This page is a transcript of the episode Taking Flight, from Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Hunk: I can't tell if he looks healthy or not.

Pidge: I think he's breathing weird.

Keith: Oh, come on!

Allura: Not yet! A few more ticks.

Keith: How much better do you think he's gonna get in a few more ticks?

Pidge: And what exactly is a tick?

Allura: You know, a time slice.

Shiro: Like a second?

Allura: What is a "second"?

Pidge: Like this.

(clock beeping)

Allura: I'm not sure. I think ticks are bigger. Coran, do you have a ticker?

Coran: Right here, Princess.

(ticker beeping)

Hunk: I think ticks are a little slower.

Pidge: I can't tell. We have to start them at the same time.

Coran: Okay. Ready, go!

(both beeping)

Hunk: Yes! I think we're winning.

Keith: Winning what? (cryo-pod opens) The intergalactic time-measuring competition?

Hunk: Yes.

Lance: You guys having a clock party?

Hunk: Aw, Lance, you just ruined it. Hey, Lance!

Lance: (grunts) What happened?

Allura: We can tell you all about it while you get something to eat. Are you able to walk?

Lance: Talking? Eating? Are you asking me out on a date?

(Hunk and Allura sigh)

Shiro: Yep, he's okay.

Keith: Classic.

Pidge: Yep, there he is.

(mouse squeaking)

Allura: He'd be Sendak's prisoner right now, if not for Pidge.

Pidge: Well, you wouldn't have survived the explosion if Hunk and Coran hadn't gotten a new crystal.

Lance: Wow. Thanks, everybody. Sounds like the mice did more than you, though.

Keith: I punched Sendak!

Lance: Yeah, apparently after I emerged from a coma and shot his arm off.

Keith: We had a bonding moment. I cradled you in my arms!

Lance: Nope. Don't remember, didn't happen. So, what happened to Sendak?

Allura: He's frozen in a cryo-pod. We're keeping him here in the Castle.

Lance: Are you sure that's a good idea?

Allura: He's too dangerous to be set free. Besides, we might be able to get some information about Zarkon from him.

Lance: So, what's the plan now?

Hunk: We have to get back to the Balmera and save Shay and her people.

Lance: Wow! You are really hung up on this lady.

Hunk: No, it's not like that. Look, guys, when you see how Zarkon has treated these people and destroyed their home... they've been under his thumb for so long, they don't know what it is to be free. It's up to us to set this right. This is what being a paladin of Voltron is all about. It's time to man up.

(mouse squeaks)

Shiro: Then let's get moving. Time to go defend the universe.

Pidge: Wait, I have something to say first. I need to come clean. And I'm afraid this may change the way you all think about me. Just so there are no secrets between us anymore, I can't "man up." I'm a girl. I-I mean, I can "man up" because that's just a figure of speech. I don't have to actually be a man to "man up." I just have to be tough. But what I'm saying -

Lance: W-W-Wha...?! You're a girl?! How?!

Allura: I've known for some time, but I'm glad you've shared it with everyone.

Hunk: Yeah, I figured.

Keith: Oh, yeah, me too.

Coran: Wait, we were supposed to think you were a boy?

Shiro: Pidge, owning who you are is going to make you a better paladin.

Pidge: (sighs) It's good to get that off my chest. Now, let's launch this Castle-ship!

Lance: Wait, what? Pidge is a girl and the Castle is a ship? How long have I been out? 

Allura: Activate interlock.

Coran: Dynotherms connected.

Allura: Mega-thrusters are go.

Coran: We are ready to depart Planet Arus on your mark, Princess.

Allura: Firing main engines for launch.

(castle launches)

(Arusians gasping in awe)

Prorok: Sire, if capturing Voltron is the Empire's number-one priority, then I suggest we begin moving the main fleet toward its last known location posthaste.

Haggar: Lord, after many years, the Komar experiment is finally ready. Soon, we could have more quintessence at our fingertips than ever imagined. We must test it before moving the fleet.

Prorok: We don't have time for any more of your magic. We must move our ships now.

Haggar: Voltron is the most powerful weapon ever created. His puny ships will never be up to the task. We must be well prepared for our next encounter.

