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Episode 34: The Crumpled Ballot of Susan B. Anthony

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope. He drops down and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of the Crumpled Ballot of Susan B. Anthony,” Olmec replies.

“Oh, the Crumpled Ballot of Susan B. Anthony,” Kirk repeats. “Well, the legend’s set, and one of these six teams will get a chance to retrieve the crumpled ballot—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 pass some tough physical and mental tests, but in the end, only one team can enter Olmec’s Temple. But first, they have to cross the Moat, and Olmec will tell us how they’ll have to do that today…”

Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:
“Before you, a mini-archipelago floats in the Moat. Your task is to cross the Moat by hopping from island to island. When Kirk gives the signal, step out onto the first island, find your footing, and continue on to the next island. Once you’re safely across, it’ll be your partner’s turn to do the same. If you fall or touch the islands with anything other than your feet, 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 already,” says Kirk. “Teams, are you ready?”
The six teams scream and cheer in response.
“But Olmec, are you ready?” asks Kirk.
“Let’s boogie,” Olmec replies.
“Ha, ha—okay,” Kirk chuckles. “Teams on your mark, get set, GO!”

“There they go—whoa, there he goes!” Kirk narrates as the teams rush onto the islands and the Blue Barracudas’ boy falls into the Moat almost immediately. The Silver Snakes’ boy and the Purple Parrots’ girl also fall off about halfway across, but everyone else crosses successfully. The Silver Snakes’ boy crosses on his second try, but the Blue Barracudas’ boy and Purple Parrots’ girl hit the drink again. The Red Jaguars, Green Monkeys and Orange Iguanas hit their gongs in that order. “Three teams already—there’s only room for one more!” Kirk observes. The Silver Snakes’ girl makes it across, and hits her team’s gong to end the Moat Crossing, which only takes about twenty seconds.

“That’s it! Four teams!” Kirk exclaims as he rushes over and stands beside the Silver Snakes. “Silver Snakes had trouble staying on there at the beginning, but they held on, and going on to the Steps of Knowledge are the Silver Snakes…along with the Orange Iguanas…” Kirk pauses between each team’s name to allow applause. “…and the Green Monkeys…and the Red Jaguars! The Blue Barracudas and the Purple Parrots gave it a great effort, too; they’re not goin’ home empty-handed. We’ve got a great gift for them, and here’s what it is!” They receive a $50 gift certificate from Pacsun.

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Episode 33: The Smashed Statue of Darius the Second

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope. He drops down and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of the Smashed Statue of Darius the Second,” Olmec replies.

“Oh, the Smashed Statue of Darius the Second,” Kirk repeats. “Well, the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the smashed statue—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 pass some tough physical and mental tests, but in the end, only one team will have 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, a mini-archipelago floats in the Moat. Your task is to cross the Moat by hopping from island to island. When Kirk gives the signal, step out onto the first island, find your footing, and continue on to the next island. Once you’re safely across, it’ll be your partner’s turn to do the same. If you fall or touch the islands with anything other than your feet, 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. “Hey teams, are you ready?”
The six teams scream and cheer in response.
“Olmec, are you ready?” Kirk asks.
“Let’s rock,” Olmec replies.
“All right,” says Kirk. “On your mark, get set, GO!”

“There they go, onto the islands!” Kirk narrates as the first six players from each team rush out onto the islands. Right off the bat, the Purple Parrots’ girl and the Red Jaguars’ boy fall into the water and are sent back. Everyone else makes it across. “It’s tough, because you have to be fast, and you’ve gotta stay balanced!” Kirk says. The Purple Parrots’ girl and Red Jaguars’ boy make it across on their next try, but the Green Monkeys’ girl falls in and is sent back. The Orange Iguanas, Silver Snakes and Blue Barracudas all hit their gongs in quick succession in that order as the Purple Parrots’ boy falls in the water as he tries to cross. “Oh, there he goes—it’s coming down to the wire here!” Kirk narrates. The Red Jaguars’ girl almost falls into the Moat, but she fortunately regains her footing and makes it to the other side, where she hits her team’s gong to end the Moat Crossing.

“All right, that’s it!” Kirk exclaims as he rushes over and stands beside the Silver Snakes. “Silver Snakes had no problems getting across that Moat, right across, one-two-three, and goin’ on to the Steps of Knowledge are the mighty Silver Snakes…and the Orange Iguanas…” Kirk pauses between each team’s name to allow for applause. “…and the Blue Barracudas…and the Red Jaguars! The Green Monkeys and the Purple Parrots gave it a great try, but didn’t quite make it. We’ve got a great gift for them, too, and here’s what it is!” They receive a $50 gift certificate from Old Navy.

