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With Winx Club’s 15th anniversary about half a year away, Knight7572 looks back at one of the episodes that started it all. The Trix sneak into Alfea to sabotage the school dance as a diversion so they can steal Stella’s ring. When Bloom stands up to them, she transforms into a fairy for the first time. How does this episode hold up? Take it away, Knight.


“Review of Episode 1X03: ‘Save The First Dance’”

~ By Knight7572 ~

Please note: the episode I watched was is the 4Kids version.

Ahh, season one, where it all began nearly 15 years ago. Does the episode stand the test of time, or has it rotted away like most things? Time to find out.

The episode begins in Wizgiz’s metamorphosis class, and after demonstrating how metamorphosis works, all the class attempt the simplest exercise: changing their hair colour. But Bloom is unable to do so (which should have been a clue that maybe Bloom’s magic wasn’t suited to metamorphosis, but I’ll come back to that later).

Anyway, after hearing the announcement for Alfea’s first of the year dance, Bloom doesn’t have a dress, which I can understand, but even a shopping spree with Stella can’t find the right dress. But with a bit of creative thinking and a bit of shopping sale Earth know-how, Bloom finds the dress she wants but can’t find a pair of scissors to get creative with the dress she bought. But Bloom overhears the Trix’s plan, and the Winx foil it.

Bloom goes after the ring and runs into the Trix, who are understandably cheesed and attempt to kill Bloom. But sheer willpower activates her Winx form — which was obvious since Bloom’s power is more suited to combat — but is unable to beat them. after the Trix retreat, the Winx enjoy the night, while Icy gets a duck and not the Solaria Ring. With a good ending song, the episode ends.

What I Observed

  • Faragonda met her husband at her back to school. Well, Faragonda must be a lucky gal. 😉
  • So the Trix’s plan is to steal Stella’s ring. To use the sabotage of the Alfea dance would be a creative cover.
  • Flora wishes they could create outfits with magic. Well, I think she got her wish in the later seasons.
  • I liked the Disney princess reference.
  • Bloom’s Bloom Couture outfit was very nice.
  • The Winx counter spelling the Trix and wrecking both their plans was nice. 🙂
  • Bloom’s first Winx transformation sequence was very well animated. 🙂
  • I don’t get how the Trix didn’t spot Bloom ahead of them or see her shadow. -_-
  • Princess Musa? I would criticize, but I remember that Musa was a princess in this dub.
  • Alfea security is so bad that they leave the gifts unguarded. Seriously, that is a major error, which could and did allow for an act of sabotage. -_-
  • How did no one hear the fighting going on outside? I mean, seriously, Bloom narrowly avoid being killed on her first day at college. -_-

Overall Thoughts

So has this episode aged well in over 14 years? Well, the voice acting was enjoyable, as was the episode overall. However, the animation looked horrible cause it feels primitive compared to what Winx has today. I suspect 14 years ago it was good, but it hasn’t aged well.

Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, I would have criticised Wizgiz for not knowing that Bloom’s magic was not suited to metamorphosis, but given that neither he nor Bloom knew what Bloom’s magic was at the time, I’m willing to let this one slide. Still, I enjoyed the fight between Bloom and the Trix, who failed to check if Bloom was frozen in ice, which she avoided.

Bloom not having a dress to wear is totally understandable because she probably never had to deal with a situation like this before, and she’s experiencing a change in her life that is unexpected to say the least.

Now watching this episode gave me a sort of better understanding of why people said the outfits looked skimpy cause they showed off a lot of skin, which I could see as skimpy. The characters not having proper body proportions was more a result of the animation style used back then, but the seasons that came after addressed both of these problems, so they are no longer valid.

So what do you lot think of S1, EP3? I have to ask: should I review season 1 ep 17? I will try to look at it in a balanced light, but Sky and Bloom’s actions are going to be scrutinized.

What If Wednesday

Today’s “What If Wednesday” question: “What if the schools in Magix got new teachers?”

