I have seen most of the previous versions of Voltron. Of course I grew up with the original Voltron: Defender Of The Universe, and was there when The New Adventures Of Voltron was simply season two of the Lion Force. I’m one of the few people who liked Voltron: The Third Dimension even if the CG was hit or miss. Voltron Force kind of lost me but I gave it a real good try. And I’ve been reading the comics since small publisher Modern put out the three issue miniseries, although the only one I got from the shelves was the first one. (The other two were back issues.) Suffice it to say I’m a Voltron fan. I even like the Vehicle Team and have their Japanese counterpart on home video because I got lucky one year.
But until last night I haven’t been able to see the newest incarnation and the first full reboot since the Devil’s Due comics. (Third Dimension and Force were continuations of the original and I’m pretending the Dynamite comics didn’t happen. Hunt down my reviews of the ones they put out and you’ll see why.) And yet many people I know have both seen and loved Voltron: Legendary Defender, the new incarnation from Dreamworks currently only available on Netflix. All except one episode that recently showed up on the official Voltron YouTube channel maintained by World Events Productions, who turned the original Go Lion into Voltron. So at long last I get to see this incarnation that has become a fan favorite. Or at least the one episode.
They didn’t even release the first episode, unless this series lacks an origin episode. Heck, we don’t even get to see Voltron fight a RoBeast, which just feel wrong to me. When I see Voltron I expect to see him fighting a giant monster, even if it’s in a dance-off. (Yes, I’ve seen the Robot Chicken skit.) And there’s only so much I can judge on one episode. Still, it’s one episode more than I’ve seen before so let’s run with it.