelana then informs Suleiman that the Grand Bazaar was plotting to overthrow the Sultan. Suleiman then had the Grand Bazaar taken away and married Roxelana. He gave her his Sacred Ring, which made her the most powerful ruler in the nation.

This was a pretty good legend for the most part. The voice acting could've been better though. All of the voices used for the characters were pretty cringeworthy. I like the little plot twist too with the Grand Bazaar being a traitor to Suleiman. It was a good plot and didn't have too much nonsense in it.
    
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



This Steps round went by very quick, and there were only 7 questions asked altogether. The only gripe I have about this steps round was that one of the answers that Olmec gave for his question was "Superman". -_- Other than that, the Purple Parrots made it to the bottom first with the Barracudas right behind them.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10

The temple games featured Gracelyn and Brian of the Purple Parrots and Vanessa and Christopher of the Blue Barracudas. The temple game sequence used during this temple game round was very unique compared to most temple game rounds. What makes it unique is that the temple games follow very closely to Olmec's legend. The final temple game was like a "sequel" to the first temple game. Olmec even makes a reference to the first temple game when telling the directions for the final temple game. This was a fun temple game round to watch, and more episodes really should've followed the legend more closely in the temple games.

Temple Game #1 - Sultan Suleiman's Ring Finger



The first temple game had Brian and Christopher trying to take the ring off of Suleiman's finger. In front of them was a giant "finger" with a ring on it. They had 60 seconds to get the ring off his finger by maneuvering it around the different obstacles in the way. The player that took the ring off first would be the winner, In the end, Christopher dominated this temple game and earned the first half-pendant.

Temple Game #2 - Roxelana and Suleiman's Palace



Gracelyn and Vanessa had to retrace their footsteps through Roxelana's palace by remembering the nine rooms she entered. In front of each girl were nine holes containing names of different rooms above them. Before the temple game begins, the girls had to memorize the sequence of rooms that Olmec gave to them. When the temple game actually begins though, the girls had to use their plug in the room where Roxelana first began and follow her path that Olmec presented. If the choose the right room, then the player will earn a point. If they chose a wrong room, the player will get squirted and gain nothing. The player with the most points would be the winner. Gracelyn got the most rooms correct, and earned the Purple Parrots a half-pendant.

Temple Game #3 - Slip the Ring on Roxelana's Finger



In the first temple game, the teams had to take a ring off of the Sultan's finger. In this temple game, the players have to put the ring on Roxelana's finger. To do so, they must work together to climb three large steps and reach Roxelana's hand at the top. Once they do, then they must slip the ring on her finger to complete the marriage. The first team to put the ring on her finger will win. The final outcome was very close, but the Purple Parrots got the ring on her hand first and win with a final score 1.5-0.5.

TEMPLE RUN: 2.5/10



Teams that entered the temple with 1.5 pendants in Season 2 were lucky because the half-pendant was usually located in plain site by the producers. Yet, most of the triple captures from this season were a result of the players passing the obvious half-pendant. There was no excuse for the Purple Parrots for not finding the half-pendant in this temple run. However, this team had other problems too. Brian started off in the Crypt. After pulling just one book, the door to the Ledges opens and he retreats down into it. Not only did he meet a dead end though, but he also met an avoidable temple guard. After wasting a lot of time in the Ledges, he gets his act together and uses the Troubled Bridge, and passing up the obvious half-pendant located on it. He was taken out in the Observatory after wasting a lot of time only traveling through 4 rooms. Gracelyn was not much better and she also missed her half-pendant. She got lost in the King's Storeroom and after figuring out the objective, she backtracks into Medusa's Lair and the run ends with 44 seconds on the clock. Even though Gracelyn should've found her half-pendant, it was more Brian's fault that this temple run ended the way it did. He should have never entered the Ledges after trying one book in the Crypt. Plus, he should've also signaled the half-pendant back to Gracelyn. It didn't matter, because this team was very bright to begin with anyways. This is definitely one of the worst Purple Parrot teams to enter the temple, which is too bad since the Parrots had very few temple appearances already.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.3/10
"Sultan Suleiman" was an episode that had a lot going for it up until the temple run. The earlier rounds of this episode were very fun and the producers did a good job of following the episode plot throughout the whole episode. The best part of this episode was the temple games because it actually followed the legend of this episode closely. It wasn't just a jumbled set of games that were used because the producers couldn't find anything else that worked. The first temple game even goes hand-and-hand with the last temple game. The temple run was huge disaster though. The Purple Parrots really blew their load in the temple and this was one of their worst performances too. This all could've been prevented if Brian just pulled all three books in the Crypt. Which is too bad because the Purple Parrots had very few temple appearances. But still, the rest of the episode was pretty good and I would say it is worth a watch. Just be weary of the temple run though.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 04, 2013, 08:28:32 PM
A 6.3 huh? Not bad, I figured it would finish around that range. Sultan Suleiman was an okay episode until the temple run. I like how the teams advancing from the moat order was literally Red - Blue - Green - Purple. The Steps of Knowledge was an okay round, but Superman for an answer? Why don't I remember that? :huh: Pretty dumb answer too. The temple games featured a very unique sequence. I like how each temple game connected to the legend chronologically. I especially liked this episode's version of the squirting game. Where you actually had to memorize a sequence of which holes squirted where, instead of just random water squirting anytime. The temple run sucked, both Brian and Gracelyn sucked. I definitely blame Brian MUCH more than I do Gracelyn. First he detours into the Crypt, then he doesn't signal back the half pendant to Gracelyn. So I don't blame her for in a way for not finding it. But she moved way too slow to begin with. Even if she had used up all three minutes, they still probably wouldn't have made it to the ring. This episode is a lot like "The Thornwood Gavel of Judge Roy Bean," where the episode is very quirky and interesting, but the temple run completely sucks.

Overall, great review. :mrpurple: When I get back home, I'll review "The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata," and then you can review "The Lucky Medallion of Atocha" and so on. :mrgreen: :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 05, 2013, 12:01:41 AM
Well, the "Superman" answer was one of the choices to a question that Olmec asked. :P None of the teams gave that one as an answer, thankfully. That would top Colonel Sanders. :lol: But yeah, the temple game sequence was very unique. And I liked that version of the squirting game too. If they were like the one used in this episode, I would like this temple game a lot. But the ones used in Dr. Livingstone and Annie Taylor were luck-based, which I am totally against in a show like Legends where the point of every round is to test a teams knowledge and skill. And I love memory games too. But yeah, the temple run score dragged this episode score down a lot. If Brian just didn't enter the Ledges they would've been fine. I don't think they would've won either, but they would've saved time and avoided triple capture if Brian stayed out of the Ledges. And I am glad that I am not the only that saw the comparison between "Sultan Suleiman" and "Judge Roy Bean". :P At least the Roy Bean run was watchable for the first half of it. :o

And Emiliano Zapata will be a great read. I expect a good score for that one. Especially since that episode has been getting some negative attention around here. Although people do have a point about it being a little overhyped. I mean the team had a pretty simple path to the Shrine. But I thought the Green Monkeys, especially Olivia-Emma, were pretty good. It will be interesting to see what score that you will come with. And once you are done with Zapata, then I will do Atocha.  :mrorange:  :mrgreen: And I also want to do Marble Armrest also.  :oops: Just to see how bad it ranks.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 07, 2013, 01:57:00 AM
I made another episode review for "Xerxes" since I was interested in how this episode would rank overall. I thought it would receive a "Stone Head" score, but after watching the episode again, it didn't even come close. :roll: This episode deserves all the negative attention it gets.  :? Sorry GM1, but this episode is a disgrace to your favorite team.  :afro:

THE MARBLE ARMREST OF XERXES



MOAT: 5/10



In this moat, the teams had to work together to cross it moving across a horizontal net. Both players had to remain on the net while crossing the moat, and if they fell in, then they had to start over. Once both players made it across the moat, then they could hit their gongs. For a Season 3 moat, I didn't really find it to be very creative. None of the teams really struggled in this moat either and was completed fairly quickly. Not a bad moat, but there were better ones in Season 3.

LEGEND: 3/10



Xerxes was a powerful Persian Emperor in 480 B.C. He launched one of history's largest invasions against Greece. He built a canal two miles long overland so his fleet would not have to sail around a dangerous reef. He also built a floating bridge that was destroyed one day by a thunderstorm. Angry, Xerxes shook his fist towards the boiling sky and vowed to whip the water as soon as the storm stops. The next day, Xerxes men whipped the unruly water 300 times for disobeying Xerxes. Xerxes decided to build a bridge out of ships instead. Overlooking his new bridge on his Marble throne, Xerxes men were outnumbered by the Greeks. He fled so fast that Xerxes left his Marble throne behind. A piece of the Armrest of the throne made it to the temple.
 
I am not sure what to make of this legend, honestly.  :shock: The plot to it makes no sense at all. First it talks about the Persians attacking the Greeks and next it talks about men whipping the water. The water whipping part of the story sounded ridiculous too. Especially the "unruly water" bit and how dramatic the legend depicted Xerxes' men attacking the water.  I am not sure if the water whipping part is true in real life, but I am sure the Legends producers exaggerrated parts of it. This legend sounded silly overall and didn't really make sense either. The artifact was pretty cool though.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10



The Purple Parrots were a very smart team in the Steps of Knowledge. They answered all three questions correctly right off the bat. Levi was whispering all the answers to Candace, and both of them worked together to move onto the temple games first. The Green Monkeys also answered their three questions in a row too. I have no complaints about this Steps round at all.

TEMPLE GAMES: 4/10

This temple games round was special, and not in a good way either. The temple games featured Candace and Levi Turney of the Purple Parrots against Noelle and Pat of the Green Monkeys. If you notice, Levi of the Purple Parrots shares the exact same last name as Zac Turney from "The Secret Map of the Bandit Queen". He is actually Zac's younger brother. Even though it is not mention in this episode, there is an interview conducted by Zac that confirms that Levi was his younger brother. The ending to this temple games round was pretty tragic though. For more information, check the separate tiebreaker section to see why I feel this way.  :?

Temple Game #1 - Xerxes' Ship Bridge



In the first temple game, Noelle and Candace had to cross Xerxes' second bridge made out of ships. In front of them were a series of poles that the players had to step on. Each player had to step on a pole and make sure it doesn't sink when stepping on it. If the pole does sink, then the player had to start over from the beginning. The first team to make it to the other side will be the winner. The temple game was very close, but Noelle won it just by a hair.

Temple Game #2 - Greeks vs. Persians



Levi and Pat were in an enclosed space on a trampoline and were equipped with different color rocks. Behind them, was a hole in the wall that the players had to protect. The objective of the temple game was for the player to take their rock and throw it into their opponent's hole. While doing so, they could also block their opponent's shots too and protect their own hole. The player who gets the most rocks into their opponent's hole wins. In the end, Levi dominated this temple game. Apparently, Pat didn't realize he could block his own hole after he ran out of rocks. So Levi had some free shots while Pat stood around like a bum. :roll:

Temple Game #3 - Dig Xerxes' Canal



Both players on each team had their backs to each other against the wall. One player had to grab a boulder and throw it overhead while their partner had to run out and catch it. The players had to work together though since they were tethered together. In the end, the temple game ended in a 2-2 tie and forced the tiebreaker.

TIEBREAKER:



Just like I did for my "The Electrified Key of Benjamin Franklin" review, I had to create a separate section for this tiebreaker. Now, this section will not have an impact on the final score for it, but I had to point out how awful this tiebreaker question used was. The question Olmec asked was, "What was Xerxes' throne made of?". Most uncreative tiebreaker question ever? I can't believe the producers actually made this a question. The answer for this question was in the episode title! I am sure the teams heard about the Marble Armrest throughout their production day. Did the producers not expect a tiebreaker to happen or something? It was liked they made this up 5 seconds before the tiebreaker was forced. :roll: The Green Monkeys unfortunately got the answer right, which gave them the right to enter Olmec's temple. :(

TEMPLE RUN: 2/10



Noelle and Pat were a horrible team all day throughout their episode, and it would only be fitting for them to suck in the temple too. This team could not make it past the bottom floor in 3 whole minutes. Most players in S3 completed the entire bottom floor in the minute, yet this team struggled to even make it to the Quicksand Bog. Noelle was a very bad frontrunner though. She wasted a lot of time in the Pit dangling on the rope for the Pit of the Pendulum. Then she takes her sweet time completing the bottom floor room objectives. After taking two minutes to get to the Dark Forest, she is (thankfully) removed from the Dark Forest. Pat was a horrible second runner though. He moved slightly faster than his partner, but could only add one room of progress in the minute he had. The temple run ended with Pat struggling to climb up the Quicksand Bog slide. :roll: The temple layout was pretty hard though, so not many teams would've won. But Noelle and Pat were an incompetent team and wouldn't have won in the temple anyways. Even if their layout was easier, they probably still would've lost.

FINAL VERDICT: 4.2/10
"Marble Armrest" was a lackluster episode and is probably the weakest Green Monkeys episode in the entire series. None of the rounds of this episode were particularly good. It was one of those episodes where you were cheering for the other team to go to the temple because they were more dominant throughout the show. In this case, I would've loved to see the Purple Parrots make it to the temple. While the Green Monkeys won the tiebreaker fairly, they were a team that scraped by their whole episode. The Purple Parrots were a better team all day. The temple run was a very poor performance too and the Green Monkeys didn't even come close. Overall, this episode was very disappointing to watch and one of those episodes you want to stay away from after watching it the first time. The only reason I would recommend this episode is to watch Zac's younger brother, Levi Turney. Even though he didn't make it to the temple run, there is no doubt in my mind that the Purple Parrots would've done better. Watch this one at your own discretion.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: GreenMonkeys#1 on August 07, 2013, 06:31:22 AM
The dreaded "Xerxes" episode. I really hate this one because those two losers make me look stupid.  :oops:  :roll: Even if the Purple Parrots are my least favorite Legends team, it should've been them. Especially since Zac's brother Levi was on the Purple Parrots, they would've at least make it to the artifact depending on if they found the half pendant. Plus, if you whip the water 300 times, you have no life! :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: I would love to see this episode....... jump off a cliff because it is so bad. :oops: :oops:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 07, 2013, 01:02:14 PM
Don't worry, every team has their set of episodes that make their favorite team look bad. :P For the Red Jaguars, we have Alhambra, Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Charles Lindbergh, and Smashed Printing Plate.  :oops: But yeah, out of all the Purple Parrots teams on the show, I wanted to see this one advance the most from the temple games. It would've been awesome to see how Levi performed in the temple. He might've not been as fast as Zac, but he would've done ten times better than Pat and Noelle. :roll: I remember TPP hated this episode back in the day and I can see why now. It was a pretty crummy episode.  :?

And we have covered 51 episodes if I counted correctly. Almost to the half-way point! I want to reach the 60 episode mark before the end of August. I have a bunch of episodes already booked to complete also like Cleopatra, Poseidon, Bent Shaving Pan, and Golden Stallion. I think I should complete all of those first before claiming new ones. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 07, 2013, 03:50:46 PM
Xerxes is one of the worst episodes of Season 3, if not the whole show. I don't care if the Green Monkeys won the tiebreaker question fairly, they didn't deserve to go to the temple. The Purple Parrots should've won, they would've done a MUCH better job than them. The results would've been completely different if Candace and Levi won instead, though they probably would've lost too. It deserves a low score, it was a terrible templr run and episode, though I did like the temple game sequence.

And don't forget I STILL need to rank Applewood Amulet, but I'll get to it tonight. ;) I've just been so busy lately and I just didn't feel like doing it last night. Sorry to hold everyone up, and these reviews do take quite a bit of work. I promise I should be done with it by tonight. :azn:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 07, 2013, 10:22:32 PM
Here it is, my episode review of "The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata." :mrgreen:

THE APPLEWOOD AMULET OF EMILIANO ZAPATA



MOAT: 8/10



For this moat, the players had to shinny across the moat on a poll. This round had its share of good and bad in it. The positive was, Olivia Emma was a BEAST crossing the moat. Seriously, just look at how fast she crosses. She made it look like it was nothing. The negative was, the infamous disqualification of the Blue Barracudas. You would think by watching the episode that the Blue Barracudas got disqualified for breaking off the button on their gong, right? Not quite, the real reason for disqualification was because the spotters sent the Silver Snakes back by accident. So the teams that DID advance from the moat were the Green Monkeys, Purple Parrots, Red Jaguars, and the Silver Snakes. But, we see the Blue Barracudas again, but this time as Purple Parrots in "The Priceless Portrait of the Polynesian Girl." Plus, this is the first episode in the whole series to feature Red - Green - Purple - Silver on the Steps of Knowledge. One of the many match ups that was absent in Season 1.

LEGEND: 7/10



This legend centered around Emiliano Zapata, who was deemed "The George Washington of Mexico." One day, a wealthy landowner came by and fenced off village's orchard. This upset Zapata's father very much, but Zapata was determined to get the orchard back. Twenty years later, Zapata went to the field with 80 armed men. At one point, Zapata cut off a branch from an apple tree, and made an amulet out of it. The amulet was intended for his father. Zapata also refused to put the amulet down until Mexico was free. Eventually, a bunch of people from Mexico flocked right over to Zapata's side, and helped build a Mexican republic. When Zapata died, the amulet disappeared. I liked this legend a lot. It could've used a little more detail, and it could've focused more on Emiliano Zapata himself instead of just his background. But it was still an interesting legend that didn't have any silliness at all.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



I found this to be a very competitive round. The Purple Parrots started off with an early lead, answering the first two questions correctly. But, the Green Monkeys ended up catching up to them, advancing to the bottom step first. It was a three way tie between the Red Jaguars, Purple Parrots, and the Silver Snakes on the second to last step. But in the end, the Purple Parrots sealed the final spot in the temple games. Which recorded another color combination first, the Green Monkeys and the Purple Parrots go head to head for the first time at this point in the series. The temple games match up Green vs. Purple was the only pair that did not occur in Season 1.

TEMPLE GAMES: 10/10



This to me, was the best temple game sequence and best match on the whole show. All three games were very competitive and a nailbiter at the end. Seriously, this round was so exciting, it deserves a perfect score. In the first game, Olivia-Emma and Simone had to go from board to board and spell out "Tierra y Libertad." This was one of the rarest type of games on the show, where it was only used in two more episodes. (The other ones being "The Mask of the Man in the Iron Mask" and "The Missing Weather Maps of Charles Lindbergh"). Regardless, Olivia-Emma ended beating Simone with 16 seconds to spare, earning her a half pendant for her team. In the second game, Robert and Jason had to climb up the walls  by making hand and footholds, and ring the church bells at the top. It was an evenly matched game, but Jason ended up beating Robert with 13 seconds to spare, earning a half pendant for the Purple Parrots and tying up the pendant score. But the final game could change that. In the third game, the teams had to stay on the spinning horse for as long as possible. This is one of only two games that feature the spinning horse for a team game. (The other episode being "The Silver Horseshoe of Butch Cassidy"). This temple game.... was both mind blowing impressive. Literally neither of the four players fell off the horse even once. Robert did start to loosen a bit, but he still hung on for dear life. I also liked how towards the end of the game, the spotters were spinning the horse much rougher and FASTER to see if any of the contestants would fall off. And none of them budged. That's amazing. But my favorite part of the round? When it was all over, Kirk looks at Jason and says "Oh shit, he's tired!" Of course, he was probably saying "Oh she.... he's tired." But it totally sounded like he said the former. :lol: Regardless, the pendant score was tied at 1.5 pendants, forcing a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker question was rather easy, all it asked was the capital of Mexico. I would've gotten that no problem as a geography buff. Needless to say, Olivia-Emma didn't even need the three choices revealed to her. As she got "Mexico City" as the correct answer and won her and Robert a trip to the temple! Of course, this was yet another Purple Parrot tiebreaker loss on such an easy layout. But, I wouldn't change these results for anything. The tiebreaker certainly wasn't "Xerxes" easy, but it was easy enough where any average person could've gotten it.

TEMPLE RUN: 9/10



While this run gets a bad rap for being too easy, I found it to be extremely exciting. Robert goes in first and he does an okay job. As soon as he's removed from the temple by two consecutive temple guards in Medusa's Lair and the King's Storeroom, Olivia-Emma takes over. After completing the top floor in a fairly quick fashion, Olivia-Emma grabs the amulet with 37 seconds left on the clock. It is here where she RACES out of the temple, with Robert cheering her on. And in the final seconds, Olivia-Emma emerges from the behind Olmec with only a single second left on the clock. Kirk was excited, the Green Monkeys were excited, the audience was excited, and I was excited. This was easily the closest finish on the show and one of the best temple runs in the shows history. Robert and Olivia-Emma were an excellent team and they deserved to win. :mrgreen:

FINAL VERDICT: 8.4/10

This was one of the best episodes of Season 2. The only part I would consider to be negative was the moat. To me, I thought it was rather unprofessional and messy how the disqualification of the Blue Barracudas was handled. I know it wasn't their fault what happened, and I'm glad Janet and Chris came back as Purple Parrots in "Priceless Portrait." But, it was totally the spotters fault for not being careful and not paying enough attention to who was advancing from the moat. Other than that, the rest of the episode featured neck and neck competition all the way, where it seemed like any of the rounds could've gone either way. And the temple run was just amazing, and one of the best wins on the whole show. I really don't understand the flack it gets sometimes. So what if the layout was easy? So what if it was a straight to path kind of layout? Robert and Olivia-Emma may not have been THE fastest, but they did a great job with the objectives given to them and they knew what to do in every room. Yes they passed up the half pendant, but at the end of the day, it doesn't mean anything because they still won. Furthermore, the rooms Robert and Olivia-Emma was forced to complete were the hardest Season 2 had to offer at that point, even with the watered down version of Medusa's Lair. So it wasn't exactly THAT easy. I find this win to be much more respectable than "The Silver Horseshoe of Butch Cassidy," because at least they had objectives to complete. It's not like all they did was push a bunch of actuators. Despite the rather easy and straight forward path, Robert and Olivia-Emma were a great team and I'm glad they won. This is definitely a much watch, and I definitely recommend this episode. :mrgreen: Also, this has got to be my longest write up to date. It definitely makes up for the rather short reviews I've written in the past. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 08, 2013, 12:45:19 AM
Emiliano Zapata is an episode I never get tired of watching. Lately, it seems like this episode has been getting some hate. I guess it had to do with Olivia-Emma and Robert having an easy layout. But the whole episode was enjoyable and probably a top 15 episode IMO. Every round was memorable!

During the moat, the Blue Barracudas were unfairly eliminated due to a spotter error. Luckily Chris and Janet will return later in Polynesian Girl, where they actually make it to the temple games! Also, during the moat, one of the teams knock their actuator off the gong. :lol: The legend was pretty good also. It talked about Zapata during the Spanish-American war. This legend ties in with "The Lucky Medallion of Atocha" where both legends deal with historical figures during said war. Emiliano Zapata's name is even mentioned in the Steps of Knowledge as one of the answers to a question in Atocha! And both episodes were taped back-to-back also. It was like the producers were following a theme in the first couple of episodes.  :mrorange:  :mrgreen:

And you're right about the temple games being fun too. Olivia-Emma dominated her individual game. She was able to spell out "Tierra y Libertad" before the Purple Parrot player could spell out "Tierra". Although wasn't this game used more than 3 episodes? I thought Atocha used this game also?  Both the Purple Parrots and Green Monkeys were evenly matched throughout the day too. And the last temple game was amazing too because neither player fell off. Unfortunately, the Purple Parrots lost the tiebreaker to the Green Monkeys. But that is okay because the Green Monkeys give us an awesome win!

I love the temple win too. I know it has been getting a lot of negative criticism lately, but I truly believe that this win deserves the love it gets. While the temple layout was easy, the whole temple run was very exciting and the Green Monkeys were a good team. Not every temple run is about the temple layout either. Some runs like this one and "Galileo's Cannonball" were exciting because the temple run came down to the wire. This was a great win, and kudos to Olivia-Emma for getting the Amulet out of the temple with such little time. Maybe Jason from Icarus and Kimberly from Poseidon should follow her lead? The ending was very exciting, and the Green Monkeys deserved it. They weren't perfect, but they gave us a fantastic win.

Overall, good score for Emiliano Zapata.  :mrgreen: It almost has the exact same score as "Annie Taylor", which was also the same day too. Now that you did Zapata, I am going to do Lucky Medallion next. That will be the last episode from that production day we need to cover. And then we can compare the four scores for that production day to see which one is strong and which one is weak. I am guessing Atocha will rank about the same as Zapata and Annie Taylor. And since I have no work tomorrow, I will be sure to post this one.  :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 08, 2013, 12:59:43 AM
Atocha never had the "Tierra y Libertad" type game. They had the spinning horse, rock climbing, and teeter totter game. So they did have 2/3 temple games in common. And Amulet has the exact temple game score as Annie Taylor, and also Catherine the Great too. :mrred: It just goes to show what a wonderful episode Amulet was. And yeah, I feel like the temple run has been getting way too much hate lately. Yes I realize if they had a harder layout or different temple guard placement, they would've lost. But they won, so why think about the worst?

I can't wait for your episode review of Atocha too. :mrorange: I'm willing to bet that episode is gonna rank pretty high too. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 08, 2013, 05:04:56 PM
I finished my review for Atocha.  :mrorange: That means we completed a review for every episode that day. Unfortunately, the score for this episode didn't really come close to Annie Taylor or Emiliano Zapata. I blame it on one round. I really wanted to see it have a higher score, but I had to be fair. In my personal opinion, this episode would receive a 9. But regardless of the score it received in this review, I still love this episode.  :mrorange:

THE LUCKY MEDALLION OF ATOCHA



MOAT: 4/10
MOAT: 3/10 (PPF)



The 6 teams had to cross this moat by hanging upside down on a pole and shimmy across the other side. While shimmying, they could not fall into the water or they would have to start over again. Once both players make it to the other side, then they can hit their gong to move onto the Steps of Knowledge. This moat was pretty long and the last team struggled to get across. By the time the last team crossed, the fog in the moat was completely gone. The Orange Iguanas and Purple Parrots were the first two teams to cross with no problem, but the Red Jaguars struggled immensely. It was one of those moats that you would wish would hurry up and get over with.

PPF's Description

For this moat, the players had to hang upside down and shimmy across a pole to get to the other side. If a player fell into the water, they had to go back and start all over again. I really like moats like this, but this round was just terrible. It was one of those moats that was really long because the players were poor contestants. Ty and Jennifer of the Orange Iguanas got across the moat no problem, and ended up finishing first. But the Red Jaguars, Green Monkeys, and the Silver Snakes struggled immensely. The Silver Snakes were beyond pathetic in this moat. They couldn't even get one person across before the round finally ended. At least the Green Monkeys got one player across, and they struggled with this moat too. When the round at long last came to an end, the Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas, and Red Jaguars advanced to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 7/10
LEGEND: 7/10 (PPF)



One of the greatest leaders of the Mexican Revolution was General Pancho Villa. He led a rebel army to victory over the dictator of Mexico, Porfirio Diaz. In the 1890's, Diaz was elected as President of Mexico and refused to leave power when his term was over. Villa gathered a small band of rebels and started a revolt, but the government forces counter-attacked. Villa spent many months hiding, and fighting, and always on the run. Eventually, Villa overthrew Diaz and legend has it as his victorious army passed through a small town, the crowd turned out to cheer. Villa lifted a small boy from his father's shoulders and gave the boy his Lucky Medallion of Atocha in hopes that he will fight for the freedom of his people one day.
 
