What If Wednesday
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Today’s “What If Wednesday” question: “What if a magician from Earth gained magic powers?”

First, a confession: this is based on a fanfic. Back before season five premiered, I had an idea for a fanmade season. I probably won’t write it now. The story hasn’t been fleshed yet, and now my transformation name (Dreamix) has been used. 🙁

Anyway, the villain is a famous magician from Gardenia (sorry!) named Mephisto. (Yeah, I know it’s a lame name. Me from eight years ago couldn’t come up with anything better.) His shows used to sell out everywhere he went, but after the Winx brought real magic back to Earth, no one cared about magic tricks anymore. He became jealous of the Winx and hated them for ruining his business.

One of his assistants is a witch who has been living on Earth for decades. Seeing this as a chance to seize control, she turns Mephisto into a wizard. He uses his new power to get revenge on his critics, read and manipulate people’s minds, and — of course — take over the Magic Dimension to become the greatest magician in the universe.

Mephisto doesn’t know the difference between real magic and magic tricks. To him, being a wizard is just a way to make his act more realistic and surpass all other magicians. Of course, his spells end up causing lots of trouble.

Rainbow has already done this type of back story with Selina. She was jealous of Bloom’s popularity and wanted more power, which led to her teaming up with Acheron and becoming a witch. I wish the writers would keep exploring the idea of normal people becoming magic beings. The season four comics had a few interesting stories like that.

Imagine the possibilities. Here’s an example: the leaders of an oppressive government become witches and wizards. What would they do with their new powers? How would the Winx handle the situation?

That’s it for today!

What If Wednesday
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Today’s “What If Wednesday” question: “What if the Winx visit [insert world name]?”

The Winx have traveled all over the Magic Dimension, but they haven’t been to every world. Do they have to? Of course not. Not all the places mentioned in the show (or the comics) have to be important.

Still, it means Rainbow can expand Winx Club‘s physical universe without even adding to it. They can use what they already have. (That’s the theme of this feature, right?) Here are some known worlds the Winx have never seen.

Dolona

Winx 1X02 - Eleanor of DolonaRemember this shy fairy: Eleanor of Dolona? Griselda made her sweat in “Welcome to Magix” (1X02) when she couldn’t find her name right away on the new student roster. Where’s Dolona? What does it look like? Is Eleanor the princess? She may not look like it, but most characters addressed as “So-and-So of World” tend to be royalty or nobility.

Orez, Fallat, and Rot

In “Professor Avalon’s Secret” (2X09), Griffin said when these three “sacred” planets align, it’s thought to be a bad omen. Why? What’s the story behind them? And what would happen if they aligned again? I know the prophecy of Serius Facetus was a joke, but as the Wise Woman of Calavera said, “With every legend comes a bit of truth.”

Romulea

Lots of royals and nobles attended Eraklyon’s millennium celebration in season three, but one pair was mentioned by name: King Wanetka and Queen Linley of Romulea. Same question: Where’s Romulea, and what does it look like?

Callisto

Winx 1X02 - Varanda of CallistoI saved this world for last because it’s the most significant. Remember what happened after that scene with Eleanor and Griselda? Bloom become nervous because she wasn’t on the roster, but Stella had already thought of a plan. The princess of Domino would pretend to be the princess of Callisto, Varanda. But Griselda and Faragonda saw through the lie, and Bloom fessed up at the end of the episode.

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to meet the real Varanda. I bet she doesn’t look anything like Bloom! How would she feel knowing someone impersonated her to get into Alfea, and her friend Stella orchestrated the scam?

That’s it for today. To my fellow American Winx fans, I hope you had a safe and happy 4th of July! I know what I’m having for dinner tonight: leftover barbecue chicken wings!

Reviews
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What I Didn’t Like

  1. The pacing: Too choppy and fast, especially in the first few episodes
  2. The dialogue: Too much “Shyamalaning” (repetition); too much filler (like the Winx praising each other); lots of cheesy lines, even in serious scenes
  3. The pop star side plot: Interfered with the main plot; felt like filler; made scenes where people didn’t recognize the Winx seem silly
  4. Fewer fairy scenes: Too many spy and pop star scenes instead (first season had better mix)
  5. How the Winx gained Onyrix: No explanation; “evolution” idea felt cheap
  6. Onyrix’s limitations: More powerful spells, but no different from Dreamix except for appearance; the Winx couldn’t use it on Earth, which made no sense
  7. Aisha’s personality: Too aggressive and angry; not enough (or any) of her gentle side from Winx Club
  8. The returning Neverlanders: Seemed dumber and less intimidating than in the first season (especially Smee and the zombie pirates)
  9. Musa and Flora’s nemeses: Based on their powers instead of character flaws
  10. Tecna’s character flaw: Felt made up on the spot; not enough built up to her nemesis (she wasn’t acting like a “control freak” before that episode)
  11. The prophecy: Random; added nothing to the story
  12. Matt and Tinkerbell’s love story: Shallow and rushed; felt creepy since Tinkerbell loved his father, too
  13. Venomya’s role: Felt out of place in the story; could have been better integrated, even if she’s next season’s villain

