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Voltron Season 2 Recap – The Lions Are Back In Town

Last year brought us season 1 of Voltron: Legendary Defender. It was a fantastic take on the classic 1980’s cartoon, giving us a solid storyline, great voice acting, a bevy of awesome characters, and a heaping spoonful of nostalgia. The season came to a close on a cliffhanger and season 2 took up right where the first left off, using season 1’s momentum like a dynatherm-powered megathruster. The story gets intense real fast, resolving some of our questions from Season 1 even as it raises all new questions.

And oh yeah, this is there the SPOILERS START. Stop reading and start watching. Come back, serve yourself some tea, and we’ll talk about it.

When we last left our intrepid heroes, their wormhole had been damaged by Haggar’s magic, scattering them and leaving their future unknown. Episode 1 shows us how the paladins of Voltron have become separated across the universe; Pidge alone in the middle of some space junk heap, Shiro struggling to survive from the wound he took in his fight with Haggar as Keith rushes to his aid across a dead moon, and Allura & Coran stuck in a never ending time loop. In a later episode we find out Hunk and Lance are having their own adventure in an underwater kingdom full of mermaids.

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With the lions thrown to different corners of the universe, the show has the opportunity to give each of the pilots a little spotlight time and over the course of several episodes, everyone gets their due. The focus of this season seemed to be having each paladin develop a deeper connection to their lion to unlock better weapons in battle; Shiro must struggle to break the connection that Zarkon has with the black lion, Lance discovers the blue lion’s affinity for water, while Hunk’s lion, already the strongest of the bunch, gains even more muscle (and some bigger claws).

Along with giving us more badass lions, the writers of Voltron: Legendary Defender have done a good job avoiding filler episodes, and overall the pacing of this season is a lot more even than the first. Each episode does a good job of forwarding the plot, even if some seem a bit silly, like the episode where the paladins try to escape an angry mall cop while riding a floating cow… I’m not kidding.

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The breather moments are important to the show, though, as there is a lot of intense things going on. The season touches on themes of racism and gender identity alongside battles of will against Zarkon and desperate military gambits against implacable foes. Without the moments of levity, I think it would lose some of its charm. I was also happy to see a lot more back-story for some of the characters. While we don’t do a deep dive into each paladin, we do learn some very interesting news about Keith and get to see flashbacks to when the Lion’s were first created!

Season two is fantastic, we get to see a lot more of the universe including underwater kingdoms, a race of aliens who are as much druids as they are engineers, and evidence that Zarkon’s control over his forces may not be as complete as he believes…. As it neared its conclusion, I was surprised at how tied up; we got plenty of answers, but they’ve led to even more questions. Even though season 3 hasn’t been announced, I am already chomping at the bit to see what they do next!

What are your favorite moments from season 2? Let us know in the comments below!

Image Credits: Voltron/Netflix

 

 

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