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When I think about growing up as a 90s baby, three things immediately come to mind: pogs, butterfly clips (because pre-teen hair goals were best achieved by looking like a human garden gnome) and of course, Legends of the Hidden Temple, a Nickelodeon game show that aired in 1993 and ran through 1995, then lived out a glorious life of reruns from 1998 until 2007.

 As I, a naïve teen with dreams of game show glory, watched Legends of the Hidden Temple week after week, I laughed, I cried, I ate fruit gushers until my tongue turned bring red, I even imagined myself victoriously assembling the Shrine of the Silver Monkey after navigating an entire episode of physically exhausting, brain-twisting feats, all completed while wearing a golden helmet on my head. In my wildest fantasies, Olmec (the talking rock) and I were best friends; we had a standing date every Wednesday night to eat fruit roll-ups on my couch and watch episodes of Salute Your Shorts or Rugrats, mood depending.

Well haha, you seemingly absurd 90s-era fantasy because Legends of the Hidden Temple is back! Today, Nickelodeon announced it’s excavating the time-honored series with a 90-minute film airing on the channel Nov. 28, 8 p.m. EST/PST.

“I’m having a very good day,” tweeted writer Jonny Umansky this morning, who along with Zach Hyatt and Alex Reid, penned the soon-to-be epic extravaganza of faux-ritualistic doom. The movie will follow three siblings, played by Isabela Moner (Transformers 5), Colin Critchley and Jet Jurgensmeyer, who join a cast that includes origina; host Kirk Fogg (yaaaas!), and Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of Olmec. Together, the crew “embarks on a high stakes, life-or-death mission,” according to the official Nick press release.

Get a taste of the epic-ness with this just-released trailer, which I watched before I wrote this post and now, once I hit publish, will commence scaling a foam-and-rubber mountain somewhere, searching for the Hidden Temple and fondly recalling the time I devoured an entire bag of Ring Pops, hoping that would get me closer to Temple triumph. I mean, what?

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Melissa Marni is a Southern California-based writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of little word studio. If you really want, you can follow her on Instagram here.

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