GRYFFINDOR: “Fear is the original sin. Almost all of the evil in the world has its origin in the fact that someone is afraid of something. It is a cold, slimy serpent coiling about you. It is horrible to live with fear; and it is of all things degrading.” -LM Montgomery (John Foster: The Blue Castle)
I’m gonna try to keep this short and to the point.
If you’re complaining about the lion switch and how it feels wrong and out of character, it’s probably because you were listening to what they were telling you all this time and not looking at what they were actually showing you, and missed what these characters are really all about.
Lets start with Red:
The way to Red’s heart is through “self sacrifice” and “selflessness”
This is how Keith impresses her the first time, by ejecting himself into space and putting himself in danger to free her.
Then you can see their bond growing each time Keith gives something up for the team or risks himself in some way for it.
Like In the BOM dream, where he chooses to give up his knife.
That’s how Lance ends up in it now.
He gives up an important part of himself for the team.
He goes “It doesn’t matter if I’m not the best and will never prove myself good at anything or ever be worthy, the team is more important.”
And if you watch from the beginning of the series you’ll see hints of what Lance is actually all about and what’s his true strength
There’s actually a post about this going around I can’t find now, but Lance is the guy that would always do something risky to save his friends.
And despite how he always acts, he’s actually the most selfless guy on the team
This is also why Red doesn’t accept Allura and why it’s so hard for her, because she feels like she sacrifices EVERYTHING for the team and their mission.
But I think deep inside she knows there’s some stuff that she does for selfish reasons or things she still keeps a secret from the paladins.
Then we have Black:
The way to Black’s heart is through “Confidence” and “Trust”
This is why Shiro struggles with it so much in the first two seasons.
Shiro appears like a confident leader but inside he’s full of doubts.
He’s trying SO HARD to be the best leader he can be but he has so much fear in him all the time.
And sometimes he has confidence and he manages to bond with Black, and sometime he doesn’t and Zarkon snatches his control away. So he ends up being very unstable.
This is also why Black won’t accept him anymore, Shiro lost the confidence again (after Zarkon snatched his control again and teleported him back to Galra prison) he lost trust in the lion and trust in himself.
He’s full of fears again and Black doesn’t want a pilot like that. (no it’s not cause he’s a clone)
But who always had alot of confidence? Keith.
Keith seems like a hot head that doesn’t think about what he’s doing because what he suggests and does always seems insane.
But he only does these crazy things because he’s confident he can do them.
One of his first action in the show is driving off a cliff saying “Shut up and trust me”. And he makes it with no problem.
This is why he’s the perfect person for Black. He knows what he’s capable of, he has so much confidence he is able to face Zarkon all by himself! He almost has too much confidence at times haha
(He’s not a crazy hot head like Lance says, he’s just confident he can do stuff most people can’t, and he does.)
Now the way to Blue’s heart
is through something like “eagerness to prove themselves”
I’m just gonna quote what the show runners said about her:
“..but really the Blue Lion is kind of like the mother Lion. She looks for potential in a new pilot. Something to nurture and foster. And I think she saw that in Lance. She saw someone who needed confirmation that they were valuable to this team. Even though they didn’t believe it in themselves.”
That’s why she accepts Allura.
And that’s why it eventually will accept Shiro aswell, because now that Black won’t accept him and he has no part on the team but he really wants to be part of Voltron, she’ll see his eagerness and will help him. (And Allura will have to pilot the Castle sometimes)
Blue was also said to be the “Teamwork” lion.
And uniting people and making people work together is Shiro’s true strength.
Again, you can see from the first episode. He won’t shut up about teamwork.
Which is also a big part of leadership that Keith is struggling with and why they will eventually find perfect balance as the two main co leaders.
So the lion switch is not there to put them in their DOTU lions for the old fans, or promote one paladin over the other or ignore the bonding they had with their lions until now.
