I LOVE that both Arata’s and Taichi’s confessions started with ‘I’m in love with you, Chihaya’, but Taichi went on to list the things that he loves, all of which make Chihaya, Chihaya. It mirrors the whole competition that’s been going on between Taichi and Arata, how Taichi can never beat Arata at his game, his talent, and at attracting Chihaya’s heart, because he beat him to confessing first too. And it shows how different their relationships are…how much closer Taichi is, and has always been. Though it breaks my heart that Chihaya rejected Taichi, and that it’s come between them as friends, I still ultimately believe they’ll be endgame. It circles back to the Chihayafuru poem itself. Chihaya has fantasized about Arata ever since they lost contact, he’s been a ‘God’ to her, elusive. Whereas Taichi has always been by her side, she doesn’t know life without him. Of course she’s more drawn to this dream-like image she’s built of Arata, but with Taichi gone now, who will she miss more?
A continuation of this! Because I can’t get these ideas out of my head, but I haven’t actually gotten around to writing any of it yet.
I wrote my
version for season 3, so now I’ma just keep eventually going through all 6
seasons, lol. Which means we’re getting into my personal headcanon territory as
well as original ideas, so read at your own risk (people who have read
Serendipitous Fate know what we’re in for here).
SO ANYWAY! The
team is all back together following season 3 and so we’ve got to change our
direction a bit. The characters that got the most focus in season 3 were Hunk,
Lance, and Keith, with a bit of Allura and Pidge on the side. So season four is
going to revolve more generally around Shiro, Allura, and Pidge, with the other
three doing things more subtlety in the background. What does this do? Well,
mostly it allows for a way to address the issues between Keith and Lance
without making them center stage. Hunk—following his development in season 3
and his want to keep the team together—will act as a kind of middle man as these
two get their shit together in the background of the main narrative, as I think
Hunk has mainly been only in Lance’s corner previously.
So, the season
will open up following the battle with the Galra. Everyone is finally back
together and with the stress of the situation no longer weighing on them, the
actions they took last season will begin to trickle in. There will be implications
that everyone is basically caught up on what everyone else was doing, so we don’t
have to view that summary. Keith and Lance will, at some point early on,
address the rift they created at the beginning of season 3 with apologies and
the decision to try and listen/understand one another better. It will be kind
of a sweet moment, but then be interrupted by Hunk or Pidge and it won’t last.
Why? Because Keith and Lance, though they be trying, will still struggle to get
along and so we can’t have the moment be too heavy. Lance is aware of his insecurities
and that he projects those onto Keith, and Keith is aware that his tendency to
go off on his own and make solo decisions tends to grate on the others. They
both struggle to control these things however, and so still argue, but are
making clear attempts to get along better. Hunk, now feeling more comfortable
in his position as the rock and the one bringing others together, is less
dependent on Lance for validation and making efforts to get to know Keith as
well, which results in him making a good middle man between the two when they
fight and a good voice of reason in pointing out the mistakes both are making. This
is kind of their status quo throughout the whole season and we see in the
background as they make slow steps toward better relations with one another,
like gradual building blocks. This also makes a better opening for Keith to
connect with them, as Hunk taking a more active role opens doors to Keith that
weren’t there previously. It’s also important to note that, as a result of
season 3, Keith is now also making better efforts to connect with the other
paladins just generally.
So that’s the
background story. Up front we have Shiro, Allura, and Pidge. Shiro has been trapped
in the astral plane, basically, and as a result, was both kind of helpless as
well as able to better recall all of what happened when he was captured. Not in
the strictest sense, but more like the effects of the astral plane (which we
will learn more about later) have made things more accessible to him. Which
means Shiro is going to be suffering more heavily from PTSD with more frequent
flashbacks to his time as a prisoner. Which is important because it will not
only help us gleam more of his character, but of the Galra as a whole. As well
as their technology and the effects if has.
During this beginning
time, we’re also going to be getting hints of Allura learning more about her
magical abilities and what that means/the connotations that come along with having
the ability to use magic (there’s a lot of negative stigma). This was something
that was kind of ignored in season 3 because, well, Allura was ignoring it, but
because of some battle or rescue, it comes to the forefront and Allura has to
confess that she has these abilities and that she basically doesn’t know how to
The driving plot
point for the beginning of the season, however, will be Pidge and her father.
