(Note: you’ll notice I put more screenshots in this review. As long as someone’s mobile device doesn’t break when they try to load the page, I’m gonna do this from now. I think it’ll help organize my thoughts better.)
The next target in the Trix’s conquest is the Magic School for Forgers, run by someone we haven’t seen since the first movie: Hagen the blacksmith. Still as proud and brave as ever, he refuses to bow the evil trio. Unfortunately, they overpower him and steal the source of the school’s power: the Magic Steel. Now, one school remains: Alfea!
Our nerd couple, Timmy and Tecna, are still preparing for the inevitable attack. They finally figure out how to get the Spectrographic Localizer to work. It was simple. All they had to do was set the Spectro..sensitive..Potenti…ometer…thingy. Yeah. 😛
While they’re downloading it, Daphne and the other Winx — minus Stella —are trying to solve their Rumpelstiltskin problem. What can they trade to him to get the Legendarium Key back? The professor suggests they search yet another hidden room: the Alfea “Underfloors.” It’s full with magic artifacts. (Was basement not a cool enough word? 😛 )
Where’s Stella? She’s in her boutique helping a customer. Just as she’s jazzing up her look up with some peacock feathers, Griselda comes in and catches her. But to the princess’ surprise, she’s not angry about her business. She loves it! She wants some feathers, too, and she wants to tell everyone in the school about Stella Couture! 😀
(Was anyone else creeped out by this scene? I mean…it’s Griselda! Stone-faced Griselda! She never gets excited about anything! 😯 )
Bloom comes to get Stella, then Daphne, the Winx, and the Pixies head to the Underfloors. Inside are all the treasures a dwarf could ask for. The three that catch their eyes first are the statues of the Champions of Alfea, the strongest fairies in history. Everyone starts looking for something to trade, and as normal, the Pixies — specifically Chatta — cause some trouble in the process. (Pixies… 🙄 )
Meanwhile, the Trix gather their students in front of the dragon skull once more. Using all the power they’ve stolen from the magic schools, they cloak them with the same invisibility spell protecting Cloud Tower. They waste no time flying to Alfea and beginning their attack. Faragonda, Wizgiz, Palladium, Eldora, and Griffin create a barrier around the school, but the witches burn it down like it’s made of paper.
It’s up to the kids to save the day again. Palladium races off to call the Specialists and Paladins, while Daphne and the Winx suit up for battle! Of course, it’s hard to fight an enemy you can’t see. Bloom, Stella, and Flora get knocked out of the sky, but their boyfriends show up just in time to catch them. (Geez, that was fast. It’s like they live at Alfea. 😕 )
Tecna takes care of the invisibility spell. With the push of a button, the Spectrographic Localizer brings Cloud Tower and the witches out of hiding. That doesn’t sit well with them, so they retreat. 😛
Selina watches all the action through Griffin’s Magic Eye. As soon as she sees Bloom, she remembers her own goal: stealing a spark of her Dragon Flame. Now’s the perfect time. Acheron, soon you’ll be free from your prison of paper!
“Selina, who are you talking to?”
Oops! Icy almost catches her. As usual, she comes up with a good excuse to throw the Trix off her scent. Why are they here? Because it’s time for phase two of the battle.
While Faragonda’s praising the gang for fending off the first wave, the Trix appear. For once, they’re not here to fight. They’ve got a proposition: instead of an all-out war, how about a duel between the strongest witch and fairy? The strongest fairy’s Bloom, of course, and she’s more than ready for the challenge. Bring it on, Icy!
Nope. It’s not Icy she’ll be fighting. It’s her childhood friend: Selina.
The young witch can’t wait, but first, she leaves something to keep Bloom’s teammates occupied. Summoned from the Legendarium, the Champions of Alfea come alive and rise up from beneath the courtyard. Looks like the Trix never meant to play fair, after all!
At last, Selina and Bloom meet again. True to her nature, the fire fairy tries to talk things out, but her old friend’s not listening. She’s the first to attack. Fine. Let the duel begin!
Meanwhile, the Champions of Alfea turn out to be just as tough as their title suggests. Their attacks overpower the Winx’s spells, and the guys can’t even get close enough to hit them. Poor Musa ends up getting a shower. 😛
Nex comes up with an idea to beat the Water Champion. He draws her attention, while Aisha attacks her from behind. It doesn’t work. Aisha hits her, but she recovers right away.
For a moment, the two of them don’t seem to care. They’re too busy praising themselves for their teamwork — and making goo-goo eyes at each other. Hmmmm… 🙂
Once they snap out of it, they ask Eldora and Daphne for advice on how to beat the Champions. Neither of them have any, but Daphne remembers an interesting detail from the legend: the Champions were so strong, they refused to bond with the Pixies. That gives Aisha an idea. Maybe they can use Pixie bonding to defeat them!
