by Matt (Twitter - @MattMcLean73)
As an adult who grew up in the eighties, I’m always curious when the latest remake comes around. This time it was quite a pleasant surprise when Netflix announced that they are working on a new Voltron Series to premiere later this year.
Now I have had a love/hate relationship with Voltron. On the one hand, it was a new daily cartoon with action and a cool giant robot fighting giant monsters, and on the other hand, the danger on the show never quite seemed real. The good guys always win, bad guys lose, bad guys come back again, rinse, repeat.
Growing up, I loved weekday cartoons afterschool. I watched anything and everything. Voltron was one of the ones I watched on a regular basis. I could go into the history of western importing of Japanese Anime, and the resulting downplay of the violence for American children, but I won’t. Because, frankly, back in the 1980s, I didn’t know about Beast King GoLion (seriously, if you are a Voltron fan, you need to go look it up. It’s much better).
Voltron presented a lot of what I wanted as a kid, sci-fi, big robots, other far off worlds, and lots of action. It’s a pretty easy thing to relaunch in this day and age, and I kept wondering why it hasn’t, but I don’t have to wonder anymore.
I don’t know if I will watch it all, but I will at least check it out. Plus I think we have discussed Voltron a couple of times on the podcast.
Go Voltron Force!