Thanks for your interest!
Like many of you, I’ve been wondering how Takanuva felt about his dramatic transformations, his defeat of the powerfully evil Makuta, and his new life as a Toa. So I gave him a call. And his loyal friend Jaller popped in to make a few comments, too. Thanks to Pewe Toa of the Void and pohatu jr for ideas.
Interview with Takanuva and Jaller
GaliGee: Takanuva, it’s really nice of you to take the time for an interview. All of us at BZPower are really looking forward to hearing what it was like for you to transform from Takua the Chronicler into Takanuva, Toa of Light, and courageously save Mata Nui from eternal darkness.
Takanuva: Aww, shucks. It was nothing. But it’s nice of you to say so.
GaliGee: Nothing? It was the showdown Bionicle fans had been anticipating for months! You risked unimaginable danger to protect your people.
Takanuva: I was just doing my job, for a change. But yeah, it was a mind-bending experience merging with the bad guy.
GaliGee: I’m sure it was. But before we get to that part, would you mind answering a few questions about your quest for the Toa of Light?
Takanuva: [laughs] Boy, did I feel sheepish when I figured out who he was! It was quite a journey. Me and Jaller, you know, we go way back, to the days when we were fighting Bohrok.
GaliGee: You two did seem pretty comfortable with each other.
Takanuva: We’ve traveled all over together, and we know each other’s quirks. Like Jaller is really scared of Fikou. At one point, one dropped out of the trees when we were in Le-Wahi, and Jaller flipped backwards off Pewku’s back.
GaliGee: [laughs] Well, I’d be pretty scared of them, too.
Jaller: Yeah, GaliGee, and Takua—I mean Takanuva—is scared of the dark.
Takanuva: I am not!
GaliGee: Hello, Jaller.
Jaller: Hi, GaliGee. Are too!
Takanuva: Don’t you have some guard duty rounds to make or something, pipsqueak? And that’s Toa Takanuva to you.
Jaller: Yeah. But I’ll be back, kolhii-head. Later.
GaliGee: It sounds like you two are still really at ease with each other, even though you have changed.
Takanuva: He still gets on my case for being irresponsible, and I still tell him he’s too much of a conformist.
GaliGee: So I take it that wasn’t just a plot device to add, er, human interest to the movie.
Takanuva: Plot device? We were fighting for our lives, girl!
GaliGee: Oh, I’m sorry, of course you were. BZPower is really grateful to you for standing up for good against evil. And I’d like to add my personal thanks for defeating Makuta.
Takanuva: Personal thanks? What, has Makuta been bugging you, too?
GaliGee: It’s a long story. But anyhow, are you sure you don’t mind that I’m posting your journal on BZPower?
Takanuva: No problem, GaliGee. I’ll e-mail you the rest of the entries as soon as I can get them typed up. Or I’ll just use the OCR program, if Turaga Nuju ever gets that scanner fixed. Stupid Rahkshi.
GaliGee: Thank you so much, Takanuva. A lot of members have said they’ve been enjoying it so far.
Takanuva: Wait, are you going to put in the part about Nixie?
GaliGee: Well, yes, unless you don’t want me to.
Takanuva: Oh, go ahead. After all, it’s my new policy to bring everything into the light.
GaliGee: I see. Well, that’s logical.
Takanuva: Besides, it’s not embarrassing to her… only me.
Jaller: Is there anything embarrassing about me in there?
Takanuva: You bet! You said a bunch of stuff in your sleep about Hahli.
GaliGee: Hello again, Jaller.
Jaller: Hi again, GaliGee. I did not!
Takanuva: Did too!
Jaller: Don’t you have some lightstones to switch out or something?
GaliGee: Say, Jaller, since you’re here, can I ask you what it was like to die and be revived?
Jaller: Sure, GaliGee. It was incredibly strange. I felt my whole body shake like my heart was about to stop, and then I saw my life flash before my eyes. The guard training… the Rahi battles… finding Toa Tahu… the Bohrok wars… covering for Takua so he could shirk his duties…
Takanuva: Hey! That only happened once or twice.
Jaller: Three times. But who’s counting? And then there was Hahli… I felt so sad. I really regretted not ever telling her I loved her.
GaliGee: So, after you were revived, I bet that was the first thing you said to her.
Jaller: Are you crazy? I could never tell her that! That’s too scary! I’m not planning on dying again anytime soon, anyway.
GaliGee: I don’t think people usually plan on it.
Jaller: Anyway, I saw my whole life flash by. And I was in a tunnel, with a bright light at the end. As I drew closer, the light started to take shape, and I could read some letters.
