While waiting for the arrival of a supply convoy, the Voltron Force lands on Planet Nanos for some rest and
recreation. But the break is short-lived when the supply convoy, and the Voltron Force themselves, come
under Drule attack.
WRITTEN BY: Coslough Johnson
TIMED BY: Jill Yamanaka
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: January 14, 1985
- This episode marks the first appearance of Zabor.
- Oops: Due to a mistake on writer Coslough Johnson's part, Jeff calls Planet Nanos 'Nonas' in the opening scene of the episode.
- Kon was originally called Keo in the script. The likely reason for the change of name is due to the
fact that the name Keo was used for a different character in Episode 7 “Help Not Wanted”.
- The Galaxy Garrison official who speaks into the light blue phone by the pool is referred to in the
script as Hawknose for obvious reasons.
- From the scene of the supply convoy being told they are to head to Planet Nanos right through to
the rest of the episode, Kon is referred to in the script as Roberts, which explains why Kon has a
different voice for the rest of the episode. Either Coslough Johnson failed to recognise both Kon and
Roberts as being the same person and thought they were separate individuals, or he got sloppy with
To complicate the issue further, the same individual appears in the next episode under the name of
Major Flagg and with another different voice. He also appears in more episodes of the series under the
name of Colonel Carver (and with yet another different voice, too).
- The officer who informs Roberts that the supply convoy has reported they're on schedule is referred
to as Brown in the script.
When Voltron was dubbed from Dairugger XV, 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 Very Short Vacation". Also detailed here are lines of dialogue that was scripted (and likely recorded) but not present in the episode.
- Deleted from the end of Jeff telling Newley that the Voltron Force are tired was a line of dialogue
from Professor Page in which he agrees with Jeff: “Jeff, I fully agree with you.”
Also deleted from the scene was another line from Page after Jeff protests Hawkins' decision
regarding rest for the crew in which the professor tells Hawkins: “Commander, as the ship's scientist,
I don't believe that your crew can hold out that long.”
- Deleted from the end of Blue Leader instructing his crew to prepare for unloading was a voice-over
line from his crew acknowledging his order: “Yes sir!”
- Deleted from one of Blue Leader's crewmen telling him he's picked up something on the telescan
was an extra line from the crewman before he theorises it's Mongo: “An unidentified flight of
- Deleted from the shot of Cinda surfacing after being knocked off her float was a playfully annoyed
line from her: “What are you doing, Cliff?”
The likely reason for the line's deletion is due to the fact that it was Modok, not Cliff, who knocked
her off her float.
Also deleted from the scene was a shot of Modok joking to the resurfaced Cinda: “I was just testing
to see if you might be part fish.”
Another shot of Modok saying “Maybe a mermaid!” after Cinda suddenly drops under water was also
deleted from the scene.
The shots of Modok were deleted as the lines were recorded in Cliff's voice instead of Modok's
due to writer Colsough Johnson mistaking Modok for Cliff, though the "Maybe a mermaid!" line remained in the episode in the
shot of Cinda underwater. Incidentally, the shot of Cinda under water was trimmed of
several frames that reveals it's Hutch and Marvin who's pulling her under water. Cinda was scripted
to be heard saying “Let go!” in the shot but the line was deleted.
- Trimmed from the start of shot of Newley and Hawkins in which Newley orders the preparation to
launch rockets was a line from Hawkins: “Right!”
- Deleted from the shot of flashes of light that depicts the Robeast being sliced by
Voltron's sword was a Karate-type yell from Jeff.
Some lines of dialogue were originally scripted differently. This section details the noteworthy differences.
- The Garrison Engineer's line “Problems in the far galaxies are of no interest.” was originally scripted as: “Problems in the far Galaxies are of secondary
importance to them.”
- Ginger's line “Chip's brother Pidge was on this planet once, and he said that nights last for sixty
days.” was originally scripted as: “My brother Pidge was on this planet once and he told me the
nights last for sixty days.”
It appears Chip was originally intended to be the one to deliver the original version of the line
only for it to be decided later on that Ginger should be the one speaking instead, hence the line