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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.
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Va

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
Perpetua

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.
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Els

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
Fredek

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!!!
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Bierman

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.
data di revisione 02/22/2020
Clementina Fearing

As a remembrance of my childhood TV show, I forced myself to watch this show until the end. I have to say, I was very disappointed. The story started out good to mediocre and instead of getting better, wend down from there season by season. Who were you writing this show for? The stories seemed to come from different writers for viewers from under 8 to over 16 years old. If you make it to the last season, do not....I repeat...do not watch the season finale. It is just wrong on so many levels. Just imagine your own ending to the story and you may forgive yourself for watching this.
data di revisione 02/22/2020
Hadlee

I want to give this series the love it deserves so much, because beforehand it was definitely up in the 9-10 star area, but after the fiasco of Season 8 I really can't. I still have a deep love for the VAs, and the life they gave all the characters I encountered in this show, but it is very obvious that S8 did not hold the same vision that the producers, VAs, and animators were excited to share with us. Which is horrible, because the excitement everyone had before the last season was released was so contagious, it made me so excited to finish this series' finale. Unfortunately, it feel like DW will never let that past vision that the VAs, producers, animators, and supportive fans come into fruition. I will still hold this series close to my heart, but the ending made everything more bitter than sweet overall.
data di revisione 02/22/2020
Bayer

Voltron

Just finished season one. Meh. I mean, it is okay. The story and character development is above average but the sound editing, CGI-animation and action does nothing but cheapen the overall experience. Which is a shame because of how well written the series comes across. But at least the season ends well. This is my first time watching anything Voltron and I'm sold on it. It is basically Power Rangers with a brain.

Season one score : 8

Update season two: Meh , not as good as season one. Comes off filler until the very last episode which is good but not worth a season of filler

Season 2 Score: 6 Overall Series Score: 7
data di revisione 02/23/2020
Zarger Bresett

The first 7 seasons of Voltron:Legendary Defender are beautiful, awe-inspiring, and quality television. You celebrate the triumphs, cry for the losses, and feel what the characters feel.

From the moment you meet Shiro, whose dreams is to be in the stars though he suffers from PTSD and a hard life, to Keith who is an orphan lone-wolf with secrets to his past, to Lance, whose cocky exterior bellies a deep an multi-faceted character below, to Hunk, whose fear makes him all the stronger for it, to Pidge, whose love for her family keeps her going, to Allura, whose loss guides her to find her new family in the other members of Voltron, you fall in love with the characters.

Its unfortunate then to say that the final season falls flat. Relationships between the characters, ones that have been tantamount to the entire season, are broken. Depth is missing. Plot lines are dropped at random intervals. Characters are given shallow endings that feel more like DreamWorks wants to get a cookie for checking off boxes than the story we were supposed to get. It becomes even more obvious when you watch certain scenes that have clearly been badly edited where not even the Closed Captions get the information right.

It is so sad to see what was once so amazing end on such a sour note.
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Karine

As someone whose watched Beast King GoLion when it reran in TV, I always been skeptical when they announced it will be rebooted and admittedly, saw it as nothing more than a nostalgia cash cow used for toy sales which true maybe was the case for it's original. I never gave it a chance but 1 year later I decided to finally watch it.

Season 1-3 were rather decent, generally a story that somewhat grabbed my attention but as the remaining later seasons it became lost and had a hard time figuring out what it really was about. A band of found family brought by the princess and her adviser to save the universe from the Galra Empire? Or is it just about war? I need clarification on what the main story is about because as the seasons go by it gets boring and the action gets duller and duller. There could've been a few episodes where all the characters had a fun moment for a while without having another character fight the monster of the week. A break from time to time. Or dedicate some episodes where they explore more alien planets; peaceful, discovery of ancient times, or sometimes a monster of the week. That would make things interesting. Some of the plots gets reused like Keith has to go from loner to a great friend and back to loner which is distasteful and waste of development.

In terms of rating, this would've been better for teens and young adults. As GoLion was design for that audience because they weren't afraid to show a little violence and tragedy that made sense. But it showed good chemistry between the characters and each character shines in their own moments, something that Legendary Defender had but tosses it out the window as they only focus on the two main characters. Sure there are six main ones and its a lot to do but it could've worked if you separated each episode dedicated to each character and slowly build it up that ends in satisfaction. Have the main five have an enemy that compliments or counters them. Have them intertwine can actually work for team ups or lead these episodes. It's a suggestion but gives enough time for the audience to care for each character.

