The second season of Voltron: Legendary Defender picks up shortly after the events of the season 1 finale. After being defeated by Zarkon, the lion paladins were scattered via wormhole and must now regroup and recruit reinforcements if they hope to defeat Zarkon.
While exploring and expanding the Voltron universe, Season 2 also manages a fair amount of character development with the Voltron Paladins bonding with and learning not only more about their lions, but about themselves as well. Keith (red lion) benefits the most from this character introspection. In the original Voltron series, Shiro (black lion) was killed and Keith stepped in as leader. Whether or not Legendary Defender will go this route remains to be seen, but some hints are dropped throughout the season.
Studio Mir, the animation studio behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra continues to blend anime with western sensibilities. The animation in Voltron: Legendary Defender is nothing short gorgeous.
If I have one complaint about the show it's that despite all the character development of the heroes, the villains remain two dimensional. Even the reveal last season that Zarkon was the original black paladin does nothing to make him sympathetic or even interesting. A similar reveal about Hag'gar in this season's finale offers hope that maybe in the third season they will explore the backstory of the villains, the origins of the Voltron lions, and how the two intersect.
Seasons one and two of Voltron: Legendary Defender are now available on Netflix.
Voltronby Daniel Unrul
The log line for Santa Clarita Diet is “It took being undead for her to be alive.” Ok, so it's not, but it could be. Santa Clarita Diet is about a suburbanite woman, Sheila (Drew Barrymore) who wishes to be between 20-80 percent bolder. Not too bold, but bold enough to drastically cut her hair like Jennifer Laurence. While showing a house with her husband and co-realtor, Joel (Timothy Olyphant Killing it as a beta male) she vomits an insane amount of vomit, dies, and comes back to life more impulsive, ready to take the risks she wasn't before.
Sheila's new outlook on life is explained by the line, “The undead are completely driven by their id”. As Shelia succumbs to her desire to eat human flesh, Joel is surprisingly supportive, going as far as helping her try and choose who will be her next meal. This leads to the couple dressing up in all plastic ala Dexter as they try to find someone deserving of being eaten. Meanwhile her daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) is spurred by her mom's recent behavior to go on a rebellious streak of her own, whilst enlisting the help of residential zombie expert and boy next door (Skylar Gisando) who's dad is a cop suspicious of Sheila and Joel's recent weird behavior.
Santa Clarita Diet is the latest show from Victor Fresco, creator of cult favorites Andy Richman Controls the Universe and Better off Ted and because it is a Netflix show, it is free from the FCC regulations of network TV. Language is sprinkled liberally throughout and the violence can get gory.
All 10 episodes of season 1 of Santa Clarita Diet are now available on Netflix.