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Legends: Rebirth-The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson
« on: September 22, 2011, 09:09:42 PM »
Episode 63: The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson

The camera winds and twists its way through a thick jungle of strange and exotic plants.  After a few wrong turns, it finally stops in front of an ancient Mayan temple.  At the base of the temple, a giant stone head sits.  Suddenly, a torch on either side of the head begins burning.  The head’s eyes light up, and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!”  The words appear on the screen, along with a picture of a Pendant of Life.  “With your guide, Kirk Fogg!  And here he is now!”

As the Pendant of Life shatters, the camera cuts to a middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans riding in on an ATV.  He dismounts the vehicle and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you!  Thank you very much!  Nice to see everyone!  Nice to see you, Olmec!  Welcome to Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth.  The rooms are filled with lost treasures protected by mysterious Mayan Temple Guards.  Only Olmec knows the legends behind each of these all-new treasures in his Temple…which one are we gonna hear about today?”

“The legend of the Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson,” Olmec replies.

“Ah, the Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson,” Kirk repeats.  “Well, the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the Evening Gown—will it be:

“The Red Jaguars?”  The camera zooms in on each team as they are introduced.
“The Blue Barracudas?
“The Green Monkeys?
“The Orange Iguanas?
“The Purple Parrots?
“Or the Silver Snakes?

“They’ll have to endure some tough physical and mental tests, and in the end, only one team will receive the right to enter Olmec’s Temple.  But first, they have to cross the Moat, and Olmec’s gonna tell us how they have to do that today…”
Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:

“Before you are two long rods which stretch across the Moat, and suspended from each rod is an ancient pedaling mechanism invented by Leonardo da Vinci himself.  When Kirk gives the signal, one player from each team will grab one pedal of the device with each hand, and then pedal across the Moat, just like if you were pedaling a bicycle.  Once you’re safely across, that’s your partner’s signal to cross with their own device.  If you fall off, you must go back and start again.  Once both players reach the other side, run over and hit the gong.”  Kirk hits the Silver Snakes’ gong to demonstrate.  “The first four teams to hit their gongs will go on to the next round!”

“All right, let’s get started,” says Kirk.  “Teams, are you ready?”
All six teams shout and cheer in response.
“Olmec, are you ready?” Kirk asks.
“Let’s rock,” Olmec replies.
“On your mark,” Kirk begins, “get set, GO!”

All six teams’ first members reach up and grab one pedal of the device above them in each of their hands.  Then, as if they were pedaling a bike with their hands, they begin pedaling the apparatus across the Moat.  “This takes a lot of strength and determination if they wanna make it across,” Kirk remarks as the Green Monkeys’ girl and the Blue Barracudas’ and Purple Parrots’ boys immediately fall into the Moat.  The Red Jaguars’ boy makes it about one-third of the way across the Moat before he falls in as well, and the Silver Snakes’ boy makes it a little farther before also hits the water.  “Oh, they’re falling in left and right—only one team is still on the, uh…pedal!” Kirk narrates as the Orange Iguanas’ boy hangs on for dear life as he laboriously pedals across with the mechanism.  The Green Monkeys’ girl makes it about halfway across on her second try before one of her hands slips, but she regains herself and keeps pedaling.  “Oh, it’s tough to stay on those pedals—whoa, Blue Barracudas just went in!” Kirk narrates as the Blue Barracudas’ boy hits the water for the second time.  The Orange Iguanas’ boy looks exhausted as he finally makes it to the other side, and his partner reaches up to the second rod before she begins to pedal across.  The Red Jaguars’ boy and Green Monkeys’ girl are slowly pedaling across as the Purple Parrots’ boy falls off the pedal a second time.  The Silver Snakes’ boy has now made it across, and his partner grabs onto her pedals as the Green Monkeys’ girl is now almost to the other side.  The Blue Barracudas’ boy is hanging on for dear life to his pedals, determined not to fall off for a third time as he exhaustedly pedals with his arms.  The Green Monkeys’ girl finally makes it to the other side, and the Orange Iguanas’ girl isn’t far behind as she rushes over to hit her team’s gong.  “And…there’s our first team!” Kirk says.  “There’s room for three more teams…and I have a feeling they’re gonna be tired!”  The Green Monkeys’ boy is pedaling across quite quickly—an act he may regret later—as the Silver Snakes’ girl slowly and difficultly pedals her device as well.  The Purple Parrots’ and Blue Barracudas’ boys both look very tired as they both try to pedal across the Moat for the third time, much more slowly than the other four teams’ players.  The Red Jaguars’ boy makes it across, and his team becomes the second to hit their gongs.  The Purple Parrots’ boy finally tires out and falls into the Moat for the third time today, and the Blue Barracudas’ boy soon follows suit.  “Oh, no, back in the water they go,” Kirk laments as the spotters send the boys back.  “Their arms will be sore tomorrow—whoa, we’ve got three teams!” Kirk shouts as the Green Monkeys hit their gongs.  The Silver Snakes’ girl is almost across as the Purple Parrots’ and Blue Barracudas’ boys very slowly start to pedal across for the fourth time today.  Soon, they fall off again, and about five seconds later, the Silver Snakes’ girl hits her team’s gong to end the very difficult Moat Crossing.