This was a good legend that made Pancho Villa out to be a hero. I wished their was more detail though about Villa's army and how they overthrew Diaz. But with such little time to tell a story, I guess it was hard for the producers to include a lot of details without going over their time limit. At least they explained the important parts about Villa's accomplishment. However, one thing bothered me about this legend is something that is never explained. Who or what is Atocha? The whole episode is centered around Pancho Villa, but the only mention of Atocha was at the very end when Villa gave his Lucky Medallion of Atocha to the small boy. Shouldn't the artifact be "The Lucky Medallion of Pancho Villa?" There is no mention of Atocha in the legend at all. I am guessing Atocha was a place that was special to Villa? The producers could've explained who or what Atocha was.

PPF's Description

This legend centered around Pancho Villa, who was a great leader of the Mexican Revolution. He led a rebel army over Porfirio Diaz, who was the dictator of Mexico. Diaz was elected as President of Mexico in the 1890's and was unwilling to give up power when his term ended. Villa tried to start a revolt, but the government counter attacked instead. Villa spent months hiding, and on the run while fighting. Villa eventually overthrew Diaz and his army passed through a small town as a large crowd cheered for them. Villa then gave a small boy his lucky medallion as hope that he'll get to fight for freedom one day. I really liked this legend. I liked how the producers went out of their way to make Pancho Villa out to be a big hero. What really drags it down for me is the lack of mention of "Atocha." What's an Atocha? Is it some town or city? Is it some person Pancho Villa looked up to? This sort of thing also occurs in the legend for "The Pearl Necklace of Gwalior." We have no idea who/what Gwalior is, without doing some extra research on it. Same thing happens here. I have no idea of this "Atocha" that is only spoken of at the very end of the legend. Furthermore, like mentioned above, the producers could've gone into more detail of how Pancho Villa was on the run, and "overthrew" Diaz. This was one of the more stronger and more interesting legends, but the lack of details and the no mention of Atocha really bring it down.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8.5/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10 (PPF)



This was a pretty exciting Steps of Knowledge round, and contained two very smart teams. The Red Jaguars got down to the bottom step first after answer 3 questions correctly when the first four questions were asked. The Blue Barracudas got a couple of answers right themselves, but the Orange Iguanas were the team to advance to the temple games. Also, one of the answers to the Steps of Knowledge question was "Zapata". An interesting little fact, the next episode produced after this one was "The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata", which focuses on Zapata during the Mexican Revolution. I like how the producers covered both historical figures back to back. :P

PPF's Description

Unlike the moat, this Steps of Knowledge round was solid. It was a very close match between the Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, and Orange Iguanas, who gave no wrong answers. The Red Jaguars were especially smart and were the first team to advance to the temple games in a matter of seconds. Eventually, the Orange Iguanas secured the second spot to the temple games. The Blue Barracudas got two questions correct, and the Purple Parrots failed to answer any questions. All in all, it was a very competitive round and featured some very smart teams.

TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10 (PPF)

The temple games featured Ty and Jennifer of the Orange Iguanas facing off against Erica and Chad of the Red Jaguars. This temple game round was very exciting, and Jennifer and Ty's dominance made this one very fun to watch. After dominating their individual games, the Red Jaguars made a surprising comeback which leaves the ending in a tiebreaker. The temple games were also very quick due to the dominance by the Orange Iguanas. I also liked the temple game sequence that was used also.

Temple Game #1 - Ring the Church Bells



When Pancho Villa entered a town, the townspeople often rang church bells to welcome him. In this temple game, Ty and Chad had to climb up a wall and ring the Church Bell at the top. In order to get to the top, they had to find the correct foot holes that will allow them to climb higher. By pressing the different squares on the wall, the guys could make a path to the bell by finding the correct foot holes. The first player to reach their church bell will win. Ty DOMINATED his temple game. He completed it in exactly 18 seconds, while Chad wasn't even half-way up the wall. This put the Orange Iguanas ahead 0.5-0.

Temple Game #2 - Spirited Mechanical Horse



Jennifer and Erica are both riding a mechanical horse, and must hold onto their horse while spinning around on it. The first player that falls from their horse will give victory to the other team. The temple game didn't last very long like the previous one. Jennifer holds on longer than Erica, and puts the Orange Iguanas up 1-0.

Temple Game #3 - Donate Money to the Poor



Pancho Villa was often known as the "Robin Hood of Mexico" because he robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. In this temple game, the teams had to work together on a teeter-totter and grab bags of gold. Once they have a bag of gold in their hand, they then had to put it into the donation box for the poor. The teams that had the most bags of gold will be the winner. The ending score was close, but the Red Jaguars won 11-9. This gave both teams a score of 1-1 and forcing the first tiebreaker that day.

The tiebreaker question that was asked by Olmec was, "Which of these Mexican cities were famous for their cliff divers?". Ty chimes in and answers "Acapulco", which was the correct answer. I have to give Ty credit for getting this answer right on his first try. This question definitely stumped me, and it looked like it stumped all the players also because it took a few seconds for Ty to chime in. The Orange Iguanas win their tiebreaker and get a chance at Olmec's temple.  :mrorange:

PPF's Description

The temple games were a very exciting round. It featured an excellent set up of games, and even came down to a tiebreaker in the end. In the first game, Ty and Chad had to climb up the walls, making footholes in the process, and ring the churchbells on top. Ty OWNED this game. He stayed on the center of the walls the entire time, a very clever method of climbing the walls. Ty rang the bell in less than 20 seconds, earning a half pendant of life for his team. The unenthusiastic Chad wasn't even halfway up the walls. And seriously, Chad had to have been THE most unenthusiastic contestant on the history of the show. While I don't expect every contestant to be as excited as Kate or Elisa, at least LOOK like you're having fun. Chad didn't even crack one smile the entire episode. He looked sad and down the entire time. In the second game, Jennifer and Erica had to stay on the spinning horse for as long as possible. Erica of the Red Jaguars fell off the horse within 20 seconds, giving Jennifer of the Orange Iguanas yet another half pendant for her team. So now the pendant score was 1-0, giving Orange Iguanas the commanding lead into the final temple game. In the third game, the teams had to work together and grab bags of gold on the teeter totter. The final score at the end was a whopping 11-9, with the Red Jaguars winning. That gave them the full pendant, tying up the pendant scores 1-1, and forcing the first of four tiebreakers on this filming day. Ty of the Orange Iguanas got the tiebreaker question right, (with Acapulco being famous for cliff divers), earning them a trip to the temple! And I've got to say, that easily had to be the hardest tiebreaker question ever. Even Ty didn't quite know the answer at first. You can definitely tell which questions were told backstage to the contestants, and NOT heard during the show.

TEMPLE RUN: 9.5/10
TEMPLE RUN: 9/10 (PPF)



Ty was one of the best male players to enter Olmec's temple, and this solo win was very solid, memorable, and exciting. Just as Ty enters the temple, his Pendant of Life flies off his arm near the temple gates. As Ty enters the Ledges with no Pendant, he encounters a temple guard. But at the same time, "Jennifer" throws back the Pendant to Ty, who uses it to save himself from the guard. If you watch the temple run though, you can definitely tell it was not Jennifer who threw it back. :P The hand that threw the Pendant to Ty had no glove on. From the Pit of Despair, Ty continues along the top floor of the temple and completing each room at a fast pace. He reaches the Mine Shaft and grabs the Lucky Medallion, and brings it out with a good amount of time on the clock, scoring the only bottom floor victory in Season 2. Overall, this temple run was very exciting and Ty was a really good player. From the Pendant dropping to Ty's dominance, I really enjoyed this solo win. Ty didn't let the Pendant of Life fall phase him at all, and he was smart for taking the upper road in the temple. This is the Orange Iguanas best win in my opinion, and the Orange Iguanas enthusiasm also added to the excitement factor of this run.

PPF's Description

This was a solid temple run. Ty was a great player, who knew what he was doing in every room. But the run got off to a very awkward start. As Ty raced up the stairs, he dropped his pendant in the process! Kirk claimed it was Jennifer who threw it back to Ty, but the hand was not gloved, so it couldn't have been her. Must've been a camera guy. And it's a good thing a stagehand threw the pendant back at Ty. Because a temple guard was waiting to take the pendant away from Ty in the Ledges. From there, Ty recovered quickly, and raced through the whole top floor of the temple with ease. He eventually makes his way to the Mine Shaft, and grabs the lucky medallion with 57 seconds left on the clock! From there, Ty speeds across the bottom floor, Jennifer is going crazy from the sidelines, and races back to the temple gates with 8 seconds left on the clock! Temple runs don't get any better than this. This is not the best Orange Iguanas temple run in my opinion, (I personally think "The Levitating Dog Leash of Nostradamus" was the actual best), but Ty earned it. This temple run was very exciting from Ty's competence in the temple, to Jennifer's enthusiasm from the sidelines.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.6/10
FINAL VERDICT: 7.2/10 (PPF)

"Lucky Medallion" was a very memorable episode that featured one of the best Orange Iguanas team on the show. This was my favorite Orange Iguanas episode by far, and Ty was the star of this episode. This episode should have a much higher score than it received, but the long moat really dragged it down a lot. Aside from the moat, every other round was competitive and fun to watch. The temple games were fun for the Orange Iguanas dominance. The temple run was also highly memorable and fun to watch too. Once you watch it, you definitely won't forget about it either. I would recommend this episode to anyone, easily. Even if you don't like the Orange Iguanas (like me), this episode is a much watch. You will be missing out on a lot of great moments if you don't watch it.  :mrorange:

PPF's Description

Overall, Lucky Medallion was a very exciting episode from beginning to end. This is not my favorite Orange Iguanas episode, but it was one of the very few I can even come close to liking. Besides the moat, (which REALLY killed this episodes average), every round was absolutely fantastic and very eventful. The temple games were especially fun, despite the unenthusiastic Red Jaguar boy. I personally thought Jennifer and Ty should've just swept the temple games, as they were clearly the stronger team. And the temple run was great. Ty owned everything and handled every room was complete and utter ease. It's especially memorable for Jennifer's excitement from the sidelines, and the pendant drop at the beginning of the run. I definitely recommend this episode to anyone. You'd be missing out on A LOT if you skip over it.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 08, 2013, 06:25:40 PM
Atocha was a great episode, I'm pretty sure TMH deemed this his favorite episode ever. And you can totally see why too. The only thing I didn't like about this episode, was the moat. I personally would've given it a MUCH lower score than a 4. It was one of those moats like in "The Silk Sash of Mulan" where the moat is really long because everyone is still waiting for the final team to cross. In this case, it was the Red Jaguars. And man, the Silver Snakes were beyond pathetic in that moat. They couldn't even get their first person across before the round was finally over. The Green Monkeys sucked too, but at least they eventually got one player across. The rest of the rounds were competitive though, and I loved the sequence of temple games used. The Red Jaguars kind of sucked before the team game, where they got a lucky break coming from behind. Also, Chad of the Red Jaguars had to have been the most unenthusiastic contestant ever. He didn't even smile once and contributed nothing to his team. I'm glad they didn't go to the temple. And the temple run was great. From the pendant dropping to the incredible solo win, Ty owned everything. :mrorange: This is the only male solo victory I even like. Well, maybe Enormous Iron Nose Ring too, but I like Atocha much better.

Great review as usual. ;) Another thing I'd like to note is that you said this was the first Orange Iguanas tiebreaker win. That's not actually true, it was "The Silver Horseshoe of Butch Cassidy," unless you didn't want to count that one. Speaking of that episode, I might review that episode next. Since it's the only other Orange Iguanas victory that hasn't been ranked yet. And I want to see how it ranks. It shouldn't rank too low, but I don't expect it to get any higher than the low 6 range. Oh, and I fixed the table in the OP. You must've typed something wrong, because the formatting was off. But, I've fixed it, so it should be working just fine now.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 08, 2013, 07:06:18 PM
Yeah, the moat was really long in this episode. Not the longest like Silver Saddle Horn, but it ranks up there. Too bad, because the other moats that day got good scores. At least the Orange Iguanas made it across fine. And I noticed the same thing about Chad too lacking enthusiasm. I don't expect someone to be Elisa or Andrea enthusiastic, but be happy that you got to the round before the temple run! -_- Truth be told, the Orange Iguanas should've swept the temple games because the Red Jaguars weren't that great. Luckily the Orange Iguanas won the tiebreaker and winning one Pendant made the temple run more exciting. :P I might change the moat score later just because how long and slow it was. :o

And for reference, here is how the other episodes ranked that day:

Annie Taylor: 8.4
Emiliano Zapata: 8.4
Atocha: 7.6
Benjamin Franklin: 6.5
Overall Score: 7.73

This was a good production day overall, and probably the best on the show. "Electrified Key" was obviously the weakest link, but it was not that bad of an episode. Although it did have a couple of big fails. The other three wins that day were great and are probably some of the best on the show. I love all of them.

The only production day that will probably rank better will be the last day of S3 (Sforza, Empress Eugenie, Ruby Earring, and Catherine the Great). Although that is understandable since the producers put in more work that day. Even though I don't think Ruby Earring and Sforza are amazing episodes. They are good, but not on the same level as the Atocha day. Another really good production day was the Roland, Boadicea, and Pirate Captain day. But that was easily ruined by Enormous Feather. :roll:

And for my next project, I am going to do Snake Bracelet and then Jedediah Smith. Butch Cassidy will be interesting to rank. It was an okay episode and will probably rank around Electrified Key score. Even though I don't care for this episode at all. And speaking of Butch Cassidy, I fixed the error in the tiebreaker section for Atocha. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 10, 2013, 10:26:12 PM
My turn to do an episode review. And this time, it's "The Silver Horseshoe of Butch Cassidy." :mrorange:

THE SILVER HORSESHOE OF BUTCH CASSIDY



MOAT: 5/10



For this moat, the players had to deal with crisscrossing ropes, and they had to cross the moat by hanging on to the upper rope, and walk across the bottom rope. While this was the first moat challenge of Season 2, it was a rather lackluster round and a lot of the teams struggled getting across. Paula especially had difficulty getting across. Matt, on the other hand, had no trouble at all and REALLY hauled ass just to seal the fourth and final position to the Steps of Knowledge. In the end, the Red Jaguars, Purple Parrots, Green Monkeys, and Orange Iguanas advanced to the Steps of Knowledge. Though after the round was over, the winning teams were announced in reverse order, being Orange - Green - Purple - Red. This also happened in "The Diary of Dr. Livingstone." I'm glad they didn't do that often, it just came across sloppy.

LEGEND: 6/10



This legend had to do with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Along with the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, they robbed banks, trains, all without killing anyone. They always planned out their robberies carefully, and had horses concealed on their escape route, so they could escape from a posse successfully. Despite their reputation as robbers, they were polite to ladies. One lady even recognized Butch Cassidy, and asked for his autograph. Butch Cassidy gave her a silver horseshoe, and engraved his initials on it. The woman treasured the silver horseshoe, but it eventually disappeared. Not a bad legend for the start of Season 2, but it could've been more detailed. One thing I don't understand is why would a woman want an autograph of some dude who went around and robbed banks? Unless of course she didn't know of Butch Cassidy's reputation. I don't know, it all seems rather silly to me.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



The Steps of Knowledge were just an average round. The Orange Iguanas swept the Steps of Knowledge and were down to the final step in a heartbeat. Eventually, the Purple Parrots joined them as the second team to advance to the temple games.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10



The temple games, just like the Steps of Knowledge, were just an average round. Though I did like the usage of temple games in this episode. In the first game, Paula and Terry had to crawl out, grab bags, all while avoiding the swinging obstacles. Both players moved relatively fast and were good about not getting hit too much. In the end, Terry wins a half pendant for the Purple Parrots. In the second game, Matt and Wendy had to collect gold while on the see saw/rotating levers. Both players were rather sloppy here, but Wendy ended winning the game. So now the Purple Parrots had a 1-0 lead going into the third game. In the final game, the players had to stay on the spinning horse for as long as possible. This and Applewood Amulet were the only two games to use the spinning horse game as a team game. All the other episodes only used it for an individual game. The Orange Iguanas wins and tie up the game. Matt gets the tiebreaker question right and him and Paula go off to the temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10



Paula did a decent job covering 7 rooms on her own, but she wasn't THAT great of a player. Every room she entered were nothing more than hit the actuator rooms, which didn't require any skill. She reached the Silver Horseshoe with 1:25 left on the clock, and escaped with 53 seconds left on the clock, recording the first Orange Iguanas win. That time would've been significantly shorter had Medusa's Lair not been a late shipment. Despite this being the first time the Orange Iguanas win, I found the win to be boring and uninspiring.

FINAL VERDICT: 6.0/10

Just as I expected, this episode just barely managed a 6 rating. Every round was average and the temple run is by far the most overrated, most overhyped win ever. Just because Matt led the team the whole episode, and just because they were the Comeback (read: Dumb Luck) Kids, doesn't make them an amazing team. I never understood the love for Paula. She was just an average player at best who completely lucked into her win. People just feel sorry for them just because of their "comeback kid" story arc, and people just like it just for the sake of liking a win. Yet contestants like Missy and Tony from Billy the Kid get undeserved criticism just because they make one measly mistake in the temple. Even if Matt had gone in first, it still would've been an unexciting win. Despite this, it's still a watchable episode, and I do recommend a rewatch. But, it's not as great as people make it out to be. The temple run is very overrated, despite it being a win.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 10, 2013, 11:36:41 PM
Butch Cassidy... every Purple Parrots fans' favorite temple win.  :mrorange: It was a slightly above average episode for the most part. The main theme in this episode is the "Comeback kids" theme. Paula and Matt both advanced in the moat and temple games by making a comeback in each of those rounds. It was just a nicer way of saying that they scraped by their whole episode though. :P At least Matt was a good player and they swept the Steps of Knowledge.  :mrorange: The temple games were also highly controversial. In the final temple game, one of the Purple Parrot players fell off their horse early in the game. Well, in the last second of the game, Paula falls off the horse and touches the ground. The producers decides not to call it a tie and states the Orange Iguanas win. This forces the one pendant tiebreaker and the Orange Iguanas turn around and win it. This episode is the reason I hate when a team only wins their team game only and turns around and win the tiebreaker. I know the Blue Barracudas did this in "Annie Taylor" and Silver Snakes did in "Henry Morgan", but at least those teams were dominant in other rounds.

The temple win is pretty overrated, and I never cared about it. Sure, Paula finished with a lot of time. But her path was way too easy. She didn't even hit a room with an objective. I don't know why people compare this one to "Annie Taylor" or "Freydis", because those two are far better than Butch Cassidy. Easily a bottom 5 win in my personal list. But in the end, Paula did win it fair and square. So I guess you can give her credit for that. Overall, Butch Cassidy was average for the most part. I think a 6 is a perfect score for it. It definitely had some memorable moments, but it's not the best thing in the world like some people make it out to be.

Good job with this review and you nailed the score perfectly too. ;) I am doing Snake Bracelet next, which I believe will finish with the exact same score as Butch Cassidy.  :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 11, 2013, 12:45:08 AM
Wrong. In Henry Morgan, Shem and Ashley won their individual games, NOT the team game. So you might want to fix that. ;)

And yeah, this temple run was overrated. While Paula did a decent job, she was just plain average. All she did was luck into her win, and she's not as great as she's made out to be. This run was so boring to me because the win was pretty much handed to them on a silver platter. It's just like "The Diary of Dr. Livingstone" and "The Moccasins of Geronimo" in terms of wins. And people in the past liked this run better than Annie Taylor and Billy the Kid. Truth be told, I never liked it when a team barely scraped by each round. =/

And I can't wait for your review of Cleopatra, which was also a rather dull win.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 14, 2013, 01:26:31 AM
Well, I finally finished my episode review for Snake Bracelet.  :mrsilver: It wasn't the best episode in the world, but it was kind of nice to go back and watch it again. It was good for the most part.

THE SNAKE BRACELET OF CLEOPATRA



MOAT: 6.5/10



The players in this moat had to cross by pulling themselves across a ring of innertubes. The first player must scramble across the moat first by using the chain of innertubes, and their partner must cross the same way. Once both players reach the other side, then they could hit their gongs to move onto the next round. I have nothing to say really in regards to this moat. The moat crossing used was better than most of the moats used in Season 1. The teams didn't really struggle here in this moat either. This round was slightly above average for the most part.

LEGEND: 5/10



Cleopatra was known as the most beautiful woman in the world and last great Queen of Egypt. Being a social climber, she decided to move to Rome and marry it's ruler, Marc Anthony. She crossed the Mediterranean Sea in her golden barge to meet Marc Anthony, who awaited for her arrival. As she approached Marc Anthony, he gasped at Cleopatra partly because of her beauty and partly because her Snake Bracelet fell into the water. Esmeralda, her hand maid, forgot to close the clasp on the bracelet, so Cleopatra pushes her into the water to go retrieve it. Cleopatra smiles at Marc Anthony, who promises to buy her a thousand new bracelets. They both set off into the sunset, leaving poor Esmeralda behind with Cleopatra's Snake Bracelet. Cleopatra and Marc Anthony never returned, and Esmeralda sold the Snake Bracelet to pay for her trip back to Egypt.

This legend was just a typical love story that was featured in many other episodes. There was nothing really special about it, which is kind of disappointing because Cleopatra is a really interesting historical figure. I didn't have a problem with the plot of the legend, but I gave it a low score because of the voice acting. Seriously, this had to be the worst voice acting in any legend.  :shock: The female voice used for both Cleopatra and Esmeralda are so cheesy and out of character. The ending to the legend where Esmeralda screams "Come back!" was the highlight of this A+ voiceacting.  :lol:

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



This Steps of Knowledge questions revolved mostly around the legend and Ancient Egypt. The Purple Parrots were the first team to get two questions correct, but fail to make it to the next round. The Green Monkeys also looked pretty bad when they answered two easy questions incorrectly. Eventually, the Silver Snakes got 3 correct first followed by the Orange Iguanas.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10
The temple games featured Robert, who was 14 and traveled to many countries including Mexico and Puerto Rico, and his partner Tracy, who was 13 and wanted to be a zoologist. Their opponents were Joshua, who was 13 and wanted to become an Oceanographer, and his partner Samantha who was 13 and liked to roller blade with her dog around the block. The temple games were pretty good for the most part, and I liked the Egyptian theme they used for the sequence of games. The first temple game was very interesting too. It was a pretty exciting round.

Temple Game #1 - Cleopatra's Needle



Robert and Joshua had a giant needle attached to their backside, and they had to climb up a wall and put the thread through "Cleopatra's Eye". Once they got the needle to the top, they had to pull it through the hole and bring it back down and put it through the hole at the bottom. Once they completed one side of the wall, they had to to the same thing on the other side. During this temple game, Robert was dominating until he tried to put his needle through the second hole. He dropped his needle while trying to climb for the second hole. However, as he was the one furthest along, Kirk declared the Silver Snakes victors of the first temple game.

Temple Game #2 - Build the Pyramid


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Tracy and Samantha had to take three blocks of a Pyramid up a slippery slope by pushing the block with their backs. Once they reach the top of the slope, they had to slide back down and repeat the process. The first player to get all three pieces at the top of the pyramid or the player furthest along after 60 seconds will win. In the end, Samantha got more blocks at the top and was declared the winner.

Temple Game #3 - Crossing the Mediterranean Sea



In the final temple game, the two teams had to work together to ferry different gifts across the Mediterranean Sea. One contestant will have to attach a gift to the velcro part of their helmet, and then they had to pull themselves towards their partner who must grab the gift and place it inside the team's bucket. The team that ferries the most gifts across the Mediterranean is the winner. In the end, the Silver Snakes had more gifts in their bucket and were granted entry into Olmec's temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10



Season 1 had a lot of temple layouts that were pretty simple and resulted in an easy win for a certain team. The Silver Snakes in this temple run had a pretty simple layout and still won despite hesitations by Tracy. Robert was a very fast frontrunner and was making great time in the temple. He made it all the way to his fifth room in under 30 seconds. That is amazing! Tracy was pretty slow as a second runner however. When she entered the Observatory though, she forced the closed bar up and tried entering the Treasury of the Golden Orbs from the Observatory. The door was obviously locked and the bar was down for her, yet she still wasted time checking to see if it was open. When she finally got to her senses, she went down into the Room of Fallen Columns and followed Robert's path. She eventually made her way to the Snake Bracelet and slowly exited the temple with it. Note on the way out, the Observatory-Treasury door never opens for Tracy. Is it possible that Tracy broke it when she tried exiting the temple? Tracy eventually made it back to the temple gates with about 20 seconds left. Even after winning the whole game, Tracy doesn't seem happy at all. Come on, you won the biggest round on the show! At least crack a smile? In the end, this temple win was just average. If the layout wasn't so generous for the Silver Snakes, they might've not won at all. This was mostly thanks to Tracy too. If she moved fast at all and didn't stall in the Observatory, I really believe that this team would've had the fastest team victory. In the end though, it was still a win and the Silver Snakes deserved it.  :mrsilver:

FINAL VERDICT: 6.1/10
"Snake Bracelet" is an all around average episode with nothing really remarkable standing out about it. But that automatically makes it better than most of the Season 1 episodes though. The temple win was also pretty average too and not that special. The team should've actually finished with much more time than 20 seconds left. I would recommend to watch this episode for a couple of reasons. First off, it's not a bad episode by any means and there is hardly any moments that will make you cringe. Secondly, this episode ended in a win, so it is a must watch in my book. This episode will probably sit at the back of your mind after watching it because there is nothing memorable about it. In fact, this episode is hardly talked about among Legends fans. But either way, I do think it is worth your time to watch this episode for both the sake of completion and because it ended in a win.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 14, 2013, 01:53:06 AM
Snake Bracelet is a pretty average episode. For such an interesting legendary figure, I expected more from the legend. Though I don't remember the voice acting during the legend. :lol: As for the temple run, I probably would've had more enthusiasm for it if Tracy had gone in first and Robert had gone in second. They probably would've topped Benzibab's time for quickest team run ever if that were the case. Overall, they earned their win, despite Tracy's complete and utter unenthusiasm. Seriously Tracy, smile!

Overall, good review. :mrsilver: I'm probably gonna do "The Missing Portrait of Hans Holbein" next. I expect that one to rank just average.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 14, 2013, 02:03:37 AM
As forgettable as Hans Holbein is, I do remember parts of that episode since Nick GaS played it all the time. The legend was pretty silly IIRC and Rachel's voice was very annoying during the temple run. It was a decent episode though for the most part, but will end up with an average score. I will be looking forward to this one for sure.  :mrblue:

And for my next project, I am going to do Bent Shaving Pan. I have a feeling that this episode will probably rank pretty low. :P Also, I want to do Annie Oakley soon too. Now that is a good episode that will probably receive a good score.  :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 14, 2013, 02:16:03 AM
Yeah, I'm definitely expecting Bent Shaving Pan to rank REALLY low. Has to be the most boring episode in the shows history. I don't even feel sorry for Irish and Brian for losing. But I definitely look forward to your ranking of Annie Oakley. I know that one for sure will rank high. PP Pwnage! :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 14, 2013, 02:23:24 AM
I actually hate the Bent Shaving Pan episode. I don't know why, but the whole episode so unlikable to me. I guess it was because it is so boring and this Orange Iguanas team doesn't get as much criticism as it should get. People have always said that Irish was an average contestant who had bad luck with a one room away guard. I use to feel that way too about her, but she was pretty mediocre in the temple. It took her 2:30 to make it to the Room of the Ancient Warriors WITH a shortcut. But Brittany from Pytheas gets bashed but she made much better timing than Irish. And you're right, this has to be the most boring episode ever. Even Cosa Rara and Stone Marker had more exciting moments then this one. My personal ranking for it is a 2.5 or 3/10. :roll:

On the other hand, I love Annie Oakley.  :mrpurple: Great legend (and random artifact -_-), good temple game sequence, Chandra and Nick owned the whole episode, and the temple loss was one of the top 5 losses on the show. I am surprised no one reviewed this episode earlier! I know TPP loved this episode, and so do I. I would give it an 8.5 or 9/10 for my personal ranking. Definitely looking forward to this one too.  :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 14, 2013, 02:45:55 AM
Yeah, you're totally right about Bent Shaving Pan not getting enough criticism. I can't believe people feel sorry for them. How is it "not a bad episode," and how is it "not forgettable" again? Seriously, nothing happened other than having the same temple games as Xerxes (oh joy :roll:) and the one room away guard. Irish was too slow, and Brian was even slower. In 30 seconds, you should be able to make it further than the Dark Forest. I can't believe people feel sorry for Brian, both him AND Irish were terrible players. I don't understand how people defend these guys, yet Derek and Sherra are bad players just because they had a difficult layout themselves. I hate this episode, they deserve all the criticism they get and I almost always skip over this episode while re watching episodes on YouTube.

