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Re: Legends Episode Ranking System
« Reply #435 on: October 25, 2013, 01:56:18 AM »
Ivory Elephant... the last episode that TMH needed for his site. It was also one of the last episodes that Nick GaS needed to air for me to get 100% completion too. This episode is very forgettable and boring like Jedediah Smith. Unlike Jedediah Smith though, Ivory Elephant was a much better quality episode and the players were also better too in this episode. I was right about this episode ranking around the 6.0 range.

As for the actual episode, nothing really memorable about it. But then again, I do remember parts about it myself. The legend especially sticks out as being interesting to me. I mean the King killing a new wife everyday because they didn't please him? And then the part about Scheherazade telling a story every night to keep her alive was also pretty interesting too. And yeah, the names were pretty strange in this legend. I don't think the spellings were made up though as I definitely know Scheherazade was an actual historical figure. And Kirk didn't know how to pronounce "Scheherazade" either. The Steps of Knowledge was pretty close too.

The temple games were pretty embarrassing for the Red Jaguars too. You were right about the Red Jaguars not even having a chance at all. The highlight though of this temple game round was the team temple game that was used in only Ivory Elephant and Ahmed Baba. This shares the theme with the "Tierra y Libertad" that appears in Emiliano Zapata and Iron Mask only. And then the temple run features the dreaded center of the temple run. Monica and Brad had it even harder where they had to enter Medusa's Lair from the bottom floor. But they really would've reached the Elephant if they learned to take shortcuts and not stall too much in the temple. Monica wasted too much time in the Ledges and Observatory. But I kind of blame Brad more for the loss as he wasted time detouring into the Ledges and missed the Shrine shortcut. This is why center of the temple runs were almost never successful because the teams make avoidable mistakes. But still, Monica and Brad made it far with a long layout and the temple run is not too bad.

Overall, I think you nailed the score for this episode perfectly. ;) It goes to show you no matter how forgettable this episode is, it is still a decent watch. And I would take it anyday over Jedediah Smith. :roll: Also, Monica's hair was way too long in this episode too. She had to have the longest hair. Either her or Tiffani from Sir Gawain? It;'s always good to known out a very forgettable episode like this one too. The only episode left from that production day is Missing Eye, which was actually a good episode IIRC. I am doing "Two-Cornered Hat" next myself, which uses the same temple layout as Ivory Elephant (but different production days).  :mrred:

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« Reply #436 on: October 25, 2013, 02:26:54 AM »
Yeah, Brad was more so to blame, since he never used the Shrine/Forest passage, and detoured into the Ledges. Though Monica did waste quite a bit of time in the Observatory. This was definitely one of those runs where the team lost because they made too any mistakes, all that were easily avoidable too. And Ivory Elephant is light years better than the Bent Shaving Pan episode. At least Brad and Monica moved a little faster than Irish and Brian, and they had some memorable moments in their episode. I still think Brian and Irish get WAY too much credit for their terrible performance in the temple. Even if you had so little time remaining, there's no excuse to just walk through every room. Remind me again how Brian is "not that bad?" :roll:

And I really don't think Tiffani had long hair at all. Her hair was rather short actually. Whitney from Lost Love Letter had that poofy, Jessie from Saved by the Bell hair going for her, so maybe that's who you meant? And good luck with Napoleon too. That was a good episode, even though the same mistake of not using shortcuts are made here too. Oh well, at least the artifact was reached at the last second. :mrred: I'm pretty sure episodes like Napoleon, Enormous Nose Ring, and Ahmed Baba are the only three S2L3 episode that feature artifacts that were at least reached.

