Surprise! A new episode! I’m not sure if Nick added it on purpose, but we’ll take it. I just hope they don’t keep firing off new episodes without telling us, just to get the season over with. Our girls deserve more attention than that!
Anyway, six episodes left!
At the end of last episode, Stella was putting up with a whole lot of bull. But like most of these monsters, he’s a pushover. A Matrix jump and a couple blasts from her Mythix wand, and Stella not only beats him, but also knocks her crown out of Darcy’s grasp. Battle over! Time to get out of there!
Not if Darcy can help it. If she can’t have the crown, she can at least trap Stella in the Legendarium World forever. She leads the princess on a wild goose chase through the maze, getting her even more lost than before.
Stella’s just about to give up when Eldora appears in front of her. Instead of teleporting out together (which would have made sense, but it’s Eldora we’re talking about), she hands her a ball of magic yarn and tells her to unravel her way out. (At least it wasn’t breadcrumbs.) It works, of course. Stella escapes just in time.
Meanwhile in the throne room, Daphne and the Winx are fighting Stella’s now unwanted guests from Cloud Tower. You’d think five Bloomix and a Sirenix could more than handle a few newbie witches, but they almost get their wings handed to them. The battle ends just as the tide’s about to turn in their favor. The witches use a smokescreen to mask their retreat. Cowards.
Stella re-emerges in her room, where Brandon’s still recovering from Darcy’s attack. For once, he’s not happy to see her. He’s not sure he wants to keep dating a spoiled brat. Stella tries to apologize — after all, she was under a spell part of the time — but he’s not listening. He storms out just as her friends open the door to check on her.
Poor Stella. She knows she’s messed up big this time, and she has to make up for it. How about a heartfelt apology, complete with special effects and mood lighting? No. It’s gotta be grand-scale. She needs to say sorry to the whole kingdom, not just Brandon. This calls for a party! A big one! (Oy.)
Of course, the Winx are more than happy to help her prepare. On the menu: pizza, spaghetti, veggies, deviled eggs, cupcakes, punch, and, for Stella, some humble pie.
Cara, the Pixie pâtissière, is put on cupcake duty, so naturally the cupcakes are even smaller than she is. No worries. She can blow them up with her batter growth spell! Unfortunately, she overdoes it, and the cupcakes blow up for real. *Sigh* Pixies. 🙄
Despite the setbacks, the girls manage to have everything done by evening. Stella even helps, much to her parents’ surprise and delight. The whole court is treated to a feast in the throne room.
Brandon wants nothing to do with it, but Bloom drags him in anyway. Stella hands him a slice of pizza and apologizes again. She’s learned a valuable lesson: everyone deserves to be treated like royalty. Those words reach him, and he finally forgives her.
Meanwhile, four girls who weren’t invited to the party, Selina and the Trix, hatch a plan to wreck it. If it’s food we’re talking about, Selina knows the perfect party crasher: Gargantua, the greedy giant. He bursts into the throne room and starts cramming everything into his mouth — eggs, rugs, plates, you name it. Stella tells the guards to protect the guests and her parents. She and the Winx will deal with the monster.
Or try to, anyway. Their spells don’t affect him, and he doesn’t stop eating. All that hard work for nothing. Cara won’t even get to present the big cake she made for dessert. Poor baby. 🙁
Big cake? That gives Stella an idea! If you can’t beat him, feed him!
Cara lures Gargantua into the kitchen with a trail of cupcakes. Waiting inside is a three-tiered chocolate cake, the perfect size for his monstrous appetite. The giant grabs the dish and dumps the whole thing into his mouth.
Gotcha! The Winx use Cara’s batter growth spell to expand the cake right inside his stomach. He inflates like an air bag until finally…he explodes! (Into magic sparkles, of course. Rated G show. 😛 )
With the party cut short and the suns having set, Stella delivers her final speech as queen. She says sorry for everything she did and thanks her parents, her friends, and Brandon for standing by her side. The experience taught her being queen is harder than she thought, but she’s glad to have been given the chance.
There’s still one piece of unfinished business: hers and Brandon’s anniversary. Bloom takes care of that. The next day, the couple enjoys private dining at a makeshift pizza parlor in Alfea. Très romantique.
I liked this episode more than the last one. At least it didn’t plod along to a weak cliffhanger. But as always, I have a few beefs with it.
One is with the Legendarium scene. Why did Stella have to go back to the front of the maze to escape? Once she had the crown, couldn’t she have teleported out at any time? If the writers had given us a reason she couldn’t — other than “it’s a maze” — then I would have accepted it.
