Guess what? The Winx get Butterflix in this episode! Gasp! What a shocker!
Sigh. Why does Rainbow tell us when the Winx are gonna get their new forms now? Just look at these titles: “The Power of Harmonix” (5X06), “Sirenix” (5X13), “Mythix” (6X14), and now “Butterflix.” Bloomix was the exception, since not all the girls earned it in the same episode, but we knew someone was gonna get it in “Bloomix Power” (6X04).
Next season, I wanna be surprised again. I wanna see the Winx in a now-or-never situation and not know if they’ll get a new power or not. It’s more suspenseful that way.
Anyway, let’s look at episode 7X03: “Butterflix!” Don’t forget the Winx are still in the past. When I say Faragonda, Kalshara, etc., I’m talking about their younger selves. (I just don’t wanna put “young” in front of their names each time.)
1. The Winx and Roxy promise to help Faragonda find her Digmole. In Wizgiz’s classroom, teacher’s pet Kalshara shows off by turning into a bird, which Bloom recognizes as the thief who stole the last Digmole from The Alfea Natural Park. Wizgiz kicks Faragonda out and dismisses Kalshara for good behavior. As they head back to their dorm, Kalshara convinces her that by reading the Tome of Nature, she can figure out where her Digmole went.
I’ll save my thoughts about these scenes for later.
2. Faragonda sneaks into Mavilla’s office while she’s away and steals the Tome. The headmistress’s pet lions almost catch her, but she uses her magic to turn them into harmless widdle cubs. D’aww! She heads back to her dorm.
Faragonda snuck into her future office? That’s ironic! Nothing stood out to me about this scene, except…the Pelletfly’s joke! “Wait for the beak?” It cracks me up every time! 😛 I love puns, and the delivery was perfect. Kudos to Mavilla’s voice actress!
3. According to the Tome of Nature, Digmoles live in the Valley of Fruit. Faragonda starts to feel guilty and wants to put the book back, but Kalshara “promises” to return it for her. The future headmistress believes her and leaves to find the Winx. Kalshara rips out a page, uses the spell on it to enter the Fairy Animals’ Hall, and absorbs the Wild Magic stored there.
Oh, Faragonda! You’re so naive! Never trust someone who does something fishy, then tells you to trust them! 😛
I wasn’t impressed with the Fairy Animals’ Hall scene. We’re just three episodes in, and we’ve already seen two, new secret rooms? And why should a bubble of Wild Magic be so easy to get to if it’s so dangerous? Alfea has a lot of safety issues!
4. Without the Wild Magic, all the Fairy Animals at Alfea go nuts. Faragonda thinks this is her fault, but before she can tell the Winx what she did, Mavilla shows up holding the Tome of Nature. Busted! Just then, Bloom sees the bird Kalshara turned into in Wizgiz’s class flying away. The Winx, Faragonda, Roxy, and Mavilla decide to head to the Valley of Fruit to “restore order to the Fairy Animal world.”
What did the Digmoles have to do with this scene? Yes, now we know Kalshara was after them, but Faragonda didn’t know that, so why would she suggest going to the Valley of Fruit? I think it would have made more sense if someone — maybe Bloom — had said, “Let’s follow Kalshara and see where she goes.” Otherwise, it seems like Faragonda was only thinking about her own problems.
5. Kalshara finds Brafilius asleep in the Valley of Fruit. Against his wishes, she uses a diamond laced with Wild Magic to turn him into a dog. While he’s stumbling around chasing Digmoles, our heroes show up. Brafilius uses his new powers to summon the Giant of the Valley to capture the little Fairy Animals, and Roxy and the Winx transform to save them. Meanwhile, Kalshara tries to attack Mavilla. Faragonda turns her into a cub and tries to cage her, but Brafilius snatches her away with his hat and disappears.
I liked it when Kalshara turned Brafilius into a dog (before he started chasing the Digmoles). Sounded like he didn’t wanna be involved in her plans anymore. I wonder if he’s still mad at her for this on him.