“That’s it—we’ve got our four teams!” Kirk shouts as he runs over and stands beside the noticeably tired Silver Snakes.  “That was a tough Moat, no doubt about it, but the Silver Snakes stuck it out; they made it across—they’re goin’ on to the Steps of Knowledge…along with the Orange Iguanas…”  Kirk pauses between each team’s name to allow for applause.  “…and the Green Monkeys…and the Red Jaguars!  The Blue Barracudas and the Purple Parrots gave it a great effort, too, and they’re not going home empty-handed.  We’ve got a great gift for ‘em, and here’s what it is!”  They receive a $50 gift certificate from GameStop.
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Re: Legends: Rebirth-The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2011, 09:24:27 PM »
Kirk and the four remaining teams are now standing atop the Steps of Knowledge.  “As the quest continues, it’s now time for Olmec to tell us about the Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson.  But teams, you’re gonna have to pay attention, because your knowledge of the legend can bring you one step closer to Olmec’s temple.”

Olmec begins to tell the story:
“One of the most popular writers in American history was Emily Dickinson.  Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, she remained in this small town for most of her life.  However, she expressed herself beautifully in the over 1,000 poems she wrote during her lifetime.  Often depressing or sentimental, these poems are also unique in that almost none of them have a title.  But Emily might not have ever been remembered had it not been for Lavinia, Emily’s younger sister and closest friend.  As youngsters, they were polar opposites—while Emily was quiet and shy, Lavinia was spirited and outgoing.  Regardless, they were inseparable throughout their lives, and even bought a house together in Amherst.  Legend has it that late one night, Lavinia was patrolling the house, and found Emily writing furiously by candlelight in the study.
“‘What are you, like, writing?’ Lavinia asked, looking over her sister’s shoulder.
“‘Nothing!’ Emily barked, hiding her paper.  ‘Please, don’t look…’
“‘Oh, come on,’ Lavinia persisted.  ‘I’m not, like, gonna laugh…’
“Emily sighed, and showed her poem to Lavinia.  She also revealed several more that she had written, and read one of them aloud to her:
“‘Let me not mar this perfect dream / With an auroral stain / So I adjust my daily light / So that it may come again…’
“‘That’s beautiful,’ Lavinia said.  ‘Like, I don’t know what it means, but it’s still beautiful.  We should so get your poems published…’
“‘Do that, and I swear…I will strangle you in your sleep…’
“‘Um…okay…’
“‘Promise me one thing, Vinnie—if I die before you do, burn these things.  I don’t want anyone to find out about them…’
“‘Like, it seems like such a waste,’ Lavinia pouted.  ‘But, they’re your poems, I guess…’
“Fortunately, Lavinia didn’t keep her promise.  When Emily died, Lavinia had most of her poems published.  Though the poems were very popular, Lavinia felt guilty about going back on her word, and kept her sister’s jet-black evening gown to remember her by.  When Lavinia died, the evening gown found its way to the Temple.  Your quest is to find the Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson and bring it back here.”