Zarkon: (slams hands onto throne) I know better than anyone the power of Voltron. Haggar has my trust. We will perform her test.

Prorok: The witch has his ear. Keep sending our offer out to any scum between Planet Arus and Balmera X-95-Vox. I'll capture Voltron on my own. 

Hunk: Okay. So, when we get there, what do you think? Do we just roll up and start blasting? Or do we land and have some kind of public address system, like, "Attention, Galras, this is Voltron. Turn yourselves in"? No. Blasting, right?

Keith: Hunk, calm down. And, yes, blasting.

Shiro: It's our first big rescue mission. He's excited.

Pidge: Excited to see his new girlfriend.

Hunk: (gasps) She's not my girlfriend! She's just a rock that I met and I admire very much.

(alarm blaring)

(Hunk gasps)

Shiro: What is it? Are we being attacked?

Coran: No, it seems to be a distress beacon.

Allura: It's coming from a nearby moon. Apparently, a ship has lost power.

Pidge: I wonder who it is.

Hunk: Whoever it is will have to wait. Shay has first priority. We can check back on them when we're done.

Allura: The Paladin Code states that we must help all those in need.

Lance: Wow! This is so cool. It's like we're space cops on space patrol. Coran, do we have a siren we can turn on?

Coran: Uh, no, but we could record you making a siren noise and broadcast that to them.

Lance: Perfect! (imitates siren)

Shiro: No, not doing that.

Allura: (over speakers) Attention, damaged craft, this is Princess Allura. We are coming to assist you.

Rolo: Whoa. Nice ship.

Allura: Stay aboard and try to get as many of our systems clear of that Galra crystal energy as you can. We'll see who hailed us.

Coran: Yes, Princess.

Rolo: You don't know how glad we are to see some friendly faces. Most folks don't want to get tangled up with anyone who's on the run from the Galra.

Keith: So, you guys are fighting the Galra?

Rolo: Well, I don't think Zarkon is exactly quaking in his boots at the three of us, but we do what we can. I'm Rolo. This is Nyma, and our cyber-unit, Beezer.

Nyma: Hi.

(Lance sighs)

(Beezer beeping)

Pidge: (gasps) Cool robot!

Lance: Hi! Name's Lance.

Shiro: Was your ship damaged in a fight?

Rolo: Yeah, we've really been through it with the Galra. Parts are hard to come by. Luckily, we were able to limp to this moon about a week ago. If you didn't pick up our distress signal, I d-

Allura: We're happy to help. I am Princess Allura of Altea, and from now on, you won't be alone fighting the Galra. You'll have the Paladins of Voltron by your side.

(Lance laughing)

Rolo: Okay.

Shiro: I don't think they've heard of us.

Keith: It has been ten thousand years.

Shiro: Voltron? Five robot lions that combine into this big robot... guy?

Rolo: Sounds impressive. I'd love to see it. Or-or him. Them.

Hunk: Why don't we get to work on your ship? I'm sure we all have places to be.

Rolo: Sure. Pretty much our whole flaxum assembly is shot. I don't know what kind of extra parts you carry in this rig of yours. I've never seen anything quite like it.

Allura: I'm sure we can get you back up and running. Give Hunk a list of what you need. Coran can show you where to find it.

Hunk: Okay.

Rolo: We'll go with you. Don't want you to have to carry all that yourself. Come on, guys.

Hunk: Uh, I don't think so. You can just wait out here.

Allura: Hunk, don't be rude.

Lance: Yeah, mind your manners. There are ladies present. (clicks tongue) Hey.

(Shiro sighs)

Hunk: Oh, I'm sorry, oh but does anyone remember the last time we let our defenses down? Someone kind of set off a bomb. Remember, Lance? You were almost killed.

Lance: Oh, yeah.

Shiro: Hunk's right. Sorry, but we have to be cautious.

Rolo: Hey, I don't take it personal. (Beezer printing) That's how it is out here. You've got to look out for your own. (Beezer exclaiming) You're doing a good job, big man.

Hunk: Yeah. Thanks.

