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As you know, I’ve stopped writing episode reviews. But last week, a Winx fan named Will N. emailed me with a suggestion: how about guest episode reviews? Why not? Great idea!

Here’s Will’s review of “Baby Winx” (7X20). If you’d like to submit an episode review, too, email it to [email protected].


Review of Episode 7X20: “Baby Winx”

By: Will N.

Quick Recap: Back on Earth again (yawn!). The Winx are helping Roxy with an animal show to benefit the rescue park. Meanwhile, Kalshara and Brafilius try to cause trouble in any way possible like always (yawn again!), still searching for that First Color of the Universe. (How long is this search gonna last? Even Ogron didn’t waste this long trying to accomplish his goals.) This time, however, it involves the Winx being turned into seven-year-olds, and circus hijinks ensue as part of the benefits program.

Observations

  • Brafilius actually doing something smart for once. Too bad he has to undo it almost immediately.
  • Well, I guess the people who said Butterflix was based off circus clowns were right ūüėõ
  • Are the guys being designated babysitters now?
  • Roxy’s as sassy as ever. Where was she when we needed her?
  • Why does Sky have to fight with Bloom’s unicorn? What does Elas have that Sky doesn’t?
  • Well, at least that Etno Chic outfit wasn’t ditched after two episodes; it stuck around for 4.

Loose ends

  • Sky, you’re clueless to not believe that a 7 year old, who strongly looks like your fianc√©e and has a pet unicorn, is not your fianc√©e turned into a kid when you live in a magical world on a daily basis.
  • Kalshara, you should stop relying on your brother.
  • Apparently, power is not restricted by age. Must be something to do with Believix or Enchantix.
  • Quote: “Yeah, I can’t leave you alone for more than ten minutes.” Well said, Roxy. Well said.
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Oh, the feels! The feels!

Does anyone say that anymore? Anyway, this episode touches my heart¬†every¬†time I watch it. Especially at the end. Sigh. Oh, Musa.¬†ūüėä

Recap of the last episode: The Winx went to the Middle Ages to find a creature called Quillcat. They found her right away, but she ran off while they were trying to save her from some guards. Luckily, Musa met a minstrel named Orlando who knows the cat personally. He agreed to help the Winx catch her. In exchange, they agreed to play fairies in his play.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

1. Brafilius disrupts¬†Orlando’s play by using magic to make the Winx fly. The captain of the guard recognizes them as the fairies he¬†saw¬†earlier,¬†and he orders his men to arrest them. Thanks to Orlando, they¬†escape. He gives them a ride in his carriage to where he used to meet the Quillcat.

These reviews help¬†me understand¬†things I didn’t realize when I first watched the episodes.¬†I called¬†Brafilius stupid for trying to watch the play from behind the crowd. Look at this wide-open space in the middle!¬†Why didn’t he stand there?

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Because everyone would have seen him, including the Winx. Duh. ūüôĄ¬†Granted, he blew his cover¬†when he made them fly, but at that point, he was trying to cause a scene. (No theater¬†puns intended.)

Props to the captain of the guard. (Wait ‚ÄĒ another theater pun.¬†ūüėĎ) He did what most common¬†folk in magical girl shows never do: figure out the heroes’ identities! Different¬†clothes¬†and wooden wings weren’t¬†enough to fool him.

That’s something I couldn’t stand in¬†season four. If the Winx were trying to hide their identities, why did¬†they:

  • Run¬†a pet shop that let you download pets to your house from the Winx Club website?
  • Go by¬†their real names, which were coincidentally¬†the same as the¬†famous Winx fairies’ names?
  • Call their band The Six Winx?

How on Earth did no one put two and two together? Oh, wait. A¬†few girls recognized Stella in “Magic Lessons” (4X15), but they believed her when she said,¬†“You must have me confused with someone else!” Even after¬†Brandon showed up and called her name! ūüėϬ†Gardenians are dense!

I feel like I’ve ranted about this before…

Anyway, this time, Rainbow dodged that cliché. Thank goodness. Maybe this guard was smarter than I thought.

Except he didn’t hear the talking dog man behind him:

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I take it back.¬†ūüėõ

What should I say about the escape scene? It didn’t go the way most escape scenes do. The guards didn’t follow the Winx¬†(which made no sense), and Orlando tried to catch up with them but outran them instead. It was cute, but not eventful.

2. Orlando and the Winx arrive at a lake. He used to play his lute here when he was young, and the Quillcat came to him every time he played a certain song. Sure enough, the melody summons her again. But Brafilius conjures a pair of sea serpents to ruin the reunion. One of them captures Orlando!

