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Five unsuspecting teenagers, transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war, become pilots for five robotic lions in the battle to protect the universe from evil. Only through the true power of teamwork can they unite to form the mighty warrior known as Voltron.

Official Summary[2]

Voltron: Legendary Defender is a Netflix original web television series produced by DreamWorks Animation and World Events Productions, and animated by Studio Mir with a combination of drawn and CGI animation. It is based on the original American TV show, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, released in 1984, which drew its material from two different Japanese anime: Beast King GoLion, released in 1981, and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, released in 1982. It is the fourth major television series of the Voltron franchise and first to be a web-exclusive to Netflix. Since its initial release in 2016, the series has released eight seasons, with the final season being released on December 14, 2018. In total, the series has accumulated aired 78 episodes.

Voltron: Legendary Defender was first announced as an expansion of the existing multi-year agreement between Netflix and DreamWorks Animation. Comic books for the series have also been produced. The official logo was released on February 8, 2016[3] while the entire first season was released on June 10, 2016.[4] The latest and final season of the show was its the eighth season, which was released on December 14, 2018.

Characters

Team Voltron/Defenders of the Universe

Paladins

Paladin is the term used to describe individuals chosen by a Lion of Voltron to pilot them. There can only be one Paladin to any Lion. Although an individual may be allowed by a Lion to pilot them, they are not recognized as a full-fledged Paladin until a Lion truly acknowledges them as such. Only then will they be awarded with a bayard and the true title of "Paladin". Below is the current roster of Voltron Paladins:[5]

Allies

  • Coran: Former Royal Adviser to the Altean royal family and chief engineer of the Castle of Lions; also one of the last survivors of Planet Altea.
  • King Alfor the Great: Allura's father and the previous ruler of Altea responsible for sending the Lions to the far corners of the universe for protection before dying in the Altean genocide by the Galra. Alfor was the creator of the Voltron Lions as well as the original Paladin of the Red Lion.

Galra Empire

Voltron

Voltron is the legendary giant robotic superweapon made 10,000 years ago by King Alfor composed of 5 robotic lions: the Black Lion, the Red Lion, the Green Lion, the Blue Lion and the Yellow Lion. It was created using special ore from a "trans-reality comet" that had the ability to travel between different places in the space-time continuum. It is that ability that caused Zarkon to deem Voltron so valuable to the Empire, as it would allow him to collect quintessence from the layer between realities. A second comet with similar properties is later found by Lotor, which he then used to create the Sincline ships.

Episodes

See also: Voltron: Legendary Defender/Episodes
Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
██ 1 11 June 10, 2016
("The Rise of Voltron")
June 10, 2016
("The Black Paladin")
██ 2 13 January, 20, 2017
("Across the Universe")
January, 20, 2017
("Blackout")
██ 3 7 August 4, 2017
("Changing of the Guard")
August 4, 2017
("The Legend Begins")
██ 4 6 October 13, 2017
("Code of Honor")
October 13, 2017
("A New Defender")
██ 5 6 March 2, 2018
("The Prisoner")
March 2, 2018
("White Lion")
██ 6 7 June 15, 2018
("Omega Shield")
June 15, 2018
("Defender of All Universes")
██ 7 13 August 10, 2018
("A Little Adventure")
August 10, 2018
("Lions' Pride, Part 2")
██ 8 13 December 14, 2018
("Launch Date")
December 14, 2018
("The End Is the Beginning")

Music

The series has spawned a single soundtrack released for Season One.

Cover Season Tracks Release
150px 1 11 July 21, 2016

Comic

The Voltron: Legendary Defender Comic is a series of comic issues published by Lion Forge Comics, drawn by Digital Art Chefs, and written by show head writers Tim Hedrick and Mitch Iverson. The first comic was published on July 13, 2016. Once all separate issues are released, each storyline is complied into a paperback volume (abbreviated "TPB" for "trade paperback"). Beginning June 15, 2017, the comics were released on the DreamWorksTV YouTube channel as "motion comics" with animated panels and voice acting from the main series cast.

Collectibles

Several extra collectible books have been published for the series, including character storybooks profiling certain characters, chapter books retelling certain episodes, and official guidebooks.

Games

The series has spawned two games: A series of interactive virtual reality episodes released for various virtual reality platforms, and a 2D horizontal shooter on the official Voltron website.

Cover Title Type Release
VoltronVR Voltron VR Chronicles Virtual Reality September 26, 2017
Cover Title Type Release
SMLA Super Mega Lion Attack Horizontal Shooter December 2017

Other Merchandising

  • Puzzle & Dragons - A mobile puzzle/RPG hybrid developed by GungHo Online Entertainment. In 2017, it held a special event featuring characters from Legendary Defender as its first North America exclusive collaboration.
  • Playmates Toys - The sole license-holder for the series' toy line.