Have you noticed the faculty at these schools hasn’t changed much? Alfea added Avalon in season two and Daphne in season six. That’s it. (You could count the Winx, but let’s not go there.)

We don’t see some of the teachers anymore, but it’s hard to tell if they’re gone for good. What happened DuFour? Or Avalon? Or that dance instructor from season three? I think Rainbow just decided not to show them anymore, since they’re not important. (DuFour and Avalon did appear in a comic recently, so they haven’t been forgotten.)

Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone left for real? The best choice would be Wizgiz. He’s been teaching for more than 1,000 years! I think he’s earned a few centuries of retirement.

What about at Cloud Tower? We’ve only ever seen three teachers: Griffin, Zarathustra, and Ediltrude. The latter two haven’t shown up since season three. (Winx Wikia says there’s a fourth professor — a wizard named Bittersmoke — who was mentioned in the show but never appeared.) I doubt Griffin’s running the school by herself, so where’s the rest of the staff?

Redfountain’s in a similar boat. Saladin and Codatorta are the only faculty members we’ve seen, but at least they both showed up in season five. Who else is training the Specialists? It can’t just be them.

As for Nex and Thoren, we don’t even know where they go to school. I doubt Redfountain has a Paladin track; it seems to be a Specialist-only school (that’s run by a wizard, for some reason). A lot of Wikis say they’re from Lynphea College, but I think that’s wrong. The evidence points elsewhere.

Anyway, I guess before Rainbow writes anyone out of the schools, they need to show some of the “hidden” teachers first. What are their subjects? What do the students think of them? What do they think of the Winx? Are they as star-struck as the students are?

That last part is why I think switching out the teachers could be interesting. Faragonda, Palladium, Griselda, Wizgiz, Saladin, Codatorta, and Griffin know the Winx well. They trust them enough to send them on dangerous missions and give them access to secret areas of their schools. But if a new teacher — someone who didn’t trust the Winx — came in and interfered?

Worse, what if they became the headmaster of Alfea? That would mean sidelining Faragonda for a while (but not necessarily killing her off). Maybe the Winx would have to sneak out again like they used to, or maybe they’d finally leave the school for good.

(This is starting to sound like Harry Potter. That’s not what was thinking about, but…why not?)

A happier possibility is they could learn something new from the new teacher. Rainbow could have done this in season seven with Wild Magic, but I think using Wizgiz worked, too. His subject is metamorphosymbiosis, after all. Wild Magic was a form of it. But what other types of magic — besides transformations — do the Winx not know about yet?


To sum it up, switching out some of the teachers — or just adding new ones — could change the character dynamic a bit. It could also reveal more about the schools in Magix and maybe make them more relevant again. I think Redfountain needs it the most. How long has it been since we’ve seen it? Four seasons? Five? Good grief!

That’s it for today!

What If Wednesday

Today’s “What If Wednesday” question: “What if the Winx visit [insert world name]?”

The Winx have traveled all over the Magic Dimension, but they haven’t been to every world. Do they have to? Of course not. Not all the places mentioned in the show (or the comics) have to be important.

Still, it means Rainbow can expand Winx Club‘s physical universe without even adding to it. They can use what they already have. (That’s the theme of this feature, right?) Here are some known worlds the Winx have never seen.

Dolona

Winx 1X02 - Eleanor of DolonaRemember this shy fairy: Eleanor of Dolona? Griselda made her sweat in “Welcome to Magix” (1X02) when she couldn’t find her name right away on the new student roster. Where’s Dolona? What does it look like? Is Eleanor the princess? She may not look like it, but most characters addressed as “So-and-So of World” tend to be royalty or nobility.

Orez, Fallat, and Rot

In “Professor Avalon’s Secret” (2X09), Griffin said when these three “sacred” planets align, it’s thought to be a bad omen. Why? What’s the story behind them? And what would happen if they aligned again? I know the prophecy of Serius Facetus was a joke, but as the Wise Woman of Calavera said, “With every legend comes a bit of truth.”

