Everyone loves the Bohrok, right? Cute little destructive robots that curl up into a ball and take over your mind? Wrong! These little freaks make no sense, both in the story and in the meta, and I’m here to tear them apart.
Okay, fine, I love the Bohrok. They’re iconic, the ball function is great, and the Bohrok story is a fun one. But I can and will poke holes in everything I love, because I am Cinemasins. Er, wait, I read my script wrong. Because why not?
We all know the purpose of the Bohrok: they are there to clear away the island of Mata Nui so that the great spirit robot can rise. But… why? They don’t actually get rid of the island, we see that when Gali goes back to it for the sundial, and in the Mata Nui Rising video. All they do is make it barren. This massive robot is perfectly capable of smashing right through the island in order to sit up, but some trees and rivers and hills stop it? This robot is able to move planets, but needs the Bohrok to clean an island off his face?
It might make sense if they cleaned off the whole island. Even though Mata Nui doesn’t really need them to, who wants to wake up with dirt all over your face? But the thing is, the foundation is still there, as we see twice; it just doesn’t have the forests and deserts and mountains.
Okay, some of them work. Fire and Acid are the most sensible, and jets of water can be pretty strong. Pahrak bringing down the mountains makes a modicum of sense, as does Nuhvok, though neither of these Bohrok actually gets rid of anything – they both move dirt and rock from one place to another. But apparently that’s what the Bohrok are supposed to do, so we’ll let them slide. I guess you can say the Pahrak turn big rocks into smaller rocks, so it’s easier to break through.
The Gahlok also decide to screw over the Nuhvok by flooding Onu-Koro, which accomplishes basically nothing – as much as I love the flooding of Onu-Koro plot, it makes no sense for these Bohrok to ever be underground. According to “Beware the Bohrok” they knock down some Matoran decorations, but the village itself isn’t destroyed. I don’t know how canon that is, since the 01-03 books are semi-canon, but still, the Gahlok are wasting their powers here.
But worst of all are the Kohrak. What do the Kohrak even do? They… freeze things. How does this help? If anything, they are making it harder for something to break through by freezing things solid and covering everything in ice. These Bohrok are actively working against their main objective. Not that it matters, though, since we’ve already established that Mata Nui can smash this island with ease.
Okay, here’s a meta one. Each of the Bohrok has the Toa’s elemental power. Some of them are a bit of a stretch, like the Nuhvok, who are basically just drills and don’t really have a ‘power’, but they’re all shoehorned to fit. Except Lehvak.
It’s not as if Air isn’t destructive. Ask anyone who’s been in a tornado to tell you. Heck, Lewa himself demonstrates this when he gets krana’d and starts working for the swarm. Why did Lego change this one? If you’re going to change one Bohrok power, why not make it the one that doesn’t actually destroy stuff? Why is Kohrak shoe-horned to the Toa element but Lehvak gets his own element? It gets even weirder when Lehvak-Kal gets to be air while all the other Kal get their own elements.
Okay, so you have an island that’s not supposed to be there, and the Bohrok are there to clean it all. Except there’s people on it. What do you do?
Well, obviously those people need to be removed. For their own safety as well as the purpose of the Bohrok. So you have the Krana, which can control your mind and force you to leave. Makes perfect sense… except that’s not what Krana do. They assimilate their wearer into the swarm, make them part of the hivemind.
This makes no sense. Bohrok, despite being described as insectoid, are not insects. They’re janitors. The Krana controlling your mind makes sense if they make get out of the swarm’s way, but why do they decide to recruit you?
Okay, actually this last one has a perfectly logical explanation: the Great Beings were clinically insane. I can see them going “sure, let’s make the janitors recruit anyone who gets in their way.”
Anyway, that’s enough ranting for now. Bionicle was weird, we all know that. Just wanted to ramble a bit because I’m TTV. Wait, misread my script again. Because it was on my mind.