Her father (his name is Sam I think?) explains that after Matt was injured by
Shiro, he was sent to the same work camp and they were reunited. Gradually,
rumors of Voltron came in and out with prisoners and Matt was able to, as a
result of Shiro’s sacrifice for him, inspire a revolt within the work camp.
They managed to escape and basically started a kind of underground resistance
movement of their own, where they flew around to prison camps and started
freeing others, mostly in attempts to find Shiro on Matt’s end.
Sam and Matt got
separated at some point, however, and that was when Keith found Sam and brought
him back to the Castle of Lions. The team, probably in episode 1, decides that
locating and forming an alliance with this resistance movement, which Sam
explains has become quite organized, is a good move to make. So they set their
sights on that, which Pidge is grateful for because of her brother, obv. It’s
in the following character building/filler eps that we get the Shiro flashbacks
and the Allura magic issues, probably while they’re answering distress calls
and learning more about the resistance.
Lotor is also
causing problems. He’s abandoned his battle, which basically makes him a
traitor, and so he can’t return to the Galra. Yet, for how much he hates his
father and the Galra, he still wants to be a part of them (it’s his home, after
all) and so we get a little bit of Zuko behavior in which Lotor basically harasses
team Voltron every once in a while. This is also what leads to Allura’s magic
outbreak, as Lotor is also a magic user and it’s him that somehow inspires her
own magic (likely during battle) to show itself. In this way, Allura and Lotor
become very clear foils for one another (more so than the obvious already makes
them). Basically Lotor figures that if he can capture Voltron, he can regain
his standing in the Galra empire and the luxuries that come with it.
So all these
stories are kind of working together, unlike in my season 3 where everyone’s
arc was very clearly divided (symbolism!). So we’re into episode 3 or 4 when
they manage to come across some of this organized resistance that Sam spoke of.
Matt’s not with them, but they raise some issues of their own in how they’re
dealing with the situation. Maybe they’re trying to recuse some prisoners and
are a little dramatic about how the sacrifice of a few to save many is worth it
and Shiro and Allura have to kind of step in and be like, no, that’s not how
this needs to work. Maybe Rolo and Nyma are there and it’s through them,
because they’re more willing to listen to team Voltron, that they get through to
the resistance that they need to correct how they’re doing things if they want
to do things “right.” They end up saving everyone, of course, but both Pidge
and Sam are uncomfortable with how the resistance seems to be functioning.
Especially since Matt was supposed to be in charge (maybe there’s a nice Shiro
comforting Pidge moment).
So we let that
plot point lie for a little while and turn our focus back to Shiro. A lot of
what inspired Matt to start the resistance was Shiro’s actions, and so The
Champion has kind of become a beacon of hope/inspiration/hero to the
resistance, thus making Shiro feel guilty for the relative mess it’s kind of
become as a result of what is interpreted as his brutal actions. He also feels
guilty over the fact that team Voltron fell apart while he was gone, so he’s
just generally down on himself. He’s had more and more of his memories as The Champion
coming back and he’s more and more displeased with what he’s finding out he
did. Turns out he was actually pretty
brutal in some respects, even if it was just to survive, and so some of what
the resistance thinks of him is justified. Basically this episode will lead to
Shiro being more introspective about what happened—as painful as that may be—which
leads to considerations about his arm and its mysteries.
technology is something that takes the life force of other living things and
turns it into fuel (sounds like FF7), so it’s logical to assume that Shiro’s
arm, to a certain extent, is infused with this life force to function. As it
turns out, it’s his arm that acts as the key to the astral plane and is what
allows him to access it (what Hagger meant when she said he could have been the
most powerful weapon she’d ever made). He probably finds this out during some
kind of tense situation in which he disappears by accident and then reappears
Which leads to
Allura and Coran explaining what, exactly, the astral plane is (probably in a
following episode). Turns out it’s kind of like another dimension where quintessence
shifts in and out with the death and creation of planets/life/etc. It’s also
where magic is said to come from, as those who use magic have a link to the
astral plane (which is kind of why it’s frowned upon). However, magic users can’t
access the astral plane directly as Shiro can, which is why he’s so vital. It’s
one thing for one’s “essence”—as Shiro and Zarkon had done in the past—to shift
between realms, and quite another to be able to physically go there, as Shiro
that Shiro’s ability must have been a rare breakthrough for Haggar and is why
he’s considered so dangerous. Someone with direct access to the astral plane
could, logically, have unimaginable power. Good thing Shiro doesn’t want
unimaginable power, unlike certain villains who are probably recovered
following season 2’s finale.
