Hi, what is your opinion on black paladin allura?
Marginally better than “black paladin Lance,” but still don’t think it makes sense in VLD and that it shouldn’t be a thing. And when I say it’s “marginally better,” I’m mostly referring to how it would echo some aspects of 80′s Votron. In one episode, Allura steals the Black Lion and tries to pilot it (but ultimately fails). The other characters are at resent her for it, to the point where they don’t even want her on the team, believing she needs to work on her teamwork more. That she just isn’t as much of a team player as Sven. However, in the end, Keith acknowledges that she’s a worthy paladin. And he even concludes that, one day, in time, she’ll be able to fly the Black Lion too.
However, that’s all in the past, and not all of 80′s Voltron’s rules apply here. So again, I’ll go back to why Black chose Keith in Shiro’s absence–namely, the very intimate bond between them:
- Joaquim: “[Shiro] and Keith have the closest relationship.”
- Lauren: “The Black Lion probably got from Shiro what Shiro saw in Keith.” (source)
At the end, that’s what it comes down to. The Black Lion was able to trust Keith because of Shiro’s own thoughts and feelings. Shiro and Allura just weren’t as close. Whenever people make suggestions like Allura and Lance piloting instead, I’m always confused–because for Shiro, it was never even a question. “Keith, If I don’t make it out of here, I want you to lead Voltron.”
That was literally Shiro’s one request, and the Lion cared about him enough to respect that. Ultimately, it’s Keith’s love for Shiro, his devotion and loyalty to him, that lets him sync so easily with the Lion. The fist time he tries, it’s to save Shiro’s life. And the second, it’s because he wants to lead the team for Shiro’s sake. “I know this is what you wanted for me, Shiro. I’m not you. I can’t lead them like you.” “This one’s for you, Shiro.” That’s what called to the Lion.