For the characters... Pidge should've had someone to lose (her brother or father), she never experiences great loss like the rest of the characters and personally, she would understand how the others felt like Allura and Coran who lost their family and people. It could've parallel to her being insensitive and realize her error of judgement. She could've been a great character. It's rather unrealistic for her to be the only one who never lost anyone in a war.

As stated before, Keith's character development felt wasted because he went back to not learning. What happened to him saying Voltron is his family and found his rightful place? He firmly set himself he will never leave Voltron just to find his long lost mom and learn more about being half Galra. Isn't that what he established? It was perfect because family doesn't need to be blood related. Plus him being stuck on the time whale to be leader, isn't how it works because you need the team to help him grow as a leader. Like actually see him grow.

Hunk didn't have much to add and that's unfortunate because I want to care about him but the show didn't give me the time to care. Actually, it did when they focused on him in season 1 to 2 but eventually got lost as it progresses.

Lance's development does grow from a flirtatious guy to a respectful paladin which I'll give them that but I always get this sense he could've been greater. He does qualify the leadership because out of all of the paladins besides Shiro, he actually cares for his team. Which probably ended up being a favorite. His relationship with Allura isn't the best because the show established he is letting her go due to unrequited feelings and instead sees her as a friend but suddenly goes back when they start dating by 7 and 8. Not a good message to kids.

Shiro is the greatest leader to be made, not only does the show established he's disabled and have PTSD but also shows despite these hardships he's gone through gives the audience a sense of hope they too can achieve big things. And I admire that. But as the story progresses, it became clear to me he was suppose to die and never came back, similar to GoLion, DOTU, and others. This would've affected more to the characters early on. The issue is that, why make a great hero die to be used as a stepping stone for another character? Maybe he should've been the decoy protagonist if you really planned on not having stay for the rest of the seasons. He's also the only one we never got a backstory such as family. I can't deny what Shiro was written felt off to me especially when he ended up as a side character.

Why have Allura die when the lions are right there? It could've been poetic because in the end, they don't need Voltron anymore. Symbolic even when they first where created, and then save everyone in the end.

I do enjoy some designs of the characters, the lions sort of have a distinct appearance. Green Lion is actually the wind one and Black Lion is the thunder one if it were from GoLion so that mostly a personal irk. I do think it was somewhat pointless for them to switch pilots because the show established a bond between a lion and paladin cannot be broken. Sure it's a nice homage but eh, it would work better they only did a one time switch for a bit in the same episode where both paladins and lions get separated from each other. Like Lance ends up with Red, Keith ends up with Black, Allura ends up with Blue and all three have a hard time getting the lion to work because they're not their paladins. Hilarious but serious points if that really happened.

The animation is beautiful for the past 6 seasons but up until season 7 and 8, the colors de-saturated and immediately pulled me out cuz to me, it look more dream like than anything. The acting is good and does carry emotion.

Overall thoughts, it's decent but wouldn't make me recommend to a friend.
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Rubie Sumaya

Allura is a Messianic Archetype

In hindsight, there are several indications well before season 8 that, more than likely, Allura will sacrifice herself. In the episode White Lion from season 5, before the white lion strikes, Allura relaxes her body, exposes her neck and says, "I seek the secret of life. I give my own." In season 1, in the episode Rebirth, Allura offers to reinfuse the Balmera with quintessence to which Coran warns Allura that that could require more energy than she has, possibly killing her. Another clear indicator is that Allura is only person in the show capable of using magic to heal life. Given the immense destruction wrought by Zarkon, Lotor, Honerva and the Galara, this places Allura in a unique position that gives the show runners the option to kill her as a dramatic and emotionally tragic way to undo the damage the Galra caused. Allura is also an extreme version of the ISFJ personality type. If Allura could be summarized in a word, "defender" or "protector" would more than suffice. She begins the show as seeing herself as the defender of all innocent life, which means everyone except the Galra. As the show progresses, her belief that all Galra are bad is challenged, most notably in the form of Keith and the Blades of Marmora. In the final season, Allura completes her transformation to an all-loving messiah when she redeems Zarkon by accepting Zarkon's information about Honerva's deepest desires and when she redeems Honvera by saying "but I can not do it alone" in regards to transferring the quintessence from Honerva's robot. Allura's final sacrifice to restore all realities followed by her resurrection as some sort of god confirms her status as a messianic archetype.

