Voltron: Legendary Defender is a Netflix original web television series produced by DreamWorks Animation and World Events Productions, and animated by Studio Mir with a combination of drawn and CGI animation. It is based on the previous franchise, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, released in 1984, which drew its material from two different Japanese anime: King GoLion, released in 1981, and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, released in 1982.
Legendary Defender, the latest addition and reboot, premiered on June 10, 2016 with one season and 11 episodes. A second season was announced for late 2016, but the season aired later on January 20th, 2017. The third season is apparently scheduled to air a total of 13 episodes in September 2017.
The Legendary Defender series has spawned several Comics taking place within the timeline.
Official Summary Edit
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.
For a more in-depth list of the episodes, see their respective season pages, or see the respective episode pages for more information on each episode.
|Season||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale|
|██||1||11||June 10, 2016 ("The Rise of Voltron")||June 10, 2016 ("The Black Paladin")|
|██||2||12||January, 20, 2017 ("Across the Universe")||January, 20, 2017 ("Blackout")|
|The Rise of Voltron||1||s1e1||80103554||June 10, 2016|
|Some Assembly Required||2||s1e2||80075847||June 10, 2016|
|Return of the Gladiator||3||s1e3||80075848||June 10, 2016|
|The Fall of the Castle of Lions||4||s1e4||80075849||June 10, 2016|
|Tears of the Balmera||5||s1e5||80075850||June 10, 2016|
|Taking Flight||6||s1e6||80075851||June 10, 2016|
|Return to the Balmera||7||s1e7||80075852||June 10, 2016|
|Rebirth||8||s1e8||80075853||June 10, 2016|
|Crystal Venom||9||s1e9||80075854||June 10, 2016|
|Collection and Extraction||10||s1e10||80075855||June 10, 2016|
|The Black Paladin||11||s1e11||80075856||June 10, 2016|
|Across the Universe||12||s2e1||80075858||January 20, 2017|
|The Depths||13||s2e2||80075857||January 20, 2017|
|Shiro's Escape||14||s2e3||80075859||January 20, 2017|
|Greening the Cube||15||s2e4||80075860||January 20, 2017|
|Eye of the Storm||16||s2e5||80075861||January 20, 2017|
|The Ark of Taujeer||17||s2e6||80075862||January 20, 2017|
|Space Mall||18||s2e7||80075863||January 20, 2017|
|The Blade of Marmora||19||s2e8||80075864||January 20, 2017|
|The Belly of the Weblum||20||s2e9||80075865||January 20, 2017|
|Escape from Beta Traz||21||s2e10||80075866||January 20, 2017|
|Stayin' Alive||22||s2e11||80075867||January 20, 2017|
|Best Laid Plans||23||s2e12||80075868||January 20, 2017|
|Blackout||24||s2e13||80075869||January 20, 2017|
- Joaquim Dos Santos
- Lauren Montgomery
- Kihyun Ryu
- Joaquim Dos Santos
- Lauren Montgomery
- Steve Ahn
- Eugene Lee
- Kihyun Ryu
- Chris Palmer
- May Chan
- Joshua Hamilton
- Tim Hedrick
- Mitch Iverson
Character Designers Edit
- Christie Tseng
- Kim Il Kwang
- Jin Sun Kim
- Alex Geringas (Opening)
- Brad Breeck (Score)
- Brian Parkhurst (Score)
Team Voltron Edit
- Allura: Kimberly Brooks
- Coran: Rhys Darby
- Hunk: Tyler Labine
- Keith: Steven Yeun
- Lance: Jeremy Shada
- Pidge: Bex Taylor-Klaus
- Shiro: Josh Keaton
Galra Empire Edit
- Beta Traz Warden: Fred Tatasciore
- Haggar: Cree Summer
- Haxus: Robin Atkin Downes
- Morvok: David W. Collins
- Prorok: Keith Ferguson
- Sendak: Jack Eberle
- Galra Commander: N/A
- Olkarion Commander: Ike Amadi
- Zarkon: Neil Kaplan
Blade of Marmora Edit
Mer Aliens Edit
- Blumfump: Weird Al Yankovic
- Florona: Alyson Stoner
- Luxia: Kari Wahlgren
- Plaxum: Mae Whitman
- Swirn: N/A
Other Aliens Edit
- Alfor: Keith Ferguson
- Baujal: Jim Cummings
- Laika: Neil Kaplan
- Lubos: Fred Tatasciore
- Nyma: Lacey Chabert
- Rolo: Norman Reedus
- Ryner: Mindy Sterling
- Slav: Iqbal Theba
- Slice Capades Salesman: Vince Offer
- Unilu Salesman: Paul Reubens
- Varkon: Fred Tatasciore
- Vrepit Sal: Fred Tatasciore
- Xi: Robin Atkin Downes
- This is the fifth Animated series made by DreamWorks for Netflix though other projects include Puss in Boots and The Croods.
- During the making of the series, one of the writers recommended to make the show more like the game "Halo" and "Gears of War"but this idea was immediately cast aside by the show-runners.
- In the end, the team decided to take a route similar to that of Marvel Cinematic films where no matter how serious a situation might be, jokes are to be set down here and there.
- Dos Santos wanted to make the new series similar to how fans remember the previous franchises but according to him he saw Legendary Defender as a mean to reel a new generation. He stated that he saw old fans who started bonding with the new characters.
- Dos Santos stated that the biggest influence on him for Legendary Defender are Robotech and Macross, appreciating the dramatic aspects of the show.
- According to Dos Santos, "As far as themes go, the overall theme of teamwork is a huge thing for us to get across. Not just teamwork like, ‘we gotta work together to make this happen’ but really building characters that are complex enough to overcome their own shortcomings, evolve, and become the fully realized heroes we know they can be. Nobody at the beginning or end of the show will be perfect by any means but they will change and rise to the occasion."
- Dos Santos believed that Netflix's policy on releasing an entire season at once helped immensely for serialized story telling. They can continue on more episodes fluently than take the time for the episodes to air and recap which often occurs on Network television where there is alot of time between an episode release.
- Voltron: Legendary Defender marks the first series in history where the pilot of the Green Lion is a female character: Pidge, who was male in all the other versions of Voltron.
- The Series musical composer is Brad Breek who composed songs for other popular shows like "Gravity Falls" and "We Bare Bears."
- The series aired on Netflix Korea on October 10th, 2016.