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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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What?? Another Voltron?!

(NOTE: More verbosity follows as I describe—in length—my reaction to my very first ep of VV. If you just want to get to the freaking reasons why I prefer VV already, click on Part 3 above.)

I discovered VV completely by accident. I'd just heard from another friend that our local station was airing Voltron around 1am on Saturdays, in addition to our Monday-Friday fix. At the time, I was already in the habit of watching the Three Stooges at around 11pm every Saturday on that same channel, and now to be able to top off 2 hours of Stooges with Voltron?? I'm there, dude! I sat through the Stooges, eagerly awaiting Voltron. Then, 1am finally came. The music I knew and loved started, but I noticed that the opening scene was different. Instead of the familiar sight of five Lions flying towards one another, I instead saw two planets. Then I heard Peter Cullen's familiar narration: "From days of long ago..." and was even more confused. Then more unfamiliar scenes—a huge ship, what appeared to be a space station, a bunch of little ships flying towards the screen, THEN, a robot that was NOT the Voltron I knew and loved, forming a sword! And yet, the narrator called this robot "Voltron, Defender of the Universe"?? Eventually though, I settled down—and something clicked. I remembered a Voltron promo that my local station showed. It showed mostly Lion Voltron scenes that I was familiar with. But the very last scene of that promo showed another robot that was NOT Lion Voltron swooping down on a robeast. I would always briefly wonder about this other robot, but then quickly forget about it. Well, this other "Voltron" I was now watching was in fact that very robot from that promo.

Now curiosity set in. "Another Voltron? What the heck, I'll give it a try", I thought to myself. I'd learn later this episode—my very first taste of VV—was "Try this world for size" (ep 5). I watched the ep, taking everything in. The story was that our heroes were on a mission to find uninhabited new worlds to relieve the overcrowded worlds of the Galaxy Alliance. This "Voltron" was made of 15 ships, instead of LV's 5 Lions. Not only that, but this Voltron Force was subdivided into Air, Sea, and Land Teams with 5 ships on each team. The Explorer was the name of the ship that led this expedition, and it was home to this VF, like the Castle of Lions was to the LVF. The Explorer, led by Commander Hawkins and Captain Newley, had discovered a new planet. Newley ordered the Land Team to launch and investigate, but were intercepted by the "bad guys", a blue-skinned race known as Drules, whose military was headed by someone named Hazar. Hawkins then ordered the Air and Sea Teams to launch. The combined force quickly sent the enemy running. Meanwhile, some guy in a lab coat (Professor Page) was grumbling about how the VF was fighting over a dead planet, even though Land Team hadn't even begun their exploration yet. When the battle was over, the Air and Sea Teams returned to the Explorer while the Land Team resumed its expedtion. When the others arrived at the mess hall, a big guy named Rocky (whose build and hair reminded me of Big Boy, the mascot for the famous restaurant chain of the same name) was talking about food. "Ah", I thought, "A Hunk clone!" Prof. Page was in the mess hall as well, and gave the teams a stern lecture about fighting the Drules over a "worthless planet." Jeff, the leader of the Air Team (and the entire VVF) was livid, and told Page he couldn't possibly make such a determination before Land Team had even made a report. Page explained that he'd done tests from the Explorer that "convinced me that it's a dead planet, a moon." Jeff wasn't so convinced, though—and neither was the rest of the team. I was troubled, too. I wondered if maybe this Page guy was some kind of spy trying to sabotage the Explorer's mission from within. He stopped just short of calling our young heroes trigger-happy buffoons, then walked away. Jeff and the rest of the team vented their feelings about Page, wondering why he was even on board in the first place. Finally, Jeff decided that he wasn't about to listen to this arrogant scientist, especially over Cmdr. Hawkins. "Cmdr. Hawkins says this is a good world, and I'd rather believe him", Jeff said. Jeff was determined to prove Page wrong as soon as Land Team returned.

