The Winx, minus Musa, are “training” in Aisha’s gym (again). Aisha’s added a spell that creates any kind of gym equipment out of Morphix. Cool. Riven comes in, too, since training is his girlfriend right now. (Oops, did I say that out loud? 😛 )
Musa enters not too long after. Hesitantly, she tries to say “hi” to him, but he gives her a cold reception just as she expected. Riven says a short hello then goes back to tossing his boomerang.
This time, Musa refuses to be ignored. She catches the boomerang on the rebound, then gives the Specialist a piece of her mind. Is training all that matter to him now? Does he even see her anymore?
Riven snatches the weapon from her hand. “I see…an open target calling my name.” With that, he struts off to finish his regimen. That’s all Musa can take. Aisha calls out to her, but she tells her she needs to be alone and leaves with tears in her eyes. (Poor girl…)
All her friends have something to pour their hearts into. Aisha has her gym, Flora has her greenhouse, and even Riven’s got his training. Musa feels left out. If only she had a project of her own.
Suddenly, she hears a piano playing nearby. She follows the melody through a wall and discovers an abandoned room full of instruments. How long has it been there?
Meanwhile, Faragonda and Griffin interrupt Daphne’s class to tell the Winx about the Trix’s latest attack, this time on Oppositus. They’ve stolen the source of its wizards’ power. With that kind of magic, they may be planning to attack Alfea next! How will they protect the school till Timmy and Tecna get the Spectrographic Localizer working?
Sure enough, Alfea is the Trix’s next target. But first, they’ll need a new recruit. Through a gruesome challenge with the Mirrors of Maelstrom — yay for casual murder 😕 — one witch is chosen to join Lazuli and the other students.
Meanwhile, Musa continues to explore the room she found. The old instruments seem to react to her voice. They’re full of magic energy! With this much, maybe she can protect Alfea from the Trix! The timing couldn’t be better. Our geek couple notices a flaw in the Localizer: its range is too short. They’ll have to expand it, but that’ll take some time. Musa’s music is Alfea’s best line of defense. (Good grief. 🙄 )
Musa shows her friends around her new music cafe. And because they’ll need as many performers as possible, Bloom brings in reinforcements: Roxy and a group of students. Alongside the Winx band, they tame the rowdy instruments and bring out their magic potential.
Back in the gym, Riven does a bit of soul searching. Maybe Musa’s right about the way he’s been treating her. No sooner has the thought crossed his mind does he see Sky training beside him. Their competitiveness kicks in, and the two start trying to best each other at target practice. Sky thinks it’s all for fun, but Riven’s sick of being buddy-buddy with him.
Time to see who’s truly better. The winner will become the leader of the Specialists.
Sky agrees to the duel. But first, they need to talk to the Winx about Musa’s defense plan. Musa? Oh, yeah. Riven finally remembers her again.
Meanwhile, the Trix look for a way to deal with this new setback. No more weak monsters. They need someone with real power. Selina knows just the person: a dwarf who’s immune to all magic — Rumpelstiltskin, the master of deceit. She summons him to Alfea to steal Musa’s voice.
Rumpel crashes the fairies’ practice session and immediately targets the Fairy of Music. The Winx transform and try to protect her, but true to his description, their spells have no effect on him. Not even the magic of the instruments works on him.
Riven and Sky enter. They try their weapons against Rumpel, but he’s barely even phased. He’s still laser-focused on his goal. He jumps on top of Musa and sucks her voice into a tiny glass bottle. After that, he disappears into the Legendarium World.
The Trix are confused. How was this a victory for them, and why didn’t Rumpel come back to them? Selina contacts the dwarf through the Magic Eye. Turns out Rumpel decided to keep his spoils for himself. After all, he never agreed to give it to the Trix. Oops! Master of deceit, indeed! 😛
Without Musa’s voice, the instruments begin to lose power. That means the Winx won’t be able to use them to protect Alfea!
Riven’s pretty upset, too. After all his training, he couldn’t even protect his own girlfriend from a dwarf. He darts out of the cafe in shame.
