Voltron (2016–…): Season 1, Episode 3 - Return of the Gladiator - full transcript

Shiro must draw on painful memories from his past when a massive evil robot threatens the peace in Arus, forcing the lions into action.

Sire, the beast is almost to Arus.

This Quintessence gives me
so much power,

I could fight the paladins myself.

There is no need.

My creature will destroy them
and capture the Voltron lions for you.

Then, the most powerful weapon
in the universe will be ours.

Great job training today, guys.
We're really getting the hang of Voltron.

Seriously, how far do you think my lion
kicked that broken alien ship?

Must have been like a mile!

Yeah, that'll come in handy when the Galra
challenges Voltron to a soccer match.

Hey, I did something cool
and you can't handle it. I get it.

- Your kick ruined our balance. We fell.
- That falling part was Hunk's fault.


All right, save your energy
for fighting Zarkon.

Hello, guys!
How was the Voltron workout?

We're getting there.

Are you and Allura almost done fixing
the Castle so we can leave this planet?

I feel like we're sitting ducks
here on Arus.

Just about.

In the meantime, to get your minds off
those duck seats you're worried about,

I made you guys an authentic
ancient paladin lunch!

Coran, you just got me hooked on that goo
and now you're switching it up?

This is packed with nutrients.

Oh, it smells disgusting!

I know!
That's how you know it's healthy!

Coran, we're on a planet
now with fresh herbs,

spices, and whatever
this thing is. A tuber?

If you'll excuse me,

I'm going to head back to the
kitchen and spice things up.

Where's Pidge?

He's probably checking on those
prisoners we rescued from Zarkon.

They'll all be waking soon
in the infirmary.

Open the hatch. Food lion coming in!

No. Just... no.

You don't know what you're missing!

You're as anxious as me.

These aliens we saved know something
about my family.

- They have to!
- I hope so.

They recognized you, didn't they?

They called you "Champion."
What does that even mean?

I don't know. I can't remember
very much from that time.

But the way those guys looked at me
when we freed them...

I don't know if I want to find out.


- They like the paladin lunch!
- I don't want to talk about it.

I just got the final nebulon
booster working. We should be

able to leave Planet Arus tomorrow
and take the fight to Zarkon.


What is that?

I don't know what it is.
Maybe it's a local Arusian.

He's approaching the Castle.


- Doesn't look too dangerous.
- You never know.

No. Alteans believe in peace first.
Let's go welcome them.

That's adorable.

Hey, maybe we can knit him
a little sweater!

I'm not taking any chances.

Greetings. We know you're there.

No harm will come to you.


Wait! He could be dangerous.
Drop your weapon!

No one takes Klaizap's weapon!

Keith, put that away! Please, kind sir,
accept my most humble apologies.


I am Klaizap, bravest of our warriors.
Our village is over Gazrel Hill.

I come seeking answers

as to why the Lion Goddess
is angered with her followers.

- Followers?
- Lion Goddess?

The one the ancients spoke of.

What makes you think she's angered?

Destruction is everywhere.
In the past few suns,

fire has rained from the heavens
and a giant has danced in the sky.

I think he's talking about Voltron.

Yeah, I got that.

You have not angered
the Lion Goddess.

How can you be certain?

Because I am Allura
and this is my Castle.

Lion Goddess!

Please, bravest warrior,

take us to your village
so that we may meet our neighbors.

What about our mission to get off
this planet and fight Zarkon?

Part of the paladins' mission
is to spread peace and diplomacy.

Arus has been our host for 10,000 years.

These people deserve our thanks.

So, how long were you held
captive by Zarkon?

Some for years. Decades, maybe.

It's hard to tell. Time becomes a blur.

Then you must have been there
when my dad and brother arrived.

Sam and Matt Holt?

I never knew their names,
but I certainly remember

the other two Earthlings
that arrived with Champion.

Why do you keep calling me that?

You really don't remember? Unbelievable!

You were a legendary gladiator,
undefeated in the ring.

You defeated an infamous
Galra gladiator known as Myzax.

That was the day you earned
the name "Champion."

I was there, as was the young Earthling.

We were all prisoners, forced to fight
for the entertainment of Zarkon.

That day, we were set to fight Myzax,

a vile beast many thought
could never be defeated.

Slaughter awaited us all.

This "Matt" was the first of us
sent to fight.

But fate had other plans.

You were so thirsty for blood,
you injured your fellow Earthling.

You attacked my brother? Why?

No, it can't be true.

I was there. We all were.

After my brother was injured,
where was he taken?

I know not.

I don't believe it.
There's got to be more to the story.

I couldn't have hurt my friend.

Wait. That ship we were held captive on
crash-landed on this planet.

They'll have logs of prisoners,
some information.

I'm coming with you.

Oh, Lion Goddess,

I, King of the Arusians,
formally beg your forgiveness.

Please have mercy on us and accept
our traditional Dance of Apology

as atonement for our wrongdoings.

Commence Dance of Apology!


Please, there's no need for this.

Moontow, halt!