Annie Oakley was a great episode though. That episode (as well as Blue Pearl) is one of the reasons why I like some of the losses better than some of the wins. They totally would've won if it wasn't for Chandra taking the elevator. Darn elevator. :P

And just for a reference, here's the episodes that are to be covered next:

Covered by me:
The Paintbrush of Leonardo Da Vinci
The Silver Cannonball of Grandy Nanny
The Lion-Headed Bracelet of Chandragupta
The Missing Portrait of Hans Holbein
The Lost Hornpipe of the Pirate Captain
The Jeweled Scabbard of Sforza

Covered by you:
Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress
The Golden Stallion of Ali Baba
The Jeweled Necklace of Montezuma
The Leopard-Skin Cloak of Annie Oakley
The Bent Shaving Pan of Jedediah Smith
The Broken Trident of Poseidon
The Ruby Earring of Benzibab

By the time we're done with all those episodes, we should surpass the halfway mark of episodes to review. :o I mean, aren't we approaching 60 episodes right about now? Either way, that's pretty amazing progress.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 14, 2013, 11:00:25 AM
IIRC, we have reviewed 55 episodes now with Snake Bracelet done.  :mrred: By the time August is over, we should have reached the half-way point easily. Nice to see that you are doing Sforza as one of your episodes.  :mrgreen: If you do that one, then I will probably follow up with Benzibab since those two episodes are similar.  :mrsilver: And good luck with Grandy Nanny, I HATE that episode.  :cry: The Orange Iguanas have a lot of bad episodes on the show it seems like. And that episode is hard to watch with the crappy camera work to Jonathan and Amber's incompetence.

I figure once I am done with those 8 episodes, then I am going to try and knock out all the forgettable episodes as I can. Ones like Silver Saddle Horn, Zenobia, Efoua, Lost Fountain of Youth, Lion-Slashed Jacket, Useless Map, and Gwalior.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 14, 2013, 02:59:28 PM
Yeah, we should have about 68 or so episodes done by the time we cover all the episodes I listed. Good idea reviewing Benzibab right after I review Sforza too. Then we'll have another whole production day completed. :mrgreen: :mrsilver: And good luck with boring episodes like Silver Saddle Horn, Ponce de Leon, Zenobia, etc. Most of those episodes I don't have screencapped anyways, so those are all yours. Though I do have Gwalior screencapped with the Nickelodeon logo on it. So whenever you get to that episode, I'll PM you those pictures. ;) Then after Gwalior is done, we'll have all the Blue Barracuda runs in Season 3 reviewed.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 14, 2013, 09:20:42 PM
Alright, here's my review of "The Missing Portrait of Hans Holbein." :mrblue:

THE MISSING PORTRAIT OF HANS HOLBEIN



MOAT: 5/10



For this moat, the players had to balance on three islands and a plank. If they fell into the water, the teams had to start all over again. This was a rather lackluster round honestly. Almost all the teams fell into the water at least once. Furthermore, the round in general was just unexciting. Nonetheless, the Blue Barracudas, Red Jaguars, Green Monkeys, and Purple Parrots ended up advancing to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 5/10


 (http://s20.photobucket.com/user/lotht/media/LOTHT%20Season%203/Missing%20Portrait/legend1.jpg.html)
Credit goes to Nicklegends for the picture

The legend was about Hans Holbein, and his painting of Henry VIII. Unfortunately, the painting was not well received by Henry VIII himself, as he thought the painting made look twice as big. He even went as far as compare himself as "Henry the Sixteenth!" Hans Holbein painted another portrait of Henry VIII, and the old one ended up in the temple. I would've liked this legend a lot better if it wasn't too much centered around Henry VIII, who already had an artifact named after him back in Season 1. A majority of this legend talked WAY too much about Henry VIII and his background and his bad luck with his six marriages. That's one thing that bugged me, it had almost nothing to do with Hans Holbein, other than his portrait being maligned. So that's why I gave it a low score. Furthermore, the legend was way too short, which is something you'd expect in Season 1. Hence my short description here.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10



Fortunately, the Steps of Knowledge round was much better than the legend itself. All of the questions related to painting, so it was almost impossible to get an answer wrong. There was one wrong answer however, given by the Green Monkeys. Where they thought a "squeegee" was an artist's tool. Seriously? How do you get that question wrong? In the end, the Purple Parrots were the first team to qualify for the temple games, and the Blue Barracudas eventually joined them on the final step.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10



The temple games were an alright round. In the first game, Keith and Danielle had to roll around on giant wheels and destroy all the portraits of Henry VIII. Keith won the game with 24 seconds to go. In the second game, Rachel and James used the see saw/rotating levers game to put body parts like a nose, ear, etc. on Henry VIII's face. In other words, they made his face look like Mr. Potato. :P Neither player did well in this game, and couldn't get a good rhythm down. But, Rachel ended up winning, leading the temple games 1-0 at this point. In the third game, the teams had to toss rocks to their partners suspended in the air, and knock over the columns of Henry VIII. The Blue Barracudas won the game fair and square, completely shutting out the Purple Parrots and going to the temple with 2 pendants!

TEMPLE RUN: 5/10



The temple run was just your typical center of the room loss. The layout is impossible, with few shortcuts available, and neither player is any match for it. Rachel goes first and she does an okay job. She loses her pendant immediately in the Crypt, and doesn't try all three books. She slowly makes her way as far as the Room of the Ancient Warriors, where she's removed from the temple with 1:24 on the clock. Keith goes in next and he's a little faster, but things aren't really looking up for him. After assembling the monkey, he's forced into the Room of the Secret Password, where his reading of the passwords are the strongest I've ever heard from any contestant, and makes his way into the Quicksand Bog. He makes it as far as the Dark Forest, where his time runs out there. Tough layout, there was really nothing they could've done differently to win. Maybe move faster, especially Rachel, but they were going to lose anyways. This temple run is pretty much a rehash of "The Ivory Elephant of Scheherazade," only this layout was a lot harder since most of the shortcuts were blocked off.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.6/10

Overall, this was generally an unexciting episode. I thought this episode would at least rank in the 6 range, but the disappointing legend and mundane rounds hurt the final score quite a bit. The temple run was okay. Neither Rachel or Keith were fast, but they were decent players. They just got screwed over with a tough layout, like most teams did on this filming day. So I can't fault them too much, though they could've moved a little faster. This episode is pretty boring, and you're not really missing anything. But I still recommend a re watch nonetheless.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 14, 2013, 11:25:08 PM
Hans Holbein was the final episode filmed on the bitchy layout day with Ivan the Terrible, Robert the Bruce, and William Tell. And of course, the producers expected way too much out of the Blue Barracudas in the temple. I am surprised the teams struggled in the moat for this episode though. When this moat was used in "Ivan the Terrible", those teams completed it fast, But they did seem to struggle in this moat though. And your right, the plot for this episode is messed up. Since the producers used Henry VIII already as a featured artifact, they were forced to come up with another historical figure and force them into the Henry VIII story. This time around, it was Hans Holbein. The episode plot was very short also. That is what they get for reusing a story that was told in "Henry VIII's Great Seal". :roll: And I definitely remember the "Squeegee" answer in the Steps too. :lol:

The temple games were average, and it felt like there was no competition. Once again, there was way too much of a Henry VIII theme going in this round. It was rare for a temple game sweep with boy/girl temple game matchups. I know this happened in the "Imperial Wizard" temple games too. The temple run had a very hard layout, but Keith and Rachel didn't move that fast to begin with. Rachel was especially slow, and she never tried all three books in the Crypt and was only entering her fourth room by the time a minute passed. Keith was an average contestant too, and his time ended in the Quicksand Bog. Overall, this team had no chance in this temple layout. But they still made it far taking into account of the rooms they had to enter. There was no way they were going to win anyways, even if the Shrine shortcut opened. Oh yeah, Rachel's voice irritates me in the temple too.  :roll:

Overall, the 5.6 score for Hans Holbein is fitting. Most of the rounds for this episode were average at best and the producers shafted Rachel and Keith in the temple. But the temple run was not very exciting like "Ivan the Terrible" was though. Good episode review though, and it was nice to read over an overview of this episode again because it has been a while since I have seen it. This is one episode you can watch when you are bored and want something different. But other than that, it is in my forgettable pile. Good job overall.  :mrblue:

And for my next one, which I will try to have up tomorrow, is the super exciting Jedediah Smith episode.  :mrorange:

Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 14, 2013, 11:34:22 PM
Keith's time ran out in the Dark Forest, NOT Quicksand Bog. ;) But yeah, I remember Rachel entering her first room out of the Pit in 2 minutes, not very fast at all. And I really don't consider Rachel a "screamer" either. Her voice did sound weird, but maybe it was just a voiceover? Other than that, this temple run wasn't very exciting. It was an impossible layout, (like most layouts on this filming day were) and this team didn't have a chance anyways.

Good luck reviewing Bent Shaving Pan. You're gonna need all the luck you can get there. Since it is SUCH a boring episode with mediocre players. :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 15, 2013, 01:35:05 AM
I always confuse Robert the Bruce with Hans Holbein. :P Jeremy was the one whose run ended in the Quicksand Bog. Both runs are very similar too and both girls in those runs have annoying voices too. :o Although I always liked the Hans Holbein run much better than Robert the Bruce. Robert the Bruce team made too many errors and Jeremy stalled too much. Also, I noticed that you were the one that ranked the whole "impossible layout day". Maybe you should take Dried Apple Half too?  :oops:  ;) Just kidding.

And when it comes to Bent Shaving Pan, I am completing that one by pieces. I already watched the moat and Steps and this episode is already annoying me. But either way, I will have it up by tomorrow.  ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 15, 2013, 02:22:14 AM
I have Dried Apple Half screencapped actually. So, why shouldn't I review it? ;) Unless you want to take it, since you always review the absolute worst possible episodes. Plus, my screencaps of Dried Apple Half are grainy anyways. Don't worry, I'll save episodes like John Sutter and Galileo for you. Since those are some of the best episodes on the show. :mrblue: :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 17, 2013, 04:57:43 PM
Well, I finally finished my episode review for "Bent Shaving Pan". It took me longer than usual because I could not finish this one through one sitting. It was so boring and uneventful. It was a pretty mediocre episode overall and there is a reason why no one here talks about it.  :roll:

THE BENT SHAVING PAN OF JEDEDIAH SMITH



MOAT: 6/10



The six teams had to cross this moat using a giant net that expands across both sides of it. Both players on each team had to hold onto each side of their net and shimmy across. Once they reached to the other side, they had to wait for their partner to cross also. Once both players were on the other side, then they could hit their gong. This was a pretty average moat for the most part. No individual team's performance stuck out and all the teams were close in timing when it came to hitting their gongs. Also, this moat in general was kind of boring compared to most Season 3 moats. It was an average moat with nothing really good or bad about it.

LEGEND: 4/10



One of the most fearless mountain men of all time was Jedediah Strong Smith. In the early 1800's, he was one of the first frontiersmen to brave the blizzard, the deadly animals, and passages of the Sierras. He also lead the first wagon trains into California. Jedediah Smith was very mean and fierce, and nothing ever scared him. One day while shaving, a 600 pound grizzly bear attack Jedediah and his friend Bill. Bill warned Jedediah about the bear, but he had no time to grab his gun. Jedediah Smith turned around and hit the bear with his Shaving Pan. The bear ran away and caused his Shaving Pan to become bent. Eventually, he got a new shaving pan and the bent one made its way to the temple.

This legend was pretty boring and lame. This story hyped Jedediah Smith up to be a strong and fearless man, but then it turned into a story about a man shaving and chasing a bear away. It does sound kind of badass that Jedediah was able to get rid of bear with just his shaving pan. But the unusual dialogue from Bill ruined this part and it made it sound childish. There was not much to say about this legend at all, except that it could've used a more serious tone to it. This is probably the shortest legend summary I ever written because there was not much to talk about it.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10



All of the questions asked were primarily from the legend. This was a close Steps of Knowledge round in general, as all four teams made it to the second to last step. There was one wrong answer given by the Orange Iguanas, but it wasn't a bad answer at all as the question was asking for a specific type of bird that described Jedediah Smith. Also, the Green Monkeys got a couple of lucky breaks with their answers. A couple of their answers weren't specific enough but Olmec was lenient enough to give it to them. Due to the close competition in this Steps of Knowledge round, I gave it a higher score.

TEMPLE GAMES: 4/10
The introduction to the temple games was very unusual because there was no introduction for any of the teams at all. Sometimes Kirk just read the players' names for each team instead of explaining their interest, but Kirk does introduce the team's at all. I am not sure if it is because of bad editing or because of time constraints, but it was definitely unusual. Regardless, the two teams featured Irish and Brian of the Orange Iguanas and Sarah and Vernon of the Green Monkeys. The temple games were pretty boring and the temple game sequence was very unusual. None of the temple games had anything really to do with the legend and were completely random. The two standout moments during this round was Brian's domination of his individual game and the tiebreaker. Other than that, this temple game round was boring and lackluster.

Temple Game #1 - Path through the Forest



In the first temple game, the two female players had to nagivate through a forest and find different foods to eat. While gathering their foods, they will have to cross a set of steps and memorize a path to the foods. If one of their steps sink, then they have to start over again and try a different path. If they step on a step that sinks while holding a piece of food, then they must start over again also. The player that collects all three different pieces of food will be the winner. Sarah was able to gather her three pieces of food first before time was up, so she was declared the winner.

Temple Game #2 - Jedediah's Boulder Tossing Game



In the second temple game, Vernon and Brian were in an enclosed space while standing on a trampoline. Below them were more than a dozen color rocks. The boys had 60 seconds to take their rocks and throw them into the hole behind their opponent. They will earn a point for every rock they got into their hole. While playing, the boys could also block the shots of their opponent to prevent them from scoring. The player with the most points after 60 seconds will be the winner. Brian DOMINATED this temple game and only missed one shot overall. He destroyed Vernon 14-5 in this game.

Temple Game #3 - Clearing Out Boulders for Jedediah's Bed



In the final temple game, the two teams had to clear out boulders in order to make a bed for Jedediah Smith. Both players were tied to a wall with their backs to each other. One player had to run out and throw the boulder over their head, while their partner had to run out and catch the boulder. he players had to work together when throwing and catching the boulder. If they move took quickly, they could mess their partner up that was trying to complete their task. The team that collected the most boulders were the winners. In the end, the two teams tied and it comes down to a 1.5-1.5 tiebreaker.

The tiebreaker question asked was, "Was Jedediah Smith's middle name..." and the Orange Iguanas hit their gong first and answered "Strong", which was the correct answer. Irish and Brian were then granted access into Olmec's temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10



In the earlier seasons of the temple, one room away guards were fairly common and screwed teams over because of this. By the time Season 3 came around, the one room away guards were a very rare occurrence. Unfortunately for Brian and Irish though, they faced a one room away guard during this temple run. But this Orange Iguanas team was very slow to begin with though. Irish was very hesitant in the temple and moved slower than the average Season 3 girl. She took too long to complete each of her objectives and stalled when traveling between rooms. If there is one thing Irish did right though, she did use the Dark Forest-Shrine shortcut. When she entered the Room of the Ancient Warriors though, Irish tried very hard to avoid the middle suit of armor. I don't know if it is because she knew the temple guard was there or not, but when she was finally forced to try it, she tried escaping it quickly but finally got captured by the temple guard. With 30 seconds to himself, there was no way Brian was going to win. But he stalled while following his partner's clear path and only made it as far as the Jester's Court. This was a pretty boring temple run and nothing significant happens at all. This team moved slow anyways and they wouldn't have won whether there was a one room away guard or not.

FINAL VERDICT: 4.8/10
"Bent Shaving Pan" was one of the most boring episodes to ever appear on the show. Every single round of this episode was dull and it was pretty hard to sit through it. While it wasn't a horrible episode, it was pretty mediocre compared to the average episode of Season 3. If there was one round I liked, it was the close competition in the Steps of Knowledge. Otherwise, this episode is completely forgettable and you probably would forget that it exists too like I did. The temple run was also a snoozefest also and the Orange Iguanas were far too slow in the temple. Nobody ever criticizes Irish and Brian for their speed in the temple, but they would've reached the artifact if they both moved faster. Other than that, I don't really recommend this episode to watch. You will probably fall asleep while watching it and there is nothing that sticks out about it that differentiates it from other Season 3 episodes. It was a pretty mediocre episode overall and you probably won't go back to watch it again after a first viewing.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 17, 2013, 06:40:16 PM
Bent Shaving Pan is by far the most forgettable episode ever. You thought The Stone Marker of Leif Erickson was a snooze fest? I completely forget this episode exists all the time, that's how forgettable and filler it is. In fact, Bent Shaving Pan scored much worse than I thought. It couldn't even get a 5 average? I did like the moat used in this episode, and I liked the temple game sequence, the exact set of temple games Xerxes used. But other than that, this episode was extremely boring. Both Irish and Brian were WAY too slow in the temple, and they don't deserve any sympathy that they get. In my opinion, they get way too much credit for being horribly slow players, yet everybody hates Derek and Sherra just because they had a hard layout. Brian was definitely the slowest of the two. While 30 seconds is not enough time to make up for your partners hesitance, you should be able to make it further than the Dark Forest. I have no sympathy for them because they lost and they deserved the one room away temple guard. How anyone can defend them is beyond me.

Overall, great review. :mrorange: I think I might review either Leonardo Da Vinci or Grandy Nanny next. I know they're pretty lackluster episodes too, but it's just to continue the trend of reviewing boring Orange Iguana episodes. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 18, 2013, 12:55:43 AM
Leonardo Da Vinci was a good episode in my eyes, albeit forgettable and boring like Stone Marker. My prediction is that Da Vinci will rank a little higher than Stone Marker, probably in the 5.3-5.5 range. As forgettable as the episode was, I do remember the rare Orange-Blue temple game, tie on the second to last step, and the paint bucket temple game. It definitely wasn't mediocre bad like Bent Shaving Pan. Now Grandy Nanny is a horrible episode though. It featured a very bad Orange Iguana team, it was extremely boring, and the camera work sucked too. Leonardo Da Vinci is easily better than Grandy Nanny. ;)

But yeah, Bent Shaving Pan was lackluster and I actually dislike this episode. It was so boring and nothing was really good about it at all. The only thing I liked was how Brian dominated his temple game. The temple run itself was boring and theY wouldn't have won due to how slow they moved. People harp on Brittany and Damien for being so slow, but Damien as the second runner made it to the same room as Irish was taken out. And he was the second runner too. But everybody picks on the Pytheas team and says nothing about these two. I am glad to get that episode out of the way.

I am excited to do Annie Oakley next. That is a very fun episode and I expect a good score for it.  :mrpurple: And after that, I think I should finally do Broken Trident since I had that one claimed for months but haven't gotten around to doing it yet. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 18, 2013, 01:01:32 AM
And speaking of Orange Iguanas episodes, do they have an never ending supply of boring and forgettable episodes or what? I swear that there is only like 5 good Orange Iguana episodes at most. Look at a lot of the remaining Orange Iguana episodes - Zenobia, Gordian Knot, Dead Man's Hand, Golden Stallion, Harriet Tubman, Efoua, Lily-Crested Crown, and Leonardo Da Vinci. There are probably some I am missing we didn't cover yet. The only good ones left that are not covered are Blue Pearl and Useless Map to an extent.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 18, 2013, 01:11:18 AM
Well, you wanted to do Blue Pearl when you started this whole thread in the first place. :P Maybe you should cover that one next. And yeah, the Orange Iguanas have utterly BORING episodes. The only episodes from the Iguanas that I like are Blue Pearl, Sir Gawain, Atocha, Nostradmus, Dolley Madison, and maybe Melted Head. The rest are forgettable to absolutely terrible. But yeah, Leonardo Da Vinci is an okay episode, though I don't expect it to rank any higher than mid 5 range.

You're also right about the Pytheas team being faster than the Bent Shaving Pan team too. Though Damien had much more time left on the clock than Brian did. But Brittany made MUCH better progress than Irish did in her time in the temple. As slow as Brittany and Damien were, even they were faster than Irish and Brian. Either way, I can't wait for your episode review on Annie Oakley. That's definitely a breath of fresh air compared to Bent Shaving Pan. Chandra and Nick dominated every round and almost won. :mrpurple: If only Chandra didn't take that elevator.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 18, 2013, 01:24:47 AM
Despite taking the elevator in the Annie Oakley run, Chandra did a really good job in the temple. She made it one room away with a path that wasn't easy. She would've definitely saved time if she didn't use that elevator. But the loss was very exciting and at least Nick made it to where Chandra was taken out too. The whole episode was great too and it set a nice preview for "Billy the Kid". And of course, both episodes share the PP Pwnage theme.  :mrpurple: These two wins would've been special if the Annie Oakley team would've won. But it was till a great episode.  :mrpurple:

And yeah, the Orange Iguana episodes you listed were the only ones I liked too. Also, Mush Pot Hat is pretty good too. The rest though are forgettable or bad.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 18, 2013, 12:34:45 PM
And for reference, it looks like we completed the entire production day for "Bent Shaving Pan" episodes. Like I did with the "Emiliano Zapata" day, I will post their scores for each episode and average them together:

Snow Cone: 3.2
Upside-Down Compass: 6.0
Bent Shaving Pan: 4.8
Marble Armrest: 4.2
Average score: 4.55

Is this the worst production day on the whole show or what? This production day couldn't even break a 5 average. The only good episode that day was "Upside-Down Compass", all of the other three episodes are terrible. The only production day that might rank this low is the Lost Hammer/Golden Cricket Cage/Golden Ship/Map to the Lost Gold Mine day due to the first 3 episodes being extremely terrible. But then again, Map to the Lost Gold Mine will have a high enough score to save this production from being complete crap.  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 18, 2013, 02:29:03 PM
I can see Golden Ship ranking in the low 5 range. While that episode was pretty much unexciting, it wasn't THAT bad. But yeah, Lost Gold Mine will probably save the Cricket Cage/Lost Hammer day from being a complete debacle. But yeah, an average of 4.55 for Henry Hudson's filming day is just pathetic. It was a terrible filming day. The only remotely watchable episode is Henry Hudson, and even that episode was just average. Also, if you're looking to complete more production days, here's some episodes that only need one more to be reviewed:

The Star of Sultan Saladin (S1L3)
The Lost Logbooks of Magellan (S1L4)
The Imperial Purple Robe of Empress Theodora (Stone Head's filming day)
The Priceless Portrait of the Polynesian Girl (Icarus' filming day)
The Dried Apple Half of William Tell (Discarded Seal's filming day)

Out of those episodes, the only one I can do (that I have screencapped) is Dried Apple Half. Plus, I've already ranked the rest of the episodes on "impossible layout" day. Though I've only seen the full episode to Dried Apple Half three times at most, so I wouldn't really remember much about it. But for my next post in this thread, I'm reviewing Leonardo Da Vinci. That review should be up by tonight. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 18, 2013, 03:16:48 PM
I've noticed that we have covered 57 episodes so far. 20 S3 episodes are left, 21 S2 episodes are left, and 22 S3 episodes are left. If you do Leonardo Da Vini, that will give us 21 S1 episodes. Since I am going to do Annie Oakley, that will be 20 episodes left for S2. And I am thinking right after I am done with Annie Oakley, then I will do a review on Lawrence of Arabia or another S1 episode. So once we reach the 60 episode mark, each season will have 20 episodes remaining. And once we reach the 60 episode mark, then I will some statistics about all the episodes covered.  ;)  :mrred:

And from that list right there, I will definitely do Polynesian Girl. I have that whole episode memorized and it was a very exciting episode to watch.  :mrsilver: Sultan Saladin is another really good episode too, but it has been a while since I have seen it though. But I don't remember many bad things about it. William Tell... is a pile of crap though. It's been a while since I have seen that episode, but it was NOT a good episode though. All of the teams were bad in that episode and the temple run is annoying.  :roll: Good luck with that one.  :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 18, 2013, 03:22:57 PM
You mean 22 episodes left from Season 1 right? You put down Season 3 twice. ;)

And I'll definitely wait a long time before I even touch William Tell. I'm certainly not gonna do that one right away. You can have Priceless Portrait, since you have that episode memorized, and I don't have it screencapped. It's a great episode, and I know it will score high. We should be right at the halfway mark sometime this week, depending on how many episodes we decide to review. And it'll be interesting to read about the statistics from all the episodes too. Assuming you're referring to the episodes in general.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 18, 2013, 11:23:51 PM
Here it is, my review of "The Paintbrush of Leonardo Da Vinci." :mrorange:

THE PAINTBRUSH OF LEONARDO DA VINCI



MOAT: 3/10



For this moat, the players had to pull themselves across the moat with the rope in front of them, all while sitting on a tube. Once across, the first player must toss the tube to their partner, so they can cross in the same manner. This round was just terrible. It was like most of, if not ALL the teams struggled to get across. And some of these players just couldn't toss that tube if their lives depended on it. Furthermore, the editing was absolutely atrocious. It kept cutting in awkward places, and after Kirk announced which teams get to advance, instead of showing the four teams standing around, it shows another clip from the moat. Whoever edited that moat should've been fired. Regardless, the Orange Iguanas, Green Monkeys, Blue Barracudas, and Red Jaguars got to advance to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 5/10



This legend centered around Leonardo Da Vinci, and how he was such an amazing painter, sculptor, etc. He was a very harsh teacher, and graded his students harshly. If he didn't like their paintings, he's paint a big red "X" on it. When Leonardo died, one of his students kept one of his paintbrushes, and it eventually made its way to the temple. Interesting legend actually, though I would've liked it a lot better if it wasn't so short and lacking in detail, like most Season 1 legends. Furthermore, Leonardo Da Vinci sounds like a real jerk. Who paints red "X's" on someone elses paintings? Methinks he had an ego problem because of his fame as a painter. :roll: Plus, the artifact is really lame too. For such a legendary figure, I'd expect more than just some wooden paintbrush with spots all over it. Interesting legend, though it was hard to take seriously because of its silliness.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 10/10



The Steps of Knowledge were the staple of this episode. I gave this round a perfect rating because everything went so flawlessly. There was not even a single wrong answer, and it came down to a rare four way tie on the second to last step. This would also occur in "The Missing Eye of David," only there were a lot more wrong answers in that particular round. In the end, the Blue Barracudas became the first team to qualify for the temple games. And the Orange Iguanas followed suit immediately after, creating the rarest temple game pair on the show. (Blue vs. Orange only occurred four times on the whole show). I wish more Steps of Knowledge rounds were like this, especially in Season 1.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10



The temple game featured both a unique set of games, and a unique way of how the games were played/executed. I would've ranked the round higher if the teams were more coordinated and performed better though. In the first game, Roberto and Chris had to climb up the ramp and pull down the paint buckets. Roberto had yellow paint, and Chris fittingly had blue paint. Both players seemed to struggle climbing the ramp, but when the ramps are riddled with paint, can you blame them? In the end, both players ended up pulling one bucket down. In the second game, Katie and Ansie had to place a red "X" on each of the two paintings on their side of the soapy mat. Katie was a BEAST in her game, and finished putting "X's" on both her paintings with a whopping 32 seconds left on the clock. In the third game, the teams had to use the same tired up and down pulley game to construct a helicopter. The Blue Barracudas struggled immensely with this game, so that naturally helped the Orange Iguanas win the game. Giving them the full pendant, and access to the temple with 2 full pendants!

