Thursday Throwbacks: 11/19/09

“Form feet and legs!  Form arms and body!  And I’ll form, THE HEAD!”

Man, it must suck to live in a far off galaxy.  No matter what planet you live on, you’re on constant alert for strange monsters, swarms of space crafts, and evil alien warlords that are hell bent on conquering every inch of the universe. King Zarkon (one of the rulers of the Drule Empire) happens to be one of those warlords.  But in order for him to accomplish the feat that villains throughout space have been working on since the beginning of time, Zarkon must work on a few things.  First, he needs to gather a mighty army (a little old school flyering should take care of that).  Second, Zarkon must train his collection of ghastly robeasts so they’re in peak physical condition.  Lastly, the evil prick has to bust through the one robotic wall that stands between him and total domination….Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

Commander Keith and his comrades Lance, Pidge, Hunk, and Sven are your average space explorers out to make a name for themselves.  Fate has other plans for them.  Plans involving Galaxy Garrison, Planet Arus, Princess Allura, not to mention 5 robot lions.  Can Keith and company figure out the secrets of The Castle of Lions, freeing the legendary Voltron from it’s Earthly prison?  Will King Zarkon pull off his hair brained scheme?  Let’s find out, shall we (keep an ear out for another famous robot voice):

Space Explorers Captured

Escape to Another Planet

A Ghost and Four Keys

The Missing Key

Princess Joins Up (heads up, the last part doesn’t match up for some reason)

The Right Arm of Voltron

The Lion has New Claws

The Stolen Lion

A Pretty Spy

Secret of the White Lion

What a stroke of genius!  Getting a mighty robot to narrate a show about a mighty robot is simply brilliant!  I couldn’t think of a better bot than Optimus Prime to tell the story of Voltron.

By the way, there is a reason The Princess took over controlling the blue lion.  Even though the vids I found don’t show it, Sven got injured and was sent to a far off planet to heal (he was actually killed in a different version of the show).  As a result, Allura strapped on her big girl britches to pilot the right leg.

On a side note, Japan seems to have a hard on for giant mechanisms that are formed by other mechanisms that look like a variety of every day things.  So far we’ve got a Voltron made of cats, cars, and jets (if I remember correctly).  There’s also the infamous Power Rangers with their Mega Zord.  I don’t think I’ll ever understand the insane fasination with these contraptions that Japaneese animators apear to have.  But as long as they keep shipping shows our way, I might just have to watch them so you don’t have to.

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