It’s to show that these characters are finally at a place where they stop trying to be who they think they need to be, and embracing their true selves and true strengths.
This is all very well thought through character development.
November — with uncanny witchery in its changed trees. With murky red sunsets flaming in smoky crimson behind the westering hills. With dear days when the austere woods were beautiful and gracious in a dignified serenity of folded hands and closed eyes — days full of fine, pale sunshine that sifted through the late, leafless gold of the juniper-trees and glimmered among the grey beeches, lighting up evergreen banks of moss and washing the colonnades of the pines. Days with a high-sprung sky of flawless turquoise. Days when an exquisite melancholy seemed to hang over the landscape and dream about the lake. But days, too, of the wild blackness of great autumn storms, followed by dank, wet, streaming nights when there was witch-laughter in the pines and fitful moans among the mainland trees.
THE LITTLE MERMAID. Part of the Steampunk
Fairytales project, that I would like to turn into an artbook someday.
There I want to envision popular characters or scenes of the classic
tales in steampunk fashion. Would you like to see more? :D
So like, what if Blue gets electrocuted when Lance is inside it? And Lance is in the pods for SO LONG, it’s worrying everyone sick, because his vitals are perfect, everything is good as new, but the pod is still keeping him in, tryna fix something, but they have no idea what? Eventually, they let him out, because without Voltron there’s gonna be blood shed (and with Coran in the infirmary, Allura can’t fly Blue AND the Castle at the same time). So Lance comes out, everything is fine, blah blah blah.
But then on one mission he’s in some hand on hand fighting, THIS close to being hurt. He puts his hand up as he’s crumpled on the floor, ready for the impact.
It never comes.
When he looks up, the Galra fighter is… frozen? And his hands, they’re so, so cold. They’re… icy.
Lance got Blues powers in the accident, that’s why he was in the pod so long.
But then Hunk runs over, along with the rest of the team, and wraps him in a hug (Or Keith, I wouldn’t be opposed to that)
As Lance’s hands touch Hunk’s back, the bigger boy drops him in shock.
Ice is forming on the back of his uniform where Lance’s fingers grazed the metal, and he can feel the cold through the suit.
Lance can’t touch anyone without special gloves covering his hands, and they take weeks for Pidge to make (they are fighting in a massive fucking war after all).
Fun addition: Just imagine how bad that gets when he has an anxiety attack and there’s no one to calm him down
Keith vaulted over a fallen tree, running as fast as he could through a dense jungle, thanking allura for making paladin armour so aerodynamic. There was a swift movement beside him as a lanky figure pushed ahead “Lance.” Keith hissed and pushed himself a little bit harder.
“Hurry up pretty boy! Or you’re lunch!” Keith’s eyes rolled as Lance cupped his mouth with his hands while running to deliver the sound over to Keith. It was more than unfortunate that in this second of diversion, Lance tripped over a tree root and face planted, letting his body roll with the momentum. Keith pushed his feet into the ground to stop as quickly as possible, he still had to run back a few paces to stop by Lance. The ground absorbed a groan from the blue paladin.
“Lance come on we need to go. Now.” Keith’s voice was urgent and persistent. “Please get up.” Keith’s hands wrapped around Lances bicep and he pulled, making Lance stagger to his feet. A dark red liquid stained his chest and Lance had drawn his hand up to his nose, pulling it away slightly and frowning.
“Ah quiznak.” The only words Lance left behind as they took off running again. Large stomps were suddenly eerily loud and very apparent behind them as they took long strides, staying closer together. It wasn’t long before their calves burned and the boys looked for any kind of checkpoint. Eventually they both dived past a large, off looking tree with high hopes. A long second passed,
then a loud buzzer went off.
“Simulation end!” A calm voice rang through an intercom, Allura. “Very good boys!”
“Really?” Keith’s voice was hopeful.