Romulea

Lots of royals and nobles attended Eraklyon’s millennium celebration in season three, but one pair was mentioned by name: King Wanetka and Queen Linley of Romulea. Same question: Where’s Romulea, and what does it look like?

Callisto

Winx 1X02 - Varanda of CallistoI saved this world for last because it’s the most significant. Remember what happened after that scene with Eleanor and Griselda? Bloom become nervous because she wasn’t on the roster, but Stella had already thought of a plan. The princess of Domino would pretend to be the princess of Callisto, Varanda. But Griselda and Faragonda saw through the lie, and Bloom fessed up at the end of the episode.

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to meet the real Varanda. I bet she doesn’t look anything like Bloom! How would she feel knowing someone impersonated her to get into Alfea, and her friend Stella orchestrated the scam?

That’s it for today. To my fellow American Winx fans, I hope you had a safe and happy 4th of July! I know what I’m having for dinner tonight: leftover barbecue chicken wings!

Musings & Rants

Yes, I have a brother. I know I don’t talk about him much, but he used to watch Winx Club, too. He stopped just because it wasn’t on anymore. That was back in the 4Kids days.

Last year, we got into a long conversation about the show. I was surprised by how much he remembered. He still knew the names of most of the main characters, the three schools in Magix, and the villains (he called Valtor “Balfour,” but close enough). He also remembered small details like how Flora gets treated like a piñata most of the time (his words, not mine).

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I’ve talked to him about the show a few times since then. He says he didn’t have a favorite Winx, but he liked Musa a lot. First of all, he liked her relationship with — no, not Riven (he hated him)  — her father Ho-Boe. Second, he liked that she wasn’t just one of the Winx, but she also had a dream of becoming a musician. That gave her more depth than the others.

As for the guys, he thinks they were all useless and unnecessary. They were just “Ken dolls.” I managed to get him to pick a favorite, anyway: Brandon. Why? He liked his weapon, and he admired him for being able to put up with Stella. 😛 (Again, his words.)

During that first conversation, I told him a spinoff called World of Winx was coming soon (back when we thought it would air in the spring). He was so interested, he said he might watch it! That got me excited! Could this lure him back into the Winx Club universe?

Nope.

As soon as I said the Winx are still the main characters, he said he’ll pass. He doesn’t wanna watch another show “from Bloom’s perspective.” Why focus on them again when there are so many background characters whose stories haven’t been told?

I know other fans feel the same way. They’ve talked about wanting to see spinoffs about the guys, a new fairy club, or even the Trix. He said he wouldn’t mind one about the villains, but he thinks the evil trio has been “played out.” (I guess he felt the Trix were overused even in seasons 1-3.)

But what he really wants to see is a spinoff about the older characters like Faragonda, Griselda, Griffin, Saladin, Oritel and Marion, etc. What were they like when they were younger? How did they get where they are today?

Also, how and when were the three schools founded? What was Magix like before they were built? Rainbow’s never answered those questions, but they’d help build the mythology of the series.

I told him the Winx went back in time to old Alfea in season seven. They met young Faragonda, saw what the school used to be like (complete with uniforms), and met the previous headmistress Mavilla. His response was, “A whole season of that, please.” He thinks it’ll never happen, though, because it probably wouldn’t sell dolls.

What do you think? Would you watch my brother’s dream spinoff? What other Winx characters do you wanna see a show about?

 

Episode Reviews

capture_005_24012016_142519_817Guess what? The Winx get Butterflix in this episode! Gasp! What a shocker!

Sigh. Why does Rainbow tell us when the Winx are gonna get their new forms now? Just look at these titles: “The Power of Harmonix” (5X06), “Sirenix” (5X13), “Mythix” (6X14), and now “Butterflix.” Bloomix was the exception, since not all the girls earned it in the same episode, but we knew someone was gonna get it in “Bloomix Power” (6X04).

Next season, I wanna be surprised again. I wanna see the Winx in a now-or-never situation and not know if they’ll get a new power or not. It’s more suspenseful that way.

