Voltron Legendary Defender.
I got a bone to pick with this fandom. Ya’ll are SO quick to say a season is bad just because you didn’t get your way, whether you wanted the plot to go in a different direction or you wanted a different ship. But it ultimately isn’t your show. If you don’t like the show then don’t watch it, but if you’re going to, DON’T ruin it for other people. VLD is a show about war, yes, but at the root it is about Family, Friendship, Hope, and Courage. Do not betray that by being a toxic fan.
Now about season 8
Lance’s character was not screwed over.
- Lance and Allura’s relationship, despite popular belief, had been growing since season 1 of the show.
- Lance and Allura made each other better. Its not that they got absorbed in each other, they had to be there for each other.
- Lance has an absolutely fantastic epilogue for him. He now spends time with his family on his family’s farm, who he has missed since the beginning of the show.
- He is spreading Allura’s message and educating younger generations. He is making a difference.
- And no, he did not necessarily change races. He literally just has marks on his face. He’s still Cuban, always have been, always will be.
- Lance over the course of the series has become more confident and more trusting of other people. He doesn’t need to flirt to gain attention anymore. He doesn’t seem to need attention anymore to completely boost his self esteem. He knows better now, he’s grown and become a stronger, better person.
Allura is still strong representation for POC Girls.
- I understand the frustration of seeing yet another strong POC die on screen, trust me I get it. But.
- Allura did not die a victim. She did not die in pain. She died a true hero. She saved all life, everywhere.
- Her entire character is strength. No matter what it is, she pulls through and sets things right.
- Allura was an educator, a diplomat, family, friend, lover, warrior, and hero. If that isn’t worth looking up to, then I don’t know what is.
- Allura’s development was absolutely golden. She started as a confused girl who was mourning the loss of her family and planet. She rarely fought, not that she didn’t know how but no lion had accepted her at the time. She was alone and knew little about Altean alchemy. But she grew to become a Paladin. She found her new family while reuniting with her old family. She found someone who she could always rely upon, someone who loved her unconditionally. She was accepted into Oriande and gained incredible magical strength. And she became a hero who saved Every. Single. Reality.
Shiro has always been good LGBT+ representation.
- Understand all that Shiro has gone through. He nearly died of disease, he got abducted, he lost his arm, he actually DIED and was cloned, and he lost his fiance to the war.
- Also understand who Shiro is. He is a disabled gay Asian man.
- However, none of that has made him weak. He has always been revered as incredibly strong, possibly stronger than the entire team.
- Shiro is a leader, a teacher, a brother, a friend, and now a husband. There is absolutely nothing he cannot do. I am glad that he represents how strong an LGBT character can be, and paves the way for other shows to create more powerful LGBT characters.
Hunk was not just reduced to food.
- I understand perfectly well that constantly food and fat jokes are annoying.
- However, Hunk’s connection to food wasn’t just through his stomach. It was conveyed several times that he uses food to bring people together. Certain foods reminds him of his family, which made him happy. And now he is using his incredible chef skills to also serve as a diplomat.
- Not to mention, Hunk is incredibly strong. Just like Keith said, Hunk was always the most scared but he NEVER backed down.
- He fights just as hard as the other paladins. He is the leg of Voltron, he holds them up and gives Voltron strength and support. It’s not a role that just anyone could handle.
- All in all, Hunk is an extremely sweet, strong, and powerful character.
Should I even have to explain why Pidge is incredible?
- Katie Holt was dauntless throughout the entire series.
- Just for a recap, she changed her entire persona just to save her family, picked up alien radio chatter from a device she built HERSELF, she became a Paladin of Voltron, she single handedly saved her brother, and with his and the Paladins’ assistance, she saved her father.
- She gained intelligence everywhere she went, and has saved the team from total destruction DOZENS of times.
- She is still defending the universe within her epilogue without actually being behind the controls of the Green Lion.
Keith probably had the best development out of ALL of the characters within the series.
- Keith began as an insecure, knee-jerk emo kid who had lost his mother, father, AND brother figure stuck in the desert all by himself. He had no family, nobody to trust, and nobody to take care of him.
- However, Keith was able to forge his own destiny. He gained a new family within the Voltron team. He found Shiro. He even found his mother. He grew stronger and learned to accept himself, even with the Galra blood within him.
- He learned how to become a true leader, and think with his head rather on his feet.
- At the end of the day, he learned how to trust and create life long bonds.
- Within his epilogue, he is still helping the universe by providing aid wherever needed. He turned the Blade of Marmora from a group of space rebels into a relief provider.
- Not to mention, he helped to reunite the Galra Empire under peace, not war.
And For All Of The Disappointed Klance Stannies….
- Understand that it was Never. Going. To. Happen.
- Keith started WAYY too untrusting to be in a relationship. He could barely handle friendships at first, nonetheless romantic relationships.
- Keith and Lance’s relationship is much more than a yaoi fanfiction fantasy that the fandom is trying to create. They are confidants and make each other stronger when they need it most. They started as enemies, and now they have an incredibly strong friendship. That in itself is enough for me.
- None of their interactions can really be seen as romantic. The bonding moment? Didn’t really happen. Keith never “cradled” Lance in his arms. He helped him up. Lance going to Keith for advice? Did I mention that they’re confidants? Also that they are friends? And that Keith is their leader? Lance should be able to trust Keith. He should be able to ask him for advice.
- The show is not a bad show. If you keep a tunnel vision, ship driven view of the show then OF COURSE you will dislike it. Voltron is not necessarily about romance. You should appreciate the show for its characters, its plot and its message.
- Ship what you want, but attacking people over it when you don’t get your way is NOT the way to go about it. It’s not fair to the fans who just want to enjoy the show, and its especially unfair to the people who put their blood, sweat, and tears into making this show.
All in all, the team behind VLD took a cheesey 80’s kids cartoon that was basically made to sell toys and gave it meaning. Gave it life. Gave it a story. Made something entirely new. Broke boundaries. Made people smile. Made a difference.
Thank you, Voltron Legendary Defender. I will truly miss this show.