so, you like shiro's and keith's paralells yes? i dunno if you've seen this but, the one parallel that always hits me is when they strenghten their bond with their lions, shiro when he is fighting zarkon on that mental plane and saying that earning each other's trust is more important than power and then black comes and attacks zarkon, and then with red when keith decides that helping others is what is important leaving the mental shack and red starting to attack the BoM base to get to him(1/2)
oh man yes,, i love their parallels so much!! i think its one of the most compelling things about their dynamic. and i really love it when the lions demonstrate their sentience. we’ve seen stuff like this before in season 1–yellow jumps in front of blue and takes a hit for her in the pilot. lance thanks hunk for this, but hunk is basically just like “ya well,,, i was actually trying to dodge, but it just kinda jumped in–” later in The Gladiator pidge and shiro’s lions come to rescue them on their own, and the paladins’ response is kinda like “oh…i guess they can do that??” so we know all the lions have this ability to act on their own to some degree.
but keith and shiro’s lions seem especially strong willed and active. the way black just “takes off” with shiro even when he’s yelling for her to stop and listen, the way red is willing to destroy marmora’s base just to get to keith. and ya!! there’s like this moment for both keith and shiro when they have this big revelation and their lions react immediately, i love it
i also love how, even though theyre close with their lions, the lions arent afraid to challenge them or act on their own. and also, speaking of parallels!! you know when i think black’s lesson really sunk in for shiro? this part right here:
and keith, who shiro has setup to be the black paladin, eventually says this:
like, i dont think the similar wording there is accidental. especially since shiro has already learned this lesson with black about not ordering her around, about trusting her and fighting alongside her as an equal. similarly, even though kolivan literally says that no one should allow keith to go, even though allura also looks very against it, shiro still allows it.
like, he doesnt look happy about it. he grits his teeth and closes his eyes and looks like he needs to take a moment before he accepts it. he clearly doesnt want keith to sign up for something everyone else calls a suicide mission
But ultimately, he decides to put his faith in keith, to trust that he’ll be able to pull through and respects the fact that keith is going to commit to this whether he wants him to or not.
basically, i love how shiro trusting black to act on her own and follow her instincts kinda parallels this exchange with keith. and ive said this before but red going to rescue keith on her own also kinda relates to shiro since they both literally start fighting the bom at the same time, and both seem very much ready to fight the entire order just to get to keith. i just,,, i really love the parallels between them and their lions and everything,,