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The Treasure Room / Legends: Rebirth-The Torn Journal Page of Admiral Byrd
« on: February 24, 2010, 05:05:25 PM »
Episode 32: The Torn Journal Page of Admiral Byrd

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope. He drops down and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of the Torn Journal Page of Admiral Byrd,” Olmec replies.

“Oh, the Torn Journal Page of Admiral Byrd,” Kirk repeats. “Well, the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the torn journal page—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 pass some tough tests, both physical and mental, but in the end, only one team will have the right to enter the Temple. But first, they have to cross that Moat, and Olmec’s gonna tell us how they have to do that today…”

Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:
“Before you, a mini-archipelago floats in the Moat. Your task is to cross the Moat by hopping from island to island. When Kirk gives the signal, step out onto the first island, find your footing, and continue on to the next island. Once you’re safely across, it’ll be your partner’s turn to do the same. If you fall or touch the islands with anything other than your feet, 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 go,” Kirk remarks. “Teams, are you ready?”
The six teams scream and cheer in response.
“Olmec, are you ready?” asks Kirk.
“Let’s go crazy,” Olmec replies.
“Okay,” says Kirk. “On your mark, get set, GO!”

“There they go—quickly, across the islands!” Kirk narrates as all six teams’ first members rush onto the floating rafts decorated to look like green islands. Everyone crosses except the Orange Iguanas’ boy, who falls in the water, and the Silver Snakes’ girl, who falls onto one of the islands, prompting her to be sent back. The Red Jaguars’ boy falls in just as he’s almost across, but the other three teams’ first players cross successfully. The Purple Parrots’ girl crosses about four seconds later, and the Green Monkeys’ girl about half a second after that, and they both become the first teams to hit their gongs. “Two teams—we need two more!” Kirk narrates as the Blue Barracudas’ boy makes it across and slams down on his team’s gong. The Silver Snakes’ girl and Orange Iguanas’ boy have both made it across, but the Red Jaguars’ boy falls off again and has to go back. The Silver Snakes’ boy and Orange Iguanas’ girl both race across the islands, but the Silver Snakes’ boy hits the water while the Orange Iguanas’ girl successfully crosses. She hits her team’s gong to end the very brief Moat Crossing.

“All right, that’s got it!” Kirk shouts as he runs over and stands beside the Purple Parrots. “There’s our four teams—the Purple Parrots didn’t have any problems at all getting across; they did great, and goin’ on to the Steps of Knowledge are the Purple Parrots…and the Orange Iguanas…” Kirk pauses between each team’s name to allow the audience to applaud for them. “…and the Green Monkeys…and the Blue Barracudas! The Red Jaguars and the Silver Snakes did great too, but they’re not leaving empty-handed. We’ve got a great gift for them, and here’s what it is!” They receive a $50 gift certificate from Pacsun.

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The Dark Forest / Why I've been AWOL...
« on: February 16, 2010, 01:48:33 PM »
Hey, guys...long time, no see. :(

So, sadly, I probably won't be on very much until I can get to the bottom of my virus problem. Don't worry, though--this isn't goodbye. I'll still check in from time to time--I just have to stop the page from loading the ads every time I visit a new page. Hectic, yes, but it's not enough to prevent me from visiting one of my favorite websites. Wish me luck with my computer problems!

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Episode 31: The Surviving Blueprints of Edward Teller

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of the Surviving Blueprints of Edward Teller,” Olmec replies.

“Ah, the Surviving Blueprints of Edward Teller,” Kirk repeats. “Well, the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the blueprints—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 pass some tough physical and mental tests, but in the end, only one team will have the rights to enter Olmec’s Temple. But first, they have to cross that Moat, and Olmec will tell us how they have to do that today…”

Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:
“Before you stands an abandoned fishing net, and beside it, an old vine. When Kirk gives the signal, one player from each team will grab the vine and swing out to the net, grab onto it, and begin climbing. Once you reach the top, drop down and dash to the other side. Once you’re safely across, it’ll be your partner’s turn to cross in the same way. If you touch the water before you grab onto the net, 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,” Kirk says. “Teams, are you ready?”
The six teams scream and cheer in response.
“Olmec, are you ready?” asks Kirk.
“Indubitably,” Olmec replies.
“Okay,” says Kirk. “On your mark, get set, GO!”