Meanwhile on the planet, Land Team conducted their research. Unbeknownst to them Malvor, the Drule commander who'd ordered the earlier attack, was also lurking nearby. The Explorer crew was unaware that the Drules had discovered the planet first and had their own plans for it. Malvor wasn't about to let the enemy take the planet from them and had subsequently ordered the first attack. After the attack failed, he'd then decided to lay low and forego further fighting unless the VF stumbled onto the secret that made an ostensibly barren planet so desirable to the Drules. The Drule commander hoped that the enemy would find only desert and move on. His hope would be short-lived, though. Land Team touched down and went to work, indeed finding only barren desert. They were just about to give up when two of the explorers (Sinda and Modock) suddenly found an oasis of lush vegetation. Land Team leader Cliff didn't know what to make of it, but told the team to keep exploring. Eventually Modock found another oasis, and an old rocket in the middle of it all! They immediately reported back to Hawkins, who immediately deduced that someone else had obviously found the world before they themselves did—someone else who might "have a very valid claim to it." Hawkins nonetheless ordered Land Team to continue exploring, all the while wondering, "Is that somebody Hazar?"

Jeff, armed with the new information gathered by the Land Team, went to Page's lab, eager tell the scientist to his face how wrong he was. Page and his assistant Debbie were examining the samples themselves, trying to make sense of it. Jeff started to tell Page that he was clearly wrong about the planet being dead, but was rebuked once again. Page explained that even with the nascent vegetation, the planet was a long way from being livable. He explained the evolutionary process: First, the plants would replace the planet's carbon dioxide with oxygen. The atmosphere would then release much of its ultraviolet radiation. The cooler temperatures would cause water vapors and rain to form. The rain would finally cause new plants to grow and lower forms of animal life to emerge. Unfortunately, this whole process would take a few hundred years, and Jeff's heart sunk—the Alliance couldn't wait that long. Page still couldn't understand how those plants got there in the first place, though. "An impossible condition—evolution in reverse," he mused. Hawkins came in with similar questions and told Page about the rocket. Finally, he understood: Someone was trying to boost the planet's evolution by "seeding" the planet with vegetation. Earth scientists were trying to do the same thing on Venus. Hawkins immediately the Land Team to investigate further.

Malvor saw what was happening, and immediately ordered a new attack. Drule tanks exploded from the surface of the planet and attacked Land Team. The Explorer responded by launching the Air and Sea Teams again. The VF engaged the enemy on the surface, while the Explorer fought the Drule fleet in space. The VF quickly overpowered the surface fleet, but the Explorer was on the verge of defeat by the space fleet. In desperation, Newley ordered the Explorer to plow full-speed right into the enemy forces, much to Hawkins' dismay. Hawkins called off the order and instead ordered a retreat. Page then came to the bridge, concurring with Hawkins. Clearly the Drules had found the planet first and the Alliance had no right to it, regardless of Hazar's motives. Hawkins then ordered the VF to retreat as well, and to form Voltron only if there were no other way to escape. Just then, the Drules launched a robeast. At that, Jeff decided to form Voltron. I then watched Voltron form as Jeff said what I'd heard Keith say so many times before: "Form feet and legs! Form arms and torso [not body]! And I'll form the head!" But this Voltron wasn't done after the head formed: One last ship, a red plane, descended towards the robot and attached to the chest. Then we zoomed away from Voltron until the entire body was in view. At this point, the robot punched the air once with each fist, then jumped into battle. This "other" Voltron attacked the robeast with a variety of weapons, some of which LV also wielded, such as Spinning Laser Blades. Then, "Form Blazing Sword!" Voltron did just that, by combining the two SLBs. As I'd seen so many times in LV, this "other" Voltron destroyed the robeast with his sword. Just then, Hawkins called in, ordering them once again to retreat. Jeff argued at first, but Hawkins informed them the Drules found the planet first, and "we have no right to it." Finally, Jeff reluctantly complied and VV returned to the Explorer.

Malvor was confused by the retreat at first, since the enemy was winning. But he realized why: They were obeying "the basic law of the universe." Back on the Explorer, Jeff was still fuming. "'Basic law of the universe!' Why should WE observe it? When did Hazar observe any laws?" Once again, Page was there to rebuke the young explorer and affirm that they'd indeed done the right thing. Finally, Jeff reluctantly agreed—and took comfort in the hope of finding a new planet soon—"with the help of our giant robot—Voltron, Defender of the Universe!"



Part 1: My history with Voltron
Part 2: What?? Another Voltron?!
Part 3: VV grows on me
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