I remember watching this
series when I was a kid and needless to say, all my friends and myself
were eager to get home from school every afternoon to watch this on
Channel 2. I can now relive those golden moments!
Apart from all the action, giant robots, aliens and very cool
characters, Voltron Lion Force had something else special about it. It
was actually linked to another cartoon series called Voltron: Defender
of the Universe and being
able to link the two series together just made it slightly more special.
However, unlike the original Voltron which was made up of vehicles, Voltron Lion
Force was built with five robot giant lions and together, they would form the
mighty Voltron, a giant robot that could really kick some serious butt. As a fun
fact, Voltron Lion Force was based on the Japanese series called Beast
King Golion and as we all know, this is where all the cool cartoons
originated from. This was definitely a very enjoyable blast from the
past and best of all, its dated quite well.
The series commences with the "origin" story of this new Voltron and how
a team of intrepid space explorers and a beautiful princess came into
possession of the five mighty robot lions. It's clichéd, violent (hence
the PG rating) and contains very relatable characters with some great
over the top stories plus an element of humour added here and there.
Most stories involve
the nefarious King Zarkon from Planet Doom attempting to usurp the
planet Arus which is where the Lion Fore comes into play, more
specifically to defend the planet. The main
characters of the series include Keith, Lance, Pidge, Sven, Hunk and
Princess Allura. Keith is the leader of the group and is quite level
headed and pilots the Black Lion which also gives him full control of
Voltron. Next up is Lance, a hot headed and impulsive character who
sometimes ends up getting into hot water due to his mouth and pilots Red
Lion. Following Lance is Pidge, a childlike genius who pilots the Green
An interesting twist and one that still
haunts my childhood memories is that Sven was originally the Blue Lion pilot but due to injury, he was
replaced by Princess Allura, the princess of the planet Arus. It's quite
weird to see a main character in the first episode get sidelined. In relation
to Sven, he had one of the worst yet coolest Nordic accents that I have
ever heard... pure cartoon gold.
Finally we have Hunk, the overweight mechanic of the team who
could best be described as a gentle giant. Together, they make up Lion
force Voltron. There are also several supporting characters in the
series such as "Nanny" who is the carer for Princess Allura to the vile
Prince Lotor, son of King Zarkon of Planet Doom to Haggar, the personal
royal witch of Zarkon who helps create the robeasts that fight Voltron.
After watching this series again,
interestingly enough, every episode is almost the same. Voltron must
defend the planet and at the end of the episode, Voltron goes head to
head with one of the robeasts. Even the animation is used again and
against in this series but as a kid, you really didn't notice this. Even
so, Voltron Lion Force is a well made cartoon that in my personal
opinion puts The Transformers to shame any day. The only issue with this
series is the video quality that is quite bad and the audio only
supports Dolby Digital 2.0 that although may not win any friends,
thankfully coolness of Voltron brings it though.
Recommended to all nostalgists!