All six teams swing out to the net and attempt to grab it. Only the Red Jaguars’ boy and Blue Barracudas’ girl successfully grab it, though—everyone else is sent back. “It’s not easy to grab that net while you’re swinging!” Kirk narrates. The Red Jaguars’ boy and Blue Barracudas’ girl are almost to the top as the other teams swing out to the net a second time. Everyone grabs the net except the Purple Parrots’ boy, who is sent back again. The Red Jaguars and Blue Barracudas have now gotten one player across, and the second players on each team swing out to the net and grab onto it. The Orange Iguanas’ boy and Silver Snakes’ boy both reach the top of the net and climb over it to drop down. The Purple Parrots’ boy has now grabbed the net, but is still only about halfway up. The Green Monkeys’ girl has finally grabbed the net as well, and is slowly climbing to the top. “We still need four teams—who’s it gonna be?” Kirk asks. The Blue Barracudas’ boy has now reached the top of the net and climbs over, climbing down a little bit before he finally drops off and wades to the other side. He climbs out of the Moat and slams down on his team’s gong. “We’ve got our first team—now we need three more!” Kirk says. The Purple Parrots’ boy appears to have his foot caught in the net as the Red Jaguars’ girl climbs over the net. She drops off the net and clambers for the other side, where she and her partner slam down on the gong. The Green Monkeys’ girl falls off the net as the Orange Iguanas’ girl climbs over the top. She scrambles over the top of the net, drops down, dashes to the other side and scrambles out of the Moat. She starts celebrating as a spotter motions for her to hit the gong, which she eventually does. “Whoa, caught up in the moment—we still need one more team, though!” Kirk says. All the fog is now gone from the Moat as the Silver Snakes’ girl falls off the net, as does the Purple Parrots’ boy, leaving his shoe entangled in it. “Whoa, they both fell off—now they have to go back!” Kirk shouts. “And at this point, they’re probably startin’ to get tired!” The Silver Snakes’ girl swings out and grabs the net, but the Green Monkeys’ girl and Purple Parrots’ boy miss it. The Silver Snakes’ girl climbs the net slowly as the other two players grab the net. Slowly but surely, all three climb the net. The Silver Snakes’ girl finally reaches the top, where she climbs over and drops down. She walks to the other side, gets helped out of the water by her partner, and hits the gong to end the extremely long Moat Crossing.

“Okay, that’s it!” Kirk exclaims as he appears onscreen, standing between the Silver Snakes. “The Silver Snakes are soaking-wet, but they finally did it—they made it across, and going on to the Steps of Knowledge are the Silver Snakes…and the Orange Iguanas…” Kirk briefly pauses between each team’s name to allow applauding. “…and the Blue Barracudas…and the Red Jaguars! The Green Monkeys and the Purple Parrots didn’t quite make it, but that’s okay—we’ve got a great gift for them, and here’s what it is!” They receive a $50 gift certificate from Pacsun.

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Episode 30: The Scorched Cake Pan of Alfred the Great

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope. He drops down and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of the Scorched Cake Pan of Alfred the Great,” Olmec replies.

“Ah, the Scorched Cake Pan of Alfred the Great,” Kirk repeats. “Well, the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the scorched cake pan—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 pass some tough physical and mental tests, but in the end, only one team will earn the right to enter Olmec’s Temple. But first, they have to cross the Moat, and Olmec will tell us how they have to do it today…”

Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:
“Before you stands an abandoned fishing net, and beside it, an old vine. When Kirk gives the signal, one player from each team will grab the vine and swing out to the net, grab onto it, and begin climbing. Once you reach the top, drop down and dash to the other side. Once you’re safely across, it’ll be your partner’s turn to cross in the same way. If you touch the water before you grab onto the net, 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,” Kirk says. “Hey teams, are you ready?”
The six teams scream and cheer in response.
“Olmec, are you ready?” asks Kirk.
“Wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Olmec replies.
“On your mark,” Kirk begins, “get set, GO!”

All six teams grab the vine and swing out to the net. Everyone grabs onto it except the Orange Iguanas’ boy and the Red Jaguars’ girl, who fall in the water and go back to start again. The other four team members begin climbing the net, and they all make it to the top within about ten seconds. “They’re at the top, now they’ve gotta come down!” Kirk narrates. The Red Jaguars’ girl and Orange Iguanas’ boy are both climbing the net as the other four teams get their first member across, and the other members start swinging across. Everyone grabs the net except the Blue Barracudas’ girl, who slips and falls just before she reaches the net. Everyone else begins climbing to the top of the net. The Red Jaguars’ girl and the Orange Iguanas’ boy have now made it to the other side, and their partners now grab the vine and swing out. The Blue Barracudas’ girl has now grabbed the net, and is about halfway to the top. The Purple Parrots’ boy has now dropped off the net, and dashes for the other side, scrambles out of the water, and hits her team’s gong. The Green Monkeys’ girl and Silver Snakes’ girl also reach the other side, and they hit their gongs within about two seconds of the Purple Parrots. “Two…three teams, we need one more!” Kirk narrates. As the Orange Iguanas’ girl falls off the net, the Blue Barracudas’ girl reaches the top of the net, where she swings over and climbs down a short distance before she drops off, rushes to the other side, climbs out of the water with help from her partner, and hits her team’s gong to end the Moat Crossing.