One question, though: did he have magic powers before he became an animal? I’m guessing he didn’t. That might explain why he couldn’t use them well.
6. The Winx’s spells aren’t working on the giant because it’s protected by nature. Roxy and Aisha come up with a plan: attack its arms to free the Digmoles and let them defend themselves. It works. The Digmoles dig the giant to pieces! The magic that protected it is released onto the Winx, and they become Butterflix fairies! Faragonda lets her Digmole go, and Mavilla thanks the Winx for helping her realize the Fairy Animals should be free. She decides to erase the memories of everyone at Alfea so no one can abuse these animals again.
I’ll talk about this in the next section, too.
My head hurts! Way too much happened in this episode! It’s like Rainbow was trying to fit the whole background of the season into twenty-two minutes — which is exactly what they did.
When I got to the scene when the animals went crazy, I wasn’t tracking the time so I thought the episode was almost over. That was just halfway! I’d already written as many notes as I end up with for most full episodes!
I wish they’d spread some of these scenes out more. For example, Faragonda could have stolen the book in “Young Fairies Grow Up” after she wrecked the exhibition. Earning Butterflix definitely could have waited. Three episodes in and the Winx already have a new form? That’s the soonest ever!
Speaking of Butterflix…are you kidding me? The Winx got it by breaking up a golem “protected by nature?” 😕 Talk about random! True story: I thought they were gonna get it from those flowers Aisha and Tecna were looking at in the first episode. At least there were butterflies on them!
Also, I call baloney on Mavilla’s “defenders of nature” speech. It was a blatant middle finger to Roxy. She’s the Fairy of Animals! Besides Flora, she’s the ultimate defender of nature! We saw her get bathed in the Butterflix light, too, but she didn’t change.
Why, Rainbow? What do you have against her getting new transformations? Is she doomed to stay a Charmix/”Magic Winx”/Believix/who-knows-what fairy forever?
That’s enough about what I didn’t like — for now. I don’t think this episode was terrible. Let’s talk about a few things I did like.
First of all, I loved the twist (if you can call it that) of Kalshara having learned shapeshifting at Alfea. Even though we knew she was a student, I didn’t consider that possibility. To me, this is one of the best ways Wizgiz’s lessons have been used in the plot of a season.
Second thing I loved: Wizgiz! I remember on a past version of WinxClub.com, it said he’s been teaching at Alfea for 1,000 years! I wonder how he feels having a couple of his old students as bosses now! It puts a new spin on their relationships.
I feel like Wizgiz has been ignored lately. (I’ve written about this before.) We don’t often see the Winx what they learned from him — or so I thought. When Faragonda turned Mavilla’s lions into cubs, she called that metamorphosymbiosis (say that five times fast). I guess it’s not just about transforming yourself, but other objects and beings, too. In that case, the Winx have done that a lot.
Finally, I loved young Faragonda. She was late to class, clumsy with her magic, and too naive not to trust her creepy roommate, but she still had the spunk and charm of her present-day self. This was the girl who became Alfea’s headmistress and a member of the Company of Light. Nice to see how far she’s come. 🙂
A question I’ve heard a lot since this episode is, “Wasn’t Faragonda once a witch?” That’s another nugget from a past version of WinxClub.com. If she was a fairy in this episode, that contradicts it, right?
Not really. We don’t know how old she was at this time or what year this was for her at Alfea. Why couldn’t she have studied at Cloud Tower before this? Mirta was a witch-turned-fairy, too, but she didn’t join Alfea until the year the Winx graduated. Then she stayed until the end of season five, when she supposedly graduated herself.
Also, like I said, Faragonda was clumsy with her magic. Was she still getting used to being a fairy now? It’s not impossible.
If there’s anything else I didn’t like, it’s the ending. How convenient, Winx. Now no one will remember your trip to the past.
