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Voltron: Legendary Defender (seasons 1-6)

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Voltron: Legendary Defender (seasons 1-6)
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Get into Your Lions
Genre: Mecha science fantasy
Running Time: 23 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 10, 2016 – December 14, 2018
Network(s): Netflix
Distributed by: Netflix
Starring: Josh Keaton
Steven Yeun
Jeremy Shada
Bex Taylor-Klaus
Tyler Labine
Kimberly Brooks
Rhys Darby
Neil Kaplan
Cree Summer
A.J. Locascio
Seasons: 8
Episodes: 78
Previous show: Voltron Force


Voltron: Legendary Defender is a Netflix original show, and the sixth show in the Voltron franchise. It ran from June 10, 2016 to December 14, 2018.

Why These Seasons are Legendary

  1. Memorable and likable characters, which range from the heroes, to the villains.
    • Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane is the pilot of the Black Lion and leader of the Defenders of the Universe. He was a star pilot in the Galaxy Garrison before he, along with Pidge's father and brother, were abducted by a Galra ship on Kerberos.
    • Katie "Pidge" Holt is the pilot of the Green Lion and Guardian Spirit of the Forest. Pidge's brother, Matt, and father, Sam, were part of an expedition to Kerberos that also included Shiro; all members of the expedition were thought to have perished. Refusing to believe that they had died, Pidge joined the Galaxy Garrison in an effort to unravel the mystery of their disappearance. A computer genius, Pidge developed a system that can detect Galra radio transmissions, and ended up joining Team Voltron.
    • Hunk is the pilot of the Yellow Lion and Guardian Spirit of the Land. Hunk initially seemed an unlikely candidate for a Voltron pilot, as he disdains dangerous situations and suffered from motion sickness. However, he is also a skilled mechanic who was able to process data collected by Pidge to create a "Voltron Geiger counter" that helped the group find the hidden Blue Lion. Hunk fills the primary role of Comic Relief on the team, but over the course of the first season, he becomes more willing to his role as the Yellow Paladin and becomes more heroic.
    • Lance is the pilot of the Blue Lion and Guardian Spirit of the Water and another Comic-Relief that gives Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender more funnier that we seen before. Lance considers himself to be Keith's rival, though he was only considered for Galaxy Patrol pilot training due to Keith's expulsion. Lance is convinced of his own superiority and quick to go after a pretty woman. Though he won't openly show it, Lance is quite homesick for Earth and his family.
    • Keith is the (initial) pilot of the Red Lion and Guardian Spirit of the Fire. Keith was an elite fighter pilot in the Galaxy Garrison, Earth's space exploration program, but washed out due to a "discipline issue." Inexplicably affected by the energies of the Blue Lion, he examined ancient messages left around its hiding place and thus learned of Shiro's return to Earth. Keith respects Shiro but clashes constantly with Lance.
  2. Many voice talents like Jeremy Shada as Lance (who also had roles in Adventure Time and Ralph Breaks the Internet as Finn the Human and Zero respectively), Steven Yeun as Keith (who also plays Steve Palchuk, Sebastian, and Avatar Wan from Trollhunters, The Big Bang Theory, and The Legend of Korra respectively), Josh Keaton as Shiro (who plays Valtor/Duman/King Oritel of Domino from Winx Club, Black Spider/Red Hood from Young Justice, and Miguel Leon/Andres from Elena of Avalor) and Kimberly Brooks as Allura (also known for playing Jasper/Malachite/Carnelian/Skinny from Steven Universe, Carl/Sophie from Pinky Malinky, Stormy from Winx Club, and Karen Beecher/Bumblebee from DC Super Hero Girls) and many, many more.
  3. Some funny moments like Pidge recreating her team out of the materials floating around and even acts out the personalities of Team Voltron in a very accurate nutshell in Across the Universe and Lance whooping with glee at the stadium during one of his and the others' performances in Code of Honor.
  4. Amazing story concepts. It also greatly expands of the plotlines of the original series with more complex and interesting stories, as well as having more subplots.
  5. Great art direction.
  6. Great music. It consists of incredible music tracks including I Will Never Give Up On You, You Found Me, and Razor Thin. Even the worst seasons have this trait, with music like Everything You've Got, Always, Part Ways, With The Darkness, You Took Away Everything, and I Have Visual.
  7. Some scenes were very emotional, like when Pidge thought her brother Matt was dead.
  8. Some scenes were very heartwarming too, like Hunk, Lance, and Pidge were reuniting with their families in season 7.
  9. Great voice acting. Such as the aforementioned Jeremy Shada as Lance, Steven Yeun as Keith, Josh Keaton as Shiro, and Kimberly Brooks as Allura (in WTSAL# 2).
  10. Creative alien and character designs. The suits for the Voltron Force members are very creative and detailed, and the designs for the villains (Zarkon, Lotor, Haggar/Honerva, Sendak, etc.) are also very imaginative as well.
  11. Pidge is adorable.
  12. Interesting episode plots like an episode that takes place underwater and another one involving a space mall, and even one that has the cast being chased through wormholes.
  13. Zarkon, Prince Lotor and Honerva all look like menacing antagonists. And they all serve as great threats and obstacles for the heroes to overcome over the course of the series.
    • Zarkon was the ruthless and overbearing ruler of the Galra Empire and had been ruling into the present day for 10,000 years. He was once a Paladin of Voltron the pilot of the Black Lion until he attempted to use Quintessence to save his gravely ill wife Honerva which resulted in them both being corrupted by it, turning Zarkon into the heartless warlord he was known as. After a battle with the new Paladins of Voltron, he was gravely injured and his son Lotor took control of the empire, until he returned and retook command, naming his own son a traitor to the Empire and for him to be killed on sight. In a final battle, Zarkon fought his son, yet was overcome and finally killed by Lotor, his death splintering the Galra Empire.
    • Prince (later Emperor) Lotor was the emperor and former prince of the Galra Empire, and son of Zarkon. He was slated to take over his father's role after Zarkon's obsession with the Black Lion, coupled with aid from the Galra rebel faction called the Blade of Marmora and their allies, led to the emperor's defeat at the hands of the Voltron team. With Zarkon in a comatose state under the care of Haggar, the witch had ordered the Empire's commanders to summon the prince.
    • Honerva, formally the Galran Empress and the witch Haggar, was an Altean user of dark magic and the former high priestess of the Druids serving the Galra Empire. She acted as an advisor to Zarkon and later recalled her memories as his former wife. She helped save him and keep him alive with her magic, yet Zarkon was still killed by his son Lotor, who hated Haggar almost as much as Zarkon. Following the loss of her son at the hands of Voltron, Haggar, now reverted back to Honerva, withdrew from the Galra Empire, taking the Alteans from the colony formed by Lotor and training them to hate both Voltron and the Galra. She had them Pilot her Komar Mechs and sent one to Earth.
  14. Kosmo is SO ADORABLE!!!!
  15. Absolutely beautiful animation and backgrounds courtesy of Studio MIR.