“Well… no, not really, but better! You both learned this time and took the wise route and ran, a wise altean once said ‘a brave person will fight relentlessly, a wise person will know when to fight another day.’, I’m impressed you chose to flee.” She walked through the door onto the training deck, her voice fading from the intercom. “Lance are you ok?”
“Better now that you’re here my princess” he winked and put his hand on his hip, clicking his tongue seductively, normally this would be as smooth as ever but with one hand pinching a dripping nose bleed, not so much. “Yknow my princess doesn’t really roll off the tongue, how about my everything instead?” It had only been about two days since Coran and Allura were awoken and Lance had flown in blue to the castle of lions, and he was still trying to get with allura, of course, to no avail.
Rolling her eyes, Allura turned to Keith “I’m glad you waited for him, I saw the hesitation in your eyes as he fell, you did the right thing and theoretically saved your friends life.”
“Wait wait wait, mullet hesitated!? Keith!” A swift (but gentle) smack on his shoulder made Keith smile.
“Lance I don’t think there’s a soul in this universe that wouldn’t have.”
Allura put a gentle hand on Lances shoulder “go see coran, get yourself set up in a health pod, he’ll need all of your information and then you’re set, that nose bleed, and whatever other damage, will be dealt with.” She smiled and turned to walk out, Keith following close behind.
Lance walked throughout the castle, his nose pinched and his mind starting to wonder. “Who knew finding an old man in a castle would be so hard…” as if summoned, Coran suddenly dropped from the ceiling and clanged to the floor. “AGH!” Lance jumped into an immediately defensive stance. “Coran?”
Other than looking slightly dirty, coran was intact and smiled warmly at Lance “sorry my boy! Was just cleaning out the vents, 10 000 years worth of dust, someone had to do it”
“There are vents? On a space ship?” Lance looked doubtfully at the orange haired man.
“Well, yes, they can be cut off but with them it keeps the airflow more consistent.” Lance shrugged and explained what had happened, as coran lead them to the room with the pods, they talked more and more about how advanced the ship was and reasoning for a lot of design choices.
“All right, Lance! I’ll need to ask you a couple questions to set up a basic data base and ID for you in a pod so it can optimize heal time.” Lances nose had stopped bleeding but he was pretty sure it was broke so he obliged.
“Fair enough, fire away.”
“Lance Charles McClain.” He smiled, remembering his dad, Charles McClain, a nice, respectable man, he was named after him. Coran typed away happily, supposedly coding the system with Lances information.
“Height and weight?”
“5 feet and 9 inches, 130 pounds.”
“Woah Coran at least buy me dinner first.” Lance smirked and Coran tried not to but the corners of his moustache rose a little. “Currently not active.” He said, not ashamed of himself in the slightest.
“Ok last one, this ones easy, biological sex?”
Lance was about to answer but paused, thinking it over for a second, his answer was lower than usual and he looked down.
But, despite the delights before her - ‘the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome’ - lure of the ageless Nile - glamour of the Riviera - mosque and palace and minaret - she knew perfectly well that no spot or place or home in the world could ever possess the sorcery of her Blue Castle.
The Blue Castle. L.M. Montgomery. London: George Harrap and Co., Ltd., 1935. First British edition. Original dust jacket.
“If you can sit in silence with a person for half an hour and yet be entirely comfortable, you and that person can be friends. If you cannot, friends you’ll never be and you need not waste time in trying.”
Something large, much larger than a broomstick - or, indeed, a hundred broomsticks - was hurtling across the deep blue sky toward the castle, growing larger all the time.
“It’s a dragon!” shrieked one of the first years, losing her head completely.
“Don’t be stupid…it’s a flying house!” said Dennis Creevey.
Dennis’s guess was closer.…As the gigantic black shape skimmed over the treetops of the Forbidden Forest and the lights shining from the castle windows hit it, they saw a gigantic, powderblue, horse-drawn carriage, the size of a large house, soaring toward them, pulled through the air by a dozen wingedhorses, all palominos, and each the size of an elephant.