Hey there, humans! I’m just gonna say this once, if you’re subscribed to Netflix, you’ve no excuse for not watching this show. It. Is Awesome. I have admit, I was a little hesitant at first. At one point, I’d eaten about ten minutes of the original version and didn’t really like it that much. It was only after I was bombarded with fanart on Pinterest that I decided to take another bite, and I’m glad I did.
Voltron Legendary Defender is about four teenagers and one adult who pilotin robotic lions to fight evil aliens called the Galra. When I ate episode one for the first time, which is REALLY long by the way, it seemed a bit predictable and cliche, but I stuck with it anyway and after a few more episodes, I was completely hooked. This cartoon has a bit of everything; there’s action, drama, mystery and most importantly, a great big mouthful of comedy.
There’s a lot of diversity when it comes to this cartoon’s characters. They all come from different cultural backgrounds, some not even from earth, and their personalities are all very different, so there’s always someone who you’ll relate to. They also have some pretty interesting interactions and relationships which are always fun to watch develop.
This show is made by Dreamworks, so the animation’s pretty dang good. The landscapes tend to look pretty incredible and there’s so much detail in the scenery and structures. All of the action scenes are really smooth and the explosions, oh the explosions! I think one of the bests parts however, are the character expressions. They can be really exaggerated but can also be very subtle. The overall style is kinda anime-ish, but that doesn’t really bother me.
While each episode has its own little story, there’s also an arc which happens over a season, and a much larger plot that spans across the whole show. Some of them can be a little generic, but you’ll also get some really interesting ones. Such is the beauty of science fiction. There’s also a lot of foreshadowing and links between characters and events. Basically, the writers are doing a good job.
All of the episodes are around twenty minutes long. The only exception is the very first one, which is over an hour long. It may seem like a bit of a pain at first, but trust me, once all the introductory stuff is out of the way, things can really start to develop. Everything’s also in chronological order, so the story’s pretty easy to follow.
If you’ve got Netflix and need a fandom to join or something to fill up the time you should be spending studying, I highly recommend you watch Voltron Legendary Defender. I’ve laughed so hard, and sometimes yelled at my iPad a little. There’s something here for everyone. And if you don’t have Netflix for whatever reason, don’t despair! Dreamworks is supposed to be releasing the DVD of the first two seasons in June, so hang tight. Stay awesome and keep watching cartoons, Toonbiter out!