TEMPLE RUN: 5/10



This temple run featured a very difficult layout, where a dead end and devilish path really do the team in. Katie runs into a dead end in the Swamp, where she not only meets a temple guard, but no doors open upward. As if that wasn't bad enough, she's forced all the way up the central shaft. A second temple guard removes her from the temple with 33 seconds left on the clock. Roberto had no prayer of making up for lost time, and it didn't help that he ran up to the Gargoyle Room, and didn't try all three tongues. He ends up in the Wheel Room where time runs out. Tough luck, and the producers suck so much that they used this exact replica of a temple layout in "The Stone Marker of Leif Erickson." Where of course, the results were the same, disastrous due to impossible layout.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.8/10

This episode ranked a little higher than I thought, but high 5 range is still fitting. The strong point of this episode was the Steps of Knowledge by a long shot, with very smart teams and the rare four way tie. The weakest point was the moat, where none of the teams did an impressive job crossing and for its terrible editing. While I prefer this episode over the utterly forgettable Stone Marker, this episode isn't very exciting either. However, it's MUCH better than most Orange Iguana episodes, and I still recommend a re watch of this episode.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 19, 2013, 12:18:28 AM
I actually had a feeling that Leonardo Da Vinci was going to finish with a higher score than Stone Marker. There was more good things about that episode than Stone Marker. I didn't really like the moat they used in this episode. It was like the S1L8 moat where the players had to throw their ring across to their partner. It definitely wasn't easy to throw that ring across, that is for sure. And I forgot about how short the legend was.  :o Which is too bad, because Da Vinci is a famous artist and they would've gave him a better story in later seasons. Also, a Paintbrush to associate with Da Vinci? Talk about uninspiring. :roll:

And the highlight of this episode was definitely the Steps of Knowledge. I think the only other Steps round that was as close as this one was "Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress", which was just as exciting as this one. What's more amazing is that there weren't any wrong answers with the four way tie. So at that point in the Steps, the next team who got the answer right would go onto the temple games. Definitely a nail biter round. I don't remember much about the temple games, except for the first temple game where the players had to pull their buckets of paint down. I remember how messy the ramps were in this temple game. :P The Orange Iguanas did good overall and earned their first temple appearance ever.  :mrorange:

The temple run is very "meh" though. But I hardly blame Katie and Roberto for the final outcome of it. I don't expect S1 players to not know that the direct path usually didn't work for them. For the Iguanas, I definitely don't hold the direct path against them. It's not like their strategy was like Joe from "Golden Ship" who though he could reach the artifact in 3 rooms. :roll: The dead end in the Swamp was a double whammy with a temple guard. And when no doors were opened, Katie was forced all the way up to the Observatory where she was taken out. Roberto was smart for trying the Gargoyle Room and he might've actually added progress if he tried all three tongues. But his time ended in the Wheel Room. This wasn't a bad team at all, they got shafted by a crappy layout. I love how the producers rehashed this exact same layout for the Stone Marker run. :roll:

Overall, I think this a good score for Leonardo Da Vinci. If it wasn't for the Steps round, I am sure this episode would finish with the same score as Stone Marker. But this episode definitely had better moments than that episode. In fact, this is probably the best episode from S1L5. Yup, that whole day was lackluster. :roll: But Da Vinci was above average for the most part. Good score, and I am kind of glad that this episode finished with a score that high because it wasn't totally bad or anything.  :mrorange:

So that means Annie Oakley is next for me and that will be episode 59. And for episode 60, I will try and post Lawrence of Arabia right after Annie Oakley.  :mrpurple:  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 19, 2013, 12:51:24 AM
Dead Man's Hand was the first Orange Iguana run, not Leonardo Da Vinci. ;)

And yeah, Leonardo Da Vinci was slightly better than Stone Marker, mostly for the Steps of Knowledge round. You're totally right that if it wasn't for the steps, this episode would barely make a 5 average, like Stone Marker did. Either way, I look forward to your review on Annie Oaley. PP Pwnage! :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 19, 2013, 01:52:52 AM
The crappy part about the Leonardo Da Vinci and Stone Marker episodes were that those temple layouts were very bitchy. I mean the teams did sort of bring the dead end onto themselves, but you can't really blame them because they didn't know better. It makes me wonder if Shaka Zulu was suppose to mimic these two layouts? At least in that run though, the Treasure Chest was open so Bobby wouldn't have been forced up the central shaft like Keeli and Katie were. But then again, he wouldn't have won if he had the Da Vinci or Stone Marker layout. :roll:

I can't believe I forgot Dead Man's Hand either. :P That layout was exactly like Leonardo Da Vinci, except even more bizarre. Man, these Season 1 teams had it tough. Even the Amelia Earhart team, as bad as Kristen was, were forced to enter every room. I can't wait until I review Annie Oakley and I hope to have it up by tomorrow. ;) I definitely could do this episode in one sitting and not force myself to watch it like Bent Shaving Pan. :roll: I remember most parts about this episode too, so hopefully my memory can type most of it up. :P :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 19, 2013, 02:23:40 AM
Yeah, Season 1 had a lot of impossible layouts. Even Lucky Pig's layout was impossible, since Kristen wasn't granted any shortcuts of any kind. Not that it detracts from how awful the temple run was, but she still had it hard. And Stone Marker and Leonardo Da Vinci had even worse layouts. Why couldn't the production crew just utilize the Swamp/Treasure Room passage way? :? I sure would've made for some interesting layouts. I mean, yes Katie took a direct path (which I don't hold against her), and Keeli didn't try all three Gargoyle tongues. But, I have a feeling they still would've lost even if it wasn't for all those mistakes.

Also, if you're gonna review Annie Oakley next, are you gonna take an extra "turn" and rank Lawrence of Arabia right after? If so, that's fine by me, since we'll have 20 episodes reviewed from each season that way. Then you can post your statistics. ;) Just wondering though, what exactly will your statistics cover? Like, what kind of things are you gonna keep track of?
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 20, 2013, 05:05:47 PM
Here is our 59th episode review, which is "The Leopard-Skin Cloak of Annie Oakley".  :mrpurple: Even though I remembered a lot of details from this episode, I rewatched it anyways because it is really worth the watch. One of my favorite Purple Parrot episodes on the show.  :mrpurple:

THE LEOPARD-SKIN CLOAK OF ANNIE OAKLEY



MOAT: 7.5/10
MOAT: 7/10 (PPF)



In front of the six teams were a series of ancient hanging rings. The first player had to cross through the rings by crawling through them in order to reach the other side. When the first player reaches the other side, then the second player had to move across it the same way. The first four teams that made it across the moat will move onto the Steps of Knowledge. I liked the moat crossings in Season 2 that used the hanging rings. This moat round was pretty competitive too and didn't have many flaws. Moving across the rings was definitely a challenging task, so I can understand this moat being longer than others. It was a good moat round overall.

PPF's description:

For this moat, the players had to traverse through a series a hanging innertubes. Once the first player makes it across, their partner would cross in the same manner. This was one of my favorite moats ever. I always liked the concept of climbing through a bunch of innertubes. I liked the challenge behind it, and these moats usually took a long time to finish. As for this moat, it was a decent round. It wasn't the most noteworthy, but one of the teams did particularly bad. At the end of the round, the Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, and Silver Snakes advanced to the Steps of Knowledge in that order.

LEGEND: 8/10
LEGEND: 8/10 (PPF)



When a tiny woman entered the ring of Buffalo Bill's West Show with her fringe skirt and long red hair flowing, the crowd cheered wildly. She was Annie Oakley. Even in Germany, they have heard stories about Annie being able to shoot a dime out of a man's hand without grazing it or hit an Ace of Spades dead center from 90 feet. Crowned Prince Vilhelm of Germany tested Oakley out by asking her to shoot a cigarette from his mouth. He thought that she would back down. No sooner as he placed his cigarette in his mouth, Annie Oakley shot the burning tip of the cigarette right off. The Prince was startled and the crowd went wild. Legend has it that the Prince's friend, the King of Senegal, was so impressed by Annie Oakley that he gave her a Leopard-Skin Cloak that she cherished for years.

This was a very interesting legend, and I liked legends about historical figures with strong women. It was also different from those countless stories about love or war that is always featured on the show. I liked all the details the producers used to describe Sharp Shooter Annie's skills. They detailed perfectly how amazing of a shooter she was. I would've liked to hear a little more about her and the Wild West, but this was a solid legend overall. The only strange part about this legend was that the Leopard-Skin Cloak literally had nothing to do with it. Most of the artifacts had something to do with their historical figure, but the Cloak was totally irrelevant. It was like the producers were desperate to find something to associate with Annie Oakley.  :?

PPF's description:

This legend centered around Annie Oakley, who was a tiny woman who wore a fringe skirt and had long red hair. The crowd cheered wildly for her as she entered the ring of Buffalo Bill's West Show. Annie Oakley was so talented she could shoot a dime out of someone's hand without trouble, and could hit an Ace of Spades in dead center from 90 feet. A Germany Prince by the name Vilhelm wanted to test Annie Oakley by asking her to shoot a cigarette from his mouth. Instead of backing down, Oakley shot the burning tip of the cigarette right out of his mouth. The Prince was stunned as everyone in the crowd cheered wildly for her. The King of Senegal was so impressed with Oakley's sharp shooting that he gave her a leopard skin cloak that she cherished. The cloak eventually made its way to the temple. This was a great legend, and I liked the Wild West theme the producers were going for. I liked how Annie Oakley was depicted as a sharp shooter and a strong woman who wouldn't back down from anything. One nitpick I have, is for the artifact itself. It was an ugly looking leopard skin cloak had nothing to do with Annie Oakley whatsoever. It was clear the producers thought "Let's see, we have this ugly looking cloth here. What artifact can we make out of it?" It has got to be by far the most random, most irrelevant artifact selection ever to be featured on the show.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10 (PPF)



This was a close Steps of Knowledge round, but there were too many wrong answers given out by most of the teams. There were 4 questions in total that were incorrect. The Green Monkeys would've made it to the temple games if they didn't get two easy questions wrong. The Purple Parrots were the only team to not get a wrong answer and they made it to the temple games first. The Blue Barracuda shortly followed after that. On a side note, there were two choices that were possible answers about historical figures that Legends covered in earlier seasons - Elizabeth the First and Wild Bill Hickok were two choices for two different questions. :P

PPF's description:

This was an alright Steps of Knowledge round. I would've ranked it a lot higher if it weren't for all the wrong answers the Green Monkeys gave out during the round. Actually, every team except the Purple Parrot got an answer wrong. Nick of the Purple Parrots answered all the questions for his team, and him and Chandra were the first team to qualify for the temple games. The Blue Barracudas joined the on the final step not long after. The Green Monkeys got two questions correct, and the Silver Snakes only got one correct. Overall, it was a close round, but the multiple wrong answers drag this round's score a little bit.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10 (PPF)

The two temple teams featured Rose and Shane of the Blue Barracudas and Chandra and Nick of the Purple Parrots. The temple game sequence used in this episode was very entertaining to watch. All of the temple games pertained to Annie Oakley's skills as a sharp shooter. I enjoyed the different variety of temple games they used too, especially the second temple game with the trapeze. The Purple Parrots were a very good team in this episode too and even swept the temple games for the first time.  :mrpurple:

Temple Game #1 - Annie Oakley's Horse



Some say that Annie Oakley rode a horse so well that she would never fall off of it. In this temple game, Chandra and Rose had to ride one of these horses. They had 60 seconds to ride their horse and if one of the players fell off, then the other player would be the winner. The player that held on the longest after 60 seconds would be the winner. Both female runners did a solid job holding onto their horses, but Rose fell off with 9 seconds left and giving the Purple Parrots their first half-pendant.

Temple Game #2 - Shoot the Ace of Spades



Annie Oakley was famous for being able to shoot dead center the Ace of Spades card from someone's hand. In this temple game, Nick and Shane had to take a rock and toss it into the center of their Ace of Spades car while holding onto a trapeze. The player that got the most rocks into their Ace of Spades will be the winner. In the end, the Purple Parrots were more accurate in their shooting an earned their second half-pendant, putting them up 1-0.

Temple Game #3 - Sharp Shooter Annie



Annie Oakley had to take a lot of practice in order to become a good sharp shooter. In the final temple game, the teams had to launch a ball at their targets and knock down all four of them. The team that knocks down all four targets first or the team that knocks down the most targets after 60 seconds will be the winner. In the end, the Purple Parrots knocked down 3 of their soldiers and complete their first ever temple game sweep.

PPF's description:

The temple games featured TOTAL domination by the Purple Parrots, and an excellent match all around. While the pendant score was one sided, it was still a close match and featured a great set of temple games used. In the first game, Chandra and Rose had to hold on to the spinning horse for as long as possible. I believe this was the last episode to feature this particular temple games. This was a solid match as both girls held on to the horse for almost the entire round. However, Rose of the Blue Barracudas fell off the horse with 9 seconds left on the clock, giving Chandra the half pendant of life. In the second game, Nick and Shane had to place a ball between their legs, fly out on the trapeze, and toss the ball into the Ace of Spade. Shane kind of struggled with this game, while Nick was more accurate with their shooting. This helped Nick win the game, and earn another half pendant for his team. This put the Purple Parrots ahead of the Blue Barracudas 1-0 going into the final game. In the third game, the teams had to take turns knocking over the soldiers. The Purple Parrots once again came out on top and won this game, giving them the full pendant, and earning themselves a trip to the temple with 2 full pendants! :mrpurple: This marks the first time the Purple Parrots outright shut out a team in the temple games.

TEMPLE RUN: 8/10
TEMPLE RUN: 8/10 (PPF)



The Mine Shaft elevator was responsible for quite a few teams not winning in the temple. In this temple run, the Mine Shaft cost Chandra and Nick a legitimate chance at a temple victory. Both Purple Players were a solid team though and moved pretty fast. Chandra made great time in all of the rooms she entered. After meeting her first guard in the Laser Light Room, she makes it all the way to the Mine Shaft with 1:45 left on the clock. Unfortunately, Chandra fails to try the Mine Shaft-Shrine ladder and instead takes the slow elevator. She is forced to complete the Room of the Secret Password as a result. Do note that the Secret Passwords for this temple run were inside the cabinets themselves and not on separate tablets like in Season 3. She is taken out one room away in the King's Storeroom with 53 seconds left. Nick follows up Chandra's path and actually takes the Shrine ladder from the Mine Shaft. By the time he enters the King's Storeroom though, time expires for him as Nick awkwardly places the King's Storeroom key in the front of the room. :lol:

Overall, this temple run was very exciting and is easily the Purple Parrots' best temple loss. There was nothing wrong with the players in this run, it was a matter of not taking shortcuts and the one room away guard that hurt their chances at winning. But in a temple layout much similar to "The Very Tall Turban of Ahmed Baba", Chandra and Nick put up a better performance and still lost due to an unfair temple guard layout. When you compare this run to "Ahmed Baba", it shows you how lucky Shane got with his path. This was still an exciting loss though and a good team effort too.  :mrpurple:

PPF's description:

This temple run exemplifies why it's always important to take as many shortcuts as possible. Chandra goes in first and she movespretty fast. She moved very swiftly throughout the whole bottom floor, but she does make one mistake. In the Dark Forest, instead of looking for a key to enter the Shrine, she busts through the wall and takes the Mine Shaft elevator. This move ultimately decided the runs fate. Chandra enters the Room of the Secret Password with about 1:30, where she shouts "Long Live Olmec!" twice before entering the Shrine. This also makes the only time the Room of the Secret Password objective is completed in Season 2. All with Kirk humorously butchering the name of the room repeatedly in the process. :roll: By the time Chandra enters the King's Storeroom, she's removed from the temple with 53 seconds left on the clock. Nick goes in and he moves pretty fast as well. In the Mine Shaft, he smartly uses the Shaft/Shrine passage to save time, instead of waiting for the elevator to come back down. It's during that time you can clearly see Chandra running back over to Kirk. :lol: By the time Nick makes it to where Chandra left off, time is running very low. Time runs out as Nick places a King's Storeroom key in an awkward place in the room. All in all, this was a solid Purple Parrots temple run, and easily their best temple loss on the show. Chandra and Nick would've had a MUCH better chance at winning if Chandra never took the elevator. Darn elevator.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.7/10
FINAL VERDICT: 7.6/10 (PPF)

"Annie Oakley" featured a very strong and dominant Purple Parrots team, and it was a very entertaining episode to watch. Chandra and Nick finished first in every single round of the temple. Unfortunately, they were just one room away from winning it all for the first Purple Parrot victory ever. This is the type of temple run where you want the temple team to win really bad. The temple run was still exciting though as was the whole episode. There was no real flaws in any of the rounds of this episode and they were all entertaining to watch. I would easily recommend this episode as it represents the Purple Parrots very well. The good part is that the next episode after this one features a very strong Purple Parrot team to actually win it all ("The Snakeskin Boots of Billy the Kid"). So if you are looking for a good set of Purple Parrots episodes to watch, I highly recommend this one and "Billy the Kid" back-to-back.  :mrpurple:

PPF's description:

Overall, Annie Oakley was a solid episode from beginning to end. From the interesting legend, to the temple games, to the temple run, this was a very fun episode. The Purple Parrots dominated EVERY pre temple round, but unfortunately came up short in the temple. If Chandra had not taken the elevator, they would've won for sure. This temple run also proves why "The Very Tall Turban of Ahmed Baba" is not that impressive of a temple run. Shane had the exact same layout, yet he completely lucked into his path by NOT running into a temple guard in the King's Storeroom. But since the Purple Parrots never get lucky, Chandra gets removed in the King's Storeroom one room away. This just goes to show that Shane just lucked into his win, where any average player could've won with his layout. And it just proves that Shane is overrated, while Chandra moved MUCH faster than Shane, and made better time than him in a HARDER layout. But back to Leopard Skin Cloak, which is the definition of PP Pwnage, only to be followed up with "The Snakeskin Boots of Billy the Kid," taped right after this episode. Unlike Chandra and Nick though, the Purple Parrots in Snakeskin Boots actually WIN, and dominated every pre temple run in the process. This was a solid episode with no real flaws in it, and I recommend this episode to anyone. :mrpurple:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 20, 2013, 06:44:55 PM
First of all, the first temple guard was in the Laser Light Room, NOT the Dark Forest. Also, Chandra had 53 seconds left on the clock at the time of her removal. You might want to fix that. ;)

Second of all, this episode was PP Pwnage all the way. I also liked the moat in this episode with the hanging inner tubes. They always took a while, and the mist would be close to disappearing too. The Steps of Knowledge were sort of annoying with the Green Monkeys guessing any old thing. I would've ranked that round a little lower, but it was still a close match. The temple games had a unique sequence, and almost featured the exact games as Billy the Kid. Only the spinning horse game was used instead of the spitting animal game. Plus, I'm pretty sure this is the last episode to feature the former game. Either way, the Parrots smashed the Barracudas 2-0 and made it to the temple! :mrpurple: The temple run was great, Chandra made solid time. I honestly prefer this episode over the overrated Ahmed Baba. Chandra had a harder layout (Jester's Court instead of a measly Swamp) AND made better time than Shane did. Only difference is Shane enters the King's Storeroom and still gets to keep going. But since the Parrots hardly ever get lucky, so when Chandra enters the King's Storeroom, she's taken out one room away. :roll: This just goes to show Shane was just lucky with his layout and he lucked right into it, and gets WAY too much credit because of the "objectives he had to face." His layout was way too easy, but Chandra had a much tougher layout. Though Chandra would've won if she hadn't taken the elevator. Shane's temple run was not "the most impossible layout in the shows history" or "the most groundbreaking, most breathtaking win ever" and it was just luck, not skill. I like Leopard Skin Cloak much better, it was a lot more exciting.

Overall great review. :mrpurple: You can go ahead of rank Lawrence of Arabia next, so we'll be at the halfway mark for all the episodes we've reviewed. :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 20, 2013, 07:34:59 PM
Fixed those two mistakes. ;) Ahmed Baba was an okay win in my book, but I don't care for it as much because the run was so dull and Shane got very lucky with his temple layout. Considering he was the only temple win that ran through 10 rooms enroute to the artifact. And two of those rooms were avoidable too. I wish other teams were lucky enough to have this kind of layout. This team was boring in general. Even Iron Nose Ring was more exciting and enjoyable than Ahmed Baba.

And I am going to have Lawrence of Arabia up by tomorrow or the day after.  :mrgreen: Once I am done with that one, I am going to post statistics about the first 60 episodes that we cover. The stats will include the average record for each episode by team and other various stuff. And after Lawrence of Arabia, I will probably do Poseidon or Golden Stallion to get those out of the way since I had them claimed for a long time.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 20, 2013, 08:56:04 PM
Didn't you want to review Blue Pearl at some point? :P But never listed it in the OP "to do" next. Either way, can't wait for your statistics and review of Lawrence of Arabia next. :mrgreen: I have a feeling that episode is gonna rank high, maybe even higher than Lucky Pillow and Catherine the Great.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 22, 2013, 01:04:09 PM
Here is our 60th episode review, "Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress".  :mrgreen: The Green Monkeys are such a spoiled team for having amazing episodes like this, Mussel-Shell Armor, Emiliano Zapata, and Pirate Captain. This is my second favorite episode in the entire series and I was glad to be the one to review it.  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA'S HEADDRESS



MOAT: 8/10
MOAT: 9/10 (PPF)



Each team had to cross the moat by using the chain of innertubes that connect the one end of the moat to the other. They must pull themselves across the chain of innertubes "army style" in order to reach the other side. Once one player reaches the other side, then the other player must cross the same way. The first four teams to cross will move onto the Steps of Knowledge. This was a very competitive moat crossing and all four teams that made it across were strong. The biggest highlight though was David of the Green Monkeys crossing it in like 3 seconds. I don't recall many moats being this competitive in Season 1, but this one was sure fun to watch.

PPF's description

For this moat, the teams had to cross a chain of golden innertubes that span all the way across the moat. Once the first player is all the way across, then their partner must cross "army style" in the same manner. This was a very close, exciting moat. Very few teams struggled and it wasn't too obvious who the four teams were gonna be. David was a BEAST crossing the moat. He RACED across the tubes like it was nothing and was across in seconds. That has to be a record. At the end of the round, the Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Red Jaguars, and the Silver Snakes advanced to the Steps of Knowledge in that order.

LEGEND: 8.5/10
LEGEND: 9/10 (PPF)



Lawrence of Arabia was an Englishmen that traveled to Egypt to study archaeology. During World War I, he dressed up like an Arab and fought behind enemy lines. Legend has it though that dressing up like an Arab wasn't his idea though. One day he and Hussein, his faithful Arab servant, saddled up their camels for a day trip to an oasis. Half-way there, a sudden sandstorm brewed and they lost their way. One the dust settled, they were face to face with enemy troops. Hussein pulled out a cloth and put it around Lawrence's head like a traditional Arab headdress. He fooled the enemies with the headdress and they did not attack him at all. He loved the headdress so much that he wore it for the rest of the war.

This was a very detailed legend when it came to Season One plots. The producers used a lot of details about how Sir Lawrence when from a student to a war hero known as Lawrence of Arabia. They also gave a back story on the Headdress too instead of just throwing a random prop at the end as the artifact. I enjoyed this legend very much and it intrigued me a lot.

PPF's description

This legend centered around Lawrence of Arabia, who was an Englishmen who studied archaeology in Egypt. During World War I, he dressed as an Arab and fought between enemy lines. However, it was not his idea to disguise himself as an Arab. One day, him and Hussein saddled up and rode their camels through an oasis. They were halfway there when they were caught in a sandstorm, getting lost in the process. As the sandstorm subsided, they came face to face with enemy troops. Hussein pulled out a cloth, and tied it around Lawrence's head like a headdress. This fooled the enemies as they rode away, not attacking him. Lawrence liked the headdress, and wore it for the duration of the war. The headdress eventually made its way to the temple. This was a great legend, one of my favorites ever on the whole show. It was very detailed and interesting, something you rarely saw in a Season 1 legend. The legend also did a great job talking about both Lawrence of Arabia and the headdress in question. I wish more legends were like this.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 10/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 9/10 (PPF)



This was probably one of the most exciting and closest Steps of Knowledge round on the show. Just like in "The Paintbrush of Leonardi Da Vinci", all of the teams eventually made it to the second to last step (not at the same time like "Leonardo Da Vinci" though). It was one of those rounds where it made you wonder what team will move onto the next round since it was so close. And despite the close competition, only one wrong answer was given out too. Plus, the enthusiasm at the end with Candace of the Green Monkeys and Angel from the Red Jaguars who let's out an "Oh my God". This was a very close round filled with smart teams.

PPF's description

Like the moat, the Steps of Knowledge was a very close and exciting round. Very few wrong answers were given, and it was like any of the four teams could've advanced to the temple games. I especially liked the "on its hump" answer Candace of the Green Monkeys gave. The Red Jaguars advanced first from the Steps, and the Green Monkeys followed suit not long after. They just barely beat our the Orange Iguanas and the Silver Snakes, who each got two questions correct. All in all, it was a very close round and all the teams on the Steps were exceptionally smart.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10 (PPF)

The temple games featured the Green Monkeys facing off against the Red Jaguars. The Red Jaguars consisted of Angel, who was 14 and played the trumpet in a band, with his partner Brittany, who was 12 and liked to dance. The Green Monkeys consisted of David, who was 13 and liked to play a lot of soccer, and his partner Candace, who was 14 and liked to write plays. This episode used one of the funnest temple game sequences in Season 1. The first two temple games were some of my favorite ones used from that season. And the last temple game was pretty decent also. I would've given this temple game round a higher score, but it wasn't as competitive since the Green Monkeys dominated it. But still, this was an entertaining round and much better than most Season 1 temple game rounds.

Temple Game #1 - Eye of the Nile



In the first temple game, David and Angel had to take their needle and thread and climb to the top and put it through the first eye. Once they did that, they had to climb back down and thread the eye at the bottom of the wall. They had to climb back up and thread one more eye before being complete. The player that threads the most eyes or the player the furthest along after 60 seconds will win. The temple game was pretty close, but in the end David was further along as Angel dropped his needle at the very end of the temple game.