Jaller: Yeah. It was like a message from the Great Spirit Mata Nui.
GaliGee: Really? What did it say?
Jaller: It said, “Game Over.”
Takanuva: No way!
GaliGee: You’re kidding, aren’t you, Jaller?
Jaller: Yeah. But I did see a bright light. Then I was lying on the ground, and this big, scary dude was leaning over me. He was half really ugly and half, um, less ugly.
Jaller: Anyway, I realized that he had saved my life, just in time to see him get smashed by this huge door he was trying to hold up.
GaliGee: Oh, my.
Jaller: Yeah, it made a sickening sound, kind of a wet crunching noise, with chunks of metal flying and hydraulic fluid spraying everywhere.
GaliGee: Aaah! That was more information than I needed, Jaller.
Jaller: I was really sad, because I could tell that Takua was in there. And his mask came spinning out. Or rather, Takanuva’s mask. But I knew it was Takua, obviously.
Takanuva: You did?
Jaller: Duh! There was a spoiler on that Purple Dave guy’s website, like, a year ago!
Takanuva: You knew? Why didn’t you say something?
Jaller: Because you would have gotten a head the size of Toa Tahu’s Suva.
Jaller: Anyway, I was really happy to see that kolhii-head revive when Turaga Vakama put the Avokhii onto the big dot.
GaliGee: I bet it was wonderful to see him again. And speaking of kolhii, did anyone describe to you Takanuva’s big match with Makuta?
Jaller: Well, I saw it in the movie. Turaga Vakama took us all up to Mount Ihu, and we got to watch the DVD on Turaga Nuju’s home theater system. He’s even got surround sound. But Toa Lewa kept grabbing the remote and doing the frame-by-frame thing whenever Toa Gali showed up onscreen. Turaga Nuju was hopping up and down and squeaking, until finally Toa Kopaka wrestled Toa Lewa to the floor and sat on him.
GaliGee: That’s Lewa for you. Were you surprised at how well your friend played?
Jaller: Yeah. I was really proud of him. He did really well, for being such a lousy player. Hey! Put me down!
Takanuva: Heh, heh. Sometimes I just gotta pull rank on him.
Jaller: Just you wait. Someday LEGO will do a flashback, and they’ll turn you back into a Matoran for it!
Takanuva: Oh, I hope not. You’d never let me hear the end of it.
Jaller: Well, I gotta go. Unlike the Lightheaded One here, I have a real job. See you!
GaliGee: Thanks, Jaller!
Takanuva: He’s a real pal, that guy.
GaliGee: He is. So, how have you been getting along with the other Toa? Have they fully accepted you as one of their number yet?
Takanuva: Oh, yes, they’ve been very kind and welcoming. They really made me feel like a Toa right away. Since I don’t really have my own village to defend, they let me help out with their villages. Take Toa Tahu, for example. I mean, Tahu! I’m not used to that yet.
GaliGee: I imagine there have been a lot of adjustments to make.
Takanuva: Yes, there have. Well, Tahu gave me a really important task that no Matoran could accomplish.
GaliGee: What was it?
Takanuva: He showed me how to haul a week’s worth of trash from the village out into the middle of the lava river so it would burn up.
GaliGee: But I thought Ta-Koro was flooded with magma by the Rahkshi.
Takanuva: True. But all the trash was in a big bin, and the lava didn’t reach it. And then Lewa got me to weed the vegetable garden in Le-Wahi. The weeds were so tall, they were over the Matoran’s heads. So they needed a Toa to do it. And my staff is just the right shape for that kind of work.
GaliGee: I see.
Takanuva: And Kopaka had me scrape the frost off the windows of the Sanctum. Good thing I’m not afraid of heights. But man, it’s cold up there! I couldn’t even feel my fingers by the time I was done.
GaliGee: It sounds like you’ve been working really hard for everyone.
Takanuva: Yeah. Onua got me to bail water out of the bottom of the Great Mine. The fight with the Rahkshi caused a big cave-in, and the groundwater flooded the shaft about five bios deep.
GaliGee: And you bailed all that water out?
Takanuva: It took quite a while. Then Pohatu got me to clean the stables in Po-Koro.
GaliGee: I thought that was the comet ball traitor’s job.
Takanuva: It was, but the muck was so deep, he couldn’t get the door open any more. So I had to help out.
GaliGee: Wait a minute. Aren’t you all going to leave Mata Nui anyway? Why are you even bothering with these jobs?
Takanuva: Hey! You’re right! Who cares if the garden needs weeding? We’re going to be gone in a few weeks!
GaliGee: It sounds to me like the other Toa are taking advantage of the new guy.
