It’s hard to imagine that until a year and two months ago, Voltron was a campy, butchered Anime series from the eighties that people people kept trying to revive. I mean, most people only remember the GoLion bits from the original show. Then Voltron: Legendary Defender came into our lives, and not only did everyone know names like Lance and Keith… but they actually finally became three dimensional characters.
Legendary Defender is the definitive version of the franchise.
The third season hits tomorrow (August 4th) and we’re super excited about it. We get a new main villain (Lotor), the Black Lion needs a new pilot, and everything looks super, super awesome. The season will only be seven episodes long, but as Season 4 is coming in October, you won’t have to wait too long for even more. There have been two main trailers for the season (the most recent released earlier this week), and I just plan on watching them over and over again until the season premieres.
One of the most surprising hits of the last year is the Dreamworks animatated reboot of Voltron on Netflix. And while Voltron: Legendary Defender season two came out just a month ago, thanks to information that came out of Toy Fair, we now know season three will arrive this fall.
Den of Geek has the news, and not only are we going to get a third season as early as September, but it turns out that Voltron: Legendary Defender has a whopping seventy-eight episode commitment from Netflix. This means we should be getting episodes at least through a sixth season.
Honestly, this is pretty exciting news. Voltron: Legendary Defender has been a fresh take on what a Voltron series could be. While there have been other attempts to create sequels and reboots to the series before, this is the one that got it completely right and has greatly expanded what a Voltron show can be.
One of last year’s biggest surprises was how Netflix and DreamWorks managed to reboot the old Voltron cartoon and turn it into something pretty amazing. I mean, that’s a pretty significant thing to do, especially since it’s the second reboot of the franchise in the last six years.
The second season is coming later this month, and Netflix has released a trailer accordingly. In it, our heroes can’t seem to escape the evil Zarkon no matter where they run. If they follow through with this (beyond a couple of episodes), it sets up a much tenser second season than the first. Of course, it’s also clear they’re not messing with the comedy (which is part of what made the first season so beloved).
Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 2 hits Netflix on January 20th.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we discuss John Boyega joining the cast of Pacific Rim 2, Kung Fury 2’s apparent development, Sacha Baron Cohen being cast as the big screen ‘Mandrake the Magician,’ we let Nick talk about Voltron, a version of Vixen will appear on Legends of Tomorrow, and Pher went to 2D Con.
EDIT: Yeah, I misread. While Netlix is rebooting Voltron, del Toro isn’t going to be working on it. I will however go on the record and say the world would be a better place if he was involved.
If there’s one artist who’s work always gets me excited, its Guillermo del Toro. You never know what he’s going do next, but chances are at least part of it will be entertaining.
Well right now he’s working on two projects for Dreamwork Animation and Netflix. Both sound interesting. First up is Troll Hunters which will be a fantasy series about “Two best friends who make a startling discovery underneath their hometown.” Sadly it has nothing to do with 2010 Norwegian found-footage horror movie.
The other project is a familiar franchise that I can’t help but be excited for, a Reboot of Voltron. You read that right, yes, that Voltron. Honestly, this makes up for Pacific Rim 2‘s hiatus for me. Seriously? Can you imagine del Toro’s Voltron? The thing is, he’s proven he knows how to do Robot vs. Monster spectacles, but there’s a part of me that’s sad he’s not remaking Go-Lion, the freaking INSANE anime where the Lion Force parts of Voltron came from. Cause the stuff in that show is straight out of some of del Toro’s horror work. People exploding like blood balloons, cannibalism… and this was a kids’ show in Japan!!!
What was I talking about? Right! No date on when these shows are coming to Netflix but I’m excited.