“The Magic Totem?” I think a title like “Reign of The Snow Queen” would have been better, don’t you? The totem only got a couple minutes of screen time. 😛
Anyway, let’s get started!
The chase leads to a clearing where a funny-looking statue stands alone in the center. It’s the totem! No way Icy’s gonna let her escape with it! Flora and Helia will freeze in the Legendarium World forever, if she can help it!
Flora knows she can’t melt all of Icy’s ice, but she can stop “The Snow Queen” in her tracks.
Her spell thaws Icy’s reindeer and loosens them from the sleigh, sending it into a free fall. Flora catches Helia in a magic bubble and sets him down gently in front of the totem. Mission accomplished! Just one more thing. She uses her wand to teleport herself, Helia, and the totem out of the Legendarium World.
Meanwhile in the real world, the Winx and the Specialists are surrounded by werewolves, and more keep coming out of the forest! The gang can’t fight back. They can’t risk hurting innocent men and women. If only they could find a way to break the curse.
Just when they’ve run out of room to escape, an intense magic light blazes behind them. They swivel around to see Flora and Helia emerge from the Legendarium World. The totem activates, and all the wolves become human again! Whew!
Helia, though, is still an ice sculpture. Flora’s tried every spell she can think of — except one: Life Essence! Why not? It worked in the Legendarium World! With a flourish of her Mythix wand, she defrosts Helia out and wakes him from his trance. Thank goodness! Time for a hug…
Or not. He doesn’t want her “embarrassing” him. Um…okay.
Anyway, now that the curse has been broken and it’s safe to be out at night again, the people of Fearwood throw a celebration! Of course, Flora’s not in a party mood. Helia keeps on acting cold. He even picks a fight with Riven, and Brandon and Timmy have to restrain him! What did Icy do to him?
Daphne puts him under a sleeping spell and scans his body for anything strange. Boy, does she find something: there’s a fragment of ice in his heart! If they don’t remove it, he’ll stay cold-hearted forever!
Before they can think of a plan, “The Snow Queen” returns for round #2 with Flora! This time, all of Fearwood is their battlefield. Icy traps the town and the forest in a deep freeze, and some of the townsfolk get frozen!
The Winx have had enough, especially Flora! Time to transform and melt this witch!
Flora attacks her head-on, but this time Icy’s ready with a trick she didn’t get to try in the Legendarium World. She aims for Flora’s wings and freezes them solid. The flower fairy plummets toward the forest floor.
Luckily, an evergreen tree saw the whole thing and reaches out to break her fall. It slides her off its branch and drops her safely a few feet below.
Flora’s not ready to give up. But how will she get back to the others when she can’t fly and can barely stand up?
Mother Nature. It’s always helped her before. She begs the trees and ground for help, and the whole forest answers her. Small vines sprout up and lift her into the air, and warm magic, like spring air, melts the ice off her wings. Flora thanks the forest as she hurries to face Icy once more.
Ha! She dares to compete with The Snow Queen? Icy releases another burst of magic, and heavy snow begins to fall over Fearwood.
That’s nothing. Flora can do better. Gathering the forest’s energy, she casts her most powerful Spring Shower spell yet. Icy’s knocked back, and all of her magic ice is melted, including the shard in Helia’s heart. He’s finally back to normal!
And it’s his turn to be impressed with Flora. She never gave up on him.
Turns out it was on top of the totem the whole time. The moment Flora gets it down, it merges with the Fantasy Emerald to become a shining silver key. Their quest is over! Now all they have to do is go to Cloud Tower and lock the Legendarium forever.
But if they want the book, they’ll have to go through Selina and the Trix first!
Bravo, Nickbow! Whoever wrote this episode, thank you! I loved it. The dialogue was some of the best this season. Even the recap of “Curse of Fearwood” was well written (and well delivered — kudos to you, too, Kari Wahlgren).
I’m not saying this episode was perfect, though. Nothing ever is. 😛
My beef is with the party in the middle. I know I complain a lot about filler scenes, but I don’t really hate them. We fans need a breather now and then. Non-stop action would tire us out.
But in this case, the party was truly filler because it delayed the resolution of the Silver Spear plot. Why did the Winx come to Fearwood? Why were they looking for the totem? To find the Spear. Yet no one — not even Flora, looking down at the totem — saw it until the end of the episode.
Plus, Selina — who’s worried about her “friend” getting locked away — didn’t think to look for the Spear while the Winx were having their sack race. If she’s watching every move they make, how would she miss that chance? Icy could have grabbed it, too, for that matter! She was there!
The writers just wanted to keep everyone in Fearwood, but they could have done it without stretching out the plot. Here’s how I would have written this episode:
- Flora finds the totem and the Spear and defrosts Helia. The Winx forge the Legendarium Key. Helia starts acting weird.
