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Let's face it, as unhappy as many of us were with the basic idea of a reboot (myself included), a continuation of the original storyline would've been implausible, as well as impractical purely from a marketing perspective. G1 got extremely tangled and deserved closure, but that is a different topic. Point is, there was never sense in bringing it back from where it left off. However, I am personally still not content with many of the decisions behind the actual reboot and would like to extend a simple question to all of you: How would you have made BIONICLE 2015? Here's my best suggestion: An alternate timeline of the original storyline with massive differences in major plot points during the Toa Mata's stasis inside the Codrex. Granted, the entire "alternate universe" trope did become a bit overused in the last few years of BIONICLE, but bear with me. The basic idea (seemingly, at least) of the BIONICLE reboot was to recreate some of the key concepts of the first few years in a new an unseen environment with brand new characters, as well as (references to) old characters and locations. If the idea of the reboot was to invent a premise for brand new sets with a slightly younger target than originally, the above proposal could have easily worked just as well and many of the old fans would surely have been equally excited about the story, if not more (and I'm betting it would've been more). To better illustrate my idea, here is a sample plot I can think of off the top of my head: The Toa Mata enter the Codrex and remain dormant for hundreds of thousands of years. During their stasis, Makuta Teridax plots to overthrow Mata Nui but conjures a slightly different plan than the one we know. He plays the good guy till the very end, possibly replaces Miserix as leader of the Brotherhood by "democratic" means instead of usurpation. Once Mata Nui reaches Bara Magna, he gives Makuta control over the smaller giant robot prototype. Together they begin to reassemble Spherus Magna and just as everything is going smoothly – WHAM! Makuta shoves Mata Nui forward and Bota Magna crushes his gigantic robot head instead. Mata Nui – betrayed and murdered (or perhaps just comatose?) collapses on the surface of the newly reformed Spherus Magna and the ensuing cataclysm launches the Toa Mata out to the ocean of what was formerly Aqua Magna. Drifting afloat for several hundred or thousand years, the Toa Mata are finally summoned by someone (why not Toa Takua?) and arrive on the shores of Bara Magna, where they assemble themselves and find the planet in turmoil. The old Mata Nui robot has been evacuated and everyone is living as best they can under the tyranny of Teridax. Perhaps the Skrall work alongside him? Who knows! Perhaps a somewhat grim example, but I hope my point is clear. This is definitely the kind of reboot I would've loved to see. Old characters could've appeared with completely new roles and purposes. Every reference to the original storyline as well as every progression of the new timeline would've been a fantastic treat for every old fan. And with the right approach, such a reboot could've still worked with the current means of brand communication (think slightly more childish commercials and storytelling). What do you guys think? Let me hear your ideas.
So... I got Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay's new album today, and I have to say I really like it. First of all, if you listen to it all in a row, it tells the story of two lovers through the songs. Another cool perk about listening to it as an album is the fact that there are three "interlude" songs, each of about 40 seconds, that serves to break up the story and provide transitions. My favorite songs on the album, however, are songs 3 and 4, Paradise and Charlie Brown. I believe summarize the more surreal/melancholy side of Coldplay's music, which I happen to like very much. The album art is also very interesting, and I think it reflects the "theme" of the album, if you will. It's very clean on the outside, but inside the M and the X there is a complicated sea of color, which relates to the album's "window" into a possible life story. I don't know if that's how you all will see it, but that's how I look at it. And as an added bonus, the music video for Paradise is both funny and sad at the same time. So, that's my little music review for today. -CM