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Wow, I haven’t written a post like this in months. Sorry for abandoning my blog again. 😔 No, I’m not leaving the fandom — at least not yet. If I ever decide to, I’ll announce it here before I go.

Since Winx and World of Winx are between seasons, I think I’ll talk about random things for a while. We know Winx season eight is coming late next year. (You knew that, right? 😉) I’ll focus on season seven again as the premiere date gets closer.

Today, let’s talk about a couple I tend to ignore (because they get enough attention already): Bloom and Sky. When I started drafting this, I didn’t know it was almost the tenth anniversary of Secret of the Lost Kingdom. Perfect timing. This post is about how one detail of Sky’s character — a detail that’s been there since season one — wrecked the movie’s ending.

Quick recap: After saving Domino, Bloom finally reunited with her birth parents Oritel and Marion. We later got a preview of her and Sky’s wedding (whenever that’s gonna happen). That’s the proverbial fly in the ointment: their marriage.

For three seasons, Rainbow implied that Bloom would be the next queen of Domino. Some fans still think so. It makes sense, right? Why else would her being the last princess be important?

But she’ll never be the queen of Domino — and she was never gonna be. That’s because of Sky. Why?

Because he’s the prince of Eraklyon.

When Bloom marries him, she’ll become his Queen Consort. That will leave Domino once again without an heir. Not a happy ending for the once-lost kingdom, after all. 😕

Oh, wait! Daphne’s corporeal again!

If you’ve wondered why Rainbow retconned her death, this could be the answer. It was just so she could rule Domino in Bloom’s place. That explains her coronation in “Vortex of Flames” (6X06) and her marriage to Thoren after dating for barely a year. (Who cares about relationship development? They’re so cute together! 🙄)

Were there better ways to fix the problem? Sure. I brainstormed a few:

  • Oritel and Marion could have had a third kid. (Do magic beings have a childbearing age limit? 😅)
  • Bloom and Sky could have had kids and sent one to rule Domino when he/she got older. It would have taken longer, but it would have worked, right?
  • Sky could have given up the throne of Eraklyon.

I don’t like that last option because Rainbow built up Sky’s attachment to his kingdom as much as Bloom’s attachment to hers. Think of all the times he ditched her because he had royal duties to attend to! In fact, his story has revolved more around being a prince than being Bloom’s boyfriend — which is good because it means he’s not just a love interest. He has his own identity. It wouldn’t have felt right if he had given up what made him unique.

This might sound weird coming from me, but maybe bringing back Daphne was the best option. She’s still doing what she did when she was dead: ensuring a “happily ever after” for Bloom. And we know Domino means as much to her, so it’s still satisfying to see her take the throne.

Here’s the bottom line, though. The heirless Domino plot hole wouldn’t have been there if Rainbow hadn’t made Sky a prince. The most important part of his character broke his girlfriend’s story — and the writers (and the fandom) didn’t even notice! That’s why you can’t take everything in a story at face value. Sometimes when you look below the surface, you start to see the cracks.

By the way…Happy Birthday, Bloom! 😅

I know. Weird timing. It wasn’t intentional.

Musings & Rants
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Sky. (Oops, I mean “Brandon.” 😛 ) The original Prince Charming of Winx Club.

We know more about him than about any of the other guys. He’s the leader of the Boys Club, he’s Crown Prince/King-in-Training of Eraklyon, and his life is constantly in danger due to tension in the kingdom. Brandon’s his best friend and bodyguard, Riven’s his not-so-friendly rival, and Diaspro’s his psycho ex-fiancée who’s hellbent on winning him back, even if she has to kill Bloom. (Let’s hope we don’t see her again.)

This season, we learned he has a cousin, Thoren, who he’s always thought was a jerk. Why? Once when they were looking for animal tracks in the woods when they were kids, they were ambushed by ninjas (nice continuity nod to season two). Thoren ran for his life, leaving Sky to fend for himself.

I get that Sky barely survived, but this was still a stupid grudge. They were just kids, and Thoren was scared. His flight response kicked in. That’s it. Does that make him a bad person? No. (I’ll talk more about that when I get to Thoren.)