“Thanks, Olmec,” says Kirk.  “So tell us, where is the sac—the Satin Evening Gown?”

“The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson can be found in the Jewel Mine,” Olmec replies.  The camera zooms in on a long black gown hanging from the guardrail of the room, and then cuts back to Kirk.

“Teams, you’re now standing on the Steps of Knowledge,” Kirk explains.  “In a minute, Olmec’s gonna ask you a question.  If you think you know the answer, I want you to stomp down on that ancient marking in front of you.  If you’re right, you’ll move down to the next level, but if you’re wrong or you run out of time, I’m gonna give the other teams a chance.”  Kirk begins descending the Steps.  “The first two teams to make it to the bottom level will be one step closer to Olmec’s Temple.  Olmec, we’re now ready for your first question.”

Olmec begins:
“Was Emily Dickinson born in: Springfield, Amherst, or Boston?”
The Red Jaguars ring in.  “Amherst?”
“That is correct,” Olmec replies.  The Red Jaguars proceed to the second step.
“Step down, Red Jaguars,” Kirk instructs.  “Next question.”

“Is Amherst in: Maryland, Massachusetts, or—”
The Silver Snakes ring in.  “Massachusetts…”
“That…is correct,” Olmec responds.  The Silver Snakes join the Red Jaguars on the second step.
“Silver Snakes, right behind ‘em,” Kirk narrates.  “Next question, Olmec.”

“About how many poems did Emily write: 100, 500, or 1,000?”
The Silver Snakes ring in again.  “Um…a thousand?”
“That is correct,” Olmec replies.  The Silver Snakes step down to the penultimate level.
“Silver Snakes are already just one step away from the Temple Games,” Kirk observes.  “But remember, we need two teams…next question.”

“What was unique about Emily’s poems: they didn’t rhyme, they didn’t have titles, or—”
The Red Jaguars ring in early.  “Uh…they didn’t have titles…?”
“That…is correct,” Olmec replies.  The Red Jaguars step down to the next-to-last step.
“Red Jaguars are only one step away now,” Kirk says.  “Plenty of time for the other teams, though…next question.”

“Was Emily’s older sister named: LaToya, Lavinia, or LeShawna?”
The Orange Iguanas ring in.  “Lavinia…?”
“That is correct,” Olmec answers.  The Orange Iguanas step down to the second level.
“Orange Iguanas are on the board now,” Kirk observes.  “This is heating up…next question, Olmec.”

“According to our legend, did Lavinia want to: frame Emily’s poems, publish Emily’s poems, or burn Emily’s poems?”
The Red Jaguars ring in.  “Um…burn them.”
“Incorrect,” Olmec replies.
The Silver Snakes ring in.  “Plub…publish Emily’s poems.”
“That is correct,” Olmec booms, and the Silver Snakes leap down to the bottom level.
“Silver Snakes are our first team for the Temple Games,” Kirk says as the Silver Snakes high-ten one another.  “We need one more team, though…Olmec, continue.”

“According to our legend, after Emily died, were her poems: burned, forgotten, or published?”
The Red Jaguars ring in.  “They were, um…published.”
“…That is correct!” Olmec booms, and the Red Jaguars step down to the last level.

“We’ve got our two teams for the Temple Games,” Kirk exclaims as he rushes onscreen to stand between them.  “It’s the Red Jaguars, and the Silver Snakes!  Green Monkeys and Silver Snakes, come down here—you guys were great, too, and you’re not going home empty-handed.  We have a great gift for these guys, and here’s what it is!”  They receive a backpack from Outdoor Products.

Kirk is now seen standing between the Red Jaguars and Silver Snakes.  “We’ll see these two teams play for the right to enter Olmec’s Temple, and they’re gonna do it right after this!”

