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A New Age of Voltron

A New Age of Voltron. If you’re not watching it now, you need to get on it…

I need you to understand just how important it is for you to watch the new reboot of Voltron on Netflix. As a true child of the Internet age, I have binged this series and am hungry for more. Dreamworks, along with Studio Mir (the creative minds that brought us Avatar the Last Airbender), have come together as one unit with one goal in mind: to create an amazing, heart stopping, anime-inspired series that will make both new and old fans want to go and save the universe.

The blue lion belonging to the most free spirited. The red lion seeking the most impulsive and relies on his instincts. The green lion in tune with one of keen intellect and curiosity. The yellow lion finding the one who puts everyone else’s needs in front of his own. The black lion suited to a natural born leader, and can only be unlocked if the other four lions are present. When these five Paladins become one, they form the unstoppable Voltron; the savior of the universe, that will one day save us all from Zaron’s tyranny.

The Galra Empire has controlled the universe for 10,000 years by conquering planets and destroying inhabitants, whether they comply or not. The only thing that can stop this empire, is the legendary “Defender of the Universe”, Voltron – a gigantic robot warrior composed of five lion mechas whose whereabouts are unknown. Princess Allura’s father, King Alfor of Altea, separated the lions in order to protect the Defender from falling into the Galran Emperor’s hands. During the war that ended with the destruction of planet Altea, King Alfor bonded the five lions’ energies to his daughter Allura’s life force, then sent them across the universe to different locations until the next generation of Paladins would appear and the time to pilot Voltron would arrive. The viewer walks the path as an omnipresent being, watching these lives unfold as they’re brought together to learn how to fight, grow, and build together as one team; something that many shows lack nowadays.

I will say this, I do miss the shout out of what’s happening as the team are forming Voltron, but I believe once this team’s bond grows stronger, we may be able to hear it as yet another acknowledgment to the past. Although after the first few episodes, I even forgot to say it because I’m far too entranced with the formation scene. There are so many beautiful nods to the original series, while still keeping both the comedic timing and the fascination of exploration in mind while the scenes unfold in front of you. Each character is well thought out, with fascinating backgrounds that mirror the original; all while still leaving mystery and creating depth for the audience to explore throughout the season. There are so many pieces of the plot that have unfolded in just these 11 episodes, and yet there are still more questions that haven’t been answered, more worlds we haven’t seen, and characters I know we haven’t met. I watched the entire original series and am on the edge of my seat after the season’s ending, contemplating just how long I have to wait until season two. If you haven’t seen this series yet, you are seriously missing out. If my words don’t convince you, just a look at this cool-a** formation scene and judge for yourself.

About Kurenai Kiba (She/Her) (30 Articles)
Cosplayer, writer, illustrator and working for Nerdy Bebop. She has been a featured artist in interviews, podcasts, and east coast conventions as well as participated in panel discussions focusing on diversity, cosplay, and art. Lover of cats, bacon, color, and all things nerdy; especially anime. In every aspect of her life, she believes in making sure she lives up to her motto 'creating fantasy and altering realty'; taking what abstractions you've conceptualized and making that leap to bring it into fruition in a way only you can.
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