In this way,
however, Allura and Shiro’s stories begin to overlap a bit, though that fact
won’t become totally clear till later seasons. Lotor comes back into the
picture, probably, and ends up taking on Allura one on one or something. We learn
some about their past together—how they probably grew up together or something
and how Lotor turned evil alongside his father. He likely taunts Allura for her
weakness, as they’re battling using magic and she’s at a clear disadvantage due
to lack of training. And while I’m all for Allura being able to take care of
herself, I do want Shiro to step in here and redirect Lotor’s power to the
astral plane with his arm. Which likely shocks Lotor and sends him fleeing,
again (until next time, hu hu hu, team rocket style).
Maybe we’ll get
a heart to heart between Shiro and Allura at the end, where Allura expresses
her sorrow at her abilities as well as her weakness in using them properly, and
Shiro tells her something about how it’s not the power itself that is evil, but
what she chooses to do with it, just as he’s turned his curse of an arm into
something useful, or how Keith uses being Galra to their advantage. Which helps
her put a more positive spin on her situation and shows that, as a result of
using his arm for good, Shiro is dealing with his own issues.
Next episode (we’re
probably into the later side of the season by this point), we’re back on focus
with Pidge and Sam. But the Blade of Marmora is back as well and they’re pissed
because the resistance isn’t tactful at all and they think they’re making things
worse all around. Which puts some tension on Voltron as they do have alliances
with both factions. It quickly begins to escalate, as Sam—despite having
grievances with how the resistance is functioning—is willing to defend it, and
so there’s some arguing to be had between him and Kolivan. The Castle of Lions
is already headed to the resistance’s home base (it moves all the time, which
is why Sam didn’t know where it was), and so they calm Kolivan a bit by
promising to talk to the resistance leader about what’s happening. They think
the leader is Matt.
wrong. When they get to the resistance’s base, they aren’t greeted warmly. They’re
actually attacked and asked to leave. When hailed to speak with the group on
the ship, it’s made clear by some alien dude (who’s apparently in charge) that they’re
just fine without Voltron and could care less about the alliance made
previously with the other chunk of resistance members. They’re convinced they
can deal with Zarkon on their own. Sam makes it quite clear that a lot of
members of the resistance don’t agree with this stance and that leadership
appears to have been taken over by a group of extremists set on destroying as
much of the Galra as possible without much consideration for how many lives
they actually save. He probably knows the leader alian dude due to previous
problems caused within the resistance or something.
this is not good. The resistance doesn’t want anything to do with Voltron and
so it’s become dangerous to approach. But the base will be moving soon and
Pidge doesn’t want to lose it, not so long as there’s a chance that her brother
is aboard. Thus, we get Pidge sneaking out in order to then sneak aboard the
base and search for her brother. She gets caught, however, by Keith, who
quickly learns of her plan. It’s at this point that he makes it clear he’s
going with her, so we get some Keith and Pidge bonding time. He probably
explains that he understands why she has to do what she is—he did the same for
Shiro in season 3—but that he learned from experience that going off alone isn’t
the best option. Pidge agrees and they set out together in the green lion (because
invisibility). They probably also share in some discourse about why Keith isn’t
angry she’s more focused on her family than the big picture, and Keith admits
that maybe they’re not as different as he initially claimed. Shiro is like a
brother to him, like Matt is Pidge’s brother, and so he’s more sympathetic to
her situation now that he’s basically done the same thing she’s aiming to do. He
just doesn’t want her to make the same mistakes he did. It’s all very touching,
sneak into the base, there’s some tip-toeing around, and they eventually find
Matt. He’s not exactly a prisoner, but he certainly doesn’t have the freedom he
did when he was leading the resistance. He was basically booted from being
leader because the extremists said he wasn’t acting decisively enough, as “The Champion”
would have done. And while Matt admits that he wants to find Shiro, he’s not
quite in line with what the new leadership has in mind for getting rid of the
Galra and finding Shiro, who they basically want to be their leader once they
find him. Pidge explains that Shiro is with them—that he’s a paladin of Voltron
with her—and that he wouldn’t agree with what the resistance was doing either (which
Matt obviously knows). Keith soon interrupts the reunion, explaining that if
they’re going to get Matt aboard the Castle of Lions, they’d better leave soon.
