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all right, let’s tackle this!
I’ll start off by saying I’m of the opinion that the current person on the Castle bridge is not, in fact, Shiro but rather a clone that thinks he’s Shiro (which is heartbreaking in its own way). Other people have done plenty of posts about this and in more detail than mine so I’m just going to throw in, from time to time, little ‘addendums’ of a few little things I noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned yet.
1. ‘I say Vol - you say?’
This threw me so badly I can’t even tell you and I honestly had to stop the feed for a second over it. He’s in an enemy ship, trying to catch up to a swiftly disappearing Voltron and as it rockets out of sight he yells -
Voltron? When the hell has Shiro ever referred to his crew as ‘Voltron’. ‘Team Voltron’ sure. But Voltron is the robot. Shiro isn’t in this for the robot. He’s here for his team. He knows each one of them by name. And while yelling each name would be awkward, a simple ‘Keith’ for his strongest bond with the team or even ‘guys/team’ or something human and including would have sounded much more ‘Shiro’ than calling after the robot. Even calling his lion would have sounded more like Shiro than yelling the robot’s name. It was honestly the moment my feelings flipped from ‘I feel awkward’ to ‘holy shit, what terrible writing!’. Looking back now, if there are programs inside the clones head, they would focus on reaching, not the team, but rather Voltron.
also I was pissed about the lack of attempted radio contact from fight ship to retreating Voltron but eventually figured a bunch of robot pilots that run on wi-fi apparently wouldn’t need radios so the ship probably doesn’t have one. Not sure why an expendable robot would need a distress beacon either but I’ll roll with it.
and 2. Tell who?
So this, right here. Who are they notifying? Well, its very apparent that its not Lotor because he spends the first few episodes completely unaware that Shiro is missing from the paladins and a big point is him figuring out that the pilots have switched around. If they were intentionally releasing a clone (and that ‘escape’ was very obviously orchestrated), with the awareness that it would try to find its way back to Voltron, it would make no sense at all to do so while the original was still aboard the Castle. So - ‘command headquarters’ isn’t Lotor. Lotor, new head of the Galra empire, didn’t know Shiro was even missing.
Its not Zarkon for obvious reasons.
Which leaves Haggar.