Whenever I read this line in Nick’s description of Winx Club, I pause a bit.
“Together, they study hard in school, hang out at their favorite spots in Magix and go on lots of exciting adventures.”
What? That’s so seasons one through three! The Winx are young women now. They’ve graduated from Alfea and are getting ready for new lives. A couple of them were even engaged!
But things have changed this season. Not only are the Winx acting like teens again, but they’re even acting like students! Remember when Flora raised her hand in Wizgiz’s class? Why would a “teaching assistant” need to do that? (Plus, shouldn’t she know about Age-Changers if she took this course?)
This has me wondering: have Nick and Rainbow turned back the clock on our fairies? Are they truly young again?
One reason they’d do this: extend the series.
Think about it. Let’s say Winx Club survived another five seasons (a long-shot for any series, but not impossible). If the Winx kept growing up, they’d be nearing their thirties by the time season ten premiered. Winx Club‘s aimed at four- to ten-year-olds. What four-year-old girl would watch a show about six, winged women who are old enough to be moms?
The point: magical girl shows lose their magic when the girls aren’t “girls” anymore. If Nick and Rainbow kept the Winx as teenagers, the Winx could stay at that age crossroad where kids, teens, and adults can all relate to them.
Winx Club wouldn’t be the first long-running cartoon to do this. Pick almost any, and you’ll see that its characters haven’t aged in years. (A commercial for The Simpsons made fun of this, listing it as a reason the characters may be aliens.)
Of course, there’s a big downside to freezing the Winx in time: it breaks continuity. (Not that that never happens.) There was a rumor that season five isn’t a direct sequel to season four, but just makes references to it. Are we supposed to believe it, and the first movie, never happened?
The time freeze is also a problem for us fans who wanted to see the Winx move on into adulthood. Whether we like it or not, the younger, “cooler” Winx Club may be back and here to stay.
QUESTION: How would you feel if the Winx were really teens again?