Lots to talk about once again, so let’s get started!
Oh, but Rumpel won’t take just anything for the voice of a fairy. They must give him something equally valuable. The rarest thing they have is…the Legendarium Key. But how will they lock the Legendarium and beat the Trix without it?
The Winx need some time to deliberate, but Rumpel doesn’t wanna wait. He wants their decision now! Thankfully, Tecna manages to reason with the greedy dwarf. He gives them a day to make up their minds.
They return to the real world to an eagerly-awaiting Musa, whose hopes are immediately shot down. She dashes off to the Music Cafe in tears. That settles it. As her friends, they must get her voice back no matter what!
Musa tries to play her sorrows away on the piano. But suddenly, she’s accompanied by a symphony of instruments. It’s Roxy and the student musicians! They’ve come to cheer her up with a song to thank her for giving them the gift of music. The Winx come in and start dancing as soon as they hear the melody. When the song’s over, they give their friend a big hug. 🙂
Suddenly, the students’ instruments — which lost power when Musa lost her voice — regain their magic energy. Now they’ll able to protect Alfea once again! That song would make a great anthem for the school, as well as the perfect shield against the witches. But to bring out its full potential, the Winx will need a bigger performance — like a massive, outdoor concert! They start planning right way.
Meanwhile, Sky and Riven meet in Aisha’s gym for their duel. The prince tries to be diplomatic about it, but nothing will change Riven’s mind now. He’s determined to settle their rivalry once and for all.
Since he was the challenger, he lets Sky to choose the combat style: fencing. Morphix épées appear, and the two Specialists duke it out in what feels more like a fight to the death than a friendly match. Sky, being royalty, attacks more gracefully, while Riven strikes with anger and aggression. In the end, elegance trumps brute force.
Riven admits defeat. Sky will always be the leader of the Specialists, and he’ll always be standing in his shadow. If he wants to reach the top, he’ll need to make some big changes in his life.
At Cloud Tower, the Trix fuss at Selina for her failures. They’re tired of all her useless monsters, especially Rumpel, who won’t take orders. The young witch reminds them they got they wanted. Musa lost her voice, so Alfea’s still defenseless.
That gets their attention. If they wanna conquer Alfea, they must destroy those instruments. Now’s their chance.
They call the student witches to the dragon skull, where they keep the magic they’ve stolen, and grant them a new power: intangibility. Now direct spells won’t affect them. They’re practically invincible. Time to use it against the Winx!
Before Musa’s concert, Thoren and Daphne meet up on the lawn. She drops a few hints about what a perfect set up this is for — you know, two people getting together. 😛 The Paladin gets the message and asks her to be his date. Awwwww. 🙂 (Hey, it’s relevant for later.)
Faragonda introduces the new Music Cafe band, then the concert begins. The audience loves it, and the headmistress can tell there’s enough magic to protect Alfea. That’s a good thing, because just then, the witch army arrives to put it to the test! The Winx (minus Musa) transform, and along with the Specialists and Paladins, they attempt to fight back. But their attacks pass right through them!
Musa has an idea. If direct spells won’t work, maybe the magic of the instruments will. She leads the band in an encore of the anthem of Alfea and guides its energy right toward the witches. Sure enough, they can’t withstand it, and they retreat to Cloud Tower.
In the midst of the applause, Bloom notices Rumpel sneaking into the college. The Winx follow him to their dorm, where he tells them their time is up. Are they willing to give up the Legendarium Key for their friend?
Of course. Musa deserves to have her voice back after what she’s done to defend Alfea. They’ll find another way to beat the Trix. Rumpel takes the Key, then smashes the bottle containing her voice. The Fairy of Music’s finally able to speak again.
Just in time, too. How else would she have said goodbye to Riven?
After losing to Sky and failing to protect her when she needed it, the Specialist knows he’s not the right guy for her. She deserves someone who can support her, as a warrior and as a boyfriend. Musa agrees. They just weren’t meant to be together.
With those words, Riven leaves Alfea for the last time.
It’s happened, ladies and gentlemen. Musa and Riven have finally broken up for real. If you’ve watched Winx Club as long as I have, you know how big a deal this is. Fans of this couple are still crying. Some of them are livid. And of course, the Internet’s been flooded with fan art and fan fics immortalizing this couple forever.
I said I was gonna give my honest opinion, so here’s a warning: I’m about to tick some of you off. Here I go: I’m glad these two broke up.
