The Best Episodes of Voltron: Legendary Defender

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2018

For millennia, the evil Galra Empire has plagued the universe by conquering planets and destroying their inhabitants. The only known threat to the empire's power and plans is the legendary "Defender of the Universe," Voltron, a 100-meter-tall robot warrior composed of five lion mechas whose whereabouts are presumed to be unknown. The Galra Empire's path of conquest and search for Voltron has led them to Earth's solar system. A group of space pilots-Shiro, Keith, Lance, Pidge, and Hunk-discover the blue lion and immediately get swept up into the Galran War. They meet Princess Allura, become the next Paladins, and reunite the five lions to form Voltron and free the universe from the Galra Empire.

Defender of All Universes

#1 - Defender of All Universes

Season 6 - Episode 7

An epic battle leaves the universe in a state of chaos, threatening to destroy all life unless a sacrifice is made.

star 8.67
72 votes
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Lions' Pride (2)

#2 - Lions' Pride (2)

Season 7 - Episode 13

A mysterious foe acts out and the future of planet Earth is in the balance. Now more than ever its up to Voltron, the Paladins and Shiro with the Atlas to save the day.

star 8.58
64 votes
Blackout

#3 - Blackout

Season 2 - Episode 13

The Paladins fight to systematically destroy the base to prevent Zarkon's return. As Zarkon himself goes to battle Voltron, Haggar & her Druids go to protect their emperor as he readies his armor, which untested could kill him as well as Voltron. Before Zarkon can do anything, Haggar uses her dark magic to forcefully remove the Quintessence from Voltron, but is overloaded by the purity of Volton. While the Lions are unresponsive, their Paladins still live, but Zarkon arrives in a Ro-beast in his image. Allura uses whatever power she can to stall Zarkon to allow the Paladins to recover and battle Zarkon's Ro-beast. Allura, Kolivan and Antok go to battle Haggar to keep her from using her witchcraft from delaying Voltron. As their battles rage, Zarkon splits Voltron back to the individual Lions; Allura and Kolivan triumph in their fights, while Antok perishes at the hand of Haggar and another Druid. Shiro awakens to see his team being beaten, and the Bayard access port in his Black Lion activates, activating its Transcendent Wings to phase through Zarkon's Ro-Beast and reclaimg the original Black Bayard. As their fight continues, Haggar is revealed to be Altaean, and Allura learns she has the power to command Quintessence, which she uses to defeat Haggar and Kolivan avenges Antok. Forming Voltron, the Paladins fight with new strength and Shiro uses his Bayard to supercharge the Voltron Sword and destroy Zarkon's Ro-Beast armor. After the battle, back in the Castle hangar, the Paladins discover that Shiro has vanished from the Black Lion leaving the bayard behind. On Zarkon's ship, Zarkon is on life support, prompting Haggar to summon Prince Lotor.

star 8.48
191 votes
Directors: Eugene Lee
Writers: Tim Hedrick
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The Black Paladins

#4 - The Black Paladins

Season 6 - Episode 5

As one Paladin takes on a dangerous mission through a wormhole, the others contend with failing controls on the castle.

star 8.48
75 votes
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All Good Things

#5 - All Good Things

Season 6 - Episode 6

A metaphysical encounter shines light on a Paladin's fate. Lance and Allura console each other about their past judgments. Lotor makes a plea.

star 8.43
67 votes
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The Black Paladin

#6 - The Black Paladin

Season 1 - Episode 11

Zarkon lures Voltron into a battle on his ship, and when one of the lions is captured the team must get creative to defeat the Galra and return home.

star 8.34
299 votes
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The Legend Begins

#7 - The Legend Begins

Season 3 - Episode 7

As the team try to decipher Lotor's plan for the comet, Coran gives the Paladins a history lesson about the origins of Voltron and the ongoing war.

star 8.34
150 votes
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A New Defender

#8 - A New Defender

Season 4 - Episode 6

Forces of good and evil converge on the planet Naxzela, where Voltron faces unforeseen danger only one Paladin can help them escape.

star 8.34
116 votes
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Blood Duel

#9 - Blood Duel

Season 5 - Episode 2

Faced with a painful decision, the Paladins reluctantly come to an agreement with Zarkon. Haggar comes to grips with memories from the past.

star 8.33
95 votes
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Lions' Pride (1)

#10 - Lions' Pride (1)

Season 7 - Episode 12

Shiro goes on a solo mission to try to find a way to defeat Sendak and ensure the safety of his friends and the Planet Earth.

star 8.18
60 votes
White Lion

#11 - White Lion

Season 5 - Episode 6

The team searches for a portal to a mysterious, fabled Altean land called Oriande. Shiro starts to feel like there's something wrong with him.

star 8.18
90 votes
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Heart of the Lion

#12 - Heart of the Lion

Season 7 - Episode 10

The Paladins work with the Garrison pilots on a mission that could provide more clues about how to take down Sendak's operation.

star 8.17
60 votes
The Colony

#13 - The Colony

Season 6 - Episode 4

After Lotor and Allura head off in the new ship, the remaining Paladins get a dire warning that could change everything.

star 8.13
76 votes
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The Hunted

