Musings & Rants
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“Are you crazy, OP? I don’t wanna love Nex! I hate him! He’s ________!” Insert your own reasons: “He’s rude! He’s like Riven! He’s boring!” Etc., etc.

Here’s another way to look at it. You do wanna love Nex, but those reasons are the barriers to your love. If they weren’t there, why couldn’t you love him?

This quote explains it well: “Hatred is a disguised form of love. You can only hate someone whom you really wish to love, because if you were totally indifferent to that person, you could not even get up enough energy to hate him.”

Both love and hate are forms of caring about someone — i.e., being invested in them. They both take a lot of time and energy. If you didn’t care about that person, you wouldn’t waste your time on them. You only spend it on people who matter to you in some way.

Why does Nex matter to the fandom? Because he’s dating Aisha. If you love her, you wanna share her happiness. You wanna cheer for her and look forward to her future as much as she does.

It’s hard to do that if you hate the person she might spend her future with. That’s why you wish you could love him. If only he wasn’t…insert that list of reasons again.

If we were talking about a real person, chances are you’d never get your wish. People can change, of course, but you can tell when it’s unlikely they will. But a fictional character can always change. It all depends on how his story unfolds. Those annoying traits that keep you from loving him could be gone by the end of next season.

There’s a lot we don’t know about Nex yet. Where is he from? What’s his family life like? What’s his social status? Why did he become a Paladin instead of a Specialist? Heck, what is a Paladin?

I bet Rainbow won’t answer all of these questions, but even a couple answers could change how we interpret his character. Nex is a work-in-progress. That’s what character development is all about.

With that in mind, let’s look at a few reasons the fandom hates him — and how Rainbow can make those reasons disappear. Read the rest of this post

Episode Reviews
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capture_062_16122013_090937_714Winx, we’ve missed you! Please don’t take another month off! Pretty please? *Sigh* 🙁 Well, thanks for the one-hour Christmas present!

At the end of episode 6X03, the Winx went back to Alfea to regroup after the Legendarium stole their magic. You’d think they’d be devastated — but nope! Time to dancerize in Aisha’s Morphix gym! What else would you do? Thankfully, Faragonda and the boys take the problem more seriously.

Meanwhile, the Trix leave Lynphea College in the Cloud Tower students’ hands. The Lynphea girls try to fight back, but Miele’s the last one left standing. Figures. 😛

The Winx return to help, but they’re almost useless. Bloom, the only one who can still transform, gets ambushed by the Trix. The others try Daphne’s idea to replant the Treants, which works — but no one expects Selina to summon another batch of monsters: flying basilisks!

Miele protects Flora from one of them — but gets snatched up by a Treant! In a cool, out-of-character moment, Flora goes Jill of the Jungle mode to save her. This unlocks her Bloomix power! (I’ll tell you how I felt about that in a later post.)

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Poor Aisha. Dating her should come with a safety warning…

After Flora purifies the Treants, all that’s left are the basilisks. And they’re tougher to beat. Nex and Roy, rivals for Aisha’s love, get turned to stone while trying to protect her! Seriously, Nickbow? Give Aisha a break!

This episode was my least favorite of the two. The gym scene ruined it a little; dance and gymnastics don’t count as “training.” I don’t mind the Winx goofing off sometimes, but call it what it is instead of pretending it’s important to their mission.

Next episode: “The Golden Auditorium.” Check out that review tomorrow!

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