- The townsfolk throw a party for the Winx to thank them for breaking the curse. Helia’s behavior keeps getting weirder.
- The party ends, and the Winx and Specialists prepare to go home. Helia’s weirdness peaks. He picks a fight with Riven and tries to sabotage the Owl. Daphne casts a sleeping spell on him and examines him. He’s got a fragment of ice in his heart, and it’s spreading through his body fast! They can’t leave yet. They need to find Icy and negate her Snow Queen magic, or Helia will stay like this forever!
- Icy tries to steal the Legendarium Key. Flora defeats her and strips her of her Snow Queen power. The ice fragment melts and Helia’s saved.
There. I fixed it. I even left the party scene in. 🙂
Moving on to Flora, the star of this episode. She kicked butt — not with pollen and vines for once, but with the full energy of nature. This was the kind of magic I’ve been waiting for. She was like a goddess! The trees and ground listened to her plea. Winter turned to spring at her command. It was one of her best moments in the whole series, in my opinion.
What did I tell you? She’s as powerful as Bloom when she lets go of her fear. In fact this time, she was more powerful. Bloom’s Dragon Flame, the magic that made the universe, couldn’t melt Icy’s ice. Was that on purpose so Flora could shine? Yes, but we’ve seen her flame wimp out against Icy before, so it wasn’t a “Worf Effect” moment. (Was that the right trope?)
For that matter, Flora’s leaves can stand up to Bloom’s fire. Maybe Bloom’s not the strongest Winx, after all. 😛
These last two episodes paralleled Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. I was gonna talk about that now, but after reading part of the story (I hadn’t read it before — I’d just heard of it), I wanna save my thoughts for another post. Look for that soon. 🙂
Verdict: Good episode — much more memorable than the last one. Points off for stalling when a plot resolution was in front of the Winx’s faces, but bonus points for redeeming Flora from her punching bag treatment from last season.
Next episode: “Queen for a Day.” The Winx have the Legendarium Key, but now they can’t find Cloud Tower. Plus, Stella gets to rule Solaria for a day, but as they say, absolute power — and a little Legendarium magic — corrupts absolutely. Watch the episode right now on Nick.com!
THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING
- Wow! Best recap ever!
- Snow Queen. Ice Queen. Same difference.
- “I’m not afraid of you, Icy, and I never was!” You tell her, Flora!
- Why did Flora weaving through those ice pillars look like a video game? 😛
- Um, Icy. The plural of reindeer is reindeer.
- Life Essence! Cool new spell!
- Okay, no fight yet. That’s fine. They had to leave before they became fictional characters, anyway.
- “This is not the end! I’ll be back for you!” Larisa Oleynik botched that delivery.
- Why did that back-to-back moment with Bloom and Nex feel romantic to me? 😛
- “Things got a bit hairy, sir.” Tecna. *Sigh* 🙂
- She can cast spells with her wand outside the Legendarium World? Okay. But why didn’t she think of the Life Essence spell right away? She just used a minute ago!
- Ouch, Helia! That’s…cold! 🙁
- How is Thoren that strong?
- Why aren’t the townsfolk playing? Are the Winx putting on a show for them? 😕
- This piñata game also feels like a video game. 😛
- Riven, shut up.
- I know Helia’s being a jerk right now, but he’s right about Riven.
- Stella, why would you turn your friends into dogs? You have a weird sense of humor. 😕
- A “musical hug,” Musa? How about a real hug? That’s what she needs. And wasn’t Flora there when you talked about that song last season? And why is music your answer to everything now? You’re more in touch with people’s feelings than that!
- Yikes, Helia!
- If you look at the crowd, you’ll see some “familiar” faces, like the Alfea freshman and some folks from Gardenia. Rainbow, you need to be more discreet with your character reuse.
- Warmth Reveal? Weird spell name.
- “Oh, come on, Bloom. You know I like my boys cold-hearted.” Okay, Ms. Oleynik. You’ve redeemed yourself. 😛
- Why do I like Flora more when she’s angry? 😛 I guess it’s because it’s so different for her.
- The tree saved her? I love that!
- Now that’s using your power, Flora!
- I guess all they had to do to save Helia was beat Icy. Makes sense, I guess.
- Again, Nickbow? Is one kiss too much to ask?
- How did you not know the Spear was there?
- “Forging” the key equals magically merging the parts together. Hmmmm…I would have liked something more — maybe a spell or a potion to put them together.
- An impromptu ski break? Aren’t you guys getting a little cocky?
- Cloud Tower’s gonna disappear? Sounds like season three again.