As someone who grew up in the 80's I was a bit afraid to watch Netflix's version of one of my favorite cartoons ever. Still, I knew that Netflix has yet to let me down so I sat down and watched the first episode. A few hours later I was done with the entire season. I don't usually watch full seasons of a show in one day, but Voltron: Legendary Defender was just THAT good.
The first season of the show explains everything that we would need to know about the show and its characters. The update to the story is great and it does not feel as if it was written for kids. I think it is safe to say that the show is not only for kids but also for adults that enjoy good science fiction. Legendary Defender is pretty much a show for kids of all ages.
The only complaint that I could have is that we did not get more time exploring the villains. There are hints as to what some of their background is, but nothing that is so memorable that we would be talking about it. More villain development would probably make this show a serious contender for the best animated show ever.
That is not to say that we did not enjoy Voltron: Legendary Defender. Even with that flaw it is still one of the top 5 animated series that we have ever seen. Yes that means that it is better than the original series and those that were fans of the cartoon like we were will be pleasantly surprised.
We also loved the way the protagonists were portrayed and how they wrestled with the decision of becoming a Voltron Paladin. They have their lives and families to think about and they know that they miss that, but for the most part they understand that their mission is more important than themselves. Voltron is described as the most powerful weapon in the universe, but that does not mean that it is invincible. The weapon that is the giant robot is only as good as the people using said weapon and the paladins are a bit green so they do suffer some defeats.
Overall Volron:Legendary Defender took us back to our childhood and did it with great art, writing and a lot of fun. We are giving this Netflix series a 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars rating. Well done.