I’ll start with the bad news. As probably most of you have heard so far, LEGO announced that they would be discontinuing Bionicle G2 at the end of this year. It’s really a bummer, as I was looking forward to seeing where they’d take the story (and hoping they would), and I really enjoyed the sets.
So that sucks. But I can say that I, for one, am happy that it existed while it did. Sure, I had plenty of criticisms of it, and still do, but it was fun.
On to Journey to One. I just finished watching the new episodes, and I’m… happy with them, surprisingly enough. I tore into the first “season” pretty deep, but there isn’t nearly as much with the second.
I started the first review with what I liked of it, since that was the minority, but it’s actually reversed with this one, so I’ll start with what I didn’t like.
One-liners. There are less of them in the new episodes, but they’re still there, they’re still unnecessary, and they still suck. I don’t really get the point of one-liners. What are we watching, a superhero movie? (I almost universally hate superhero movies, especially those of Marvel.)
Voice acting is still meh. I almost think it’s a little bit better in S2, but it could just be that I got used to it. (Funny note; there’s a scene in the second episode of S2 where I’m pretty sure Onua said Lewa’s lines, Lewa is animated as though he’s speaking but it’s actually Onua doing so.)
I don’t think I mentioned the music in the first review. The music in both seasons isn’t very noticeable, which is a shame. It’s decent music, but just kind of blends into the rest of the sounds and all so you can’t make it out very well. Some of the music in S2 reminded me of Nathan Furst’s music in the movies, though, which was pretty cool.
That’s probably it for the specific stuff I didn’t like. I’ll probably mention some minor criticisms in the rest of the review, but that was the majority of it.
On to what I liked.
Story. The story got way better in S2. I’m not saying it’s amazing, but it’s pretty good and had me interested. At least it wasn’t like in S1, where it was obvious as to almost everything that was going to happen.
Dialogue writing. As I mentioned before with the one-liners, yeah, it has its problems, but it’s considerably better than in S1. I suppose that, to some degree, comes from the story being better; it needs to be expressed in some way.
Animation. It’s basically the same as it was in S1, but I still enjoy the blend of styles and think it fits pretty well.
S2 is a major step up from S1. I’m not saying it’s amazing or anything, but there’s a very noticeable difference, and I genuinely enjoyed the second episode at least. And that is what makes the news that Bionicle is ending so sad. There’s a lot of stuff hinted at in S2 that I won’t get into right now, that could’ve been expanded upon a bunch and turned into something pretty cool. We still don’t know what the purposes of the Time Temple and the Mask of Time are. There’s a lot of stuff they could’ve done, so it’s really a shame to see it end early.
A few other things about the show: A Toa of Light is mentioned, which I don’t remember hearing about before. It’s somewhat hinted at that it’s Ekimu, but he just dismisses it. (His armor does sure glow a lot for him to not be the Toa of Light though, and his associated creature is a hawk of light or something like that.)
Also, we see the Mask of Ultimate Power. It’s awesome. So is Makuta. I really hope they release a set version of him before they end Bionicle. His set looks awesome.
The writers also seem to absolutely love writing the phrase “realm of shadow”. I lost count of how many times it was said in the episodes.