I’ve actually been watching the whole time, but pretty sure I’ve never talked about it anywhere? Because I don’t have enough feelings about it to be worth venturing into the massive wankpit that is the fandom.
But I do have some feelings, and may as well put them down somewhere.
In no particular order, general thoughts:
First-season setup was good!
Classic dramatic “we form Voltron for the first time out of friendship+panic” scene, good comedy “wait, how did we do that? will it help if we stack all our lions on top of each other? …and I’ll form the head?” follow-up.
Pidge is cool. Yeah, my fave is the Velma/Nenene mashup, no surprise there. (I was unspoiled for the twist, and didn’t see it coming, which was nice.)
Fans who try to treat Pidge as Canon Representation of anything other than a standard “girl dresses as a boy to sneak into something” plot arc are…tiring.
Allura is also cool. Elegant space-elf princess who’s secretly a dork and turns out to be awesome at martial arts? Nice.
Favorite side characters: those two Galra henchwomen. Can’t keep track of their names (or what they’re doing most of the time, tbh), but if I say Purple Jasper and Purple Ty Lee you’ll know who I mean.
There’s a little too much “we can’t take Voltron into battle, the supervillains might get it!” angst, at least in the early seasons. What’s the point of having a legendary battle mech if all you can do with it is hide it?
The plot could be really all-over-the-place. I would watch a season, then come to the internet later and see people having deep discussions about a whole chunk I had totally forgotten, because it was so disconnected from the rest that it just dropped out of my mind.
Feels like that got more pronounced as the seasons went on, but I couldn’t swear to it, and I’m not rewatching them all to check.
Special note: that handwavey game-show filler episode, in the most recent season? That kind of thing is designed to be a recap, refreshing casual viewers on all the salient plot points and where the different factions stand, before diving into the finale. And this one was just…random. There were funny jokes, don’t get me wrong! But not much else.
Also, the clone subplot in particular was rough. Every twist seemed to come out of nowhere, and leave no broader worldbuilding consequences in its wake.
I’m sure Shiro will be happy with his shiny new battle mech, but it’s still kind of a bummer that he’ll never really be reintegrated with Team Voltron.
In spite of all this griping, I’m tuning in for the final season. It has its funny moments, and some good character stuff, and I’m sure we’ll get a heartwarming ending full of the Power of Friendship.
Also, gotta get the firsthand look, so when the wankbomb explodes I’ll have some idea what everyone is yelling about.
And, on their own special list, thoughts about shipping!
I figured Lotura was gonna crash and burn when Lotor was revealed as evil eventually, but the execution was really good. Lots of “wait, this thing he’s doing is actually helpful, and has no obvious ulterior motive” buildup. You can believe the characters were won over.
Allura sucker-punching him into a wall afterward (or was it a floor? or whatever) was Good Content.
Klance was never gonna happen.
Sheith had more plausible “romantic tropey setup” moments, but if it was gonna happen, TPTB never would’ve included things like “you’re my brother” and “here’s an on-screen shot of them meeting when Keith is 12.” (Note: this does not make it OMG Terrible for fans to ship it.)
Holtcest had…uncomfortable amounts of canon chemistry. It’s like someone decided “okay, everyone knows these two aren’t going to be a canon couple, so nobody will feel shipteased if we play them like they’re in a Folger’s commercial.”
Allurance is fine. Standard setup, the general tropes aren’t my thing and the execution isn’t doing anything new, but it’s not rushed or obnoxious, either.
Shiro having a male ex, in a serious relationship, was an awesome reveal.
The discovery that TPTB had secret backup “no homo” alt-scripts for their conversation highlights how precarious our representation still is. The team must’ve had to fight up to the very last minute to get it in.
Pulling a Bury Your Gays with the ex was a poor choice, but I have a hunch it was because didn’t have the stamina to fight with management for a second scene with him and Shiro, even a post-romantic “we’ve both moved on, but I’m glad you’re okay now” scene.
If Shiro is getting married off to a random new bf in the final credits? That’s cool bu me. More would be great, but when it comes to “m/m content in Western kids’ cartoons” this already is more than usual, and will raise the bar for whoever comes next.