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Voltron: Legendary Defender

IMDB 8.1
data di revisione 02/21/2020
Alfonse Voskamp

My initial review got rejected. I don't know why. If it was some other show I probably wouldn't even care but I loved Voltron as a kid. I grew up watching the it daily . The new series was such a joyful surprise..and then there was season 8. This last chapter feels like it was forced and patched together with a bunch of random ideas. Throughout the whole season characters make the most illogical decisions just to drive the story somewhere. Everything starts well, but it quickly goes downhill from there. After some filler episode we get to the grand finale where despite the impossible odds the good guys win through...willpower. I don't know how else to describe it. Voltron is the most awesome force in the universe. That's what we are lead to believe, but I don't get that impression from watching season 8. To top it all there are a bunch of cliches thrown in and a weird ending. You won't really miss much if you skip that last part and save yourself several hours.
data di revisione 02/21/2020

The first 7 seasons were really good, bordering in great. Then came season 8... Voltron wins simply because it must. There are zero rules, impossible fights won when there was literally no chance, the chance was in the negative. Robeasts beat Voltron and the Atlas, then individual lions hold off two of said robeasts? What's that deus ex machina? Don't worry the bad guys have their own deus ex machina, so that Voltron can do it all again.

Seems like extremely lazy writing, a sad end to so much potential.
data di revisione 02/21/2020

The first seasons where really good, but then it started repeating it self, made the univers seem small, and kinda forgot distances and we suddenly where not traveling between systems in a galaxy, but between all galaxies, so it kinda ruined it self there on the logical scale.

Season 8 tries to be profound but is really disappointing for any anime fan, and it kinda sums up the writing in generel, it ends up being a pretty forgettable series in the end. It's not as bad as other series, the PC culture is kept relative in check, but it does shine trough and kinda ends with the punch line, as it shows it as the only ending with any kind of personal relationship. Kinda wasted as it could just have been a subplot.

Actors are fine borderline great at sometimes, and the animation is for a western cartoon good. It's really only in the writing it lacks imagination and power. If you can watch it for free and have lots of time, then it's a okay watch for most of the seasons. But don't expect anything like great stories that keeps consistent or pan out to something great, this is Cartoon Network level of writing we are talking about, not adult or anime.
data di revisione 02/21/2020
Dusty Mihatsch

Was a fan for 2 years. I always had faith and hope in the creators... now I feel hurt and cheated. So much wasted potential. I loved the characters.. so it was PAINFUL to see what happened to them in the end. I say this out of the love I had for the show and now for the hurt I felt. The creators "GHOSTED" after the ending. Seriously, like how a date GHOST and never calls or text back after making empty promises. Save yourself the heartbreak. DISAPPOINTMENT is an understatement. I now find myself distrusting shows and getting into another fandom. The ending literally is WORST than "How I Met Your Mother"'s original ending.
data di revisione 02/21/2020
Jacobson Patcher

Part 2 of 5. Long Review.

Allura's Motivation

An interesting question is what did the show runners intend Allura's deepest desire in life to be? One possibility is that it was always to sacrifice herself in order to learn the secret of life as evident by her words and actions when facing the White Lion on Oriande and by the fact that she is resurrected as some sort of god. If this were case, then why did she enter into a relationship with Lance in the first place? (Recall that this was the reason for Yue's hesitation towards Sokka in the sense that Yue knew she would have sacrifice herself at some point.) Assuming, Allura genuinely cares for Lance she would have had, in the very least, a serious conversation with him about the potential future of their relationship, but this is something that is conspicuously absent from the show. Romantically, people who are ISFJ take dating seriously and only enter into relationships that have a real chance of lasting a lifetime. Given the uncertainty of war and the assumption that Allura wanted to sacrifice herself, then their relationship did not have a real chance of lasting a lifetime, which contradicts Allura's personality.

Another possibility is that her deepest desire was to go back to Altea and be with her parents and people before the war started, but Allura knows that this not possible, at least not in the physical world. Perhaps it is possible on the infinite void/astral plane/connected consciousness of all reality, but Shiro's consciousness existed there because of the Black Lion and Alfor's consciousness existed in Honerva's mind, a living person. It is possible that the Red Lion holds Alfor's consciousness, but that is something never explicitly stated; furthermore, neither her mother's consciousness nor her people's consciousnesses are shown to exist on the infinite void/astral plane/connected consciousness of all reality. It seems to me the show runners intended the infinite void/astral plane/connected consciousness of all reality to be something like a manifestation of the Force from Star Wars, but did not fully flesh out the concept. Lastly and most importantly, there is not an immediate need for her to join the astral plane. Her father's consciousness can not die, and Allura would be able to enter the astral plane after her natural life ends.

