“Thoughts on Episode 3X16: ‘Building Hope'”
~ By Knight7572 ~
Please note the version I watched was the Nickelodeon version.
Season three, the season that most like. But like most seasons, it is not perfect and nor is the episode where our heroine earns Magical Girl Powerup #3. So does this episode shine perfectly like a star, or does it freeze like a prisoner in Omega? Time to find out.
The episode begins at Redfountain where Timmy is watching a device when it detects a transmission coming from a spacepod in Omega. The audio that comes in reveals that Tecna is alive, which makes Timmy jump for joy that his girlfriend is still alive. He informs Brandon and Sky, who inform the Winx that Tecna is alive.
However, Valtor also knows because he’s spying on the Specialists who explain the situation. Icy points out that the Winx won’t give up until they rescue Tecna, but Valtor points out that Bloom is on Pyros training and tasks the Trix with making sure she doesn’t return from there alive.
Back at Alfea
After Sky explains why they can’t come, the Redfountain ship departs. But unknown to everyone, Faragonda and Griselda were chatting about how the Winx will rescue their friend, and it felt wrong to try and stop them. Faragonda has confidence that the Winx will rescue Tecna.
Meanwhile on Pyros, Bloom is running from a dragon who is trying to eat her. She manages to give the dragon the slip.
On the Redfountain Ship
Timmy and Brandon discuss the mission ahead, but Brandon can’t stop thinking about the whole mess with Bloom and Sky. Timmy tells Brandon not to worry about it because soon they’ll have Tecna back. When Stella asks how much longer it will take to get to Omega, she gets told they are almost there. Flora asks Timmy how he’s doing. He says he’s better now that they almost have Tecna back. The last shot is with Tecna’s rescue party is the ship zooming by.
Back on Pyros
Bloom is taking a nap when she is found by Maia, which wakes Bloom up. She is tired and stressed of running and lets out a brief scream. An earthquake causes a chasm to open up, nearly sucking her in. She manages to fly out, but the wind pushes her back towards the chasm.
When Bloom awakens, she meets Maia, the sage of Pyros. After Bloom has showed her why she came to Pyros, she mentions that she can’t earn Enchantix because her world is destroyed and she’s the only survivor. Maia tells Bloom that her anger is great, as is her positive energy and that she will help her in her goal.
In Omega, the Redfountain ship arrives and heads to find somewhere to land. Meanwhile on Pyros, Bloom is able to focus her powers on a single point.
On board the Redfountain ship, Timmy is able to pinpoint the location, and the ship lands. Subsequently, the Winx and Specialists disembark only to see what happens if you are sent to this place. Then a few minutes later, the group comes across the transmitter that Tecna used, but she is nowhere in sight.
Back on Pyros, Bloom is running about doing one of Maia’s training tests. She tells Bloom that she’s moving onto a higher level. A dragon gets behind Bloom, and Maia makes her aware of it. She promptly defeats it.
But back in Omega, the Winx and Specialists are ambushed by Omega Dimension convicts that have escaped from their cells due to Valtor’s jail break, which results in a fight between them and the specialists. The Winx activate Enchantix to assist, but they end up falling down a cliff.
Back to Pyros Again
Maia gives her a fairy dust pendant that contains the essence of Pyros. She tells Bloom that she needs to merge her own essence with that of Pyros, but as she does so the Trix show up and try to kill Bloom. Bloom, with the power of Pyros, holds her own against the Trix and even manages to break out of an Ice Coffin. But when Icy mentions Valtor, this pushes Bloom to go Enchantix, which I’ll talk about later. Anyway, Bloom with her newly-incomplete Enchantix is able to be beat the trix and send them packing.
Maia explains how Bloom got her Enchantix (which I have a problem, but I’ll get to that shortly). The episode ends with Bloom beginning to head back to Alfea, unaware of what’s happened to the Winx and Specialists.
What I Observed
- So it took the years for Faragonda and Griselda to trust the Winx to go on dangerous mission. 😊
- You’re more worried about the prince of Eraklyon and his girlfriend’s relationship than rescuing the girlfriend of one of your friends? Seriously, Brandon? 🙄
- The music that played during the Bloom nap scene was nice. 😊
- Well, Enchantix’s own requirement becomes a major problem for fairies whose worlds have been destroyed.
- “Your anger is great.” Uh, no bleep. Bloom’s rage is probably more powerful than every nuke the human race has.
- Frozen forever in Omega? Well, Oblivion is much worse, and I’ll explain that later.
- “Take it easy, dude! Why can’t we all just get along?” If only that were true. Then world peace would be so much easier.
- Wait, why aren’t they flying? Seriously, they are fairies, so fly up! 😠
- Perspective shift is used a lot in this episode.
- Am I the only one who question why the Winx have to be what seems to be wearing no clothes during transformation sequences from season three onwards?
- I love the “Superheroes” song. Probably my favorite song from the Nick era of Winx.
So did I enjoy this episode? Well, yes, because Bloom got some development, and the voice acting and animation was very good.
Now onto Bloom getting Enchantix. While I like the design of her Enchantix form and animation of the transformation sequence, I do have to criticise the method of how she got Enchantix. The writers could have had Maia be from Domino or have a Domino citizen have been off world when it was destroyed. But willpower is lazy cop out.
Although I don’t like the how they did it, I can understand why they did it, since it was to avoid a plot hole since in the season three intro sequence. Bloom is shown to have Enchantix, so if she doesn’t have it, then that would present a problem. But it is also highly likely that Secret of the Lost Kingdom was being developed at the time of season three, so it made sense to give her it there where her story wrapped up.
Next, I liked the look and purpose of Omega, but it raises a disturbing thought about the prisons in the Winxverse. In Omega, unless you have ice magic, you are frozen in time until the end of the universe. But Oblivion is an unescapable prison since there is no way out and no food, so ultimately prisoners who manage to break out of their cells ultimately starve to death in a matter of days or weeks. That makes me wonder if Tritannus isn’t deceased by season eight.
So do I recommend this episode? Oh, definitely, yes. It’s an enjoyable episode with good animation, fight scenes, and voice acting, but with some lapses in logic and disturbing thoughts raised by it.
The next episode I intend to review is the episode where Nabu dies.