So it looks like we’re stuck with this 6 to 7 episode format for a “season” when it comes to Voltron, thanks a lot Netflix. I totally get why they’re doing it though, they get more content and can spread it out over a few “seasons” and it’s more lucrative for them. I will say that season 5 fixed the format a little, and gave us a concrete beginning and end to the season, even with its short run time. But with only 6 episodes to a season, was it enough to make season 5 worth the watch?
Spoilers: Yep! Now onto the review~
All in all, we were given a pretty solid season. The character development front was a nice boost from prior seasons, where I feel we had a pretty big focus on plot centric stuff, and a back burner to character growth. Did season 5 strike the perfect balance between good plot pacing, and good character development? I don’t think Voltron quite hit the mark there. I find that it has a problem with giving us a plot point, having a few episodes not even remotely related to a certain plot point, and then bam out of the blue hey that plot point came back even though it wasn’t mentioned at all because we were focusing on other stuff. Like a good example is the whole Shiro plot point from season 3. We had all of these other plots going, and then hey at the end of the season, remember that Shiro plot? Here’s how it’s going to go down! That, along with the Pidge’s Dad plot I feel like just came out of the blue when we were focusing on other, more interesting plot points and characters. I think it has a lot to do with wanting to have a conclusive “season 5” but come on Netflix, why not just give us 13 episodes so the pacing is a little bit better?
But plot pacing aside, I really enjoyed the characters in this season. The strongest writing in this season was the relationships between Lotor, and the Paladins. Spoilers ahead, you have been warned!
SO I really enjoy what they’re doing with Lotor in season 5. He’s the most interesting character by far, just because of how unpredictable he is. He sides with Team Voltron for self-preservation purposes, but does wind up gaining their trust. But the real question is, is he manipulating them? Is he sincere in some aspects of his words, and others not? Or is he 100 percent on board with helping Team Voltron win the war. It’s a really interesting dynamic that keeps the viewers on their toes, and even though I’d like Lotor to have genuinely changed sides, I also have a feeling of unease that the other shoe is going to drop as soon as Lotor gets what he wants. I do believe his feelings towards Allura are genuine, at least, but I’m just waiting for him to kidnap her, or try and lure her over to his side or something. Lance in that regard grows immensely, along with his feelings for Allura (to me, at least, I love that ship but LotorXAllura I love too so I really really hope he’s legit). Lance’s development in this season reached a point that I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes the pilot of the Black Lion, just really enjoy how he’s matured over these five seasons.
Now the writing isn’t flawless, by any means. The one thing I’m going to call out with the writing is how predictable it is. We always know the paladins are going to win, we always know that even if a situation gets dire, they’ll come out on top. Other than Lotor being more of a neutral chaotic, anyone else who we have heard about and assume is good, we meet and is good. There was one character in particular that I would have liked to see them do something different with, and had be a secret Zarcon loyalist when they thought he was on their side but alas a missed opportunity and of course he turned out good, because that’s how he was initially presented to us. I still enjoy the show, but it’s just such a predictable good vs. evil battle, granted with awesome fight scenes in it, but still some diverse character motivations would be nice.
So We find out something interesting with Keith in this season as well that I can’t wait to see what happens next. Was a little bummed he only got one episode, and as of now he isn’t a Voltron paladin, but at least we got to see him a little in the season, even if it was one full episode with him. But once again his character is developing nicely, so can’t complain.
Voltron season 5 seems like it’s a transitional season towards more heavier material to come in later seasons, it was a lot slower paced and focused more on the characters than anything else. Since I enjoy character pieces over plot, I liked this season immensely, and can’t wait to see what happens next.
Have you seen season 5 of Voltron: Legendary Defender? I binged it all in one sitting! If so, what did you think of the season as a whole?