TV Show Review: Voltron: Legendary Defender, Season 8

Details: This is a review of the final season. More information can be found at https://www.netflix.com/title/80075595 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580664/

Score: 6.8/10

Many, many series seem to flub the endings to their stories. They either contradict or forget about developments that were previously established. Season eight of Voltron is guilty of this. Season eight isn’t catastrophic, but it sprints towards a rushed conclusion that ignores much of what was established earlier.

Season eight picks up where season seven left off. Voltron and the forces of Earth successfully defend the planet from Galra forces. Now, they return to space to track down Hagar and stop whatever threat she’s concocting.

There’s a lot of plot points here that felt rushed. The romance between two characters, the absence of romance with other characters, the focus on Hagar and ignorance of the remaining Galra empire. They took five seconds to address plot points and characters that were established over seven seasons and just flat out ignored some.

What makes this so egregious is that a substantial number of the episodes were filler episodes where the characters are just screwing around. Normally, in a good concluding season, the stakes ramp up with increasing tension and danger for the characters. I felt more of that last season than in this one. There were whole episodes with meaningless filler plots instead of meaningful plots that actually moved the story forward. For example, there’s a whole episode where they film a documentary Blair Witch Project style for no real reason. We get some superficial character development with some meaningless side characters when we could be exploring and developing the main cast. That we only have thirteen episodes this season makes it that much worse that the plot was so unfocused.

Animations were fine and the action was fine.

Overall, this was a disappointing season. I felt none of the weight at the end because of the shoehorned in romance and lack of meaning character development for the main cast. Last season and the defense of Earth and all that entailed would have made a much more meaningful ending to the series than this season’s ending.

Score: 6.8/10

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