Back when season four was airing (outside America), I griped about how the Winx were relying too much on items and advisers to guide them. I missed the days when they’d use their own spells and brains to defeat challenges. Sadly, the hand-holding has only gotten worse.
First, the Sirenix Quest. The Book told them where to look for the gems. Once underwater, the Selkies led them to their destination, and if they couldn’t find the gem, all they had to do was ask their Guardians for a hint. It was almost like an RPG!
Now this season, the Winx have a walking encyclopedia of Magix on their team: Professor Daphne.
A WINX: What are those things?
DAPHNE: They’re [insert name], creatures from ancient times that [insert scary-sounding superpower or trait].
ANOTHER WINX: Oh, no! How are we going to stop them?
DAPHNE: They [insert somewhat-obvious weakness].
AISHA or BLOOM: Then let’s [insert simple plan]! C’mon, Winx!
Wash, rinse, repeat every other episode. For how long? I don’t know, but I hope it’s not for the rest of the season — and future seasons. It’s gotten old already.
What annoys me most is the Winx shouldn’t need Daphne for this. Any of them could take on her role. Tecna’s the logical choice. With her smartphone or laptop, or even her bare hands, she can look up a monster’s info on the Net, then calculate a strategy to beat it. She used to do it all the time.
The other Winx should also be more knowledgeable than they seem. Flora and Musa are two of the best students in the club, yet Flora’s the only one who applies what she’s learned — and that’s mostly potionology. Bloom grew up on Earth and loved reading myths and fairytales. Why wouldn’t she know about mummies, and why couldn’t she tell Flora about the Sphinx in episode 6X08?
We still don’t know if Daphne will join the Winx, but I hope she won’t just be the resident know-it-all. It’s a waste of her character. I’d rather watch her adjust to being corporeal again and prepare to be Domino’s queen. That’s a much more sympathetic plotline for her.
If she’s not gonna be a Winx, she’d be better off as “mission control.” She can still use her vast knowledge to advise them, but not in every single battle. They’re grown-up fairies now. Let them think for themselves now and then.