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VOLTRON Recap: The Crew Gets Caught in the ‘Eye of the Storm’

VOLTRON Recap: The Crew Gets Caught in the ‘Eye of the Storm’

You know the drill by now. The following is a full recap of Voltron: Legendary Defender‘s episode “Eye of the Storm,” the fifth episode of the second season. There will therefore be spoilers here; don’t read until you’ve watched or if you don’t care about getting spoiled. THANKS!

Rare is the episode of Voltron: Legendary Defender that ends in a true cliffhanger, but the bingeworthy nature of Netflix means that the result of that cliffhanger is a only a few seconds away. As such, the revelation at the end of “Greening the Cube” that the entire Galra fleet had tracked the crew and was right on top of them was only unbearable for a brief period of time. I don’t know what I’d do if I had to wait a whole week to find out what happened!

This is not a good thing, you guys. Zarkon has found the Castle Ship, and the crew, having just battled the Zarkon cube weapon, are way too tired for another fight. Unfortunately, the Galra fleet were also way too close for them to do a proper wormhole jump. This would be, as Shiro stated, the fight of their lives. Keith, Lance, and Hunk got on the controls of some sentry drones to take out the onslaught of Galra fighters, and true to form, Lance and Keith were more concerned with outdoing each other than actually protecting anybody. Princess Allura decided to use the gravity of a moon to help them get enough speed to break away from the fleet, and they were able to wormhole away.

Coran informed them that they were now a few galaxies away and safe for the time being. While Shiro wanted them to keep training to be ready for when Zarkon returned, they were all so exhausted and were given some much needed R&R. Hunk decided to bake some cookies using some weird ingredients in the galley; Pidge wanted to learn Altean to better repair the ship; and Keith and Lance both independently decided they wanted to go for a swim in the pool they just learned existed. (Much rivalry ensued, as always.) Coran wanted to repair some of the glass reflecting discs that allow the ship to fire the wormhole beam, but he sadly had gotten a case of the “slipperies,” which is basically like a cold that Alteans who are getting up there in age get which causes their whole body to secrete mucous-like gelatin, hence causing them to slip. It’s a super gross illness, but at least isn’t supposed to last long. Coran was just angry at the very idea that he even would be old enough to get a case of the slipperies.

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But uh-oh! The Galra fleet arrived again, way, way earlier than expected. The ship wasn’t ready, and neither were the crew! Another attack could be fatal, and the discs weren’t repaired to do another wormhole jump. Coran was able to divert power just enough for them to do a short wormhole jump, but they’d be sitting ducks thereafter. Luckily they arrived very near a massive metallic space storm and could hide in the eye of it…but the Galra fleet arrived again, and knew exactly where to find them. This is extraordinarily bad.

Allura believed it must have been her that Zarkon was able to track, which they didn’t have time to talk about. The paladins formed Voltron, which also turned out to be a bad idea because Zarkon’s connection to the Black Lion nearly turned the entire Voltron robot over to him. They retreated back to the Castle Ship and–in what was actually a fairly eye-rolling use of callbacks–they figure out that the “cookies” Hunk made were the right size and shape to replace the wormhole discs, Pidge’s newfound Altean knowledge was able to help them align them, and Coran’s slipperies allow the new discs to get clean and shiny enough for the beam to bounce off of them. The paladins held the discs in place and, luckily, it worked!

Despite the ending being a bit convenient, “Eye of the Storm” was a truly intense 23 minutes of Voltron which felt like their attempt to do Battlestar Galactica‘s amazing episode “33.” There was also a fair amount of the show’s signature humor, and Rhys Darby again proves what a hilarious voice actor he is with all his “slipperies” talk.

Now we know that Zarkon is able to track the crew quite easily…but how?!?! We’ll find out next time!

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Kyle Anderson is the Associate Editor for Nerdist. You can find his film and TV reviews here. Follow him on Twitter!

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