#14 - The Hunted

Season 3 - Episode 3

Keith's reckless choice leads the team into a dangerous situation. Allura needs to channel one of the Paladins to get out of trouble.

star 8.12
155 votes
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Trial By Fire

#15 - Trial By Fire

Season 7 - Episode 11

Sanda's revelation shakes the Paladins, who are separated from the Lions. On Earth, Shiro, Sam and Coran attempt to get the Atlas powered up.

star 8.10
62 votes
Postmortem

#16 - Postmortem

Season 5 - Episode 3

A power struggle erupts within the Galra. As the Paladins argue over their next move, an attack forces them to save themselves and the Olkari.

star 8.08
92 votes
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The Blade of Marmora

#17 - The Blade of Marmora

Season 2 - Episode 8

Upon reaching the HQ of the Blade of Marmora, it is located in a safe spot between two black holes and a blue Supergiant star. Keith and Shiro travel to their base in an effort to align with the Blade of Marmora led by Kolivan and his lieutenant Antok. But Keith's possession of one of their blades causes immediate friction with the Trials of Marmora to resolve them one of two results: knowledge or death. Keith must fight to unlock about his past, and with each fight exhausts himself more and more. When entering a vision of his old home with his father, the outside of the house shows a Galra invasion, giving Keith a choice: stay and learn, or leave and rescue. The Red Lion attacks the base sensing Keith's endangerment, and upon deciding to end this mistrust and gain their alliance, Keith relents his dagger, only for it to awaken its true form of a saber upon his enlightened decision and revealing a truth: Keith has part Galra ancestry. Meanwhile, Commander Thace (the Marmora spy who shutdown the Solar Shield) alerts the Order that the investigation is increasing and the timetable must escalate to now!

star 8.07
189 votes
Writers: Mark Bemesderfer
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Black Site

#18 - Black Site

Season 4 - Episode 3

An internal struggle of power erupts within the Galra. Pidge returns to the castle with some precious cargo. The team gets a cow.

star 8.05
107 votes
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Best Laid Plans

#19 - Best Laid Plans

Season 2 - Episode 12

After acquiring the teludav from Olkari, the team prepares to launch the operation to defeat Zarkon and bring peace to the universe. When the Marmorans haven't heard from Thace, they urge a delay in action, while Allura argues they continue. Keith plans to infiltrate the main ship of the Galra Fleet, but before leaving Allura stops him to explain that since waking up she views the Paladins as her new family and his being part Galra made her unsure. Following Thace's capture, the Druids interrogate him, and allow him to escape. Haggar helps Zarkon find the Black Lion, Zarkon's fleet arrives, Shiro distracts while Keith sneaks aboard. Despite that the battle is a trap, Zarkon is too engrossed in reclaiming the black Lion. Since the Druids rewrote the shield codes, their plan adapts to turn the core room into a bomb and cripple Zarkon's ship. When the Druids are sent after Thace while Zarkon has a rematch with Team Voltron. Thace sacrifices himself to cause the power core to overload and explode, just as the cloak teludav loses its cloak, and Zarkon's ship loses power. As Zarkon's ship is wormholed to another reach of the universe far away, the Paladins pursue to finally end Zarkon.

star 8.04
184 votes
Directors: Chris Palmer
Writers: Joshua Hamilton
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Kral Zera

#20 - Kral Zera

Season 5 - Episode 4

Shiro acts against the wishes of the other Paladins. Powerful Galra from around the empire convene for the Kral Zera ceremony.

star 8.04
94 votes
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Razor's Edge

#21 - Razor's Edge

Season 6 - Episode 2

Keith's journey to an abyss to search for a quintessence source unlocks memories about his past. Lance wallows in unrequited love.

star 8.04
75 votes
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Changing of the Guard

#22 - Changing of the Guard

Season 3 - Episode 1

In the wake of Zarkon’s defeat and Shiro’s disappearance, the paladins struggle to move forward with no one able to pilot the black lion or the ability to form Voltron. The team must quickly devise a plan as the ascension of Prince Lotor and his generals pulls the team into a perilous game of cat-and-mouse that tests their unity and abilities more than ever before.

star 8.04
168 votes
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Across the Universe

#23 - Across the Universe

Season 2 - Episode 1

The lions get separated when a trip through a wormhole goes awry, while Coran and Allura scramble to break free of a seemingly endless time loop. Meanwhile, Zarkon seeks to uncover the person responsible for the Paladins escape. Pidge exits the corrupted wormhole in a junk nebula with debris from various alien technologies, which she uses to send a homing beacon to the Castle which pulls Allura & Coran out of the time loop. Keith and Shiro crash on a nearly dead moon and try to survive creatures and Shiro is nearly dying from the wound Haggar inflicted on him in the previous episode.

star 8.02
257 votes
Writers: May Chan
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Red Paladin

#24 - Red Paladin

Season 3 - Episode 2

Keith begrudgingly assumes Shiro’s position as pilot of the Black Lion, Lance switches to the Red Lion, and Allura steps in to fill Lance’s place as pilot of the Blue Lion.

star 8.02
164 votes
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The Journey

#25 - The Journey

Season 3 - Episode 5

A pair of sceptical rebel fighters make things difficult for a Paladin in need of assistance. Haggar steps up her monitoring of Lotor.

star 8.01
156 votes
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