The camera flies over Kirk and the teams and zooms in on the Red Jaguars’ torch on the near side of the Moat before the title appears onscreen, and we go to a commercial.
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Re: Legends: Rebirth-The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2011, 09:58:49 PM »
We return from the break to find Kirk standing in front of the Temple with the two remaining teams.

“Welcome back to Legends: Rebirth,” he welcomes us.  “Now, of course, is when the glory goes to the fastest and the strongest, but first, I wanna meet our two teams…”

“On the Red Jaguars, we have Donna; she’s into basketball and softball, and her favorite subject is math.  And her partner is Tim; he likes to draw, and he wants to be a doctor when he gets older—let’s hear it for the Red Jaguars!”  The audience applauds for the blue-eyed girl with long auburn hair and freckles and the taller brown-eyed boy with short black hair.

“And on the Silver Snakes, we have Jessica; she’s a cheerleader and she wants to be an actress when she gets older.  And her partner is Jose; he plays baseball and he also likes to collect rocks—how ‘bout a hand for the Silver Snakes?”  The audience applauds for the brown-eyed girl with shoulder-length brown hair and the slightly taller Hispanic boy with slick black hair.

“All right, are you guys ready to play?” Kirk asks the teams.

“Yeah!” they loudly reply.

“Well, go get ready for the Temple Games!” Kirk exclaims playfully.  “Ha, ha…now, in the Temple Games, our teams are competing for…”  Kirk retrieves a Pendant of Life from a pouch at his side and holds it up to the camera.  “…Pendants of Life.  The winning team will need those Pendants to protect them from the dreaded Temple Guards as they make their way through Olmec’s Temple.  There are three Temple Games—Olmec, tell us about Temple Game #1, please…”

The black lights and torches under Olmec come on as he begins to explain the first Game:

“Emily Dickinson had a talent for putting words together beautifully, and wrote some of the most well-known lines of all time.  In this game, you’ll be gathering up the first seven words of one of Emily’s most famous poems.  When Kirk gives the signal, jump up, grab a word off the ceiling, come back down, and place it in the proper position before you.  Then jump up, grab another word and do it again.  Make sure you place the word in the right position, or it won’t count.  The first player to successfully complete the line, or…the player with the most correctly placed words at the end of thirty seconds…wins.”

“All right, I hope our players feel poetic today,” Kirk remarks.  “Set the clock for thirty seconds, please!”  The clock slams down in the bottom right-hand corner with a loud gong sound effect.  “On your mark, get set, GO!”

Donna and Jessica each jump up to the ceiling to grab a word of the phrase “Because I could not stop for death”, then bring it down to place it on their boards on the floor.  Donna successfully places “STOP” and Jessica places “COULD” about six seconds into the game.  Both girls jump up to grab another word off the ceiling, bringing down “BECAUSE” and “STOP” with 18 seconds left.  Jessica grabs “DEATH” and Donna grabs “COULD” on their next jump, and they both bring the words down and place them with eleven seconds to go.  Both the time on the clock and the words on the ceiling are getting shorter now, and Donna fails to grab a word off the ceiling on her next try; however, Jessica grabs “BECAUSE” and places it with five seconds to go.  Jessica fails to grab a word on her next jump to the ceiling, and with two seconds left, Donna manages to grab “NOT”.  However, she can’t place it on the board before time expires.

“Okay, that’s it!” Kirk says as he appears back onscreen.  “Come down here, girls, and let’s see how we did.”  Kirk now kneels beside the boards on the floor.  “Well, the Red Jaguars got one, two, three words, all in the right place.  And the Silver Snakes got one, two, three, four words, all in the right place—the Silver Snakes get the half Pendant of Life!”  The audience applauds for a few seconds.  “The Red Jaguars are behind for right now, but they could catch up in this next Temple Game.  It’s worth a half Pendant—Olmec, tell us about Temple Game #2…”

Olmec begins:
“If Lavinia had kept her promise to Emily, she would have had to destroy over 1,000 poems that Emily had written.  In this game, you’ll only have to destroy three.  When Kirk gives the signal, roll out to the far end of the track, climb out of your wheel and rip the poem you find there in two.  Then, as quickly as you can, climb back inside your wheel, roll out to the other end of the track, and rip apart the poem you find there.  Finally, roll to the middle and destroy the final poem placed there.  The first player to destroy all three poems…wins.”

