Jedi Temple Challenge is unique in that it is the first live-action Star Wars game show. This show is also exclusive to the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel. I was surprised at first that this show would not be on Disney+, because I thought it could reach more viewers on the streaming service. That being said, several of the episodes have hit over a million views on YouTube.
Jedi Temple Challenge is hosted by Ahmed Best in the role of Jedi Master Kelleran Beq. This show sees the triumphant return of Ahmed Best, whose hardships of playing Jar Jar Binks are well known among Star Wars fans. Ahmed Best is joined by his droid companion, AD-3, who provides much of the comic relief in the show.
Each episode sees three teams of two kids competing against each other in three rounds of challenges: strength, knowledge, and bravery. The strength challenge takes place on a planet similar to Endor, and it includes four strength challenges. At the end of each challenge is a piece of a lightsaber hilt that needs to be assembled. The first two teams that complete the challenge move on to the knowledge trial.
The knowledge trial takes place on a starship. AD-3 reads a story and the team members have to work together to answer questions pulled from the story. The team who wins this challenge receives a holocron and moves on to the Jedi Temple challenge. In the Jedi temple, the final team must complete various tasks within a time limit to acquire their kyber crystal and ignite their lightsaber to win the game and become Jedi Knights.
Fortunately, this show is pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. Jedi Temple Challenge is essentially Legends of the Hidden Temple, but Star Wars. When I was a kid, I loved watching shows like Legends of the Hidden Temple, Guts, and Double Dare. This show really captures what was great about those older shows, but it has the advantage of being in the Star Wars galaxy.
I love so many of the things that make Jedi Temple Challenge a Star Wars game show. I loved the use of lightsaber construction, holocrons, and kyber crystals. I also really enjoyed the banter and comedy provided by Kelleran Beq and AD-3. Another nice touch is that the competitors are even tempted by the dark side (voiced by Sam Witwer) when they are in the Jedi temple.
If I have any complaint about this show, it is that it can get a little bit repetitive. Each show is basically the same, but with different children competing. However, this is just a minor nitpick and to be expected in this type of game show. If you have children at home, Jedi Temple Challenge might be a great way to introduce them to Star Wars. My three year old daughter watched a few episodes with me, and she seemed very engaged in it.
Overall, I would give the show a score of 8 out of 10.
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