Continuing their recent trend of rebooting / reviving cultural properties from the '80s and '90s, last week Netflix launched the latest revival of the Voltron franchise -- Voltron: Legendary Defender.
Unlike previous attempts to revive the franchise (i.e., Voltron: The 3rd Dimension, Voltron Force), the Netflix series is a straight-up reboot rather than a loose sequel to the classic series. Best of all, some of the creative personnel involved with it are alumni of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, which shows in the art style and animation.
I finished watching the first season last night. As a Mass Effect fan, I dig the aesthetic and music in the new series. The animation is pretty gorgeous. The voice acting is top notch, featuring Josh Keaton (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), and Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect). I really like the reboot's modernization of Lance, Hunk, Pidge, and Allura, although I've seen too many giant mecha anime to be impressed by what the reboot is doing with Keith's character.
I also really liked how serialized the season was. It was a relief to see that the team did not have to form Voltron in every episode (it's a pretty long transformation sequence).
One final note worth mentioning is that Digimon alumnus Neil Kaplan (Hawkmon, Lord Bagra) voices the reboot's version of Zarkon.
Anyone else take the time to watch this series yet? Share what you think in comments below!