Outside the show, there is even more evidence for Allura's eventual self-sacrifice. In numerous interviews the show runners state they were creatively influenced by Japanese anime, which is much darker than American animation. Death or self-sacrifice is a common element in Japanese anime. In particular, they mention Robotech/Macross and Gurren Lagann as influences on Voltron. In a Den of Geek interview, Joaquim Dos Santos states, referring to Robotech, "People died and stayed dead. That was really important. It sounds cheesy, almost hokey now, but that was a life lesson for me as a kid. That was something I had to deal with and come to terms with." Lastly, in another interview they state that they wanted to incorporate the more mature and darker nature from Beast King GoLion into their remake of Voltron. Other influences from Beast King GoLion abound as well, from the names of planets to plot lines such as Haggar being Altean and Lotor's mother. In summary, there is more than enough evidence in the show and outside the show by the end of season 5 that Allura's arc could end with a heroic or messianic sacrifice.

Dramatizing Allura's Self-Sacrifice

So what is there left to do with three more seasons to go? Apparently, the answer is to build the audience's connection with Allura so as to make her death as emotionally tragic as possible. How? One powerful way is to use romance. (Suzanne Collins did not want any romance in the Hunger Games novels, but her editor told her to add romance to capture more readers.) Lance is the character that the majority of viewers identify with because he is the most relatable of the main characters, and he plays into the fantasy that the everyday guy can win the princess's heart. (I admit it, I thought the slow-burn between Allura and Lance was well done, slowly transitioning from Lance immaturely hitting on Allura, to friends who deeply care for each other, to finally a couple. For example, Allura tells Lance that he reminds her of her father, there is the flirtatious moment with the Altean broad sword and so on.) Thus, the show runners further build up the relationship between Lance and Allura in seasons 6, 7 and 8. They are careful not to do it too fast; otherwise, Allura's sacrifice would not have as much gravitas. For example, compare Allura telling Lance that she loves him immediately before she sacrifices herself to Allura telling Lance she loves him earlier in season 8, say during their first date. By Allura waiting, the show runners create suspense. Allura finally telling Lance she loves him only to immediately sacrifice herself is sad, much sadder than had she said it earlier in season 8 because as viewers we are left hanging. We do not have the chance to see a wedding, children or even lighter moments between them sharing in their love.

On the other hand, the show runners try to keep Allura's eventual sacrifice in suspense up until the last minute. Two main alternatives are presented to maintain suspense: the power of teamwork and found family and Lance's love for Allura. While in Honvera's mind, Gyrgan tells Hunk that true power is born from unity and that true unity is born from love. At this point, the paladins should be more than friends - a family united by love and so should have true power. Thus, the paladins could use their true power to save all realities. There is also the possibility that Lance's love might save Allura. In season 8 episode 11, Lance's pleading wakes Allura from the coma Honerva places Allura in by connecting to the dark entity in Allura's mind and using it to attack Allura. Lance says to Allura, "And most of all, I need you. I can't imagine this world without you. Come back to me." Then Allura's eyes reopen. Pleading is a common theme throughout Voltron. In addition to Lance's pleading, Keith's pleading wakes Shiro from near death in season 7 and Haggar's pleading wakes Zarkon from near death in season 3. In addition, there is always the possibility that a literary trope is subverted. Ultimately though, neither teamwork nor romantic love is the answer to saving all realities - having Jesus on your side is.
data di revisione 02/23/2020
Mide

With the midnight releases and the disappointments and some of the baiting... I have found that it is not worth losing sleep. I'm not going to be staying up at midnight to watch a whole season of this anymore. Last time was just too mentally exhausting and I was just too disappointed. It was a fun ride for the first three seasons. However, I'll check the reviews first before watching another season. I was very seriously disappointed with the baiting. I still get mad at myself and the show, whenever I remember that moment.
data di revisione 02/24/2020
Sib