I’ll let it slide, though. Rainbow knew it was a cop-out, which is why Bloom lampshaded it by acting surprised. I just hope on the Winx’s future adventures in the past, they’ll have to own up to whatever damage they do to history.
Verdict: Okay episode. Points off for too many plot events and for the lame way the Winx earned Butterflix.
Next episode: “The First Color of the Universe.” On opening day of the Alfea Natural Park, the Digmoles give Roxy and the Winx a riddle: “amongst the many, find the animal with the first color of the universe.” They start searching the park with the help of their boyfriends, but Brafilius uses a Digmole’s magic to sneak in and cause chaos. Stay tuned for the next review!
THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING
- The Winx and Roxy. Sigh. 🙁
- Of course, Stella would be the one to almost blow their cover.
- It’s rare for a Digmole to bond with a fairy? That Digmole in the park didn’t seem afraid of you, Roxy.
- Metamorphosymbiosis? Who calls it that? It’s such a mouthful! I wonder if Wizgiz taught it back then, too.
- I knew it! It is Wizgiz!
- Why are there extra seats for the Winx? Did the students who should be there skip the exam?
- Wow, this is making me miss Wizgiz’s class even more. This feels a bit like season one. His class was the first one we saw. 🙂
- Faragonda already wants to be headmistress? That doesn’t seem like a goal a teenager would have. 😛 She must love this school!
- Her comment made him think of snails, so he turned into one. Clever. 😛
- Kalshara’s the teacher’s pet? Interesting.
- That’s right, Bloom! Kalshara took the Digmole!
- All the students have to do is come to class, turn into something, then they get to leave? I wish my exams were that easy!
- Wizgiz: “And you too, young lady. Leave my classroom and don’t come back until you’re recovered your Digmole.” That was harsh. Poor Faragonda.
- Kalshara and Faragonda were friends?
- This bird’s Mavilla’s answering machine? I don’t know if that’s cool or creepy.
- Did it say, “Wait for the beak?” That’s hilarious!
- Whoa! I know she’s stealing the book, but why would those beasts attack a student?
- “Animal Transform?” Okay. Simple.
- Kalshara’s room is cool.
- Kalshara and Faragonda are roommates? That’s even better! Or worse…
- If someone says, “You can trust me,” it means you can’t trust them. 😛
- The Alfea Underfloors again? Good to see them reusing stuff from past seasons.
- Kalshara, dropping a page from a book you weren’t so supposed to have is stupid. It’s like saying, “Yeah, I did it. Here’s evidence.”
- The dialogue in this episode isn’t as good as the last two. 😕
- The Wild Magic turned her into an animal and an older woman. 😛
- The Wild Magic creates a mental connection to all animals? Or some kind of animal encyclopedia? Weird.
- A crystalized Digmole? What was that about?
- Anddd Faragonda’s busted.
- I’m only halfway into this episode, and I’ve written this much?
- What’s Brafilius doing there?
- Was that gem she jammed into him the Dark Diamond? I couldn’t tell.
- Where did Roxy go?
- There she is! And she transformed with the Bloomix music!
- Does the giant count as an animal?
- Roxy actually attacked it! (No spell name, though.)
- Brafilius K.O.!
- Go, Faragonda! 😀
- The giant’s protected by nature? What does that mean?
- The Digmoles dug it to death! 😛
- What? That’s how they earn Butterflix? That makes no sense!
- No “Name, Fairy of Power Source” this time?
– Cue the dancing. I’m gonna get sick of this fast. 😕
- They made nature happy, so it gave them a new power? Okay…I guess. (Not you, Roxy, because Rainbow hates you.)
- Why does Faragonda’s Digmole look so different from the others?
- She let it go. Aw. 🙁
- Mavilla’s gonna erase everyone’s memories? That’s convenient. 😛
- It’s the boys! And Daphne! Nex and Thoren have new outfits! I guess they’re gonna be called Specialists from now on, since that seems to mean “guy” now.