Voltron: Legendary Defender is back for its fourth season, and if the first two episodes are any indicator, some serious shakeups are coming our way.

Unlike previous Comic Cons, Voltron did not air an episode for fans in attendance. When Dreamworks and Netflix kindly provided the first two episodes of the season to review, it became abundantly clear why that was the case.

Warning: Some spoilers ahead for the first two episodes of Voltron: Legendary Defender season 4.

Picking up a couple of months after the end of season 3, some changes have begun to creep into Team Voltron. They’re still trying to build up their fledgling Coalition, to continue to oppose the Galra, but all isn’t quite as harmonious as previously reported.

Shiro, taking a leadership position on the Castleship, is attempting to hold the team together, but the cracks are showing. As we saw in a sneak-peek clip released prior to the show returning, Keith has been training with the Blade of Marmora. But it is so much more than just that — he is also heading out on missions with them, leaving the team vulnerable and unable to form Voltron.

The effects of that are immediate and apparent. Though Shiro still has faith in Keith’s ability to lead, Keith’s faith in himself is fragile. He’s still uncertain about his position as the leader of Voltron, and despite some attempted pep talks from both Shiro and Allura, it’s clear that Keith’s sense of self is shaken. Training with the Blade, though he extols that it’ll aid in his becoming a better leader, is equally about Keith finding his place.

Throughout the first episode, leadership still sits heavily on Keith’s shoulders, one that he doesn’t want to carry. But, as much as he doubts himself, his forays out with the Blade showcase just how capable a leader he can be. Though Keith may not see it in himself, it is obvious that he has that ability within himself — it just needs the fire to be stoked a little more.

The question remains, however, on where Keith might best be able to do that.

With Keith disappearing across the universe with the Blade, searching out clues of Lotor’s whereabouts — who has disappeared since the close of the third season — and a new kind of Quintessence, the team left behind are in disarray. They make an admirable attempt at keeping things together, showcasing Voltron, and escorting refugees to safe havens, but without the Black Lion at the front, and resentment at Keith’s continued absence seeping in across the board on the team (yes, even Shiro), how long they’ll be able to keep it up quickly becomes a pressing, and dangerous issue.

Because, even without the immediate presence of Lotor, the Galra remain a formidable threat to the universe. One that the team are at a disadvantage at countering without the Black Paladin.

That issue is resolved by the time the first episode wraps. But the resolution may not be one that fans were expecting — and, though I’d contemplated the possibility, very briefly, myself, it wasn’t one I saw coming definitively. The shakeup will mean interesting things for the team, once again, though it remains to be seen what challenges might arise from it.

However, despite the divisions arising on Team Voltron in the first episode, the second is all about reunions. Or, potential reunions.

Again, as we say in a clip released at New York Comic-Con, Pidge has tracked down the only supplier of the bombs used to free her brother — and it gives her her strongest lead yet as to his whereabouts.

Without spoiling any particulars, the episode is full of emotional highs and lows, and you’re never quite sure how it’s going to resolve itself — even if you’ve had your finger on the pulse of every possible bit of news about the season.

Suffice to say, the emotional payoff that has been building for three seasons is absolutely worth it. The episode utilizes flashbacks to Pidge’s time pre-Voltron, and pre-Garrison, that make the episode especially devastating, though one of my favorites across the show so far. Yeah, you’re in for that kind of world-shaking episode.

Hot on the heels of the previous episode, however, Pidge’s solo mission echoes some major issues of the first, in terms of the team and team dynamic. Notably, when the Paladins head off on missions alone, leaving the team vulnerable to attack and unable to form Voltron, how do they reconcile that with how the situation with Keith is resolved?

Is it possible that the Voltron Coalition might result in a wider pool of Paladins, in order to facilitate these offshoot missions, without being a detriment to the team? We know that multiple Paladins can have a connection to a Lion at any one time — something reinforced in the first episode — but could the show be moving in that direction?

That remains to be seen. But both episodes have altered the trajectory of the show considerably, leaving questions as to how the dynamic of the team will chance moving forward. Especially as one notable addition may bring with them the truth about a character that we have so desperately been seeking.

Things just got a whole lot more complicated, and we can’t wait to get our hands on more.

‘Voltron’ season 4 premieres on Neflix, October 13

The News

Quentin Tarantino says he knew about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior: ‘I knew enough to do more than I did’

In a new interview with The New York Times, director Quentin Tarantino — whose films have largely been distributed by The Weinstein Company — admits he knew how Harvey Weinstein treated women.

Earlier this month The Times and The New Yorker published bombshell reports revealing horrific behavior by TWC founder Harvey Weinstein. The reports — and the revelations that came in the days after — rocked Hollywood.

Tarantino remained silent until Thursday’s interview. In it, he tells The Times he “knew enough to do more than I did.”

“It was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things,” Tarantino said, referencing the stories recently shared by “prominent” actresses.

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Tarantino admits that he can offer nothing but a “crappy” excuse at this point. Even though he heard stories about his business partner on multiple occasions, he “chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk. As if that’s O.K. That’s the egg on my face right now.”

The director, whose most recent film The Hateful Eight was distributed by The Weinstein Company, says that he tried to reach out to the disgraced Hollywood mogul after the reports were published, but Weinstein didn’t pick up. More of Tarantino’s remarks can be read over on The Times’ website.

As more women share their stories, Hollywood is starting to take (some) action. Last week The Weinstein Company fired their founder, and The Academy voted to remove him from their ranks.

Explaining their vote to expel him, The Academy said in a statement, “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

October 19, 2017
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