Temple Game #2 - Crossing Enemy Lines

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In the second temple game, Candace and Brittany had to burrow through one of the Dragon tunnels full of debris and grab the Turban tail and put it on their head. Once they have reached the Turban tail, they had to cross back to the other side and pull it through the tunnel. The first player that pulls their Turban tail through the tunnel completely or the player furthest along after 60 seconds will win. Candace was very strong in this temple game and beat Brittany handily, putting the Green Monkeys up 1-0.

Temple Game #3 - Recreate a Pyramid



Lawrence of Arabia came to Egypt to study the pyramids. In this temple game, the Green Monkeys and Red Jaguars were about to recreate the pyramids that he studied. Each player on each team had to take turns pushing a block of the pyramid up the ramp. They had to use their backs though to push the piece up. Once the first player gets their piece up, the second player must do the same thing. The team that got the most pyramid pieces up will be the winners. In the end, David and Candace had one more piece than the Red Jaguars, giving them the temple game sweep and the right to enter Olmec's temple.

PPF's description

The temple games featured some great competition and an excellent set up of games. It felt a tad one sided though since the Green Monkeys shut the Red Jaguars out in this round. In the first game, David and Angel had to climb up a wall and thread a needle "through the Nile" twice. Angel dropped one of his needles at some point during the game, giving David a window of opportunity, winning the game being furthest along. In the second game, Candace and Brittany had to climb through the dragon tunnels, attach a turban tail to their helmet, then burrow all the way back to the starting point. Brittany struggled with this game, but Candace was very strong in this game. She won the game, giving the Green Monkeys won full pendant going into the final game. In the third game, the teams had to take turns pushing a block up a watery ramp. Candace and David won this game, giving them the full pendant, and earning them a trip to the temple with 2 full pendants!

TEMPLE RUN: 10/10
TEMPLE RUN: 10/10 (PPF)



This was the first temple run ever aired on Nickelodeon and boy did the producers choose a good one to air. :mrgreen:  Rarely, a temple run from Season 1 had such high quality where it was on par with the usually better temple runs in later seasons. But in this episode though, the Green Monkeys achieved one of the best wins on the whole show. Candace started off by entering the Cave of Sighs and meeting her first temple guard right away. After being forced up into the Room of the Royal Gongs, she is eventually taken out in the Room of Fallen Columns. With a little less than 2 minutes left on the clock, David follows Candace's path a little too closely in the temple. He detours into both the Cave of Sighs and Fallen Columns even though both were avoidable. He starts making great time though in the Treasure Room. In the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, he has one of the best Silver Monkey assemblies ever too. Basically, he grabs all three pieces of the Silver Monkey at once and puts it together like there was nothing to it.  :mrgreen:

With time winding down, David takes the Shrine-Tomb shortcut and enters the Holes of Python and grabs the Headdress with 28 seconds left. Now, here comes the most amazing part of this temple run. David hauls ass all the way out of the temple and scores an amazing last second win. This had to be the best temple exit on the show. David demolished the bottom floor of the temple and climbed the Wall Climb wall instead of using the ladder in the Wheel Room. He basically jumps out of the Cave of Sighs and scores the one second win.  :mrgreen: This was a very exciting episode and the ending was a real nail biter. David was one of the best players to ever appear on this show and this was an awesome temple win. This was a solid choice by the producers to open our favorite show up with.  :mrgreen:

PPF's description

This was a solid Season 1 temple run. Candace enters the temple and does a decent job. After being forced up to the Royal Gong room from the Cave, she makes her way up to the Observatory, and then into the Room of Fallen Columns, where she's removed just a minute into the temple run. David takes over soon after, and he moved very fast. He swiftly makes his way across the top floor, assembles the monkey in very quick time, and smartly uses the Shrine/Tomb passage. With 28 seconds left on the clock, David reaches the headdress, and with artifact in hand, he REALLY hauls ass to exit the temple! He sped out of the temple like a bullet, and smartly climbs the Wall Climb portion of the Wheel Room, instead of taking the ladder. Why couldn't more exit plans be as good as this? With one second left on the clock, David crosses the temple gates and scores an amazing Green Monkeys win! Temple runs don't get any better than this. This was also the first episode Nickelodeon aired back in September 1993. And boy did they pick a great first episode to air! :mrgreen:

FINAL VERDICT: 8.9/10
FINAL VERDICT: 9/10 (PPF)

"Lawrence of Arabia" was one of the best Legends episodes ever featured on this show. Every round was entertaining and competitive, and there was not a single bad moment at all. The highlight of this episode is the very exciting temple win though. David was an amazing player in the temple (and all day too) and the way he ended this win was very memorable and bad ass. Legends of the Hidden Temple chose this episode to be the very first episode to air, and I think we can all see why they did so.  :mrgreen: There is nothing more to say, but this episode is easily a must watch. I can guarantee that you will most definitely enjoy this episode after you first watch it. In fact, this is my second favorite episode in the whole series. Do yourself a favor and watch this after reading this summary.  :mrgreen:

PPF's description

Overall, Lawrence of Arabia was an excellent Season 1 episode, where every round was both exciting and close. The moat was close, the legend was interesting, the teams were smart on the steps, the temple games were close, and the temple run was spectacular. David was simply put, THE best player of Season 1, and he did a commendable job in the temple. This episode was flawless and I'm glad Nickelodeon picked this episode to air first. I strongly recommend this episode to anyone. You'll be missing out on A LOT if you skip it. :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: GreenMonkeys#1 on August 22, 2013, 01:21:07 PM
No wonder why Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress is a favorite here on the forum. :mrgreen: This is the episode that defined Legends and Nickelodeon chose to air the best one first. David's moat crossing was super fast, even Kirk didn't believe it. TBH, I'm not sure if Candace should've gotten away with the lump/hump answer. If that was incorrect, it would've been Orange vs Red and David & Candace would've never been hailed as greats. The Green Monkeys were dominating in the Temple Games and there was no chance for the Red Jaguars. Now, for the run. Candace did blow the opportunity for a solo run, plus 30 seconds were wasted in the Cave of Sighs. Then David just demolishes the entire Temple. Either him or Mike from Thornwood Gavel has the best Silver Monkey assembly. Once David grabbed the Headdress, he hauled ass out and scored a one second victory! :mrgreen: This is my favorite episode and is always worth watching more often than every episode. :mrgreen: :monkeys1: :monkeys2:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 22, 2013, 01:37:49 PM
Yeah, I was kind of surprised that the producers accepted the "Lump/Hump" answer too from Candace. Especially since the producers were very strict when it came to the Season 1 Steps of Knowledge. But then again, she corrected herself right away too and I think the producers realized it was the "Hump" answer she was going for. I would've definitely accepted it too. This is also one of the few episodes where I don't mind the Red Jaguars getting a beatdown either.  :mrgreen: I remember TMH use to make fun of the Red Jaguar boy for his name being Angel. :P I like David's Silver Monkey assembly the most on the whole show. He grabbed all three pieces at once and didn't struggle with them at all. Unlike people like Jeremy from "Robert the Bruce" that fumbled the pieces all over. With an 8.9 score, Lawrence of Arabia and Mussel-Shell Armor now have the highest rated episode score.  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  I think there is one more episode that might beat those two, and of course it is a Green Monkeys episode too.  :mrgreen:

And since we are at the half-way point, I am going to post some stats a little later about each rated episode. ;) I also claimed a few more episodes on the list too - Silver Saddle Horn, Buddha, Two-Cornered Hat, Useless Map, and Lost Taj Mahal Turban. Of course, I am going to complete Golden Stallion and Poseidon as my next projects though. ;)  :mrorange:  :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 22, 2013, 04:53:13 PM
Great stuff like always. :mrgreen: I knew Lawrence of Arabia was gonna rank high. :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 26, 2013, 03:00:05 AM
Here is the statistics that I have been meaning to post about the half-way point for the episodes we covered. There is nothing special about them, they just point out how strong and how weak some teams are right now. Of course, we have 60 more episodes to cover too so the scores are more likely to either raise or lower. But here are some stats to the 60 episodes we covered:

- Each season has half of their episodes reviewed so far.
- The Blue Barracudas has the highest completion percentage for episodes reviewed. We only need to cover 16 Barracuda episodes left.
- The Red Jaguars have the fewest covered episodes at 6/20.
- The Purple Parrots have the highest ranking overall, while the Silver Snakes have the lowest.
- Both the Barracudas best episode and worst rated episode both had "Lucky" artifacts. :P
- The Orange Iguanas have yet had an episode reach the 8.0 rankings.
- Two of the highest rated episode both come from the same team (Green Monkeys).  :mrgreen:

I am also going to post a new review tomorrow. I am not saying which episode that I am covering. All I can say is that it is a surprise. :P

TeamEpisodes CompletedHighest Rated EpisodeLowest Rated EpisodeOverall Score
:parrots2: 6/11"The Snakeskin Boots of Billy the Kid" - 8.0"The Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de Medici" - 6.0
"The Upside-Down Compass of Henry Hudson" - 6.0
6.97
  :monkeys2:  12/24"The Mussel-Shell Armor of Apanuugpak" - 8.9
"Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress" - 8.9
"The Plumed Headdress of Cosa Rara" - 4.2
"The Marble Armrest of Xerxes" - 4.2
6.92
  :barracudas2:  13/19"The Lucky Pillow of Annie Taylor" - 8.4"The Lucky Pig of Amelia Earhart" - 4.56.19
  :iguanas2:  14/25"The Levitating Dog Leash of Nostradamus" - 7.8"The Bifocal Monocle of One-Eyed Jack" - 2.85.84
  :jaguars2:  6/20"The Jewel-Encrusted Egg of Catherine the Great" - 8.4"The Keys to the Alhambra" - 2.75.82
  :snakes2:  9/21"The Secret Map of the Bandit Queen" - 8.0"The Snow Cone of Mt. Kilimanjaro" - 3.2
"The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan" - 3.2
5.80
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 26, 2013, 03:55:03 PM
Well, it's easy for the Purple Parrots to have a high percentage of episodes reviewed, since they went to the temple the least. :P Though we have reviewed half of the Green Monkey episodes too. And the two highest rated episodes are from that team too. Amazing. :mrgreen: As for the Orange Iguanas, I have a feeling a 7.8 average for the Nostradamus episode is as high of a ranking you will get with them. :lol: We've already covered all of the wins, unless you decide to review Blue Pearl next, and that gets a high ranking.

Interesting stuff there, and I look forward to your next "surprise" ranking. ;) If you ever do decide to review Golden Stallion, I'll review Silver Cannonball right after that as a follow up. Since those episodes were filmed back to back.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 27, 2013, 03:42:00 PM
Here was the "surprise" episode I decided to review - Lost Lion Tail. Even though I didn't originally claim this episode, I wanted to review it to see how bad it ranked. It is definitely the weakest Purple Parrots episode. I am not sure why TPP liked this episode either. :P

THE LOST LION TAIL OF LITTLE JOHN



MOAT: 4/10



In front of the six teams were three hanging Babylonian wheels. When the challenge started both players on each team had to reach out and grab the first hanging wheel. They then must swing over to the next wheel until they reach the end of the moat. The first four teams that reach the other side will move onto the Steps of Knowledge. The idea for the moat was pretty good, however there were so many things that went wrong for this one. First off, it seemed like half of the teams were leaving their partners behind while moving onto the next wheel. Secondly, the Green Monkeys made it across second but it took them a while to hit their gongs. They were lucky that the other teams were not across yet because they might've not went onto the Steps if they never hit their gong like they were suppose to. This moat would've gotten a higher score if it wasn't for those problems above.

LEGEND: 7/10



One of the boldest French women of the early 1800's was Jean La Mystere. When her fiance Pierre left her to go journey off into the New World, Jean begged to go with him. Pierre would not allow it because the voyage would be too dangerous and long for a woman. Jean did not want to hear about it though and disguised herself as a cabin boy named Little John. Pierre did not recognize her and gave her difficult chores. All summer she trudged along with the other members of the expedition. Legend has it, in Arkansas Pierre was attacked by a wild cat and Little John wrestled it into a hammer-lock. The wild cat was so scared that it took off without it's tail. Pierre was impressed by Little John's bravery. Moments later, Little John revealed himself as Jean, Pierre's fiance. Pierre and Jean made their way back to France while the Lion Tail made its way to the temple.

I actually enjoyed the story the production crew used for this episode. It was very interesting to sit through and listen. However, the story was sort of filled with holes. First off, how did none of Pierre's men not know that Little John was really a girl for a WHOLE summer. Secondly, wouldn't the lion be dead if it lost it's tail? Although the idea for the artifact was pretty interesting either way. It was still a good story though, and Dee Bradley Baker did a good job with the French accents.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



Nothing really to say about the Steps of Knowledge in this episode. The Blue Barracudas got the first two questions correct, but did not proceed onto the temple games. Pretty pathetic if you ask me. The Silver Snakes and Purple Parrots got all of their questions correct and they both went onto the temple games.

TEMPLE GAMES: 2/10

The temple games featured Claude and Marie of the Purple Parrots and Amanda and Chaz of the Silver Snakes. This had to be one of the worst temple games rounds on the show. There was absolutely no competition at all and each temple game was boring and uneventful to watch. The biggest fail though was the team game where a certain team had the temple games in the bag until a certain mishap. Scroll down to the team section to see what I am talking about.

Temple Game #1 - Voyage to the New World



In the first temple game, Claude and Chaz had to voyage to the New World and plant their French Flags. To do this, they must pull their boats to the New World side of the game and plant their flags there. Once they were done, they had to pull themselves back to the other side towards France and put both feet on the dock in order for them to complete the game. The first team that plants their flag of France and makes it back home wins. Chaz on the Silver Snakes beat Claude of the Purple Parrots handily in this temple game. Claude didn't even have his boat in the right direction when returning back to France. :roll:

Temple Game #2 - Brings Supplies to the Expedition



Marie and Amanda had to deliver supplies to the members of Pierre's expeditions. Each player had to place a backpack around their should and cross to the other side on the zipline. Once they were done, they had to return to the other side to grab a new backpack. The player that delivers the most backpacks will be the winners. In the end, Marie had more supplies and earned the Purple Parrots their first half-pendant.

Temple Game #3 - Mt. Petite Jean



The final temple game had the Silver Snakes and Purple Parrots scaling a mountain in Arkansas in order to plant a sign of "Petite Jean" on it. The teams had to work together by climbing up a giant set of stairs an drag the sign up with them. The first team that reached the top of the mountain and put the "Petite Jean" sign up would go onto the temple games. This temple game had to be one of the biggest fails on the show. The Silver Snakes were beating the Purple Parrots throughout this temple game and were so close to reaching the top step when Chaz kicked the sign off the step and knock it down to the ground level. There was nothing that the Silver Snakes could do to get the sign except go down and retrieve. By then, the Purple Parrots had a window of opportunity to get their sign up and they easily won because of this. The Purple Parrots did not deserve to go to the temple at all. The Silver Snakes were performing much better in this temple game, yet their screw-up gave this Purple Parrots team a free pass to the temple. In the end, the Purple Parrots won the temple games 1.5-0.5. :roll:

TEMPLE RUN: 2/10



After being gifted a free pass to the temple, you would think that the Purple Parrots would've made some use of it, right? Guess again, because you are about to witness one of the worst runs of the second season. Marie started off in the Ledges where a temple guard knocks her down off her feet. A little aggressive, don't you think? As Marie entered the Rock Quarry, she wastes time there missing a couple of rocks in the bucket. She makes up for this time though in the Laser Light Room where she finds the White Light on her first try! Marie is taken out in the Swamp with 1:45 left. Claude was a lost cause of a second runner though. He moved way slowly for a second runner and looked very confused too. He somehow found the half-pendant in the Swamp too. It was a good thing he did because there was a temple spirit in the Dark Forest. He had no idea what to do in the Dark Forest though and wasted time meandering around it. He does find the key, but never tries the door to the Shrine. He eventually plows through the wall into the Mine Shaft and with his remaining time, he decided to stick his finger into the Mine Shaft temple guard peep hole. :roll:

The Purple Parrots had very few temple appearances on the show. There were a lot of episodes where I would've liked to see the Purple Parrots in the temple over another team (Xerxes, Enormous Feather, Golden Cricket Cage), however this was NOT one of those episodes. It was bad enough the Parrots got to the temple from a Silver Snake screw-up, but Claude makes it even worse with his sorry excuse of a performance. I'd rather see this run end in triple capture then to watch Claude piss all his time away. Marie is the only reason that this suckfest does not get a 2.

FINAL VERDICT: 4.2/10
"Lost Lion Tail" was a poor representation of the Purple Parrots and brings shame to them. The Purple Parrots didn't have many temple appearances on the show, but this episode is just a disgrace to them. There are so many things wrong that  you wish this Purple Parrot team did not go to the temple. The big disappointments in this episode are the temple games and temple run. The Purple Parrots got a free pass to the temple due to a Silver Snakes fail, and yet they screw up in the temple. This was mostly thanks to Claude who was a huge disgrace to the team and was a lost cause. Besides the two notable moments above, this episode was pretty poor all around. I would not recommend this episode, even if you are looking for a Purple Parrot episode to watch. Watch this episode for only for completion and not recreational pleasure. Even Purple Parrots fans should be aware of this one.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 27, 2013, 06:13:56 PM
Lost Lion Tail is definitely the weakest Purple Parrot episode, and overall weakest episode ever of Season 2. I remember Marie and Claude barely scraping by and of course their free pass to the temple. Marie pretty much led the team, Claude just didn't belong on the show. -_- I also remember certain points of this episode besides the temple games, like the Blue Barracudas' near sweep on the Steps of Knowledge and the legend itself. I don't know if I'm alone on this, but I personally hated the legend. It was just some sort of woman scaring off a lion.... in Arkansas? I thought the US didn't have lions. And those men didn't know "Little John" was a girl? How stupid can you be? I would've given the legend a 3/10 personally.

But oh well, great review. ;) I'm gonna rank Grandy Nanny next, then you can rank Golden Stallion as a follow up. :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 28, 2013, 12:45:32 AM
Lost Lion Tail is the only Purple Parrots episode that I can't tolerate. Even though Oracle Bowl and Sultan Suleiman had bad temple runs, at least the earlier rounds from them were actually pretty good. Too bad the Silver Snakes lost the way they did in the temple games too. Claude though is the reason why I cannot stand this episode. He doesn't do anything at all. Marie answered all the questions in the Steps, Marie won her individual game, and Marie was the one that performed well in the temple. Any criticism this episode gets is all on Claude. And I never understood the power forward reference for Claude either? Kirk kept saying that to him in the temple games and temple run. :roll: He deserves to rank on John and Tia's level.  :oops:  :oops:  :oops:

And good luck with Grandy Nanny too. I hate that episode and Orange Iguanas team. It was so boring and awful that I never go back to it. Although this was the episode that made us believe that it was the first episode ever of Season 2. And if whenever you get around to Grandy Nanny, I will definitely post Ali Baba. I actually have half of that episode written up, but I always pass on it because it is so boring and uneventful. But I only need to type up the temple games and Steps of Knowledge section. :P Same thing with Broken Trident, I am almost done with it too.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 28, 2013, 10:39:52 PM
My turn for an episode review. And this time, it's "The Silver Cannonball of Grandy Nanny." :mrorange:

THE SILVER CANNONBALL OF GRANDY NANNY



MOAT: 5/10



For this moat, the players had to cross the moat using crisscrossing ropes. They had to grab a hold of the top rope, and make their way along the bottom rope. Once across, their partners had to cross in the same manner. This round was just unexciting and uneventful, and for some reason, the mist machine wasn't working that well. And the moat wasn't even that long either. I guess there were a few kinks to work out with the moat's mist on the first filming day of Season 2. Regardless, the Purple Parrots, Silver Snakes, Orange Iguanas, and the Red Jaguars advanced to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 6/10



The legend was about Grandy Nanny, who was a troublesome problem of the British Army on Jamaica. She was a queen of escaped slaves who fended an army off, and British were sent to recapture them. Grandy Nanny taught her men to do flips, so they could pose as moving targets. She could even catch the British cannonballs, and chuck them back twice as hard. The colonel had enough, and plotted to throw a silver cannonball at Grandy Nanny, to put an end to her once and for all. When they saw Grandy Nanny, they shot it at her, but she miraculously caught it with her teeth! She kept it as a souvenir, and bounced off into the woods. The British then granted the slaves freedom, and the silver cannonball disappeared. This was an alright legend. Not the worst, but certainly not one of the best legends on the show. I've got to say though, I would love to catch a ball with my teeth. I'm not gonna lie. :lol:

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 5/10



The Steps of Knowledge was just an average round. Jonathan answered most of the questions on the Steps of Knowledge, and were first to finish. The Red Jaguars eventually joined them as the second team to qualify for the temple games. Really nothing to note here.

TEMPLE GAMES: 6/10



The temple games, like the Steps of Knowledge, were just average. If there is one thing to note though, Kirk almost introduces the temple games in the same manner that he did in Season 1. "And the first one is.... Olmec, tell us about it." He also did that during the moat too. You're not on a roll today, huh Kirk? Anyways, in the first game, Jonathan and Sammy had to place cannonball between their feet, swing out and drop the balls in the 3x3 grid. This game would be used quite a bit in Season 2. The concept of the game was about how many holes contained a cannonball, instead of how many cannonball ended up in the grid. Jonathan ends up beating Sammy 5-4 and earns a half pendant for his team. All while running out of the arena like a crazy person after winning the game. -_- In the second game, Amber and Debbie had to use the very underrated plugging holes/squirting game to predict where Grandy Nanny was. This was the mere "guessing" aspect of the game instead of the memorization aspect, the latter of which I like better. At the end of the game, beats Debbie 4-1. So now it was a 1-0 lead for the Orange Iguanas at this point. In the third game, the players had to take turns knocking down the British Soldiers. The Red Jaguars sucked at this game. They couldn't even knock one soldier down until the last second, while the Orange Iguanas knocked three down. That gives the Orange Iguanas the full pendant, granting them access to Olmec temple after shutting out the Red Jaguars with 2 full pendants! After sweeping the temple games, Jonathan starts running around again and takes his helmet off and throws it up in the air. You and your ADHD antics, Jonathan. Real funny. :roll:

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10



Like most Orange Iguana temple runs, it was pretty lackluster. And it didn't help that the pendant and temple map took a long time to show up. Oh yeah, and the temple run music was delayed in starting too. I swear, I'm glad the editing got better as Season 2 wore on. Anyways, Jonathan goes in first, and he has no idea what he's doing. In the Throne Room, it takes him a while to realize you can go up to the Heart Room. Boy, did he not pay attention or what? He eventually makes his way to the King's Storeroom, where he's removed from the temple with 1:50 left on the clock. And more signs of terrible camerawork appears as it shows Jonathan being taken backstage by the temple guard. The camera doesn't even pan over to Amber until she's just entering the Ledges. As for Amber, she wasn't any better than Jonathan. She took her sweet time getting to the King's Storeroom, where one of the pots she knocks over has TWO keys in them instead of one. After completing the objective, she backtracks to the Observatory for no reason, which would be "accomplished" again by Jason from Icarus. But, she quickly corrects that mistake and eventually makes her way to the shrine, where time runs out. It's funny how the third temple guard emerges and nearly chokes Amber as she tries to take her out of the temple. As seen in the above picture. :lol: Overall, this temple run sucked because the players were way too slow and incompetent.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.0/10

This episode was very lackluster and weak for an early Season 2 episode. First of all, the camerawork was absolutely terrible, and second of all, Kirk kept Fogging Up and kept trying to take over Olmec's duties of explaining the moat and temple games. Plus, Jonathan's (and to an extent) Amber's ADHD antics got old pretty fast. For such over enthusiastic contestants, and for a team that swept the temple games, I expected them to make MUCH better progress than they did. Instead, the didn't make it anywhere near the artifact and completely choked in the temple. This entire episode was extremely boring, like most Orange Iguana episodes are, and I really don't recommend it at all.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 29, 2013, 03:48:11 AM
Grandy Nanny was that one episode that everyone thought for sure was the first episode of Season 2 due to many quirks to it. Of course, this was before we knew the production order. And of course, Nick GaS overplayed this episode way too much. :roll:

The whole episode was boring though and I try avoid watching it. The crisscrossing rope moat was pretty bland, and I can't believe they brought this moat back later in the season. I expect that from a S1 moat.  :? I do remember the part of the legend though where Grandy Nanny catches the Silver Cannonball in her teeth, that was pretty neat at least. :P I can't stand the Orange Iguanas team in this episode though. Both of them were jumping around too much and Jonathan was making all those "gangster signs" in front of the cameras. The temple games were pretty quirky though. It seemed like Kirk wanted to read the instructions for the temple games like in S1, which is why we thought that this was the original episode of S2. The temple games that were used though were some of the better ones from S2. I definitely liked the trapeze game and the catapult one where the players had to knock down the soldiers. I didn't care for the water plugging game though. I only liked the memory one used in "Sultan Suleiman". And as annoying as Amber and Jonathan were, I have to give them credit for sweeping the temple games.

After having a pretty average episode with some half-decent rounds... we get a huge disaster of a temple run. This run was probably the worst overall team performance in S2 because both players were bad and had no idea what they were doing. I know "Lost Lion Tail" and "Cracked Crown" were worse runs, but those runs had at least one good player. These two didn't know what they were doing at all. Which is very disappointing, because Jonathan and Amber finished first in the Steps and swept the temple games. Both players were too slow and Amber backtracked for no reason into the Observatory. This run was also quirky for the sloppy camerawork, delayed map appearance, and the offbeat temple run music. It made the temple run even more hard to watch in addition to the Orange Iguanas' incompetence. -_-

Overall, Grandy Nanny deserved the low score it got. I thought it would actually rank lower, but I forgot the earlier rounds were okay up until the temple run. This is good timing too for your review, because I am almost done with Golden Stallion.  :mrorange: I will try to have this up by tomorrow.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on August 29, 2013, 02:32:24 PM
This moat was NOT brought back later on in the season. The "swing on a vine" moat was the one that was repeated. Missing Eye/Tall Turban's filming day and Icarus/Polynesian Girl's filming day had that moat. The crisscrossing moat was NEVER brought back. And yeah, this episode was just terrible. But the temple run wasn't THE worst of Season 2. That goes to either Lost Lion Tail or Stone Head.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on August 30, 2013, 02:14:50 AM
The bottom 5 temple runs from S2 were Lost Lion Tail, Nathan Hale, Cracked Crown, Grandy Nanny, and Stone Head in that order. I actually can tolerate Stone Head a little more than Grandy Nanny because the Grandy Nanny kids had the Heart Room in their run and they still only made one extra room of progress compared to Heather and Tony who had to complete Medusa's Lair.

And I am finishing up Ali Baba as we speak. I will have it up by tomorrow morning.  :mrorange:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 02, 2013, 04:00:51 PM
Here is the long awaited review for "Golden Stallion".  :mrorange:  I didn't expect this episode to take this long to review but it was so hard and dull to sit through. If an episode is really good and exciting, then I can review it in one sitting. But if it is boring and uneventful, then I break it up into pieces. But this episode takes the meaning of boringness to a whole new level. I am just glad to get this episode done for good. Not even Stone Marker or Captain John Smith was as boring to sit through as this one. :P

THE GOLDEN STALLION OF ALI BABA



MOAT: 5.5/10



There were three ropes that were extended across the moat: One straight rope over the heads of the players and two ropes that criss cross. The first player had to cross by grabbing the rope over their head and walking across the crisscrossing rope. They had to switch ropes though in the area where they crisscross. Once they make it across, their partner had to make it across the same way. For the very first moat of Season 2, this was pretty disappointing. It felt like a moat that came from Season 1 since they loved to use the rope crossings during that season. There was nothing special about the moat crossing player performance wise. It was a close call for the first spot between the Orange Iguanas and Blue Barracudas. Other than that, this moat was pretty uncreative and boring.