however. He can’t leave because all his work and research is aboard the
resistance base. He explains that he’s working on a project that will make it
possible to intercept satellite waves all over the universe and broadcast
messages, giving him a way to communicate with potential allies as well as warn
ignorant planets (like Earth) about the threat of the Galra. He’s also planned
to use it to find Shiro. And seeing as this is a pretty important project,
Keith and Pidge ultimately end up leaving without him, much to Pidge’s
distress. She’s afraid that if her brother stays, he’ll eventually be put in
danger by the extremists. And so she and Keith sneak into a control room where
she downloads all the resistance intel before they escape back onto the Green
Shiro is not
pleased once he finds out what they’ve done, but the intel does prove valuable.
Not only does it further illuminate just how much the extremists worship Shiro
(much to his discomfort), but it also reveals a plan within which the
resistance plans to rally their forces and take their base directly to Zarkon
in a move that is both deadly and direct, just as “The Champion would do.”
Clearly, team Voltron knows this is a suicide mission—the resistance has no
idea what they’re up against and aren’t nearly big enough to take on Zarkon
alone. Many lives that could otherwise be useful will be lost to a leader that
is too disillusioned by power to know what he’s doing.
Which means it’s
time to Voltron to step in, which the Blade of Marmora is more than happy
about. Upon Voltron approaching the resistance base, however, they’re attacked
(as expected). They have the aid of the Blade of Marmora, however, who agreed
to sneak into the base and capture the leader while Voltron provided a distraction.
Naturally, however, things don’t go as planned and Voltron, the Castle of
Lions, and the Blade of Marmora end up in an all-out firefight with the
And things only
go from bad to worse when, lo and behold, Lotor shows up too. There’s a reason
he knew where they were, I just haven’t thought about it yet. Anyway, he shows
up and sets his sights on getting to Allura, who he views as Voltron’s biggest
weakness—put her in danger and Voltron comes running. It’s important to note
that he and his magic have been bothering the team for the past two seasons, so
he’s a pretty dangerous/annoying threat.
focus is scattered, things look shitty, Lotor is being a dick. Maybe this is a
three episode finale or something, or maybe only two. Either way, this ep ends
with everything in disarray, Lotor probably aboard the Castle of Lions, and at
the very last minute, a giant Galra force shows up (probably Lotor gave them a
clue or something). Things only go from bad to worse.
Voltron has been separated. Keith is with Pidge aboard the resistance’s ship
looking for Matt. Lance and Hunk are on the battlefield. And because it’s the
season finale and everyone deserves their moment, we get to really see why Hunk
and Lance work so well together. Lance uses what he learned in season three to
inspire the resistance—maybe against their leader’s orders—to side with Voltron
and the Blade of Marmora against the Galra (who are attacking by now), while
Hunk—being an awesome lieutenant—keeps it all together and organized. They’re
the ones that kind of deal with the battle.
Shiro has gone
back to the Castle of Lions upon learning from Coran that Lotor is aboard. We’ve
seen by now that Lotor and Allura are facing off again, but know that Allura
can’t really compete. Shiro knows this as well and also knows he’s the only one
that can stop Lotor. Which is why he’s going back. There might be a bit of time
where he notes that Lance is doing well at being in charge while he’s gone, or
maybe it was at Lance’s encouragement that he go back to help Allura in the
first place. But it’s a very small piece of development.
