Taking advantage of its small size, the lion manages to land on the shop and tear into it as if it were one giant, metal gazelle, once again blowing up a large section as if the ship were made of dynamite. We then get the pleasure of seeing Shirt go into full warrior mode, deflecting laser blasts with his glowy purple hand, slicing through solid metal and punching through robot torsos hard enough that they explode.
Keith is completely unable to land a single hit on his opponent, who uses a combination of teleportation, energy shields and destructive purple lightning to smack the young paladin around like a rag doll. So okay, maybe it’s not completely out of left field, but the scene definitely drives home the sinister power of Gala technology in that it can literally make someone appear to have OP magical abilities.
Just the fact that Shirt was able to kill one of these things with only his wits and a rusty sword was incredible enough, but the enormous and upgraded version was proving to be more than a match even for Vol tron. In this case, it was the first time anyone figured out that their Bayard could be used in conjunction with their giant robot, with Keith using his to give Vol tron a massive energy sword.
Thus armed, the team were able to make quick work of the Gladiator, slicing it right down the middle and ending in a post-battle pose while the thing exploded behind them. For someone who was just about to leave the team, Ridge steps up surprisingly well and pretty much saves the day all by herself; this involves shutting down a reactor with all the instructions in Altman, running a gauntlet of security robots, outsmarting said robots using the Castle’s training programs and taking on a veteran Gala soldier with only the resident cute helper drone as an ally.
She eventually manages to find her way to the main control room, throwing herself into the fight alongside her fellow paladins and destroying Sendai’s weapon, allowing him to finally be defeated and the castle to be liberated. The entire climax of “Rebirth” could qualify as an epic moment, or at least a decent collection: Allure’s speech to the downtrodden Cameras, Hunk using his Bayard to turn Vol tron into a laser Hakka machine and the Balm era itself crystallizing the monster into an interesting art piece to finish off the battle.
Despite not forming part of Vol tron (not yet, at least), Allure is never shown to be anything other than an invaluable asset to the team, often taking a leadership role and competently piloting their humongous castle ship. As if all this wasn’t enough, this episode has her using her Alter an heritage to connect with the planet-creature Balm era and perform a ritual to heal the planet from all that harmful mining.
Previously only attempted by her father on a small scale, Allure chooses to disregard all of that and heal the entire creature in one fell swoop, despite the chances that it could drain all her Quintessence and kill her. In a slightly sinister episode featuring minimal robot action (and no Vol tron), Allure makes a heart-rending sacrifice that saves the entire ship.
‘Malfunctioning ship on a crash course with a sun’ isn’t exactly the most original plot in all sci-fi, but the root cause of the problem stands out as far more unique: their Gala prisoner has become a ghost in the system, trying his best to suck people out of airlocks and murder them with training robots. Despite the literal image of her dead dad urging her not to do it, Allure still finds the strength to delete the memories, embracing the hologram one last time as he shatters and fades away.
It’s one of the few resolutions not solved by Vol tron punching/stabbing/shooting something to death, and for a show that doesn’t often delve into emotional nuance, it’s really a bittersweet moment that highlights both Allure’s loss and strength of character. All throughout the season, the team had faced either single ships or enemies that were a match for Vol tron, making all this ‘strongest warrior in the universe’ business seem like overblown gossip.
Then we actually see Vol tron pitted against an entire fleet surrounding Jargon’s main ship, and it becomes pretty obvious why all the villains want this thing so badly. Keith may have received a demotion in this series down to red lion, but he proves himself multiple times as one of the team’s best fighters and still capable of being a leader.
It’s perhaps a bit of a bone toss to the older crowd that the finale has him taking on Carbon himself, the true main bad guy who apparently earned his position by being absolutely, terrifyingly powerful. The lions have shown themselves easily capable of taking down huge warships and are pretty much unmatched except against Vol tron -level giant robots.
Then Carbon just casually strolls out into space, probably royally ticked off that Keith interrupted him in the process of stealing back the black lion but not showing it. Keith takes his chance to end the Gala Empire once and for all, while Carbon shows himself to be all but invincible, transforming his own Bayard into an indestructible shield, an energy-blasting sword and an impractically-large blaster cannon that scythes off a portion of his own warship.
The 10 Best Moments From 'Vol tron: Legendary Defender' Season One The Netflix original series, Vol tron : Legendary Defender became an instant hit with its gorgeous art, incredible cast, and was a perfect way to introduce a new generation of fans to the classic series. In a scene which really goes from zero to 70 MPH in an instant, Hunk, Ridge, and Lance are looking for a way to get Shirt out but Keith simply storms in and rescues him.
Demonstrating the power at their disposal, Haggard rains the entire life force of a planet in an instant. Seeing an entire planet no longer habitable in the blink of an eye is more than enough proof of how much of a threat the Gala Empire is.
Despite this absurd moment, this is when they finally started to act like a team and prove to everyone they did have what it takes to save the Universe. Considering Shirt (or Sven as he was known in America) died in the original series, there’s no guarantee he would survive the fight.