Another possibility, which I think is the most realistic case, is that her deepest desire in the end is to experience peace and happiness with her new found family but that she was always willing to sacrifice herself to protect others since she saw it as her duty to do so and took her duty seriously. At the very end, Allura says to Honerva, "I lost my father, my mother, my planet to this war, but I've gained a new family and a purpose stronger than any I could ever imagine." In this case, it does not make sense that she is resurrected into some sort of god as her reward for saving all realities. Mechanically, perhaps Bob rewards Allura or the mystical universe or even Allura rewards herself - apparently, she is all-powerful at this point. Either way, it would make more sense that Allura is resurrected back into her physical form and then ascends into the heavens as a god after all those closest to her have passed away. Lastly, I am assuming that Allura restores all living creatures back to life when she saves all realities, so logically she could recreate herself as well. Magic that's powerful enough to restore countless realities, full of countless planets and innumerable amounts of life, surely is powerful enough to save one's self. But with 5 minutes left in the entire series, who has time for that annoying thing called logic?

I suppose the show runners intended that Allura's self-sacrifice symbolizes that a great victory must come at a great cost or that the greatest expression of love is to sacrifice yourself to save another. Not that these are necessarily bad themes, they are good themes in fact and today's society could benefit from more people helping each other out, but Allura's self-sacrifice at the end of the show feels extremely forced, and I can not help but feel it is simply done for shock value. It is as if the show runners were thinking, well we have to end this show in a big way, so let us kill off one of the main characters. Allura sacrifices herself with 15 minutes remaining in the final episode - not much time to debate or explore other alternatives to restoring all realities, such as somehow using Voltron. After all, it is not like Voltron is a semi-sentient robot that is the most powerful machine ever created, can travel to other realities, can store the consciousness of its pilots, is full of quintessence, i.e. space magic, and something that Allura successfully used in season 6 to transfer quintessence while fighting Lotor. In season 6, sacrificing the Castle of Lions worked to close all the unstable rifts Lotor created, so it would have been reasonable to sacrifice Voltron to solve this even bigger problem of restoring all realities. Plus, it makes sense in that it achieves victory at the lowest cost possible. Further adding to the contrived nature of Allura's self-sacrifice is that Voltron could not stop Honerva in the reality with a perfect Altea and then surprisingly (or not) all realities are strands emerging from a single point, which of course makes them easy for Honerva to destroy. (As an aside, for someone angry enough to destroy all realities, Honerva gave up rather easily at the very end. Some happy memories from her youth were enough to convince her to stop fighting. Honerva is apparently powerful enough to kill Allura and the paladins. Why would Honerva not do that and then destroy the last remaining reality? End of all existence. No more pain and suffering as Honerva wanted. I would have preferred this bleak ending to the one the show gave us.) Lastly, there is the Blue Lion. The Blue Lion has Allura's consciousness, and Pidge states on at least two occasion that we are all made of the same cosmic dust. So the Blue Lion could have transformed itself into Allura as the final scene of the show or even better yet the lions could have formed Voltron and then Voltron transforms into Allura. Then she literally is the defender of all universes.

Grading Voltron (Critical Analysis)

Animation - A+ Visual Effects - A+ Music - A+

On a positive note, the animation, visual effects and musical score are outstanding. Seriously, some of the best and coolest animation I have seen in awhile. Studio Mir and the Voltron design team did an outstanding job in these areas. The lions look sleek yet powerful. Voltron has an air of steadfast resolve - really everything looks and sounds awesome.

Voice Actors - A

The voice actors bring their characters to life and each does a great job. A.J. hits a home run as Lotor. He nails the mix of authority and mystery that Lotor has. Kimberly Brooks' voice as Allura is royal with sweet and caring undertones. Josh Keaton gives Shiro a commanding yet compassionate air. Jeremy Shada has so much range. Great job by all of the voice actors.

Humor - A

I like the jokes. I grew up when hanging out at the mall was a thing so I enjoyed the space mall episode. Lance's line, "No way that was blazzle hooches!" will be stuck in my head for awhile. Tim Hedrick's background in comedy serves Voltron well.
data di revisione 02/21/2020

They copied legend of korra: didn't bother to develop interesting base characters, utilized annoying ones for garbage dialogue and those with the most potential were wasted eg. Noatak and Tarrlok wtf = Allura and Lance. You get strung along on an indecisive, emotional tantrum and it's all tidied up quickly with a shock value ending (very cowardly done considering the themes were introduced sooo late) that feels like some of the script has been cut off in the same style as one of the 'clash/wrath of the titans' movies. So many potentially awesome avenues and new ideas to explore were squandered in both T.V. shows. I've seen Big Ted, Little Ted and Jemima act out more interesting stories (with satisfying endings) whilst still leaving me baffled at the mystery of their interpersonal relationships. Big Ted is so strong, yet Little Ted is closer in size to Jemima... Do Teddy Bears even date Dolls?!?!?! No one ever actually defined the genders of the bears outside of the fictitious roles they play during story time. I still don't know! Play school ftw
data di revisione 02/21/2020
Hanni Urizar

The last 2 season's were utter garbage consisting of bad and inconsistent writing. The ending also made no sense. Don't waste your time on this show.
data di revisione 02/21/2020
Stevie Abrar

I just finished binging the show and I need to let some steam off. Now, before I start criticizing everything it should be said I found the show entertaining enough to watch all of the episodes, but there are still major flaws in it that more or less ruined my experience.