Rolo: My planet was destroyed by the Galra and I was taken captive. I managed to escape, but not before I lost something. (metal clanks)

Shiro: (arm whirring) I know exactly how that feels.

Hunk: Well, I hope there are some parts in here that'll fit. You know, to get your ship moving?

Rolo: Great! Thanks.

(Pidge laughing)

Allura: So, what can you tell us about Zarkon's forces? Where are they concentrated?

Rolo: Well, his command ship sits right in the center of the Empire. He mostly calls the shots from there and has his minions do the work, depending on who's closest. This is the territory of a real nasty bugger named Sendak.

Keith: Oh, we've met.

Shiro: How far are we from the center?

Rolo: We're way out on the fringes.

Hunk: Hey, sorry to interrupt, but I think you guys are kind of keeping Rolo from working. It's just that we're in a hurry. A hero named Shay saved my life, and I swore I would return to do the same for her and her people. You understand.

Rolo: Sure. Sorry.

Shiro: Hunk, we're going to get going soon, but I think Rolo might have some information that could be helpful to us.

Hunk: Not for nothing but I don't trust this guy as far as I can throw him. We ought to leave him with parts and just say, "Adiós, amigo."

Rolo: Hey, bud! Sorry, but do you think you could hunt down a length of thermal pipe about yay long?

Hunk: (groans) On the way.

Shiro: So, are there more freedom fighters? Any kind of organized resistance to the Galra?

Rolo: Only folks who haven't been colonized yet, or the lucky few, like us, who managed to escape somehow.

Keith: Well, we're going to change all that.

Rolo: That's good to hear, but I've got to warn you, it's pretty bad out there. You don't know what you're up against.

Lance: I mean, there are only five of us in the entire universe, so I guess you could say it's kind of a big deal.

Nyma: I don't understand. The lions are ships? Are they, like, flying statues that you ride on?

Lance: No, no, no. They're magic, but also super scientific and advanced. And they fly crazy fast and have all these incredible weapons. Really, the entire Castle is just insane. I wish you could see it.

Nyma: Yes, it's too bad we're not allowed inside. I would love a tour from one of the knights. But I guess the big one is in charge, huh? You have to obey his orders?

Lance: Who, Hunk? (scoffs) I don't have to listen to him!

(Nyma giggles)

Nyma: (gasps) This place is incredible!

Lance: Yeah, I guess. You get used to it.

Nyma: But it's so gigantic. It must take you forever to get to your lion.

Lance: Ooh, you'd be surprised.

(both laughing, cheering)

Lance: Huh?

(both cheering)

Lance: Pretty slick, right?

Nyma: Unbelievable! Take me on a ride around the moon?

Lance: We should probably get back to the others.

Nyma: Yeah, you're right. Maybe Keith will give me a ride.

Lance:  No! Hold on a second! I mean what's the point of having the lion if you can't enjoy it, right? Giddy-up, buddy! 

Hunk: Oh, Lance!

Rolo: Aw, let them have their fun. Thanks to you, this thing is just about ready, so we're going to be on our way soon. Too many light years on that guy, I guess.

Hunk: Yeah. 

Haggar: Begin the ritual. Druids of the four directions, join us!

(Haggar yelling)

Haggar: The Komar experiment was a success. We have gained an entire planet's quintessence, a feat that would have normally taken us years.

Zarkon: Most impressive. This will revolutionize the way we advance throughout the galaxy. Mining and colonizing planets is a thing of the past. With this much power available at our whim, we can now spend all of our time hunting down and capturing Voltron.

Nyma: Look, a kinetic spring! Let's land over there. The minerals reflect off the water, making a rainbow.

Lance: Wow. Is there anything you don't know?

(bracelet blooping)

Rolo: (grunts) I think this thing is just about ready for a test flight. Beezer, come co-pilot for me. (Beezer beeping) Be back in a tick.

Lance: Uh... So, you want to see how fast I can climb this tree?

Nyma: (giggles) Aw, you are cute. Let me show you something. Give me your hand.

(Lance exclaims)

Lance: Whoa. This is kind of...