As she performs a ritual which will heal the Bermuda, the team works to defeat their second Rob east which results in a very nail-biting scene to behold. As Sendai finds a way to corrupt the castle’s systems through a virus, the entire team is in danger of being destroyed.
Realizing they're purging the system will cause her father’s conscience to be destroyed, Allure hugs the hologram of him until he explodes into stardust and opens the tear ducts of everyone who was watching. Sure they went back to the old formula of “Use Blazing Sword to win” but still it’s an intense battle and keeps the watcher on the edge of their seat the entire time.
While investigating what really happened she was permanently dismissed from galaxy garrison and unable to continue her search for the truth. Disguising herself as Ridge she continued, never let on about her true nature, and hid it so well even the audience didn’t realize it.
In this new series, Carbon not only is willing to fight his own battles, he does so without any type of back up, and goes against a giant robot with only his own Bayard in hand. This episode threw everyone for a loop by introducing the concept of another dimension and a proper Sven (complete with accent) being one of the first individuals the Paladins meet.
As the Paladins start to recruit people to their cause, they find an interesting way to accomplish this goal. As the team put on a stage show to showcase their accomplishments, the episode quickly descends into cringe territory complete with bad acting and even performing Power Ranger (Super Sendai for you purists) poses.
After Ridge finally reunites with her brother, she gives Matt a lightning speed tour of the castle and all the different wonders found within. As all this information comes rapid the tour makes sure to include the cow they picked up back in the season 2 episode Space Mall, which apparently has become a member of the team.
This moment is made even more entertaining as Corral and Allure learn the horrifying fact of where milkshakes come from. Realizing he has no other options but to join forces with his enemies against his father, Motor arrives at the perfect moment to offer aid to the Paladins and help to save them from a terrible fate.
Keith, feeling his work with the Blade of Zamora allowing him to truly strike hard against Carbon’s forces, finds himself being pulled away from the Paladins. After Shirt is able to once again pilot the Black Lion, Keith realizes his time is better spent with the Blade of Zamora.
After impersonating a fighter in the combat ring, he challenges the individual who was plotting an uprising against him, defeats his opponent, and pardons him. Afterward, Motor reassigns the opponent to the middle of nowhere to silently punish him for the attempted revolution.
After escaping a Gala ship, Shirt has no choice but to brave the elements of an alien planet. As the rain starts to fall, the water flowing down the Green Lion mirrors the tears which everyone was feeling running down their cheeks.
Helping to paint a vivid picture of the first Vol tron Paladins and what caused Carbon to fall from grace. As Carbon enters into the dimensional rift in an effort to revive his dying Queen, you think the episode has reached its peak.
Season 1 played out at a much slower pace and the 90-minute-long intro makes for a somewhat tough entry into the show. But “The Black Paladin” contains the show’s first major plot twist, left us with a massive cliffhanger after really getting to love these characters, and spurred interest in the original series (if only so we could predict Shirt’s fate).
It’s rare for a show to have such a good first season and such likeable, relatable characters that early on. Season 6 brought a massive conclusion to the Motor arc and wow, we needed it.
Seeing Motor’s descent into madness, along with watching another superpowered giant Mecca fight, was truly an experience. The answer was underwhelming for a lot of fans, but nobody can really complain about the flashback episodes detailing the rise and fall of the first paladins and Carbon’s descent into madness.
This episode also helps renew the efforts of the Vol tron Alliance and gives importance to those that don’t make up the giant mystical robot. The flashback sequences work far better than we should, considering that most of us assumed Motor was half-Altean and half-Galra, but seeing Minerva return for even a moment just hurts.
Obviously, the most important part of this episode is the introduction of the space dog Cosmos, the best boy in the universe. While spending two years inside the quantum abyss, Kaolin and Keith learn more about each other's lives and kind of makeup for lost time.
Overall, it’s a touching story with a twist ending, helping us lead up to some great finale payoff. The stakes were adequately upped from Season 1, including planting the seeds of the Vol tron Alliance via the introduction of the Blade of Marmara.
We also got some fantastic reveals, like Allure arguably being the most powerful character in the series, the Black Lion’s full wingspan, and of course, Shirt going missing. The payoff of everyone’s efforts and the final battle itself are enough to earn this episode a spot on the list.
Between Shirt’s erratic and out of character behavior, two Paladins for the Black Lion, and the fact that Keith is the team leader in the original series, we were all waiting for the fallout. Thanks to Keith being aged up a bit, he comes back to the team more mature and slightly less impulsive.
In fact, we get more information about Shirt’s connection with the Black Lion as well as Keith’s knife hinting towards the Blade of Marmara. In early versions of the script, Shirt was supposed to be driving around the mall’s parking lot the entire episode.
You have a heart of stone if this episode didn’t make you tear up at least a little. After learning her brother was rescued from the Gala by a group of rebels, Ridge sets off on her own again to find him.
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