Zarkon's forces land on Arus and begin another attack, prompting Pidge to head out and see how close they are. The rest of the Voltron Force discover four of the five Lion Keys in the tomb of Allura's deceased father, King Alfor. When Pidge runs into trouble, the Voltron Force have no choice but to attempt to rescue him and battle Zarkon's forces with only four of the five Robot Lions.
WRITTEN BY: Jameson Brewer
TIMED BY: Jack Shaw
STORY EDITOR: Stan Oliver
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: September 12, 1984
- This episode marks the first appearance of King Alfor.
- The shot of Blue Lion leaping into the air and biting into a Doom ship during the desert battle was originally going to be cut.
- The shots of the Robeast throwing Red Lion into the other Lions, the Robeast swatting Blue Lion aside, the Voltron Force being rattled, the Voltron Force unconscious in their cockpits, and the Robeast looking down at the knocked-out Lions were all originally going to be cut and replaced with promo shots of the five Lions running towards and then over and away from the camera (which would have been lifted from the Golion end credits).
I suspect this was to bring the episode to an end on an upbeat note rather than a downbeat one, only for it to be dropped when it was realised it would cause continuity problems with the next episode.
If the episode had ended as originally intended, the shots of Allura and Coran in the Castle of Lions' control room and the shots of the Voltron Force speaking of the fifth Lion key and Voltron would have been placed after the shots of the Lions firing rockets and lasers at the Robeast, with the shot of Keith saying “And there's no stopping Voltron!” being the last regular shot before the promo shots played.
- This episode has some noticeable audio differences between the U.S. DVD's 2.0 and 5.1 tracks:
- When Yurak slams his fists on the control panel in anger, the 5.1 track has a soft and whimpy banging sound effect but the 2.0 track has a heavier bang with more bass and reverb.
- In the scene where Pidge calls the Doom soldiers "nothing but nuts and bolts", music can be heard on the 5.1 track but not the 2.0 track. Music can also be heard on the 5.1 track but not the 2.0 track when Pidge flees laser fire a few seconds later.
- In the shot of Keith before he runs towards the elevator, the Voltron theme build-up music can be heard on the 5.1 track but not the 2.0 track.
- In the scene of the Lions charging at and biting the Robeast the 2.0 track has some Robeast sound effects on it that's not present on the 5.1 track. Funnily enough the 5.1 track features some other Robeast sound effects that's not present on the 2.0 track.
- When the Robeast is being fired on by the Green, Yellow and Blue Lions, the 2.0 track has some additional Robeast screams that are not present on the 5.1 track. The same can be said for when the Robeast tosses Red Lion down and into the other Lions.
When Voltron was dubbed from Golion, the series suffered a number of edits, mostly to remove material that was considered objectionable or inappropriate for Voltron. However, some of the deleted material was intended to be featured in the series only to wind up on the cutting room floor anyway. This section details what deleted material was intended to be featured in "A Ghost And Four Keys". Also detailed here are lines of dialogue that was scripted (and likely recorded) but not present in the episode.
- Deleted from toward the end of the scene where Coran, Allura and the Voltron Force ride the elevator to King Alfor's tomb was a brief shot of Hunk making an 'OK' gesture with his hand following Sven and Coran's exchange of dialogue.
- Coran originally had an extra line before he tells Allura they need the missing key: “Voltron Force returns!”
The line was likely deleted due to the dropping of the apparently originally planned ending as mentioned in NOTES & TRIVIA.
- Deleted from the Voltron Force's battle with the Robeast prior to the Lions firing at the beast's legs was a shot of Keith yelling “We're not winning this one! Let's all hit him in the legs at the same time!”
- Deleted from the Yellow, Green and Blue Lions charging at the Robeast was a split-screen shot of Green Lion's head and Keith in which Keith yells “Let's get outta here!”
Some lines of dialogue were originally scripted differently. This section details the noteworthy differences.
- Keith's line “Coran, where are the Lion ships? Show us! Coran, please!” was originally scripted as: “Coran -- where's the lion ships? Show us, please!”
- Coran's line “Each of you ride an elevator to a lion.” was originally scripted as: “Each of you choose an elevator to a lion.”
- Pidge's line “Hey, those look like the Voltron space Lions!” was originally scripted as: “Hey -- those look like Voltron's Space Lions!”
- Haggar's line “My powers are greater than all your robot forces” was originally scripted as: “My powers are greater than all your armed forces!”