Blackbeard's Treasure Map is the first episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. Despite being listed as the first episode, it was neither the first episode taped or aired. The reason it is listed as the first episode is because it was the first episode that Nickelodeon planned out. It was the nineteenth episode to complete production and the 31st to air.
One player from each team sat on a floating ring. When Kirk said "go", that player pulled himself across the Moat as quickly as possible using an attached rope. Once across, he stepped off, grabbed the ring, and threw it back to his partner who proceeded to jump on and pull himself across. As soon as the second teammate stepped onto the deck, it was his job to run over and hit the gong.
Steps of Knowledge
The meanest, ugliest, most ornery pirate who ever sailed the seven seas was Blackbeard. He went into battle with ribbons tied into his long, black beard and tucked long, smoking fuses under his hat to make him look more frightening. When things got dull, he would light fires on his own ship or shoot one of his own crew members just to keep them on their toes. Blackbeard liked to attack Spanish treasure ships and steal their jewels. If people took too long taking off their rings, Blackbeard would cut off their fingers. Once, he even made a man eat his own ears. When he gathered all the treasure, he would row ashore with just a few men and bury it in secret.
Sometimes, the men who helped him never came back. According to legend, the last of his fourteen wives held a map to this treasure, and it eventually found its way to the temple.
Steps of Knowledge Results
Which of these did Blackbeard tie in his beard?
Orange Iguanas (Red Bows - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Red Jaguars (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these would Blackbeard do to keep his men on their toes?
Set fires on board ship
Set his beard on fire
Orange Iguanas (Shoot them - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Silver Snakes (Correct - Two steps left)
Blackbeard's real name was Edward Teach. Was he originally from…?
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these pirates is the only one known to make prisoners walk the plank?
Long John Silver
Orange Iguanas (Correct - Two steps left)
Blackbeard was defeated in battle near Cape Hatteras. Is this in…?
Silver Snakes (Correct - One step left)
According to our legend, did Blackbeard make a prisoner…?
Have his ears pierced
Eat his own ears
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)
Did Blackbeard have…?
Blue Barracudas (Correct - One step left)
A common pirate punishment was to be left on a deserted island. Is this called…?
Red Jaguars (Correct - One step left)
Did pirates terrorize…?
The Spanish Main
The Irish Main
Orange Iguanas (Correct - One step left)
Treasure ships sailed in the current along the east coast of the United States. Is that current…?
The Jet Stream
The Gulf Stream
The Circumpolar Stream
Blue Barracudas (The Pacific Stream - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Red Jaguars (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)
The Silver Snakes are twelve-year-old Hector, who plays the trumpet in the Middlebrook Middle School Band, and eleven-year-old Karissa, who wants to be a teacher. The Red Jaguars are eleven-year-olds James and Sabrina, who both play soccer.
Cannonballs (Water Ramp)
The old pirate ships had rather primitive cannons; they shot big heavy cannonballs which had to be loaded in by hand. At the base of each “loading ramp” was a “cannonball”. When Kirk said “go”, the players had to push a cannonball up to the top of the ramp. Then, they got a shot of water, slid back down, grabbed the next cannonball, and then climbed up again. The player with the most cannonballs at the top after sixty seconds won. James won the game after successfully pushing one cannonball up the ramp while Hector was unable to score.
Search for Blackbeard's Treasure (Peanut Shaft)
Like most pirates, Blackbeard hid his treasure by burying it. In this game, Karissa and Sabrina's job is to dig the treasure up. Each "treasure shaft" had pieces of treasure buried at the bottom. When Kirk said "go", each player had to start digging for treasure; once she found treasure, she had to climb to the top of the shaft and place it in the bin atop the shaft. This process repeated until all the treasure was found or sixty seconds had elapsed. The game ended in a tie, with both girls finding two pieces of treasure.
Hoist the Jolly Roger (Pulley Pillar)
As pirate ships were about to attack, they would raise a skull-and-crossbones flag called the Jolly Roger. When Kirk said "go", one partner had to grab a piece of the Jolly Roger. The second partner, elevated at this point, then pulled down on his end of the rope. This sent the first player up, after which he would place the piece of the flag in the correct, upright position. There were eight pieces of the flag to set up in sixty seconds; both teams managed to get four pieces of the Jolly Roger in place in the allotted time.
Temple Games Results
Sabrina started by heading into the Cave of Sighs, where she runs into a Temple Guard. She gives up her pendant and heads into the Wheel Room. Once there, she slowly lifts the rock slab and hits above the actuator to the Room of Harmonic Convergence five times. She then retreats back into the Cave of Sighs and heads up into the Room of the Three Gargoyles. After trying all three gargoyles, the door to the Troubled Bridge does not open, so she tried opening the Temple Guard door and then slides the Troubled Bridge door open. Sabrina then walks across the Troubled Bridge and heads up into the Observatory. She spins the sundial and climbs down into the Heart Room, which happened to be a dead end. After trying all three doors, she climbs back up into the Observatory, walks back across the Troubled Bridge, and time runs out as she enters the Room of the Three Gargoyles.
This was the first episode to begin production. Kirk Fogg had mentioned in a radio interview for SUNY Albany that the first Legends episode filming took eighteen hours; since taping ran late, the whole episode was filmed on a day that featured Layout V of the temple.
Olmec's voice was softer compared to other episodes.
While Olmec was giving the Red Jaguars information about the Temple, the camera revealed that the Pirate's Cove's ship wheel had already been turned, indicating that the Dungeon was not to be entered from that room.
This was the first of three episodes where the first player fails to obtain the artifact but the second player does not enter the temple. The others are The Lucky Pig of Amelia Earhart and The Golden Goblet of Attila the Hun.