(Beezer beeping)

Lance: Nyma, what's going on?

Nyma: Sorry, Lance. Maybe we'll meet again.

(Lance whining)

Lance: Oh, quiznak!

Pidge: How many ticks have they been gone?

Allura: I don't know. I hope they didn't break down again.

Hunk: Something ain't right.

(Lance straining)

Lance: Guys? (over comm) Hello? Little help?

Shiro: Lance? Lance! Are you all right? W-What's going on?

Lance: Well, I'm kind of chained to a tree.

Hunk: I knew it!

Lance: And I think Nyma and Rolo just stole the Blue Lion.

Hunk: I knew it!

Shiro: Where are they?

Lance: Uh, space?

Hunk: Uh, I never trusted those guys, right from the beginning! I mean oh at first it was just like a feeling in my gut, you know,, but when I was replacing that pipe, the pipe was cracked, but none of the hardware around it was damaged.

Keith: Okay, we get it!

Hunk: I mean if the thermal pipe is cracked, then, obviously, hello, the entire assembly should be totally roasted.

Keith: Okay! We get it.

Hunk: We should've had to replace the entire undercarriage of that reactor. So, right then, I was, like, positive. Foul play.

All: Okay, we get it!

(lions roaring)

Rolo: Commander Prorok, my name is Rolo. I understand you're offering a reward to anyone helping capture the Voltron Lions.

Prorok: That's correct. Do you know where they are?

Rolo: I know where the blue one is. It's in my ship.

Prorok: Excellent. Bring it to me and you'll have your reward immediately.

Rolo: Just a tick. My friends and I have a bit of a checkered past. Some stolen merchandise from the Galra Empire may have fallen into our possession without us knowing about it.

Prorok: Well, I'm sure that a full pardon can be arranged for the brave souls who bring Emperor Zarkon a Voltron Lion. Is that all?

Nyma: We'll take the reward, too.

Prorok: Of course.

Rolo: All right. We're on our way. (grunts, bones crack) I almost feel sorry for those Voltron folks. Seemed like a nice bunch.

Nyma: If you're feeling guilty, you can turn yourself in. Stealing from Zarkon carries a life sentence.

Rolo: They don't seem that nice.

Prorok: Send the nearest fighter squadron to the area of the transmission. I'm not trusting some bounty hunter with our prize. 

(alarm blaring)

Nyma: Huh?

(lions growling)

Rolo: No way.

Nyma: Are you sure you know what you're doing? There's no way we can outrun those lions.

Rolo: Not in the open. Good thing the Zorlar asteroid belt is right up here. And I know that like the back of my hand.

Pidge: We'll never get through this asteroid field!

Hunk: Maybe I can just bust through! (yelling) Nope. That was wrong. That was a bad idea.

Shiro: Keith, you're the only one who could possibly fly through this. We need you, buddy. Get in there and flush him out.

Keith: You got it. See you on the other side.

(computer beeps)

Rolo: No way. Get on the blasters. Take him down!

Nyma: Copy.

(Beezer beeping)

(blasters blasting)

Rolo: This kid can flat-out fly.

Nyma: He's gaining on you!

(Rolo grunts)

(electricity crackling)

Nyma: Blasters are offline!

Rolo: We've got to get out of here!


(all grunting/beeping)

(metal rips)

(Keith grunts)

(lion growling)

(Rolo groans)

Keith: Yeah! (chuckles) Hey, Lance, I got your lion back.

Lance: Thank you, Keith. Now, can you come and unchain me?

Keith: What's that? I, uh... You're cutting out. I can't... I can't hear you.

Lance: Oh, come on! I thought we bonded. Keith? Buddy? My man? 

Keith: Since your ship really doesn't work now, you'll have to wait here for a rescue.

Rolo: Thanks for sparing our lives.

Hunk: Now that these guys are dealt with, let's get to the Balmera and save Shay and her family.

Rolo: You may not believe this, but I hope you do stop Zarkon. It's a lifetime of fighting the Galra that led me to where I am today.

Haggar: All this quintessence will turn you into the strongest, most horrifying fighter ever created. One that even Voltron will not be able to defeat.