and if not him someone else would come along to say "yep this is it this is makuta's plan"
really the only thing that kept it a surprise was that we didnt know the universe was in a giant robot
One thing that bugs me the most, though, is what happened to Makuta.
In the early days of Bionicle, everything was much more spiritual, much more mystical, much more intriguing. Obviously, as Greg's "Sizzle and the Steak" thing was all about, it couldn't remain that mystical forever, because some things needed to be answered, such as the true nature of Mata Nui. However, as time went on, it seemed as though more and more of the mystical things had an explanation shoved into them. Masks got their powers from being crafted from Kanoka disks. The legends of Mata Nui were all made up. I think Greg, in all his talk of sizzling steaks and twelve-foot cockroaches, needed to realize that not all sounds are sizzles, and not all doors need to be opened.
I feel this hit hardest with Makuta, especially with how unsatisfactory his explanation was: he was just an angry janitor.
Okay, that's oversimplifying it a little. However, my point is that when Makuta lost his spiritual side, his role as the spirit of Darkness and Destruction, he also lost a large degree of what made him interesting. With his powers restrained by the limitations of needing to be an actual creature instead of a spirit, and his motivations changed from a drive to destroy to simply a jealous bid for power, he became just another generic villain.
And worst of all, he became a Planner.
A Planner is, to me, a villain type that is rarely written well. They're easily recognized; they always have a Master Plan, and everything that happens goes according to it. This includes any victories by the opposing side, any uncontrollable contingencies, anything down to a butterfly's wingflap.
And it's so dreadfully boring. In small doses, the twist of "it was all my master plan" is tolerable; it can pull the rug out from under you when you least expect it. However, the problem with Makuta is when he became a Planner, it was at the expense of eight years of story. Eight years and at least two defeats of Makuta had to be explained away as "all according to keikaku*". The more it happened over those eight years, the less surprising it became, and the more infuriating, because there wasn't even a character anymore. Just a cardboard cutout that says, "All according to plan."
This is all very disjointed and not all of it is really worded the way I want it but basically, I loved the way Makuta was written from 2001-2004. He was a spirit driven by his very being to destroy, to conquer, to consume. He was intimidating and awe-inspiring in a way that he just WASN'T from Time Trap onwards. I can barely even read his words in the same voice as he had in the movies past that point, because it's so dramatically different. The movie voice is that of a spirit of destruction; it just doesn't match the words of a mere politician.
*Translators Note: keikaku means plan
(I'm very disappointed in the ways Metalbeard's set differs from his movie counterpart, particularly the cannon array, which I'm pretty sure is much more stable in the movie design.)
Honestly, you can make this sound like some kind of crusade for justice all you want (I'm going to hope that some of how you worded it is just meant as hyperbole to make a point, though?), but it just comes across to me as being anti-fun and anti-imagination.
There's a time and a place for joke entries to place high in a contest (actually no there really isn't but w/e), but the first site-wide BZP contest is certainly not one of those times.
The first entry offended my eyes.
Well, this was probably in the bottom 3 comics I've read in my life. Didn't make much sense, and some things were hard to read because of the coloring and font style.
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