What I Liked

  1. The animation: Lots of improvement, even from season one
  2. The Winx’s new spells: Creative uses of magic like Flora traveling through Earth’s root system, Stella bending lasers, etc. (I’d like to see more spells like this in Winx Club)
  3. Matt: Entertaining new character; good character development
  4. The nemeses: Cool and intimidating character designs; interesting fight scenes with them
  5. The new outfits: Too many to keep track of, but all beautiful
  6. The overall story: Enjoyable; good integration and adaptation of the Peter Pan characters
  7. Stella’s back story: Moving and relatable scene; added much-needed depth to her character
  8. Finale (in Neverland): Stakes felt high; nice twist with Smee saving the day
  9. Cliffhanger: Interesting set up for a possible season three

Overall Thoughts

I prefer season one for the structure, dialogue, and character personalities, but I prefer season two for the action, magic, and overall story. World of Winx is okay to me, but because it’s an alternate universe, I treat it the same way as PopPixie. They’re both just fun side stories, as well as ways for Rainbow to try new ideas.

Regardless of the cliffhanger, I don’t want a season three. I wish instead of continuing to make a separate show, Rainbow would put these ideas into Winx Club (except the spy stuff). World of Winx would have been just as good if it had been Winx season eight. Plus, it would have restored the fanbase’s love for Winx Club. Instead, many fans seem ready to abandon it for good and only watch WoW from now on.

Still, this show proves Rainbow isn’t “out of ideas” and can still make good seasons with these characters. I hope the writers learned from this experience and filled Winx season eight with the same depth and creativity.

Musings & Rants
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Warning: if you haven’t seen World of Winx season two yet, turn back now if you don’t want spoilers!

Still here? Okay, here we go.

Overall, I didn’t like this season. I felt indifferent towards it at first, but as my sister watched it, I noticed I agreed with most of her complaints. I’ll tell you what she said about both seasons later.

If I could sum up this season up in one word, it would be “spectacle.” It put on a flashy show: lots of action, powerful spells, darker scenes, and interesting enemies. But that just distracted us from the major problems, including a plot flaw that makes the Winx look like idiots.

In the first episode, they get whisked away to Neverland — a.k.a. The World of Dreams — after randomly gaining Onyrix. They run into Jim and Smee, who tell them Tinkerbell’s back story: Peter Pan left her, she fell into despair, and she become the evil queen they fought last season. Naturally, the Winx feel sorry for her. They decide to find Peter, hoping she’ll turn back into a good fairy if she sees him again. Nothing wrong so far.

While they’re looking for him, which later changes to looking for his son Matt, the Spirit of the World of Dreams — a.k.a. the Spirit of the Forest — occasionally interrupts to tell them a Neverlander is in danger. Here’s when the Winx start contradicting themselves. After Flora, Tecna, and Aisha save the Alligator Man in “Mermaids on Earth” (2X04), Flora says the Winx and the Neverlanders are “united against the queen [of the World of Dreams].”

What does that mean? Don’t the Winx wanna make her good again? Why is Flora talking like they wanna fight Tinkerbell?

This continues throughout the season. Every time the Winx save a Neverlander, they send them to Jim’s army. At the same, they keep looking for Matt so they can solve the conflict peacefully. But once they find him, they even train him for battle — before they learn about the prophecy!

Because of this, the “betrayal” arc near the end makes no sense. In “Technomagic Trap” (2X10), as soon as the Winx return to Earth, Jim rallies the Neverlanders to march on Tinkerbell. Matt says maybe he should go alone and try to talk to her (the Winx’s plan), but Jim convinces him to join them.

I remember being confused when I watched this scene. Why would anyone, especially Matt, be surprised about fighting Tinkerbell? The Winx made it sound like that was the point. They even helped him find a sword. What did he expect to do with it?

