Please pardon me (or ignore this) if this goes against protocol for an ask; I largely try to stay away from the (apparent???) morass that is Voltron fandom, but you’re one of my favorite Voltron writers, and I’m enjoying (/am comforted by) seeing you comment about the current season. I noticed that the show’s main producer also, coincidentally (or not), helmed a Justice League episode in which the Flash nearly is lost to the Speed Force and temporarily disappears from normal reality... [tbc]
…(actually physically vanishes and needs to be retrieved by his friends). Do you think that this has any relevance to/bearing on what’s in the writers’ heads/that Shiro could be, vs. dead or elsewhere and maybe captured, just displaced from normal three-dimensional space (perhaps in some way that connects with his growing bond with the Black Lion and his recent experiences in what I can only describe as some sort of astral plane, for lack of better terms)? (Again, please ignore if imposing.)
Well, first of all: Thank you! And yeah, tbh, I don’t know if I blame anyone from staying away from this fandom. Can’t we have nice things, guys? Why is it always like this?
I’m not sure that specific example is necessarily a reason why Shiro might not be in the physical plane at all anymore? For one, I’m not sure who exactly you’re referring to, here: if it was Dos Santos or Montgomery, I’d lean a bit toward ‘maybe’, but if it’s a producer-producer rather than an executive producer, I’d say it probably doesn’t have much bearings at all (they don’t usually have much to do, other than ‘I like that’ or ‘I don’t like that’, from what i understand).
However, I do think this has canonical basis. With the other lions, eeeh, but the Black Lion especially seems to have some sort of connection like that. Such as, yes, during that astral projection fight where Zarkon just ran his damn mouth (seriously dude, the lion can HEAR you, you might wanna at least fake some concern here), and also how that ENTIRE THING was a hallucination. (Also, not sure if that’s a good idea for the guy with PTSD flashbacks? Just sayin’, Black, maybe don’t mess with his sense of reality too much). We assumed he was just… chillin in Black during all that, but hell, for all we know he’d sorta blipped outta existence there for a bit. Who knows?
From a writing standpoint that’s actually really useful: Shiro gets to go on a spirit journey, and can probably keep tabs on everyone and maybe even be the mentor-in-a-bottle for Keith. And man I wonder what that would be like when they’re forming Voltron? Everyone trying for the first time, unsure with Keith in charge, also unsure with Allura onboard, it’s all so different and then ‘oh hey guys’ ‘SHIRO WHAT THE ACTUAL SHIT??’ ‘Uh so I think I kinda… ascended? Sorry didn’t pick this but I’m Working on something ttyl’
Basically this means I could treat Shiro like Season 6 of Stargate with Daniel Jackson and I’m so very okay with that, especially if he later de-ascends with either plot convenient amnesia for an episode, which would be amusing. Double points if he de-ascends naked too.
Then again, I’m okay with anything I can make into a Stargate joke. So. I’m just easy.
We shall see! I actually put this one on the likely-ish scale?? You could at least claim it was set up by the writers.