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« Reply #437 on: October 25, 2013, 11:30:45 PM »
Believe me, Bent Shaving Pan has never gotten criticism until recently. People use to always feel sorry for Irish and her one room away guard. And Brian would get a free pass too because he had little time in the temple. But both players wasted too much time in the temple, and they even used a shortcut. I honestly never liked the Bent Shaving Pan episode since day one. I never talked about it much though because it was just so forgettable. Ivory Elephant has always got criticism for the mistakes Brad and Monica made. I never really had a problem though with the whole episode and it does have some redeeming value in my eyes. Bent Shaving Pan has nothing redeeming about it. :roll:

I am going to try and work on Napoleon right now and have it up by tonight. After that, I will probably do either Buddha or Useless Map. Not sure which one I am going to choose just yet. But Napoleon is definitely going to be first.  :mrred:

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« Reply #438 on: October 26, 2013, 02:29:31 AM »
Well, my review for Two-Cornered Hat is officially down now. It got the score that I imagined it would receive, so I am not too disappointed. It was a great episode overall and this is definitely the best Red Jaguars temple loss episode on the show.  :mrred:

THE TWO-CORNERED HAT OF NAPOLEON



MOAT: 7/10



The moat challenge for this day reuses a moat that was very similar to it from a previous production day (Lost Lion Tail/Montezuma day). In the previous production day, the teams had to cross the moat by swinging across together three Babylonian wheels. This moat features a similar premise, but instead a single player had to swing across and make it to the other side before their partner had to cross. Also, there were more tires that they had to swing across with in this moat. The first four teams that made it across would go onto the Steps of Knowledge. Overall, this was a pretty good moat and the four teams that made it across didn't even fall in. The Purple Parrots were the only team that struggled, but they didn't make it across anyways. This was a solid moat for the most part, but it sort of lacked competition.

LEGEND: 5/10



In the early 1800's, the most powerful army leader was Napoleon Bonaparte. Legend has it, after conquering most of the world, Napoleon gave himself the title "King of France...and most of the World". Pierre, his trusted valet, suggested that Napoleon use a different title though since "King" was so common. After going through several suggestions like "King of the Western World", Pierre suggested the title "Holy Roman Emperor". Napoleon was very impressed with the title and gave Pierre his Two-Cornered Hat. Napoleon was later thrown out of France and Pierre and the Two-Cornered Hat got lost at sea.

This legend was very disappointing when you consider how important of a historical figure Napoleon was. All the legend talked about was finding an appropriate title for Napoleon. Not only that, there were some silly moments too when Napoleon was giving suggestions to Pierre about a new title. The legend was too short too and there was nothing to really talk about either. Luckily, Napoleon was talked about more in later legends like "The Melted Head of Madame Tussaud" and "The Good-Luck Watch of Empress Eugenie".

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 7/10



This Steps of Knowledge round was very unusual where the lead changed between each of the four teams. For example, the Red Jaguars got the first question correct and then the Orange Iguanas got the next two correct and pulled ahead. And then later the Green Monkeys came from behind and made it to the second to last step. Eventually, the Red Jaguars met the Orange Iguanas on the last step to go onto the temple games. This round would've got a higher score though if there weren't so many answers incorrect. I counted like 3-4 at least. On a side note, the Green Monkeys had an awesome "handshake" when they got a question correct. :P

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10

The Red Jaguars featured Carly and Brian while their opponents featured Rebecca and Ryan of the Orange Iguanas. The temple games were pretty exciting and fun in this episode. First off, this episode used a temple game that was used on only one other production day on the show - Mush Pot Hat/Empress Theodora game. Also, all of the temple games came down to the wire. The Red Jaguars would've easily won all three games, but the Orange Iguanas squeaked by the first two. Luckily, the Red Jaguars won their team game though. After the disappointing legend, the Napoleon theme during the temple games was real nice.

Temple Game #1 - Crown Napoleon



Just like Napoleon, Brian and Rebecca had to grab a crown and crown themselves with it. To do this, they must climb up two sets of rope and grab one of the crowns at the top. Once they reach one of the crowns, then they had to wear it on their heads and place it into their team bucket. The first player who collects all four crowns or the player who collects the most after 60 seconds will win. While Brian was a more dominant player it seemed, the temple game ended in a tie when Rebecca put her second crown in during the last few seconds. In the end, the final score was a 2-2 tie.