and Keith are still aboard the resistance’s ship. They meet up with the Blade
members who were there and make a plan. Basically Pidge goes alone to find Matt
while Keith goes with the other Blade members to find the leader. Pidge finds
Matt, but he still refuses to leave, even at the threat of the ship being potentially
destroyed. Which infuriates Pidge and they get into an argument in which Matt
accuses her of not seeing the big picture. The argument escalates, Pidge makes
it clear to Matt just how much she does understand/how much she’s grown. He’s
surprised and we get a more blatant reference to all the development Pidge has
had. Matt agrees to go with her, despite how unfortunate it is that he has to
leave his research, and they make an epic escape in which Pidge does some
awesome, smart, impressive things.
meanwhile, is fighting through the ship with the few blade members to the
leader. They get there, but it proves challenging. The leader alien is no one
to take lightly and Keith eventually ends up in a desperate situation (after a
sick display of his combat prowess, of course). Which when, out of nowhere, a
kind of wormhole/portal opens up and out comes the Galra Keith saved inside the
weblum in season 2. It’s also the same teacher type that Lance met during
season 3, but only the viewers know this, not the characters. The mentor didn’t
come with Lance to save the Castle of Lions in season 3, because reasons, and
so no one but Lance knows them, which is why this miscommunication works.
come in and disarm (kill? Or is that too much?) the leader, saving Keith. There’s
an important moment where Keith loudly questions the person, wanting to know
who they are, but they’re still masked and refuse to answer. Instead, they both
get distracted with what’s going on outside the ship’s windshield. Namely, with
Lance, Hunk, and the Castle of Lions.
Hunk and Lance
are still out fighting, leading the charge against the Galra, but something
happens and both Hunk and Lance know that the castle—which is too busy with
Lotor to be focused on the battle—is in danger. So they head in to protect it.
Castle of Lions, Shiro has reached Allura and Lotor, probably in the control
room. Coran has probably been injured/disabled. Sam too maybe. Allura and Lotor
are struggling against one another’s magic. There’s lighting, it’s intense. Shiro
tries to step in the same way he had before, but Lotor is ready for him this time
and manages to keep him at bay/blast him back/injure him before he can
intercept the magic and divert it to the astral plane.
Allura is on her
own and, while she’s doing a good job of staying on her feet and fighting back,
it’s clearly inevitable that she’ll go down. There’s probably some words shared
between her and Lotor that make her look like a boss going down, as she should.
Shiro, meanwhile, is struggling to crawl back toward the fray. He can’t really
get to Lotor, but he gets to Allura. Just as she’s about to go down, he touches
her—maybe he gets to his feet and manages to place his robot arm on her
shoulder or arm.
Which is when
things get interesting. Together—with Allura’s power and Shiro’s ability to
access the astral plane—they become a sort of unstoppable force of power. There’s
a very impressive display of Allura’s power, maybe some glowiness, and Lotor
basically doesn’t stand a chance against her with Shiro’s support. In fact,
Lotor tries to escape, but Allura’s power overwhelms him and keeps him prisoner.
All the magic is sucked right out of him and he ends up passing out right there
in the castle.
Both Shiro and
Allura are weakened by the exchange as well, but they don’t have time to be
thinking about it, as things outside the castle have gotten worse. Maybe the
castle jolts to the side or something and they look out to see that the yellow
lion has just pushed them out of the way of a tractor beam (after all, the black
lion was seen going into the Castle of Lions, so why not take the whole
thing?). Lance is trying to distract the main ship, while the Blade of Marmora
and the resistance beat back the Galra forces.
Keith is still
watching from the resistance ship, as the timeline makes it so it’s only been
moments since the leader was disarmed.
Pidge and Matt
are in the green lion, headed in to help, but they’re too far away to do much.
Lance, in his
efforts to distract the main ship, gets caught in the tractor beam intended for
the Castle of Lions. Hunk, who’s the closest lion, tries to get to him, but he’s
too slow. In Lance’s attempts to protect the Castle of Lions, he’s kidnapped by
the Galra, who know they’re losing. Basically, the commander has settled for
one lion and manages to escape as soon as Lance is on board.
floating in the silence of space, all the members of Voltron shocked and
horrified to realize what’s happened. Especially Shiro, who gets the last
scene. He knows what’s in store for those captured by the Galra, after all, and
his fear and horror is the last thing seen before credits role.