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The Golden Apple of Atalanta
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Production Number

4-07 (127)

Airdate

November 21, 2021

Team

Red Jaguars

Winning Contestants

Diogo & Bradford

Artifact Location

The Queen's Armory

Temple Layout

XVI

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The Greek Legend of Atalanta (a.k.a. The Golden Apple of Atalanta) is the seventh episode of the reboot version and the 127th episode overall of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Storyline

A Greek king really, really wants a boy, and only a boy. No exceptions, period. When his firstborn is a girl, he takes her to the top of the mountain and leaves her there without even a name to die.

Cristela: That's harsh. That's not how you get Dad of the Year!

Olmec: I know, right?

A band of hunters adopts her, teaches her how to hunt and run faster than most animals and gives her the name Atalanta: equal in weight, as she can do anything the young boys can do, only better. Jealous of her abilities and her beauty, the boys shun her. So, she finds a cave of her own and makes a pact to never wed.

Cristela: Is that what makes Atalanta so heroic?

Olmec: Very funny.

She is a hero because she stays true to herself in the face of those who test her. Not once, but thrice.

Moat Crossing

Atalanta's first test comes at the hands of two centaurs, half-men/half-horse creatures named Hylaios and Rhoecus, who hear of the beauty who lives in a cave and must have her as their wife. Atalanta defends herself using her hunting skills to kill Hylaios with a single shot. Then, after a brutal wrestling match with Rhoecus, she musters her might to stab him with her two remaining arrows.

Like Atalanta, you must slay two lascivious centaurs. When Cristela gives the signal, one of you board that raft while the other floats it to the end of the tether. Using that bow and arrow, slay Hylaios then move on to the second platform where you must find the matching pair of Atalanta's arrows. Swim them to shore and stab Rhoecus then reach into his corpse to find the mallet and hit your gong. The first three teams to strike their gongs continue on their quest. The last team is out.

Moat Results
Finish Team
First Red Jaguars
Second Orange Iguanas
Third Silver Snakes

Steps of Knowledge

After slaying the centaurs, Atalanta's reputation grows. She is the first woman invited to the Calydonian boar hunt in honor of Oeneous, the King of Wine. Every single man refuses to hunt with Atalanta, save the king's own son, Meleager. With little fanfare, Atalanta tracks the boar and shoots one single arrow to draw first blood, wounding the boar and setting Meleager up to finish it off. The king celebrates the kill.

"Huzzah! Huzzah! Meleager the boar slayer! My own son takes down the beast and wins the skin."

"No, father. Atalanta drew first blood. She deserves the trophy."

To save face after being beaten by a woman, the embarrassed hunters insist that Meleager accept the giant boar skin, but he ignores them and awards it to Atalanta instead. Outraged, the men conspired to kill her and snatch it back. Hearing of the plot, Meleager kills them all first. And Atalanta goes on to the next test: defeating Peleus, the Rock of his day, in an epic wrestling match.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
What is the name of the event Atalanta is invited to?
  • The Calydonian Boar Hunt
Silver Snakes (Correct - Two steps left)
What is the meaning of Atalanta?
  • Equal in weight
Orange Iguanas (The first woman to compete - Wrong Answer)
Silver Snakes (Correct - One step left)
A centaur is half what and half what?
  • Half man/Half horse
Red Jaguars (Correct - Two steps left)
How many arrows did it take to take down the boar?
  • Three
  • One
  • Two
  • Four
Silver Snakes (Hundreds - Wrong Answer; Not one of the four choices)
Red Jaguars (100 - Wrong Answer; Not one of the four choices)
Orange Iguanas (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these bodies of water does Greece not border?
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Aegean Sea
  • Black Sea
  • Ionian Sea
Orange Iguanas (Correct - One step left)
Which of these celebrities famously has a child named Apple?
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
Red Jaguars (Correct - One step left)
Who was the top god of the ancient Greeks?
  • Zeus
Red Jaguars (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)
The Calydonian hunt was in honor of Oeneous, the king of what?
  • Wine
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

Atalanta vs. Peleus (Head-to-Head)

Having proven she can hunt with the boys, Atalanta takes her swagger to the games where the main event is always the wrestling match. This time the main card is Anyone vs. Peleus, the Rock of his day.

Olmec: I do love a good rock.

Peleus easily defeats one male challenger after another. Enter Atalanta. She uses her incredible speed and cunning to wear down the lumbering giant's defenses before going in for the pin. And pin she does.

In this game, you are Atalanta outmaneuvering Peleus. When Cristela gives the signal, one of you grab a boulder and bring it to your partner at that slinging device, punch the boulder toward Peleus and knock down his defenses. After each shot, swap roles. Once Peleus' defenses are down, both of you tackle him and pin him to the ground for a three count to win the match, then run and hit your gong. The first team to hit their gong wins.

Olympus Race (Time Trial)

Atalanta becomes so famous even her evil father reappears, determined to find her a husband.

"No thanks, Dad."

Atalanta vowed to never wed and once again outwits the men. She demands suitors beat her in a foot race before she will marry them. The penalty for losing: death. Scores of men take up the challenge. Just as many die. Enter Hippomenes, a hunky genius who prays to the love goddess Aphrodite for help.

"Take these three sacred golden apples, drop them along the course to distract Atalanta. Win the race and you win her."

In this game, you must recreate that race. When Cristela gives the signal, one teammate climb Mount Olympus to become Aphrodite, providing golden apples. The other is Hippomenes. Run to the course and uncover a colored heart. Relay the color to Aphrodite, who must find the matching apple and throw it to you to drop on the course. Once all three apples are on the course, Aphrodite becomes Atalanta, picking them up and crossing the finish line behind Hippomenes who may hit the gong to stop the clock. The team that runs the fastest wins.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Final Score
Red Jaguars Won Won 2 Pendants
Silver Snakes Lost Lost 0 Pendants

The End of the Story

Atalanta is defeated at the foot race by Hippomenes, but she is far from angry. She lost to someone worthy of her love. Someone with wits, smarts and looks to match hers. She accepts her defeat with grace and happily marries Hippomenes.

Temple Run

Diogo moved at a fast pace through the Crystal Cenote into the Crypt of the Heartless. He found the heart and unlocked the door, only to be caught by a Temple Guard in the Pit of Despair. He tried the door to the Queen's Armory, predictably finding it locked. He then tried to enter the Room of the Lost Treasure via the Spider's Lair, only to find that door locked as well. He entered the Room of the Beloved and had trouble getting the skull off the last shelf but managed to complete the objective. He made it to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey where he was taken out by a second Temple Guard with 2:20 to go.

Bradford moved at a similar pace, although he hesitated in a few of the rooms. He completed the monkey and the Room of the Lost Treasure to unlock the Queen's Armory and grab the Golden Apple. He dropped the Apple into the Pit of Despair but managed to recover it and scurried through the Pit and escaped the temple to win the $25,000.

Temple Run Results
Victory Yes (0:14 left)
Reached the Artifact Yes
Temple Guard Locations The Pit of Despair
The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

Notes

  • This is the first episode of the reboot of a few things:
    • To have the artifact placed in the middle left room.
    • To have a double male Red Jaguar team enter the temple.
    • Where the first team competing in the Temple Games' Time Trial round wins.
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