Temple Game #2 - Conquer Europe



Napoleon conquered many European countries during his tenure as the French Army general. In this temple game, Carly and Ryan had to climb a wall that had four different European countries conquered by Napoleon: Italy, Spain, Germany, and Holland. The players had a pair of pegs and they must put them into the holes on the wall. If they find the right hole that is used to conquer a country, a "victory salute" will go off indicating that the team conquered the country. The team with the most countries conquered after 60 seconds will win. Both players kind of struggled to get up the wall, but Ryan conquered 2 countries compared to Carly's 1 country, so he got the half-pendant. The Orange Iguanas are up 1-0.5 now.

Temple Game #3 - Defeat the Austrian Army



In the final temple game, the Red Jaguars and Orange Iguanas had to help Napoleon defeat the Austrian army. One player was hanging on a suspended sack while their partners were on the ground. The objective of this temple game was for the player to take their partner and use their body to knock over the Austrian soldiers. The player swinging in the sack can help the player knock over the soldiers too by swinging their bodies towards them. The team that knocks the most soldiers down after 60 seconds will win. In the end, the Red Jaguars were very dominant and knocked down all three of their Austrian soldiers before the 30 second mark. With 1.5 pendants, they earn the right to enter Olmec's temple! :mrred:

TEMPLE RUN: 7.75/10



Brian and Carly were a solid team in the temple, but this episode is the perfect example of why you need to take shortcuts in the temple. Brian started off in the Crypt before he was forced down into the Ledges. After completing the Rock Quarry objective and passing the half-pendant, he is removed from the Laser Light Room after letting out a really girly (and obvious voice-over) scream. :lol: With about two minutes left, Carly follows his path by unnecessarily entering the Crypt, but also finds the half-pendant along the way. Which is a good thing, because she would need it in the Swamp for this team's last temple guard encounter. After letting out another very high pitched scream, Carly races into the Mine Shaft and tries the Shrine passage elevator. However, she does not press the actuator to the Shrine and instead rides the slow Mine Shaft elevator up into the Lightning Room. After completing the Lightning Room objective (she was the only contestant to complete it after Shane from Ahmed Baba), she completes the Silver Monkey and grabs the Two-Cornered Hat with 9 seconds left on the clock. It was not enough time however as time ended for her in the Shrine.

This honestly was not a bad temple run even though the Red Jaguars made a critical mistake by using the Mine Shaft elevator. Carly never tried the Shrine actuator from the Mine Shaft. I am sure it would've opened, and this team would've had a close win if they did use it. But still, this run was still exciting and one of the few good Red Jaguars temple appearances. This run featured two good players and a lot of screaming.  :P

FINAL VERDICT: 7.0/10

"Two-Cornered Hat" was one of the very few episodes that were overplayed during the Nick GaS days. But that is not a bad thing at all because this episode was very good. Every round was exciting and memorable, and there are no real dull moments. The legend was kind of disappointing for a Napoleon themed episode, but every other round was good at least. The temple run was also very exciting too despite it's flaws. I would definitely recommend this episode to anyone, and it is good enough for even rewatching to sometimes. And considering that the Red Jaguars don't have many good episodes, it makes this one even more special. This was definitely their best and strongest temple loss on the show. Even if you are not a Red Jaguars fan, this episode is a must watch  :mrred:
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« Reply #439 on: October 26, 2013, 03:13:09 AM »
Well so far, the rankings are pretty average. I'm kind of surprised the legend got such a low score. Though most legends have the tendency to have little to nothing to do with the historical figure itself or have some silly, irrelevant story. So I suppose it's not too far fetched. :P I'll hold off on the rest of my comments until the entire review is done. But until then, here's a GIF of the Green Monkeys and their handshake:




Thought you might like that. ;)

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« Reply #440 on: October 27, 2013, 03:18:21 AM »
I knew that handshake looked familiar then. :lol: I remember seeing that GIF somewhere before and thinking what episode it was from. I like teams who had their own handshakes like that too. It shows that they had good chemistry. It would've been interesting to see that team make it to the temple games at least.

