Voltron Force: Army of One Review
We are getting close to the end of Season One of Voltron Force on Nicktoons. This all started on June 16, 2011, with the 3-part New Defenders Trilogy. We have been on a wild ride ever since. From the introduction of the Cadets, including the back story on how the old Voltron Series led into this series, to the Cadets becoming full-fledged members of the Voltron Force team, we have seen some amazing stuff. Half-way through the season, Sky Marshall Wade was defeated, and the Galaxy Alliance was back in good order. However, Wade had escaped his trial and joined with the Lider, Kala, to become the beast that was able to re-form after the destruction of AwesomeTron, the Cadets version of Voltron. Will the Wade/Kala Lider survive the end of the season? The last two episodes promise to have a ton of action, and maybe we’ll get to see whether Daniel gets to become a member of the Voltron Force, and whether King Lotor cuts ties with Maahox for good. By the way, one question that still lingers in our minds: does anyone know how Sven’s son is doing? Allura promised to take good care of him, but since she left him with the Nanny that raised her, we haven’t heard about him at all. We thought they would at least check up on him once in a while.
In “Army of One”, Lotor is walking around his castle on Planet Doom, seeing no improvement whatsoever in the renovations that were promised by Maahox. Even more disturbing, is that Maahox has not found a way to defeat the Voltron Force. Lotor has become very impatient with Maahox, and shows Maahox just how much. He grabs Maahox and holds him upside down.
Another Lotor appears and walks over to Lotor. Lotor looks like he has seen a ghost. He thinks it is a copy. Maahox tells him it is an Army. Lotor looks down from the Castle to the ground below and sees Legions of troops that look exactly like him. Nice dramatic effect here to lead right into the opening theme and credits.
On Arus, the Voltron Force is planning a “surprise” Coronation to formally crown Princess Allura as Queen of Arus. The altar they are preparing looks very regal, and as a nice touch, they included Arus’ official planetary flower, which is surprisingly prickly. The problem with all of this is that Allura hates the formal ceremony stuff (sounds like Larmina), and if she finds out about it, she’ll put a stop to it right away. Coran insists that every Queen on Arus must have a coronation, as it is a tradition. So, while they are preparing for the Coronation, Coran has taken Allura on a special diplomatic mission far away from Arus to distract her.
On Planet Doom, Lotor is having the Robeast Coffins loaded on his command ship. Commander Cossack asks him why they need the Robeasts, if they have a Lotor Army. Lotor explains that when it comes to Maahox, he is starting to think he needs a little insurance. The ships holding his legions of Lotor Clones take off from Planet Doom. You can guess where they are headed.
As the male members of the Voltron Force put up a flagpole, Daniel asks why Larmina wasn’t there. Larmina appears, saying she didn’t want to get her new uniform dirty. Hunk remarks that she looks like she was born to wear that Blue Lion pilot uniform. Larmina says she is still getting used to the idea.
Daniel says he always thought he would be the first Cadet to become a Voltron Force pilot, which just shows how immature he was from the start. He thinks about how nice it would be if he had an Aunt who was about to become Queen so she could hand over a Lion to him. Vince catches these thoughts using the telepathy, and doesn’t agree with Daniel’s jealousy. He softly reminds Daniel that his time will come. Just then, Pidge smells the alarm, and starts running toward the Castle Control Center. Yeah, you read that right, he smelled the alarm. The others start chasing him, but they don’t hear anything. Instead, the strong smell of toasted marshmallows fills the air. It seems Pidge changed the alarm system to an olfactory system, with different smells for different kinds of emergencies. Lance thinks Pidge needs to stop messing with the Castle Defenses and get a real hobby. Doesn’t Pidge still lead the music group, Stereolactic? He leads that double life, and he still needs hobbies?
Anyway, they reach the Control Center and Lance wonders how bad a “toasted marshmallow” emergency could be. Hunk lets him know that Pidge hates marshmallows. There’s only one thing he hates more… “Lotor!” Lotor has arrived on Arus.
