Common misconceptions about VV
VV fans know all too well how our poor big guy is underrated, underappreciated,
and undersupported by the greater circle of Voltron fans. I think
this has much to do with the fact that VV didn't get nearly as much exposure
as LV did in their heyday. Many Voltron fans have never even seen
an ep of VV and many of those that have, have only seen a handful of eps.
In fact, the entire run of VV was only shown one time in my area, and from
what I've heard the same is true for most other areas that showed Voltron.
This glaring underexposure has left the Voltron community at large underinformed
(and in some cases misinformed) about VV. Misconceptions about
VV abound--some trivial, others so blatantly glaring that I want to scream.
This section is devoted to addressing, and hopefully clearing up, some
of the more major misconceptions once and for all.
1. "VV has, like, 1000 parts so they must take, like, half an ep
Of all the great VV fallacies, this hands down is the one that most
burns my aft cavity. If I see this one on WEP's
Voltron Boardroom one more time, I swear I'm gonna go postal.
What really burns me is that this fallacy is often quoted by people who
have never even SEEN a VV ep and have NO CLUE what VV's formation sequence
even LOOKS like. Grrrr. Well, let's break out our stopwatches
and clear this up once and for all.
First, LV had two distinct formation sequences that were used in its
Anime days. I won't include V3D's sequence since VV currently has
no CGI counterpart. I happen to have both of these on tape and timed
them. First, there's the familiar formation sequence that we see
in just about every LV ep in which Voltron was formed. This is the
longer one, rich with FX bells and whistles. For brevity's sake I'll
refer to this one as LV1. Then there's a shorter sequence, with not
quite as much FX dressing, which basically shows the Lions quickly transforming
and coming together. This sequence ends with a zoom shot towards
Voltron's eye, then into the eye and finally into the cockpit where Keith
is sitting. I'll call this one LV2.
VV had 4 different formation sequences. Actually, they're 4 different
versions of the same formation sequence: Start at the cars that become
the feet and pan upward as each part subsequently attaches: legs,
torso, arms, head. We then see the doors on the head slide away to
reveal VV's face. Finally, the red plane comes down and attaches
to VV's chest. The first version, used in the early eps, showed this
sequence against a background of bluish energy. The parts came together
rather slowly in this sequence, which I'll call VV1. During the middle
portion of VV's run a faster version of this sequence against a background
of reddish energy was used, which I'l call VV2. In the latter eps,
a third sequence was used: It was virtually identical to VV2 except
that the reddish-energy background was replaced with an effect that made
each ship look like it was coming out of the shadows as it landed into
place. The red plane descent sequence was also enhanced in this version:
just before the plane starts its final descent, it flies a quick loop above
VV and then comes in close enough that you can actually see Ginger inside.
Then the plane commences its usual descent to its place on VV with the
same "out of the shadows" effect. I'll call this one VV3. Finally,
there was a longer version of VV3, shown in only one ep that I'm aware
of ("Raid on Galaxy Garrison, ep 30). In this sequence, right after
the head attaches, the hands are shown approaching VV and turning around
so that their aft sections are facing VV. VV is also shown approaching
the hands and spinning around. The left hand attaches, then the right.
Then we pan away from VV as he does a couple of dramatic poses. Finally
VV's face is unveiled and the sequence then ends exactly like VV3 does.
I'll refer to this one as VV3+. I've added some images from VV3+
Now that we're established our parameters, it's time for the fun part:
the numbers. For purposes of comparison, I timed each LV sequence
from the moment the Lions start transforming to the moment LV's head is
revealed. Likewise, I timed the VV sequences from the moment the
feet appear to the moment the red plane attaches to VV. I didn't
include things like LV's "activate interlocks" routine or VV's air-punching
because I wanted to stick strictly with formation and hopefully keep the
comparison as fair as possible. Also, I don't have any eps that have
VV2 on them, so there's currently no time posted for it, although its time
is pretty much identical to VV3's. (I've recently gotten eps w/ VV2 and
will time it and post it here shortly.)
Without any further ado-doo, here it is:
LV1: 28.47 sec
LV2: 17.14 sec
VV1: 16.25 sec
VV3: 15.47 sec
VV3+: 33.72 sec
Conclusion: Giving both sides a maximum handicap by using their longest
sequences (LV1 and VV3+), LV wins by about 5 seconds. But VV3+ is
only shown in one ep, as I said earlier. The rest of the time you
see VV1, VV2, or VV3, each of which takes about 16 seconds, shorter than
either LV sequence. So yes, if the 2 V's were ever to fight, I'd
have to concede that LV would finish forming first. But my main point
here is to refute the VV bashers who talk like it would be a difference
of five hours--that's what aggravates me so much: "Hmm, 3x
as many parts, so it must take 3x as long to form". Stupid logic.
It's five freaking seconds, folks. Can we get over it and
move on, please?
This concludes Rant #44871-05(q), Section %*$&@.
2. "VV has, like, 1000 parts and if, like, a toe is missing they
can't form Voltron."
Wrong, wrong, wrong. That's strictly a LION VOLTRON problem, and
just because LV has such-and-such limitation doesn't automatically mean
VV has it too. Now granted, anecdotal evidence from the series seems to
suggest that certain parts are more essential than others. Obviously,
if one of the 3 torso parts is missing then they clearly can't form Voltron.
In certain situations where an arm or hand component is out of action (e.g.,
in "Wolo's lost world" and "Letters from home"; eps 12 and 35, respectively),
forming VV without them was never even considered as an option. So
apparently arm and torso components are essential. However, VV HAS
gone into action sans his right leg (when Lisa got knocked out), and even
his head (when Jeff was knocked out). Another fallacy from people
who have seen few (if any!!) VV eps. Below are screenshots of those
events, from "Nerok scores big" (ep 26) and "Defend the new world" (ep 20),
3. "VV never took off because there were too many characters."
Um... oooooookay. So I guess that explains why shows like SUPER
FRIENDS, TRANSFORMERS, and G. I. JOE never took off. Do I really
need to waste any more verbiage on this one? During V3D's run many fans, myself included,
discussed a possble refit of VV that's comprised of fewer vehicles
(and consequently requires fewer people to operate it) in order to make
it more workable in CGI. As I've thought about it, though, I really
don't think this is the way to go. It's too much mucking with history
for a theory that's dubious at best.
More fallacies to be addressed in the future. Stay tuned.