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Voltron Force: Inside the Music Review

Peace does not last

It feels so good to kick off the dust that accumulated for several weeks, while the memory of the first 13 episodes of Voltron Force were fresh in our minds, and anticipation built for another round of 13 new episodes. Hopefully, you were able to catch the stories surrounding New York ComicCon, where the Producers of Voltron were on hand to talk to the fans about the new episodes yet to come. And, maybe you had the pleasure to read ToonBarn’s own Exclusive Interview with the Producers of Voltron, Bob Koplar and Jeremy Corray. In that article, you would have learned about some of the great episodes we are going to see in the next few weeks.

Nickelodeon and Nicktoons Voltron Force: Hungry for Voltron Review

Wade lets loose his legions on Allura

This week’s episode, Voltron Force: Episode 12: Hungry for Voltron, showed the more diplomatic side of what it means to be a member of the Voltron Force. Larmina gets to learn how to respect other cultures and how to behave like a true ambassador of Voltron and her home planet of Arus. In order for this “lesson” to occur though, Princess Allura had to accept an invitation to the Planet Ebb, knowing that it could be a trap. Lance and Keith both saw it as a trap, but Allura was steadfast in her resolve. If there was any question about it before, in this episode, we found out who truly has the last word on the Voltron Force.

Voltron Force: Predator Robeast Review

Predator Robeast Predators

The Voltron Force have faced their biggest challenge to date. In Voltron Force: Episode 11: Predator Robeast, a team of 5 Robeasts, all based on animal predators, give Voltron Force their toughest battle yet. These 5 robeasts include a Shark, a Snake, a Wolf, a Dragon, and a Minotaur. Each of these have been sent by Maahox to position themselves outside each of 5 dens of the Voltron Force Lions. You’ll recall that in “Voltron Force: Episode 8: Flash Form Go!”, Maahox had sent a probe to find out where the Lions’ Dens were hid. Based on that information, his predator robeasts were able to find each of these 5 locations rather easily.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #11: Voltron: Defender of the Universe

Voltron: Defender of the Universe

The Voltron: Defender of the Universe Theme Song opens with the voice of Optimus Prime, the heroic leader of the Autobots on “The Transformers”, Peter Cullen. Even though most of the music is in the background, and there’s no singing, a spoken-word theme really works with the deep, authoritative voice of Peter Cullen. The music that does play in the background, written by John Petersen, is really cool, and it’s that theme that gets repeated in every episode when Voltron is formed from the 5 Lions of the Voltron Force.

Voltron Force: Flash Form Go! Review

Voltron force: Flash Form Go!

I’d like to start this week’s review by saying you can thank my son for last Thursday’s Episode (Voltron Force: Episode 8: FlashForm Go!). Obviously, he didn’t write it. And he didn’t do any of the animation… or the voices…or the music…or…you get the picture. But the idea for it came from him and thousands of other Voltron fans out there (including me:from old Voltron), who have all been wondering the same thing. Since it seems to take awhile for Voltron to form the 5 lions into one large hero, what would happen if they were attacked by an enemy in the middle of putting Voltron together? This episode answers that and it also puts this series on the next level. We’ll talk about what this means for Voltron fans, from the old series to the new one, after we see what happened to the Voltron Force and the inhabitants of the Planet Arus on a typical day on the farm.

Nickelodeon’s Voltron Force: Hunkyard Review

Nickelodeon's Voltron Force: Hunkyard Review

Did you ever think, there’s just not enough Hunk in your life? Well, this episode (Voltron Force: Episode 6: Hunkyard) satisfies your Hunk craving. From the old Voltron series of the 80’s to today’s Voltron Force, it seems as though Hunk never got a whole lot of attention. That’s all changed. After this episode, it appears as though Hunk may be the one member of the original 5 that the Cadets trust the most. How does he achieve this status? By taking the cadets to the Hunkyard; a region of Planet Arus where scrap machines go to die.

Voltron Force: Joyride of Doom Interactive Review

Voltron Force: Joyride of Doom Interactive Review

The Producers of Voltron Force promised us that Joyride of Doom would be a game-changer in the Voltron Force Series. They weren’t kidding! If you were thinking this is your old Voltron, and/or just rehashed as Voltron Force, you were sadly mistaken about a great many things. Back in 1984, were you able to simultaneously watch Voltron and send tweets back and forth with the Producers of the show, getting instant information about what you were watching? No! Back in 1984, could you have had complete access to the same episode you watched, less than 12 hours later, either on the web or downloaded to iTunes? No! Back in 1984, could you spend the whole week in between episodes debating with people all over the world about whether King Lotor will ever get over his obsession with Allura, because you are connecting with people through Facebook, Twitter, a thousand blog sites, and most importantly, ToonBarn? No! This whole interactive experience is a game-changer, not to mention the Toys, Video Games, Conventions, and other good stuff that is coming with this franchise. DON’T CALL IT A TV SHOW! It’s much more than that. Take a look here at reasons why

Voltron Force: the Voltron Formula Still Works

Voltron Force: the Voltron Formula Still Works

After my 8-year-old son and I finished watching NickToons’ Voltron Force (Episode 4: Coran, Coran) on Thursday, he said something to me that was very profound about the show, and true of a lot of shows in general. ┬áHe concluded that there is a distinct formula in these shows that is simple, yet effective. (1.) The Evil Villain starts the show by hatching a diabolical plan to put an end to our hero. (2.) Our hero spends most of the show in turmoil, fighting insurmountable odds at every turn, as the Evil Villain continues to have the upper hand. (3.) Just as the Evil Villain appears to strike the final blow, our hero, through the use of teamwork, special skills or powers, and clever thinking, defeats the Evil Villain’s plan, but not permanently keeping the Evil Villain from doing more harm in the future. (4.) Our hero has triumphed over the Evil Villain, and our hero feels he has learned something and become better from the experience, but remains vigilant, knowing there will be more conflicts yet to come. So does this formula hold up over time? And will it work in tonight’s episode?

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