The Goddess has refused the apology.
Start the sacrificial fire.

We must throw ourselves in.

No! No sacrifices!

So, we may proceed with the dance?

That's a better alternative.

Oh, my!

Please, please, rise.

Thank you for that, but I am not
a great being worthy of your worship.

I accidentally put you all in danger.

It is I who should
be apologizing to you.

I am Princess Allura
and these are the Voltron Paladins.

Although we originally came
from different worlds...

and have very, very,
very different traditions,

we wish to live alongside you as friends.

But the mighty robotic angel...

has it not come to destroy us
because of our immoral ways?

Voltron? No. In fact, that mighty robot
is here to protect you.

Let it be known that Voltron will protect
every innocent being

throughout the universe!

I don't usually hug strangers, but, uh...

Man, you are cuddly.

Thank you.

This looks like the master
control board, but there's no power.

All you need is power?

Yeah, but one that's compatible
with Galra tech.


I can't believe you got this to work.

My dad's and Matt's whereabouts
must be logged in here somewhere.

Once I download this information,

I'll find some way to decode it
back at the Castle.


Oh, no.

- What is it?
- Something just entered the atmosphere.

I'm not sure what it is, but it's big,
it's Galra, and it's coming right for us.

- We gotta go!
- Shiro, don't move!

I'm only 15 percent done.
I'm not going anywhere.

- Pidge, I'm sorry.
- No!

Team, come in! We need backup!

- Hello?
- Shiro?

- Where is everyone?
- What's going on?

Oh, no. We gotta get to our lions!

Everyone get inside and stay down!

- I'm on it!
- Huh?

Not you!

No! Shiro, let me go!
My father!



- Our lions just saved us.
- I didn't know they could do that.

Huh? Um... Shiro?

Get in your lion!


Lay down some covering fire
so they can get out of there!

I'm on it!

Check this out! Battle-lion head-butt!

- You guys okay down there?
- Still alive for now.

Are the Galra behind this?

I think so, but I've never
seen anything like it.

So, what's the plan?
Shoot at it with everything we've got?

Take out its weapon? Call it names?

If we want to take this monster down,
there's only one way to do it.

Form Voltron!

Remember, we are one unit,
fighting with one goal.


I thought Voltron was the most
powerful weapon in the universe!

Yeah, so how is this monster
kicking our butts?

Oh, no! The village!
We have to protect those people!

That was close!

We got him away from the Arusians,
but we can't take him down!

I got it! I'm going to power-kick
that orb thing!

No! The last time
you did a kick, we fell!

Stop living in the past!

Oh, no!

- Pidge, fire lasers now!
- Got it! Fire!

- Oops!
- No! Lasers! Lasers!

Every time we focus on that orb,
we're blindsided by the monster,

and every time we focus
on the monster, the orb hits us!

- Then what do we do?
- Orb!

Shiro, we gotta move!
Shiro, are you there? Shiro!

That sound... I recognize this monster
from my time in Zarkon's prison.

I know how to beat him!

Listen, there's a loud sound when the orb
returns to the base of the weapon,

and every third time,
that orb needs to charge up.

That's this monster's weakest point.
That's when we strike.

- Okay, so what do we do in the meantime?
- Defense!

Pidge, we need that shield!

That's one. Two more to go!

We can't take much more!

Last one! Everyone brace for impact!


- It didn't work!
- So, now what?

When I attacked him before,
I had a sword!

Orb! Orb!

We can't take another shot like that!

Wait a second, guys!
I think my lion's telling me what to do.

Whatever it is, hurry up and do it!
He's about to fire his third shot!

- Yeah!
- We did it!

How did you do that?

Thanks, Red.


I'll make another, more powerful.

That won't be necessary.
Sendak is still alive on Arus.

I've given him instructions
for how to proceed.

Can he be trusted?

I trained him and he has his mission.
He fights in the name of Galra.

Only success or death will stop him.

Zarkon has challenged us to rise
from the mud and prove our worth.

We will not let him down.

Sir, how are we going to take the Castle

with just the two of us
and five damaged sentries?

- By exploiting our enemy's weaknesses.
- What weaknesses?

The worst weakness of all:
They value the lives of others.

- Good luck out there.
- Thank you all for everything.

We never dreamed
we'd see our families again.

But you gave us hope.
You gave the universe hope.

- Pidge, there you are.
- Hmm?

Why would you hurt my brother?
You were friends.

- I did it to save him.
- What?

My memory of the event came back
when we were fighting the monster.

Your dad was being sent off
with the weaker prisoners to a work camp.

Meanwhile, Matt and I were forced
to fight in the gladiator arena.

Matt was going to fight first,
but he was scared. We all were.

I'm not going to make it.
I'll never see my family again!

You can do this.

This is my fight!

I want blood!

Take care of your father.

You saved him? You attacked him
so they would choose you instead.

I'm so sorry I doubted you!
Thank you! Thank you so much!

I can tell you really miss them.
I know they miss you, too.

Your brother and father
would be proud of you, Katie.

Don't worry, your secret's safe with me.