My feelings about them can be summed up by their couple nickname: “MuRi.” In Japanese, muri means “impossible,” “too difficult,” or “hopeless.” These two were never gonna make it, not with all the problems they had.
People often call them the most “realistic” couple — i.e., they fought a lot, which is what real couples do. There’s no such thing as a perfect romance. (Why do we always talk about the negative parts of “reality?” 😐 ) I partially agree. Of course, real couples argue but still love each other.
But there’s a difference between occasional spats — all the Winx couples have them — and verbal abuse, which Musa and Riven’s relationship was full of.
A verbally abusive person constantly yells at you, insults you, humiliates you in public, blames you for their behavior, monitors you, and intimidates you. They might also refuse to show affection toward you. It’s not just arguing with you. It’s trying to control you by manipulating your emotions.
Riven was verbally/emotionally abusive of Musa. When she didn’t do what he wanted, he’d mock her, insult her, make fun of her music (which is part of her identity), and even get up in her face and yell at her. (Think of all the times we’ve seen her in tears because of him.) In response, she’d threaten to leave him, so he’d briefly clean up his act. They’d get back together, then the cycle would begin again next season.
Blame the writers all you want, but his actions are still canon. A lot of fans tend to pardon him by saying he got better over the years, and in some ways they’re right. But those changes were just covering up the real problems. He’s never dealt with the internal issues that led him to treat Musa (and the others) terribly. Remember how he doesn’t trust women? It makes sense that his first relationship with one failed.
Bottom line: Riven’s got baggage. Like I said in his “Boys of Winx Club” post, he needs to deal with it before he can be a supportive partner. Whether he loves Musa or not doesn’t matter. He can’t properly show her right now. I think he realized that in this episode, and he left to get the help, clarity, or training he needs (whichever applies in this show).
Should Musa wait for him? No. Riven doesn’t own her. If a more supportive guy comes into her life, she’s free to fall in love with him. I’d love to see her in a happy relationship for once. Imagine what that would look like for her!
That said, I don’t think she should start looking right away. The breakup’s still fresh, and the emotional scars Riven gave her are still healing. She’s not in the right mental state right now. She could fall for just about anyone with a smile on his face!
I hope she stays single in season seven. She needs time alone to think about what she wants in a relationship and in her life. That also means if Riven’s gonna come back someday (it’s possible), I hope it doesn’t happen yet.
Okay, enough about them. The breakup was the most memorable moment in this episode, but it’s not the only thing that happened.
My favorite scene was the duel between Riven and Sky. To be honest, I loved this fight more than any other in this season. (Yeah, I know that’s sad. 😛 ) It felt like Nickbow put more thought into it. There was actual choreography, the pace was much faster, and I loved watching the guys’ expressions (especially Riven’s). I also loved the contrast between their behavior. Sky was calmer and more focused, while Riven was wilder and more aggressive, almost desperate at times.
To me, the duel highlighted the differences between them. Again as I said in Riven’s post, he’s a foil to Sky. This was a battle of humility vs. pride, patience vs. impulsiveness, and true leadership vs. a need for control. Sky won not just because he’s a better fencer, but because he represents the traits Riven lacks — at least for now.
The rest of the episode was pretty boring to me. I didn’t care for anything about the Music Cafe (except I’m glad Roxy got some attention). The fight against the intangible witches (more fifty-cent words) was just as lame as the others this season. The boys were no help as usual, and in the end, the Winx won with something silly: a song. Sigh.
Am I forgetting something? Oh, yeah. Rumpel has the Legendarium Key! Oh, no! 😕
Stella was right when she said the Key’s useless right now. They can’t lock the Legendarium till they know where it is! That’s why I wish they’d forged the Key later in the season (maybe even in this episode). It happened so soon, it feels like the thing was never important!
Verdict: Boring episode overall, but somewhat saved by Riven’s duel with Sky and his breakup with Musa, which capped off his time on the show nicely. Also gets points for sending him off in a memorable way.
Sayōnara, Riven. I may not have liked you, but it’s still sad to see a character who’s been around so long leave for good. You will be missed.
Next episode: “Legendary Duel.” This one made a lot of fans mad, too. What happens isn’t as big a change as Musa and Riven breaking up, but it could affect the show for a long time. (But considering who we’re talking about, you never know. 😕 ) Once again, I’m gonna be honest about my opinion, even though I know it’s not popular.
Stay tuned for the next review!
THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING
- I still don’t know why everyone’s relying on a bunch of instruments to protect Alfea, but…go, Musa. 😐
- Rumpel, why do you want Musa’s voice? I know it’s beautiful, but…why?
