Fan Fic: LMS
"Based on how well we've been working, by tomorrow we'll have CONQUERED THE WORLD! I mean, finished repairing the LMS Explorer."LMS was a saga written by Primis, along with fellow co-writers PeabodySam and Mobius, and hosted on BZPower. This Fan Fic is based around the adventures of the Rock Raiders after their famous adventure on Planet U, usually revolving around the Rock Raiders interacting with other LEGO Themes such as BIONICLE.Installments of LMS include:
- The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE (2005-2006): The Rock Raiders crash-land on Aqua Magna and must repair the LMS Explorer before they can leave the planet, and Hilarity Ensues. Co-written by PeabodySam and Mobius.
- Rock Raiders - Legacy (2006-2008): Chief recalls one of his early adventures on the ice planet Krysto and the origins of the mysterious antagonistic alien known as Shade.
- "RUN!" (2006): The Rock Raiders are mining on an alien planet and encounter the Insectoids.
- Two Worlds (2006-2009): A rewrite of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE.
- Run! (2009): A rewrite of "RUN!"
- Lost and Found and Lost Again (2013): A rewrite of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE Season 2, Chapter 38. Written by PeabodySam.
- Rock Raiders: Alphanote (Date TBD): A rewrite of Rock Raiders - Legacy.
- Rock Raiders: Omeganote (Date TBD): A new entry in The LMS Saga. Chronologically takes place after Two Worlds.
LMS contains examples of:
- Aborted Arc:
- The Mechanical Spiders were introduced as the reason the LMS Explorer crash landed, and were promptly forgotten about.
- The Gold and White Energy Crystals were never mentioned again outside of their initial appearance.
- Shade was originally conceived as a very different character known as "The Entity", in a plot that was lifted wholesale from The X-Files Game.
- While Rock Raiders - Legacy was heavily inspired by Star Flight, the rewrite will be considerably different.
- The Alleged Car: The LMS Explorer often got this treatment.
- An Arm and a Leg: Played for Laughs when Sam lost his arm to Energized Protodermis.
- And I Must Scream: Shade was trapped in the Kanohi Intel for fifty years. Upon escaping, he trapped Bob in the mask and then smashed it to pieces. It's unclear whether or not Bob is still alive, but if he is, that only makes things worse.
- Animated Adaptation: In 2005, Primis adapted the first few chapters of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE into animated form.
- Arm Cannon: Sam and Chief's robotic arms have retractable hands that double as plasma cannons.
- Artificial Limbs: After Sam lost his left arm, he stole Chief's prosthetic mechanical arm. Chief later got a replacement.
- Berserk Button: Don't steal Sam's line or Signature Move, or you will face his wrath.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Timnote , Bob, and Makuta Teridax serve as the main antagonists for the story. Until Shade shows up.
- Bolivian Army Ending: "RUN!" ends with Docs and Sam surrounded by very angry Zotaxians.
- Breather Episode: PeabodySam's chapters towards the end of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE Season 3, in comparison to the darker and more serious tone that Primis's chapters had adopted by that point.
- Broad Strokes: This is how earlier entries of the LMS Saga will be treated by the rewrite of Legacy.
- Butt Monkey: Axle in The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE.
- Call Back:
- Shortly after receiving Author Powers, Sam threatened to open a vortex of doom and fear, filled with evil stuff, to intimidate Gurak. Later, he opened the vortex twice: once to get revenge on Fox for stealing his signature move, and once to demonstrate his Face-Heel Turn on Roger.
- When Chief's plan to trick Sam into a Heel-Face Turn failed, he couldn't remember what "Plan B" was, so he referred to the Cast List and saw that "Plan B" was "Run like you've never run before" in an earlier chapter.
- In Lost and Found and Lost Again, Sparks refers to the cave where Axle found Lak.
- Call Forward:
Docs: What's next, biomechs?
- In Lost and Found and Lost Again, Sam makes a mental note of Axle's claustrophobia in case he ever happened to get the ability to warp reality.
- In Run!, Docs makes this offhand comment after seeing the Insectoids:
- The Cameo:
- Characters from PeabodySam's other stories show up every now and then. Mr. Bafoomy from The Search for the Mask of Light made a few random appearances in Season 2, and Frosam from The Story of Frosam appears a few times in Onu-Koro in Season 3.
- Tee Vee appeared for a quick gag in response to Chief declaring that the Rock Raiders won't be watching television anymore.