“Seems like a shame to destroy all those nice poems,” Kirk remarks.  “We’re not gonna set the clock in this one, so just get in position, guys.”  The guys prepare to roll their giant wheels toward the far end of the track.  “On your mark, get set, GO!”

Both boys roll their giant wheels down to the end of the track, eventually reaching it, where a sheet of yellowed paper with some writing on it is placed.  Tim and Jose both climb out of their wheels and tear their pieces of paper in half, then scramble back into their wheels and roll back to where they started.  Jose reaches his destination just a few seconds before Tim does, and climbs out to tear his second paper in half.  Tim reaches his second destination just as Jose is climbing back into his wheel, and as Jose rolls toward his third sheet of paper at the middle of the track, Tim tears his second paper in half.  Tim climbs back into his wheel and starts to roll toward the middle of the track, but Jose is already there, and he scrambles out to rip apart his third sheet of paper, ending the game.

“All right, he got it!” Kirk says, appearing back onscreen a few seconds later.  “He did it…the, um, Silver Snakes reached the end first; they tore all three poems up first, so they get the half Pendant of Life!”  The audience applauds for a few seconds.  “So now, the Silver Snakes have a full Pendant; the Red Jaguars don’t have any yet.  Now, we go to the third and final Temple Game.  It’s worth a full Pendant—Olmec, tell us about Temple Game #3…”

Olmec begins to explain the final Game:
“After she died, Emily Dickinson’s poems were not all published immediately—some were published years or even decades apart from one another.  In this game, you will be gathering some of Emily’s poems to be published.  Before you stands a large net with several of Emily’s poems.  The blue ones at the top are rare poems, and are worth two points, while the white ones are worth one point.  When Kirk gives the signal, one player from each team will propel themselves up to the net and grab a poem, come back down and place it in their bin.  Then, their partner will do the same.  The first team to get all their scrolls, or…the team with the most points at the end of sixty seconds…wins.”

“This is for the Temple,” Kirk remarks.  “Let’s put sixty seconds on the clock!”  The clock slams down in the corner, ready to go.  “On your mark, get set, GO!”

The teams’ male members launch themselves up to the net on the trampoline, and reach up for a white scroll.  They both bring it down and drop it in their team’s bin with about 52 seconds remaining.  The girls propel themselves up now, and while Donna goes for a white scroll, Jessica climbs all the way to the top to get a blue scroll.  Donna gets down quicker and drops her white scroll in her team’s bin, but Jessica is much slower about coming down, having climbed quite a bit higher, allowing Tim to climb up the net and get another white scroll to bring down.  To make matters worse for the Silver Snakes, Jose has apparently picked up on Jessica’s strategy, and he climbs up to get a blue scroll on his next turn as well.  Eventually, the ambitiousness of the Silver Snakes comes back to bite them in the backside, as the Red Jaguars get all six of their white scrolls with ten seconds remaining, while the Silver Snakes only have one white scroll and three blue scrolls.  Tim climbs up to get his team’s first blue scroll as Jose struggles with yet another blue scroll.  Tim manages to bring the blue scroll down just in the nick of time, but time expires before Jose can place his in his team’s basket.

“Okay, that’s it!” Kirk says before he appears onscreen again.  “Come over here, that’s it…let’s see how our teams did here.”  A spotter brings the baskets over to Kirk, and he begins to count up the scrolls, pulling them out and counting how many points they’re worth at the same time.  “Let’s start with the Red Jaguars.  They got one, two, three, five, six, seven…eight points.  And the Silver Snakes got two, four, six…seven points!  The Red Jaguars get the full Pendant…that gives the Red Jaguars a full Pendant; the Silver Snakes have a full Pendant—we’ve got a tie!  Bring in the tiebreaker pedestal!”