Of course, the Winx aren’t gonna let their friend be mute for the rest of her life. Time to enter the Legendarium World and find Rumpelstiltskin! Musa will have to stay behind, though. She can’t transform without her voice (for some reason :?).
The Mythix wands teleport the Winx in front of Rumpelstiltskin’s shack. The dwarf himself is not inside; he’s hiding in the garden, wearing Musa’s voice around his neck. He’s not gonna part with it easily. If the Winx bring him something equally precious, he may be willing to make a trade.
No way! The Winx try to attack him, but he’s too small and fast for them. Worse, they can’t land on the ground because the garden is booby-trapped! Bloom manages to captures him with her flames, but only for a few seconds.
Nothing’s working. The only way to get Musa’s voice back is to strike a deal with Rumpel.
I’m glad the writers were (somewhat) honest about this episode. They didn’t hide the fact they were just giving Musa something to do. Cue the perfect room tailor made for the Fairy of Music.
I can see why Alfea would have a greenhouse. It may have belonged to Eldora when she was a professor. I still think Aisha’s gym’s a waste of space, but I guess every college needs somewhere for students to work out. It makes some sense.
But a music cafe? Why? If it were a regular cafe or an auditorium, I could accept it. But with the magic instruments and how Musa just stumbled upon it, it feels a bit too perfect.
Also, I’m getting sick of all these secret rooms in Alfea. We’ve had the aviary, the greenhouse, wherever Aisha’s gym is, and now the music cafe. That doesn’t even include the Magic Archive, which we’ve known about since season two, or the Hall of Enchantment in season four. How big is this school? 😕
I said the writers were just somewhat honest about this episode because they still tried to make the cafe seem important. Musa’s gonna use music to protect Alfea! Sigh. Now, I’m not mocking Musa’s magic. She’s a very powerful fairy. I just don’t buy that Alfea’s defenseless right now, and the only thing that can protect it is some old instruments she found in an abandoned room.
This school’s got a library full of spells, a headmistress who’s practically a retired superhero, and an entire student body of fairies. They can handle a few invisible witches without violins and flutes.
While we’re still talking about Musa, let’s talk about Riven. What the heck is wrong with him? He hasn’t been this cold to her since season one! She finally confronts him about it, and what does he do? He snatches his boomerang out of her hand and goes right back to training. Sir, you are…something I won’t say because this blog’s rated “G.”
I’m not gonna rant about these two yet because there’ll be plenty to talk about in the next review. (Ohhhhhh, boy!) For now, I’ll just say I’ve lost all respect for Riven. I don’t care how long he’s been in this show. I don’t care if he truly loves Musa. (He sure has a lousy way of showing it!) I have had it with him.
Blame the writers if you want, but his actions are still canon. This is his girlfriend he’s treating like this, someone who could potentially become his wife. I can’t look past that.
That said, his challenge to Sky amused me. It’s like his whole “career” on the show has lead to this moment. He thinks he can be a better leader? Please.
Leaders respect their followers, make judgments based on their abilities, and encourage their team. Sky does that, so he’s proven he’s fit for that role. He’s practically born for it, since he’ll be King of Erakylon one day. That means leading an entire realm.
Riven’s just a selfish brat who doesn’t like to take orders. He’s just trying to gain control so he doesn’t have to listen to Sky anymore. I’d like to see him try to lead the Specialists. Actually, I wouldn’t. It wouldn’t end well.
What else happened this episode? Let’s see. Roxy played guitar (yay, Roxy!), Timmy and Tecna babbled about technology (as usual), the Trix killed two witches without remorse, and…oh, yeah — Rumpelstiltskin stole Musa’s voice.
A couple complaints about the Rumpel incident:
- Selina had Rumpel’s story right in front of her, and she’s from Earth. I feel like she should have known he’d betrayed her. But what’s he gonna use Musa’s voice for, anyway?
- This battle in the Legendarium World was the slowest of the whole season. Where the Winx even trying to catch him? It seemed like they were just…standing there. 😕
I’ll give Riven a little credit for trying to save Musa. But after everything he’s done to her this season (and past seasons), it’ll take more than a brief moment of heroism and self-reflection to change my mind about him.