LEGEND: 3/10



Ali Baba was one of the most famous woodcutters of Ancient Persia. Legend has it, he was out cutting wood in the forest when one day a group of 40 horsemen rode up to a cliff and shouted a pass ("Open Sesame!") that opened a secret door to the cave. Ali Baba waited until the horsemen left when he went to the same cave and shouted the same password. Inside the cave were various treasures. He concluded that the horsemen were thieves and he fled the cave with a Golden Stallion. Back home, he told his brother Bobby Baba about the treasure in the cave. Bobby Baba took 5 mules with him to the same cave his brother told him about, but forgot the password. (Open Peanut, Open Sunflower, Open Canola). When the thieves returned, they did away with Bobby Baba. Ali Baba remained at home safely with his Golden Stallion, which made it's way to the temple.

This legend was really absurd and nonsensical. The whole plot to this episode was lame and had terrible writing. The wrong passwords that Bobby Baba shouted were lame. I know they were suppose to be a pun for different types of seeds because Sesame itself is a seed, but it did not work well with this legend. Furthermore, the name Bobby Baba is ridiculous. It felt like the whole Bobby Baba part of the plot was thrown in to make it longer or something. But it just sounded lame though. This legend would've been much better if they didn't include the Bobby Baba part.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



There weren't many questions asked in this Steps of Knowledge round since the Orange Iguanas and Silver Snakes answered almost all of them. However, the Red Jaguars got shafted though on one of the questions. One of Olmec's questions was, "The command 'Open Sesame' opened a secret passage to what?" The Red Jaguar boy answered "Cavern", but Olmec did not accept the answer. The Orange Iguanas answered a "Cave", which was the right answer. Really? Last time I checked a Cave and Cavern are one in the same. I guess the producers still had the Season 1 syndrome with the earlier episodes of S2.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10

The temple games featured C.J. and Kendra of the Orange Iguanas facing off against Jonathan and Shannon of the Silver Snakes. There was nothing special about either team in this episode, but I like the set of temple games the producers used. Especially the second temple game where the producers actually didn't use the "luck squirting" game and used the memory one instead (like in "Sultan Suleiman").

Temple Game #1 - Caves of Gold



Jonathan and Kendra had to collect pieces of gold and fill nine different caves with them. They had to grab a piece of gold with their feet and swing on a trapeze and drop the piece of gold into one of the cubby holes. The player that fills the most caves after 60 seconds will be the winner. The concept for this temple game was good, but both Jonathan and Kendra sucked at getting their pieces of gold into the cubby holes. After the temple game was over with, there were almost a dozen pieces of gold on the ground. In the end, Kendra and Jonathan tied 2-2.

Temple Game #2 - Remember the Password



In the second temple game, C.J. and Shannon had to memorize a sequence of passwords that were used to open the thieves' treasure cave like in the legend. Once the password sequence was revealed, then each player had to recreate the sequence by putting a plug into the correct number. If the player was correct, they would not get squirted and earn a point. If they were wrong, they would be squirted by a gush of water. In the end, C.J. got more correct guesses then Shannon and puts the Orange Iguanas ahead 1-0.5.

Temple Game #3 - Cave of the 40 Thieves



In the final temple game, the Orange Iguanas and Silver Snakes had to climb a spider web and grab a bag of gold from one of the cubby holes. Once they grab the gold, then they must put them into a balance beam that will weigh the bags collected. The heaver bags of gold were located at the top of the spider web. At the end of 60 seconds, Kirk will weigh both teams' bags and the team who has the heavier set of bags will be the winner. The Orange Iguanas had the heavier set of bags, and they won and entered the temple with two pendants.

TEMPLE RUN: 5.5/10



There were very few losing teams on the show that I would be willing to give a second chance to, but CJ and Kendra deserved one after how crappy their temple run turned out. The Orange Iguanas lost a lot of time in the temple due to the Throne Room door to the Swamp being stuck for both players when they tried using it. CJ entered the temple first and when he entered the Throne Room, he met a temple guard while the Throne was still spinning towards the other direction. The only door that opened up for them was the Heart Room, where CJ got taken out. Apparently, Kirk was not paying attention to him being taken out and Kenda lost about 5 seconds because Kirk missed his cue to send her into the temple. Kendra entered the Throne Room and actually tried the Swamp door but it would not open for her. As she followed CJ's steps, she got lost in the central shaft because none of the doors would open to the left portion of the temple. After finally descending into the Swamp, she enters the Dark Forest and meets her final temple guard as time runs out.

This wasn't a bad Orange Iguana team at all, they got screwed by a production error. It was obvious that something was not right with the Swamp door because both players tried opening it. Why did it get jammed? Many believe that it had to do with the Throne Room mechanism. In fact, the Throne Room seemed out of sync in this temple run. If the Orange Iguanas had actually saw the Throne Room door open, they might've not wasted time with the central shaft. Overall though, this temple run was very forgettable and I have a hard time recalling both player's performance. Aside from the production error, the Orange Iguanas looked like an average team.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.4/10
"Golden Stallion" is one of the most forgettable episodes on the whole show. There is nothing really special about this episode, and it was dull for the most part. The lowest point in this episode was the absurd legend that contained irrelevant plot points, bad jokes, and bad voice acting. It was this round of the show that makes the episode score lower than it should rank. Other than that, the rest of the episode is just plain average. The Orange Iguanas though had some real bad luck in the temple. They were honestly not a bad team at all, they lost because of faulty equipment in the temple most likely. Otherwise, I think C.J. and Kendra would've won had the Throne Room door opened correctly the first time. They deserved a second chance. I have nothing against this episode though, but I don't think I would go as far as to recommend it. It wasn't bad, but it was so boring and average that even you will forget about it after watching it for a first time.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 02, 2013, 04:14:28 PM
Ali Baba was definitely a forgettable episode. I do remember the ridiculous legend, and how Bobby Baba forgot the password. Didn't Ali Baba tell him the password beforehand, or does Bobby Baba just have short term memory problems? The temple run sucked, but not because of the players. It was because of the faulty mechanisms the Throne Room had. I'm completely convinced it was a production error, which would've made two teams in a row that day to get screwed over in some way. Assuming the Battle Plan kids had the problems in the King's Storeroom. I also remember the first temple guard choking CJ while trying to get the pendant from him. And I remember the 3 second delay of Kendra entering the temple. :lol: Pay attention Kirk!

Overall, good job on the review. Mid 5 range is fitting for this episode, since it was so forgettable. It was an immense improvement over Grandy Nanny, but not by much. As for me, I'm gonna do "Chandragupta" next, and then "Lost Hornpipe" after that. I bet you're looking forward to that. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 02, 2013, 04:22:35 PM
I really think it was a production error that screwed CJ and Kendra over in the Throne Room. You don't see the Throne Room door open at all when Kendra first entered the room. But when she returns back down, the door is wide open. So something had to happen between the time Kendra first entered the room and returned later. Which is too bad, because the team still made it far despite getting screwed over by the Swamp door. Other than that, the episode's low score came from the ridiculous legend. It would've ranked closer to a 6 if it wasn't for it. I don't really mind Golden Stallion though, it was just so boring and uneventful that I skip over it. Much better than Grandy Nanny though.  :mrorange: And speaking of Nathan Hale, that is the last episode from that production day we need to cover. It will be interesting to see how that ranks. I might take that one somewhere down the road. ;)

And I was wondering when you were going to get to Pirate Captain. If there is an episode that could unseat Lawrence of Arabia/Apanuugpak, it would be this episode. Great episode and every round was memorable and fun to watch. Even the Purple Parrots were a great team despite losing. Chandragupta is another good episode to even though I haven't watched this one in quite some time. I remember the cat reference at the Steps and Andrea's enthusiasm. The Green Monkeys have too many great episodes that it is almost unfair. :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen:

And my next episode is going to be Silver Saddle Horn. I am mainly doing it because I have a feeling it is going to rank pretty low. It had the longest recorded moat, average rounds, and the temple run was pretty disappointing. I want to knock some of the S1 episodes out. So I plan on doing Sir Edmund Hillary or Buddha afterwards. ;)  :mrsilver:  :mrblue:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 02, 2013, 06:13:08 PM
Yeah, I have a feeling Pirate Captain might unseat Lawrence of Arabia and Apanuugpak. On the other hand, an 8.9 average is hard to beat, no matter how good the episode is. :o Also, John Sutter might rank just as high too. Regardless, it would be awesome if Pirate Captain cracked the 9 range. :mrgreen: But first things first, Chandragupta comes next for me. And good luck ranking Silver Saddle Horn, that episode was extremely boring. Though it does have the British player on the Green Monkeys, if it's one positive thing to look forward to.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 03, 2013, 09:48:08 PM
Here it is, my episode review on "The Lion-Headed Bracelet of Chandragupta." :mrgreen:

THE LION-HEADED BRACELET OF CHANDRAGUPTA



MOAT: 10/10



For this moat, the players had to balance on a boogie board, with one player holding the board, and the other player standing on it. This moat was literally flawless. None of the six teams fell off even once, not even the moat crossing losers. Why couldn't more moats be like this? Especially balancing moats like these. Simply amazing. The Silver Snakes, Red Jaguars, Orange Iguanas, and the Green Monkeys end up advancing to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 6/10



This legend was about Chandragupta, who was one of the greatest warriors of Ancient India, and the first Indian emperor. In 323 BC, he raised an army of half a million men, and conquered one of the largest empires ever. As a kid, he herded cattle, and would even sleep in the herd with his friend, Jamba. One night in particular, he felt a nudge. First he thought it was Jamba, then he thought it was Daisy, his favorite cow. But if it had been Daisy, he would've heard a cow bell. As he sat up, he came nose to nose with a lion! He asked Jamba for some help, but just then, the lion simply bowed his head and went on his way. It became apparent that if a lion salutes a person, they are destined to be king. That ended up coming true, as Chandragupta adopted the figure of a lion for a golden bracelet, which eventually ended up in the temple. This was an interesting legend, but I felt like the encounter with the lion was a bit anti-climatic. One minute Chandragupta is an inch away from a lion, and then suddenly the lion loses interest and leaves him alone. I don't know, the legend could've been executed better, which is the reason I only gave this legend a "6."

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



The Steps of Knowledge, like the moat, were over in a heartbeat. The Green Monkeys and the Silver Snakes double swept the steps, and were first and second teams respectively to reach the final step. Nothing much else to note here, other than Kirk's "Watch out for the cats!" remark as the teams were stepping down, referring to the tiger statues. Why they were so close to the team in the first place is beyond me.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10



The temple games featured some great competition, and a very unique set of games used. In the first game, Andrea and Katy had to rotate the giant Olmec wheels, which represents a country Chandragupta conquered. Katy won the game 13-9. In the second game, Shaun and Matthew had to spin in giant wheels and touch base with the smaller empire borders as many times as possible within 60 seconds. This game ended in a tie, with the Silver Snakes leading the games 1-0.5 before the final game. In the third game, the teams had to take turns launching themselves onto a net and collect scrolls. The white scrolls were worth one point, and the blue ones were worth two points. In the end, the Green Monkeys barely edge out the Silver Snakes 8-7, giving them a full pendant and winning them a trip to the temple with 1.5 pendants!

TEMPLE RUN: 9/10



This temple run was a solid performance by Andrea. Besides a brief stuck door in the King's Storeroom/Room of the Ancient Warriors, and being slowed down by a temple guard in the latter room, she blazed through the top floor with ease. She even signaled back the half pendant to Shaun in the King's Storeroom, which was a very smart move. Andrea grabbed the Lion-Headed Bracelet with 44 seconds left, and escaped through the whole bottom floor with 6 seconds to spare! And great enthusiasm all around, as Kirk, Andrea, and Shaun were all very excited over their win. Temple runs don't get any better than this.

FINAL VERDICT: 8.2/10

Chandragupta is a very strong and overlooked episode. Every round was close, all the way down to the temple run. Andrea was a great player, and knew what to do in each room. Both her and Shaun totally earned their win. I also found this episode rather quirky too. For Olmec's strange lighting that he has in the early Season 3 episodes, and for his mouth squeaking more so than usual. Also, Kirk doesn't end the show on "Join us again next time...." like he usually does at the end of each show. Instead, Kirk just announces the prizes, and the credits roll soon after. This led most of the fandom to believe that this was the final episode of Season 3. But, it was probably just some bad editing. Regardless of quirks, I definitely recommend this episode.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 03, 2013, 10:29:30 PM
Wow, a pretty high score for Chandragupta! It finished very close to Catherine the Great and Annie Taylor when it came to overall score. Not that I am complaining though, because this is an amazing episode.  :mrgreen:

This moat was pretty solid and one of the most unique moats in S3. Unlike Thornwood Gavel or Bandit Queen, none of the teams struggled with this moat at all. A very creative moat + a flawless performance = very exciting moat crossing. Also, the flawless performance is pretty impressive too considering how picky the rules were for this moat (you weren't allowed you touch your partner). The legend though kind of sounded silly to me. I mean a lion coming to to you and bowing? I would've loved to hear more about how Chandragupta conquered one of the biggest empires with an army of half a million men. The Steps of Knowledge round was quick too since it was literally a double sweep like Icarus and Mummified Hand. And I definitely remember the cat reference too. I guess Kirk was trying to play up on the cat theme in the legend? I don't think he made that reference in Lion-Slashed Jacket though.

The temple games were very close too. The Green Monkeys barely won overall, and Andrea's enthusiasm made this round fun to watch. She was a pretty good sport too despite losing her game. I liked the giant wheel game the most. Too bad they didn't make a team game out of it like in Lion-Slashed Jacket. The temple run was amazing though, and Andrea was a very good contestant. There is not much to say about it, but she definitely didn't do anything wrong. She even waved her half-pendant back to Shaun! This was a very exciting win, and Andrea earned the win.

Good score overall for Chandragupta. I thought that it would've ranked in the mid 7.5 range, but I am glad it got a high score.  :mrgreen: It really was an amazing episode to watch. I remember people use to think that this was the last episode recorded. I wonder why? Other than that, good job on this episode.  :mrgreen:

It looks like I am up next, and I am going to do Silver Saddle Horn.  :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 03, 2013, 10:57:50 PM
The team game that used the giant wheel was from Thornwood Gavel, not Lion Slashed Jacket. And yeah, I was honestly shocked this episode ranked as high as it did. Especially considering how overlooked it is. We all talk about episodes like Belle Boyd, Lawrence of Arabia, and Royal Torque, yet nobody ever says a word about Chandragupta. Also, as I said in my review, people thought this was the last episode ever because:

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Also, Kirk doesn't end the show on "Join us again next time...." like he usually does at the end of each show. Instead, Kirk just announces the prizes, and the credits roll soon after. This led most of the fandom to believe that this was the final episode of Season 3. But, it was probably just some bad editing.

And good luck with Silver Saddle Horn. I personally thought it was one of the worst, most boring episodes ever.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 03, 2013, 11:26:50 PM
I don't think that Queen Boadicea is highly praised except the temple run. :P The rest of the episode is plain average for the most part, admittedly. Which reminds me, I might claim that episode soon to review. I've always liked Chandragupta though and never had a problem with it. Although it is kind of overlooked because nothing really noteworthy happens in the earlier rounds. But that doesn't take away how great it was.  :mrgreen: Andrea did a great job in the temple and I find it very hard to point out a flaw in her performance. This production day in general featured a great moat, good temple game rounds (Bandit Queen and Judge Roy Bean), and excellent wins (Bandit Queen and Chandragupta).

I have a feeling Silver Saddle Horn is going to get a very low ranking too. Although I don't thing it should take as long as Golden Stallion to review. It was a pretty bad episode if you look at it as a whole.

Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 03, 2013, 11:32:22 PM
Queen Boadicea is praised A LOT around here, I think it's a little too overpraised in a way. Sure, Nate was a great player, but Lissy kind of brought the team down. You can have that one, I don't have it screencapped. And I definitely expect Silver Saddle Horn to get a low score. I'm guessing mid 4 range, since it has "filler episode" written all over it.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 03, 2013, 11:37:02 PM
I love Queen Boadiceae because it was one of the few good Red Jaguars teams that were actually good and fun to watch. The whole episode itself though was kind of averafe though. Just like how I love Brian and Carly from Two-Cornered Hat even though that episode is kind of overpraised too. I prefer Polynesian Girl altogether over Queen Boadicea either way. Now that is a very exciting episode IMO and would've ranked on "Catherine the Great" level if the Silver Snakes actually won. :P

And Silver Saddle Horn on the other hand brings shame to the Red Jaguars. Which is too bad, because Vicky moved fast in the temple too. If only the Treasure Chest wasn't so worthless though. But she really should've stayed low too.  :?
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 06, 2013, 03:03:46 PM
I finally finished my review for "Silver Saddle Horn". It didn't take me as long as Golden Stallion, but it was definitely a boring and unremarkable episode. Despite the low score, I actually don't hate this episode. I just don't bother watching it since it was uneventful and forgettable. The temple run is kind of disappointing too since Vicky was fast.  :?

THE SILVER SADDLE HORN OF HANNIBAL



MOAT: 1/10



This episode featured the longest recorded moat on the entire show. Not the longest moat that it took to complete (that goes to the Stone Head/Cracked Crown moat), but the longest one recorded for the audience. And it is very strange that this moat took a long time too because none of the other episodes from this production day had a long moat like this one. The moat itself was pretty bland and nothing special. The first player had to cross the moat by using their upper body strength to shimmy across the rope over their head. Once she reached the other side, they had to take another rope and tie it to a pole so their partner could use it to cross. The first four teams to cross this moat would go onto the Steps of Knowledge. Why did this moat take so long to complete? Because the first player on each team had trouble using the one rope to get to the other side. Since they didn't have a bottom rope to support their feet, they had to rely on their upper body strength to get them across. The second players job was pretty easy to get across. Overall, this was a very long and tedious moat to watch. You just couldn't wait until it was over!

LEGEND: 5.5/10



One of the greatest Army Generals to ever live lead 60,000 men and 38 elephants through Spain and France, and over the Alps into Italy. His name was Hannibal and he crushed the Romans in their worst defeat in history. Legend has it, the idea came to him in a dream. One day, Hannibal summoned his spiritual adviser, Mumbo, and said he dreamed he was floating above the ground on something gray with wings. While riding it, he crushed the city of Rome. He asked Mumbo what he thought of this. Mumbo told Hannibal to take a group of elephants over the Alps and into Rome. Hannibal bought 38 elephants from an elephant merchant, and he was so pleased that he gave Hannibal a Silver Saddle Horn. Hannibal won his battle and gave his Silver Saddle Horn to Mumbo as a token of his appreciation.

This was a pretty average legend. All it really talks about is Hannibal having a dream and how he bought 38 elephants in order to fight Rome. I would've liked to see more details about the battle against Rome, but Season 1 legends were never really that sophisticated in the first place. Other than that, this legend was pretty bland and the name Mumbo sounds a little to absurd. Nothing really ro say about this story.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



The Red Jaguars were the first team to go onto the temple games after Vicky answered 3/4 of the first questions asked correctly. The Orange Iguanas and Green Monkeys were head-to-head until the second to last step where the Green Monkeys got the last question correct and got a chance to move onto the next round. There was only one wrong answer given early on by the Green Monkeys, which was a pretty hard question asked too. Other than that, nothing stands out about this Steps of Knowledge round

TEMPLE GAMES: 6.5/10

The temple games featured Damian and Vicky of the Red Jaguars and their opponents were Lee and Jessica of the Green Monkeys. Even though it is not stated in his temple interview, but Lee of the Green Monkeys was British since you can hear it in his accent. The only other English player on the show was Janet from "The Priceless Portrait of the Polynesian Girl". The temple games were actually pretty decent somewhat. Both individual games featured close competition, and I liked the elephant theme used for this round. Plus, this episode featured the rare belly sliding game too, which I thought looked fun.

Temple Game #1 - Hannibal Helper



Jessica and Vicky had to climb the Alps and collect all of the stranded elephants. Both girls had to climb the mountain and collect the four elephants along the way and put it in their bags. The first team to collect all four elephants or the team furthest along after 60 seconds will be the winners. In the end, Jessica collected her elephants faster and won with 16 seconds remaining.

Temple Game #2 - Slide like an Elephant



Damian and Lee were on a soapy ramp and they had to slide on their bellies down the ramp. The objective of this temple game is for each player to slide as far as they can. The player that slides the furthest after 60 seconds will win. The final result was very close for both players and it honestly look like a tie. But Damian was further along after time ended, so Kirk rewarded the Red Jaguars with the half-pendant.

Temple Game #3 - Rebuild the Column



In the team game, both players had to work together to rebuild a column. They had to take turns pulling themselves up the column and putting the ring at the top. When one player was done, the second player had to climb the column and do the same thing. The players had to alternate until all of the rings were placed up. The first team to put the most rings on the column after 60 seconds will win. In the end, the Red Jaguars won 7-6 and gave the team 1.5 pendants into the temple.

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10



This is one of those temple runs where taking one wrong turn ruins the chance for a team at having a successful run. Vicky was actually making really good time in the temple before making a wrong turn into the Heart Room. By the time she entered her fifth room, a minute didn't even past by on the clock yet. Unfortunately, she hit trouble once she entered the Treasure Room. The Treasure Room was a dead end for her and it also housed a temple guard. With no where to go, Vicky retreats back into the Heart Room and goes up to the Observatory and then spends the next minute looping between the Heart Room, Treasure Room, and Observatory. When she finally gets her head together, she heads back down into the Throne room and is removed from the Holes of Python. Damian enters with 48 seconds left on the clock, but it is not enough time to make any sort of progress. As a result, his temple time ends with him entering the Tomb of the Ancient Kings.

Honestly, this was not a bad team at all. However, Vicky made the wrong choice of entering the Heart Room. This just made her waste time running into dead ends and detours. Had she not done this, I think this team could've actually won. Although it makes me wonder why the Treasure Chest never opened. This would've been the perfect situation for it to work. This room was probably the biggest waste of space on the show.

FINAL VERDICT: 4.4/10
"Silver Saddle Horn" was an all around uneventful episode that was extremely boring. None of the rounds were good in any way, and it was average at most. The moat was easily the worst part about this episode. It was so long and boring, and it was the longest moat ever recorded on tape. The moat is what hurts this episode's score a lot. Other than that, the rest of the episode was average. The temple run was pretty disappointing like most Season 1 runs seemed to turn out to be. The sad part was that Vicky was fast, but it was one wrong turn that spelled doom for this team. My final recommendation would be to watch this episode for the sake of completion. If you choose not to watch this episode, then you are definitely not missing anything important. It wasn't a bad episode, but it was mediocre and very boring too.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 06, 2013, 05:02:14 PM
Hannibal is definitely a boring episode. The moat was the worst part, the Blue Barracudas and the Silver Snakes didn't get anyone across. It was one of those moats where it was obvious who the four teams would be. The legend was just average, although the 38 elephants part was interesting. The temple game sequence was unique, and it wasn't just the same overused games you'd usually see in Season 1. The temple run was very disappointing. They would've won if Vicky didn't detour through the whole central shaft and Treasure Room. Such a shame, she was fast too. Yet another disappointing Red Jaguar temple run, though they weren't a bad team at all, like you said.

Overall, good review. :mrred: I'm gonna review Lost Hornpipe next, I'm sure you're looking forward to that. :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 07, 2013, 12:43:11 AM
I can honestly see Pirate Captain finishing higher than Lawrence of Arabia and Mussel-Shell Armor. That whole episode was amazing and fun to watch. I can't think of one round of that episode that was not awesome and had such high quality. That episode use to be barely in my top 10, but now it is making a run for my most favorite episode. Although it will never beat Lost Gold Mine or Annie Taylor. ;)

And for my next one, I might actually do Roland next since it was on the same day as Pirate Captain. And we should be done with that production day once both episodes are completed. It was a great production day, minus Enormous Feather. :roll: In the mean time though, I think I am going to work on Sir Edmund Hillary. I know mot of that episode by heart, so it shouldn't be hard to write.  :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 07, 2013, 01:12:25 AM
We haven't done Royal Torque yet. But you can have that one because I don't have it screencapped. And yeah, there is no doubt in my mind that Lost Hornpipe will finish high. I don't know if it will rank in the 9 range, but it'll definitely be in the same tier as Apanuugpak and Lawrence of Arabia. ;) And good luck with Roland and Sir Edmund Hilary. Those are some pretty strong episodes, so I know those will rank high. :mrsilver: :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 09, 2013, 10:41:17 PM
At long last, here's my episode review on "The Lost Hornpipe of the Pirate Captain." :mrgreen:

THE LOST HORNPIPE OF THE PIRATE CAPTAIN



MOAT: 7/10



For this moat, the players had to dive on a slippery footpath and pull themselves across with a rope. If they were unable to reach the rope, fell into the water, or if they touched the sides, they had to go back and start all over again. This was a decent moat, albeit a tad long, and most of the teams seemed to struggle to get across. Jarrid and Jessica had very little trouble, and were the first to finish. Which was proof that this team was strong even from the beginning. In the end, the Green Monkeys, Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas, and the Red Jaguars ended up advancing to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 8/10



This legend spoke about Captain John Greenwood, who was captain of his own ship at the age of 21. However, Greenwood was overcome by a treacherous pirate by the name of Joseph Wheeland. While Greenwood's crew was terrified of Wheeland, Greenwood himself wasn't, and told Wheeland to take his ship and and let his men go free. Wheeland then took out his hornpipe, and took over Greenwood's ship and counted their booty. Wheeland also wanted Greenwood's cargo, and took Greenwood to the cabin and locked Wheeland and his men inside. Greenwood managed to dodge the musket balls that were aimed at him, and he cut the ship free and sailed away. Wheeland ended up going down with his ship, and his hornpipe ended up in the temple. This was a great legend in my opinion, and I liked how it didn't cross the line into being too cheesy. *coughBifocalMonoclecough*

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



The Steps of Knowledge was a decent round, even if some questionable answers were excepted. The best example of this was the "musical thing that does a jig" answer the Red Jaguars gave, which was still "close enough" for Olmec. Also, the Blue Barracudas made a nice comeback after making one correct guess late into the round. The Purple Parrots ended up being first to finish on the Steps of Knowledge. And the Green Monkeys followed suit to join them not long after.

