I’ll be honest, I don’t have much to say about season 4 of Voltron. Not because it wasn’t amazing, but because it literally is season 3B instead of an actual season 4. This is more the fault of Netflix new wonky system of making a full season, and instead of releasing it fully releasing it in chunks. I feel like because of that new format, Voltron season 3, and 4 had less impact than other Voltron seasons. But first and foremost, let me get into what I liked.
This season starts exactly where season 3 left off before the backstory episode for Zarcon. Keith is still piloting the black lion, but pulling away from the team because he doesn’t feel like he’s worthy of the responsibility. Once again, good story arc for Keith and Shiro – who obviously wasn’t ok with not piloting the black lion, but was adapting to his new role as support in the castle gracefully. Likewise, Allura was dealing with her insecurities, with not feeling like she’s up to the task of piloting the blue lion. Overall, everyone was adapting, adjusting, and in the end overcoming their different character arcs. We got some really funny filler episodes – one that was pretty meta humor-y, and in a way commenting on how some people generalize certain characters on the shows they love (done far tactfully than the My Little Pony FiM episode that did the same thing in my opinion) and once again, it would have been better to have it splitting up the more serious episodes if this season had been distributed all at once, than 7 episodes in June and 7 now. Because of that, Allura, and Keith’s story arcs got dashed a bit – we barely see Keith in this season, if you watch it stand alone without season 3, and Allura’s story arc coming to the conclusion it did in the final episode seems a little odd if you don’t see why she was feeling this way in season 3. That being said, I love Lance and Allura’s developing relationship – I’m very, very close to shipping them both! The way Lance supports Allura, and helps her get out of her head and believe in herself is so great. They compliment each other well, as Lance seems to also want to be able to support Allura in a non-joking way and actually genuinely understands and encourages her. Lance’s story is one that sneaks up on you in the series, but seeing him develop from class clown into a reliable, more sensitive and understanding person (while still being class clown cuz come on that won’t change) is a part of the series I love and cant’ get enough of.
Pidge’s story arc from the very beginning is resolved in an episode as well, and emotionally by far it’s the strongest episode for me. Bravo to Pidge’s voice actress, when she broke down in that episode I was really feeling for her! I won’t spoil if she finds Matt or not, but I will say this story resolves satisfyingly and doesn’t feel like it was rushed because the entire motivations for Pidge were laid out in the first season.
Lotor’s arc this season was great too! How the season ended was fantastic. But, once again…
This isn’t a slight to the show. As I said in my first paragraph, I love Voltron – it’s my favorite series to watch right now. But Netflix…I get you want to make money, but this new system of 7 episodes now, then 7 later just doesn’t work for a plot based, character driven show like Voltron. If you want a shorter season, with a beginning and end to a plotline, then ok: it probably wouldn’t be as good, but it would work. Calling this season 4 when it’s clearly the 2nd half of season 3 you held back to get more viewership later in the year to me is really tacky, and a detriment to the flow of your shows. Like I said before, it just makes all the stories less impactful, and it’s frustrating to people who want to watch the entire season when it’s released, but they know if it’s a 7 episode season, it’s only going to be half of one. So what are fans left to do? Either wait for both seasons to drop, binge those for a more cohesive story and deal with it, or watch half of the season when it’s released, then the second half when it’s released. I guess you could also watch both seasons when they’re released then binge all 13 episodes after that, but why should I have to do that when the entire season should just drop when it’s going to drop? Calling this season 4 is really just because it was released after season 3, but literally this is the second half of season 3 and I don’t appreciate Netflix holding the second half of this season ransom. It feels like a major cash grab (it probably is) and feels like I might as well be watching it on television if they’re going to pull stuff like this.
At the end of the day, I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes in production. If this is the only way to keep Voltron going then I guess I’ll deal with it. But, I have a feeling it’s just something Netflix is doing because they can and it’s frustrating.
But yeah, none of that is on the staff for Voltron: This season is fantastic! If you want to see the second half of what I think is the best season yet, watch it now! I’ll probably go binge seasons 3 and 4 just to see how the plot flows, how about you?