Verdict: Slow, contrived episode designed to put the other forgotten Winx in the spotlight. Points for setting up the climax of Riven’s rivalry with Sky. That’s been a long time coming.
Next episode: “The Anthem.” This is the episode everybody’s still talking about — not because it was good, but because of what happens at the end. It’s arguably the biggest moment in the series since Nabu’s death. I’m sure you know already, especially if you’ve been watching season seven.
I’m gonna be completely honest about my opinion, even though I know it’s not popular. (What else is new?) Whether you agree with me or not, we’re all still fans and I hope we can discuss it civilly.
THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING
- Narrator: “…then congratulated the Specialist, their daughter…” Was I the only who thought this was gonna about Timmy and Tecna’s relationship, not about beating “Frankie?” 😛
- The gym again? Sigh. I don’t like this place, and I still don’t understand how working out makes the Winx’s magic stronger. I’ll give Aisha credit for using her Morphix more creatively, but I wish it weren’t for trampolines and treadmills. 😕
- Hello, Riven. I already know where this is going.
- Oh, I thought Musa was already there. 😛
- Are you kidding me, Riven? How cold can you get? You can’t be so obsessed with training, you can’t take a few seconds to give your girlfriend a proper greeting! 😡
- Musa caught the boomerang?! Uh oh. She’s mad now! 😛
- Musa: “I’m sick of you ignoring me, Riven! All you do is toss around your boomerang as if that’s the only thing you care about! Do you even see me anymore?” Wow. Intense.
- Riven, you little…! How can anyone defend this jerk?! 😡
- And he made her cry. Again. He doesn’t deserve her.
- Musa wants her own pet project? What about your dream of becoming a musician? Go write some music! That’s your thing!
- Was the piano activated by her feelings or something?
- What’s Ms. Griffin doing here?
- Oppositus? We haven’t heard that name since season three.
- Aisha, why would this make you think they’re after Alfea next? 😐
- “Apparently” mobile? It’s been flying for 19 episodes, Bloom. 😛
- Did that witch…die?! 😯 The Trix really are monsters!
- Aisha was right. They’re headed for Alfea. I guess she’s psychic.
- Of course, the instruments are magical, Musa! You’re in a fairy school! 😛
- How did the Pixies find the cafe?
- How are a bunch of instruments gonna protect Alfea? 😐
- I love it when Tecna and Timmy speak geek! 😛
- Stella, why are you torturing Kiko? 😐
- It’s Roxy! 😀
- While all the other students got classical instruments, Roxy got a guitar. Hmmmmm….you know, guitars fit in rock bands. 🙂
- Never thought I’d hear Musa say the word “zen.” 😕
- Stormy: “They think they can use a bunch of off-key instruments to keep us away?” I’ve gotta agree with you this time, Stormy. 😐
- Now you’re finally having some regrets, Riven? Too little, too late!
- All it took was some competition with Sky, and he’s forgotten about Musa all over again. Sigh.
- This was you being nice, Riven?
- Why won’t anyone take you seriously, Riven? Because you don’t take them seriously!
- Become the leader of the Specialists? 😯 Is this what Riven’s wanted all along? That’s epic! But what makes him think he’d be good at it? He’s impatient, impulsive, and disrespectful to his would-be followers. Sorry, I’m rooting for Sky. Power alone doesn’t make you a leader, Riven.
- Yes, Riven. Musa’s slipping away from you. Wake up.
- This “Monster of the Week” pattern with the Legendarium has gone on too long. When will something different happen? 😐
- As a Oncer, I have high expectations for Rumplestitskins now. This ain’t cuttin’ it, deary. 😛
- Is it just me, or does Rumpel sound like Riven? 😐
- Annnd…how did Sky and Riven find the cafe?
- So Rumpel took Musa’s voice. How does that help the Trix? 😐
- Oops! You forgot to make a deal, deary! :3
- Um, why can’t Musa transform without her voice? That doesn’t make sense. 😕
- If this enemy’s so fast, why is this battle so slow?
- Yikes! Scary magic bombs!
- Winx, are you really trying? Do you want Musa’s voice back or not?