“That’s it—we’ve got our four teams right there!” Kirk shouts as he rushes over and stands beside the Silver Snakes. “That was a close race, but as you know, we can only take four teams, and goin’ on to the Steps of Knowledge are the Silver Snakes…and the Purple Parrots…” Kirk pauses between each team’s name to allow the audience to applaud. “…and the Green Monkeys…and the Blue Barracudas! The Red Jaguars and the Orange Iguanas came close, but didn’t quite make it; we’ve got a great gift for them for playing, and here’s what it is!” They receive a $50 gift certificate from GameStop.

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The Dark Forest / You think YOU'VE got computer problems?
« on: January 23, 2010, 06:16:14 PM »
I'm using my friend's laptop tonight because of a heinous occurrence from about six hours or so ago. As I was logging off the Internet at about 6 PM, I got a message that some spyware had been detected, so I ran the Spybot like I normally do, shut my computer off, and went to eat supper.  When I came back, I turned my computer on, but I couldn't access my main profile. When I took it to my tech-savvy friend, he told me that I'd been hit HARD by a virus that wiped out most everything on my hard drive. I can't even access the guest account...

In short, a spyware worm has robbed me of six years' worth of game stats, downloaded videos, photos, Legends- and non-Legends-related Word documents and stories (including a paper I'm gonna have to re-type), custom artwork, and a lot more. My friend or even the computer professor might be able to fix my computer, but my friend says I'll definitely lose everything on it. Gah...of all the times this could happen... :x  :x

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The Treasure Room / Legends: Rebirth-The Lost Pages of the Yì J?n J?ng
« on: January 22, 2010, 06:58:44 PM »
Episode 29: The Lost Pages of the Yì J?n J?ng

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope. He drops down and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of the Lost Pages of the Yì J?n J?ng,” Olmec replies.

“Oh, the Lost Pages of the Yì J?n J?ng,” Kirk replies. “Well, the legend’s set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the lost pages—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 pass a few tough physical and mental tests, but when it’s all said and done, only one team will earn the right to enter Olmec’s Temple. But first they have to cross the Moat, and Olmec will tell us how they’ll have to do that today…”

Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:
“Before you stands an abandoned fishing net, and beside it, an old vine. When Kirk gives the signal, one player from each team will grab the vine and swing out to the net, grab onto it, and begin climbing. Once you reach the top, drop down and dash to the other side. Once you’re safely across, it’ll be your partner’s turn to cross in the same way. If you touch the water before you grab onto the net, 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,” Kirk says. “Teams, are you all ready?”
All six teams scream and cheer in response.
“Olmec, are you ready?”
“Ooohh yeah,” Olmec replies.
“All right then,” says Kirk. “On your mark, get set, GO!”

All six teams’ first members grab the vine and swing out to the large net. Everyone grabs onto it except the Orange Iguanas’ girl, who goes back to try again. The other five players begin climbing, and most are about halfway up when the Orange Iguanas’ girl latches onto the net after her second swing. The Silver Snakes’ boy reaches the top first, and swings over the top of the net, climbing down a few feet before dropping into the water. The Blue Barracudas’ boy reaches the top next, followed by the Green Monkeys’ girl and the Red Jaguars’ boy. The Silver Snakes’ girl grabs the net on her first swing, and begins climbing. The Orange Iguanas’ girl appears to be hung on the net near the top as the Purple Parrots’ girl falls off, prompting her to be sent back. The other four team members have made it across, and their partners grab the vine and swing out to the net. All four grab the net except the Red Jaguars’ girl, who slips off the vine and has to go back. “No one’s across yet, but these teams look determined—oh, the Silver Snakes could be first here!” Kirk says. The Silver Snakes’ girl reaches the top, where she drops down and races to the other side, where she is helped out of the water by her partner, and they hit the gong together. As the Orange Iguanas’ girl finally reaches the top of the net, the Red Jaguars’ girl grabs onto the net after swinging out to it a second time, and begins to climb. The Purple Parrots’ girl has finally reached the top of the net, and she drops to the other side, where she begins to trudge the rest of the way across the Moat. The Green Monkeys’ boy has made it to the other side, and runs over to hit his team’s gong. Soon afterward, the Blue Barracudas’ girl drops down after a slow climb down, and rushes across the rest of the Moat, where she’s helped out by her partner to hit the gong. “Three teams are across; we need one more!” Kirk narrates. The Purple Parrots’ boy is almost to the top, but the Red Jaguars’ girl has now dropped off the net, where she is helped out of the Moat by her partner. She rushes over to hit her team’s gong to end the Moat crossing.

