Warning: if you haven’t seen World of Winx season two yet, turn back now if you don’t want spoilers!
Still here? Okay, here we go.
Overall, I didn’t like this season. I felt indifferent towards it at first, but as my sister watched it, I noticed I agreed with most of her complaints. I’ll tell you what she said about both seasons later.
If I could sum up this season up in one word, it would be “spectacle.” It put on a flashy show: lots of action, powerful spells, darker scenes, and interesting enemies. But that just distracted us from the major problems, including a plot flaw that makes the Winx look like idiots.
In the first episode, they get whisked away to Neverland — a.k.a. The World of Dreams — after randomly gaining Onyrix. They run into Jim and Smee, who tell them Tinkerbell’s back story: Peter Pan left her, she fell into despair, and she become the evil queen they fought last season. Naturally, the Winx feel sorry for her. They decide to find Peter, hoping she’ll turn back into a good fairy if she sees him again. Nothing wrong so far.
While they’re looking for him, which later changes to looking for his son Matt, the Spirit of the World of Dreams — a.k.a. the Spirit of the Forest — occasionally interrupts to tell them a Neverlander is in danger. Here’s when the Winx start contradicting themselves. After Flora, Tecna, and Aisha save the Alligator Man in “Mermaids on Earth” (2X04), Flora says the Winx and the Neverlanders are “united against the queen [of the World of Dreams].”
What does that mean? Don’t the Winx wanna make her good again? Why is Flora talking like they wanna fight Tinkerbell?
This continues throughout the season. Every time the Winx save a Neverlander, they send them to Jim’s army. At the same, they keep looking for Matt so they can solve the conflict peacefully. But once they find him, they even train him for battle — before they learn about the prophecy!
Because of this, the “betrayal” arc near the end makes no sense. In “Technomagic Trap” (2X10), as soon as the Winx return to Earth, Jim rallies the Neverlanders to march on Tinkerbell. Matt says maybe he should go alone and try to talk to her (the Winx’s plan), but Jim convinces him to join them.
I remember being confused when I watched this scene. Why would anyone, especially Matt, be surprised about fighting Tinkerbell? The Winx made it sound like that was the point. They even helped him find a sword. What did he expect to do with it?
Bloom also says Matt will “help turn Tinkerbell back into the good fairy she was.” Then why did he need warrior training? What was the point of being “the hero of Neverland” if he wasn’t supposed to fight her?
In the next episode, “Jim’s Revenge” (2X11), the Winx’s plan works. As soon as Tinkerbell sees Matt, she gives up her fairy powers and her crown. Problem solved, right? Nope. Jim wants justice and convinces the Neverlanders to attack her. The Winx try to protect her.
It’s a clash of ideals: justice vs. mercy — expect the Winx spent all season planting the “defeat Tinkerbell” idea in the Neverlanders’ heads, too.
Wait a minute. They just wanted to fight the shadow creatures, not Tinkerbell. Right?
Yes, the shadow creatures were everywhere, and the Neverlanders had to defend themselves. But that’s not how the Winx pitched it. They kept saying, “Defeat the queen!”
- Flora in ep. 4: “We are all on the same team now and united against the queen!”
- Bloom in ep. 4: “The more we are, the better we can fight the queen!”
- Stella in ep. 6: Defeat the evil queen ruling in Neverland!”
See? It’s like they forgot she was Tinkerbell! Even if they meant “defeat her shadow creatures,” it doesn’t explain why they trained Matt for battle if they just wanted him to talk her out of her wickedness.
I’m getting confused trying to explain this, so here’s a TL;DR.
From the beginning, the Winx wanted to make Tinkerbell good again. Their plan was to find Peter Pan (later Matt) and bring him to Neverland. Jim wanted to destroy Tinkerbell. They all wanted to save Neverland, but they had different ideas for how to do it. But for some reason, the Winx tried to play both angles: looking for Matt and helping Jim build his army. Why were they surprised by the outcome?
Didn’t he trick them into thinking he believed their plan would work? After all, what he really wanted was power.
It seemed that way, but again, that doesn’t explain why they kept talking about fighting her, too. Bottom line: the Winx’s actions and dialogue didn’t match their goal.
That’s just one of the problems I have with this season. I’ll talk more about it after “What If Wednesday.”