some of my favorite things about voltron: legendary defender
- It does a good job of staying true to the spirit of the original series, without being afraid to do its own thing.
- A lot of the people who worked on this show also worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender, and it shows. The art style and humor both remind me of Avatar but, again, the show never feels like a copy.
- It’s much better than the original in terms of female empowerment. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Allura in the original series (although I love her even more in the reboot), but it’s nice to have more than one female character who actually contributes to the story for a change. Going into detail would be stepping into major spoiler territory, but trust me when I say that the “girl power” element is definitely there.
- Diversity in the main cast! Out of the five main human characters, only one of them is canonically Caucasian. (That would be Pidge, by the way.) Hunk and Lance are both drawn with obviously non-white skin tones, Shiro is drawn with Asian features and has a Japanese name, and Keith (who, I’ll admit, does look kind of white) also has a Japanese surname. Even Allura (who was pale and blonde in the original) has a new character design that reminds me of Storm from X-Men (dark skin, white hair). I really like this change, especially since the Voltron pilots are supposed to represent the entire human race.
- NO UNNECESSARY ROMANTIC SUBPLOTS. I REPEAT, NO UNNECESSARY ROMANTIC SUBPLOTS.
- This show also has one of the best depictions of PTSD (in terms of accuracy and of handling mental disorders respectfully) that I’ve seen in any animated show, ever. I feel like a lot of shows that are aimed at a younger audience are afraid to deal with the long-term emotional and psychological effects of the traumas their characters go through, but that is not the case here. There’s even realistic portrayals of flashbacks and panic attacks induced by a certain character’s PTSD episodes. I hope that in future seasons we’ll get to see more of that particular character’s recovery process.
- The soundtrack. It’s beautiful. Kind of reminds me of Mass Effect?
In conclusion: This show is the best thing that has ever happened, and if you haven’t seen it yet you’re seriously missing out.