The rebellion members, paladins and symbolism
I can’t believe my first post EVER is going to be an analysis inspired by an edit.
(sorry in advance for any grammar errors, this isn’t my first language)
So, has anyone noticed how each alien race that joined the resistance so far kind of represent each paladin minus Shiro?
- Galra (rebel)s: Keith
- Mermaids: Lance
- Balmeras: Hunk
- Olkarins: Pidge
(Idk if Arusians are actually countable since they’re really primitives)
And then there’s Shiro. That poor guy doesn’t even have an alien race who represents him.
…or does he?
Before we go further, let’s point out how each of those alien races represent not only The paladins, but also their elements (and their Lions, kinda):
- Galras, who are connected to Keith were in posses of the Red lion in ep1, and I can’t remember where, but I’m sure at one point in an episode there were both fire and the Galra empire in the same place, I think it was when they destroyed Altea I guess?
- Mermaids, Lance, Water, Blue being op in the water and unlocking her power-up there. Need something else?
- Balmeras, again, Hunk, earth, maybe no power-up here but he unlocked it when he was saving those guys in s2 trying to hold the earth in its place while they were waiting for emo and princess
- Olkarins, Pidge, forest, unlocked power. I think you understood the point
Shiro Is The Black Paladin, whom we Can all agree that represents space, and he’s without doubts the team leader (S2 final doesn’t fool me, I know he’ll be back), and which is that one race whose only survivors are travelling across space and are the leaders of the rebellion?
Yep. You got it. Alteans.
And it fits, doesn’t it? The leader of the team who use the only weapon that Can defeat the Galra Empire being represented by the alien race leader of the rebellion.Besides, a parallelism:
Both Shiro and Altea were “destroyed” by Galras, and now they’re both fighting against it (Altea intended as Coran, Allura and the Castle), recovering from their loss, but still kind of connected trought something to those purple furries (Shiro and his arm, Alteans and Zarkon as exBPaladin and Haggar or Lotor maybe? I hope they get a good background). Besides, it’s not really new this symbolism kinda thing on Voltron (S1e6 bg, Shiro’s right arm being Galra and Keith being the right arm of Voltron, and so goes on. I know these are seen more like jokes, but someone can wish)
One more thing: I’ve seen an Altean!Shiro / Druid!Shiro theory and I’m 90% sure that I reblogged it (I’ll put the link later but right now I can’t due to pc problems but it was made by @smolsarcasticraspberry) so this ramble sort of connects to that? Kinda? Because if him, who we said that represents Altea, whom is permanently damaged by Galras but is fighting back, turns out as Altean, then his heritage, his arm and his PTSD and his fight against it would form a giant-ass physical representation of the twisted story of these poor humanoid, pointy-ears and shapeshifting aliens.
(Besides, this could mean more Shallura so everyone’s happy)
Sorry if I made some grammar mistakes, but english isn’t my first language and I’m not that old to be super-fluent, but I wanted to express my thoughts on this since I’ve never seen a post mentioning this.