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This first trailer for Voltron: Legendary Defender is the worst pilot ever

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When it comes to original series, Netflix has been pretty bold. They bankrolled House of Cards, a hit political drama starring Kevin Spacey as the worst president that the American public deserved to have in office, prison show Orange is the new Black and the best series about drugs since Ray Liotta began narrating his life story in Goodfellas by the name of Narcos. And also some Adam Sandler films, but hey, you can be brain damaged and still afford a Netflix subscription.

But their next big exclusive? An animated series. And not just any old cartoon either. We’re talking about the return of one of the most beloved animated properties to ever feature gigantic robots engaging in a brouhaha since Gurren Lagann demanded to know just who the hell it was. Netflix has 22 episodes that will air June 10, as the show prepares to modernise itself for a new audience while retaining enough nostalgia to bring older fans in for the action. And also fixing the mess that the original series was. Here’s the first trailer:

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: Legendary Defender.

Remember, the Voltron that you may have seen back in the 1980s, was cobbled together from the original Japanese anime Beast King GoLion, heavily censoring out some fantastic violence and creating numerous plot holes. A problem that executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery wanted to fix.

“The nostalgia for the original show is what has carried it through to this point,” Dos Santos said to Entertainment Weekly.  “We rewatched the original, and went back and watched GoLion. Although the imagery is the same, there are some pretty different themes in the [GoLion] stories,” Montgomery added.

It almost hews a little closer to Game of Thrones. There’s some crazy stuff that happens, and it’s pretty dark. But it also had higher stakes as far as drama. So we cherry-picked those while trying to keep some of the fun lightheartedness of what Voltron was for us as kids.

Top notch animation from the team behind The Legend of Korra, giant lion robots and solid voice talent that includes Tyler Labine, Josh Keaton, Jeremy Shada,Neil Kaplan, Cree Summer, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kimberly Brooks, Rhys Darby and Steven Yeun? I’m sold.

 

Last Updated: May 12, 2016

33 Comments

    • Ottokie

      May 12, 2016 at 11:54

      I wish they finished the series instead of dropping cold turkey

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in New York

        May 12, 2016 at 11:58

        They had a winning recipe there, also, chicks dig giant robots, so yeah 🙁

        Reply

        • Ottokie

          May 12, 2016 at 12:03

          But this, this new series will make up for it tenfold! xD

          Reply

  1. Pariah

    May 12, 2016 at 11:47

    The animated Power Rangers.

    So no.

    Reply

  2. Pariah

    May 12, 2016 at 11:50

    Also I’m glad you seem to be feeling better. Your crazy has returned. Was worried when Geoff had to post a Pokemon article, thought it was the end of days.

    Reply

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 12, 2016 at 11:51

    I remember watching this as a kid. And that’s literally all I remember about it.

    Reply

    • RinceThis

      May 12, 2016 at 11:56

      That’s because most can’t remember that far back…

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 12, 2016 at 11:59

        Which just goes to show that I have a very good memory.

        Reply

        • RinceThis

          May 12, 2016 at 12:36

          You remember that you can’t remember is not a good memory!

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2016 at 12:53

            Some things you never forget! Like the first 5 seconds of a Dragonforce song…

        • Ottokie

          May 12, 2016 at 12:50

          Talking about forgetting stuff, I see Loki P, Bo P and wyrm P are being vaulted soon.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2016 at 12:55

            Yes, did a couple of T4Int runs with Admiral last night to get the Bo P handle for him, no luck. :/

          • Ottokie

            May 12, 2016 at 12:56

            I have to go get another ornament since I kept selling the stupid things under the impression I only needed one -_-

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2016 at 12:59

            Those are kinda easy to get. A rotation on T1S & T4S. Luckily I’ve got all those now.

            He needs the handle, 1 Loki part & 3 Wyrm parts. Loki shouldn’t be too difficult, most of his pieces drop from the various sabotages.

          • Ottokie

            May 12, 2016 at 13:00

            Don’t you have Loki P yet?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2016 at 13:01

            I do, I’ve even got 3 full sets spare to sell for easy plat in 6 months time. 😀

          • Ottokie

            May 12, 2016 at 13:02

            I get 75% off plat like 4 times a month xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2016 at 13:04

            But I’m a cheapskate. And I’ve only gotten 20/50% off discounts recently.

          • Ottokie

            May 12, 2016 at 13:05

            The Frost P package I bought loaded me with plat so I am good for this year 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2016 at 13:07

            I EARNED MY FROST P! With honest farm work. Like RNG intended.

          • Ottokie

            May 12, 2016 at 13:08

            I sold the Frost P I got with the package for an open slot. pffffff

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2016 at 13:10

            Heh. I bought my first weapons slots in ages last night to make room for my shiny new… snipetron vandal. 😀

          • Ottokie

            May 12, 2016 at 13:12

            I have to go and finish up the Saryn P farm and get the blade from Ninkana P.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2016 at 13:19

            Urg. That Saryn P farm. I haven’t bothered. The only part I’ve got is the one we farmed together, since then I haven’t even tried a single mission. And Spira P is an even bigger joke to farm. Least I’ve got Nikana P now.

            I’m really looking forward to Vauban P.

  4. Ottokie

    May 12, 2016 at 11:53

    O boy… the fanboy screams are welling up inside me

    Reply

  5. RinceThis

    May 12, 2016 at 11:55

  6. Ottokie

    May 12, 2016 at 12:00

    That trailer O.o

    So
    Frikking
    Good!

    Reply

  7. Greylingad[He Charges!]

    May 12, 2016 at 12:13

    Go Go Lion Rangers… Oh, oh, uhm, sorry…

    Reply

    • Johann

      May 12, 2016 at 13:40

      Honestly enjoyed the old Voltron series waaaay more than Power Rangers… Then again never bothered to watch Power Rangers

      Reply

      • Greylingad[He Charges!]

        May 12, 2016 at 14:35

        Good, I have to be honest, I’d much rather spend the time I watched Power Rangers on something like Heman, but I didn’t have DSTV or M-net at the time…

        Reply

    • Mark Treloar

      May 12, 2016 at 14:24

      Considering Voltron came out almost 10 years before Power Rangers its more the other way round. Then again I luckily missed the Power Ranges and has Robotech and the original Thundercats to keep me going.

      Reply

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