The Winx transform, but they’re afraid to attack for fear they might hit him! Finally, Musa shoots its¬†head and frees him. But it snatches her up moments later! She tells¬†Orlando¬†to hurry and save the Quillcat, who ran away again.

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How gorgeous¬†is this place? I love the art in this show. And combined with Orlando’s song, this scene was so beautiful.

Of course, Brafilius had to ruin it.¬†ūüėĎ

The fight against the serpents made no sense to me. What was with the¬†“I don’t wanna hit So-and-So” theme this season? Aisha said it, too, in “A Friend From The Past” (7X05). Both times, the Winx¬†could have attacked the enemy from the sides or behind. Plus, they didn’t hold back¬†when the donkey got¬†captured! (Because who cares about him?)

I¬†guess it was because the serpents were flailing too much. Plus, it seemed like they kept turning to face the Winx, which meant Orlando was always in front of them. Even if that’s it, one girl could have distracted them while the others attacked. C’mon, Winx! You’re smarter¬†fighters than this!

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Season seven ended last Sunday in the U.S. I don’t care. ūüėõ It might still be a year until Rainbow starts promoting season eight, and who knows when World of Winx is gonna premiere. (April’s halfway¬†over, so so much for that rumor.) Plus, Nick Jr.’s¬†re-airing season seven weekdays at 11:55 a.m. EST. I still have time to talk about it before it becomes old news.

Speaking of Nick Jr., kudos to them for airing the whole season in three months. Say what you will about¬†the move ‚ÄĒ I’m still not 100 percent on board with it¬†‚ÄĒ but they’ve treated Winx Club better than Nick ever did. Remember how long it took Nick to finish season six? Oh, wait ‚ÄĒ they didn’t. Nick Jr. did.

On the last episode (that I reviewed), Brafilius stole Roxy’s Stone of Memories, which means¬†he can now travel through¬†time. Roxy thinks the animal from the Digmoles’ riddle is a¬†Cry-Cry, the most ancient Fairy Animal species. The Winx go to prehistoric Magix (without her) to see if she’s right.

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1. Roxy’s upset about losing her Stone,¬†but¬†the Winx cheer her up. (Um…that’s it.)
I could have skipped this scene, but I brought it up because¬†I didn’t like the way some fans reacted to it. The word “crybaby” started floating around. Yes, she’s sensitive. Yes, she overreacted.¬†But can’t we be a little more sympathetic? ūüėē

Winx or not, she’s the youngest member of the group. She looks up to her friends and wants to prove herself, but that dopey dog got¬†the best of her. And to be fair, this causes a lot of headaches for them for the rest of the season. She¬†probably thought the Winx would be mad at her. (Of course they weren’t.)

2. After lying to¬†his sister¬†about how he got the¬†Stone of Memories, Brafilius goes back in time to prehistoric Magix. The Winx’s Stones activate when his does. Roxy tells them what he overheard from her:¬†the Cry-Cry is the oldest known¬†species in Magix, so it may be the animal from the First Color of the Universe. She and the guys wish the Winx luck on their mission. Aisha assures Nex she’ll be back before their date tonight.

Ugh! Every time Brafilius is on-screen, all he does is waste¬†run-time! I¬†know he’s supposed to be comic relief,¬†but he doesn’t have to do a full clown act¬†every episode.¬†I can’t stand him! He has a few interesting moments, but 90 percent of the time, he’s just annoying. Even Knut was more bearable than him! ūüėē

I’m not gonna talk about Roxy being demoted again. It is what it is. If she’s somehow still a Winx, she’s clearly not one in this season. (There goes¬†my theory.)

As for Aisha and Nex, it’s official: they’re dating. I guess that explains how they greeted each other last episode.¬†Maybe he didn’t say “hi” right away because he knew he was gonna see her later. ūüėõ

Is it just me, or do the¬†couples not go on¬†dates¬†much anymore? Tecna and Timmy had their “first date” (yeah, right) in season five, and Stella and Brandon had their makeshift pizza¬†date at Alfea in season six. That’s…it. ūüėē

What’s happened¬†to the romance¬†in this show? So what if most of these couples have been together for years? That doesn’t mean Rainbow can put their relationships on auto pilot for the rest of the series. We need to see they’re still in love. They need to act like real couples.

