Voltron Season 8: Everything Right and Mostly Wrong

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Caution – this article discusses Voltron season 8, and includes major spoilers.

Were any of you fans of How I Met Your Mother? A pretty amazing show which capped off an epic final season with quite possibly the worst finale of all time? Voltron season 8 is my HIMYM season 9. I loved almost all of Voltron. I mean Season 3 started getting a little weird and out of place but then they got back on track. Kinda. But then they had to to end it…well, like they did.

Some were happy that Shiro, a character faced with constant adversity in his story, might get a happy ending, but the show’s large queer audience tossed around words like “betrayal” and “dread.” And that’s all because there was a LOT wrong with Voltron Season 8.

So the agenda for this week for Voltron

Monday: cry because Voltron in over.

Tuesday: cry because they killed Allura.

Wednesday: cry because I miss Adam.

Thursday: cry because I miss Voltron.

Friday: cry because there won’t be new episodes.

Saturday: cry because Lance deserves better.

Sunday:cry because of Matt’s new haircut.

The real star of this season though was Allura. Her romance with Lance was pretty expected and while I wish they had done more to build it up (much like the Haggar backstory) it still works. They’re cute together! They got to cuddle and support one another. That’s the kind of healthy relationship I like to see in kids TV.

In “Launch Date”, the relationship between Lance and Allura finally came to a head.

I was iffy on Lance as a character for the first couple of seasons, but he really grew on me as he grew up. I’m usually not a fan of the kind of relationships Lance/Allura represented at the beginning – an obviously uninterested woman being relentlessly pursued by a man who won’t take no for an answer.

But Lance/Allura was extremely well-written and developed naturally over the course of seven seasons. They became close and came to appreciate each others’ positive qualities and eventually developed real romantic feelings. This was one of the more well-done heterosexual relationships I’ve seen in a while because the build-up was believable. Their little moments through the season (hand-holding, hugging, just being together) were great, but sadly Lance’s entire purpose became “being worried about Allura”. He had some of the best character development on the show, so it was disappointing that he became such a flat character in Voltron season 8.

I can admit that even while being a part time Klance Shipper. I LOVE Lance and Keith together and while I think it was wrong for Allura to die, now Lance and Keith can be together.

Voltron season 8 was a fabulous season for Allura. Not only did we get to see her explore her Altean magic (since when can she camouflage herself? and she, like, healed an entire park!), but we also got to see her go a little dark side, which was pretty great. She realized that she had found a new family – such as when the other girls took her shopping for her and Lance’s date, or when she ate dinner with Lance’s family – and she was willing to put herself in harm’s way to save existence.

So, naturally, they killed her. And I suppose since Alfor sacrificed himself, they wanted to bring the story full circle. But I want to know who thought it was a good idea to take a beloved, heroic, WOC lead and kill her off in the final ten minutes of the final season. Why must Allura sacrifice everything she gained, finally find a family and a place that she belonged and was needed? Why was she the only Paladin that needed to die? I mean, why even bother getting her together with Lance if they were just going to kill her off? Why were we – and the Paladins – not given the chance to properly mourn her?

These are questions that I need answers to, but honestly, no answer is going to satisfy me. Yes, this was an active decision Allura made in order to fix what Honerva had done, but having her be the only loss suffered just seems wrong. No one even tried to think of another solution (they could have sacrificed the lions). She didn’t even get to say goodbye to Coran.

And Shiro’s ending?

For Voltron season 8 to end with Shiro marrying some side character who I don’t even think has a name, a character with whom he did not even converse, who was mostly in the background of bridge scenes, and who had maybe four lines total the entire season? For Shiro to have “found his happiness” and retired, when he was so, so happy to be a Paladin, to be the captain of the Atlas, to be out in space, exploring?

This is a man who had a (presumably) happy relationship and gave it up to follow his dream. You cannot seriously expect me to believe that he would just quit and get married. He is the only character whose epilogue had nothing to do with his character or his dream. Just married. Not to mention, nothing angers me more in storytelling than relationships without development, and the idea that he wasn’t happy until he got married is ridiculous.

And honestly – the fact that Keith and Shiro almost never share the screen after everything they’ve gone through?

