A TPL Reconstruction
Welcome to Team Purple Lion’s reconstruction of Voltron Legendary Defender Season 7. We are educators, researchers, and analysts using our knowledge of literary analysis to reconstruct Seasons 7 and 8 of Voltron Legendary Defender. This project aims to reconstruct a cogent, thematically appropriate story for all ages and educate viewers on the nuts and bolts of creative writing and literary analysis.
This episode is Season 7 Episode 7 The Last Stand Part 1. In our reconstruction, we combine scenes from Season 8 Episode 2 Shadows to create better narrative flow and sustained dramatic tension in the last half of Season 7.
Summary: “The Last Stand” centers on the Holt parents and their search for children Matt and Katie/Pidge while developing adequate Earth defenses against the Galra. Contrasting this is Honerva’s loss of and search for her son Lotor while managing what remains of the Empire.
The juxtaposed scenes demonstrate a distinction between healthy familial love and the toxic dynamic of an abusive household while building sympathy for Lotor and creating dramatic tension toward a shocking reveal that will be seen as S7E13’s true cliffhanger. The title suggests Earth’s last stand against the Galra, the Holts’ last stand in finding their children, and Honerva’s last stand in avenging her son – once she learns of his fate.
Color and Theme: The juxtaposed scenes from “The Last Stand” and “Shadows” use complimentary colors to demonstrate an opposing diametric between the love demonstrated by the Holt and Galra families.
Color and Theme: While the Earth scenes are mainly colored in the yellow-orange, yellow, and yellow-green hues, the Shadows scenes are mainly colored in the blue-violet, violet, and red-violet hues, signifying joyfulness, light, and life for the Holt family and mystery and darkness for the Royal Galra family.
Color and Theme: Although it is actually part of the cliffhanger in S7E13, of special note is the color scheme of Ven’tar’s planet: yellow, yellow-green, and green, suggesting that at that point of the story Lotor had come from a place of darkness into a place of love, light, and life, connecting his love for the planet with the love we associate with the Holt family.
Team Purple Lion used scene connectors to piece together which scenes should be paired.
Scene connectors are images and phrases that help the audience make a thematic connection between two scenes. For instance, a character might mention a person, place, or thing that is mentioned again in the next scene. Or a visual motif, such as a recurring object, may appear across scenes.
As you watch The Last Stand Part 1a, be on the lookout for scene connectors.
You made it to the end! Time for a pop quiz. Dis you find all the scene connectors? Pause the video and list as many as you noticed.
Pidge’s love for her father contrasts with Honerva being rejected by Lotor.
Honerva’s declaration “I will find you, my son” connects with Colleen Holt’s declaration “This is the only family I have left. You’ll get me the clearance.”
Colleen’s statement “I thought you were dead” connects with Honerva’s line about Lotor, “He pierced the veil”.
Sam’s explanation of Zarkon and Quintessence connects to Zarkon asking Honerva if she can bring him Quintessence.
Zarkon’s recorded mentioning of the Druids, played during the military briefing, connects with Honerva abandoning the Druids.
Matt’s mention of Lotor and his statement of love for his parents connects with Lotor’s troubled birth to parents who rejected him.
Thank you for joining us for The Last Stand Part 1a. Our efforts continue on The Last Stand Part 1b.