There’s just one problem: most of the Pixies disappeared. Bloom said it’s as if they no longer exist in this dimension! Does that mean…they’re in the Legendarium World? If that’s the case, Aisha must go to Pixie Village and enter the Legendarium World from there.
She heads off right away, but Icy blocks her path. Nex floats up next to Aisha and draws his halberd to knock the witch out of the way. Before he gets a chance, she shoots an ice beam right at him.
“Nex, no!” Aisha yells.
The Paladin doesn’t flinch. He bats the beam right back at her, sending her flying. That takes care of her. Now, it’s onward to Gloomywood! Nex decides to tag along.
Once they reach Pixie Village, Aisha stops to praise him for standing up to Icy. She was very impressed by his courage. Nex basks in the compliment for a second, then wishes her good luck with her mission. Cue second goo-goo eyes moment. 😛
After promising to save the other Pixies, Aisha pulls out her Mythix wand and disappears into the Legendarium World. She arrives in a forest full of rocks, but there’s no one there. After flying around a bit, she spots something familiar: the Tree of Life, the tree that normally stands at the center of Pixie Village. It’s rooted itself here!
Before she can do anything, out of nowhere come the Gloomywood Trolls, the monsters the Pixies trapped under their village. Aisha’s not afraid. She beats them quickly, reducing them to bubbles with her Waterizing Ray. Piece of cake.
Back to the Tree. She can hear Ninfea’s voice coming from it — the Pixies are trapped underneath it! Using her Morphix magic, she dissolves the new roots, and she, the Pixies, and the Tree return to the real world. Her tiny friends race up to her and thank her for saving them.
Nex and the others find them. The Pixies are glad to see their friends, and he’s glad to see Aisha. 🙂
But there’s no time to celebrate. The Alfea fairies need the power of bonding to beat the Champions of Alfea! Ninfea gathers all the Pixies in a circle, and they converge their magic and send it toward Alfea.
The energy pours down upon the courtyard. All the students gather up, absorb the power, and dissolve the Champion of Alfea with a wave of magic. The Trix have lost again! Time for them to surrender!
Not yet. The duel’s not over.
In between dodging and blocking attacks, Bloom keeps trying to reason with Selina. It’s no use. The young witch has tasted power, and she’s not giving it up.
Time to end this game. She summons two snakes to bind Bloom’s arms, then she sucks a piece of the Dragon Flame right out of her body! Her plan worked. There’s no need to stay anymore, so she “forfeits” the duel and flies back to Cloud Tower.
Bloom has no idea what just happened. All she knows is she won, which means it’s time for the Trix to leave. They’re confused, too. Selina’s got some explaining to do!
When Bloom returns to the others, Flora gives her a hug to congratulate her on her victory. But the fire fairy doesn’t feel like a winner. She just had to fight her childhood friend, and the duel ended with her just…quitting! What’s gotten into Selina?
Back in Pixie Village, the Pixies celebrate their freedom. If it hadn’t been for Aisha, they’d have trapped in the Legendarium World forever. To Aisha!
After accepting cupcakes from Cara, Aisha and Nex turn to each other. The fairy shyly admits how scared she was when Icy shot at him at Alfea. The Paladin smiles and takes her hand. Turns out he was worried about her, too, when she entered the Legendarium World. He was afraid she’d never come back.
“And now you’re happy?” Aisha asks.
“Happier than you can even imagine.” 🙂
Someone else is happy, too, right now: Selina. With the piece of the Dragon Flame she stole from Bloom, she can finally accomplish her goal! Soon, Acheron will be out of the Legendarium and in the real world — with her!
I’m not sure how to feel about this episode. Half of me is happy, but the other half’s confused and annoyed. Is there no such thing as continuity anymore? 😕
Why am I happy? You guessed it: Aisha and Nex are officially a couple now. Their relationship’s backed both by season seven and the February 2015 comic called “La Prova di Nex” (Nex’s Test), where Queen Niobe calls him Aisha’s “new boyfriend” (nuovo fidanzato). I know not everyone’s happy about it — although these two have more fans than I thought they did — but it’s still canon.
I’ve decided not to talk about the love triangle yet. I have so much to say about it, this post would become a dissertation. 😛 (Seriously, you should see my notes.) Instead, I’ll save my thoughts for future posts.
Believe it or not, I do have one complaint about these two. I’ve known for a while Nex would end up in a life-threatening situation, and Aisha would realize she loves him. It was detailed in his character description. But this was not what I expected:
I wouldn’t even call this “life-threatening.” Icy’s shot ice beams at dozens of people, and most of them have lived to talk about it. If she’d frozen him or knocked him off his Windrider — which, I guess, could have happened — I’d have understood why Aisha reacted the way she did. But…she just shot an ice beam at him! Not even a powerful one! 😕
Sorry, Nickbow. I didn’t feel like Nex was in “mortal danger,” as you put it. I expected something more dangerous (though knowing this season, I’m not sure why).
