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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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VV grows on me

It took me some time to form a definite opinion on VV. I watched it the next two Saturday nights. Right around then, LV was wrapping up its first run on our station's M-F slot. My curiosity would be even further piqued by the 3-part LV finale, in which the Drules and even the VV force themselves made brief appearances. Even more, it turned out that LV's Pidge and VV's Chip were twin brothers! Finally, VV started running in LV's M-F slot while LV starting running in VV's Sat. night slot. Now watching VV 5 days a week, I got to know the show rather quickly. And quite frankly, I didn't care too much for it early on. I think the thing that annoyed me the most was Jeff's impulsive leadership, at least in the early eps. He picked a fight with a non-VF officer on occasion, attacked Cliff on another, and generally tended to rush into conflict, shooting first and asking questions later. As far as I was concerned, he couldn't carry Keith's jock when it came to leadership. I fumed to myself, "How did this hotheaded punk become leader of the VF, anyway?? Cliff or Crik could do SO much better!" But I stuck with it anyway because it was still Voltron—even if the theme music and the Galaxy Alliance were the only things the two shows had incommon.

Eventually, I came to like VV. I guess what won me over was the running storyline—most particularly the fact that it wasn't as black-and-white as LV's was: In LV the Good Guys were purely good, and the Bad Guys were purely evil. I cited this as a strength above, but in some ways it was also a weakness as some characters (esp. Bad Guys) seemed one-dimensional. In VV, on the other hand, some of the Drules—including Hazar himself—would eventually abandon their malevolent ways. In one ep, a young Drule was even brought on board the Explorer and eventually befriended by the entire VF. Even hotheaded Jeff seemed to mature with each ep. Few people were the same at the end of the series as they were at the beginning. People actually CHANGED and GREW. (Yes, I know; they did in LV too, but not quite as much IMHO. And NONE of the bad guys did except for Merla, and she was a 2nd season character. I don't count Zarkon's "reform" in V3D, of course, because it was bogus. Nor do I count Lotor's consideration of reform, however sincere, in 2nd season since it was only considered as a possible means to win Allura.) And I REALLY came to appreciate VV's female pilots, Ginger, Lisa, and Sinda. After watching Princess "I faint at the drop of a hat" Allura do her imitation of a sack of potatoes for the 97th time during LV's run, these ladies were a refreshing change of pace. VV's ladies were gentle during down time but dangerous in battle. Even the ostensibly ditsy Ginger kicked major booty. Also, VV's sound FX just grew on me somehow. It wasn't until after VV completed its first run and LV returned to my station's M-F slot that I realized, "Hey I MISS those sound FX". I only recently learned from watching clips of both shows in their original pre-dubbed Japanese form that WEP apparently dubbed its own set of sound FX into LV but left VV's original Dairugger FX more or less untouched [1]. I don't know why WEP re-FX'd one and not the other, but my guess would be because Golion's FX editing (at least in the clips I've seen) was AWFUL. Dairugger was released after Golion, so maybe the better FX indicates that Toei learned a thing or two between Golion and Dairugger. Anyway, I just like VV's sound FX better. I guess they seem more realistic to me than LV's. Finally, I always dug VV's battles. The action was usually faster and more intense than in LV's battles. There also didn't seem to be as many pauses in the course of battle in a VV fight. (Maybe because there were no Space Mice or Nanny to distract our heroes? :) Also, I always thought it was cool that even VV's lesser weapons (e.g., Solar Combat Spears, Spinning Laser Blades) actually did appreciable damage. On the other hand, when LV used anything other than Blazing Sword I often wondered if Keith was trying to bore the robeast to death: Form Electrosabre. Toss at robeast. Bounces off. Again. Repeat with Spinning Laser Blade. Yawn. If only LV had some Electro-Thermo-Blasters, hmm?

Footnote
  1. Diehard Voltron fans are well aware that the Voltron series was actually a redub-and-re-edit of two unrelated anime series produced by the Japanese animation company Toei Co., Ltd.: Hyakujuuou Goraion (tr. Hundred Beast King Golion) became Lion Voltron, and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV (tr. Armored Armada Dairugger XV) became Vehicle Voltron. Golion and Dairugger, like most anime series, contained many graphic depictions of violence and death which had to be edited out before they could be broadcast on American TV. More info on Golion and Dairugger (and other animes that didn't quite make the Voltron cut) can be found at DMD's Voltron Page (currently inactive), Arus' Unofficial Voltron Home Page, Shannon Muir's Voltron site, and SGB's Golion site. [^1] [^2]


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