A spotter wheels in the tiebreaker pedestal, and the teams position themselves behind it.  Kirk stands beside them as he begins to explain the rules:

“All right teams, here’s what’s gonna happen.  In a moment, Olmec will ask you a question.  If you think you know the answer, hit the gong in front of you.  You’ll have three seconds, and we must accept your first answer.  The first team to ring in and answer correctly will be going inside the Temple in search of the Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson.  All clear?”  The teams nod in response.  “All right—Olmec, what is your final question?”

Olmec begins to ask the final question of the day:

“Is the capital of Massachusetts: Plymouth, Bost—”

The Silver Snakes ring in, cutting Olmec off.  “Boston?”

“That…is correct!” Olmec booms.

“The Silver Snakes are goin’ to the Temple!” Kirk exclaims as Jose and Jessica jump up and down in excitement.  “Nice job, guys!  Red Jaguars, you guys did great, too, and we’re not sending you home empty-handed.  We’ve got a great gift for them, and here’s what it is!”  They receive a custom-made Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth watch.

As the prize disappears off-screen, Kirk is now seen standing beside the winning team.  “Now we’ll see if the Silver Snakes can make it through Olmec’s Temple; retrieve the Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson, right after this!”

The camera pans in on the Temple and zooms in on the Evening Gown in the Jewel Mine before the title appears onscreen, and we fade to a commercial.
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Re: Legends: Rebirth-The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2011, 10:19:41 PM »
We return from the break to find Kirk standing in front of the Temple with the winning team.

“Welcome back to Legends: Rebirth,” he says.  “Jose and Jessica have proven themselves worthy, and now have earned the rights to enter Olmec’s Temple.  But now, Olmec has to give them some information to help them retrieve the Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson…”

Olmec begins to explain the Temple layout as the camera gives us a first-person tour of the Temple:
“You could start…by running up the stairs to the Crypt!  Grab the book from the skeletons, and pass into the Bottomless Pit.  Swing across the gap, and climb into the Lookout Tower.  Focus the telescope to read the ancient print on the far wall, and a door may open into the Geographer’s Study.  Find the missing pieces of the map and correctly place them, and pass into the Shaolin Dojo.  Place the yin-yang on the correct suit of armor, and open the door to the SHRIIIINE of the Silver Monkey!  Assemble the statue and you may be headed toward the Lightning Ball Room!  Connect the power cords to create your own lightning, which will blast open the door to the Pharaoh’s Secret Passage.  Slide down the tunnel to the Dungeon, where you could smash through the wall into the Dark Forest…but beware of the Temple Guards that may inhabit the trees!  Find the key in the tree, and you’ll enter the Chamber…of the Four Elements.  Place the elements in the correct order, and you’ll gain entry to the Jewel Mine!  Place all the jewels into the mine cart, then…race through the Pit, climb through the Ledges, rrrrace down the stairs and back through the Temple Gate!  The choices are yours and yours alone!”  Olmec pauses.  “You won 1 Pendant in the Temple Games.  Who’s going first?”

“I am,” says Jose, raising his hand.

“Very well, Jose,” Olmec replies.  “When Kirk gives the signal, you’ll race through the Gates into the Temple and make your way toward the Satin Evening Gown.  Hidden inside the Temple are Temple Guards assigned to protect three specific rooms.  You can trade your Pendant for an extra life and go on, but…if you’re caught without a Pendant, you’ll be taken out of the Temple, and it’ll be Jessica’s turn to enter and try her luck.  If you can reach the Evening Gown, all the doors of the Temple will instantly unlock, and the Temple Guards will vanish.  Return through the Gate with the Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson in three minutes, and you will both be handsomely rewarded…and here’s how!”

