About 30 minutes left in "The Rise of Voltron", coming into the final stretch. This is occupied by the gang actually going out and getting the lions after all that talking. Normally you'd expect challenges and character-defining action all over the place in a pilot or first episode. But instead, to my amusement, Pidge and Shiro get the world's easiest fetch quest while Lance and Hunk are getting themselves endlessly shot at - a good chance for Hunk to show some courage and ingenuity to get at Yellow Lion amid his complaining. But, I actually like what goes on with Shiro and Pidge actually. They may not have to really do much of anything, but we do get them bonding over Shiro knowing Pidge's lost family from the expedition. Pidge, who did not come on as a pilot like Lance, is worried about handling Green Lion. But Shiro's there to encourage him and has a great, great line about too much worry will stop you from making the effort to be great. He's practically a big brother figure to Pidge, it's great stuff. Notice how Hunk takes the hits for Lance and then literally belly flops with Yellow Lion to kill off the fighters? Fun little bit. With Green and Yellow back, it's time to go after Red.....which is already captured. Fortunately, Shiro is good at planning and we soon have the team on a space mission. Before that though you have Sendak showing up and demanding surrender, which soon provokes Keith and Pidge vs Lance and Hunk on the debate of staying to fight or running away. Lance and Hunk are basically being rational - and embracing the path of least resistance, though they're right they're being pressed before having Voltron like planned. On the other side, Pidge is basically making a moral case (and no doubt thinking of others going through what his family did) while Keith is being practical and seeing no reason to think the bad guys will stop short for any reason. Then there's Shiro in between, who sees the argument going nowhere fast + the fact it's not actually their call by right anyway. It's Allura. Allura says she's not sure what to do, though that's not quite right. She acknowledges to King Alfor's AI that she does want to fight, but there are understandable doubts. But Alfor basically makes Keith's point: the Galra have gone this long conquering (ten thousand years!) and have done so without Voltron, and it'll only get worse if nothing is done. And so, the die is cast. Allura uniforms up and grasps her resolve tightly. She gives the best speeches when she wants to. As the boys get ready, Coran remarks that the boys are not really the best the galaxy has to offer.....not sure you're one to talk, man. Anyway, as Allura says you go to war with the army you've got. There's no Black Paladin weapon for Shiro. Now, why would that be......? Fortunately, we know from clips already that Shiro's got a perfectly good weapon built into him to compensate, and a perfectly good head for plotting their plan of attack.