Oh yeah, now my Napoleon review is officially done now too. I edited all the other changes into the post and just need to update the original post. We only have 42 episodes left to cover also. ;)

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« Reply #441 on: October 27, 2013, 03:27:07 AM »
Awesome, and I'm really not surprised at the score at all. I had a feeling it would rank in the high 6/low 7 range. This was a great episode, especially for the temple games and the temple run. The temple games were very close and had great competition. I liked how at the end of the third game, the spotters are trying to stop the players in the sacks, but at struggling to. So it then awkwardly cuts to the audience for a few seconds. Way to stop the players from potentially getting sick, spotters. :lol: And the temple run was pretty exciting too. Though this team would've had a much better chance at winning if Carly had taken the Shaft/Shrine passage. Or if neither player ever set foot in the Crypt.

Great review like always. :mrred: I'm not sure which episode I'll do next. I'll probably do Metal Beard next, that was a great episode.

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« Reply #442 on: October 27, 2013, 03:31:57 AM »
Plus, in the team game, the Red Jaguars knocked all three soldiers down before the Orange Iguanas could knock down their second one. And it took Kirk a few seconds to realize the game was really over. They would've won too if Carly took the Shrine shortcut. Luckily she moved very fast though, so at least this team had some good success. After Queen Boadicea, this is the Red Jaguars second best temple loss.

And Egyptian Queen is a great choice. I really hope it finishes around the same score as Bandit Queen did (8.0). Both episodes are very similar in ways, but Bandit Queen seems to get more praise. But I like Egyptian Queen better though because all the rounds were more exciting and memorable. You can't go wrong with that, and maybe it will beat Billy the Kid?  :mrpurple:

I claimed a few more episodes too. Most of them were forgettable Season 1 runs like Golden Ship and Zenobia that I want to get out of the way. I will get to them eventually though. I hope you don't mind if I claimed Blackfeet Chief either? That is the last uncovered Purple Parrot episode next to Egyptian Queen.  :mrpurple:

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« Reply #443 on: October 27, 2013, 03:37:48 AM »
Sure, Blackfeet Chief is all yours. You can take it, but I'm definitely taking Metal Beard. I have a feeling that might reach the 8 range, I sure hope it ranks high too. As far as Red Jaguar losses go, I personally think Napoleon is the best Red Jaguars loss. Royal Torque is good too, but I just don't like it as much as I do Napoleon. And I need to claim a few episodes too. I'll tackle some forgettable ones like Gordian Knot and Lily Crested Crown. At least those episodes I have screencapped, so those are doable. Otherwise, I'm really running low on which episodes I want to review. Most of the episodes I have screencapped I've already done.

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« Reply #444 on: October 27, 2013, 11:44:02 AM »
Clovis the First would be an interesting episode to see a final ranking. It was a very boring and forgettable episode. I never knew that this episode existed until TMH needed it for his website. :P I think that will finish with a low ranking though. Gordian Knot is also pretty boring, but I don't recall it being horrible though. It was mostly an average episode all the way through, and Tim and Retina did pretty good. It was definitely another forgettable Orange Iguanas episode.

As for the episode I am doing next? I am not entirely sure, but I am going to keep it a secret until I post it. There are several I have in mind, but I will try and post it over the next couple of days. ;)

How many episodes do you have screencapped altogether you would say? I just find it interesting you would have a completely forgettable episode like Clovis the First screencapped.  :lol:  :mrorange:

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« Reply #445 on: October 27, 2013, 04:08:02 PM »
I have about 60 episodes or so screencapped. I got Clovis the First from Veoh. No Nickelodeon logo, but I figured I'd screencap it anyways. Most of the other episodes screencapped are from either YouTube or the CNS downloads that were posted here once. I have all sorts of episodes screencapped, both exciting and forgettable. And I'll be interested to see which episode you pick next to review. Last time you did a "surprise" review, you did Lost Lion Tail. Which ever one it is, it will be much better than Lost Lion Tail by a long shot. ;)