TEMPLE GAMES: 9/10



The temple games featured a close and great competition, and had a very unique set of games used. In the first game, Jarrid and Brent had to push a huge ball and knock over the pirates/columns. Brent blazed through this game, so much so that Jarrid had a hard time keeping up with him! In the end, Brent beat Jarrid with about 30 seconds left on the clock. In the second game Jessica and Mary had to grab a barnacle and place it in their basket, all while hanging upside down. Both girls ended up tying the game. So it was Purple leading Green 1-0.5 before the final game. In the third game, the teams had to push their partner in sacks and knock down the pirate ships. Jessica and Jarrid OWNED this game, and knocked over all three ships in 20 seconds. This gave the Green Monkeys the full pendant, barely edging out the Purple Parrots 1.5-1, and winning a trip to the temple! :mrgreen:

TEMPLE RUN: 10/10



This temple run was flawless. Both Jessica and Jarrid were beasts in the temple. Jessica goes in first and she's very speedy. I'll go as far as saying she was THE speediest female contestant in the shows history. She blazes through the entire central shaft with no problem, is unphased by the temple guard in the Chamber, and makes it as far as the Room of the Ancient Warriors with 1:40 remaining. Simply incredible. It was in the Room of the Ancient Warriors however, where Jessica was removed from the temple with 1:32 left on the clock. Jarrid enters the temple soon after, and he's even faster. After assembling the monkey in a quick fashion, he enters the Room of the Secret Password, which would've been costly had a temple guard been in the room. Thankfully, Jarrid quickly realizes his mistake and enters the Quicksand Bog to grab the Hornpipe with 36 seconds remaining. Jarrid then blazes across the top floor, (where he came from), and escapes with 14 seconds left on the clock! Excellent team and temple run, even Kirk deemed them as "one of the best teams we've ever had!" :mrgreen:

FINAL VERDICT: 8.4/10

While it was not enough to overthrow Apanuugpak and Lawrence of Arabia, this was a great episode from beginning to end. The only lowest rated round was the moat, which was a little lengthy. So it did drag the score down just a little bit. But all the other rounds were very exciting, especially the temple run. Jessica and Jarrid are simply put, THE best team in legends history. Look at they way they destroyed the central shaft. Why couldn't more teams be like them? I definitely recommend this episode, no other way around it. :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 10, 2013, 02:00:36 AM
I loved Pirate Captain and it is my third all time favorite episode after Annie Taylor and Lawrence of Arabia.  :mrgreen: The theme to this episode was Jessica and Jarrid owning everything. The slippery path moat was pretty good. Not my most favorite moat on the show (I liked the one used in Chandragupta and Thornwood Gavel the most), but it was creative and looked fun. The legend was Pirate themed, which we have seen many times on Legends. But it was a good story and miles better than Bifocal Monocle. :roll: The artifact was pretty cool also. I remember the Steps of Knowledge round too for the "Musical instrument that does a jig" answer. :P Olmec accepted it of course, showing how lenient the producers were in S3. If this was S1, then that answer would've been shot down before the player finishing giving it. :o

The temple games were fun and this is my favorite temple games round in S3. I loved the Pirate theme they used for this game. Plus, the Purple Parrots and Green Monkeys were both great teams. Both teams deserved to go to the temple and they both looked really good. Especially Jarrid and Jessica in the last team game. Notice how this episode shared the same temple game sequence as Enormous Feather. But unlike that episode, the Pirate Captain one is amazing and fun.  :mrgreen: And of course Jessica and Jarrid owned the temple run! The temple run is amazing and I honestly like this win more than Mussel-Shell Armor. Jessica owned the central shaft and she made it look really easy. She made it to the Room of the Ancient Warriors and not even half of the run went by yet. Jarrid was a good second runner himself. I honestly don't hold the detour into the Room of the Secret Password against him all the time because it didn't effect him in the end. He corrected himself quickly and got the Lost Hornpipe out with 14 seconds to spare! A very memorable temple win, and this is the best overall team to win in the temple. I love this run very much as well as the ending with Jarrid playing around with the Lost Hornpipe.  :mrgreen:  :P

Great review, and as I mentioned earlier Pirate Captain ranks up there very high as one of my all-time favorite episodes.  :mrgreen: It looks like it finishes with the same score as Annie Taylor and Jewel-Encrusted Egg. That is a good thing because those are top 5 episodes. There might be one episode that could out rank the top 2 rated episodes, but I will save that one for later.  :mrblue:

Other than that, I am definitely going to do Roland next. I haven't seen that episode in a while and it is the last Red Jaguars win we need to cover.  :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 10, 2013, 02:17:06 AM
Shaka Zulu hasn't been covered yet, so we still need one more Red Jaguar win to go. ;)

And yeah, I wish both teams would've gone to the temple in Lost Hornpipe. They were one and two in the moat and both performed well in the temple games. But at the end of the day, I'm glad the Green Monkeys won because they were amazing. :mrgreen: And I also don't hold the Secret Password detour against Jarrid either. At least he corrected the mistake, and it didn't actually affect the final outcome of the game. Same with him not grabbing the half pendant in the King's Storeroom as well. While this run was amazing, I still like Apanuugpak more. While both Jessica and Jarrid owned everything, I liked Gator and his run better. Either way, both runs were solid. :mrgreen: I also remember this episode sharing the exact temple game sequence as Enormous Feather, but we all know Lost Hornpipe was better. And I remember the Brent the "bag collector," Kirk's air hump at the end of the run, and Jarrid playing the Hornpipe during the credits. Man, the memorable things this whole episode had. :lol:

And good luck with Roland. That was a pretty fun episode, even though I never cared about the win. Still, it might rank pretty high, just not as high as Pirate Captain. Though it's MUCH better than most Season 3 episodes.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 10, 2013, 02:25:59 AM
Wait, no one covered the best solo win of all time yet?  :shock: Just kidding, I actually don't care for that episode at all and found it to be pretty annoying. That is like one of those episodes someone is going to review just for the sake of completion. And that is not because for the lame win either.  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  had an easy win, but I enjoyed the whole episode. Shaka Zulu is just lame and boring.  :|

I expect Roland to finish pretty high also. Definitely no where near Pirate Captain's score. But the whole episode was great though IIRC even though it has been a year since I watched it. I remember all the Roland puns, the competitive temple games, and the easy temple win. This was an amazing production day with Roland, Queen Boadicea, and Pirate Captain. Then we got Enormous Feather, which was absolute crap. I am glad that we got this episode reviewed. But I am looking forward to Roland for sure.  :mrred:  :mrred:  :mrred:  :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 10, 2013, 02:34:20 AM
Well, Shaka Zulu was a lame episode as a whole, but it wasn't THAT bad. Neither was Silk Ladder, and that also hasn't been covered yet. Both wins suck, but the rest of the rounds really aren't bad at all. Plus, I don't have either episode screencapped, so I won't review them either. Roland was an exciting episode though, and I predict it will probably rank in the high 7/low 8 range.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 10, 2013, 04:41:53 PM
I actually like Robin Hood episode as a whole. The whole episode was fun and memorable, from the silly answers in the Steps to the competitive temple games. But that temple layout was way too easy. I honestly think even John and Tia would've won in that layout. And the Silver Snakes were a good team throughout before the temple win. Shaka Zulu was just average and boring.  :oops:

And for reference, here is the remaining uncovered wins:

Red Jaguars: Shaka Zulu, Roland
Blue Barracudas: Geronimo, Map to the Lost Gold Mine, and Buddha
Green Monkeys: Ahmed Baba, Sforza
Orange Iguanas: Done!
Purple Parrots: Freydis, Egyptian Queen
Silver Snakes: Sultan Saladin,  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll: , Benzibab

I am going to have Roland up by tonight hopefully. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 10, 2013, 06:47:06 PM
Wrong. I already covered Geronimo. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 12, 2013, 12:35:03 AM
Finally finished my episode review for Roland. It has been a year since I watched it, but I do actually like this whole episode. The win was very easy, but this episode was great and fun. It got a good score because of how good all of the rounds were.  :mrred:

THE IVORY HUNTING HORN OF ROLAND



MOAT:  7/10
MOAT:  7/10 (PPF)



The six teams had to cross this moat by sliding on their bellies across the slippery foot path. The players had to make it all the way to the other side while sliding through in order for their partner to get a chance to cross. Once both players have slid across the foot path successfully will move onto the next round. This moat didn't really have any teams that made it across their first try. But the Red Jaguars clocked in first, Silver Snakes second, Green Monkeys third, and the Orange Iguanas dead last. This wasn't  too bad of a moat, and I liked the slippery path idea they used. It looked fun and definitely wasn't easy. Another memorable part about this round is Olmec's "Let's get Roland!" line. We will be hearing a lot of Roland puns throughout this episode. :P

PPF's Description

For this moat, the players had to slide across a slippery foot path on their bellies. Once across, the first player had to grab a small rope to assist them on pulling themselves out of the moat. Then it was their partner's turn to cross in the same manner. If you fall into the water or grab the edges of the footpath, then you had to go back and start all over again. This was an okay round, it seemed like a lot of the teams struggled to get across on the first try. The Blue Barracudas and the Purple Parrots especially struggled to get across. What I did like about this moat is the "Let's Get Roland!" pun before the moat started. Oh Olmec. :lol: At the end of the round, the Red Jaguars, Silver Snakes, Green Monkeys, and Orange Iguanas got to advanced to the Steps of Knowledge in that order. Good round and great idea for a moat. The slippery foot path was one of the producers better ideas on the show.

LEGEND: 6.5/10
LEGEND: 6/10 (PPF)



One of the mightiest nights of the Middle Ages was Roland, nephew of Charlemagne, who was King of France. With his sword, Roland led his Uncle's armies to battle and conquered most of Europe. In 777, Charlemagne expanded most of his empire into Spain. He and Roland conquered all of the Muslims except the King of Zaragoza who made an offer of peace. The King of Zaragoza promised that he would pledge eternal obedience if Charlemagne and Roland retreated from Spain. He even gave the keys to Zaragoza as proof of his promise. Roland did not believe the King however, but Charlemagne did not listen to him. Charlegmagne gave Roland an Ivory Hunting Horn to play if his men are attacked. As predicted, the King ambushed Roland's army and he had no chance to sound the horn. With a mighty strike with his sword, Roland carved up a mountain and then played his Hunting Horn which called Charlemagne and drove the Muslims away.

This legend was both interesting and confusing. There was so much going on in the story that I was confused on what was happening half of the time. But still, the legend was very interesting and I have to give the producers credit for trying to actually flesh out their legends more. I liked stories that actually gave details about an historical battle. The one down-side to this legend though is the lame reference to David Copperfield. Seriously? We all know that Copperfield did not even exist in the Middle Ages. :roll:

PPF's Description

This legend centered around Roland, who was not only the King of France, but the nephew of Charlemagne. Roland led his Uncle's armies to battle with his sword, and conquered most of Europe in the process. In 1777, Charlemagne expanded his empire into Spain, as he and Roland conquered all the Muslims except for King Zaragoza. Zaragoza promised to pledge eternal obedience to Charlamagne and Roland if they departed Spain. Roland didn't believe the King, and the promise fell on deaf ears, as Charlamagne gave Roland an ivory hunting horn for Roland to play in case the were attacked. Naturally, Roland's army was ambushed, and Roland was not able to play the horn. However, Roland was able to carve a mountain with his sword and then played his hunting horn again. This got Charlemagne's attention, and it drove all the Muslims away. The hunting horn eventually made its way to the temple. This was an alright legend. The problem was there was way too much going on, and it was very sloppily told. I liked the details in the legend, and how the ivory hunting horn was actually mentioned and used in the legend. Unlike most legends that don't even mention the artifact namesake until the end of the legend. Oh yeah, and there was a very lame "He plays more tricks than David Copperfield!" line in the legend. This was the middle ages, David Copperfield didn't even exist back then! Nice try with the humorous line, producers. But at least make a reference that's actually accurate and makes some sense.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 9/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10 (PPF)



This was actually a pretty exciting and impressive Steps of Knowledge round. Most of the answers to Olmec's question from the teams occurred before Olmec even gave his first choice of answers. Of course, this bit the Orange Iguanas in the ass a little bit because they answered a question with an answer that was wrong before Olmec revealed any of his choices. But still, it was impressive to see most of the questions answered with any of Olmec's choices being revealed. The Green Monkeys made it to the temple games first, followed by the Red Jaguars. The Roland puns by Kirk added to the memorableness of this round.

PPF's Description

This was an alright Steps of Knowledge round. The teams were very smart, and it was a close match, but it was felt very uneventful. Besides the endless Roland puns by Kirk, nothing really stood out at all in this round. Besides a few wrong answers, the teams were very smart and got all of Olmec's questions right before all the choices were revealed. The Green Monkeys ended up finishing the round first, with the Red Jaguars finishing second very closely behind them. The Orange Iguanas got two questions correct, and the Silver Snakes only got one question correct. This Steps of Knowledge round was just plain average to be honest with you. The wrong answers given and uneventfulness kind of dragged it down for me.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10 (PPF)

The temple games featured Yakerra, who enjoyed reading and ran track, and her partner Kraig who wanted to be a marine biologist of the Red Jaguars. Their opponents were Courtney, who was going to be part of a diving team, and her partner Gerald who was a football player of the Green Monkeys. For the most part, the temple games were average and slightly competitive. The most impressive part though was the team game where the Red Jaguars dominated the boulder catching game. That was something that rarely happened when this type of game used. See the "Sforza" team game for reference.

Temple Game #1 - Knock Over the Enemy's Tower



Kraig and Gerald each had four towers on their side of the playing field and had two giant boulders in the middle that they must use to knock down the other person's tower. They had 60 seconds to take the boulder and try to knock down each of the four towers. They also had to protect their own towers too from getting hit by the boulder. The player that knocks the most towers down after 60 seconds will win. In the end, both players only knocked down one tower a piece and ended the game in a 1-1 tie.

Temple Game #2 - Mountain Passage



Yakerra and Courtney were both inside an enclosed space with many rocks surrounding their feet. Both players had to take their rocks and shoot it in the passage on the opponent's side of the field. Once they made a rock into the opening, that will net them one point. They could also block their opponent's shot while making their own. The player that gets the most rocks into their opponent's passage will win. In the end, Courtney scored more and won with a score of 9-7.

Temple Game #3 - Catapult the Boulders



In the team game, the one player had to take a boulder and catapult it over their heads while their partners had to grab the boulder and put it into their team bin. Since both players have their bodies strapped against the wall, they must synchronize when completing their tasks. The team that gets the most boulders into their team bin will win. In the end, the Red Jaguars dominated this temple game with a score of 7-5. That is impressive on both team's parts. That is not even counting the boulder that the Jaguars missed at the last second. Overall, the Red Jaguars go to the temple with 1.5 pendants.  :mrred:

PPF's Description

This was a pretty good temple games match. It featured some decent competition, and I liked the set up of games used. And yes Kirk kept the Roland puns coming in this round. Just like he did in the rounds before this one. In the first game, Kraig and Gerald had to push a boulder and knock over the towers on the opposing side. Both players each knocked one tower down, and tied the game 1-1. In the second game, Yakerra and Courtney had to jump up and down on a trampoline, and throws balls into their opponents holes. Just like the last game, this was another defense game where the players were able to block the opposite player's shots. This is one of my personal favorite temple games ever used on the show. Very fun looking and it was incredibly underused. And I believe this was the only time this game was played by female players. In the end, Courtney of the Green Monkeys beat Yakerra in this game 9-7, giving her team a pendant of life. This put the Green Monkeys in the lead 1 pendant to the Red Jaguars half before the third game, so it was do or die for both teams. In the last temple game, the teams had to throw a rock over their heads, while their partner caught the ball, and put it in their bin. All while their backs were turned to each other, and facing a wall. Unlike the second temple game, this was one of my personal least favorite temple games. The game looked too hard and for that reason, it always seem to give the players more trouble than most team games. At the end of the game, the Red Jaguars beat the Green Monkeys 7-5, giving them the full pendant, and giving Yakerra and Kraig access to the temple with 1.5 pendants!

TEMPLE RUN: 6.25/10
TEMPLE RUN: 7/10 (PPF)



You can tell the producers were desperate for a win by the simplicity of this team's layout. Seriously, the last time there was a win before this temple win was in "The Secret Map of the Bandit Queen", which was taped four production days back. Because of the temple layout, Yakerra finished with the second fastest win on the whole show. While this team did finish with a fast win, this layout was way too easy for Season 3 standards. The team only had to enter through five rooms to reach the Ivory Hunting Horn. Yakerra didn't do a bad job at all, but she doesn't really deserve all the praise she gets for her fast win. She reached the Hunting Horn with 1:34 on the clock. After wasting time trying to exit through the temple guard's door, Yakerra gets her act together and exits the temple with 1:10 left on the clock. It was a pretty exciting solo win, but this team should've beaten Shaka Zulu's record with how easy the layout was. If a fast contestant like Zac or Gator got this layout, they would've easily beaten the fastest time. But still, this win was better than half of the runs in Season 3 and the ending was pretty exciting too for the team's enthusiasm. Yakerra even has a spider from the Crypt in the credits.  :mrred:

PPF's Description

While this was an exciting win, it was way too simplistic for Season 3 standards. It was obvious this win was rigged in favor of Yakerra, as the last win prior to this was "The Secret Map of the Bandit Queen," filmed four days earlier. Still, Yakerra did a decent job and breezed through five rooms enroute to the Shrine, grabbing the Horn with 1:34 on the clock, and escaping with a whopping 1:11 left on the clock. Thus making this the second quickest victory in the shows history, behind "The Mask of Shaka Zulu," which was THE quickest finish with 1:14 left on the clock. Besides Yakerra trying to exit the temple via the temple guard door in the Shrine, she still did a decent job in the temple. If she had moved just a little faster, she would've beat Shaka Zulu's time for sure. Overall, this was a generally exciting run, and much better than most Season 3 temple runs. Also note how Yakerra is holding a spider from the Crypt during the credits. Which I found to be pretty humorous.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.2/10
FINAL VERDICT: 7.2/10 (PPF)

"Roland" was an exciting episode where everyone on the set was having fun. Kirk and Olmec's Roland puns added to the memorableness of this episode. Every round was memorable and exciting, and the producer's went above and beyond when making this episode. This episode also marks the first temple win after several production days of all loses too. While the temple win was pretty easy and overrated, it was still enjoyable and more respectable and some of the other easier wins. I found this episode to be very fun and I would recommend this one to watch for anyone. It may not have the highest quality win on the show, but everything else about it was good and I don't regret watching it at all. I am sure you would enjoy it just as much too.  :mrred:

PPF's Description

Overall, Roland was one of the more exciting episodes on a very fun production day. While I wouldn't call it THE most exciting episode of Season 3, the Roland puns and the close match in each round make for a very pleasant watch. You can definitely tell Kirk, the producers, and the contestants were having fun with this episode. The only downside to this episode was the legend and Steps of Knowledge. But the rounds were not overly bad and did not detract from the excitement this episode had. The temple run however, is quite overrated. While it was exciting, and it was nice to see a team finally win after several taping days full of losses, the temple layout was way too easy. And I also felt like Yakerra hesitated at some points too. She definitely should've beaten Shaka Zulu's time despite winning in very quick time. Regardless, this episode was very exciting and I recommend this episode to anyone. :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 12, 2013, 01:21:37 AM
Roland was an exciting episode, especially for all the puns Kirk and Olmec made all episode. It eventually got to the point where they were starting to wear out the "Let's Get Roland" bit. Just like with Lost Hornpipe, every round was competitive, where it could've gone either way. In the end, the Red Jaguars won and made it to the temple. The temple run itself is overrated, but Yakerra still gave it a great effort. Plus, you can tell it had been a while since a team won because Kirk was more excited than usual. :mrred:

Overall, great job with the review. :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 12, 2013, 01:37:28 AM
Roland is pretty much the "Silk Ladder  :roll: " win of S3. That layout was way too easy, and this team should've beaten the Shaka Zulu time. As a Red Jaguars fan though, I don't mind this win too much though. It was much better than Shaka Zulu for me at least. I really wish this was the fastest win on the show. But you can tell the producer's were desperate for a win either way. Too bad the other layouts that day were pretty tough, even though the Enormous Feather team should've won. :roll:

We are at 53 episodes remaining right now. I am going to make a vow to not claim any new episodes until I am done completing the ones that I have claimed now. :P I went to aim for the 40 episode mark by the middle of October. I am definitely going to do Sir Edmund Hillary next. My tentative schedule goes like this:

Sir Edmund Hillary -> Lost Taj Mahal Turban -> Poseidon -> Buddha - > Montezuma -> Useless Map -> Benzibab

I might claim Blackbeard too just because I want to see how low it ranks. I think that is the only remaining episode that could rank as low as Alhambra and One-Eyed Jack.  :roll:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 12, 2013, 01:49:39 AM
I thought we were past 60 episodes? I thought for sure we had already passed the halfway mark....
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 12, 2013, 01:53:06 AM
I meant we only had 53 episodes left to cover.  :mrred: That is actually not a lot at all since I had only like 15 episodes covered before you helped me out. ;)
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 12, 2013, 02:11:53 AM
Oh, I gotcha now. ;) And yeah, it's definitely time to stop claiming episodes before we finish what we currently have highlighted. Plus, my interest in Legends is seriously waning, and it feels like a lot of work to keep up with all these reviews. I'm not gonna stop writing them though. As for my next review, I'm probably gonna do "Wild Bill Hickok and the Dead Man's Hand." That was a pretty average, albeit quirky episode. I don't expect it to rank past the 6 range. I figure I should cover some early Season 1 episodes, since not many early ones have been covered yet.

And here's the order of episodes I want to cover next:

Dead Man's Hand > Oracle Bowl > Freydis > Sforza > Scheherazade > Ahmed Baba > William Tell

Also, didn't you want to rank Anne Bonny and Napoleon as well, according to the OP?
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 12, 2013, 02:39:56 AM
Don't worry, I feel the same way about Legends also. ;) I think everyone else here feels the same way too. But you should go at your own pace with your reviews. That is what I do with mine right now. I only write so much about a certain round instead of doing it in one sitting. Like I will write the moat and Steps section first and do the other rounds later. As for Dead Man's Hand, I think it will finish around the same score as Belshazzar myself (6-ish range). If I would've ranked that episode, I would definitely be a little lenient towards scoring it. I still remember a lot of parts from that episode though from the memorable quotes in the Steps and temple games, to the bizarre temple run. It was a pretty decent episode despite being the third one taped.

And yeah, you can add Two-Cornered Hat and Anne Bonny to that my list too. I will probably rank those ones last. But Sir Edmund Hillary will be first. :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 13, 2013, 08:47:28 PM
Here it is, my episode review of "Wild Bill Hickok and the Dead Man's Hand." :mrorange:

WILD BILL HICKOK AND THE DEAD MAN'S HAND



MOAT: 6/10



For this moat, the players had to use "King Tut's Staff" to pull themselves across the moat while kneeling on a raft. Once across, the players had to put the staff on the raft, so their partners can cross in the same manner. The staff had to be in their possession when the teams rang in. This was a pretty average round, the Silver Snakes, Red Jaguars, Green Monkeys, and Orange Iguanas ended up advancing to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 5/10



This legend was about Wild Bill, who was an amazing outlaw and a ladies man. He was tall, handsome, and sported long hair and a mustache. When he became marshal of Abilene, Kansas, he was known to have killed over 100 men! One day, while playing poker in Deadwood, South Dakota, he was shot in the back by an angry gambler. His poker hand was a full house, three aces and two eights. Naturally, the hand was named after him as "Dead Man's Hand." Someone then grabbed the cards off the table, and they eventually made it to the temple. I personally found this legend to be lame, honestly. While I usually like Wild Wild West stories, this one just came across silly. I mean, getting shot in the back and having a card hand named after you? Furthermore, this legend was way too short, and lacked quite a bit of detail.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 5/10



The Steps of Knowledge featured A LOT of wrong answers. Though it was pretty entertaining, which is why it only ranks as low as a "5." One wrong answer had two teams guessing the SAME wrong answer. While a lot of the questions asked were taken from the legend told backstage, pay attention kids! Repeating the same answer isn't going to make it any less incorrect. And of course we get the infamous "Colonel Sanders" guess by the Silver Snakes. I'm guessing the Silver Snake boy has never had fast food before. :lol: The Green Monkeys guessed the correct answer "General Custer" and joined the Orange Iguanas on the final step, ending the round. You could totally tell the Silver Snakes looked utterly humiliated after the round ended. You could even hear laughter (albeit canned) from the audience!

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10



The temple games were a decent round. Kirk calls the teams "Green Team" and "Orange Team," and the Orange Iguanas introduce themselves by first and last names. In the first game, Josh and Ian had to climb up a soapy ramp and grabs the cards on top. They tied 3-3, though Kirk miscounted it as 2-2. But, both guys were still rewarded a half pendant. In the second game, Sara and Amber had to slide down a slippery chute and throw balls through a bulls eye. The game was declared another tie, but Sara should've won because Amber missed one of her bulls eyes. It ended up being a 1-1 tie between both teams before the final game. In the third game, the players had to throw balls at their tied up partners. Sara kept shooting between Josh's legs, prompting Kirk to say "You don't want to shoot there, you want to shoot higher!" XD Regardless, the Orange Iguanas won the game, giving them a full pendant, and earning them a trip to the temple with 2 pendants! The pendant score was 2-1, but it should've been 2-0.5 because Kirk incorrectly declared the second game a tie. Either way, the Orange Iguanas still won fair and square in their first temple appearance of the series.

TEMPLE RUN: 6/10



The temple run in this episode featured a wildly difficult layout. Every room Josh and Sara entered featured locked door after locked door. After Josh was removed from the Heart Room with 2:16 on the clock, Sara took over and spent the majority of her time racing up and down the central shaft, only to encounter multiple dead ends. I guess the production crew expected a little too much from this team. Sara eventually made it to the Swamp at the end of the run, only to find that the doors leading to the Tomb was locked. Her time ended there, and the temple run music ended on a strange note, like it was gonna start over again. This also happened in "Galileo's Cannonball." Tough luck and tough layout, there was really nothing they could do differently to prevent it. Maybe enter the Swamp sooner, but the room was so poorly lit, I don't blame the Orange Iguanas for not seeing the door opened. Josh and Sara weren't a bad team, they just got stuck with a difficult layout.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.8/10

This was a very quirky episode. From the Steps of Knowledge, to the miscounted temple games, to the incredibly difficult layout. I know the final score is a little low, but I'd be lying if I said this was an uneventful episode. Either way, I still recommend this episode. And I especially recommend it for the "Colonel Sanders" answer.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 14, 2013, 01:01:43 AM
Dead Man's Hand... the episode that is actually not about a deceased hand but rather some playing cards.  :mrorange:  I actually thought this artifact was like the Shriveled Hand and Mummified Hand.  :P It pretty much finished with around the same score as Belshazzar. Which is pretty good since it was literally the third episode ever taped. It wasn't a bad episode at all, and I do remember parts of it. First off, I thought the King Tut Staff moat was the best most used in S1. I remember the very brief legend very well. This had to be the shortest legend on the show. At least they didn't throw in any filler crap like they did in "Galileo's Cannonball". :roll:

The Steps round is memorable for the "Colonel Sanders" answers.  :lol: The poor kid looked embarrassed after giving that answer. That is the one answer I would've NOT given if I was in that episode. The temple games were pretty good too for the third episode ever. Although Kirk miscounting two temple games in the same round makes me wonder if he was really challenged in S1. He did the same thing in "Map to the Lost Gold Mine" with miscounts also. :roll: The temple games featured a rare time where both individual games ended in ties. Hell, the team game almost ended in a tie too. :P The temple run was kind of uneventful, but I don't blame Sarah and Josh at all. They got shafted by their layout. I never understood why didn't the  letHeart Room or Observatory open up for them though? Instead, they were forced into the Swamp and then forced them up into the Room of the Golden Idols. And they never used that passage again in S1. Maybe it was because of this run? Too bad, because Josh and Sarah really deserved a second chance. I can guarantee that they would've done much better in any other layout.

