Transformations & Powers

The Speedix wings are fast, but they may not get you where you’re going quick enough in an urgent situation. Enter the Zoomix wings!

In episode ten, “La Canzone di Musa” (Musa’s Song), Tecna’s PDA and a speeding fire truck tell the Winx, minus Musa, that an apartment complex on the other side of town is burning. Determined to help anyone who might be trapped inside, they transform and use their Zoomix wings to teleport themselves and Roxy to the location.

So far, the wing-change sequences have only shown Bloom, but you might notice that this one looks very similar to some Flora footage from the opening.

Transformations & Powers

Charmix, Enchantix, Believix, and now…

The Winx’s new powers come with many perks—one of them is the ability to change their wings. In episode nine, “Nebula,” the fairies chase Roxy, who’s under a spell cast by the White Circle (watch episode eight). To catch up to her, they use their “Speedix” wings. (This finally explains a part in one of the trailers.) Based on the change sequence, there are two yet unused sets of wings, which probably means two more “-ixes.”

Do you think Rainbow has gone overboard with this naming scheme? I admit it’s taken me some time to get comfortable with “Believix.” (Other fans had some interesting names for it before we knew the real one; “Glamorix” and “Elementix” were my favorites.) Don’t get me wrong—I like the name a lot now. But “Speedix?” It might be the end of the season before I can stand that one, and I can only imagine what the other two are. But, as Juliet said, “What’s in a name?”

Anyway, here’s the Speedix clip from episode nine. Enjoy!

Internet News
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Recently, there have been a couple of attempts to sub the fourth season. The work of these fellow fans is helpful and appreciated, but the job seems a bit rushed. I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets distracted by spelling and grammar errors, large or illegible fonts, and jumbled sentences—unfortunately, the two projects I found were full of them. But for those who can stand it, I recommend BanjoGate’s subs (merged into a handy playlist). The font is enormous on a couple of the videos, but there are fewer errors and more logical sentences. Since I don’t know Italian, I can’t guarantee that the translations are correct; I did notice differences between the two subs. But I doubt they’re extremely off, so they should satisfy us until (hopefully) someone dubs the season in English.

Now a word of caution: look out for the videos marked “WTF-Subs.” As you can guess by that title, these are crude parodies of the show and may be offensive to some. I certainly didn’t like what I read, but if you’re interested in that sort of thing, then ignore my warning if you wish.

Musings & Rants
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Taking a break from season four…

The first people you’d think about if someone mentioned togetherness, magic, friendship, convergence, and power in the Winx Club series is, of course, the Winx. But those words apply to their nemeses The Trix as well, though the evil trio themselves would never admit it. Stormy tries to in “The Black Willow’s Tears” (S3, E12—Rai Eng title), but Icy and Darcy call her out for being sentimental. (Witches.) But she’s right—the Trix truly are best friends.

In the Rainbow English dub of the season one, they often refer to each other as “sister” (I don’t think they’re related—it might be a coven thing). Whatever they do, they do together—except when they’re fighting over their master. But just like the fairies (sometimes sooner than them), they manage to settle their differences and cooperate almost flawlessly again. They respect and accommodate for each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They also (usually) protect each other. And what about power convergence? That’s not only the Winx’s trick—The Trix master it before the Winx really know what it is, and in the last episode of season two, they even create something similar to the Winx’s “fighting Morphix doll” (“Win-x Together”: S2, E12—Rai Eng).

Of course, we know this is one club nobody else is likely to join. The Trix’s identity as a threesome is steeped in symbolism. Besides, who could possibly fill the role of the fourth “Trix?” And what would they call themselves then? The Quadrix?

Romance
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Ah, the scandals never end with Bloom and Sky. You would think that after the Diaspro/Diaspora files, the fight about Professor Avalon, Bloom’s almost switching to the dark side, and Sky’s myriad of MIA moments, their engagement at the last scene of The Secret of the Lost Kingdom would finally solve their problems.

Enter the ex-boyfriend Andy.

A scruffy musician who frequents juice bars…or a debonair king who nearly died countless times for you, helped you defrost your home world, and reunited you with your biological parents whom you hadn’t seen in 17+ years? Tough choice, Bloom. Just how fickle are we women?

What about Musa and Riven? Stella and Brandon?

I never thought 4Kids’s “hero syndrome” (invented in season two) would ever actually apply to the show, but Brandon seems to have a case of it now. So what if you held Mitzi’s in your arms and she’s stalking you? Stella is your girlfriend! What happened to the time she was turned into a frog monster and you stayed by her side, even though she thought you only loved her because she’s beautiful? And Stella’s making things worse, of course, by flirting with every guy that notices the Winx. Does she want him to break up with her?

As for Musa, I guess she’s never been around guys who love music as much as she does. Still, I thought she and Riven were finally solid, too, after their reconciliation in the movie. Maybe Riven should take guitar lessons.

Would Rainbow actually split our sweet couples up? All we can do is keep watching to find out!