When Voltron: The Legendary Defender came out last year, I wasn’t expecting much. I had watched the show as a kid, but all I remembered from it was cool space battles and a Princess character that I liked not for her character, but because she was the only female character in the show. So I was surprised when I finished season 1, and got majorly obsessed with this version of the show. Voltron: The Legendary Defender is a prime example of a reboot done extremely well: I wouldn’t even call it a reboot, because other than it being based on a pre-existing property, it’s completely different than any of its predecessors. I knew a season 2 was happening, but wasn’t aware it was releasing this weekend until I saw someone mention it on Twitter, and went to look on Netflix and low and behold a miraculous season 2! So as is my way, I binged the entire season in 3 days.
How does season 2 do at expanding the Legendary Defender Universe and story, you might ask? Extremely well!
The end of season 1 was a major cliffhanger, that got resolved within the first two episodes. I was really happy for that, because I was afraid that we were going to have to deal with a season long arc of the cliffhanger being resolved, but doing it in that short of an episode span allowed the show to expand not only it’s world building, but characters. There were a few plot strings left open with Keith especially, and even though I knew how his plot was going to be resolved by the end of season 1 (it was extremely predictable) seeing how the characters bonded, and reacted to his plot twist was really great. I loved how we got to see more of the universe, and the show artfully tackled the themes of blind prejudice, while at the same time giving the viewer so much new content to speculate about. There are major plot reveals I don’t want to spoil that happened in the end, but those plot twists legit made me gasp while watching, they were so good!
Of course, being a Voltron show, the space battles were inevitable. Once again, they didn’t disappoint! The battles were excellently choreographed, and the audio description script to describe the battles didn’t leave anything out. I have to say, all of the audio description on this show is so well done: On some shows, there are big gaps when something too fast paced isn’t being described, or they just stop because you can deduce what’s happening. On Voltron, the scripter knows when to not describe things, and when to describe things and it really keeps you engaged in the entirety of the show, instead of you checking out because of lack of description in bits. Honestly, I think Voltron has the best audio description of any show I’ve watched on Netflix, it’s really, really well done.
And of course, I can’t leave out my girl Allura! I freaking adore Allura so much. What they turned her into is such a far leap from the old Voltron show, I can’t believe it. She’s such a strong, capable leader, so fierce and so smart but she’s also this vulnerable woman who’s lost so much and she’s so multi-dimensional it’s perfection. She gets her time to shine too, with some awesome character moments, and battle scenes that just had me going “Yeah goooo!!”. The final three episodes, every main character pulled their weight, and every voice actor delivered stellar performances, it had me on the edge of my seat. Just such good pacing, battle scenes, and emotional tension. Ugh, this show is just so good!
This is more of a speculation than a critique, and maybe minor spoilers? But I have a feeling they’re planning to pair Allura with one of the paladins as a romantic couple, and although it wasn’t the pairing I wanted, I’m also not complaining that it’s happening. They’ve been hinting at it since season 1, and honestly it’s developed to a point where they both have great chemistry. I really enjoy the scenes they have together, like any scene with the two of them in it makes me go “Daaaaw”. The final scene they had together in the season especially made me DAWWW, and if I had any doubts they were going to be paired together, that particular scene put them all to rest. What I really like about this though, is that they’re giving their relationship time to grow. They go through bouts of drama, but it’s understandable drama that’s caused because of another plot point in the series, and it makes perfect sense that it would put a rift between the two for a while. After it’s resolved, you see their bond grow stronger, and their relationship overall is growing in a really well paced, really organic way that a relationship should grow and it’s such a breath of fresh air to see over the insta-love or over-dramatized relationships in other shows.
So yeah, if you haven’t noticed, I highly recommend watching Voltron: The Legendary Defender if you haven’t already. Season 1 lays great groundwork for the series, and season 2 builds upon the world, introducing new characters that add just as much to the show as the main cast does. I’m trying to leave this review as spoiler-free as possible, but I love how a certain resistance group that was added to the series just flips all pre-conceptions of a certain organization on its head, and makes the characters re-think their world views. It was a very mature move on the writers part to throw that into the series, and really made this second season even better than the first one.
Once again, season 2 ended on a major cliffhanger! I have my fingers crossed that we’ll get another season in six months or so, because the first season of Voltron aired in June of last year. Or, maybe we’ll luck out, and the next season will have more than 13 episodes? A fangirl can dream!
Did you binge Voltron like me? IF so, how did you like it?