Keith calls for Daniel and Vince to man the Castle Defenses, while the rest of them head for the Lions. This is Larmina’s first official time as the Blue Lion pilot, and she lets out a small happy sigh as she runs to the Blue Lion elevator. Vince says he doesn’t need telepathy to know what Daniel is thinking about that.
When the Lions rendezvous on the surface, they are immediately met by four different Lotor Clones, shooting at the Lions with Haggarium pistols. Larmina can’t believe there are 4 Lotors. Neither can Daniel and Vince. Vince tries to contact the team, but Larmina says, “Not now…” (which was kinda rude) “Somehow, there’s more than 1 Lotor.” They tell her she has no idea. On their screens, they see the full Army of Lotor Clones. Did anybody notice that the screen in the top middle looks like the shot from Planet Doom? What is it doing here on Arus’ Castle Cameras?
As Lotor’s command ship lands near the Coronation site the Voltron Force had prepared for Allura, Lotor thinks it is fitting that they are planning for a party. In his mind, this day will be celebrated as the day Voltron was destroyed.
In unison, all the Lotors start blasting at the Lions with Haggarium blasters. Pidge tells the team that one blaster wouldn’t be a problem for the Lions, but thousands of blasters will be. Lance thinks they should get some size on their side too. Keith calls out, “Ready to Form Voltron!”, and for now, here is your Voltron Force. This is subject to change, since exchanges and substitutions are permitted.
Voltron forms and faces the Lotor Clone Army.
Lance starts by having Red Lion grab several Lotor Clones at once, throwing them into the air, as they explode into Haggarium Dust. Then he uses Lion Torch to blast one of their carrier ships. Lotor calls out, “Now!”, and the Lotor Clones start changing into various forms that Lotor had changed into in previous episodes. You’ll remember from Crossed Signals, it was the Spacesuit Armor Lotor. And from Joyride to Doom, it was the large Haggarium-enraged Lotor. From Brains, it was the Samurai Robeast Lotor.
The Lotors, in all their forms (Hunk counts 112), start charging Voltron. Lance gives them a “Red Lion Special”, a big flamethrower blast of fire, which disintegrates several of the Lotors. One Samurai Lotor hops over the flames, and Pidge blasts him back with a wind blast from Green Lion’s mouth.
The Spacesuit Lotors attack from the air with Haggarium Blasts, causing Pidge to request back-up from Vince and Daniel on the Castle Defenses. He asks them to set up the Caste Defenses for a sniper barrage. Vince and Daniel didn’t know about that one. In fact, with all the upgrades Pidge has been making to the system, no one knows how to control them, except Pidge. He tells them to use the panel on the right, and they are able to take out some of the Lotor Clones in the air.
In trying to get the Castle Defenses working, a doorway into the Castle becomes open just long enough for the real Lotor to run into undetected. That is, until he starts tearing up paintings in the Hall of Heroes.
Daniel and Vince see what Lotor is doing. Daniel tells Vince to keep the door sealed behind him, no matter what. Then he heads through the doorway, runs, and tackles Lotor to the ground. Daniel tells Lotor it is time for him to leave. Lotor can’t believe the Voltron Force is still trying to fight him with children. Daniel tells him they have grown up considerably since the last time they met, and he activates his claws from his Voltcom. Lotor says he has grown himself, as well, and brandishes a Haggarium Sword. They fight each other with their weapons, and Daniel’s Haggarium Infection shows itself to Lotor, who says it makes Daniel aggressive and reckless. Lotor tells Daniel he is strong enough to handle the Haggarium coarsing through his veins, and questions whether Daniel is strong enough.
Lotor seems to get the upper hand, as Daniel cries out in pain, triggering the telepathy in Vince. Vince tells Daniel he’s coming to help, but Daniel tells him to stay in the control room to help Voltron defend the Castle. Vince knows how to help Daniel: He’ll call Allura’s ship! He starts to send a message, but Coran quickly turns the message off. Allura asks what that sound was, and Coran says it was nothing. He thought the whole “surprise” about her coronation was going to be blown right there.
Daniel gets backed into a corner, and Vince can feel his pain. At the same time, he realizes that his own power can help Daniel. He tries to transfer his Voltcom power to Daniel through their telepathy.