“That’s it—there’s our four teams right there!” Kirk shouts as he rushes over to stand beside the Silver Snakes. “Silver Snakes did great; they were the first across, and goin’ on to the Steps of Knowledge are the Silver Snakes…and the Green Monkeys…” Kirk briefly pauses between each team’s name to allow applause. “And the Blue Barracudas…and the Red Jaguars! The Orange Iguanas and the Purple Parrots didn’t quite make it, but we’ve got a great gift for them for trying, and here’s what it is!” They receive a $50 gift certificate from FYE.

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The Dark Forest / Grampa Tom (1942-2010)
« on: January 16, 2010, 06:48:54 AM »
A pivotal piece of my family is gone.

I got a call at about 7 AM this morning, saying that my grandfather had passed away. He and I were very close. I will never forget the time we spent on his farm, feeding the livestock and caring for the garden. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about five years ago, and it progressively worsened until he couldn't recognize anyone, and eventually stopped speaking altogether. A few days ago, he stopped eating, and had to be hooked up to a feeding tube, and he ultimately lost his life at about 11:30 last night.

RIP, Grampa Tom. I'll miss you...

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The Treasure Room / Rebirth Interview with Tyson Schultz
« on: January 14, 2010, 03:34:45 PM »
Legends: Rebirth Interview with Tyson Schultz (Purple Parrot, Temple Games Victor from The Missing Letter of Amerigo Vespucci)

**DISCLAIMER: This is NOT—I repeat—NOT an interview with a real Legends contestant. It’s with a fictional contestant from my independent project of fanfics, Legends: Rebirth. My statements are in bold.**



After more searching the web, I came across Tyson Schultz, a Purple Parrot who was one of the two winners in "The Missing Letter of Amerigo Vespucci". And so, it’s interview time again!


The Bandit King: To begin, I’d like to thank you for doing this interview.

Tyson Schultz: No problem, dude.

TBK: Had you ever heard of Legends before your tenure on the show, and if so, had you ever watched any episodes?

TS: Yeah, I’d heard of the show. I’d never watched any episodes, but I knew the basic premise of how it worked.

TBK: How did you learn about Legends: Rebirth?

TS: I saw them advertising for contestants on the Orlando cable broadcast of Nickelodeon. I was watching SpongeBob one morning, and I saw the auditions. I asked my parents if I could go, and I was surprised when they said yes!

TBK: How did you audition for the show?

TS: To start off, we ran an obstacle course, and some kids were sent home. After that, we were given a test to see if we could answer the questions on the show. Then we did a few exercises, and they weeded out even more of the stragglers. I think I impressed the judges when I did 18 chin-ups in half a minute! Overall, I made it onto the show. I hated the fact that I wound up being a Purple Parrot, though—I hate the color purple!

TBK: What happened when you weren’t filming?

TS: We had a little time before they filmed our episode, so me and the other kids were hanging out backstage, where we killed time by playing Wii. I totally stomped everybody in bowling.  Oh, and I met my partner, Summer. A bunch of guys were flirting with her backstage…

TBK: Were you one of them?

TS: Maybe…

TBK: What was it like competing in the rounds?

TS: The Moat was pretty difficult—I had to hang upside-down from a steel rod by my hands and knees while I scooted across. I fell off on my first go-around, but I did make it across. The Steps of Knowledge were pretty easy—I knew about Amerigo Vespucci from school, but all I could remember was that America was named after him. Lucky for me and Summer, we were given a copy of the legend to study. We stomped in a few times, and we ended up being the first team to advance. But I think my favorite round was the Temple Games. In mine, I had to hold onto a sandbag while the riggers agitated them, like a horse galloping, and the person who stayed without falling off the most won. I only fell off twice, earning my team the Pendant. I really took a beating in the last Temple Game, though, where Summer shot the cannonballs up to me—one hit me in the head!

TBK: Yes, I remember. Did it hurt?

TS: Not as much as you might think.  

TBK: What was it like running through the Temple?

TS: Had it not been for “Olmec” telling me what to do in each room prior to the run, I wouldn’t have done as well. I went through the rooms that Summer had already cleared, and I put that weird monkey statue together—it’s not as easy as it looks. I also got the other piece of my Pendant, because I knew that if I got caught, I’d get taken out, and we wouldn’t win the prizes.

