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. He 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?