Cast & Crew

Staff

  • For a full list of staff, see the articles on IMDB and Wikipedia.

Producers

Directors

Writers

Designers

Composers

  • Alex Geringas (Opening)
  • Brad Breeck (Score)
  • Brian Parkhurst (Score)

Main Cast

  • For a full list of the cast, see the article on IMDB.

Team Voltron

Galra Empire

  • [[Zarkon (Legendary Defender)|]]: Neil Kaplan, Kevin Durand
  • [[Haggar (Legendary Defender)|]]: Cree Summer, Lily Rabe
  • [[Lotor (Legendary Defender)|]]: AJ LoCascio
  • Acxa: Anika Noni Rose, Erica Luttrell
  • Ezor: Kimiko Glenn
  • Zethrid: Jamie Gray Hyder

Other

  • [[Alfor (Legendary Defender)|]]: Keith Ferguson, Sean Teale
  • Kolivan: Mark Rolston
  • Matthew Holt: Blake Anderson

  • For a full list of the cast, see the article on IMDB.

Galra Empire

Blade of Marmora

Humans

Aliens

Alteans
  • Hira: Virginia Madsen
  • Trayling: Dee Bradley Baker
  • Altean Scientist: Dee Bradley Baker
Arusians
Balmerans
  • Rax: Scott Wolf
  • Shay: Emily Eiden
Mer
Olkari
Other Aliens

Trivia

  • In an interview, Tim Hedrick, Voltron's story editor, was asked "...Will we be seeing any LGBT content in Voltron?" to which he responded with "I think I'll let that play out as we go. No comment on that question."[7]
  • Work on the series began as early as the year 2014.[8]
  • The series was officially announced at Wonder Con 2016 with staff and cast Lauren Montgomery, Joaquim Dos Santos, Tim Hedrick, Jeremy Shada, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Tyler Labine, Josh Keaton, Kimberly Brooks, and Rhys Darby attending the panel.[9] A trailer for Season One premiered along with clips from the season. Steven Yeun was featured in a recorded video at the panel introducing his character, Keith.
  • The series has been dubbed in: English, Filipino, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Danish, German, Dutch, Norwegian, French, German, Finnish, and Swedish.[10][11][12]
  • The series aired on Netflix Korea on October 10th, 2016.[12]
  • Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery are fans of the original Voltron show and wanted to make the new series similar to how fans nostalgically remember Defender of the Universe, rather than a strictly faithful update or a complete reinvention. Legendary Defender is a means to reel in both a new generation and old fans. To get a more coherent grasp on the older series, staff watched both Defender of the Universe and Beast King GoLion, paying homage and honor to both. They avoided going the darker route of a story, preferring to keep campy humor and fun amongst a serious storyline.[13][14]
  • Dos Santos stated that the biggest influence on him for Legendary Defender are Robotech and Macross, appreciating the dramatic aspects of the show.[citation needed]
  • According to Dos Santos, "As far as themes go, the overall theme of teamwork is a huge thing for us to get across. Not just teamwork like, ‘we gotta work together to make this happen’ but really building characters that are complex enough to overcome their own shortcomings, evolve, and become the fully realized heroes we know they can be. Nobody at the beginning or end of the show will be perfect by any means but they will change and rise to the occasion."[13]
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender marks the first series in franchise history where the pilot of the Green Lion is a female character: Pidge, who was male in all the other versions of Voltron. Pidge's gender was on Lauren Montgomery's list of "must-haves", as well as mermaids.[15]
  • There are notable aspects of the series which departed from the Voltron: Defender of the Universe:
    • The first show that outright replace the series' traditional Monster of the Week (Robeasts) with Galra fleets as the primary threat, explaining why only four of them that exist in this continuity.
    • Voltron Lions and their pilots in Legendary Defender are portrayed much more capable in their separated forms than their previous incarnations that their ability to combine into the titular mechs only used as a last resort.
    • The first series that featured LGBTQ+ among the main casts (namely Shiro).
    • The first series where Allura dies near the end of the series, arguably the most controversial change in entire franchise.

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References

VE Voltron Television Series
Television Series
Original Japanese Series Mirai Robo Daltanious (1979)Beast King GoLion (1981) (episodes) • Armored Fleet DaiRugger XV (1982) (episodes) • Lightspeed Electroid Albegas (1983)
Voltron Series Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984) (episodes) • Fleet of Doom (1986)Voltron: The Third Dimension (1998) (episodes) • Voltron Force (2011) (episodes) • Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016) (episodes)
Additional Voltron Content Voltron Pilot (1983)Voltron: Defender of the Unvierse (2007)Voltron 84 (2017)
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Production Companies DreamWorks AnimationKickstart ProductionsStudio MirToei AnimationWorld Events Productions
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