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“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.

Overall Thoughts

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.

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A quick update. I know I’ve been neglecting this blog, I know I’ve been slow on putting up guest posts, and I know I haven’t written the Enchantix post yet. I could say I’m sorry, but that’s not good enough. I’ll start putting up the remaining guest posts tomorrow. As for the Enchantix post, I won’t give an exact date, but I am still working on it. Thank you for your patience.

Guest Posts

One of my regular readers, Will N., asked if he could submit some guest posts during my “break.” These will be about the Winx’s lives and how each girl has grown through the series. First up is the girl who started it all: Bloom. Take it away, Will.


Winx Girls: Life of Bloom

~ By Will N. ~

Long ago, a young princess was sent to Earth by her older sister for her own safety and grew up on Earth without knowing anything about her life, just assuming she was a regular girl with a fascination for fairytales and magic… Little did she know that she was a fairytale of her own. Since then, we’ve come to love her or hate her over the last 14 years, because even when all seems lost, she retains a cheery attitude and is able to bring whatever fun she has to share to life.

That girl…is Princess Bloom of Earth and Domino (or Sparks if you prefer). Ask her where she identifies as a person most, and she’d probably say Earth. She’s the one who started this all and the girl we know the most about. Why did this all happen? Simple…she was a girl with a dream to share her good feelings with everyone and bring them together to make the universe a better place with fun and friendship…

However, it wasn’t easy by any means, no matter how much like Mary Poppins she seems to be (minus making up extremely long words for being speechless, of course). First, she had to fight off an ogre to save her future best friend, Stella, that her rabbit Kiko alerted her about. If she had ignored Kiko…well, there’s a good chance that Stella would not be alive, and despite her not believing at first — even calling him crazy without actually saying it (“we can’t both be seeing things”) — well, at least not until a fire shield burst from her hand with a rather bold statement to distract the ogre.

From there, we watched Bloom not only learn to accept herself for who she was but convince her parents that she was something more (even though they already knew and faked denseness for her safety). As Bloom grew, she came to know seven very special friends and her older sister Daphne, even if she only formed the Winx with five of them. The five she chose were Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa and Aisha (or Layla, as she is more commonly known), but she was also good friends with Mirta and Roxy too, as she is pretty much everyone’s best friend and she has helped them through their hard times and in return they helped her.

Bloom had a lack of magical confidence, to the point of almost denying her existance as a fairy at first. But her physical prowess was almost akin to Aisha’s due to growing up in a (then) non-magical realm, pretty much teaching Stella, Flora, Tecna and Musa how to defend themselves without magic in a small scope. Eventually, Bloom learned with the help of her friends to overcome those blocks and became the definitive leader of the Winx. Even if they occasionally get fed up with her, she’s the only one who everyone will actually listen to willingly because of her nature being well..something that no one in the magic dimension had ever seen before. And that’s also why that everyone is upset whenever she’s away because…it’s not every day someone with her personality shows up in Magix.

Bloom also learned a lot about herself on her own, too. She learned that not only was she a princess but that she was adopted. Shortly before that, though, she had discovered that she was the wielder of the Dragon Flame, the power of life itself — although she prefers making fireballs out of it, rarely using much life aspects on it unless there’s extreme dangers involved. Another thing she has come to learn is that she is never alone, having friends and family who care about her, including an older sister to be her guardian daily.

Unfortunately, she is prone to easily breaking down when she makes a critical mistake. And although she goes home to her parents to clear her mind instead of trying to fight through it, it sometimes has made things worse for her, causing random Trix invasions that she has to clean up. There was also that time that she temporarily was unwillingly turned into what people would be afraid of if any Kryptonian ever lost their temper: the Midnight Princess who has become affectionately known as “Dark Bloom,” openly using her raw dragon power against those she protected and cared about, giving Stella and Musa the most shock and thus causing tensions the following school year when an even closer connection popped up.

When it comes to her problematic-but-somehow-meant-to-be love life with Prince Sky of Eraklyon, it’s obvious that she loves him. But there are several issues that each of them haven’t agreed on since season three: trust between each other to the point that sometimes we can’t tell the difference between them and Musa and Riven. That almost makes Musa’s troubles less bad…(shudders). If only Bloom and Sky could learn that no matter what happens, even if someone like Diaspro is around to ruin it, that their love is true enough to overcome such things…or else Bloom should return that ring and heart-shaped necklace, thereby dooming the happy couple in spite of political pressure.

Bloom can also say that she, being of two worlds, is of both royal and common natures. Being born a princess to King Oritel and Queen Marion gave her status, but being adopted by Mike and Vanessa made her who she is today by instilling in her what is truly important: to care for those around her, even if it means potentially losing her life for them. This is probably what lead to her artistic talent and creative problem-solving knack. In addition to her personal challenges, she has also made some rather great magical achievements as well. The most notable feat of magic she has done is replicating the Dragon Flame to give to her friends after their magic was diluted to the point where it wouldn’t work. Until they could unlock Bloomix as like a flower, they would bloom. (:P)

Another impressive feat (however train-like it is) was having enough willpower to find a backdoor into Enchantix until she could properly earn it by merging with Daphne and letting Sky drive Oritel’s blade through both her and Mandragora when she restored Domino.

Next was kicking Icy off her high horse in a classic clash of opposites with a great comeback full of spunky Earth attitude. “You thought you got rid of me! Well, you thought wrong!”

However, her most impressive magical feat is combining her fairydust and creativity on the Agador box to return the stolen magic to their rightful realms, as she faked her demise causing a hilarious game of monkey-in-the-middle to take place. Valtor of all people should know what happens when anyone vile meets the Winx, even if he is formidable…it’s still a one way ticket to Omega or worse Light Rock Monastery. Although it worked, needless to say Stella, Aisha and Tecna were not too happy about that, to the point that Aisha almost refused to let Bloom execute this plan and made her promise never to do something that crazy ever again. And although she might have said so, her spunk makes one wonder whether or not she actually listened, as sometimes her craziness is the only way anything gets done.

Warning to all future Winx villians: just don’t ever go after any of her friends or family. Especially if it’s the one who is considered the weakest because that is just cowardly…and even the worst enemy that the Winx had wouldn’t stoop that low.

What do all of you think about Bloom, and what do you think might make her better?

TV & Movie News

Thank you to WinxClubFrance for the heads-up! The first Winx Club movie, The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, premiered ten years ago today in Italian theaters. Hard to believe it’s been that long!

Video

Now this is a surprise! Rainbow made a video of ALL the Winx’s transformations from seasons 1-7! That includes Charmix from seasons one, two, and the Nick specials; the 3D Enchantix, Believix, and Sirenix from the movies; and Roxy and Daphne’s transformations. (Roxy’s grouped with Believix, while Daphne’s grouped with Bloomix even though she’s a Sirenix fairy.)

With eleven years worth of footage to go through, something was bound to get left out. They forgot Aisha’s Charmix/Magic Winx transformations — both from the original and the Nick specials. That’s a shame. Her Charmix is my favorite. 🙁

Still, the video’s worth watching for nostalgia. Bon appétit, Winx fans!