Voltron: Legendary Defender is my new favorite sci-fi show. This reboot of the popular 1980s anime, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, blew me away with its release on June 10th. It’s a fantastic space opera with elements of fantasy woven in. New Voltron fans can easily tune in and follow the show without prior knowledge, and long-time fans will love this reimagined version of Voltron’s story.
There’s a lot to love in Legendary Defender, but Season One left a slew of unanswered questions that are burning a hole in my skull. This post is my attempt to get them all out of my head. Be forewarned:
There will be spoilers and speculation. This post consists almost entirely of me over-analyzing everything. Some may seem nit-picky, but that’s not my intent. I genuinely wonder if/how these questions will be answered!
Thanks to a local librarian, I had the graphic novel I Kill Giants not only recommended to me, but handed to me to check out. I took my sweet time getting around to reading it, but once I got more than I little ways in I was hooked and had to finish it.
The main character is Barbara Thorson, a teenage D&D geek who is a vicious Dungeon Master. That alone is fantastic. However, for her, the fantastical worlds that she knows in D&D exist beyond the page: they permeate her everyday life. As far as she is concerned, she kills giants.
She fully believes it, and it gets her in trouble constantly. With teachers, principal, school counselor, and bullies. Oh, and family. Friends. Pretty much everyone. But as far as Barbara is concerned, it’s real, and as the perspective we follow in the comic, it’s true as far as we’re concerned as well – making this a fantastic fantastical romp! Oh, and heavily psychological, as well. Spoilers ahead for this award-winning indie comic!
When I was nine, Voltron was my secret guardian. He went to school with me and towered over the bullies who picked on me in the lunch room and the demanding teacher who screamed more often than she spoke. At home, he stayed close all night while my parents yelled and threw things at each other. Of course, no one could see him but me.
I remember the first time I saw Voltron: Defender of the Universe. It was early morning, before the sun came up. My father was passed out on the couch, and I had about an hour before I had to make the school bus. My siblings were still in bed, and I relish that hour because it was the only time I got to watch anything that I wanted to see on television.
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