It works! Daniel gets a burst of Vince’s power that knocks the Haggarium out of Daniel, and sends Lotor flying backwards. He uses it again to knock down Lotor once more.
Daniel tells Lotor he doesn’t care who gets slaughtered, even if it’s himself a hundred times over, as long as they destroy Voltron. Lotor defiantly says that no one shall have the honor of destroying Voltron but himself. He would never let a copy of himself do it. As he says this, the Lotors outside the Castle start claiming themselves as the one who will destroy Voltron. This gives Vince an idea.
In order to beat the Lotors, Vince tells the team to throw the fight. If Voltron lays down, the Lotors will all fight each other until there are none left. The team agrees to do that, and they stop fighting until they get knocked down.
Daniel tells Lotor if he doesn’t get out there, one of his copies would be the one to destroy Voltron. Lotor sees this, and calls in his insurance policy. He activates the Robeast Coffins from his command ship. They burst open to reveal the 5 Predator Robeast animals that Voltron was unable to defeat in the episode, Predator Robeast. They quickly form the huge Predator Robeast.
The predator Robeast quickly takes out most of the Lotor Clones that are left, and makes its way to Voltron. The team decides it’s time to stop playing dead, and try to get up. However, they can’t. Larmina tells the team Blue Lion’s E.R.B. was damaged, and it would take 49 seconds to reboot. There are some tense moments here, as Voltron takes a beating from the Robeast. And even Lotor himself tries to stop the Robeast (so he can claim his prize), but it ignores him too. Haggarium rage has that effect.
Finally, Blue Lion is rebooted and Voltron is able to get up. They get thrown back, and Hunk is worried they don’t have anything to stop it. But Pidge reminds them they didn’t have Green Center the last time they fought it. Keith gets them to Form Green Center, with a Boomerang Shield.
The Boomerang Shield ends up being ineffective against the Predator Robeast. Keith asks the team for options. Larmina asks, “What about the Castle Defenses?” Vince says he’d feel better if Pidge and him could switch seats. Pidge says that is exactly what they need to do. Going green wasn’t enough. They need Vince’s extra power boost as well. As they keep getting hit by the Predator Robeast, Lance says it won’t mean much unless Vince can get to Green Lion fast. Daniel overhears this, and decides to transfer his own power, super speed, to Vince, so he can get to Green Lion quickly. Vince is able to use the speed boost to quickly get to Green Lion and take over for Pidge. Vince uses his own power to supercharge the Boomerang shield. Then, he throws it at the Predator Robeast and knocks off its left arm. Then he throws it again, and knocks off the other arm. By this time, Lotor knows he is defeated, and runs to his command ship and takes off. Then, Vince throws the shield one last time, right through the heart of the robeast, blasting it into a million pieces.
The team doesn’t get long to celebrate, as they see what a mess the battle has left for Allura’s coronation ceremony, and she’s already on her way back. They re-form to Black Center, and Green Lion gets out his leaf blower to start cleaning things up.
They miraculously get everything cleaned up just as Allura is walking up with Coran.
Coran thinks he had, by far, the hardest job today. Allura says, “This had better not be for me!”
Lance stammers, “Uh.. of course not… it’s for…” and Pidge interjects, “It’s for…” and we see Pidge transfer his Voltcom key to Vince, and Vince becomes the Green Lion Pilot, complete with new uniform. Once again, this ceremony was way too fast. Remember how we said Larmina’s ceremony wasn’t as big as we had thought it would be, when she became Blue Lion’s Pilot? This one for Vince went ten times faster than that.
As everyone looks on, and congratulates Vince on his promotion, the 3 original pilots of Voltron, Hunk, Keith, and Lance, all look at each other. They wonder who will be the one to give up their Lion for the last remaining Cadet? Which Pilot will Daniel replace? Any bets on Keith?
In the 2-part final battle of Season 1 of Voltron Force, the Kala/Wade Spider returns to take revenge on Maahox in a bad guy battle blowout! Now that Vince and Larmina are full-time members of Voltron Force what is going to happen with Cadet Daniel? In the first of the two Season Finale Episodes, “Deceive and Conquer”, Lotor fights the Lider with his bare hands.
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