Moving on to the rest of the episode. That’s where the confused, annoyed half of me resides. I couldn’t get past all the plot holes, lame battles, and low-quality animation.
Let’s start with the “legendary duel.” You’d think with a name like that, it’d be a pretty epic fight. You’d be wrong. It was more of the same: Selina shooting energy beams, Bloom shooting energy beams, both girls blocking said energy beams, and it all ended in a forfeit.
Sigh. I miss the action-packed fights in this show, like Bloom vs. Icy in season one. That was how you write a duel!
Maybe they both held back on purpose. Bloom didn’t wanna fight Selina, and Selina was just using the duel as a chance to steal Bloom’s Dragon Flame. If that’s true, these scenes were wastes of time. Selina could have done this some other time.
By the way, why did she wait so long? She decided to do this back in “Mythix” (ep. 6X14), yet she waited ten episodes later to even try! Clearly, she wasn’t in a hurry! 😛
My other gripe about this episode is Aisha saving the Pixies. I’m not upset she saved them — in fact, that was a perfect decision. She loves them more than anyone does, and she was the reason the Winx met them in the first place. The problem is this scene broke continuity not just within season six, but the rest of the series!
We’ve been told if someone stays in the Legendarium World too long, they become a fictional character and are trapped inside forever. It doesn’t take weeks or days. It can take a few minutes! How long had the Pixies been there? Since “The Legendarium” (ep. 6X02), which has been a few months in-universe at least.
They shouldn’t have been able to escape, but they did. I guess if you’re lucky enough to know a Mythix fairy, the rule doesn’t apply to you. To me this means just like the Sirenix Curse, the threat of getting trapped was fake, not defined, and thrown in make us think the Winx were risking their lives. In reality, Eldora could have saved them at any time.
- The chance of getting stuck had been real, and if it happened, it took more than having a Mythix wand to escape
- Becoming fictional affected your life in the Real World. Maybe your friends forgot about you, or your deeds were erased from history like you never existed
All we know is a creature or object’s magic doesn’t work in the real world while it’s in the Legendarium World. That leads me to my next complaint about what might be the biggest plot hole of the season.
The Tree of Life got stuck in the Legendarium World, too. That tree’s connected to all positive magic in the universe. When the Trix destroyed the balance of positive and negative magic in Magical Adventure, the Winx — even Bloom — lost their powers.
For twenty-two episodes, it’s been rooted in a parallel universe where people and objects no longer exist, and their magic has no effect on the real world. So…how have the Winx been able to use magic this season?
To be fair, the Tree’s role keeps changing throughout the series. In season two, it was a magic plant that gave birth to the Pixies (and it was more like a flower than a tree). In season four, it acted like an encyclopedia of fairies. You could tell from the number of leaves on each branch how many fairies existed in a single realm. Ninfea said it’s connected to every fairy’s magic, but she didn’t say it controlled it.
Still…it’s hard to overlook it. Magical Adventure was the season four movie, after all, which means the rules probably still apply. Did Nickbow just forget them?
What else is there to talk about?
- The Champions of Alfea were pretty cool. I wish we knew more of the mythology behind them, since Daphne called them “the strongest fairies in history.” Of course, it’s hard to take them seriously since they were defeated by a Pixie bonding wave. Does being in the Legendarium World sap your power or something? 😕
Speaking of Pixie bonding, since when does it work like this? And are we saying all the fairies at Alfea have bonded Pixies now? I hope not. 😕
Speaking of Pixies, why in the name of the Dragon were Tune and Digit there? That’s another plot hole! If they were always there, we didn’t need Cherie and Cara. Let’s send them back to PopPixie. That’s where they belong.
Verdict: Disjointed episode riddled with plot holes, including what could be a major one. Too many plot resolutions crammed in.
Just two episodes left in the season! Next time, we finally meet the Big Bad: Acheron! He looks like a cross between Valtor and Jafar, doesn’t he? 😛 Will he live up to Selina’s hype, or will he disappoint us like most of the enemies this season? (Some of you know the answer. Don’t spoil the fun for me, okay? 😉 )
THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING
- And the MuRi fans are all crying again.