Isn’t¬†that why Daphne and Thoren’s romance¬†was so awkward? They went from “just met”¬†to married in one season, we never saw them date (“The Anthem” doesn’t count), and the first time we saw them kiss was at their wedding! That’s not enough for convince us they’re in love.

Aisha and Nex definitely need¬†more development. I’ll talk about that when I¬†get to their date.

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capture_005_24012016_142519_817Guess what? The Winx get Butterflix in this episode! Gasp! What a shocker!

Sigh. Why does Rainbow tell us when the Winx are gonna get their new forms now? Just look at these titles: “The Power of Harmonix” (5X06), “Sirenix” (5X13), “Mythix” (6X14), and now “Butterflix.” Bloomix was the exception, since not all the girls earned it in the same episode,¬†but we knew someone was gonna get it in¬†“Bloomix Power” (6X04).

Next season, I wanna be surprised again. I wanna see the Winx in a now-or-never situation and not know if they’ll get a new power or not. It’s more suspenseful that way.

Anyway, let’s look at episode 7X03: “Butterflix!” Don’t forget the Winx are still in the past. When I say Faragonda, Kalshara, etc., I’m talking about their younger selves. (I just don’t wanna put “young” in front of their names each¬†time.)

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EPISODE SUMMARY

1. The Winx and Roxy promise to help Faragonda find her¬†Digmole. In Wizgiz’s classroom, teacher’s pet Kalshara shows off by turning into a bird, which Bloom recognizes¬†as the thief who stole the last Digmole from The Alfea Natural Park. Wizgiz kicks¬†Faragonda out and dismisses Kalshara for¬†good behavior. As they head back to their dorm, Kalshara convinces her that by reading the Tome of Nature, she can figure out where her Digmole went.
I’ll save my thoughts about these scenes for later.

2. Faragonda sneaks into Mavilla’s office while she’s away¬†and steals the Tome. The headmistress’s pet lions almost catch her, but she uses her magic to turn them into harmless widdle cubs. D’aww! She heads back to her dorm.
Faragonda snuck¬†into her future office? That’s ironic! Nothing stood out to me about this scene, except…the Pelletfly’s joke! “Wait for the beak?” It cracks me up every time! ūüėõ I love puns, and the delivery was perfect. Kudos to Mavilla’s voice actress!

3. According to the Tome of Nature, Digmoles live in the Valley of Fruit. Faragonda starts to feel guilty and wants to put the book back, but Kalshara “promises” to return it for her. The¬†future headmistress believes her and leaves to find the Winx. Kalshara rips out a page, uses the spell on it to enter the Fairy Animals’ Hall, and absorbs the Wild Magic stored there.

Oh, Faragonda! You’re so naive! Never trust someone who does something fishy, then tells you to trust them! ūüėõ

I wasn’t impressed with the Fairy Animals’ Hall scene. We’re just three episodes in, and we’ve already seen two, new secret rooms? And why should¬†a bubble of Wild Magic be so easy to get to if it’s so dangerous? Alfea has a lot of safety issues!

4. Without the Wild Magic, all the Fairy Animals at Alfea¬†go nuts. Faragonda thinks¬†this is her fault, but before¬†she can tell the Winx what she did, Mavilla shows up holding¬†the Tome of Nature. Busted! Just then, Bloom sees the bird Kalshara turned into in Wizgiz’s class flying away. The Winx, Faragonda, Roxy, and Mavilla decide to head to the Valley of Fruit to “restore order to the Fairy Animal world.”

What¬†did the Digmoles have to do with this scene? Yes, now we know Kalshara was after them, but Faragonda didn’t know that, so why would she suggest going to the Valley of Fruit? I think it would have made more sense if someone ‚ÄĒ maybe Bloom ‚ÄĒ had¬†said, “Let’s follow Kalshara and see where she goes.” Otherwise, it seems like Faragonda was only thinking about her own problems.

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5. Kalshara finds Brafilius asleep¬†in the Valley of Fruit. Against his wishes, she uses a diamond laced with Wild Magic to turn him into a dog. While he’s stumbling around chasing Digmoles, our heroes show up. Brafilius uses his new powers to summon the Giant of the Valley to capture the little Fairy Animals, and Roxy and the Winx transform to save them. Meanwhile,¬†Kalshara tries to attack Mavilla. Faragonda turns her into a cub and tries to cage her, but Brafilius snatches her away with his hat and disappears.

I liked it¬†when Kalshara turned Brafilius into a dog (before he started chasing the Digmoles). Sounded like he didn’t wanna be involved in her plans anymore. I wonder if he’s still mad at her for¬†this on him.