Bloom also says Matt will “help turn Tinkerbell back into the good fairy she was.” Then why did he need warrior training? What was the point of being “the hero of Neverland” if he wasn’t supposed to fight her?

In the next episode, “Jim’s Revenge” (2X11), the Winx’s plan works. As soon as Tinkerbell sees Matt, she gives up her fairy powers and her crown. Problem solved, right? Nope. Jim wants justice and convinces the Neverlanders to attack her. The Winx try to protect her.

It’s a clash of ideals: justice vs. mercy — expect the Winx spent all season planting the “defeat Tinkerbell” idea in the Neverlanders’ heads, too.

Wait a minute. They just wanted to fight the shadow creatures, not Tinkerbell. Right?

Yes, the shadow creatures were everywhere, and the Neverlanders had to defend themselves. But that’s not how the Winx pitched it. They kept saying, “Defeat the queen!”

  • Flora in ep. 4: “We are all on the same team now and united against the queen!”
  • Bloom in ep. 4: “The more we are, the better we can fight the queen!”
  • Stella in ep. 6: Defeat the evil queen ruling in Neverland!”

See? It’s like they forgot she was Tinkerbell! Even if they meant “defeat her shadow creatures,” it doesn’t explain why they trained Matt for battle if they just wanted him to talk her out of her wickedness.

I’m getting confused trying to explain this, so here’s a TL;DR.

From the beginning, the Winx wanted to make Tinkerbell good again. Their plan was to find Peter Pan (later Matt) and bring him to Neverland. Jim wanted to destroy Tinkerbell. They all wanted to save Neverland, but they had different ideas for how to do it. But for some reason, the Winx tried to play both angles: looking for Matt and helping Jim build his army. Why were they surprised by the outcome?

Didn’t he trick them into thinking he believed their plan would work? After all, what he really wanted was power.

It seemed that way, but again, that doesn’t explain why they kept talking about fighting her, too. Bottom line: the Winx’s actions and dialogue didn’t match their goal.

That’s just one of the problems I have with this season. I’ll talk more about it after “What If Wednesday.”

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“Sparxshipping,” a.k.a. Bloom and Valtor. They’re a pairing that’s been popular since the 4Kids days. With opposing poles of the Dragon Flame — a flame of light and a flame of darkness — this couple sounds impossible, yet intriguing. How would good and evil fall in love with each other?

A better-known, non-Winx ship is “Zutara” (Zuko and Katara) from Avatar: The Last Airbender. (I’m not touching the “Kataang vs. Zutara” debate.) Some fans can’t resist the fire-water dynamic between the two benders. Even Zuko’s voice actor, Dante Basco, is a hardcore “Zutarian.”

These couples, “Zutara” and “Sparxshipping” (and technically “Kataang,” too), follow the concept of “yin and yang,” two opposite forces in harmony with each other. It’s the same theme Rainbow used for Aisha and Nex.

Yeah, yeah. They’re “Life” and “Death,” right?

Yes, I know I’ve mentioned that a dozen times. Aisha is “life” in Arabic, and nex is “death” in Latin. But remember in my recent Aisha/Nex post when I said I keep discovering things about this couple? Turns out Rainbow took the yin-yang idea further than just name meanings.

Winx 6X15 - Aisha and Nex windsurfing

Same, Yet Opposites?

Wait a minute. Aren’t these two a lot alike?

Being yin and yang doesn’t mean being different in every way. “Yin and yang” is relative. Object A may be opposite of Object B for a different reason than Object C. It depends on what traits you’re comparing them by.

Water and fire are yin and yang because water’s cold and wet, and fire’s hot and dry. But ice and running water are also yin and yang. Even though they’re both water, running water is liquid and active, and ice is solid and stationary. (Yes, that means Icy and Aisha are yin and yang, too.)

It’s actually more complicated than that. If you’re curious (and you’re a nerd like me), TED-Ed has a short video that explains it better than I can.

Back to Aisha and Nex. Most fans think they’re exactly the same: confident, fearless, energetic, athletic, etc. Yes, they have those traits in common — if they had nothing in common, they’d have nothing to bond over — but some of their other traits couldn’t be any more different.

For example, Nex is flirty. In his debut episode, “The Flying School” (6X03), he strutted up to the Winx and said, “Hey, ladies!” Can you imagine Aisha doing something like that? Yeah, right. In fact, it was something she didn’t like about him when they first met.

That’s just one of the ways they’re opposites, but it’s not as important now that they’re dating. Their other differences affect their relationship now.
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