But Eldora showed up. She can poof into a random corner, but Stella can’t poof out wherever she wants? That makes no sense. It’s like an RPG where you have to clear spike walls, fire pits, and a three-headed dog to reach the final boss, then Bob the NPC walks in through some imaginary shortcut. You’re glad he’s here to help. But part of you is mad he skipped the Hades you just went through. (Maybe that’s just me. 😛 )
Worse, what did Eldora do when she got there? Offer Stella a ride? Nope. She gave her a ball of yarn and said “good luck.” Can you get any ditzier?
My second beef is with Brandon. It’s the same complaint I had about Helia in “Curse of Fearwood”: why was this one event enough to make him almost end a series-long relationship? Was what Stella did really unforgivable?
Brandon knows her well. She’s always been a little spoiled, since she’s lived her life wanting for nothing as a princess. But when she’s out of line, he’s always the last one left trying to talk some sense into her. He’d never give up on her so easily because he knows she’s really a caring, generous person.
This was not the Brandon we know. I guess this was an out-of-character day for both of them.
Finally, I didn’t like the party. It didn’t feel like an appropriate apology for what Stella had done. Maybe I’m annoyed because they called it a “party” in the English dub, but a “banquet” (banchetto) in Italian. “Party” sounds silly and lighthearted, while “banquet” sounds more formal. Stella threw a party while she was acting like a brat. The banquet — something a real queen would plan — was for a more serious reason, so I wish the title had reflected that.
I liked the ending, though. It made up for how Brandon and Stella acted these last two episodes. They’re not my favorite couple, but they’re cute. 🙂
I kinda wish the Winx would keep the pizza parlor. If you ask me, that would sell better than Stella Couture. 😛
Next episode: “A Monster Crush.” The Winx head to Zenith to find the “Spectographic Localizer” (say that five times fast without laughing), and Timmy meets the in-laws. 😉 We’ve seen Tecna’s mom; now we finally get to see her dad. I’m excited!
MY THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING
- Is Ariadne evil, or is Darcy evil? There’s a difference.
- Nice Matrix move, Stella. 😛
- Really? It was that easy? You might as well have given her the crown, Darcy! (Why does it sound like I’m siding with Darcy? Seriously, I’m not. :P)
- “Seriously, is that all you’ve got?” That’s how I feel, Stella. Another disappointing fight. 😕
- Stella, you have the crown. Now’s a bad time for payback. Leave!
- Holy cow! Eldora actually came to the Legendarium World! What is this — the second time?!
- You came just to give her a ball of yarn?! Seriously, Eldora, give up your wand!
- “Maybe Solaria should actually rethink the whole ‘queen for a day’ tradition.” Just while Stella’s princess, Musa. ;P
- And another lame fight against the witches. Moving on.
- Geez, Brandon. I don’t think he’s ever been this mad at her. =/
- Brandon, now you’re overreacting. You’ve been dating for a long time. This is the first time she’s done something this crazy. Have a little patience. You know her better than that. =(
- I’m sick of hearing, “I/We’ve got this!” and “It’s gonna be great/amazing!” (usually said by Bloom). They’re so…slang-y. =/
- I still don’t want Daphne to be a Winx, but I’m starting to like seeing her have fun with them.
- Selina said it. I give up. -_-
- It feels like Selina’s in charge now. I like it. 😛
- Stella lives up to her reputation of avoiding hard work. 😛
- “Stella, didn’t you ever learn not to run in a kitchen?” She’s a princess, Aisha, like you. How many times do you think she’s been in a kitchen? 😛
- Did Stella just spit in the pizza dough? O_O
- See. Look how shocked Radius is. Clearly, Stella doesn’t cook often. (He probably doesn’t either.) 😛
- Brandon, really. Don’t make me hate you. Yes, Stella was out of line, but…she’s your girlfriend. =/
- That “we’re all royalty at heart” line was way too heavy headed. Oh well. At least Brandon’s done sulking, and Stella’s done acting like a brat.
- Pizza’s not a very regal food. 😛
- Seeing Radius hold Luna makes me think they’re back together. Hmmm….
- Annnnnd Brandon said it. Ugggh! X_X
- Will you all stop saying that?! Oh, forget it. =/
- They made it explode?! Yikes! Good thing this show’s aimed at kids! 😛
- “Next time, we should increase party security.” I know I’ve said I hate that Musa’s been reduced to “Supplier of Snarky Comments,” but…she’s starting to crack me up. 😛
- Okay, lesson learned. Good for you, Stella.
- Why didn’t everyone follow her? You’d think she only cares about Bloom and Brandon.
- “Please follow me to your table.” I like the way Flora said that. 😛
- Tecna, it’s just pizza, dear. Way too technical. 😛
- Awwwwww… <3
- Yay, Zenith! ^O^
- “Spectographic Localizer?!” I’m literally fighting back laughter right now. =P