I keep wanting to call this episode “Back to the Middle Ages.” Don’t ask me why. It doesn’t make sense. 😕
Last episode, Miele saved the Winx from death by poison — at least it looked like they were gonna die — and Flora let her join them on their mission. Together, they restored the mutated forest to normal and freed the Magiwolves from the fungi traps. Now the Winx have a second Fairy Animal friend: Amarok. But he won’t obey Flora’s commands, and he and Squonk don’t like each other.
1. Against their boyfriends’ advice, Aisha and Flora try to force Squonk and Amarok to become friends. It doesn’t work. Nex gets angry and says Squonk shouldn’t be there anyway. When Aisha snaps at him for not welcoming the little guy, either, he calls him the “u” word: “ugly.” Cue tear shower. Helia and Nex get drenched, and Squonk laughs at their misery.
That excites Amarok, and he dashes through the dorm, knocking over glasses, books, and chairs everywhere he goes. Flora finally loses it and calls him a “bad Magiwolf.” Helia tries to tell her he was “just playing,” but she doesn’t care. She just gets mad at him, too! A few moments later, the other Winx come in to grab her and Aisha for a mission.
I’ve read other reviews of this episode. The response to Nex calling Squonk “ugly” was about what I expected. He’s so mean! He’s such a jerk! He deserved to be cried on for saying mean things! This proves he’s bad for Aisha! (Wait…what? Oh, please. :roll:)
No, I’m not gonna defend him. Was what he said mean? Yes. Did he deserve to get soaked? Yes. (I don’t think Helia did, but oh well.) Was it a problem for Aisha that he didn’t like Squonk? Of course it was, or she wouldn’t have brought it up.
Did this “prove” he’s not the right guy for her? Um, no. 😑 I think that’s another case of fans looking for any reason to say they shouldn’t be together. No matter how strong their bond was, her time with Squonk was temporary. Her relationship with Nex is gonna last longer — maybe much longer.
Let’s look at this scene from his point of view. He was right about one thing (well, two things, but I’m only gonna talk about one of them): Aisha and Flora shouldn’t have tried to force Squonk and Amarok to be friends. Quoting what he said at the beginning of the episode: “I think you just need to give it time.” A couple episodes later, the two animals had already grown closer. They warmed up to each other on their own, without the Winx’s interference.
But something hit me as I was writing this review: Aisha was trying to force Nex to like Squonk, too! It doesn’t matter if he’s her boyfriend. Yes, I’m sure it hurt for the guy closest to her to hate her new pet, too. But even though she and Nex are alike, they aren’t the same person. He didn’t have the same connection to Squonk.
If anything, he should have kept his feelings to himself. But Aisha was still rushing things — as she’s been known to do — instead of letting them happen gradually. Nex warmed up to Squonk without her help in “Winx Trapped!” (7X10). (It’s funny how no one talks about that episode, even though it showed us a new side of his personality.)
Flora was rushing things, too. Not only was she trying to force Amarok to like Squonk, but she was also trying to force him to act tame. He was a wild animal! She just took him out of the forest! What did she expect?
She was right to be mad when he tore the dorm apart, but Helia was also right to try and calm her down. Of course, he was more polite than Nex was. He’s more mild-mannered, after all. But the result was the same: glares from an angry girlfriend.
If you ask me, the facade of Flora and Helia being the “perfect” couple is falling apart. Their relationship’s going nowhere! They’ve been together almost as long as the other couples (except Aisha and Nex, of course). Yet they’re not engaged, we rarely see them date, and they haven’t met each other’s parents (though to be fair, we just met Flora’s parents).
That’s why I don’t mind seeing them fight if it develops their relationship. But this felt as pointless as their plant care “fight” in season six. If you pretend Amarok’s their son, you could say they disagreed on how to discipline him, but that’s stretching it a little. I want them to fight about something important, something that makes them question if they really belong together.