• Just for making it to the Temple, they’ll get a bicycle from Mongoose.
• If they can reach the Evening Gown within three minutes, they’ll also receive a Nintendo Wii, complete with two new games.
• And if they can bring the Evening Gown out of the Temple before three minutes expires, they’ll win a trip to Cedar Points Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.

“Cedar Point—sounds great,” says Kirk.  “But of course, they’ve gotta go all the way to win it.  Jessica, how do you think you can do that—how do you and your partner plan to reach the Evening Gown?”

“Um…I think we’re just gonna start up top, and try to work our way back when we get the chance,” Jessica replies.  “And, uh…if we find any shortcuts, we’ll take them, too.”

“All right, sounds like they’re ready to go,” Kirk says.  “Let’s see if they can win it all.  Jose, you need your mouthpiece in…you’re headed down to the Jewel Mine, so let’s set the clock for three minutes!”  The clock slams down in the corner, all set to go.

“Olmec, lower your gate.”  Olmec moans gutturally as the gate is lowered, and the black lights and torches under him go out.

“It looks like they’re all ready,” Kirk remarks.  “On your mark, get set…GO!”

Jose darts up the stairs, clutching his team’s only Pendant.  He enters the Crypt and pulls two books, opening the door to the Pit.  However, he also opens the door at the back of the room, revealing the first TEMPLE GUARD (2:50).  “Whoa, Temple Guard, right off the bat!” Kirk shouts as Jose reaches for his Pendant.  “That’s his team’s only Pendant…I hope he doesn’t find any more Temple Guards!”  Jose proceeds into the Bottomless Pit, where he grabs the rope and swings across the gap to the other side.  He presses the actuators to both the Lookout Tower and the Geographer’s Study, but only the door to the latter opens, so he heads here (2:34).  “Into the Geography Room…he’ll have to finish up the map in there!” Kirk explains to the viewers as Jose enters the room and begins to look around.  He finds a piece on the floor and places it on Central America on the map (2:26).  He finds another piece on the stage-left wall, placing it on Saudi Arabia (2:20), and finds the third and final piece soon afterward.  He scans the map over, but can’t seem to find where the piece goes.  “He’ll have to find where it goes if he wants to head any farther,” Kirk says, and just then, Jose finds an opening in the map near the northeast part of Russia.  He places the piece there, and the doors to both the Shaolin Dojo and the Lookout Tower open—but behind the door to the latter also lurks the second TEMPLE GUARD (2:12).

“Whoa, Temple Guard!  Go, Jessica!” Kirk urges, and Jessica takes off up the stairs.  She heads up to the Crypt, where she begins following Jose’s path exactly.  “She’s strong, she’s tough…but can she go all the way?” Kirk asks the viewers as Jessica makes it to the Geographer’s Study, where she heads straight over to the Shaolin Dojo (1:55).  She grabs the yin-yang symbol from the front of the room and brings it to the back, where she places it on the stage-right suit of armor.  Nothing happens, so she brings it to the middle suit.  When she places it on this suit, the door to the Shrine flies open (1:46).  “Into the Shriiiiine of the Siiiiilver Monkey!” Kirk narrates as Jessica enters the room, where she looks around for a few seconds.  “She doesn’t have any more Pendants, but she still pushes on,” Kirk narrates as Jessica heads to the back of the room for the base and middle of the statue.  She brings them to the front (1:36) and places the base on the pedestal (1:32).  She places the middle on top of this (1:26) and heads back to the back of the room to get the head that she forgot.  Jessica brings the head to the front and jams it down, opening the doors to both the Dark Forest and the Lightning Ball Room (1:19).  She chooses to head into the Lightning Ball Room, where she goes to the front of the room to plug in the power cords.  However, the third TEMPLE GUARD jumps out from hiding and grabs her (1:14)!

