Saturday, March 3, 2018

Voltron - The Prisoner

The Fifth Season of Voltron: Legendary Defender opens with Lotor (A.J. LoCascio) a prisoner of the Paladins, and a useful one at that. Despite providing the Paladins with useful intel to help Voltron free nearly a third of the Galra Empire, Allura (Kimberly Brooks) finds it difficult to trust the son of Zarkon (Neil Kaplan). When further evidence of his trustworthiness is demanded, Lotor offers the Paladins the location of several valuable scientists including the father of Pidge (Bex Taylor-Klaus) and Matt (Blake Anderson). Racing out before the rest of the team can respond, brother and sister infiltrate the base with the help of their new friends. Although they are able to save several captives, they are far from the first to attack the prison, and are forced to leave without their father.

Since his introduction Lotor has been one of the most interesting characters on the show. While his motives have seemed mysterious (and even contradictory at times), I'm curious to see what the prince ultimately wants. Zarkon's plan to trade Pidge's father for his traitorous son complicates matters even further. Do the Paladins trade a prisoner, but one who could be a potentially powerful ally, knowing they are likely sending Lotor to his death? Or can they find a way to retreive Pidge's father without giving in to Zarkon's demands?

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