Bad Qualities

  1. Lance can be unlikable sometimes.
  2. Lance gets a bad ending, his true love Allura gets killed off and he later becomes a farmer, while the other Paladins get happy endings. This ruined the rare moment where Lance is finally happy for once.
  3. Hunk had no character developments, which proved to be a wasted opportunity.
  4. Some unlikable characters like James Griffin (though he later redeemed himself in season 7).
  5. Some mean-spirited moments, especially towards Lance, such as the characters calling him dumb because the show labels him as a punching-bag.
  6. While Shiro is a good character to represent the gay community, the way his sexuality is handled happened to be very abrupt in season 7 and had no build-up in previous season, making it look rather forced.
  7. Lotor was sent off in a such ludicrous manner that it is hard to be believable. His death and his final battle also proved to undermine his character development.
  8. Other than Zarkon, Lotor, and Honerva, remaining villains aren't compelling and rather bland.
  9. Ther writing in Season 5 was okay, but downgraded over time.
  10. Several filler episodes were unnecessary and proved to hamper in the way of any emotional connections the viewers wanted to make.
  11. Seasons 7 and 8 were not well-received by audiences mainly due to Shiro's boyfriend, Adam getting killed off in season 7. It wasn't even a dignified death, he died to prove how inferior earth tech is compared to the Galra.
    • The list of flaws of Season 7 and 8 goes on to the point it would be enough for them to be on Terrible TV Shows Wiki.
    • The Lance and Allura relationship in season 8 felt kinda forced because Allura didn't show any signs of interest towards Lance in seasons prior to season 8.
    • The finale is especially notorious for giving the series such an undignified end.

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