Anyway, let’s look at episode 7X03: “Butterflix!” Don’t forget the Winx are still in the past. When I say Faragonda, Kalshara, etc., I’m talking about their younger selves. (I just don’t wanna put “young” in front of their names each time.)

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EPISODE SUMMARY

1. The Winx and Roxy promise to help Faragonda find her Digmole. In Wizgiz’s classroom, teacher’s pet Kalshara shows off by turning into a bird, which Bloom recognizes as the thief who stole the last Digmole from The Alfea Natural Park. Wizgiz kicks Faragonda out and dismisses Kalshara for good behavior. As they head back to their dorm, Kalshara convinces her that by reading the Tome of Nature, she can figure out where her Digmole went.
I’ll save my thoughts about these scenes for later.

2. Faragonda sneaks into Mavilla’s office while she’s away and steals the Tome. The headmistress’s pet lions almost catch her, but she uses her magic to turn them into harmless widdle cubs. D’aww! She heads back to her dorm.
Faragonda snuck into her future office? That’s ironic! Nothing stood out to me about this scene, except…the Pelletfly’s joke! “Wait for the beak?” It cracks me up every time! 😛 I love puns, and the delivery was perfect. Kudos to Mavilla’s voice actress!

3. According to the Tome of Nature, Digmoles live in the Valley of Fruit. Faragonda starts to feel guilty and wants to put the book back, but Kalshara “promises” to return it for her. The future headmistress believes her and leaves to find the Winx. Kalshara rips out a page, uses the spell on it to enter the Fairy Animals’ Hall, and absorbs the Wild Magic stored there.

Oh, Faragonda! You’re so naive! Never trust someone who does something fishy, then tells you to trust them! 😛

I wasn’t impressed with the Fairy Animals’ Hall scene. We’re just three episodes in, and we’ve already seen two, new secret rooms? And why should a bubble of Wild Magic be so easy to get to if it’s so dangerous? Alfea has a lot of safety issues!

4. Without the Wild Magic, all the Fairy Animals at Alfea go nuts. Faragonda thinks this is her fault, but before she can tell the Winx what she did, Mavilla shows up holding the Tome of Nature. Busted! Just then, Bloom sees the bird Kalshara turned into in Wizgiz’s class flying away. The Winx, Faragonda, Roxy, and Mavilla decide to head to the Valley of Fruit to “restore order to the Fairy Animal world.”

What did the Digmoles have to do with this scene? Yes, now we know Kalshara was after them, but Faragonda didn’t know that, so why would she suggest going to the Valley of Fruit? I think it would have made more sense if someone — maybe Bloom — had said, “Let’s follow Kalshara and see where she goes.” Otherwise, it seems like Faragonda was only thinking about her own problems.

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5. Kalshara finds Brafilius asleep in the Valley of Fruit. Against his wishes, she uses a diamond laced with Wild Magic to turn him into a dog. While he’s stumbling around chasing Digmoles, our heroes show up. Brafilius uses his new powers to summon the Giant of the Valley to capture the little Fairy Animals, and Roxy and the Winx transform to save them. Meanwhile, Kalshara tries to attack Mavilla. Faragonda turns her into a cub and tries to cage her, but Brafilius snatches her away with his hat and disappears.

I liked it when Kalshara turned Brafilius into a dog (before he started chasing the Digmoles). Sounded like he didn’t wanna be involved in her plans anymore. I wonder if he’s still mad at her for this on him.

One question, though: did he have magic powers before he became an animal? I’m guessing he didn’t. That might explain why he couldn’t use them well.

6. The Winx’s spells aren’t working on the giant because it’s protected by nature. Roxy and Aisha come up with a plan: attack its arms to free the Digmoles and let them defend themselves. It works. The Digmoles dig the giant to pieces! The magic that protected it is released onto the Winx, and they become Butterflix fairies! Faragonda lets her Digmole go, and Mavilla thanks the Winx for helping her realize the Fairy Animals should be free. She decides to erase the memories of everyone at Alfea so no one can abuse these animals again.

I’ll talk about this in the next section, too. Read the rest of this post