Voltron Force premiered on Nickelodeon on Thursday, June 16, 2011, with a 90-minute movie, Voltron Force: New Defenders Trilogy (composed of the first three episodes edited together). It was the highest rated debut ever in the history of Nicktoons.
According to their press release:
- The half-hour series, which features an all-new theme song produced and recorded by Grammy Award®-winning producer and artist Swizz Beatz, follows the adventures of a new class of recruits as they join forces with the original team to fight evil by forming Voltron, the legendary super robot. The series will regularly air Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.
The story is a pseudo-sequel to the Lion-Force-based subset of original 1980's series. The premise places it some years after the conclusion of the old series' first season, but certain historical events revealed in the new series demonstrate that Voltron Force's back story has significant differences than that portrayed in the classic series.
After the defeat of King Lotor, the galaxy settled into peace. During a celebration, the Voltron lions went haywire. Sky Marshall Wade, head of the Galaxy Garrison, ordered the lions decommissioned, and the Voltron Force dispersed. Lance, Pidge, and Hunk took positions within the Garrison, while Princess Allura returned to Arus. Keith, however, has disappeared. Under Wade's leadership, the Garrison has grown authoritarian. Meanwhile, Zarkon's son Lotor, once thought dead, has been revived and taken his father's mantle as the new king of Doom's forces.
But the former members of the Voltron Force have not given up the fight! With the help of the cadets Daniel, Vince, and Allura's niece Larmina, they will reunite to get the lions back and Voltron will defend the universe once more!