TBK: Now, the question that’s on everybody’s mind—why did you grab the Missing Letter even though time was up?

TS: Oh, brother. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know what they would do to signal to us that time was up, as I’d never watched the show before. So I just raced up to the room and grabbed the Letter as quick as I could. It wasn’t until I’d already got it that I figured out that I’d run out of time. What are you gonna do, right?  

TBK: Do you and Summer still stay in touch?

TS: Unfortunately, no. I did manage to catch her last name, though—Delgado, wasn’t it?

TBK: As Olmec would say, “That is correct”. Did you get to meet Kirk or Dee?

TS: Not me, personally. Summer, either. Some of the other kids got to meet Dee Baker, though.

TBK: Anything else you want to add…

TS: No, not really—just that I had a blast doing it!

TBK: And with that, the interview has come to a close. Thanks again, Tyson!

TS: Anytime, dude!

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The Pit / Aqila?
« on: January 14, 2010, 10:54:20 AM »
While watching Legends vids on YouTube and scanning the "Channel Comments" section on this profile, I came across a girl who claims to be Aqila from "The Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de' Medici". This is her profile page.

I don't know if anybody knew about this yet, but I thought you might like to see it. You can take it for what it's worth, but there aren't really that many people named "Aqila" out there.

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The Treasure Room / Legends: Rebirth-Beowulf's Shattered Sword
« on: January 11, 2010, 01:02:48 PM »
Episode 28: Beowulf’s Shattered Sword

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope. He drops down and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his Temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of Beowulf’s Shattered Sword,” Olmec replies.

“Ooh, Beowulf’s Shattered Sword,” Kirk repeats. “Well, the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the shattered sword—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 pass some tough physical and mental tests, but in the end, only one team will have the right to enter Olmec’s Temple. But first, they’ve gotta cross the Moat, and Olmec will tell us how they’ll have to do it today…”

Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:
“Before you stands an abandoned fishing net, and beside it, an old vine. When Kirk gives the signal, one player from each team will grab the vine and swing out to the net, grab onto it, and begin climbing. Once you reach the top, drop down and dash to the other side. Once you’re safely across, it’ll be your partner’s turn to cross in the same way. If you touch the water before you grab onto the net, 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 have—hit their gongs will go on to the next round!”

“All right, let’s get swinging,” Kirk says. “Hey teams, are you ready?”
The players all shout and cheer in response.
“Olmec, are you ready?” Kirk asks.
“Let’s do this thang,” Olmec replies.
“Ha, ha…all right,” Kirk laughs. “On your mark, get set, GO!”

All six teams swing out to the net. Everyone grabs onto it except the Blue Barracudas’ girl and the Green Monkeys’ boy, who drop down and make their way back to try again. “That first swing is crucial—you’ve gotta time it just right!” Kirk comments. The Green Monkeys’ boy grabs onto the net on his second swing, but the Blue Barracudas’ girl misses again, prompting her to go back. The Orange Iguanas’ girl and the Red Jaguars’ boy successfully climb over the net a few seconds later, but the Purple Parrots’ boy is having a lot of difficulty. The Green Monkeys’ boy is almost to the top as the Silver Snakes’ boy is slowly but surely making his way up. The Red Jaguars and Orange Iguanas get their first player across the Moat as the Purple Parrots’ boy reaches the top of the net and drops down. The Red Jaguars’ girl and the Orange Iguanas’ boy successfully grab the net on their first swing. As the Blue Barracudas’ girl grabs onto the net after her fourth attempt, the Green Monkeys’ boy steps onto the other side, and his partner swings out to the net, grabbing it on her first try. The Blue Barracudas’ girl finally grabs onto the net and begins climbing. The Silver Snakes’ girl swings out and grabs the net, and so does the Orange Iguanas’ boy. The Red Jaguars’ girl is almost over the top as the Purple Parrots’ girl has finally grabbed onto the net after what must be at least her third try. “Oh, it’s neck-and-neck—and there’s our first team!” Kirk narrates as the Red Jaguars’ girl hits her team’s gong. The Orange Iguanas’ boy drops down about three seconds later, climbs out of the water, dashes over and hits his team’s gong. The Purple Parrots’ girl is slowly climbing as the Green Monkeys’ girl climbs out of the Moat, loses a shoe in the process, and dashes over to hit the gong. The Blue Barracudas’ girl is almost to the top when she falls off the net. “Oh, she has to go back—after all that hard climbing!” Kirk narrates. The Blue Barracudas’ girl starts to swim back; however, the Silver Snakes’ girl successfully drops down to the other side, is helped out of the water by her partner, and hits the gong.