“Argh!” Kirk groans as the Temple Guard takes Jessica to the back of the room.  Kirk is now seen on the floor, and Jose hangs his head in disappointment.  “The last Temple Guard…they didn’t have any more Pendants, so he took her away!  Well, that’s the way it happens in the Temple sometimes, but I know they had a good time.  They still get the bikes for playing, and they’re still great players in my book.  We’ve gotta get out of here, though, but we’ll see you next time.  Just remember: it’s not just Legends, it’s Legends: Rebirth!  Buh-bye!”

Kirk pats Jose on the shoulder and they begin to chat as the credits start to roll.  The camera shows various parts of the set, including a lot of fake foliage, an old shovel propped up beside a gong at the Moat, and a small, bubbling waterfall near the Moat’s edge.  Later, Jessica emerges from the Temple, and she, Kirk and Jose wave to the camera before the Stone Stanley logo appears onscreen.
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Re: Legends: Rebirth-The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2011, 10:21:57 PM »

The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson
Season 2, Layout 2
Artifact Location
: The Jewel Mine
Team: Silver Snakes (Jose Dos Pasos & Jessica Hayslett)
Pendants: 1
Result: Caught by three Temple Guards (1:14 remaining)

On the whole, this was a pretty uneventful episode.  It started out on a tough note with the extremely difficult new Moat Crossing (no doubt inspired by the hand-bikes from American Gladiators), and the legend was somewhat uninspired (save for Dee Baker using stereotypical ‘valley girl’ and ‘emo’ voices for Lavinia and Emily Dickinson, respectively).  After a hard-fought Temple Games round, the Red Jaguars and Silver Snakes won a Pendant apiece, and the Silver Snakes broke the tie and were off to the Temple.

Jose was a decent player.  He stalled a bit in the Geographer’s Study because he couldn’t recognize the Kamchatka Peninsula at first, but he did pretty well.  He was taken out in this room with a healthy 2:12 to go, only spending about 48 seconds in the Temple.

Jessica was somewhat slower than Jose, but she did pretty well.  She was quick to put the monkey together in the Shrine, but in this room is where she sealed the team's fate.  After not noticing the open door to the Dark Forest, she chose to enter the Lightning Ball Room, where the third Temple Guard was unfortunately hiding, ending the run with just over one minute left on the clock.

This Temple Run is a prime example of how not noticing one path can make or break a one-Pendant team.  If Jessica had headed down to the Dark Forest, the team might have been able to reach the Evening Gown.  However, with the very tough layout and general slowness of the female team member, I doubt it could have ever been a win…

Rating: 4 out of 10

Notes and Trivia: This is one of only four episodes with the notoriously hard “Hand-Pedal” Moat Crossing.  They all occurred on the same production day, and were not used in any following episodes, possibly due to the fact that the contestants would need incredible upper body strength to pedal these things—sometimes three or four times, no less.  Seriously, who came up with that Crossing…Hulk Hogan? :roll:
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Re: Legends: Rebirth-The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2011, 02:11:14 AM »
Well, I wouldn't say this episode was THAT dull.  At least, the legend was spiced up pretty well with the silly impressions. :lol: I thought the team sounded good, though, so it's a shame they lost, but oh well, it's your decision. :P


As for the Moat, I'm still a little confused by how it was supposed to work.  Basically, I'm having trouble visualizing it.  Were the rods and pedals over the players' heads, or was it some other setup?
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Re: Legends: Rebirth-The Satin Evening Gown of Emily Dickinson
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2011, 08:21:09 PM »
Well, I wouldn't say this episode was THAT dull.  At least, the legend was spiced up pretty well with the silly impressions. :lol: I thought the team sounded good, though, so it's a shame they lost, but oh well, it's your decision. :P


As for the Moat, I'm still a little confused by how it was supposed to work.  Basically, I'm having trouble visualizing it.  Were the rods and pedals over the players' heads, or was it some other setup?
Pretty much. The pedals are fixed to a rod which runs overhead, so the players have to reach up and pedal them with their hands to make it across. As such, it takes lots of upper body strength. If you've ever seen American Gladiators during the Eliminator runs, they called it a "hand bike".
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