- Captain Crash:
- Cerebus Syndrome: While The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE, which was written as a comedy, remained fairly comedic throughout, the second half of Season 3 tended to take a darker, more story-oriented route with the introduction of Shade. Starting with Rock Raiders - Legacy, the saga was to be Darker and Edgier and a lot more serious in tone.
- Chekhov's Gag: In Chapter 38 of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE, Sparks loses "something very important", which is revealed at the end of the chapter to be nothing more than his car keys. In Chapter 42, in order to access the hiding place of the Kanohi Vahiki, the Rock Raiders need to crash a car into a wall. However, a Slimy Slug drains all the power from their mining vehicles, except Sparks's car (which runs on gasoline instead of Brickonium), so Sparks saves the day by crashing his car into the wall.Sparks: See, I told you that my car keys were useful!
- Comically Missing the Point:
- Kurahk always thinks that everyone is talking to him, so when Lerahk tells Turahk to "SHUT UP!", Kurahk responds with "STOP TELLING ME TO SHUT UP!"
- Matoro translating Nuju yelling at him to stop translating everything he says.
- Axle plays back a tape recording of Nuju speaking bird language to prove his point that nobody could understand him. Nuju is instead more confused by the fact that the audio tape can somehow record BZPower emoticons.
- Darker and Edgier: Rock Raiders - Legacy, in comparison to The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE.
- The Ditz: Pretty much everyone from time to time in The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE, justified in that it is a comedy.
- Of the lot, the worst offenders were probably Axle and Sam. In the latter's case, it's notable that one of the first signs that Rock Raiders - Legacy was a Genre Shift to a Darker and Edgier and more serious story was in "Chapter Zero" wherein Sam stopped acting ditzy and demanded that Chief stopped being so secretive and tell his fellow Rock Raiders the truth about Shade.
- Demolitions Expert: Fox, Bob, and Dr. Explodas.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom:
- The vortex of doom and fear, filled with evil stuff.
- Salmek nearly defeated the Chicken of Doom.
- One of Bob's evil plans involved a Battle Tree of Doom. It didn't work out because the local greenhouse didn't have that tree in stock.
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- Alpha Prime02 showed up far sooner in Two Worlds than he did in The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE.
- Similarly, Roger wasn't introduced until Chapter 73 of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE. While he did not appear in person, he was briefly mentioned in Lost and Found and Lost Again, which was originally intended to be Chapter 38 of Two Worlds.
- Enemy Mine: The six recurring Rahkshi all ended up working with the Rock Raiders to defeat Tim, Bob, and eventually Shade.
- The singing Makuta busts are based on the singing busts from The Haunted Mansion.
- Hardy, Tahu's pet rock that he entered in the Slimy Slug race, is obviously an expy of Rocky.
- Fire, Water, and Notappearinginthiscomedy are expies of Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and Sir Not-appearing-in-this-film. Or, at least, they would have been if they didn't all have heart attacks and die.
- Shade is inspired by Dark Oak.
- Rock Raiders - Legacy gives us Jack Sparrow, captain of the Black Pearl. No, he's not a pirate, and the Black Pearl is a spaceship, but the reference is definitely intentional.
- Face-Heel Turn: Sam turns evil and works with Tim and Bob during Season 3. It only lasts eight chapters before he turns good again.
- Fantastically Indifferent: Run! featured a Rock Raider Engineer that had become this due to the events on Planet U.
- Follow the Leader: The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE was not the first BZPower comedy to follow the X Meets BIONICLE formula. In comparison to its contemporaries, however, it was easily one of the most successful of the lot.
- Fridge Logic: Two in-universe examples.
- In The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE, Nuju wonders how an audio tape recorder was able to record BZPower emoticons.
- In Lost and Found and Lost Again, Jet wonders how Axle, who was just revealed to have claustrophobia, is able to drive around underground tunnels in the cramped cockpits of Rock Raiders mining vehicles on a daily basis.
- Fusion Dance: Occurred multiple times, but most notably was SkeleBob, which was a fusion of Bob and Tim, the latter of whom was an animated skeleton at the time.
- Genre Shift: The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE and "RUN!", along with their rewrites, are comedies. Rock Raiders - Legacy, as well as any stories planned beyond that, is a serious story.
- Given Name Reveal:
- After being defeated by not having a name, the Bridgekeeper named himself Tim a few chapters later.
- "Chapter Zero" of Rock Raiders - Legacy reveals that Chief's real name is Daniel. The following chapter revealed that Dr. Miner's given name is David.