Season 7 was bookended by Keith saving Shiro and they don’t even hang out together on their last night on Earth. I was honestly not expecting them to end up together. I mean it’s not like there’s an entire episode comparing Keith and Shiro’s ex-boyfriend oh wait yes there is.  They lost of all of their closeness basically once it was revealed that Shiro was gay, which is a travesty.

And then there was Lance. HOW do you become part Altean? I feel like that was something the writers just threw on at the end. One of the things that made Lance so special is that he didn’t have any magic powers or skills. He was a normal human being and ROCKED it. So why did they have to go and make him Altean?

I don’t want this review to be entirely negative, because as I said earlier, I did enjoy this season until the finale, so here is a little list of things I liked:

  • Veronica and Acxa moment’s
  • Pidge connecting to the forest
  • Awkward dinner conversations with Acxa
  • Keith and Hunk stuck on the alien version of “It’s a Small World” and Keith going predictably nuts from the song
  • The Atlas crew gossipping about Shiro’s well-deserved arm wrestling win
  • Baby Lotor
  • Keith in a PONY-TAIL! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!

On the whole, though, this is a lackluster ending for what had up until now been a well-written show with strong, well-developed characters. Voltron season 8 felt very rushed and out of character, with a poorly thought out and clearly tacked on ending. This show deserved better. The characters deserved better. Still, I think it’s going to become one of the classics that will go up there with Sailor Moon and Pokemon.

What are ya’lls thoughts? Let me know what you loved and hated in the comments below!

As always,

Keep Smiling!

5 Comments

  1. Michael Pike III

    March 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I agree with you on several points, Gloria. IMO, Seasons 7 & 8, while they had their moments, were definitely the weakest of the series.

    Personally, I’ve never been big into shipping (there’s like 3 romantic relationships in ALL OF FICTION that I actually care about). That said, I do not understand why they did what they did with Allura & Lance at the end.

    And even though I don’t care, they should have made Sheith canon over pairing up Shirou with that guy who nobody can even remember. They’d get way more praise than criticism if they’d bothered to do that (except from die-hard Klance people) As it is, though they’ve really pleased no one with the shipping side of the show.

    I’m also not keen on them trying to redeem Honerva, particularly when that required Allura to sacrifice her life. Of course Honerva was a very well-done sympathetic character, but that doesn’t mean her story needed redemption.

    All in all, Season 8 felt very wishy-washy to me. I only rate it above Season 7 because IMO, Keith should NOT have stolen Shirou’s kill on Sendak. We just had a whole season finale in 6 about how far Keith will go for Shirou; let the man come back from the dead & do something cool by himself!

    You are right though, that on the whole Voltron will go down as a classic. It had its imperfections but I’m very glad I got to watch such a great series.

    1. gloriaharvley648@yahoo.com

      March 10, 2019 at 6:29 pm

      Even as a Klance shipper, I still though Shiro deserved to end up with Keith. That part just really bugged me. But yes to the Honerva not needing a redemption! Allura’s death seemed pointless and it could have ended way better with her still being alive.

  2. YumDeku

    March 10, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I haven’t watched voltron yet lol but from what you are say is it worth it?

    1. gloriaharvley648@yahoo.com

      March 10, 2019 at 6:31 pm

      Yes, it’s definitely still worth it! It does get a little boring at times. I think in season 3 and 4, I actually left the room a few times to get food and then came back. Nothing major had happened during those times. But I do still recommend it. It’s a remake of an older version but still considered a classic.

  3. Jill

    March 15, 2019 at 2:02 am

    LOL!!! You guys need to go back to the ORIGINAL!!! Back in the 80s!!! I won’t spoil too much but I know Lance and the Princess do not get together!!! 😉 And just to compare how the two tellings are handled. You will be surprised!!! And you won’t need to sit through 8 seasons LOL!!! But after reading your review, I will need to find them on Netflix!!! Thanks for the heads up–I’m always looking for something fun to compare to childhood shows tee hee hee…..i showd my kids Hong Kong Phooey–was great in the 70s when I was little….I thought they were going to die of laughter!!!! LOL!!!! Have a great day!!!!

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