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  1. This idea came to me out of the blue today and now I wish very much to make it a reality! Or at least to write the script and the songs and perform demos of the latter. I have little hope of ever being able to actually put together a production, as I have no connections or resources or charisma and almost no friends. But if someone writes a BIONICLE musical adaptation, perhaps someone else who likes it will find a way of performing it—that's what happened with the Death Note musical. Anyway, I decided to run this idea by the residents of BZPower as a first step. If there were a BIONICLE musical, what would you want it to be like? Obviously, it would be impossible to cram the entire storyline into a single play, unless actors and audience were willing to remain in the theater for days on end. Personally, my first thought is a Compressed Adaptation of the first three years of the theme, starting with the Toa's arrival on the island and culminating in the transformation of Takua into Takanuva, his defeat of Makuta, and the awakening of Mata Nui (which, in this version, really would happen immediately after Makuta's defeat—whether or not Mata Nui is a giant robot in this version, I am not yet certain). I think it would be possible to fit that into 3 hours, with two intermissions. (It might be easier to just adapt MoL, but then we wouldn't get the Toa's early adventures and character development, which would be a shame, I think. Don't you want to see Kopaka's and Pohatu's first meeting played out on stage? I sure do!) What narrative moments would you most want to see as songs? What parts of the narrative would you cut or expand upon? Or would you prefer an entirely different way of adapting BIONICLE into a musical than the one I've outlined above? What would you do about costuming (I don't think full body, set-realistic Toa suits would be a good idea, as they would greatly impede acting—something more symbolic, a little like the costumes in the Lion King musical, would surely work better and be easier to create besides)?
  2. Delightful! Zesky's patchy, asymmetrical armor & ragged cloak fit the post-apocalyptic Scavenger World aesthetic of Bara Magna eminently well, as does the rugged sandbike. And of course it's always gratifying to see someone portray an arthropod character as having so much, well, character, rather than simply as a mindless villain or monster. Was the Vorox whose cranial carapace is displayed on the front of her bike a deceased friend or relative whose memory is being honored, or a customer who didn't want to pay? The one and only criticism I would advance is that the CCBS shell on the torso currently displays an awful lot of smooth, flat blank space which is slightly incongruous with the uneven, cobbled-together appearance of the rest of the character's "costume". I would break it up with something. Maybe a chain wrapped around part of it? I would definitely read stories about this character if you ever write any.
  3. Greetings, folk of BZPower! I bring you a subject on which to idly speculate... It seems reasonable to assume that the original decision to give BIONICLE characters magical masks was inspired by the ritual use of masks in real-life indigenous cultures. In such cultures, however, masks do not merely grant power of one kind or another. Rather, they allow the wearer to temporarily embody or become the god, spirit, legendary character, or revered ancestor whom the mask represents and play that being's part in a ritual performance. Now, it is certainly the case that canonically, kanohi do not have this property. But...WHAT IF THEY DID? Imagine an AU in which each Kanohi is named after a god, deified hero, or other mythological entity (and the Matoran have a pantheon extensive enough to provide all of these spirits) and designed to visually resemble them. To use the Kanohi's power is to channel/incarnate the spirit temporarily and thus have access to their power (which is the same power canonically associated with the Kanohi). What might this pantheon look like? In other words, let's have some fun coming up with spirits whom different masks might represent! I imagine this would work well in one of those reimagine-bionicle-characters-as-humans AUs that folk sometimes come up with, in which characters don't necessarily wear their masks all the time. I'll start us off with a few & probably post more later (feel free to come up with interpretations different from mine or to expand on mine): Hau = Obviously some sort of courageous warrior god who provides protection in battle. (Charms and amulets to protect against enemy warriors' blows are actually really common in real-world cultures, too.) Kaukau = A spirit of the sea, presumably. Or maybe the central figure of an Earth-Diver myth. Miru = A bird spirit, given that it looks sort of "beaked" as well as having a flight-like power. Maybe the Kadin is the same, and its spiky mohawk represents a crest of feathers. Mahiki = A shapeshifting trickster god. Rau = The culture-hero who invented language. Huna = A shy fairy or goblin that always stays hidden from the sight of mortals. Would fit with Vakama's initial timidity. Komau = A guardian of divinely ordained law, maybe? Or, almost the opposite, a tricksy enchanter who could put spells over the minds of others. Or maybe a legendarily persuasive leader/rhetorician! Zatth = A Mother of Monsters type figure or spirit of the wilds. Crast = A legendary monster cursed to be hated by all beings, to the point that even inanimate objects recoil from it in revulsion.
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