No, I don’t think the love triangle in season five counts. That was silly. Flora should have known better than to think a random girl from his past was gonna steal him away. But if anything, it proved they still need to work on communication and trust.
I’ve got more to say about Flora, but I’ll save it for another post. It’s about how she acted overall this season and how the fanbase felt about it. I think it’s not just about her.
2. Roxy sends the Winx to Earth in the Middle Ages to find the Quillcat, a Fairy Animal with magic fur. When they arrive, they see its image on a wanted poster. Suddenly the fugitive feline appears, being chased by three (very stupid) guards. The girls transform and follow them.
Turns out the cat’s good at protecting itself, but the Winx still cast a few spells to help her out. Unfortunately, this puts them on the wanted list, too. The guards have orders to capture all users of magic! The girls scare them away (peacefully, of course), but while everyone’s distracted, the Quillcat escapes!
I don’t have much to say about this part. Nothing stood out to me, good or bad. I could complain about how dumb the guards were, but stupid guards are such a cliché, it’s not worth talking about.
There’s one thing I loved, though: the guards being scared of magic, even something as harmless as Flora turning their spears into trees. Wherever the Winx go, their sparkly wings and mind-blowing powers earn them hundreds of admirers. Not here. Here, people fear them.
I wish Rainbow had taken this further. What if the guards had branded them “witches?” (One of them called their magic “witchcraft.”) Imagine the Winx having to explain the difference between dark magic and fairy magic. Would the people have believed them?
Instead, the Winx just stopped using magic — at least around a lot of people. Oh, well.
3. Roxy’s Stone of Memories glows in Brafilius’s hands. He’s forgotten what that means — apparently, it’s been a while since he’s used the Stone — but Kalshara remembers: the Winx have activated the other Stones. After some difficulty, he heads to the Middle Ages.
Is it just me, or did Brafilius sound like a madman? “It’s bright! It’s bright! Ha ha! It’s bright!” Oh, brother. Literally. 😑
Anyway, if he forgot how to use the Stone already, how long has it been? Rainbow doesn’t show the passage of time well in this series. The last time the Winx went back in time was in “A Friend From the Past” (7X05). That was just three episodes ago! It can’t have been more than a few weeks in universe, right?
Oh, forget it. Why am I trying to make sense of his stupidity? 😑 He forgot how to use the Stone because Rainbow wanted him to be an idiot again. Man, I hate him! I almost feel sorry for Kalshara!
I guess we may have learned something from this scene. Brafilius and the Winx must be sitting on the thrones to successfully pass through time. It makes me wonder what would have happened if he hadn’t reached the throne. Could he have gotten stuck between time periods?
Maybe I’m reading into this. 😅 I’ve always thought the sequence with the thrones was just a fancy effect to make time travel look cool (especially since the Winx got new outfits for no reason). It’s possible this scene was just a gag — it’s Brafilius we’re talking about, after all — and what happened wasn’t “real,” per se. But it’s fun to speculate. 🙂
4. While the Winx search for the Quillcat, Musa goes off on her own. She hears a minstrel singing nearby and follows the voice to find an acting troupe rehearsing a play. The three guards from earlier show up to warn them about the Quillcat, but the minstrel, Orlando, isn’t afraid. He knows the creature! When he was young, she’d come to him whenever he played his song.
Musa flies back to her friends to tell them what she heard. They approach the troupe as normal girls (thanks to Stella Couture), and Orlando agrees to help them find the Quillcat. In exchange, they agree to be in their play. It just so happens they need six girls to play six fairies. How convenient. 😛
Ah, the part that made MuRi fans clench their fists. Musa showing interest in a guy other than Riven? The horror! 😱
Oh, please. This wasn’t a romance. I think even saying she had a crush on him is going too far. Since the bulk of this “love story” happened in the next episode, I’ll save my thoughts for the next review.
For now, I’ll just say I don’t ship these two at all. No, it’s not because of Riven. (You know I support her decision to break up with him.) I just don’t think Orlando was meant to be a love interest — at least not seriously.
