As it was announced on January 5th, 2016, Netflix will be releasing a new series based on the very popular '80s cartoon. So what is it that we know about the Voltron universe to this point?
The original series first aired in September 1984 as an adaption of an anime series called Beast King GoLion. During its run from September of '84 until November of '85, Voltron: Defenders of the Universe was one of the top-rated syndicated cartoon on TV. After it's first season, Voltron made a change and adapted from another anime called Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. That move was not a popular move with it's fan base, and that second season was its last.
The original series had its contradiction, which as a kid you would never put it together, but now as an adult, it's pretty evident. The original opening sequence stated that the space explorers were sent from Earth to bring Voltron back to defend them, but the first two episodes were based on space explorers stumbling across a planetary attack on Arus, where they were captured in the process. After escaping the grasp of King Zarkon, they were guiding to the castle of lions on planet Aurus and then went on the search for the secrets of Voltron. The original pilots consisted of Keith, Lance, Pidge, Hunk and Sven.
In 2011, Nicktoons released a sequel to Voltron: Defenders of the Universe titled Voltron Force. They brought back the original characters in an effort to introduce a new generation of pilots. Unfortunately, that series lasted only one season and it ended on a slight cliffhanger in the last episode, titled Black.
With the announcement by Netflix of their release of this new series in 2016, a lot of fans from the original 80's cartoon are really excited to see what they can bring to the table. Netflix is establishing itself as a good provider of quality shows, so nothing but the best is expected. I would think the Netlix is going to aim this entire series to an new generation and will more than likely change a lot of the show's core history to accommodate this generation with more diversity and gender equality. My son and I have watched the original and the versions after, and we still think the original (after getting over the corniness) is the best.