As I’ve rewatched episodes from seasons three and four, something’s stood out to me about Musa and Tecna: they weren’t passive characters. They didn’t stand back and make snarky remarks. If they had something to say, they spoke up. And in battle, they didn’t wait in reserve until their friends had been beaten. They fought alongside them.
But “Nickbow” changed that. Bloom, Stella, Flora, and Aisha have become the show’s leads (and mascots), while Musa and Tecna are turning into supporting characters. It’s like they’re Winx in name only.
Here are some of my observations from seasons five and six. Maybe you’ve noticed them, too.
- Whatever club decisions their friends make, Musa and Tecna just go along with them. That’s very out-of-character for them, especially Tecna.
- Musa and Tecna rarely say anything. When they do, it’s usually to each other. And most of their lines are about music or technology (like they have one-track minds).
- Their actions center around their power sources, too. Example: the Daphne makeover scene in “Inspiration of Sirenix.” While Aisha taught Daphne to dance, Musa DJ-ed. Because she’s the fairy of music. And what did Tecna do? She gave Daphne a cellphone, which was just Nickbow’s excuse for her to say tech-y stuff.
- Bloom, Stella, Flora, and Aisha get a fair amount of screen time each episode. Musa and Tecna? Not as much. Instead, they usually get their own episodes, then stay in the background the rest of the season. (Examples: “The Sirenix Book,” “Secret of the Ruby Reef,” “A Perfect Date,” and “The Golden Auditorium.”)
Musa and Tecna get ignored in merchandise, too. First, JAKKS left them out of their City Style Collection. Then, they teased us with these lovely Harmonix dolls but never made them. (Might be too late.)
At least JAKKS might be listening to our feedback. Their newest lines, Believix Power and Color Splash, include all six Winx. But Musa and Tecna are missing from Witty’s upcoming lines, Gardenia and Hip Hop. Sorry, European fans.
Does Nickbow think no one likes these girls? Yes, they’re the least popular, but they still have a lot of fans. My sister, The Melodic Muse, loves Musa. (Why else would she call herself that? 😛 ) Tecna’s not my favorite Winx, but I relate to her the most. We’re both shy and geeky. 🙂
If someone (Nick, Rainbow, or Nickbow) makes another season, I hope they give all the Winx equal attention. It can be done. Bloom alone gets enough screen time for six people.
Of course, we’re just five episodes into the current season. Musa and Tecna are still acting like wallflowers so far, but that could change later. Like I always say, “We’ll see.”