The Netflix original series, Voltron: Legendary Defender became an instant hit with its gorgeous art, incredible cast, and was a perfect way to introduce a new generation of fans to the classic series. With the release date of season two announced for January 20th 2017, it’s time to look back at season one and talk about the best moments.
Spoiler warning for those who haven’t watched the first season. If you haven’t, why are you reading this article? Hop on Netflix and binge like there is no tomorrow.
10. Allura’s Sacrifice (Collection and Extraction)
As the team tries to infiltrate Zarkon’s information network, they are soon discovered and have to run. In an effort to save Shiro, Allura shoves into the exit at the cost of her own freedom. Scenes such as this really help to establish how competent a character Allura is in this new series compared to the original character she was based on.
9. Saving Shiro (The Rise of Voltron)
This one is full of the perfect mixture of action and comedy. In a scene which really goes from zero to 70 MPH in an instant, Hunk, Pidge, and Lance are looking for a way to get Shiro out but Keith simply storms in and rescues him. What follows is an amusing case where the group has to evade the authorities and not get mortally injured in the process.
8. Draining the Planet (Taking Flight)
Usually to establish an how evil an enemy force is you have to show them enslaving a few villages or destroy some crops. Demonstrating the power at their disposal, Haggar drains the entire life force of a planet in an instant. Seeing an entire planet no longer habitable in the blink of an eye is more than enough proof of how much of a threat the Galra Empire is.
7. Food Fight (Some Assembly Required)
Moments when the team finally come together can really be touching and heartfelt. Other times they can just throw food at each other. Despite this absurd moment, this is when they finally started to act like a team and prove to everyone they did have what it takes to save the Universe. Also, it was really entertaining to watch.
6. Shiro vs. Sendak (The Fall of the Castle of Lions)
Taking on a commander is no easy task. Especially when you don’t have any back up. Realizing he has no choice Shiro confronts Sendak in an effort to protect Lance. Considering Shiro (or Sven as he was known in America) died in the original series, there’s no guarantee he would survive the fight. This nail biting aspect only adds to the enjoyment of the series.
5. The Ritual (Rebirth)
As the alien planet known as the Belmura is about to expire, Allura realizes there may be a way to save the planet. As she performs a ritual which will heal the Belmura, the team works to defeat their second Robeast which results in a very nail biting scene to behold.
4. Losing the King (Crystal Venom)
As Sendak finds a way to corrupt the castle’s systems through a virus, the entire team is in danger of being destroyed. Realizing they purging the system will cause her father’s conscience to be destroyed, Allura hugs the hologram of him until he explodes into stardust and opens the tear ducts of everyone who was watching.
3. The Former Champion (Return of the Gladiator)
The Robeasts were originally the giant monsters which came every week and were subsequently defeated every time. Here though the first one of them appears and nearly overwhelms the team. Sure they went back to the old formula of “Use Blazing Sword to win” but still it’s an intense battle and keeps the watcher on the edge of their seat the entire time.
2. Pidge’s Identity (Tears of the Balmera)
Pidge, the tech head of the team was more than he originally appeared to be. What was he hiding? His gender. Pidge was actually Katie Holt, whose father and brother were abducted by the Galra empire. While investigating what really happened she was permanently dismissed from galaxy garrison and unable to continue her search for the truth. Disguising herself as Pidge she continued, never let on about her true nature, and hid it so well even the audience didn’t realize it.
1. The True Emperor (The Black Paladin)
In the original series, Zarkon was never one to get his hands dirty and instead preferred to sit on his throne until the very end of the entire series. In this new series, Zarkon not only is willing to fight his own battles, he does so without any type of back up, and goes against a giant robot with only his own bayard in hand. It not only is an epic battle but easily was the number one moment for this list.
What were your favorite moments from the first season of Voltron: Legendary Defender? Leave a comment below and let us know.