Lego Bionicle: The Journey to One

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Animation bolsters story about legendary island warriors.

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

It's easy to discern good and evil, and the Toa are motivated by the desire to protect the island from Makuta's nefarious powers. Each Toa is powerful in his or her own right, but it's only by bonding with the elemental creatures and using teamwork that they reach their maximum potential.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Even among the good guys, there are bad tempers and short fuses. That said, the Toa are powerful and fair-minded. Villains -- especially Makuta and Umarak -- will stop at nothing to sabotage the Toa's efforts, usually through force.

Violence & Scariness

Many physical altercations. Characters are flung against walls and trees and knocked down cliffs. They use various weapons to hit their foes as well. Umarak is an especially threatening presence.

Sexy Stuff

The series is tied to toys and other products from Lego.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Bionicle: The Journey to One is an animated series based on the popular line of Lego toys. The tale follows island warriors' efforts to locate an ancient object that will unify them and help them conquer an evil force that threatens the nation's peace. Expect plenty of fighting as the two sides face off, but the robotic characters rarely show signs of wear afterward. Some tempers flare, and a few of the good guys come across as stern and uncompromising, but on the whole they're a likable bunch with colorful personalities and an entertaining story to tell.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bySpitbot February 9, 2017

An alright Netflix original, kids would be better off with Generation 1.

2016's "The Journey to One" was some of the last media released to promote BIONICLE's reboot, and it turned out alright. It's only five... Continue reading

What's the story?

LEGO BIONICLE: THE JOURNEY TO ONE is the story of six Toa, legendary heroes of Okoto Island who embark on a quest to find a mythical mask and achieve full unity to make them powerful enough to defeat the evil Makuta (voiced by Corny Remple). They're trailed on their journey by Makuta's chief hunter, Umarak (Michael Strickland), and an army of minions of various shapes and sizes. With Okoto's destiny resting on their shoulders, the Toa are inspired and strengthened by the elements of fire, earth, ice, water, stone, and jungle.

Is it any good?

This crisply animated series will be on Lego fans' must-see list, and the characters don't disappoint. The six Toa don't simply embody their respective elements; they have vastly different personalities that sometimes clash, but on the whole they tend to complement each other. The show could have done more for gender equality by including more than one female among the bunch, but it does focus on cooperation and fighting the good fight.

Violence is always a concern in a story like this one, and there's plenty of it here. Because the characters are robotic, there never are any visible effects from the altercations. As with all toy-inspired series, it's important to weigh this show's value against its possible commercial effects on your kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about myths and legends. Does Lego Bionicle: The Journey to One remind you of any legends you've heard? Even if legends are fiction, what can we learn from them? What messages, if any, does this story offer?

  • Is teamwork always the best solution to a problem, or have you experienced situations that were better approached alone? When you're working in a group, do you like to be a leader or a follower?

  • Kids: Can shows such as this and Lego's other offerings appeal to a variety of ages? To both genders? Do you find that toys and games are marketed to one gender or another? What shows can you think of that entertain both boys and girls equally?

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