- Got Volunteered: Sam, Fox, and Gurak in Lost and Found and Lost Again. Chief lined everyone up and asked volunteers to step forward; everyone other than the aforementioned three stepped backwards.
- Grand Theft Me: Shade did this once in Rock Raiders - Legacy.
- Green Rocks: The synthetic Blue Energy Crystals. There were a few other examples, but none as prominent as the Blue Crystals.
- Heel-Face Turn:
- Hey, That's My Line!: After it was noticed that Sam has a tendency to say "Eep!" whenever he was scared, any other character who dared to do the same ended up facing Sam's wrath for "stealing his line". Eventually turned into a Running Gag.
- Ironic Echo: From Chapter 56 of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE:Chief: So I see... Gurak, you're going to get it!
Gurak: Why do I have to do the suicide mission?
Chief: Because I hate you and I say so!
Gurak: That's a stupid reason!
Vakama: Chief, you are cheering for the loss of one of my villagers! Now, you shall have to go with him!
Chief: Why do I have to go on the suicide mission?
Vakama: Because I hate you and I say so!
Chief: That's a stupid reason!
- Knight of Cerebus: Shade, a villain introduced in Season 3 of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE and ultimately responsible for the Cerebus Syndrome of the series.
- Lame Pun Reaction: The vast majority of puns in The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE and its rewrite are incredibly lame, and often times intentionally so. For example, the "santaclaustrophobia" pun in Lost and Found and Lost Again actually causes Sam to double over in pain.
- Living Statue: The singing Makuta busts in the Mangaia. According to Word of God, they were created by Makuta Teridax as a means of torturing his prisoners with their annoying singing.
- Love Redeems: Parodied. Jet tricks Sam into a Heel-Face Turn by saying she loves him, then privately confesses to Chief that it was a lie.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Parodied twice in Season 3 of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE. Both Bob and Chief tried to pull this on Sam, and both of them were lying. Bob successfully tricked Sam before revealing that it was a lie, and by the time Chief tried to do the same, Sam was savvy enough to know he was lying.Chief: Sam! I am your father!
Sam: No, you're not.
Chief: Uh... yes, I am!
Sam: No, you're not! You're just some old guy who was formerly my boss!
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "RUN!", Sam's Trigger Happy reaction to the Insectoids was exactly what not to do. Chief contacted them too late to warn them not to engage the enemy, and the short story ends with Docs and Sam surrounded by very angry Zotaxians.
- No Fourth Wall:
- The writers of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE freely interact with their characters. After PeabodySam and Mobius became cowriters, their respective characters Sam and Fox were given Reality-Warping Author Powers.
- There was even one time in Season 3 where an error in the Cast List caused Fox to think that he was still Fox Nuva. Bob defeated Fox by fixing the error in the Cast List. Chief later referred to the Cast List when trying to remember what "Plan B" was.
- Origins Episode: The Engineer, for Sparks. The other Rock Raiders may also receive origin stories in Legacy, though this has not been confirmed yet.
- Orphaned Series: Not counting "RUN!", its rewrite, or Lost and Found and Lost Again as they are all standalone one-chapter stories, the only installment of LMS to have been completed from start to finish was The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE. And that's only the original series; the Animated Adaptation and rewrite were both left orphaned.
- Plot Hole: A few in-universe examples.
- In The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE, Turaga Vakama asks how Turaga Dume knows about events that happened while he was in stasis. PeabodySam appeared and Hand Waved it as a plot hole, much to Vakama's confusion.
- In Lost and Found and Lost Again, plot holes exist as tears in the fabric of space and time. One plot hole opened in Planet U, sucked in a Slimy Slug, and spat it back out on Aqua Magna, which is how Sam adopted Blacky. Later, Sparks couldn't remember where they found a Chrome Crusher due to all the plot holes eating away at the space-time continuum.
- Powered Armor: The Exo-Raider. In the original story it was inspired by the alternate model of the Boxor◊, in Two Worlds it was reimagined as a cybernetic exoskeleton.
- Rage Against the Co-Author: An interesting variation. None of the characters in the story raged against the author, but at the end of Chapter 63, Primis and Mobius gather an angry mob (complete with torches, pitchforks, and rubber duckies) to storm PeabodySam's house because it was the worst chapter they had ever read. Chapter 87 also provoked another angry mob.
- Random Events Plot: Primis and PeabodySam have admitted than, in hindsight, The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE tended to fall into this trap quite often. Two Worlds would have been an attempt to streamline the plot.
