- Motto: "I am an intellectual... not a jock."
- Weapon: Saber Blade
Episode 4 aired last night (episodes 1-3 were that 90-minute premiere I discussed before), and I gotta say, I really like Ron Halder as Coran. His voice is very evocative of Peter Cullen's own take on Coran and also adds his own air of sagacity to the character.
Why do I bring up someone as seemingly insignificant as Coran? Well, becuase this episode centered around him. In this episode, as Pidge is demonstrating some of the new weapon upgrades to the Voltron lion tails, an unidentified ship approaches the Castle of Lions. An injured Coran is identified as its pilot, and has come to warn the Voltron Force of Sky Marshall Wade's latest activity. Wade has taken over the Galaxy Alliance and is moving to create an army far greater than even Voltron could handle. Unless Wade's secret moonbase is destroyed, they're all doomed.
Lance want to take the cadets with them on the mission, so as to help them gain more experience in the field. Pidge however sees this as a better opportunity to test the lions' new weapons. Keith agrees and dismisses Lance's suggestion, opting to go with original Voltron Force members only. Coran is put in charge of the cadets until the others get back.
During the mission, the team attempts to rebond after having been divided for years. They immediately form Voltron and engage Wade's moonbase's automated defenses. All the while, Keith, having grown accustomed to working alone, starts to show that he's better at giving commands rather than taking them.
Back at the castle, having been confine to their quarters, Daniel and Vince talk about having their own base, which they call "the Lair". As Vince works on his Voltcom, a mysterious voice speaks to him and puts him in a trance. As he leaves his room, he and Daniel run into coran, who asks them to keep it down and return to their quarters so he can rest and recuperate from his former injuries. They agree and, after Coran leaves, Larmina, who was eaves-dropping on them, agrees to their Lair idea.
Meanwhile, the battle with the lions and the moonbase escalates to the point at which the planetary core of the planetoid the base resides on becomes unstable enough that it will eventually explode and take the base with it, leaving Voltron plenty of time to evacuate to safety. However, Wade contacts the lions from Earth, revealing that this was all a set up. He wanted them to destroy his base, as he had captured Coran and now holds his captive within the exploding base. The five now have no choice but to disengage Voltron and enter the base individually to rescue coran before the base explodes. Amid this chaos, Hunk wonders, "If that's the real Coran, then who'd we leave back at the castle with the kids?"
In the catacombs of the castle, the cadets earch for a place where they could set up their secret Lair. They run into Coran again, who asks them again to return to their quarters. Daniel, however, questions how and why Coran is wandering the catacombs if he still needed to recover from his wounds. In response, Coran attacks them. There's more to this story, but I figured it'd be better if I stopped right here rather than spoil the ending.
Overall, I'm digging this series. It is the most competently written Voltron series yet, and with great animation to boot.
If you've read Exodus, wanna read the War For Cybertron comic? PM me.
Shadowman wrote:This is Sabrblade we're talking about. His ability to store trivial information about TV shows is downright superhuman.
Caelus wrote:My wife pointed out something interesting about the prehistoric Predacons. I said that everyone was complaining because transforming for them mostly consisted of them just standing up-right. She essentially said, 'So? That's what our ancestors did.'