What began as a beautifully written and gorgeously animated series ended in choppy edits and disaster. I absolutely loved the first 6 seasons. It was absolutely amazing to behold. The action and mechanism, not to mention the characters were all phenomenal. Things began to fall short starting around the middle of season 7. But I really held out hope that the final season would give us closure and wrap up the story in a good enough maybe even great way. Spoiler: it did not. The only salvageable episode is indeed the first of the season, Launch Date. The rest of it is ridiculously incohesive and falls completely flat All of the storylines from the first 6, even 7 seasons seem to disappear in favor of Michael Bay-esque explosions that blow more holes in the plot (and there are A LOT). The editing was crude and although they have done work to cover some of, it, there is just so much. None of the characters even seem like the same people, even my 9 year old son, commented that everyone seemed "weird" and he sure as hell didn't understand why Allura had to die and the bad guys got a pass. And as bad as all that was, the epilogue was somehow worse. My 13 year old sister AND my son joined me in absolute disappointment and just straight up confusion with those little gems. It's like they saw an opportunity to monetize on exploiting the LGBTQAI+ community and really just went for it. My advice, tell your friends that there are only 7 seasons.
data di revisione 02/24/2020
Eatton Steckline

The action is fast paced and ever present, sometimes so much it feels overwhelming. The main characters are all lovable and funny with distinct personalities and their own time to shine.

The storyline about saving the universe takes the main focus and does it (mostly) well. The aliens are interesting and diverse and there's a lot of hidden references to pop culture which are always a joy to pick up on. The animation on the action sequences are top notch and will leave you clutching your seat, granted you take a couple breaks inbetween to catch your breath and process. We have one character who is basically an deux ex machina in and of herself, being the solution to each otherwise unsolvable riddle. This still works, mostly, due to the mystery of alien magic.

Unfortunately this makes little time for the show's absolute strong point - the characters. The character development is splotchy at best and storylines built up by one character are anticlimactically ended by another. Relationships are failed to be clearly established, creating confusion.

Even in spite of this issue, more characters and side plots seems to be introduced each season while what would be important scenes seems to be routinely cut. At first I expected this to be to leave room for a fandom to explore, but after a while it got clear it's more likely a flaw in the writing. More than once you're left waiting for a scene that never comes or faced with crucial development apparently happening away from the camera. You get the feeling the show wanted to include a hundred storylines at once, but didn't have the necessary idea of how to make the stories fit into the greater one. It leaves you as an involved viewer with a lot of unsatisfactory endings.

In conclusion; If you want a show to every-now-and-then and in-the-background watch about some people saving the universe, battling and working with cool aliens - you'll love Voltron: Legendary Defender. If you want to watch a show about just people or because you've heard there's some kind of representation to be found - despite it quickly growing a mighty fandom, this show is not for you. The more you try invest thinking into it the less enjoyable this show will become.
data di revisione 02/24/2020
Almita

It does nothing with the potential it had in season one. Voltron queerbaited and killed off any good representation they had in addition to being increasingly derivative with the final season being basically a rom com with so many clich├ęs that I lost count. Overall a massive disappointment.
data di revisione 02/24/2020
Kay Navita

Overall, I would say that I enjoy this show. It has great animation, excellent voice acting, and characters with potential. Unfortunately, my attachment to this show seems to be relying solely on potential I see that has yet to be met, even after 2 seasons.

The main issue with this show is that it has no idea what its strengths and weaknesses are. It tries to do a TON of different things, just trying to see what sticks. Another big issue is the conveniences. Many characters are capable of or learn special abilities in the show, yet they seem to only work once and NOT when they're most needed.

The series has arguably 7 main characters. While I didn't enjoy Keith or Shiro in the first season, they were virtually the only characters that had any sort of...well, CHARACTER in Season 2. Everyone else is abruptly shoved to the sideline and shoehorned into a single defining trait, making them dull and repetitive. Hunk is the food-obsessed fat guy. Pidge is the tech geek. Lance is the comedy guy. That's all they are, nothing more. The villains are also about as compelling as a cardboard box, as we are given nearly no backstory or decent motivation for them at all.

It's overall pretty disappointing to see people who worked on such great shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Justice League Unlimited, and The Legend of Korra write such a sloppy show with so much unused potential. What could be episodes focused on developing characters and working towards the plot are spent on pointless side quests with more-miss-than-hit comedy, most of which having to do with fueling their ship. None of the character balance, consistent pacing, compelling story, atmosphere, or depth from the staff's prior work seems to be fully realized in this project.

That being said, the show is not completely doomed. It still has a lot of potential. If the next season(s) spend more time making the characters interesting and creating a more compelling story, it could definitely live up to the hype. I don't want this show to be bad, and I'm going to continue watching it in hopes that it realizes exactly how great it could be.

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