In an all-new series, five unlikely heroes and their flying robot lions unite to form the megapowerful Voltron and defend the universe from evil.
Runtime: 24 minutes
Voltron: Legendary Defender - The Rise of Voltron - Netflix
The Rise of Voltron (also known by the individual episodes The New Alliance, From Days of Long Ago, and Defenders of the Universe) is the first three episodes of Voltron: Legendary Defender. It was directed by Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery and written by Tim Hedrick, Joshua Hamilton and May Chan. In this episode, three cadets at the Galaxy Garrison Lance, Pidge, and Hunk along with Garrison dropout Keith, and Takashi “Shiro” Shirogane, the leader of the Defenders of the Universe, who was captured by the villainous Galra Empire a year before the events of the series, are tasked by Princess Allura of Altea with finding five robotic lions to form Voltron.
Voltron: Legendary Defender - Reception - Netflix
The Rise of Voltron received positive reviews. Sarah Moran, writing for ScreenRant, called the premier “A worthy comeback” citing its “brisk pace” that quickly establishes its main characters as well as its “almost ridiculous amount of exposition, serving both to remind older viewers and bring those new to the concept up to speed.” Moran also gave positive mention to the artstyle, calling it “sleek and modern” comparing it favorably to Dos Santos and Montgomery's previous series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra as well as Young Justice. Collider's David Trumbore gave the episode 4 out of 5 stars, calling it a “great origin story” that “serves to bring newcomers and longtime fans alike up to speed on the new voices playing old characters”. While Trumbore had a few qualms with some of the changes made from the original series such as Keith not being the leader and piloting the black lion he noted that most of the other changes were “minor” and that his introduction and arc setup were “quite promising”, in conclusion he called the series “a worthy successor”, the animation “beautiful to behold” and the action "fast-paced and fun while striking a balance with the show’s comedic and sometimes touching character moments. Dr. Zaius, writing for Geeks of Doom, gave the episode a positive review citing its “genuinely funny moments” and signaling out Hunk as his favorite character, comparing him positively to Tyler Labine's performance as Dale in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. However, he was “glad” that the rest of the episodes were only 23 minutes long, as the 70-minute pilot felt “too long at times”.