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Voltron: Defender of the Universe

 
 

 

 

 

Prod. Notes:


 

September 1984 - November 1985,  syndicated (U.S. airdates)

Toei Company Ltd, World Events Productions

 

Cast:

 

Keith .................................................................................................. Neil Ross

Lance .......................................................................................... Michael Bell

Hunk ...................................................................................... Lennie Weinrib

Princess Allura ............................................................................ B.J. Ward

Pidge ................................................................................................. Neil Ross

Lotor ..................................................................................... Lennie Weinrib

Zarkon .......................................................................................... Jack Angel

Chip ................................................................................................... Neil Ross

Commander Hawkins ............................................................. Peter Cullen

Coran ........................................................................................... Peter Cullen

Cossack ........................................................................................ Jack Angel

Hagar ................................................................................. Tress MacNeille

Hazar ............................................................................................ Jack Angel

Jeff .................................................................................................. Neil Ross

King Alfor ................................................................................. Peter Cullen

Merla .................................................................................. Tress MacNeille

Nanny .............................................................................................. B.J. Ward

Narrator .................................................................................... Peter Cullen

Stride the Tiger ..................................................................... Peter Cullen

Sven ............................................................................................ Michael Bell

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 


 
Not since Star Wars had there been so much back story behind one "legend." A long time ago, in this galaxy far, far away, a group of scientists on the planet Arus created a robot named Voltron as the ultimate defense system.

But bad guy Zarkon had it out for the robot, and after being defeated several times in his futile attempts, he sent his witch Hagar to do his dirty work for him. Disguising herself as a goddess in distress, Hagar put a curse on Voltron that split him into five lion-shaped pieces and forced him into hibernation.

Lucky for Voltron, a band of space explorers came along sometime around the 25th century and discovered the five sleeping lions. And none too soon, as Zarkon had already established his reign over the galaxy.

Each space explorer piloted one of the lion pieces. The leader of the group was Keith, who helmed the Black Lion and directed the formation of Voltron. Lance, the pilot of the Red Lion, was the sassy one, never missing an opportunity for a sarcastic comment. The Blue Lion pilot was the Norwegian Sven, although he was replaced mid-series by the beautiful Princess Allura and her caretaker, Nanny. The tough guy of the pack, Hunk, piloted the Yellow Lion, while the Green Lion pilot, Pidge, was remarkably agile despite his outward geekiness.

When the danger got really heavy (and thankfully, it did in every episode), the five lions would form the feet, legs, arms, torso, and head of Voltron. The assembled mega-robot wielded the mighty Sword of Arus in the defense of his people and planet.

A host of other characters made this galaxy a bustling one. There was Koran, the worry-wart diplomat of the Castle of Lions (Voltron's base of operations), and Alluraís dead father, Alfor, who would appear to his daughter in frequent visions.

And then there were the evil folk. At Zarkon's side was his right-hand man, the ineffectual Yurak, and Zarkon's son Lotor, who desired only to take his fatherís place as King of Planet Doom. Hagar had her own cronies, including a group of evil monsters known as Robeasts, which were about as effective as a group of Stormtroopers.

Voltron: Defender of the Universe came to the U.S. in 1984 and took America's youth by storm. A second series featured an all-new Voltron, this one composed of fifteen space exploration vehicles fighting the alien Drules. Titled Voltron: Defender of the Near Universe, the new show never gained the popularity of the "Lion Force," fading into relative obscurity over the years.

In 1998, the original five-lion Voltron returned for the computer-animated Voltron in the Third Dimension.

 


 

 
 
Episodes:
 

 

Season 1

 

Space Explorers Captured

Escape To Another Planet

A Ghost And Four Keys

The Missing Key

The Princess Joins Up

The Right Arm Of Voltron

The Lion Has New Claws

In Search Of New Worlds

A Storm Of Meteors

Planet Of The Bats

The Stolen Lion

A Pretty Spy

Secrets Of The White Lion

Help Not Wanted

Surrender

Yurak Gets His Pink Slip

Give Me Your Princess

Bridge Over The River Chozzerai

Zarkon Is Dying

Ghost Fleet From Another Planet

Bad Birthday Party

The Deadly Flowers

Raid Of The Alien Mice

Short Run Of The Centipede Express

The Witch Gets A Face Lift

The Green Medusa

The Buried Castle

It Takes Real Lions

Sleeping Princess

Lotor Traps Pidge

The Captive Comet

The Little Prince

There'll Be A Royal Wedding

Pidge's World Crumbles

The Invisible Robeast

First Day On A New World

Doom Boycotts The Space Olympics

Treasure Of Planet Tyrus

The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

Return Of Coran's Son

Coran's Son Runs Amuck

Building A New World

The Sand People

Magnetic Attraction

Lotor's Clone

Attack Of The Fierce Frogs

Voltron Versus Voltron

Goodbye, New World

Voltron Frees The Slaves

Mighty Space Mice

Lotor's New Hit Man

A Transplant For Blue Lion

Raid Of The Red Berets

Try This World For Size

My Brother Is A Robeast

One Princess To Another

It'll Be A Cold Day

Summit Meeting

Zarkon Becomes A Robeast

Lotor, The King

Final Victory

 

Season 2

 

A Temporary Truce

Wolo's Lost World

Who's On First?

Defend The New World

Hazar On The Carpet

Letters From Home

Planet Stop For Repairs

A Curious Comet

Hazar Is Demoted

Captain Newley Returns

Meanwhile, Back At Galaxy Garrison

The Planet Trap

Smashing The Meteor Barrier

Planet Of The Amazons

A Man-Made Sun

Just Like Earth

The Red Moon People

This World's For The Birds

Revolt Of The Slaves

A Very Short Vacation

No, Who's On Second!

What's On First

Great Stone Space Faces

Nerok Scores Big

Raid On Galaxy Garrison

Hazar Bucks The Empire

Peace - A Fish Story!

Another Solar System

Whose World Is It?

Red Moon Rises Again

Save The Space Station!

That's The Old Ball Game

It's Anybody's World

Frozen Assets

Coconuts

It Could Be A Long War

Color Me Invisible

Time Running Out

Zero Hour Approaches

The Drules' World Cracks Up

The Drules Surrender!

The End Of Hazar's World

In The Enemy Camp

 

Season 3

 

Dinner And A Show

Envoy From Galaxy Garrison

Mousemania

The Shell Game

The Traitor

Voltron Meets Jungle Woman

Little Buddies

Who Was That Masked Man?

Take A Robot To Lunch

War And Peace... And Doom!

Who's Flyin' Blue Lion?

Enter Merla: Queen Of Darkness

A Ghost Of A Chance

To Soothe The Savage Robeast

Doom Girls On The Prowl!

With Friends Like You

Lotor, My Hero?

No Muse Is Good Muse

The Alliance Strikes Back!

Breakin' Up Is Hard To Doom

 

 

Special:

 

Voltron, Defenders of the Universe: Fleet of Doom (1986)

 


 

Introduction:

 


 

"From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend. The legend of Voltron: Defender of the Universe! A mighty robot. Loved by good, feared by evil. As Voltron's legend grew, peace settled across the galaxy. On planet Earth, a galaxy alliance was formed. Together with the good planets of the solar system, they maintained peace throughout the universe. Until a new horrible menace threatened the galaxy. Voltron was needed once more. This is the story of the super force of space explorers. Specially trained and sent by the Alliance to bring back Voltron: Defender of the Universe."

 

 

 

 

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