There was a serious problem with season five’s script. I hope Nick and Rainbow realized this serious problem. If they realized it, then season six may be a better season. I hope season six is a better season because…
Okay, I can’t do this anymore.
That was painful to read, wasn’t it? No, I wasn’t sleep-deprived or on meds when I wrote it.
Most fans would agree that season five’s script was…unimpressive. I could list several reasons, but I think the main one is what the Muse and I call “Shyamalaning.”
Listen to these examples from M. Night Shyamalan’s famous flop (adaptation-wise), The Last Airbender:
AANG: Is there a spiritual place where I can meditate?
YUE: There is a very spiritual place. This city was built around this place.
KATARA: The Fire Nation knew that the Avatar would be born into the Air Nomads. So they exterminated all the Air Nomads.
IROH: I advise that you pull back your men soon. They will trapped in the city when the moon’s power comes out.
ZHOU: Do not worry about the moon’s power, General Iroh.
IROH: Why should you not be worried about the moon’s power?
Get the point? “Shyamalaning” (our definition) is repeating a word or phrase so many times, its impact lessens. Powerful lines become weak. Emotional lines fall flat. The whole scene — or movie — feels dead and robotic.
And that’s how “Beyond Believix” was to me. Remember these conversations?
EPISODE 6: “The Power of Harmonix”
RANDOM FAIRIES: The Rainbow Creature! C’mon! We can get it!
STELLA: Hey, they’re going for it!
TECNA: I don’t think that’s the creature.
[A few seconds later]
MUSA: Aw, man.
STELLA: That’s not the Rainbow Creature. That’s the Rainbow Creature!
DAPHNE: Tritannus is going to the Pillar of Control!
BLOOM: Yes. We will stop him!
DAPHNE: Bloom, you must destroy the seal!
BLOOM: Destroy the seal?
DAPHNE: Destroy the seal of the Pillar of Control! Destroy it!
I know Rainbow can write better than this. When Winx Club was all theirs, the dialogue was witty, creative, and more natural. My guess: Nick was in charge of the scripts. (That would explain Legend of Korra, too. Ugh…)
Like I said in the opening paragraph, I hope Nickbow noticed the problem and fixed it, whether that meant changing writers or studying past seasons to match their feel. The dialogue in “Inspiration of Sirenix” was good, so at least they’re starting off well.