Sorry about the sudden hiatus, guys. I just started school again, and I didn’t think my professors would slam me with so much work this early in the semester. I’ve never had this much due at one time in my life!
finally wrap up this trio of reviews. Hopefully, Nick will upload/air more new episodes soon!
When Selina warns them the Winx are coming, the Trix cut the class short. They can’t let them lock the Legendarium! No worries. Leave it to Darcy.
The Winx arrive with the key, but seconds later, Cloud Tower disappears! Did it teleport? No, Bloom can still feel its dark energy. But Tecna’s scanner isn’t picking it up.
So much for the “charge right in” plan. They decide to leave before “invisible” witches ambush them.
Stella goes into fashion mode as soon as they get back to Alfea. Her friends don’t know it yet, but it’s a big day for her. Brandon stops by, and he’s just as excited as Stella. Why? It’s their anniversary! He wants to celebrate with a romantic dinner. Awwwwwww!
Too bad Stella doesn’t care. For some reason, she won’t quit talking about Solaria.
Meanwhile, Daphne and the other Winx puzzle over Cloud Tower’s disappearance. What they need is an anti-invisibility spell. Stella knows a great place to look for one: the Library of Solaria!
But only her father’s allowed inside, and there’s no way he’ll grant them access. How will they get in?
Don’t worry, says Stella. She’s got a surprise up her sleeves.
As they step into the throne room, they hear King Radius talk about a Solarian tradition: when the three suns align, the king relinquishes the crown to his firstborn for one day. Wait — the suns are aligned, which means Stella’s queen for a day! (Yay for title drops!) Her first decree: the Winx may enter the royal library. Thank you, Your Majesty. 😛
The Winx’s research doesn’t take long. Daphne learns the type of spell Darcy cast on Cloud Tower can’t be undone with fairy magic. (How convenient.) They need a magi-technological boost. Great! You’re up, Tecna!
Back in the throne room, Stella’s reign is becoming a pain. She ignores the courtiers’ concerns, then declares they can only come to her with good news — or with gifts. Her parents try to reason with her, but she’s in her own world. Next, she throws an impromptu dance party, complete with disco ball, then gives the guards makeovers. Then she mocks hers and Brandon’s anniversary with a half-hearted, magic-made banquet — in front of the whole court. How romantic.
That’s the last straw for Brandon. When he calls her out for letting the power go to her head, she gets huffy and storms off to her room. *Sigh* 🙄
Selina and the Trix like what they’re seeing in their Magic Eye. They can use the situation to their advantage. It’s storytime! Today’s tale: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This time, Selina does something a little different: she summons the Magic Mirror to darken Stella’s heart.
The mirror’s waiting for Stella when she gets to her room. Just like in the story, it tells her just what she wants to hear. She’s the fairest. The best queen in the Magic Dimension. Finally, someone appreciates her!
After finding a spot for her flattering friend, she gives it a smooch. Its dark energy flows into her, clouding her thoughts. Today was supposed to be her day. Her special day. She’s lost precious time, thanks to her parents and her boyfriend. They must be punished.
When Stella returns to the throne room, her father looks ready to snatch the crown off her head. Stella’s had enough of his voice — so she takes it away from him!
Now, Bloom’s had enough! This isn’t how a queen — or a fairy — should act!
Oh, really? If the Winx don’t wanna be her friends anymore, she’ll just make new ones. Stella teleports her “friends,” the witches of Cloud Tower, into the palace. From now on, all witches will be honored guests of the queen. She leaves them to fight the Winx while she retires to her room.
This time, Darcy’s waiting for her. Brandon — who happened to peek in at the right time — isn’t as welcoming as Stella is. He draws his spear to defend his love.
No! Darcy’s a guest, too, and Stella won’t let him hurt her! She knocks him back with a burst of sunlight. His spear flies out of his hand and hits the mirror, causing it to fall and crack. That breaks the spell on Stella. The dark energy leaves her body.
When she comes to, she thinks Darcy’s the one who attacked Brandon! Guess who’s not welcome in the palace anymore!
That’s fine with her. Before she leaves, she decides to grab a souvenir: Stella’s crown! If the princess wants it back, she’ll have to come to the Legendarium World to get it! Challenge accepted! Stella summons her Mythix wand.
Solaria’s fantasy world looks like a massive temple. Standing at the doorway is a woman in a white mask and Ancient Greek garb. Her name is Ariadne, the keeper of the labyrinth beyond the door. The crown lies inside.