One question, though: did he have magic powers before he became an animal? I’m guessing he didn’t. That might explain why he couldn’t use them well.

6. The Winx’s spells aren’t working on the giant¬†because it’s protected by nature. Roxy and Aisha come up with a plan: attack its arms to¬†free the Digmoles¬†and¬†let them defend themselves. It works. The Digmoles dig the giant to pieces!¬†The magic that protected it is released onto the Winx, and they become Butterflix fairies!¬†Faragonda lets her Digmole go, and Mavilla thanks the Winx¬†for helping her realize the Fairy Animals should be¬†free. She decides to erase the memories of everyone at Alfea so no one can abuse these animals again.

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capture_004_19012016_164019_866What a random¬†title! It doesn’t tell you anything about the episode! What fairies are we talking about? Roxy? Young Faragonda? The Alfea students from the past?

I think Rainbow couldn’t think of a name, and they came up with this at last minute. Why not something like “A Trip to the Past” or “The Stones of Memories?” At least those explain something. ūüėē

Anyway, here’s my review of episode two!

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

1. Kalshara intimidates the Digmole to get him to tell her how to find the Fairy Animals’ Ultimate Power.
Once again, why does Kalshara need Brafilius? He was even more useless than he was last episode! She could have gotten the Digmole’s cage down herself!

capture_003_19012016_163544_5542. The Winx and Roxy meet with Faragonda about the Digmole abduction. Faragonda’s worried because all Fairy Animals have special talents or secrets that could be dangerous if misused. Now, they’ll never know the Digmoles’ secret because that was the last one alive. When Roxy says¬†offhandedly¬†they can’t go back in time to find more Digmoles, that gives¬†Faragonda an idea. She takes the fairies to another secret room in Alfea ‚ÄĒ¬†The Hall of Memories ‚ÄĒ and gives each of them a Stone of Memories, which can send them back in time. But she warns them: don’t change the past.
The Stone of Memories isn’t new to the franchise. It was introduced in comic #100 (appropriately called “The Stone of Memories”). Time travel has been done before, too.¬†The Winx went to the future in comic #60 (“Future Adventures”).

When we learned this gimmick would be used in the show, the fanbase went crazy. But it may have been for the wrong reasons. I’ll save those thoughts¬†for a later post.

Everyone got excited when Roxy got a Stone, too. Does that mean she’s a Winx now? ūüėÄ Nope, not so fast. It gets stolen two episodes later. Way to dash our hopes again, Rainbow.

3. The Winx and Roxy land at Alfea in the past, and Fairy Animals are everywhere! The students are holding their annual¬†exhibition, but a familiar-looking girl accidentally wrecks everything. Some of the animals run away, including her Digmole. Our heroes intervene¬†and save her. But while they’re in the woods, a herd of Deerbeetles come after them. Luckily, another student jumps out¬†of the trees and orders them to leave.
This was the action part of the¬†episode. There wasn’t a lot¬†fighting, but it still felt chaotic. I liked how the Winx didn’t get involved right away. After all, they weren’t supposed to be there, and any wrong move could change to the future.

capture_059_11012016_080401_2944. In her office, the current headmistress, Mavilla, scolds the girl who ruined the exhibition. Turns out she’s Faragonda, the headmistress the Winx know and love. When Mavilla thanks the Winx for saving the day, Roxy makes a comment about how the Fairy Animals belong in their natural habitats. Mavilla says their animal care techniques come from The Tome of Nature, an encyclopedia on Fairy Animals.
Two things bothered me about this scene. First, every season since four has had a magic book that played a role in the story:

  • Season four: The Book of Fairies, which told the Winx how to use their Believix powers and where to find certain Earth Fairies.
  • Season five: The Sirenix Book, which guided them on their quest to earn Sirenix.
  • Season six: The Legendarium, which the Winx spent all season trying to find a way to lock forever.

Now we have a new one: The Tome of Nature. I know Roxy ends up with it somehow because she had it in the video Rainbow posted last year. My guess: the Winx will find it in the Magic Archives like they did the Sirenix Book.

What’s with all the¬†books? Is this Rainbow’s indirect way of encouraging kids to read? I hope they don’t add another to the bookshelf¬†in season eight or WoW.

Second, I feel like Roxy’s remark about the animals came out of nowhere. I get why she wouldn’t like them living at Alfea, but she didn’t act upset about it until this scene. In fact, she seemed impressed at first ‚ÄĒ at least that these animals were so tame.¬†Why was she suddenly mad about it? Read the rest of this post