G1 meant something.
"Together or apart, with or without powers, we are still the Toa Nuva." This carries the meaning that a hero is not defined by their power.
"When wisdom and valor fail, all that remains is Faith, and it can overcome all."
Also in G1, I highly doubt the '08 Makuta looked like demons for no reason, especially since Teridax draws more than a few parallels to Satan. (Minus the three heads, for anyone who's read Dante.)
What did we get out of G2?
"I can feel the POWEAAAH!"
"I didn't slip."
My point here isn't to say that G2 was dumbed down. It was. But even things which are "dumbed down" can have meaning. Even if it was in the form of Tahu saying, "Lewa what did we learn today?"
And Lewa saying the moral of the story outright.
My point here is that G2 seemed to lack any meaning, whereas G1 had it heaped in layers if you cared to look.
Thoughts? Do you agree? Am I an idiot?