- Mythix Convergence? Why haven’t they done this before?
- Geez, Rumpel’s strong! He could have made a better villain this season than the Trix! 😛
- I’m getting sick of the rhyming.
- I’m getting really sick of the rhyming! 😡
- A bit of an old-school Winx moment there. Flora had to stop Bloom from doing something impulsive.
- Don’t get mad at Stella. You were thinking about the Key, too, Bloom.
- Eldora, you’re starting to annoy me. You have gotta be spying on the Winx!
- And she left again without saying anything important. Sigh. Her wand really should have gone to Daphne or Roxy. =?
- I’m getting really, really sick of the rhyming! He’s not even good at it!
- Just by reasoning with Rumpel, Tecna was more valuable in this episode than she was in “A Monster Crush.” 😕
- Poor Musa. 🙁
- Weren’t you determined to get her voice back before? 😛
- A surprisingly good point, Stella. Until you find the Legendarium, you can’t really lock anything, can you? 😛
- Musa, sweetie, you’re breaking my heart. 🙁
- Pretty song. 🙂
- Roxy and the other students are cheering her up. Awwww! 🙂
- This technically means Roxy saved the day, right? 😛 (And the other students, too.)
- They were actually performing the song? If so, who was singing?
- Weren’t they already planning to hold a concert? 😕
- Riven vs. Sky! The final rumble! 😀
- Sky, when is Riven ever not serious?
- Riven: “People change, Sky!” And you’ve changed for the worst. 😕
- A sword fight! It’s a real old-fashioned duel! 😀
- Sky’s lecturing him on everything he’s doing wrong. It shows who’s the more level-headed of the two (and the true leader).
- You don’t need Sky’s help losing, Riven? 😛
- Why are you so obsessed with being better than Sky? You wanna change something? Change your attitude! 😡
- Three episodes left in the season, and now you realize the Legendarium’s not helping you, Trix? 😛
- Icy: “With power comes great responsibility.” And you’re the most irresponsible witches in the Magic Dimension. Learn your own lesson. 😛 (And isn’t that line from Spider-Man?)
- The power in the dragon skull again? Did you just now remember it?
- You just shot at them, and you knew they’d get blown away if the intangibility spell didn’t work. You three are terrible.
- If this was such a good idea, why didn’t you use it on yourselves? 😕
- Daphne, you’ve been a spirit for most of your…um, existence. When did you have the chance to listen to live music?
- Why are you two so awkward all of a sudden? You’re already a couple!
- Daphne just made him ask her out. Talk about going for what you want! 😛
- You’re acting like this is your first “date.” (If it is, what happens at the end of the season is even more unbelievable.) 😕
- Stella, it’s not like you’ve never performed live before. 😕
- The Music Cafe Band? This is legit now? 😕
- Nex can’t even cheer for Aisha, Roy? Yeah, you’re such a nice guy. 😕
- Hearing Roxy be addressed separately from the Winx always stings a little. 🙁
- I like the instrumental version of the anthem more. 😛
- This is enough magic to protect the entire school? 😕
- That transition to the battle scene was really awkward.
- I didn’t know the Pixies were there. 😛
- You’re gung ho today, Thoren. 😛 Are you upset the witches ruined your “date?” 😛
- Why do the Trix keep sending newbie witches to do their dirty work? If they’d attacked Alfea themselves, this might have been over several episodes ago!
- Right. Musa can’t transform without her voice. Lame limitation is lame.
- Tecna happens to use the same uncommon word from the name of the spell. As something like “invincible” wouldn’t have come to mind first. 😛
- Why does the song sound the same without the Winx band? 😐
- Rumpel didn’t wanna wait for the Key, huh?
- Are you serious, Stella? Get your priorities straight! 😕
- They’re cheering for Roxy, too! 😀
- Riven complimented you for once, Musa. I know you’re mad at him, but take what you can get from this guy. 😕
- She deserves better? A surprisingly humble admission. All this time, you wanted to be as amazing as her? I wish that matched the rest of your behavior.
- Was someone was recording the concert? How did it get on the…wait, why am I trying to make sense of Eldora’s babbling? 😡
- Eldora’s one of the most useless characters in this season. 🙄
- What exactly did Musa risk? She just stood on a stage and directed a song by a bunch of newbie fairies. 😕
- That breakup was friendlier and more open-ended than I expected. Riven could come back one day, but like Musa said, this for the best.
- Clearly, Tecna and Timmy aren’t gonna make it in time. What now, Winx?