Takanuva: You think so? Yeah… it does, doesn’t it?
GaliGee: Did Gali put you to work, too?
Takanuva: No, she didn’t. Just the guys.
GaliGee: Do you still have a special bond with her?
Takanuva: Well, no, since I’m not the Chronicler any more. I guess she’ll be sending visions to Hahli now. But it’s just as well, because Tahu and Kopaka would probably start fighting over which one would get to kill me. Gali would try to break it up, Lewa would start selling tickets to the Matoran, and Pohatu and Onua would have a bet going on the outcome.
GaliGee: It sounds like you’ve figured out the group dynamics of the Toa pretty well.
Takanuva: Yeah, I got to know them as we traveled with them, while they were hunting the Kal. I used to think they were all noble and pure at heart. But when I got to see them bicker over the last piece of roast Maha, I realized they’re just like the rest of us.
GaliGee: I think so, too. So, I’ve saved the biggest question for last. What was it like to merge with Makuta?
Takanuva: Oh, man. That was unforgettable. I got a glimpse into the darkest, most twisted mind I’ve ever encountered.
GaliGee: There’s one thing all of us on BZPower are dying to know, Takanuva. Why is Makuta claiming to protect his brother from pain?
Takanuva: Uh, actually, I didn’t understand that part, either.
GaliGee: Aww, man!
Takanuva: I did find out why he really put him to sleep, though.
GaliGee: Really? Why?
Takanuva: If I told you, I’d have to kill you.
GaliGee: No way!
Takanuva: Way! LEGO won’t let any of us talk about it yet.
GaliGee: Oh, well, I suppose we’ll find out eventually.
Takanuva: Yeah, someday. Like the Turaga’s story. Those guys are so mysterious. It turns out they were once Toa.
GaliGee: I’ve heard that, too.
Takanuva: So, I’m definitely not going to leak any secrets to you. LEGO might turn me into a Turaga, too. I have no desire to look like an old guy, and sit around and discuss prophecies all day.
GaliGee: OK, I can understand that. So, how did it feel to transform from a small Matoran to a larger Matoran to a Toa to a combined being of darkness and light that’s the most powerful creature ever to walk the surface of Mata Nui?
Takanuva: Great! I got kind of used to not being used to myself. The first time was cool, because we got to rebuild ourselves, just like you guys play with LEGO s. The second time, it was in the middle of a really intense moment, with the Toa and Rahkshi fighting behind me and my best friend dead, so I was completely overwhelmed by everything. And the last time, well, it was just too weird for words.
GaliGee: When did you realize you were going to merge with Makuta?
Takanuva: I was just trying to pull off his mask, and it occurred to me that maybe he wouldn’t be so grumpy if he was wearing mine, so I put the Avokhii on him. But I needed a mask, too, so I put his Krakhaan on myself. Man, it was creepy looking out of his eyeholes. His mask smelled like charcoal and motor oil.
GaliGee: And once you were in the protodermis, you merged?
Takanuva: Yeah, I wanted to light up the inside of his mind, and see what was really driving him to be so cruel. And somehow we got all tangled up, and then I heard his voice inside my head, and then suddenly we were one being. And he agreed with me that we should raise the door, and I agreed with him that we should revive Jaller. Then I felt his strength being sapped, and I couldn’t hold the door anymore.
GaliGee: I don’t want to hear about that part again!
Takanuva: Uh, yeah, it was kind of gross.
Gali: Oh, Takanuuuuuuuva!
Takanuva: In here, Toa Gali. I mean, Gali.
Gali: Oh, there you are. I was wondering if you would mind helping out in Ga-Koro. Nokama has trained three of the villagers to give therapeutic massages, and they need someone to practice on.
Takanuva: No way, Gali! I’m not going to let you push me around just because I’m the new guy! I have my dignity, too, you know.
Gali: Suit yourself. I’ll find someone else. Oh, Taaaaaahu! [voice recedes]
Takanuva: I sure told her off, eh?
GaliGee: Actually, what she was suggesting sounded rather pleasant. A massage by three Ga-Koronans… all you’d have to do is lie there and relax…
Takanuva: You think so? Yeah… it did, didn’t it? Hey, Gali! I’ve changed my mind! Wait for me! Gaaaaaali! [voice recedes]
GaliGee: Takanuva? Takanuva? Well, I guess this interview is over. [click]
So, now Mata Nui’s reluctant hero actually looks like one. But at heart, he’s still just Takua. And Jaller won’t let him forget it. This is GaliGee reporting.
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Edited by GaliGee, Jan 07 2012 - 01:26 PM.