First off, IMO the PG rating is hurting the show, it limits the grittiness of the war and the emotional weight of the Galra Empire conquering, enslaving and killing entire civilizations. As well as how many complex philosophies and ideas you can put into it.

Secondly, the villains and the Galra empire are mostly boring. It's a bland evil warrior race super empire. Most of the villain characters are arrogant and predictable. There is no philosophy or thought as to why the empire should expand as it does except "For the glory of the empire".

Thirdly, there are alot of logical holes in the way the world is built up. Especially considering scale, tactics and science. For example, the Galra, being and universe spanning empire, seems to mainly only use two types of ships; Cruisers and Fighters. In a flashback to the past 10 000 years ago, the Galra are shown to utilize the same type of ships and robot drones. Why has the empire been this technologically stagnant for 10 000 years, when on other occasions it is said that they have immensely improved their technology during that time?

Also, How in ANY way can Voltron realistically fight against the Galra empire if they own LARGE CHUNKS OF THE UNIVERSE? Just in ONE galaxy there can be up to 1 billion habitable planets. So even if Voltron could win every battle for every planet in 1 minute with no downtime or travel time it would still take 1902 years to free them all, and that's not to mention the rate of Galra spreading while they liberate the planets. You could say that rebels would help, but that would only happen on a large scale after atleast a percentage of planets were liberated. Also the rebels never use any ships other than refitted freighters(which are all identical btw), nor do they commandeer captured Galra ships, which would be the logical choice of an oppressed race rising up against their overlords.

Voltron the robot is also super boring, it always gets its ass kicked and then suddenly a team member activate a hidden ability, or they use the power of heart and friendship to solve it. The whole magical aspect just takes away alot of the tension. When the writers put the heroes in a "certain death" situation, you know they will survive because they're the heroes, but instead of inventing a creative way for them to win, they just throw in magic and Voltron suddenly turning super OP.

All in all, alot of flaws, but then again it is rated PG and maybe I was expecting a bit too much from a children's show.
data di revisione 02/21/2020

As a fan of the original, I was very cautious with this remake, most definitely with remakes being horrible this day and age. I gave it a shot the lions!! The lions this "remake" of an original!!! One last thing, they have the wrong person voicing the princess!!! They went PC with the this!! Edit!!! Not only is the princess completely wrong, they have Pidge as a female &; in Voltron 84, you clearly hear the nanny call Pidge YOUNG MAN!!!
data di revisione 02/21/2020

The 1st season is a must see, but it drops significantly. The last episode seems really stretching as fitting into liberal agenda...
data di revisione 02/21/2020
Florina Savino

As a child of the 80s, Voltron was my favorite cartoon. My brother and I rented the videos almost every weekend and watched them over and over. That said, this new incarnation both meets and surpasses the old one in many, many ways. The animation style is very much like the origin and yet looks tons better. The voice talent is really good. The story lines do a great job of keeping your interest and making you crave what comes next. The battle sequences are really exciting, and the comedy is very typical of popular anime series. If you like action animation styled like Japanese anime, you'll absolutely love this series. It's probably one of the best to come out recently.
data di revisione 02/22/2020
Sou Delcolle

As many of the more recent reviews (Dec 2018) have stated, the last season (eighth) wasn't very good nor was the seventh which was when the show began its downward spiral. I have downgraded my original score of 8/10 to 6/10 after seeing the conclusion to this story, so that shows you how much I disliked the end. I'll leave this spoiler free, but just say the ending goes against the ethos pushed through the whole show that Voltron wins as a team and not as individuals.
data di revisione 02/22/2020
Olpe Szanto

The last two seasons are a disappointment. Voltron's biggest weakness is that the plot drives the characters and not the other way around, which sadly makes for a rather sterile watch at times. This is further exacerbated by the last two seasons (I assume due to the writers and directors changeup). It felt meaningless to watch near the end because the main characters felt like a 13 year old's 'fanfiction' caricatures of what they have been established as in previous seasons. Voltron peaked in season 6 which highlighted its strength in characters like Keith, Shiro, Allura and Lotor, and unfortunately the final season did a disservice to all four of them.
data di revisione 02/22/2020
Bundy Saggio

Season 8 felt flat in every way. Such as there where so many questions left open not fulfilled plot holes. Many decision in this Season felt very rushed. As of the last Episode, many decisions didnt justify all characters.

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