Good job with Dead Man's Hand.  :mrorange: It's a pretty unusual episode due to the early S1 quirks, but it wasn't bad at all for an episode on the very first production day. I always give this episode and Belshazzar leniency whenever I rank them. They were kind of boring and forgettable, but I don't expect much from an episode from the very first day. Luckily though Galileo turned out pretty successful for a first production day episode too. My turn to do a S1 episode, and it will be Sir Edmund Hillary.  :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 14, 2013, 01:56:50 AM
Yeah, I always thought the reason the doors leading up from the Swamp never worked was because of this episode. But Sara never got a chance to try it, why penalize every other contestant for it? And yeah, Kirk was not having a good day when it came to counting the temple games. He was quite unprofessional in Season 1, especially in the early part of the season. No wonder Kirk has said he hated his performance then.

And thanks, can't wait for Sir Edmund Hilary. ;) That was a pretty good episode, and Danny and Tara were a solid team in the temple. :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 14, 2013, 02:07:57 AM
Kirk was very bad in S1. His jokes were awkward, he Fogged up a lot, and he lacked so much enthusiasm. But then again, he had to narrate a lot of rounds in S1. And that is not easy for a first time host. At least they delegated most of those tasks to Olmec in later seasons. But I can't stand Kirk that much in S1 though. Map to the Lost Gold Mine and Amelia Earhart are the only runs where he showed any enthusiasm. Also, he Fogged up a lot in S1. Especially in runs like Kamehameha and Lawrence of Arabia.  :roll:

And I can't wait until I watch Sir Edmund Hillary again. Danny and Tara were a really good team in the temple and in their episode. This is my favorite losing team from S1. Either them or the Kamehameha team. The whole episode was solid and I can see it ranking close to an 8. There is a lot of interesting tidbits about this episode. And I am pretty sure the Sir Edmund Hillary team were the only Silver Snakes team to sweep the temple games. :mrsilver: After that, then I am going to rank Taj Mahal Turban. That was one of the few triple captures I can tolerate and the episode can't rank that bad.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 14, 2013, 02:29:29 AM
Yeah, Sir Edmund Hilary is a great episode. And yes, they were the only Silver Snake team to sweep the temple games. ;) For a team that was known as a "power house" team, that's kind of sad. Either way, Danny and Tara were a great team. My personal favorite losing team is them, the Kamehameha kids, and the Great Seal kids. All three Silver Snake teams too no less. :mrsilver: As for Taj Mahal Turban, I can see that ranking in the 6 range. It was a pretty average episode, but it was definitely one of the more tolerable triple captures like you said.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 17, 2013, 01:35:05 PM
I finally finished my review for Sir Edmund Hillary! It was a great episode as expected, and one of the few good episodes from S1. I had fun rewatching this episode.  :mrsilver:

THE MEDAL OF SIR EDMUND HILLARY



MOAT:  6.5/10
MOAT:  6/10 (PPF)



The first player on each team had to cross the moat hand-over-hand with the use of the rope above. Once they made it to the other side, then they must tie another rope to the bottom of the pole and allow their partner to cross with both ropes in place. The first four teams to make it across will move onto the next round. If you have read my other recent review for "The Silver Saddle Horn of Hannibal", you will remember that the moat in that episode featured the longest recorded moat on tape. This episode uses the exact same moat. However, it was nowhere near as long as the Silver Saddle Horn one. In fact, this one was very quick and the teams hardly struggled to get across. Although I had to deduct points because this had to be the most bland and uninspiring moat used on the whole show.  :roll:

PPF's Description

For this moat, the first player had to cross the moat hand over hand with assistance from the overhead rope. Once across, the first player had to tie another rope to the bottom of the pole, so the second player can cross with ease. This was a pretty bland round honestly. While the players got across quickly, (unlike Silver Saddle Horn's moat), nothing interesting happened whatsoever. Not to mention this was by far the least creative moat ever. On a more interesting note, the Orange Iguanas who failed to get across this moat, were Tim and Retina, the same team that went to the temple in "Alexander and the Gordian Knot." They failed to across this moat, but made it to the temple in the aforementioned episode, taped later in the day. At the end of the round, the Blue Barracudas, Red Jaguars, Green Monkeys, and Silver Snakes made it to the Steps of Knowledge, in that order.

LEGEND: 8/10
LEGEND: 8/10 (PPF)



The first two men to climb the Mt. Everest and stand on top of the tallest mountain in the world were Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay. One day, while climbing the mountain, a block of ice the size of a house broke off and started sliding towards them, moving faster and faster down the slope. There was no place for Hillary or Tenzing to escape to as the ice was in yards away from them. Suddenly, the huge block of ice plunged into a crevasse and disappeared without a sound. Hillary and Tenzing moved on and a few days later reached the top of Mt. Everest, planting their British and Nepalese flags respectively. Sir Edmund Hillary was knighted by the Queen of England with a Medal, and legend has it he gave his Medal to Tenzing and it ended up in Olmec's temple.

This legend was interesting for several reasons. First off, this legend is the only time Legends of the Hidden Temple covered a historical figure while they were alive at the time of the legend. In this case, Sir Edmund Hillary was alive when this episode aired. Secondly, I liked how the legend described Sir Edmund Hillary's dangerous expedition to the top of Mt. Everest. It was a different story from all the war and love stories that usually aired on the show.

PPF's Description

This legend centered around Sir Edmund Hillary, and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay. They were the first two men to ever climb Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. One day, during their climb up the mountain, a huge block of ice broke off and started to slide towards them. There was no place for the men to get out of dodge, but the huge block ended up plunging into a crevasse instead. With that, Hillary and Tenzing moved on and continued their climb. A few days later, both Hillary and Tenzing reached the top of Mt. Everest, and planted their respective flags (British and Nepalese) on top of the mountain. Hillary was then knighted by the Queen of England, and given a medal, who he then gave to Tenzing. Eventually, the medal made its way to the temple. This to me, was by far of the best legends of Season 1, and one of the best ever on the show. I loved the detail it went into regarding Sir Edmund Hillary and his trek up the mountain. I especially liked how both Hillary and Tenzing made it all the way to the top completely unscathed. Furthermore, Sir Edmund Hillary was the only legendary figure to still be alive when this episode aired. Overall, this was a great legend, and it's MUCH better than lame, love story legends that the show usually had.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10
STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10 (PPF)



The Silver Snakes dominated the Steps of Knowledge where they got 3/4 questions asked correct. The Blue Barracudas on the other hand gave two wrong answers. The second wrong answer was sort of a *facepalm* moment. Olmec's question was - "Which of the following legendary creatures that Hillary went on another expedition to find?". The Blue Barracudas answered "Velociraptor" as one of the answers. Really? Sir Edmund Hillary went to Mt. Everest to find a dinosaur? The correct answer was the "Abominable Snowman", which makes much more sense than the Velociraptor answer.  :roll:

PPF's Description

While this Steps of Knowledge round was mildly entertaining, it could've been better. On the one hand, the Silver Snakes dominated the steps and were the first to finish in a flash. The Blue Barracudas on the other hand, were extremely stupid on the steps. They gave two wrong answers, one of them being "Velociraptor." Because Sir Edmund Hilary went to find dinosaurs on Mt. Everest, right? That ridiculous wrong answer is up there with "Colonel Sanders" from "Dead Man's Hand" as one of the most hilarious answers ever. :lol: Fortunately, the Red Jaguars got the correct answer "Abominable Snowman," and joined the Silver Snakes on the final step. Thus ending this somewhat eventful double sweep on the steps.

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10
TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10 (PPF)

The temple games featured a matchup between the Red Jaguars and Silver Snakes. The Red Jaguars featured Adam, who was 13 and wrote his own comic strips. His partner was Shelly, 13, who liked to draw for her own school newspaper. The Silver Snakes featured Tara, 14, who liked to practice Karate and had a second degree brown belt. Her partner was Danny, 13, who wanted to be a pro baseball player. This temple games round were very fun to watch, and I liked the choice of temple games used. The first temple game was an exclusive game to only the S1L7 production day. I also liked the team game where the players had to turn of the faucets. In the end though, the Silver Snakes dominated and got a rare temple game sweep. The only other teams to sweep the temple games in Season 1 were the "Lawrence of Arabia's Headdress" and "Golden Chains" team.

Temple Game #1 - No Rest on Everest



Shelly and Tara had to scale Mt. Everest by using their pegs to climb to the top of the mountain. Once they reached the top, they had to plant their flag and scale back down the mountain. The player that plants their flag and reaches the bottom the fastest will win. In the end, Tara made further progress than Shelly and earned the Silver Snakes their first half-pendant.

Temple Game #2 - Camping Bags in the Crevasse



Danny and Adam were both in a crevasse with three camping bags. When time started, they had to climb up the crevasse and throw their camping bags outside of it. They had 60 seconds to throw all three bags out of their crevasse. The player that got rid of all three sleeping bags after 60 seconds will win. Danny absolutely dominated this temple game and won with a score 3-1. That puts the Silver Snakes ahead 1-0.

Temple Game #3 - Stop the Glacier



In the team game, there were three faucets at the top of the slope that will spew out water. The two teams' tasks were to climb up the slope and turn each of the faucets off one-by-one. The team that turns off all three faucets or the team furthest along after 60 seconds would be winners. The Red Jaguar boy technically cheated in this temple game. The players were suppose to climb up the slope by staying on their knees. Adam did this the first time, but fell down while trying to turn off the second faucet. So he used his feet to reach the top on his second attempt, which he was NOT suppose to do. It didn't matter because the Silver Snakes won by the time he reached the top. The Silver Snakes won with their first ever and only temple games sweep.  :mrsilver:

PPF's Description

The temple games in this episode featured a great match, and a solid temple game set up. I really liked the unique games set up, especially the one in the team game. In the first game, Tara and Shelley had to climb up Mt. Everest by using pegs to climb up the mountain. Once on top, they had to plant their flag on top of the mountain, then climb down. Tara of the Silver Snakes won this game, and earned her team a half pendant of life. In the second game, Danny and Adam had to climb up the peanut filled mine shaft and throw all three bags out of the shaft. The Silver Snakes once again proved dominate as Danny creamed Adam 3-1, earning yet another half pendant for the Silver Snakes. This put Danny and Tara in the lead 1-0 heading into the final game. In the third temple game, the players had to take turns turning off three faucets on top of the slope. The Silver Snakes came out on top yet again, earning them a full pendant, sweeping the temple games and giving them two full pendants to the temple! This would be the only time a Silver Snake team would ever sweep the temple games. :mrsilver:

TEMPLE RUN: 8/10
TEMPLE RUN: 8/10 (PPF)



Most of the Season 1 losses were average and riddled with mistakes that prevented a team from winning. Danny and Tara were a solid temple team that faced one of the tougher temple layouts in S1. Danny started off in the Room of Three Gargoyles where he met a temple guard and the Troubled Bridge opened from that space. However, the Troubled Bridge was a dead end and he was forced down into the Cave of Sighs. He was removed from the temple with 1:56 left on the clock. Tara takes over and he immediately enters the Cave of Sighs - being the only contestant in Season 1 to run into the opposite dead end entrance room. She moves swiftly through the rooms of the temple before hitting her last guard in the Shrine. One room away from the Medal, Tara struggles a little bit in the Shrine before assembling the Silver Monkey and being forced down into the Well. She grabs the Medal with 24 seconds left on the clock and races to bring it out of the temple! It looks like she could pull it off, but she makes the bad mistake of taking the central shaft out of the temple instead of taking the convenient Troubled Bridge out of the temple. Her time ended as she was entering the Wheel Room.

While the temple ending was disappointing, this was still an exciting run and good effort by the Silver Snakes. Both Silver Snake players were fast and they tried taking the shortest routes possible. They would've won if Danny didn't take a direct path or Tara avoided the central shaft. But still, this was an exciting run and both Danny and Tara were a good team.  :mrsilver:

PPF's Description

This was one of the more exciting Season 1 temple runs. Danny heads in first and is immediately greeted by a temple guard in the Gargoyle Room. He tries the door to the Observatory, but it fails to open. Forced to retrace his steps, he runs back across the Troubled Bridge, and makes his way down to the bottom floor of the temple. Once he reaches the Heart Room, a second temple guard removes him from the temple with 1:56 left on the clock. Tara goes in next, and very smartly uses the Cave entrance instead of the Gargoyle Room. Making her the only contestant to use an entrance room different from their partner. Tara makes great time through the temple, even while running into the final temple guard in the Shrine, and while having slight difficulty assembling the monkey. Once she finished assembling the monkey, she ran into some bad luck. She was forced down the Well instead of being granted direct access to the Torch Room, where the Pendant Medal was sitting. Once she does make her way to the Torch Room, she grabs the medal with 24 seconds left on the clock. Victory looked certain! Unfortunately, Tara had poor plans for exiting the temple. Instead of using the Troubled Bridge, she scaled all the way down the central shaft. Apparently Ron from Anne Bonny took notes on this. :roll: Her time ended when she entered the Wheel Room. This temple run would've been much more successful if Danny had used the Cave instead of the Gargoyle Room, and if Tara didn't scale the whole central shaft upon exiting the temple. Despite that, Danny and Tara were a solid team, and they were MUCH better than most Season 1 teams. This temple run was very exciting, albeit had a slightly disappointing ending. This is also the first ever time an artifact is grabbed, but not brought out of the temple in time.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.3/10
FINAL VERDICT: 7.2/10 (PPF)

"Sir Edmund Hillary" was one of the rare episodes from Season 1 that was enjoyable to watch. The Silver Snakes were a good team throughout the episode, and there were many memorable moments. The legend was solid, the temple games featured a strong Silver Snakes team, and the temple run was very exciting. Danny and Tara may have not won their temple run in the end, but they put up a great effort and it was very exciting to watch these two perform in the temple. I would recommend this episode to anyone easily, even though the team didn't win. It was easily a top 10 Season 1 episode, and one of the best losses on the show too.  :mrsilver:

PPF's Description

Overall, Sir Edmund Hillary was easily one of the strongest Season 1 episodes, despite it not being a win. Besides the moat and Steps of Knowledge, every round was very exciting. Danny and Tara were a very strong team all day, and gave it a great effort in the temple. If they had taken more shortcuts in the temple, both en route to the artifact and exiting, they would've won for sure. But that didn't stop their temple run for being a great watch. This was one of the best losses ever on the show, and one of the best episodes ever in Season 1. Despite this being a loss, I would recommend this episode to anyone. :mrsilver:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 17, 2013, 03:19:59 PM
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Her partner was Chris, 13, who wanted to be a pro baseball player.
Once again with the Fogg Ups. It's Danny, NOT Chris. You might want to fix that. ;)

As for Sir Edmund Hilary, it was a great episode. Danny and Tara were a solid team and got the only Silver Snake sweep ever. This team would've won if Tara didn't go all the way down the central shaft, and if Danny didn't take a direct path. I'm willing to bet it would've saved over a minute total. I definitely consider Sir Edmund Hilary a Top 10 Season 1 episode, and a Top 10 Silver Snake run. Overall, great review. :mrsilver: I'm gonna do Oracle Bowl next, which is far from a Top 10 episode.

And by the way, the Golden Chains of Zenobia team also swept the temple games, AND were the first team to do so. So it wasn't just Sir Edmund Hilary and Lawrence of Arabia.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 17, 2013, 04:38:16 PM
Oops, fixed the Chris -> Danny mistake. :P Also, I forgot about Zenobia being a sweep also. So that makes three temple game sweeps in S1 alone? Geez, that is very low. And there were 20 temple game sweeps on the show in total. It goes to show how strong the teams in later seasons are. Although the Zenobia team sweep wasn't really as deserving as Sir Edmund Hillary or Lawrence of Arabia since the Purple Parrots sucked badly in that episode. :o

But yeah, I enjoyed Sir Edmund Hillary and it was one of the few enjoyable losses from S1 next to Great Seal, Kamehameha, Golden Jaguar, and Blue Pearl. They would've definitely won in any of the other Torch Room runs like Anne Bonny or Cleopatra.

I think Oracle Bowl's ranking is going to be very interesting. We all know how bad the temple run was, but the other rounds of that episode were good. The Purple Parrots were definitely a good team before the temple run and Jackie even won her individual game. Unfortunately, the temple run is pretty bad and Jackie ruins the whole thing. At least it won't be like Lost Lion Tail were every round was bad. The low score for this episode will come from the temple run.

I am going to do Lost Taj Mahal Turban next myself. This was just a forgettable episode, but it wasn't bad either. Although the legend was kind of crappy with Needmore Rupees. :roll: But I don't mind the temple run too much, even if it ended in triple capture.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 17, 2013, 07:03:16 PM
Yeah, Oracle Bowl is definitely not on Lost Lion Tail level. Just the temple run was bad, thanks to Jackie. Other than that, it was a pretty exciting episode, and Shane and Jackie dominated all the pre temple rounds. I'm expecting it to rank around mid-high 5 range. And Taj Mahal Turban was an average episode. I expect it to make at least a 6 average.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 17, 2013, 11:01:42 PM
It's kind of funny though that it took the Purple Parrots literally half of the season to get to the temple. They were really unlucky when it came to the first season of the temple. They had plenty of shots before Oracle Bowl - Belshazzar, Golden Ship, Amelia Earhart, and Golden Cricket Cage. And all those temple game losses were 1.5 pendant losses too, so it's not like they were dominated. I think Oracle Bowl was the first time I ever seen a Purple Parrot episode. At least the first one I can recall from the Nickelodeon days. But yeah, Shane and Jackie were very good before the temple run. First in the moat, first in the Steps, won their individual games and won two pendants. I sort of think they get a bad reputation sometimes because of how the temple run turned out. I mean Jackie deserves the criticism she gets, but they weren't some team that scraped by the whole episode.

And Taj Mahal Turban is that one episode that I always forget exists. I even forget that the Purple Parrots lost in this episode too. And I know all of the Purple Parrot temple game losses. :P
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 17, 2013, 11:34:39 PM
Yeah, and some of those episodes (Amelia Earhart, Cricket Cage) would've turned out MUCH better if Purple had won instead. But then again, the Blue Barracudas didn't even have a temple games (let alone temple run) appearance until Mysterious Manuscript. Which was the fifth filming day of Season 3. And Kate and Larry also dominated every round to get to the temple, and also had a sub par temple run. So it's not like it happened to just the Purple Parrots. The Taj Mahal Turban kids however, sort of scraped by each round, but they were still an okay team in the temple. Either way, I'll try to have my review of Oracle Bowl up by tomorrow. ;)

By the way, you got the 11,000th post in the Heart Room. :mrred:
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 18, 2013, 10:15:33 PM
And here it is, my episode review on "The Oracle Bowl of Delphi." :mrpurple:

THE ORACLE BOWL OF DELPHI



MOAT: 7/10



For this moat, the players had to sit in a floating ring and pull themselves across with a rope. Once across, the players had to throw the ring back to their partner, who would cross in the same way. This was a very close round. Very neck and neck, like any one of these teams could have advanced. In the end, the Purple Parrots, Orange Iguanas, Green Monkeys, and Silver Snakes advanced to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 6/10



The legend revolved around Croesus, who was a very rich and powerful king in Lydia. Despite all the money he had, he was unhappy. He thought that if he could conquer Persia, he'd be the richest and most powerful man in the world, and would be very happy with that. Before attacking the Persians, he decided to ask a fortune teller in the Temple of Delphi, to see if he was making the right decision. The fortune teller sat in a three legged bowl, and predicted that a great empire will be destroyed if the King attacks the Persians. Croesus then went house and attacked Persia, a 14 day battle that he lost. He ended a up destroying his own empire. Years later, the Temple of Delphi was abandoned and everything inside the temple was lost. While this was an interesting legend, I felt like the artifact had too much to do with the fortune teller than it did with Croesus. The legend centered around Croesus quite a bit, but very little was mentioned about the Temple of Delphi besides Croesus' visit there. And like most Season 1 legends, the legend was a tad short. I would've given this legend a much higher ranking if it wasn't for that.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 6/10



The Steps of Knowledge were an average round. Shane of the Purple Parrots answered all the questions for his team, and are the first team to make it to the final step. Likewise, Mike of the Silver Snakes answered all the questions for his team, and joined the Purple Parrots soon after. The Green Monkeys and the Orange Iguanas each got one question correct.

TEMPLE GAMES: 7/10



Like the Steps of Knowledge, the temple games were average for the most part. In the first game, Shane and Mike had to push a rock up a watery ramp, with their backs turned, in an attempt to rebuild the Temple of Delphi. Shane was a BEAST in this game, and finished the game with 32 seconds left on the clock. At the end of the game, Kirk asked how Shane did it so fast, to which Shane cited his "strong legs" helped him win the game. In the second game, Jackie and Jamie had to place jewel eyes on the statues of each corner of the soapy field. Both players struggled immensely in this game, and Jamie especially had a difficult time. Jackie got at least one jewel on a statue, so naturally won the game, completing a full pendant for her team. Before the final game, the Purple Parrots were leading the Silver Snakes 1-0 pendant wise. In the third game, the players had to put rings on a poll, using the same tired up and down pulley game in Season 1. At the end of the game, both teams had 5 rings on their polls, giving both teams the full pendant. But, this gave Purple Parrots 2 full pendants, beating the Silver Snakes 2-1, and earning them a trip to the temple! The Purple Parrots dominated the temple games, and earned a much needed temple appearance. The only problem with this round is that all three games were very one sided. It was obvious who was gonna win each game, which brought the score down a bit for me. But all in all, it was a decent round.

TEMPLE RUN: 3/10



After dominating all the pre temple rounds, the temple run was very disappointing and frustrating. All thanks to Jackie. Shane went in first and was extremely fast. He did make one mistake though, by taking a direct path to the Observatory. He met a double whammy, running into a temple guard in the Gargoyle Room, and a dead end. This didn't stop Shane though, as he sped through the bottom floor of the temple, being removed in the Swamp with 2:05 left on the clock. Jackie unfortunately, was exactly the opposite of Shane. She was very slow and had no idea what to do in any of the rooms she entered. First, she detoured into the Gargoyle Room, when all she had to do was go straight into the Cave. She then takes her sweet time finding her way out of the Cave, and proceeds to move sluggishly across the whole bottom floor. In the Tomb, she finds the key to ascend into the Shrine, but doesn't use it. And on top of that, she pulls a "Kristen" and doesn't even break down the wall hard enough at first. Once in the Dungeon, she doesn't even use the ladder leading up to the Shrine. She spend the rest of the 40 seconds of her run not knowing the Pirate's Cove/Torch Room objective. Though even Kirk doesn't know what to do there either, even further confusing Jackie. Something I always found rather humorous honestly. Once she finally gets the objective, time runs out. Yet another example of "smart player being paired up with a slow witted player," and another temple run that should've been reverse order of players. If Shane had gone in second, the team would've had a much better chance at reaching the Bowl. But with Jackie as his partner, I doubt they would've won.

FINAL VERDICT: 5.8/10

Overall, Oracle Bowl was a pretty average episode. The Purple Parrots dominated all the pre temple rounds, only to have a sub par temple run thanks to Jackie. The temple run really brings down the final score, hence why this episode doesn't quite make a 6 average. If it's any consolation, at least the Purple Parrots finally make it to the temple. Unfortunately, the temple run is one of the many reasons everyone considers the Purple Parrots "The Loser Team." I still recommend this episode, but watch the temple run at your own risk. Warning: It's very frustrating.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 18, 2013, 10:37:26 PM
Oracle Bowl is one of those episodes that was decent up until the temple run. Unfortunately for this episode though, the temple run is very bad and drags this episode score down a lot. :roll: This episode is very memorable for me though at least. First off, it was the first time the Purple Parrots went to the temple.  :mrpurple:  And they actually did a good job in getting there too. First in the moat, first in the Steps, and they won two pendants in the temple games. As for the legend, I hate it when the legend tells a story and it doesn't really have anything to do with the historical figure it is about. Like in the Jeweled Necklace legend, the whole story was about Hernan Cortez rather than Montezuma. In this case, the artifact had nothing to do with Delphi or Croesus. I remember the Steps of Knowledge round too. I am pretty sure the Silver Snakes boy almost fell a couple of times.  :lol:

The temple games were good too. I remember the Purple Parrot players interests. Shane was a baseball player and Jackie liked horror stories. I remember Shane dominating his temple game too. Which wasn't an easy temple game at all either because a lot of contestants struggled in the game where the player had to push the block up the slope. Jackie won her game too, putting the Purple Parrots up 1-0. Luckily the Parrots tied their team game though or else they would've had a 1-1 tiebreaker. And you know how unlucky they were in the tiebreaker. :P

After having a decent episode... we get a huge abomination of a temple run. Shane was an amazing frontrunner, but he shouldn't have tried for the direct path. If he didn't do that, he would've been taken out deeper in the temple and removed in the Shrine or Treasure Room. I guess. Jackie was pathetic though. :roll: She had no idea what she was doing at all. She spent a long time getting out of the Cave of Sighs and SLOWLY makes her way to the Dungeon. And just like Kristen (Amelia Earhart), she doesn't even know where the breakable wall is. :roll: I am glad that you mention how Kirk was confused in the Pirate's Cove though because it took him a good 15 seconds to figure it out. So I don't blame Jackie for all the time she wasted there. But still, that doesn't excuse the rest of her poor performance. This run is the perfect example on why the slow runner should never go in second. Jackie was a shame to the Purple Parrots and probably their worst player. Although Claude is slightly worse overall. :roll:

Good review and I think we nailed that the temple run would drag this episode down a lot. If it wasn't for the temple run, then this episode would've ranked in the 6 range. At least this episode wasn't Lost Lion Tail bad.  :oops: Other than that, we only have two more Purple Parrot runs to cover - Blackfeet Chief and Freydis.  :mrpurple: For me, I am going to post Lost Taj Mahal Turban in the next couple days.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 18, 2013, 10:46:06 PM
The Silver Snake boy liked baseball, (if that), NOT Shane. Shane was the one who liked dolphins and wanted to be a marine biologist. Jackie liked to read teen magazines with Jeremy Jordan in it, nothing to do with horror stories at all. ;) But yeah, I knew it wouldn't rank Lost Lion Tail bad. We also haven't covered Metal Beard either, I'll probably do that one somewhere down the line.

Good luck with Taj Mahal Turban too. There's really nothing special about that episode really.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: The Red Jaguars on September 18, 2013, 11:17:29 PM
I am guessing that it was Eusinia from Cobra Staff that read the horror stories then. :P I know it was a Purple Parrot girl from S1 that read horror stories. I think Freydis though will rank very high, like close to Annie Taylor and Catherine the Great.  :mrpurple:

But yeah, there is nothing special about Lost Taj Mahal Turban. Although I don't mind this episode too much though and haven't had any problems reviewing it so far. It was not as boring as I expected to be. I am really interested in ranking Blackbeard soon though. Now that is an episode that might rank as low as Bifocal Monocle and Alhambra.  :oops:  :oops:  :oops:  :oops:

And with Oracle Bowl complete, we only have 50 episodes left.  :mrpurple: Luckily most of the uncovered episodes aren't too bad. There are some cringeworthy episodes left like Silk Sash, Lily-Crested Crown, Blackbeard, and Lost Logbooks. But the rest of the episodes are decent or average at least.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
Post by: Purple Parrots Fan on September 19, 2013, 01:22:31 AM
Yeah, Blackbeard is definitely gonna rank low. I swear, that had to be one of the most poorly edited episodes ever. And of course the temple run was just pitiful. And good for us for having 50 episodes left to review too. :mrred: To think, when you revived this thread three months ago, only a mere 15 episodes were reviewed. Then I came along and made even more progress to this thread. :P We do have some mediocre/bad episodes left to review. But then again, we have a lot of exciting episodes and wins we haven't reviewed yet.
Title: Re: Legends Episode Ranking System