- Reality Warper:
- In The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE, Sam and Fox were granted Author Powers when their creators became co-writers. Granted, their ability to warp reality was limited by their lack of skill and training.
- In Season 3, Bob briefly stole Sam and Fox's Author Powers, giving him the Reality Warper abilities. Sam later got them back, but since Mobius had declined to write further chapters, Fox's powers were never restored.
- Red Shirt: Roger, Fire, Water, and Notappearinginthiscomedy. While Roger was not killed, he was introduced for the sole purpose of being thrown into the vortex of doom and fear, filled with evil stuff.
- Reference Overdosed: Especially The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE, but even Rock Raiders - Legacy had quite a few references.
- Retcon: A number of these in Two Worlds, most notably replacing Tim with Radium from LEGO Stunt Rally.
- Ret Gone: When Axle destroyed the computer, most of the guest stars (including Dr. Explodas, Lazer, Zikatra, Transaka, Brickmaster, and Salmek) were deleted. This was due to their creators no longer being active on BZPower.
- Revenge of the Chapter: Chapter 46 is titled "Revenge of the Sith – err, Sam".
- The first two chapters of Rock Raiders - Legacy were revised by Primis after he got the hang of writing prose.
- There are also plans for a ground-up rewrite of Rock Raiders - Legacy simply titled Legacy.
- Starting in 2006, The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE was in the process of being rewritten as Two Worlds, which would have changed the format from script to prose, streamlined the plot, improved the humor, and shown how much Primis and PeabodySam's writing skills had improved since the original story. Unfortunately, not even the first season of Two Worlds was finished, and Chapter 38 of Two Worlds was eventually published separately as Lost and Found and Lost Again.
- "RUN!" was rewritten as Run!, which had the same plot but was written in prose and was significantly improved.
- The first two chapters of Rock Raiders - Legacy were revised by Primis after he got the hang of writing prose.
- Running Gag:
- Sacrificial Lamb: Dr. Miner, who is introduced early in Season 3 only to be (accidentally) killed by Bob five chapters later.
- Sdrawkcab Alias: When Tahu was banned by a BZPower Administrator, he went by the name Uhat. In Two Worlds, this was changed to Avunuhat.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Shade, again.
- Shaped Like Itself: Chapter 89 is titled "The 89th Chapter".
- Shout-Out: Far, far too many to list them all. Each chapter of the original The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE ended with a list of works referenced.
- Signature Move: After receiving Author Powers, Sam's preferred method of dealing with his enemies is by magically forcing them to wear tutus. Like "Eep!", attempting to use this move will get you forcibly punished by Sam.
- Sound Effect Bleep: Axle riding on a bicycle shouting "WHEEEEEEE!" conveniently censored a bit of Toilet Humour.
- Stuff Blowing Up:
- Fox in a nutshell. He even accidentally created an explosive Kanoka disk.
- The Vermeer Mk. IV blew up for no apparent reason.
- Sudden Downer Ending: The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE ends with Shade firing a Wave Motion Gun at the LMS Explorer, with the fate of everyone inside unknown.
- Sympathy for the Hero: In Chapter 85, Tim and Bob sneak inside the LMS Explorer Mk. V to cause trouble and break stuff, but after walking around the ship and seeing What a Piece of Junk it is, Bob loses his motivation to do anything to the ship and instead pities the Rock Raiders.Bob: What could I do to Sparks and the Rock Raiders that life hasn't already? I almost feel sorry. I'm in the belly of the beast and I don't even care!
- Those Two Bad Guys: Tim and Bob.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- Pretty much most of the main cast in The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE, especially Sam when he ignored Vakama's warnings about the unpredictability of Energized Protodermis and subsequently lost his left arm.
- On Planet X, one of the mechanical spiders ordered a glass of water to drink, then short-circuited itself with the water.
- Torches and Pitchforks: And rubber duckies, too.
- Trigger Happy: Sam in "RUN!", who runs off and starts shooting all the Insectoids with his laser beam at the first available opportunity.
- Wave Motion Gun: Shade added one to his ship, via Lost Technology found on Aqua Magna.
- Whole Plot Reference: The chapter Window of Opportunity was one to the Stargate SG-1 episode of the same name.
- X Meets Y:
- The first installment of the series was originally titled The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE and was one of many BZPower comedies to follow the X Meets Y (with Y being BIONICLE) formula. Although the title was changed for the rewrite, Two Worlds still fits this trope.
- "RUN!" and its rewrite were based on the idea of the Rock Raiders encountering the Insectoids.