Alright, one major issue I have with G3 as a whole, is the change to the earth region. Some of the other changes make sense, like having the air region be in a mountain setting than in a jungle, and the region of ice being in a tundra rather than the mountains. But one thing I can’t accept, is the extremely drastic change with earth, changing it from a cave and underground setting, to a dense forest setting. have very strong characteristics. Generally, characters associated with the element of earth in any piece of fiction, have very strong characteristics. A powerful people who are perfectly content with keeping to their own. Having an earth based people set in an underground cave/mining system is perfect for this. But having the earth setting being dense forest with some shallow and generally surface level burrows, doesn’t fit this at all. This puts what are supposed to be the hearty earth people closer to an element of green or nature, which should never happen with an element like this.
I honestly haven’t read the bulk of the document, so I’m sure I’ll find more to complain about. Many of the changes just seem unnecessary and over complicate things. The countless name changes for example, are pretty ridiculous, and unnecessary. Now this isn’t to say that I hate all of G3. Changing Lewa to a girl for example, is an amazing and creative idea. Or the entire concept of turning Bionicle to a system theme. A little controversial at first, but it still keeps all of the staple points of Bionicle, like elemental heroes and masks. Its just that for the most part, I feel the bad and unnecessary changes, heavily outweigh the good changes. As a whole, Brickonicle feels more complicated and harder to get into and understand, than the original Bionicle, which is really saying something!
A reboot is supposed to make changes from the original, but a good reboot makes sure not to stray too far from the source material. The only thing that G3 seems to have in common with G1, is the general island setting, and a handful of names. G2 had more in common with G1 than G3 does. And I’d really like to emphasis, that I’m not saying G3 has to be exactly like G1. Reboots are supposed to make changes, but G3, simply goes too far, and is nearly unrecognizable from the original Bionicle.
In fact, if you where to change just a few character names, and maybe a handful of designs, it would no longer be Bionicle. Honestly, if you’re going to change this much, why keep it as Bionicle? Why not just start your own brand new story? At this point, there’s no point in keeping the names and vaguely similar face designs, when nothing else is the same. Its connecting the names of characters to something they honestly don’t belong in. In fact, I would much rather prefer to see TTV create their own original story, rather than having this connected to Bionicle, when all they’re really keeping is a few character names.
I really do want to emphasize. I’m not saying Brickonicle is bad. I’m saying that it isn’t Bionicle, and shouldn’t try to be connected to Bionicle, and I mean this in the best way possible.
Is not this.
And it should stop trying to be. I would love to see Brickonicle be its own thing, instead of having it desperately try to hold onto a few flimsy connections to the original series.