Get ready, Xennials! Legends of the Hidden Temple is returning with some exciting twists for now-grown-ass ’90s kids
It’s time to once more pledge your allegiance to the Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, or Silver Snakes. That’s right; every aging millennial‘s brief-lived yet favorite Nickelodeon series is making a comeback. The iconic Legends of the Hidden Temple will soon make its way to the forthcoming streaming service Quibi. So, prepare to have the Olmec-shaped hole in your heart filled.
As any self-respecting member of the Oregon Trail generation remembers, the OG Legends of the Hidden Temple premiered on Nickelodeon in 1993 and ran for an all-too-brief three seasons before going off the air in 1995. Praise be to the Mayan gods, though, because Quibi has announced that it is reviving the series as a “supersized, reimagined version” that is more “grown up.” Read: It’s still for us, Xennials. IT’S STILL FOR US.
“Bringing back Legends for Quibi is a dream come true,” said Scott A. Stone, executive producer, in a statement. “I have been so lucky to be part of this defining millennial show, and now there is a defining millennial platform to go with it. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Although the reboot of the show will definitely be a shake-up, Stone promises it will feature “many of the favorite original elements of the show” — including the Moat Crossing, the Temple Run and the beloved Olmec. Perhaps the biggest twist slated for the new series is the fact that it will be adults competing. In the show’s original run, contestants were required to be between 11 and 14 years old. Even better? Quibi revealed in its press release about the reboot that it’ll soon be on the search for superfans to shirt up.
But if you watched every single episode of the original series and always thought you’d dominate the jokers who actually got to compete, don’t get too cocky coming into the reboot. In addition to the grown-up players, the new Legends will feature more grown-up challenges. And, suffice it to say, you’ll probably have more to worry about than the occasional mysterious Mayan temple guard popping out. Although admittedly, that was terrifying.
The higher-stakes aspects of the Quibi adaptation include taking the entire production out into the jungle. So, if the OG version was like Jeopardy meets Raiders of the Lost Ark, just throw Survivor into that mix as well and you’ve sort of captured the reboot’s essence.
It’s unclear at this point if original host Kirk Fogg will return to guide contestants as they traverse the Moat, the Steps of Knowledge, the Temple Games, the Temple Run and any other new-fangled challenges the producers can throw at the ’90s kid contestants. All will be told in due time, of course, since Quibi is set to launch in April 2020.
So, you’ve still got a few months to stock up on gear to wear while cheering for your favorite contestants. In the immortal words of Olmec, “The choices are yours, and yours alone.” Although TL; DR, if you aren’t rollin’ with the Blue Barracudas, prepare to fall at the Shrine of the Silver Monkey.