Suspecting nothing, Stella dives in. Several turns and dead ends later, she winds up at the center of the labyrinth, and out of nowhere, a Minotaur stomps out of the wall! Ariadne appears behind her and removes her mask. It’s really Darcy!
Stella’s trapped! If she doesn’t escape soon, she’ll be stuck in the Legendarium World forever!
Was I the only one waiting for something interesting to happen? This episode felt so plain and empty. Even the ending bored me. Sure, I don’t want Stella to get trapped in the Legendarium World, but I never felt like she was in danger. Maybe it’s because she kept cracking jokes. You know she’s really scared when she starts acting serious.
Speaking of Stella, let’s talk about her reign for a moment.
What the heck was that (pardon my French)? As some of you pointed out on Facebook, this Emperor Kuzco act was so out of character for her. I thought she respected her father’s job. She sure took it seriously in season three, when Countess Cassandra tried to take over the kingdom. Stella was livid about Cassandra abusing her power, which wasn’t really hers to begin with.
But what happens when Stella gets a taste of that power? She turns her dad’s throne room into a dance club? Bring back season three Stella, please!
The other thing that bugged me was how easily the Winx gave up when Cloud Tower disappeared. Couldn’t they just sprinkle some fairy dust on it? (I know — season three again.) Unless Bloomix fairies don’t have fairy dust, which feels like a power downgrade to me.
I guess it wouldn’t have worked. Darcy’s spell can’t be undone with fairy magic (because Winx seasons have 26 episodes, and the writers needed to extend the plot).
First of all, how did Daphne know that if she didn’t go to Cloud Tower with them? Tecna’s scan didn’t look thorough enough to determine what type of spell she used.
Second, why can only technomagic break it? Darcy’s done this a million times, and technomagic didn’t always save the day. Now it’s suddenly the only thing that’ll work? What a contrived way to make Tecna important!
That makes me sad. Why is her magic just a last resort or only option now? I miss the days when she was always useful. She was the inventor, the analyst, and the strategist of the club. Bring back that Tecna, Rainbow. 🙁
I liked some things in this episode:
- The labyrinth was pretty. It’s easily my favorite CG area so far.
- I like how Selina summoned an object from Snow White instead of a monster. Nice change.
- The dialogue was pretty good. (In general, this season’s dialogue has been miles better than season five’s.)
- The Cloud Tower students’ spells were cool.
Verdict: Dull episode that seems to exist just to lengthen the season.
Next episode: “Stella’s Big Party” (oh boy). I like the Italian title, “Il Banchetto di Solaria” (The Banquet of Solaria), a lot more. Follow Una di Noi Winx to find out when this episode will air!
So, what’d you think of these last three episodes? Which one was your favorite? (Mine was definitely “The Magic Totem!”)
THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING
- Now she’s The Snow Queen again instead of The Ice Queen, which is what they called her all last episode. Inconsistency is inconsistent.
- The magic book? We know its name, Narrator. 😛
- A witch with gravity magic? I made up a fairy with that power. 🙂
- How are these witches this lame?
- Another witch with storm magic? Hmmm…
- The purple-haired witch looks like Tecna.
- Selina’s said the same thing about Acheron in all three episodes! We get it already! Now do something about it!
- Brandon remembered their anniversary? So much for that stereotype. 😛
- Solaria’s library bigger than the Library of Alexandria?
- Three suns? I thought Solaria had two.
- Are Radius and Luna back together?
- Hearing the Winx call Stella “Your Majesty” is a little weird.
- Darcy’s spell was just an illusion, right? Why can’t fairy magic handle this? (Answer: because Tecna needsmore screen time.)
- At least Stella’s not making decisions alone.
- Are you really just a party girl, Stella?
- *Sigh* Stella… 🙁
- Selina can summon objects from the Legendarium? What all can that book do?
- “Creepy eyes mean possession” cliché. 😛
- She called him “Father” instead of “Daddy.” 😛
- The Greek gods are in the Legendarium, too?
- The mirror broke. How convenient.
- “Find me in the Legendarium World.” I’m sensing a pattern here.
- How can you not tell that’s Darcy? She has the same hair!
- The lip syncing for the CG models is so bad!
- Oh, so this is Theseus and the Minotaur. I didn’t recognize the name Ariadne from that story.