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World of Winx 1X01 -- Flora Cooking Fish Dish

I can’t be the only fan who thought, “Since when?” 😕 Have we ever seen Flora cook before? She’s great at mixing potions, which is a little like cooking. You follow recipes, right?

But in Winx Club, cooking is Bloom’s talent. Granted, it seems like a new skill in her repertoire. I don’t remember seeing her cook much before season six, except in the comics (I think). Marion even asked her in “Mythix” (6X14), “When did you learn to cook like this, dear?” (Way to lampshade your randomness, Rainbow. :P)

The emphasis on the Winx’s talents feels new, too — and it’s not just for World of Winx. As that “Mythix” quote shows, Rainbow’s doing it in Winx Club, too.

I know the Winx have always had hobbies. Aisha works out and plays sports. Musa writes songs. Tecna loves to tinker with technology and invent techno-gadgets…I mean, devices. 😛

But do Musa and Tecna‘s hobbies count as “talents?” Yes, not just anyone can make an inter-dimensional portal generator, but Tecna’s the Fairy of Technology. Of course, she’s good with gadgets (er, devices) because they’re the source of her power. Same with Musa and music — music’s part of her magic identity.

Isn’t it cheating if your skills come from magic? I’m not saying Musa and Tecna aren’t talented. But if they weren’t the Fairies of Music and Technology, would they be interested in other things?

I’d say Aisha’s athleticism, Bloom’s drawing, and Stella’s fashion design are true talents. They have nothing to do with their power sources. But until season five, Bloom and Stella’s talents weren’t mentioned often. Bloom created the Winx logo, and one of the walls in her room in Gardenia was covered in fairy drawings she’d made, but art wasn’t a major part of her character.

Same with Stella. She designed outfits for the Winx now and then (like the Love & Pet outfits in season four), but it was just for fun. Before season five, I didn’t think of designing as her talent.

Winx Club 6X02 -- Flora Using Magic to Grow Flowers

Gardening is Flora’s talent in Winx Club. I guess Rainbow thought that’d be too boring for a reality show — you can’t have a gardening contest, can you? — so they assigned her something more exciting and more useful to the story.

But I wouldn’t have picked “chef.” It doesn’t fit her. I could see her as a baker, but not a general chef. This is the girl who yells, “Don’t hurt it!” every time a monster attacks her and her friends. Sorry to ruin your dinner, but she’s gonna chop up dead animals and serve them on a platter? 😕

I guess she could be a vegetarian chef.

Anyway, cooking felt like a random choice for Flora. Rainbow just needed each girl to have a passion, and since Bloom already had art, cooking was open. I don’t think it’s Flora’s dream to become a chef, but I guess if this talent’s exclusive to World of Winx, we can just say, “Oh, well. It’s not canon.”

TV & Movie News
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Credit goes to WinxClubRUS and my affiliate GermanSirenix for breaking this news before me!

It’s official! World of Winx premieres Saturday, Jan. 28 on RAI Gulp! That day will mark the 13th anniversary of the Winx Club franchise!

Today, Rainbow released the full version of the trailer on the Italian YouTube channel. This looks like the trailer my affiliate Michael of Michael’s Winx Club saw at the Licensing Expo last June. Enjoy!


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The reveal of Dreamix surprised a lot of fans. Aren’t the Winx gonna be spies this time? Why do they need a new transformation? What happened to hiding their magic?

The end result wasn’t as confusing as we thought. I still think the spy mission clashed with the fantasy elements of the story. (See “General Thoughts, Pt. I.”) But the Winx are fairies, now and always. They had to have wings. (Yes, not all fairies have wings, but you know what I mean.)

So, what is Dreamix? The answer’s right in the song: “Makes your dreams come true! That’s the magic of Dreamix!” That’s easy to remember.

Too bad it’s not true.

The Winx never used it to make someone’s dream come true. In fact, Dreamix didn’t have much to do with figurative dreams (aspirations), except:

  • The Winx gained it when Annabelle’s dream came true. (They needed to get it at the same time this time. Rainbow had to save time for the story.)
  • It could detect when someone was about to reach their dream — and was being hunted by the Talent Thief.

The second half of the second bullet was plot convenience. It’s not like the talents were the only people in the world about to make their dreams come true. We can try to justify it, though. If the Dreamix power came from The World of Dreams, which was under Tinker Bell’s control, maybe an opposing force was guiding the Winx to her targets. Makes sense, right? Read the rest of this post

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All right. Back to World of Winx. Last time, I started talking about the new characters — namely, the talents (and by that, I mean Naoki). 😛 But the other newcomers were nice additions to the franchise, too.

Ace was what I expected: the classic host with a dramatic voice, narcissistic personality, and desperation to keep his show alive no matter what. Apparently, he was based on a real person: a singer-songwriter named Morgan (real name: Marco Castoldi), who spent seven seasons as a judge on the Italian version of X Factor. Guess you had to be an Italian Winx fan to catch that right away.

The one thing that surprised me about Ace — beside him not being one of Tinker Bell’s henchmen — was his ego clash with Bloom. Why her? Even if she’s the leader, I thought one of the other Winx — Aisha or Stella, maybe — would get the most annoyed with him. But Rainbow needed an excuse to have her split off from the group, which I think was a good and a bad writing choice. (I’ll talk about that another day.)

Crazy Ace

Sorry for the nightmares you’re gonna have tonight…

I know it’s weird, but I liked Ace best in “Dangerous Waters” (1X10) when he was under Smee’s hypnosis spell. The guy was already crazy. The spell just ripped the last shred of sanity he had and took him beyond the limits of his madness. (It’s funnier when it happens to a serious character.)

Then there was Lorelei. Ugh.

I’ll give her this: she was so annoying, you couldn’t help but laugh at her…awkwardly. 🙄 That was the point of her character, after all. But her line in “The Shaman” (1X08) while she was riding in the Winxmobile cracked me up:

“How about we play a game to see who can count the most cars?”

I don’t think it was supposed to be creepy, but it was. The delivery, the lighting on her face, her facial expressions. She was like an evil Barbie doll declaring your doom. It was hilarious. 😛 Read the rest of this post