No one’s figured out the detail that changed my view of his character. I’ll give you a big hint. Think about the acting troupe. Who are they?
Speaking of the troupe, I was surprised I liked them so much. I bet most fans forgot about them by the end of the season, but I didn’t. Yes, they were cheesy (except maybe Orlando), but for some reason, the cheesiness worked in this setting. I guess I’m used to stories with funny portrayals of the Middle Ages. Think Monty Python and the Holy Grail or, more recently, the cancelled ABC comedy Galavant. (No, I’m not saying this episode was just as good.)
One of the lines got stuck in my head: “This is not food! It’s art!” The funny thing is I forgot where it was from until I rewatched the episode. 😅 I don’t know who voiced the script reader, but kudos to them for the way they delivered that line. It was good enough to make it memorable for me. 🙂
One more thing: I love these outfits. Say what you will about Stella’s fashion obsession, but the outfits in the last three seasons have been amazing. I think season seven had some of the best lines, and this was one of them.
I’m indifferent about this episode. I got into it more when the troupe showed up. The rest of it was just okay. The first scene with Squonk and Amarok felt out of place, but I don’t know where else Rainbow could have put it.
NEXT EPISODE: “THE FAIRY CAT” (7X09)
Orlando helps the Winx find the Quillcat. Besides the guards, they’ll have a couple more obstacles to deal with: Brafilius and a pair of sea serpents! Believe it or not, this was one of my favorite episodes of the season. Stay tuned for the review!
THOUGHTS WHILE WATCHING
- “Mee-lay” again? Sigh. I give up. 😞
- “Enterprise?” That makes me think of Star Trek. 😛
- Helia, why are you laughing instead of helping?
- Nex is skinnier than Helia?
- Those fangs are called “canines” for a reason, Squonk. 😛
- Aisha and Nex’s first fight. Ugh. 😞 I knew it would happen eventually, but I didn’t think it’d be over something like Squonk. That’s as dumb as Flora and Helia fighting over plant care.
- That was mean, Nex. This isn’t gonna help your image. 😑
- Why did Helia get washed away, too? What did he do?
- Squonk’s so weird. One moment he’s bawling his eyes out, and the next moment he’s laughing?
- Amarok, I love you, but you’re a handful. Adorable, but a handful. 😛
- Helia looks like such a bishie in this shot! 😛
- Go easy on him, Flora. 🙁
- Helia, Flora’s right, you know. Amarok did make a mess.
- Did Helia just use magic? 😯 Are his Saladin genes kicking in?
- I guess Yaffles hate holograms.
- Fairy Animals on Earth?
- Conversation recaps parts of the last seven episodes as if you haven’t seen them. 🙄
- Critty’s apparently a ninja. 😛
- “Losers?” Would they say that in the Middle Ages? 😛
- Are you gonna cut out the dance this time?
- Gasp! They did! 😯
- They know Critty’s magical?
- Her fur’s made of quills, and you’re trying to catch her with a sack. You, good sir, are an idiot.
- “Bet you want us to come out looking like you, Cactus Butt!” (Sorry, I had to. 😛 )
- TWEEDLE A: “That’s some impressive aim.”
Why did that make me laugh? 😛
- Imprison users of magic? Uh oh!
- Fun? Stella, you’re not here to pick on stupid goons!
- The Winx should have studied the Middle Ages before coming here. (Then again, why doesn’t Bloom know about this?)
- Every time someone calls Brafilius a wizard, I wanna laugh. He’s an amateur compared to the wizards we’ve met over the years.
- I forgot all the Stones glow when one is activated. I guess Brafilius isn’t just losing his marbles.
- Here comes trouble — I mean, Orlando. How can the fanbase hate a guy with a voice like that?
- READER: “Give it back to me! This is not food! It’s art!”
Best line in the episode!
- Stella’s outdone herself this time!
- Musa has such a gorgeous voice. 🙂
- What a pretty song. 🙂