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« Reply #446 on: October 27, 2013, 04:23:12 PM »
I use to have all 120 episodes saved to my computer back in 2009. Of course, they all probably don't work right now. But I should've also started a screenshot collection too. Especially when Legends was not available on Youtube at the time. But now I can say that I have a TON of Legends images for different episodes on my computer, mostly from this topic and the Legends pictures game. :P

And I will reveal my "surprise" episode. It is going to be Smashed Printing Plate. I guess that is not an improvement over Lost Lion Tail?  :oops:  :lol: I am reviewing though because I want to see how bad it will rank with the temple game cheating and horrible temple run. Believe me, it is not looking good so far for this episode.  :roll:

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« Reply #447 on: October 27, 2013, 04:30:43 PM »
I have every single episode saved on separate CDs from YouTube. I used "keepvid" to save them, so I don't have to worry about losing an entire collection worth of videos. And Smashed Printing Plate is MUCH worse than Lost Lion Tail. I can't believe people defend Jason and say he's a good player. Even if he didn't cheat in his temple games, I would still hate him. I love how people assume that we only hate a player just because of one thing. It's like when some members here used to say we only hate the Xerxes episode just because Levi was related to Zac. Even if they weren't related, I would still hate Xerxes and think the Purple Parrots should've gone to the temple. :roll:

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« Reply #448 on: October 27, 2013, 04:50:51 PM »
I am one of those people that have hated Smashed Printing Plate since day one. I never found Jason or Dana to be even close to a good player. The Red Jaguars scraped by all of their temple games, and in my mind if you cheat and don't face any repercussions for it, you are going to get a really bad score. Even if Jason didn't benefit for attempting to cheat in the team game, it was still uncalled for. While I think Ron was the worst cheater on the show, Jason ranks up there too. At least Jeremy from Robert the Bruce got called out for cheating, and I think that was an honest mistake on his part. Jason in general was horrible. Everyone gives Janeen a hard time for being slow and hesitant, but she also made better time than Jason and knew what she was doing. I hate Smashed Printing Plate because the players were incompetent and equally annoying.  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:

And I remember people that use to think that we hate Xerxes because of Levi Turney. I think outerspace was one of those people. I hated that episode since day one too because the Green Monkeys were NOT a good team. It ranks just as low as Snow Cone and Bifocal Monocle. Not as bad as those two, but it is almost down there.  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:

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« Reply #449 on: October 29, 2013, 11:04:35 PM »
My turn for an episode review. And this time, it's "The Metal Beard of the Egyptian Queen." :mrpurple:

THE METAL BEARD OF THE EGYPTIAN QUEEN



MOAT: 7/10



In this moat, the players had to stand on large green tubes, and pull themselves across by using the ropes in front of them. If they fell into the water, or if a knee touched the lily pads, they'd have to start all over again. This was a pretty exciting round, as it was really close and it seemed like all 6 teams could advance to the next round. At the end of the round, the Silver Snakes, Green Moneys, Purple Parrots, and the Red Jaguars advanced to the Steps of Knowledge.

LEGEND: 7/10



This legend was about Hatsheput, an iron willed woman who was the first Egyptian Queen. She crowned herself pharaoh when her husband died, and wore a black wig and metal beard to disguise herself. She even built the first zoo and many temples and libraries, and decorated them with statues of herself. Hatsheput also nagged her son Thutmose, to succeed her on the throne. Thutmose wanted to live his life, but his mother wouldn't let him. When Hatsheput died, Thutmose became a pharaoh, and a very powerful ruler at that. But with that, he never forgave his mother, ordered that all of her statues be destroyed. The only thing left, was her metal beard, which eventually made its way to the temple. Pretty interesting legend if you ask me. It didn't drift into the direction of parodying itself, and it's MUCH better than other middle eastern legends this show has seen. At least we get a background on just who the Egyptian Queen was too. Instead of just some name being thrown around, and having the real legendary figure in question get a half assed mention at the last second.

