GBBP Unplugged 9: ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’

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The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Unplugged Episode 9: Voltron: Legendary Defender

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From days long ago… this week, we celebrate the return of Voltron with the awesome new Dreamworks/Netflix show Voltron: Legendary Defender. If you haven’t checked out at least the first couple of episodes yet, you really should go do that. Like, right now. It’s OK. We’ll wait.

My daughter recently fell in love with the original Voltron, and I hunted down the entire series on DVD for her. Even though she loves it, I found myself slightly disappointed in the show as an adult. Like many shows from our youth, it’s not quite as we remember it. I never really watched Voltron Force (though, again, my daughter enjoyed it), but I’ve been excited about Voltron: Legendary Defender since it was announced. It just looked… better.

And the show is helmed by Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery–alums of both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. So they come with some serious cred. And it shows. The humor in Voltron: Legendary Defender is completely on point, and the show feels both incredibly fresh and true to the source. And in an era of ridiculously dumb animated shows with over-the-top “humor,” it’s great to see a smart action show that doesn’t treat its audience like 2-year-olds.

On this episode, we begin with a roundtable discussion of the show and then share an interview we did with show runners Dos Santos and Montgomery. Form Voltron and enjoy!


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1 thought on “GBBP Unplugged 9: ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’

  1. I was really happy when I realized that the show was pulling elements from the 1998 anime, Cowboy Bebop. I watched Voltron: Legendary Defender first, I haven’t even seen the original, but as I watched Bebop later I drew a lot of lines from it. I found out about the show on YouTube because I watched a spoiler-free video on it. I’m really glad that the show kept the funny, kid-oriented jokes, but still has suspense and makes you feel things and get attached to the show. Yes, I regret ever becoming a fangirl. And, I know you’re ok with it, but I am very sorry that your family watched an episode without you :). I would write more, but I just woke up and I am too tired.

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