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Voltron: Legendary Defender Post #3 — Questions, Questions, Questions!

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!

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I Kill Giants – Comics Review

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.

I Kill 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!

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Voltron: Legendary Defender Post #2—Reinventing My Defender

 

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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We May Have to Watch More of This… Sesame Street

So we have started occasionally showing the Geek Baby some videos and such online – like Winnie the Pooh per our poll – and then we remembered that HBO bought Sesame Street, and that means we have access to it there.

We’ve watched a bit of classic Sesame Street, and the Geek Baby can’t really sit through a whole episode, so she wanders off a bit into it but it’s fun. Holly and I both certainly get some nostalgia from it.

And then today we put on the most recent episode, last weekend’s Music Magic. And who cares what the Geek Baby thought… we were awestruck.

This fairy, in fact.

This fairy, in fact.

First, the long opening segment was about Elmo being left the new fairy character’s magic wand. He casts a spell, and suddenly everyone around him is singing whatever they say. And they can’t stop singing whatever they say. Holly and I could not stop thinking – and it seemed rightly so – of the Buffy episode “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode.

Good times. And then the episode went on, you know, songs and letters and numbers. These things. Anyway, it continues on to a segment about listening carefully. With Cookie Monster.

At Hogwarts.

“Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies,” to be precise, and there’s a muppet of Dumbledore there too with a funny name and it was amazing. There were cute house banners in the background, Cookie Monster doing magic, it was just…

When did Sesame Street become so geeky? I don’t know, but I like it. I think this watching kids’ shows thing might work out for us…

We May Have to Watch More of This… Sesame Street

So we have started occasionally showing the Geek Baby some videos and such online – like Winnie the Pooh per our poll – and then we remembered that HBO bought Sesame Street, and that means we have access to it there.

This fairy, in fact.

This fairy, in fact.

We’ve watched a bit of classic Sesame Street, and the Geek Baby can’t really sit through a whole episode, so she wanders off a bit into it but it’s fun. Holly and I both certainly get some nostalgia from it.

And then today we put on the most recent episode, last weekend’s Music Magic. And who cares what the Geek Baby thought… we were awestruck.

First, the long opening segment was about Elmo being left the new fairy character’s magic wand. He casts a spell, and suddenly everyone around him is singing whatever they say. And they can’t stop singing whatever they say. Holly and I could not stop thinking – and it seemed rightly so – of the Buffy episode “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode.

Good times. And then the episode went on, you know, songs and letters and numbers. These things. Anyway, it continues on to a segment about listening carefully. With Cookie Monster.

At Hogwarts.

“Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies,” to be precise, and there’s a muppet of Dumbledore there too with a funny name and it was amazing. There were cute house banners in the background, Cookie Monster doing magic, it was just…

When did Sesame Street become so geeky? I don’t know, but I like it. I think this watching kids’ shows thing might work out for us…