“That’s it! That’s it!” Kirk shouts as he walks over and stands beside the soaking-wet Silver Snakes. “Silver Snakes had the tenacity to hang in there; they made it across, and they’re going on to the Steps of Knowledge…along with the Orange Iguanas…” Kirk briefly pauses between each team’s name to allow for applause. “And the Green Monkeys…and the Red Jaguars! Blue Barracudas and Purple Parrots had a little trouble getting across, but they gave it a great effort too. We’ve got a nice gift for ‘em, and here’s what it is.” They receive a $50 gift certificate from FYE.

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The Treasure Room / Legends: Rebirth-The Golden Rose of King Midas
« on: December 24, 2009, 07:34:48 AM »
Episode 27: The Golden Rose of King Midas

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope. He drops down and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of the Golden Rose of King Midas,” Olmec replies.

“Oh, the Golden Rose of King Midas,” Kirk repeats. “Well, the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the golden rose—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 pass some tough physical and mental tests, but in the end, only one of these teams will have the right to enter Olmec’s Temple. But first, we have to cross the Moat, and Olmec will tell us how to do that today…”

Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:
“Before you, a line of stepping stones extends across the Moat. When Kirk gives the signal, one player from each team will begin walking across the stones to the other side. Once they’re safely across, their partner will cross in the same way. But be sure to step on only the black stones—if you step on a white stone, it will sink, and if you touch the water, you’ll have to 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,” Kirk says. “Hey teams, are you ready?”
All six teams scream and cheer in response.
“Olmec, are you ready?” Kirk asks.
“Let’s rock,” Olmec replies.
“Okay,” says Kirk. “On your mark, get set, GO!”

All six teams start out on a strong foot, with all six teams’ first players making it across—except the Blue Barracudas’ girl, who falls into the water just before she can step onto the dock. “Whoa—looks like she’ll have to go back!” Kirk observes. The Orange Iguanas’ girl, Purple Parrots’ boy and Red Jaguars’ girl all make it across, and run over to hit their team’s gong in that order. “One, two, three teams, just like that—we need one more!” Kirk exclaims. The Silver Snakes’ boy steps on a white stone and sinks into the water, prompting a spotter to send him back. The Blue Barracudas’ girl makes it across on her second try; however, the Green Monkeys’ girl successfully crosses after a slow trek across all of the black stones. She is helped off the stones by her partner and rushes over to hit the gong to end the Moat Crossing.

“That’s it! Four teams!” Kirk shouts, and he hurries over to stand beside the Purple Parrots. “Purple Parrots were over with no problem at all, and going on to the Steps of Knowledge are the Purple Parrots…along with the Orange Iguanas!” Kirk briefly pauses between each team’s name to allow the audience to applaud for them. “And the Green Monkeys…and the Red Jaguars! The Silver Snakes and the Blue Barracudas gave it a great effort, and we’re not sending ‘em home empty-handed. We’ve got a great gift for ‘em, and here’s what it is!” They receive a $50 gift certificate from Old Navy.

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The Treasure Room / Legends: Rebirth-The Jeweled Crown of Esther
« on: December 12, 2009, 03:18:31 PM »
Episode 26: The Jeweled Crown of Esther

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope. He drops down and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of the Jeweled Crown of Esther,” Olmec replies.

“Ah, the Jeweled Crown of Esther,” Kirk repeats. “Well, the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the jeweled crown—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 pass some tough physical and mental tests, but in the end, only one team will have the right to enter Olmec’s Temple. But first, they have to cross the Moat, and Olmec will tell us how they’ll have to do that today…”

Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:
“Before you, a line of stepping stones extends across the Moat. When Kirk gives the signal, one player from each team will begin walking across the stones to the other side. Once they’re safely across, their partner will cross in the same way. But be sure to step on only the black stones—if you step on a white stone, it will sink, and if you touch the water, you’ll have to 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 go,” says Kirk. “Hey teams, are you ready?”
The six teams scream and cheer in response.
“Are you sure you’re ready?” asks Kirk.
The teams cheer even louder.
“I think they’re ready, Olmec,” says Kirk. “Are you?”
“What do you think?” replies Olmec.
“I’ll take that as a yes,” says Kirk. “On your mark, get set, GO!”