- “Parted ways?” Did they think the younger fans wouldn’t know what “break up” means? And “rediscover his inner strength?” I’m starting to think Riven might come back after all. 😕
- It’s Hagen’s first appearance in the TV show, and what happens? His school gets conquered by the Trix. Poor guy. Maybe the old bear should have gone back to his den. 😛
- Hagen: “As a blacksmith of the Company of Light, I will never heed to you, witches of darkness!” First, that was an awesome line! 😀 Second, aren’t you the only blacksmith in the Company of Light? 😛 Third, did anyone else’s heart flutter when he said “Company of Light?” Oh, the nostalgia! 😀
- Tecna’s side of the room looks cool. 🙂
- Spectro-sensitive Potentiometer?! What?! 😆
- They’re trying to get the Key back? Somehow, this makes their sacrifice for Musa feel less selfless to me. 😕
- Another hidden room? Sigh. 😕 And wouldn’t have been great if they’d known about this before they traded the Key?
- Griselda’s trying to catch Stella in the act! This feels a bit like the old days! 🙂
- You wanted peacock feathers? You’re a strange fairy. 😛
- First of all, what happened to Griselda’s voice? Second of all, what happened to her? I never thought I hear her say the word fabulous! Talk about acting out-of-character! She just won the award for it!
- C’mon, Bloom. How many secret rooms have you seen by now? 😛
- The Champions of Alfea. Hmmm…the strongest fairies in all magic history? That’s impressive. I like their names, too, but I didn’t understand them. 😛
- The Speed Stone landed back in the box? Wow. 😛
- The Trix gathered all that power just to make the students invisible? Why? (And why are they still sending newbies to do their dirty work?)
- I’m so sick of the Alfea fairies running away! Why are you even at this school? Suit up and fight back! D:
- See? A magic shield. They didn’t need Musa’s music last time, after all.
- Student witches broke through the shield? I guess they have become stronger!
- While the Winx were transforming, I kept saying, “Somebody’s missing. Somebody’s missing. Who is it?” It wasn’t till they were done that I realized who: Tecna. I’m sorry, girl! 🙁
- Perfect timing, Sky. Because you’re perfect. 🙄
- Was the Localizer really that powerful?
- Oh, now the Trix come out to play!
- Darcy: “We learn from the best, Mistress Griffin.” So much sarcasm. Yuck.
- Is anyone else disappointed Bloom won’t be fighting Icy again? 😕 And how is Selina the strongest witch?
- Selina brought up the Pixies in case we forget they’re still in the Legendarium World. 😛
- Oh, I guess Selina is strong!
- I like the fire champion. She reminds me of Diana (which is kinda weird). 🙂
- How did Aisha know what Nex was planning without asking him? Can they read each other’s minds now?
- Nex: “Hey, you! No one asked for a sprinkler!” 😛
- Uh oh! They’re making goo-goo eyes at each other! 😛
- This is the worst ever way to shoehorn the Pixies in. Who cares about Pixie bonding, and who cares if the Champions refused it?
- Aisha, why are you just now remembering the other Pixies? If you care about them so much, wouldn’t you have tried to save them sooner?
- Icy: “Stop! No one can leave the battlefield!” Nex: “Really? I was just thinking it was time for you to leave, Icy!” I think we all agree. 😛
- Really, Aisha? He wasn’t in that much danger. 😕
- Aisha and Nex pause for a second goo-goo eyes moment. 😛
- Pixie Village’s Legendarium World looks like another version of Gloomywood. Hmmmm…
- Umm…you knew the trolls were coming, Aisha?
- Aisha used three different Morphix spells. That must be a record.
- I think that was the shortest time any Winx has been in the Legendarium World.
- Aw, Nex is happy she’s back. 🙂
- Hold on! That’s not Pixie bonding works! Since when does it make fairies stronger?
- Why are Concorda, Discorda, and Athena here? Discorda may have fled Cloud Tower when the Trix took it over, but Concorda’s bonded to the Alfea Archive Room, and Athena’s bonded to Red Fountain’s artifact room. They don’t live in Pixie Village. 😕
- Super Pixie bonding ray melts “the strongest fairies in history.” There goes that title! 😛
- I was about to say, “Isn’t the Witch of Snakes?” And then, she summoned snakes. So there we go. =3
- The animation for those snakes was really bad. 😕
- She was holding a colorful flame in her hand, and you couldn’t tell she stole some of your Dragon Flame, Bloom? 😕
- Selina doesn’t take orders from you, Icy. =3
- The cupcakes made me think so much of PopPixie.
- Something about Nex holding a cupcake looks funny to me. 😛
- Just say it, Aisha. You were worried about him. 🙂
- Awww, they’re holding hands! 😀
- And Nex was worried about her, too. Awww! 🙂
- Was that a lovestruck sigh, Aisha? Wow. 😛
- In the real world with you, Selina? You’re really convinced he’s your best friend, aren’t you? This is obviously gonna go wrong!
- Acheron looks cool, but he’s no Valtor! 😛