STEPS OF KNOWLEDGE: 8/10



The Steps of Knowledge was a very close round. Very few answers were wrong, and it came down to a three way tie on the second to last step between the Red Jaguars, Green Monkeys, and the Purple Parrots. In the end, the Purple Parrots were the first team to qualify for the temple games. And the Green Monkeys joined them not long after. The Silver Snakes only got one question correct, but the question they did answer correctly was met with Olmec saying "You got it, kids."

TEMPLE GAMES: 8/10



The temple games, like the moat and Steps of Knowledge, were also close, and featured some great comebacks. In the first game, TJ and Ryan had to knock down towers by pushing a giant boulder. A game that was used a little too often in Season 3. Ryan of the Green Monkeys ended up winning this game 1-0, giving them the half pendant. In the second game, Randy and Stacey to use the rotating teeter totters to grab animals, and put them in their respective baskets. Stacey won the game 5-3, giving the Green Monkeys yet another half pendant, and leading into the final temple game 1-0. In the third game, the teams run out and grab a royal scepter, all while avoiding the giant wrecking ball. This was yet another game that was used too much on this filming day, and in Season 3 in general. This game was a total nailbiter, it was like either one of these teams could win. However, Randy of the Purple Parrots raced out, grabbed the last scepter, and put it in her basket at the very last second. This gave the Purple Parrots the full pendant, and with a 1-1 pendant tie, it was time for the tiebreaker. Now let's get real here, we all know the Purple Parrots have a pretty terrible track record when it comes to tiebreakers. But this.... was the ONLY TIME they ever won a tiebreaker! TJ correctly answered the pyramids functioned as tombs, and earned themselves a MUCH needed trip to the temple. And believe me, the Purple Parrots lost A LOT this season, let alone this whole show. This was also the final tiebreaker the Purple Parrots were ever featured in, so it was just as fitting.

TEMPLE RUN: 9/10



This to me, was an excellent temple run. Both TJ and Randy were fast and knew exactly what they were doing. TJ goes in first and he blazes through most of the bottom floor. He is removed from the temple by a temple spirit with 1:55 left on the clock. Randy goes in next and she's even faster. She breezes through the bottom floor just as swiftly as TJ does, busts through the wall, climbs up the slide, shouts the correct password, and grabs the metal beard with 49 seconds left on the clock! Upon exiting, Randy took a rather strange route out of the temple. From the King's Storeroom, she goes down into the Chamber, climbs down into the Pit, enters the Ledges, makes her way up the Crypt, entering all 12 rooms in the process. Nonetheless, she still escapes with a win with 5 seconds left on the clock! Despite the exit plan, (which should NOT be held against her), this win was very exciting and well deserved.

FINAL VERDICT: 7.8/10

While this episode does not crack the 8 range, it's still an exciting episode from beginning to end. Every round was such a nailbiter, where it could've been any team advancing to whichever round. Instead of it being obvious who was gonna win each time. The temple run is also very exciting and I don't think it gets ANY of the credit it deserves. Just because Randy takes a strange route out of the temple, doesn't make her a bad player. All three Purple Parrot wins are underrated, but I think this win and Snakeskin Boots get the most criticism just because of a measly exit plans. Furthermore, I much prefer this temple run and episode over "The Diary of Dr. Livingstone," an episode I found to be utterly boring despite also being a win. I even prefer this run to "The Secret Map of the Bandit Queen," which featured the same layout, but a slowpoke frontrunner who wasted almost 2 minutes just getting to the Dark Forest. Question is, which player deserves flack more? Regardless, this episode is very underrated, and I definitely recommend it. I'll go as far as saying this was one of the best episodes on the show.