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Kismatt
• 12/17/2017

Spoiler for last ep "A New Defender", S4

I wanted to ask about something that bugged me.

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So. Last 2 minutes of last ep of Season 4. Everyone in the Coalition is trying to knock out the weapon that is going to blow up Naxzela, and they can't get their energy weapons to penetrate the particle barrier around it. Keith's (bright??) idea is to ram the shield with his own ship, thereby sacrificing himself to save everyone else. There are shots of Matt's, Coran's, and the VF's reaction to his actions, we see him set the kamikaze course, and shut his eyes as he's about to hit the shield.

Which is then pierced by Lotor's laser cannon, and explodes.

*We* see Keith's reaction to this, as he peels off (barely) and LIVES, but wouldn't the REST of them think he'd DIED? I mean, even Shiro says "Good work, Keith." Who's he talking to? The dead guy who just rammed the particle barrier?? There's no time to determine that he's STILL ALIVE at this point.

It just bothered me that there was so little reaction to Keith's supposed death. What do you think? Were they in shock? How did they KNOW he was still alive so fast?

I have more buggaboos, but this one was a doozie.
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Lavender Paladin
Kismatt
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• 12/17/2017
I think Shiro said "good work, Keith," as if praising his memory. That happens in movies all the time. Though his tone of voice didn't quite.... Ah whatever. And remember afterwards, Keith responded with, "That wasn't me," so everyone knew he was alive.
Still want the team to confront him with a kamikaze intervention. "You almost DIED man! And if it hadn't worked?! We would have been down a guy for nothing! This isn't the Blades, Keith!" Like that. Kinda.
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• 12/18/2017
I guess it just seemed....flat to me. I had the same issue with Keith's reaction to finally having Black find Shiro (Clone!Shiro?). It wasn't excitement, glee, relief - it was just.....there. I would have been JUMPING UP AND DOWN.

Maybe it's just me.
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• 12/18/2017
I think the writers are trying to keep this Shiro's "space dad" qualities suppressed and his behavior flat so we, the audience, will have an easier time dealing with his probably being a clone and possibly betraying them in the future. The stiffer Shiro is, the less devastated we'll be if he dies or something.
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• 12/18/2017
Okay, that might explain Shiro's reaction, but not Keith's at finding Shiro. Even if he IS Mr. Emo.

Maybe I'm projecting :D
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• 12/18/2017
I think the "don't let the audience get too comfy with is guy" thing works both ways: by minimizing bonding moments that Shiro could potentially have with the rest of his team. He has a few stern moments with Keith, but it seems like he ignores all the other Paladins. And the other paladins seem to ignore him! At the beginning of Tailing a Comet, Keith says something like, "The rest of the team would be thrilled to see to union and about again." Shiro enters with his new design (ugh.) Keith and Lance, and I think Allura, notice and greet him, albeit not exactly THRILLED. Pidge and Hunk are in the back, drawing our attention...not through an excited welcoming of their resurrected leader, but with information. The scene almost feels like the Science Duo are completely ignoring Shiro. Which makes no sense! Especially considering how much Shiro and Pidge had bonded over the first two seasons. Their bond was almost that of a brother and sister (in my head.) And he comes back, after at least a month of being MIA, and it's like she doesn't even know he exists. That bothers me. So much.
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