Anyway, is there something else we don’t know about Sky? Even if there is, I don’t really care anymore. He’s just a spotlight hog now like his girlfriend. Rainbow’s so obsessed with him, he’s the only guy they put in Mystery of the Abyss. Do they really think we don’t care about the others? Read the rest of this post

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Remember Lazuli, the fairy who joined Cloud Tower in “Broken Dreams?” We know a couple witches who’ve become fairies, but I’m pretty sure she’s the first fairy-turned-witch we’ve met. (Selina doesn’t count, since she might not have had her wings yet.)

I wonder what made her turn to the dark side. At first, I thought the Trix might have scared her into it. Maybe they captured the students and gave them a choice: join or die! (I know — way too dramatic for this show. 😛 ) But she wanted to switch! She was willing to use her hair cages on her friends, and she was fine with calling herself an ex-fairy.

Here’s a random back story I thought up in about a minute. 😛

Lazuli was the fairy of hair. But instead of being the perfect stylist, she liked doing strange things with people’s hair — tying them up in it, making it move on its own, etc. Her classmates treated her like a freak, and she resented them for it. Over time, her hatred darkened her heart. She started thinking that, with her weird power, she wasn’t meant to be a fairy. When the Trix attacked her school, she saw her chance. She’d become a witch and join their side…

I know — I can do better. 😛

How does a fairy become a witch? Not the way I expected.

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When Mirta became a fairy, she got a new outfit and a pair of wings. Faragonda must have, too; according to Griffin, she made it to Enchantix level. (I guess older fairies lose their wings.)

Lazuli became a witch by…losing her wings. That was it. She could still fly (or float), but her fairy outfit became regular clothes.

I doubt that’s how it’s supposed to work. I think the animators were just lazy. Almost all the non-Winx fairies’ forms have been like this: everyday outfit + wings. And groups of classmates or friends have looked the same or similar to each other. Nickbow probably didn’t wanna “waste” time designing a unique look for everyone.

Have you ever come up with a fan fic or headcanon about a fairy becoming a witch? How does your story compare with Lazuli’s?

Thursday Your Say
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Today’s “Thursday Your Say” is about Winx Club season four (a.k.a. “The Power of Believix”).

I heard a rumor (can’t remember where) that season five is not a direct sequel to season four. It just makes references to it.

If that’s true, it’s very obvious. Much of what happened last season is being ignored. For example:

  • Roxy seemed to become a Winx, but she’s now just a background character.
  • Sky was “king-in-training” of Erakylon, but he’s back to being “crown prince.”
  • The Winx became teachers/teaching assistants at Alfea, but they’re acting like students again.
  • Morgana hints at Nabu being still alive but “sleeping” (in a coma), but he’s definitely dead this season.

What did carry into season five are the Winx band, the Believix transformation (for the first few episodes), and the Winx having returned magic to Earth. You could say those last two things are the most important. Especially the third one, since Tritannus gets his power from Earth’s pollution, which has mixed with magic.

But would a new fan need to watch all— or any — of season four to understand what’s happening now?

YOUR SAY: Is season four still important to the series, or could a new fan skip it?

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The next issue is out! What are our Winx up to this month? Wait a minute! Lady Gaga?

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How nice! May has arrived and the sun is shining in the sky! To celebrate the summer, the Winx Club Magazine is dyed in many colors! From the incredible charge of Jazz Dance with Aisha to information about a timeless and beloved garment: jeans! You can’t miss the special on Lady Gaga! Not to mention secrets and the latest from the magical Winx Club world: discover who is Bloom’s new friend in the new 3D movie “Magical Adventure!”

“Bloom’s new friend” is probably her horse, but I’m sure there are more secrets to be learned! By the way, these outfits—they’re based the ones from the new “I Love My Pet” doll line. Roxy and Bloom are wearing different shirts, though.

And more … The Winx Believix Hat, with lots of glitter and magic in two fantastic models!

A hat this time—cute! ^_^

Love and Duty!
Sky and Brandon must stay away from Magix! But why? And above all, who is Jordan?

I translated the comic book pages. There’s a rebel coup on Eraclyon (yeah, they spelled it wrong), but Sky and Brandon don’t know about it. Bloom tries to contact Sky, but he’s not answering. Tecna calls Timmy, who says Red Fountain lost radio contact with the boys ten minutes ago. No mention of this “Jordan” person, though. It could be a boy or a girl. I wonder if we have another Diaspro situation.

One day, I’m definitely going to buy one of these magazines!