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Why do I prefer Vehicle Voltron?

Part 1: My history with Voltron
Part 2: What?? Another Voltron?!
Part 3: VV grows on me
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I guess it makes sense to start at the beginning. (NOTE: I've now created separate pages for each section. You can also choose to view the full original page if you wish.) If you're not interested in those details, feel free to click the links above to Part 2 (which describes my initial reaction to watching VV) or straight to Part 3 (which finally describes why I came to prefer VV).

My history with Voltron

It all started in 1984. I was 13 and in the eighth grade. One of the neighborhood kids was totally into this show called VOLTRON. My first response was very similar to that displayed by longtime Voltron fans to today's Power Rangers. He'd make it a point to stop everything to watch this show whenever he was home, so if I happened to be there when it was on, I had to watch it too. He was watching the Lion Voltron of course (then known as Voltron III), but quite frankly, when I first saw these robotic animals, I thought they were wolves or dogs or something. After all, shouldn't lions (even robotic ones) have manes? Somehow, I eventually became hooked myself (even though I immediately found that "Princess" gal extremely irritating, a feeling that would continue for years afterward). My friend lost interest several months later, but mine never truly faded.

What drew me to this show? Well, most of all, it was the music. True Voltron fans can hear this music and still get goosebumps to this very day, regardless of where they are or what they're doing. I can honestly say that no music from any other movie or TV show moves or inspires me the way Voltron music ever did. It may well be the most beautiful music I've ever heard, and Voltron always seemed to play just the right music for the situation. You could tell just by the music whether the mood was happy, silly, somber, angry, dark, victorious, or defeated.

Secondly, the characters. The good guys at their best were truly heroic, and the bad guys at their worst were truly horrifying. There's been much ado made about how the evil of the villains was diluted by WEP's editing [1]. But if you have the very first episode of LV on video, go back and watch the sequence in which planet Doom was introduced. Listen to that dark music. The vultures cawing. Look at that first shot of Castle Doom. And that very first panoramic shot of King Zarkon in all his evil glory, starting at the top of his staff and meandering up to his face, ruthlessly smug in his apparent total conquest of the galaxy. Then go to the robeast scenes. Most of the carnage was edited out, but the monster was clearly making mincemeat of the hapless slaves. Then go to the scene in which the young space explorers were dumped into the Pit of Skulls by the vultures. Keith and even tough-guy Hunk were shaken into prayer. Surveying all of the skeletal remains around him, Keith said, "I hate to think what this place means." The words were never spoken, the violence never shown, but it was all too clear in these scenes. To this day I get the willies watching this ep.

Third, the animation itself. To say the people at Toei know how to draw beautiful animation would be a gross understatement. The Lions are poetry in motion. A person's face (even that of Voltron or a robeast) articulates emotion fully and clearly. Backgrounds are like master paintings. I could go on, but right about now you're probably thinking, "When's this guy gonna get to Vehicle Voltron?!" Hang on, there's just one more quick paragraph yet. (Hey, I gave you the chance to skip all of this. :)

Finally, the sound effects. Think about the launch sequence. Each VF member running into their respective door, spinning down that chute into their seats, sailing thru tunnels to their Lions. The keys are inserted and finally, the Lions awaken and leap into action. Then it's time to form Voltron. Fans know this by heart: "Activate interlocks! Dynotherms connected! Infracells up! Megathrusters are go! LET'S GO, VOLTRON FORCE! Form feet and legs! Form arms and body! And I'll form the head!" Finally, it's time to "Form blazing sword!" When you hear that distinctive "CLANG!", you know the battle's as good as over, and Voltron's going to be the one still standing.



Part 1: My history with Voltron
Part 2: What?? Another Voltron?!
Part 3: VV grows on me
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Voltron I/Vehicle Team Voltron/Vehicle Voltron, Voltron II, Voltron III/Lion Force Voltron/Lion Voltron, and all associated characters and images are the property of World Events Productions, © 1984 (also © 1997 for Lion Voltron). Voltron: The Third Dimension is the property of World Events Productions, Mike Young Productions, and Netter Digital Entertainment, Inc., ©1998. Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV (tr. Armored Fleet Dairugger XV), Kosuku Denjin Arubegasu (tr. Light Speed God Algebas), and Hyakujuuou Goraion (tr. Beast King Golion) are the property of Toei Co., Ltd., ©'s 1982, 1983, and 1981, respectively. Mirai Robo Darutaniasu (tr. Future Robo Daltanius) is the property of Toei Co., Ltd. and Sunrise Productions, ©1979.
All other content not otherwise indicated or credited above or elsewhere on this site is the intellectual property of David James Bingham, ©2017.

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