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B.I.O. Corps is an upcoming animated film with an original story. It concerns a team of genetically-altered young adults who are recruited by Dr. Leinad Laboratories and the CIA to defeat threats considered too dangerous for anyone else to handle. It is the tenth film in Project U and will answer questions established in Solarum.


Plot Summary

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"Stop it! Stop it! You're ruining everything!"
-Theodore Taylor, Mustache Maniacs Film Co. is Coming to LEGO Dimensions!
Spoiler warning! This section contains details that reveal crucial plot points. If you do not want to find out what happens, skip to the next section.

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Production History

As Project U was being formulated in 2012 and 2013, it had already been decided that most of the films would be adaptions of different LEGO themes. However, as development went on, Raul Flores (director of New Friends ~ An Environmental Fable) suggested throwing original characters into the mix. While the talks focused mostly upon Legends of the Universe, the idea was pursued as its own film later in 2013.

The idea that eventually became B.I.O. Corps came from two thought experiments. The first was deconstructing the concept of bio-augmentation and figuring out how real people with real problems would deal with becoming genetically-altered beings and the consequences that would entail (after all, altering someone's genetics to have beyond humanly-possible capabilities would have its set-backs). The other, which came from the establishment of the official cinematic universe in March 2013, was what had happened to Com 50 after Com 50-3: Raid on Central Island. While Com 50 does not appear in this film, he was made into a retired spy, training the next generation of recruits. Most of the story details were in flux throughout 2013, with writing officially beginning in 2014.

The film was officially announced on February 21, 2014 at The Second Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards, alongside the rest of Project U, with the title Team G.A.C.T.T.C.G.A. (later changed over copyright and branding concerns). Just a few weeks prior, writing had officially begun, with plot points, character names, continuity nods, and more being cherry-picked from two cancelled projects: Com 50 Covert Operations: The Interactive Adventure and Mission: Klaus. Writing would last through to the end of 2015, with this conclusion resulting in a mandate to introduce the film's main characters before the film officially debuts. This resulted in the release of the films Rift, New Year's Resolution, Clone, and The Pen.

In 2020, during a re-write of the in-development films for Project U, this film received several tweaks throughout its script, which enhanced some character dialogue, fixed some retroactive continuity snarls caused by the introductory films for the characters, and better explained some of the film's mysteries. While this film was given a 2028 release year during the 2/1/21 announcement event, this ended up being pushed back to 2029 when Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo: The Adventure Retold was pushed back from 2025 to 2028, ensuring that the commitment to one major release per year would be upheld, even in the wake of the production phase for Legends of the Universe.

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Characters

  • Zac Fernstein (Ian Wood)
  • Jessica Thompson (Elizabeth Vasquez)
  • Mark Walker (Shbeblythegreat)
  • Terrance Thorgood (Will Peterson)
  • Kendra Newmore (Ceruleanskylight)
  • Hayman Talon (Bart van Oosterhout)
  • Dr. Wallace Bishop (Chris Boyer)
  • Pete Slips (Al Bermudez)
  • Simon Vincent (unknown)
  • Sgt. Ronald Hawking (unknown)
  • Wimpy Recruit (unknown)
  • Tall Recruit (unknown)
  • Skinny Recruit (unknown)
  • Col. Bow Wow (Andrew Bermudez)
  • Professor Heinrik Kowalski (unknown)
  • Hazmat Scientist (unknown)
  • JFR6 (unknown)
  • MMW4 (unknown)
  • Mary Rawlins (Teresa Bermudez)
  • Leo Rawlins (Raul Flores)
  • Engineer Max (unknown)
  • Conductor Charlie (unknown)
  • Jacob Sawblast (unknown)
  • Tandoori (unknown)
  • Holly Newmore (unknown)
  • Chief Della Wickfield (unknown)
  • Lieutenant Thelma Dorrit (unknown)
  • Sergeant Farley O'Doyle (unknown)
  • Officer Eleanor Black (n/a)
  • Dr. Henrietta William (Teresa Bermudez)
  • Baron Typhonus (Andrew Bermudez)

Locations

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Credits

Tropes

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"Stop it! Stop it! You're ruining everything!"
-Theodore Taylor, Mustache Maniacs Film Co. is Coming to LEGO Dimensions!
Spoiler warning! This section contains details that reveal crucial plot points. If you do not want to find out what happens, skip to the next section.

B.I.O. Corps contains examples of the following tropes.

  • Bio-Augmentation: This is how the team members get their superpowers.
  • Mook Promotion: The last time anyone ever saw Hayman Talon was in Com 50-3: Raid on Central Island, where's he's literally named "Cal Pada Spy" (he lampshades this in one of his speeches) and has little screen time. Here, he's now the main villain who is spearheading a movement to resurrect Cal Pada in his image.
  • Nanomachines: These are what Dr. Wallace Bishop uses to carry out the genetic modification process, but with a few changes to how this trope is perceived in common media.
    • The nanobots can reproduce, but only to the extent that is required for the transformation sequence. Once that is over, the bots become extensions of the subject's DNA and do not replicate further.
    • The bots are part of a hive mind that is programed to the subject's DNA signature, which is read via a sample from the subject's saliva. On top of that, certain bots have certain tasks to complete in the transformation process in order to avoid the "gray goo" scenario.
    • The nanobots, while capable of changing and extending the subject's DNA during the transformation, naturally cannot subdue the physical sensation of having the body being transformed. The film makes it clear that the process is painful and usually results in the subject's loss of consciousness for almost a week.
  • Our Dark Matter Is Mysterious: The Maelstrom downplays this. Almost all of the characters call the substance "the dark matter," but it's not actually dark matter. It's a mutating agent from an alternate dimension that got its nickname from the changes in behavior that said mutations cause. On an implicit level, dark matter as we know it (or don't) is treated as something else entirely.
  • Transhuman: In an interesting twist, this film deconstructs and reconstructs this trope from a realist perspective. The five genetically-altered super soldiers, while now possessing abilities beyond any normal human, are still normal human beings who are now dealing with the reality that their senses are forever heightened, their eyes now have built-in heads-up interfaces (with no way to turn them off), they possess strength beyond any normal human, and all of this has to stay under wraps by order of the CIA and Dr. Leinad Laboratories while they go on missions with objectives that they know nothing about. On the other hand, Hayman Talon also has these abilities, but it's implied that it's not the genetic modifications that turned him evil, but rather his perception of the world and character. In other words, this film looks at this trope from the perspective of the real world, including the pain, health benefits, side effects, and more that would naturally come with it.

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