|Escape to Another Planet|
|Based on Golion episode||The Ruined Phantom Planet|
The space explorers crash-land on the planet Arus, meet some new allies, and learn of the legend of Voltron.
The lion statue may have slowed the descent of the Doom slave ship that Keith and company "borrowed", but they were still in danger, as the ship could not land safely. Keith sends a brief message to Galaxy Garrison, and Space Marshal Graham holds a brief meeting. The space explorers finally eject, landing in a desert on Planet Arus as the ship crashed into the side of a mountain.
After gathering together, the team does some recon. Some spears are thrown from a caveat the space explorers. Hunk angrily threatens the people in the cave. Keith decides that their best course of action is to go to the castle, which is in the mountains. They all gather spears and start a long hike.
There is fog near the crestline of the mountains. The space explorers are attacked by birds, who are successfully repelled. They then notice Doom fighter ships flying above them, but the pilots do not seem to be able to see them. Yurak, angry at the situation, demands that infrascanners be used.
The fog clears and the castle is revealed. Walking through the ruins of the capital city, they reach a tower where the lion statue sits. The tower is at one end of a bridge, and the other side of the bridge is the castle itself. A drawbridge is lowered, and Keith and company walk across.
Near the other side of the bridge, some rocks fall, and Pidge checks it out. He finds some space mice. The crew walks across the courtyard to the castle's main keep. Going inside, they find themselves in a dark room, and are confronted by an old man carrying a torch.
The man introduces himself as Coran, who had been the castle diplomat. The space explorers mention trying to find Voltron. Coran explains what happened to Voltron. During an attack some time ago, Voltron was sent to intercept, but the witch Haggar cast a powerful spell breaking Voltron into five parts, each part a robot lion. The lions buried themselves in a different part of the planet. Afterward, they meet Princess Allura. They decide to offer Keith and company positions in the Voltron Force.
King Zarkon orders his forces to find the Voltron Force.
Coran takes the newly-minted Voltron Force into the control room. The room has a central console, and monitor screens along the walls. He also gives them new uniforms.
Keith asks where the lions are, and Coran explains. Black Lion is the statue across the drawbridge. Red Lion is in a volcano. Green Lion is in a forest. Blue Lion is in a lake. And Yellow Lion is in a desert. And for easy access to the lions, there are tunnels connecting the castle underground with the lions' lairs. The Voltron Force then see a video on the main monitor showing how the lions combine into Voltron.
Thus, the Voltron Force is created.
Voltron Lion Force
Notes and Goofs
- King Zarkon mentions that the "fool guards paid with their lives." The guards appear identical to the ultra droids, implying that the robots are designed to look Drule. Perhaps this was done so that soldiers could fight alongside robots without enemy snipers specifically targeting them.
- Coran and Allura seemed very willing to trust Keith and company. Even if they had seen identification (which they did not ask for and which Keith and company did not offer to show), identification could be faked. They knew full well that Zarkon had human allies. And there is no possible way there was any time, between Keith and company entering the castle and them getting their uniforms, that Coran could have done a full background check.
- One must wonder why the lions were not deployed before the massive bombing in "Space Explorers Captured." It could be that the tunnels had just been finished, and Coran was reviewing candidates for the Voltron Force to assume their posts, but Zarkon's attack basically ruined those plans. Any candidates already chosen would have either been killed or forced into hiding.