“There they go, onto the stones!” Kirk exclaims as the teams’ first members rush out onto the floating stones. The Green Monkeys’ boy, Silver Snakes’ boy, and Purple Parrots’ girl all make it across in one try, but the rest of the players fall into the Moat. The Green Monkeys’ girl and Purple Parrots’ boy successfully cross as well, and they become the first two teams to gong in. The Blue Barracudas’ boy and Red Jaguars’ girl successfully cross, but the Orange Iguanas’ boy and Silver Snakes’ girl accidentally step on a white stone and fall in the Moat. “Two teams—we need two more!” narrates Kirk. The Red Jaguars’ boy crosses next, and he rushes over to hit his team’s gong. “Oh—make that three teams!” Kirk observes. “We still need one more!” The Orange Iguanas’ boy makes it across successfully on his third try, but the Silver Snakes’ girl slips and falls in the Moat again. The Blue Barracudas’ boy successfully crosses, but the Orange Iguanas’ girl falls in, allowing the Silver Snakes’ girl to make it across and hit her team’s gong to end the Moat crossing.

“That’s it—we’ve got our four teams!” Kirk shouts as he rushes over to stand beside the Silver Snakes. “The Silver Snakes held in there, and they’re goin’ on to the Steps of Knowledge…along with the Purple Parrots!” Kirk briefly pauses between each team’s name to allow the audience to applaud for them. “And the Green Monkeys, and the Red Jaguars! The Orange Iguanas and the Blue Barracudas didn’t quite make it, but they did a great job, too. We’ve got a great gift for ‘em, and here’s what it is!” They receive a $50 gift certificate from Pacsun.

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The Treasure Room / Legends: Rebirth-The Petrified Sandal of Pygmalion
« on: November 30, 2009, 01:49:15 PM »
Episode 25: The Petrified Sandal of Pygmalion

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, the head’s eyes light up and it begins to speak:

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Rebirth!” These words appear on the screen. “With your guide, Kirk Fogg! And here he is now!”

A middle-aged man wearing a denim shirt and blue jeans swings in on a rope. He drops down and runs up the Steps of Knowledge, microphone in hand.

“Thank you! Thank you, everybody! Nice to see everyone again! It’s good to see you again, 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 newly discovered treasures in his temple…which one are we gonna hear about today, Olmec?”

“The legend of the Petrified Sandal of Pygmalion,” Olmec replies.

“Ooh, the Petrified Sandal of Pygmalion,” Kirk repeats. “Well, the legend is set, and one of these six teams will have a chance to retrieve the petrified sandal—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 pass some tough physical and mental tests, but in the end, only one will earn the right to enter Olmec’s Temple. But first, they have to cross the Moat, and Olmec’s gonna tell us how they’ll have to do it today…”

Olmec begins to explain the Moat Crossing:
“Before you, a line of stepping stones extends across the Moat. When Kirk gives the signal, one player from each team will begin walking across the stones to the other side. Once they’re safely across, their partner will cross in the same way. But be sure to step on only the black stones—if you step on a white stone, it will sink, and if you touch the water, you’ll have to 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?”
The six teams scream and cheer in response.
“Olmec, are you ready?” asks Kirk.
“Let’s rock,” Olmec replies.
“On your mark,” says Kirk, “get set, GO!”

“There they go!” Kirk shouts as all six teams’ first members rush out onto the floating stones. The Blue Barracudas’ girl, Purple Parrots’ boy and Green Monkeys’ boy all slip off the stones and fall in the water, and are sent back. The Red Jaguars’ boy steps on a white stone, and it immediately sinks into the water, pulling him down with it, and the spotters tell him to go back. Only the Silver Snakes’ boy and the Orange Iguanas’ girl make it across on their first try. The Green Monkeys’ boy makes it across on his second try, as does the Red Jaguars’ boy, but the Purple Parrots’ boy falls in again, and the Blue Barracudas’ girl steps on a white stone, prompting them both to be sent back. The Green Monkeys’ girl crosses without falling in, and she and her partner become the first team to hit the gong. People are falling in left and right—except the Red Jaguars’ boy, who makes it across on his fourth try, and the Silver Snakes’ girl, who is seen slamming down on her team’s gong. “We’ve got two teams—we need two more!” Kirk explains. The Blue Barracudas’ girl finally gets across, and so does the Orange Iguanas’ boy, and he hits his team’s gong, which lights up a bright orange. “Oh, there’s the Orange Iguanas! We need one more team!” Kirk exclaims. The Red Jaguars’ girl makes it across without slipping or stepping on a white stone, and she is helped onto the dock by her partner and a spotter. She slams down on her team’s gong, hitting it numerous times for good measure.

“That’s it!” Kirk shouts as he runs to stand beside the Silver Snakes. “That is it! It was really close, but as you know, there’s only room for four teams, and goin’ on to the Steps of Knowledge are the Silver Snakes…and the Orange Iguanas,” Kirk pauses between each team’s name to allow the audience to applaud for them. “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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