Mind skills have also been key in the original series, Voltron: Defender of the Universe. In that series, "mental powers" allowed an old man named Runan to call forth a fleet from another dimension called Elsu to rescue Coran's wife Leda and son Garrett and transport them safely away from Zarkon.
While no direct support exists, the fact that mental powers have now also developed in Allura leads to the theory that perhaps the royalty of Arus, being originally descended from a baby who arrived from space, may have married into these mountain people and their bloodline thereby connecting to their mental potential. It is also of note that a gateway to other dimensions appears in the mountains of Arus which can only be opened by a key from an ancient race, which the first Queen of Arus might have come from before ending up on Arus, again indicating the importance of the mountains and magic. Again, while not proven conclusively, the fact there is a strong potential link should not be ignored.
A VHS tape containing just this episode was released as part of a toy purchase promotion by Trendmasters, toy licensee for Voltron: The Third Dimension.
This episode reintroduces the character of Dominus, who was transformed into a Robeast in the first season of VOLTRON: THE THIRD DIMENSION but in an unusual move was turned back into his original form instead of being destroyed. This is a rare occurrence in the Voltron universe as most Robeasts are destroyed outright.
The ancient law invoked for Lance and Lotor to fight was used in the original series as well. Lotor uses it to challenge Keith on Lotor's first visit to Arus.
The alternate dimension key Allura receives in this episode is from an ancient race. What their name one is unknown. There has been one mention of an ancient alien race from the original series, the Darians who populated the underground citites of Zaul and then inexplicably left. There may or may not be a connection. It at least opens up a question of how many unknown ancient races have there been in the Denubian Galaxy.
Queen Ariella is clearly the first Queen of Planet Arus based on this series. It is interesting to note that it is established in the original series that the first King of Arus had two sons, one of whom was banished to the neighboring planet which became Pollux and explains how Romelle and Bandor and Allura are blood cousins. The amount of generations between this first king and Ariella is unknown (i.e. there may have been several generations of female rulers before a King came into power).
Two scenes -- the fight between Lance and Lotor, and Lance sitting in jail -- were included in this "clip show" even though they hadn't yet been seen in their original contexts when this episode originally aired.
The map shown onscreen for the Troika moons is incorrect. Dialogue tells viewers the moons are Troika One, Troika Two, and Troika Three. However, the moons on the chart are labeled Zaul Moon, Troika Prime Moon, and Kargen Moon. To further confuse matters, Planet Zaul does appear in this episode (which is a planet in the Azure Quadrant, as supported not only by "The Trial of Voltron" but its appearance in the original series).
The reporter, Ueep Ueep Cheromoya, appears to belong to the same race as space pirates Queequeg and Lafitte.
The Azure Quadrant fully supports Voltron and the Voltron Force. The Cerulean Quadrant is described as fearing Lotor's raids. The Crimson Quadrant is considered even more terrifying as it is the home of Zarkon's Doom Empire. The political state of the Coral Quadrant is not stated, but they vote slightly over half in favor of the Voltron Force.
During the Trial, when Judge Armisitce speaks, he identifies many of the planets in the Azure Quadrant of the Denubian Galaxy where Arus is located (the other three being Coral, Crimson, and Cerulean). The fact some planets were located in the Azure quadrant was clearly defined in the original series episodes, such as Arus, Pollux, and Zaul. Planet Amphrose was introduced in this series as belonging in the Azure Quadrant. But the other planets named in the trial -- such as Lyra -- were placed in the Azure Quadrant by the research and work of Shannon Muir, a fan who became a consultant to World Events Productions when her work was adopted as the model of the Denubian Galaxy Starmap.
Though we know from this series that Alfor clearly had a relationship prior to Allura's mother, we still don't know the name of Allura's mother or from where she came. Since her sister is Queen Orla and apparently unmarried (per an episode of the original series), the implication is that she must have been from another planet as the Arusian family rules all of Arus Also, if Alfor was involved with Haggar, he clearly was willing to consider romances with off-worlders.
A member of the wedding couple we see Judge Amphrose trying to hitch is from the planet Caspia, which made an appearance in the original series as the home of pacifist scientist Marianne.
Planet Amphrose (where the wedding is taking place) is described as a "sister planet" to Arus. However, Planet Pollux where Allura's cousins live has also been described as a "sister planet" of Arus in the original show. The history of Arus and Pollux -- a son of the first King being banished there -- would lead one to believe they are adjacent worlds. "Sister" can be either revolving around each other, sharing the same orbital path, or being "sister planets" similar to the concept of "sister cities". It is never made clear which definitions apply to the two planets.
This is Lotor's second attempt at marriage. He briefly was married to his distant cousin Merla (the marriage was annulled by throwing their wedding bracelet off a bridge) in the original series.
Up until this point, both this show and the original series had only referred to planets either being in galaxies or in quadrants of a galaxy. This script is the first to actually name a star system in which a planet is located. Planet Geo, which is the focus of this story, is located in the Diadem (which means "crown") system.
The new generation of Doom weapons are powered by condensed lazon, moonstone, ionized topaz, and pure quartz. Lazon and moonstone were highly sought after elements by witch Haggar in the predecessor series for more than a few of her robeasts and other magical efforts.
According to a statement Lance makes there are 900 planets in the Alliance.
Pidge receives lion fan mail from Planet Caspia, a planet the Voltron Force visited in the original series.
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