Episode Reviews
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School’s out for summer! ūüėÄ I should¬†have¬†more time to blog now, but I might take a¬†break for¬†a few weeks. I haven’t decided yet because¬†I don’t wanna miss the trailer and/or premiere of World of Winx¬†(whenever that’s gonna¬†be). I’ll let you know before I go.

Last episode, while the Winx were in prehistoric Magix, Aisha bonded with¬†a Cry-Cry named Squonk. She decided to bring the little guy to the present. But he wasn’t the animal with the First Color of the Universe, so the mission continues.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

1. While the Winx are in class (I’ll talk about that¬†later), Aisha leaves Kiko and the Pixies on Squonk-sitting duty. Like all the other times¬†the Winx have asked for their help,¬†they fail. Cherie won’t stop¬†yelling at him. Kiko accidentally bonks him in the head with a ball, which makes him and Piff cry. Finally, the Pixie of Weather¬†can’t¬†take it anymore and tries to zap Squonk with¬†lightning! The little guy gets spooked and races¬†into the school to find his new mommy,¬†Aisha. The Pixies chase after him.
Hi, Pixies. Didn’t think you’d be in this season. Last time¬†the Winx found¬†new creatures to bond with, you guys went¬†on vacation. I guess Rainbow was going for a record¬†amount of cuteness, especially if you include the Mini-World animals.

Is it just me, or have the Pixies been useless since season three?¬†All they’ve done is be cute, cause trouble, fly¬†away from monsters, and dig a giant plot¬†hole. I wish Rainbow had left them out this time. They only show up in a couple more episodes, and what do they do? Cause more trouble and be cute some more. Nothing important.

The only thing I liked in this scene was Cherie losing her temper. I haven’t watched¬†much of PopPixie, but I know poor anger management was a hallmark of her character. When she gets mad, watch for stray lightning bolts!¬†Did we see that side of her last season? I think¬†she had a fight with Stormy, but anyone could get mad at¬†her. ūüėõ

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2. Meanwhile in Wizgiz’s class, the wee professor is teaching a lesson on Wild Magic, which he says is “among the darkest magical practices of Metamorphosimbiosis.” If it gets out of¬†control, it can make¬†any living thing go¬†savage.¬†He’s about to do an experiment when Squonk bursts into the room, leaps¬†into Aisha’s arms, and cries waterfalls of tears. She and Bloom apologize and send him away with¬†the Pixies again.
I’ll say it now: why are the Winx in class? Are they students again, or are they teaching assistants (or teachers)? It feels like Rainbow can’t make up their minds. Even at the beginning of the season, Faragonda suggested they’re not students when she said¬†they should set an example for the students. Yet¬†they’re taking classes? ūüėē

I’m gonna echo what other fans have said: they may be in some sort of graduate program created for them. They get to learn more about magic, but they still have teaching/teacher’s assistant duties. Plus, it looks like their adventures are affecting the school’s¬†curriculum. Wizgiz never taught them about¬†Wild Magic before.

Whatever’s going on, I love seeing Alfea classes¬†again. They were¬†always one of my favorite parts of the show. Also, kudos to whoever wrote the English script for this episode and to the actor who voiced Wizgiz. I loved his lines in this scene.

3. The¬†Winx visit Roxy to see if she’s got new info on Fairy Animals. She does (sort of). If Kalshara and Brafilius wanna find the animal with the First Color of the Universe, too, then whenever an animal’s in danger, it could be the one they’re after. Luckily, Roxy knows a way to detect when animals are in trouble. She’s created a universe-wise alarm system run by Yaffles, birds¬†who can sense danger to all species. One of the Yaffles senses something threatening the Magiwolves on Lynphea. The Winx decide to go¬†to Flora’s house to see if her parents can tell them what’s happening.
I skipped the scene before this, when Aisha was saying she¬†felt like meeting Squonk¬†was her destiny. Roxy brings this up again in a later episode. I couldn’t take it seriously at first because the Fairy Animals were so cutesy, but it felt more meaningful¬†when we saw their true forms. I bet that was the point. It was almost like Rainbow was saying, “They look silly now, but just wait…”

Back to Roxy’s scene. Poor thing. ūüôĀ She’s been demoted from potential seventh¬†Winx to mission control.¬†It doesn’t feel right.

Yes, she has the strongest connection with¬†animals, but wouldn’t that¬†have been more useful out in the field? Think of all the times her magic could have helped them.¬†For example, in “Mission in the Jungle” (7X11), she could have calmed down the tiger cubs. Or maybe¬†she could have broken the Wild Magic spell possessing¬†the poachers.

I think¬†that’s why Rainbow sidelined her. They couldn’t make¬†an animal-themed season without the Fairy of Animals, but she couldn’t be too involved or she’d upstage the Winx. Almost everything they did this season, she probably could have done herself.

That’s my issue with transformations that are based on one of the Winx’s powers. It makes sense for them to exist, since the Winx aren’t the only fairies with these¬†power sources. But when all six (or seven) of them can do what normally only one of them can do,¬†suddenly that girl isn’t special anymore.

Plus, you wonder why she needs that transformation. Did Flora need Sophix? It may have been the Gift of Wisdom, but it was nature-based. Did Aisha need Sirenix? She’s already a good¬†swimmer, and she already draws power from the oceans. All she got out of the deal was a “special” spell and a key to the Infinite Ocean. And the biggest question of all:¬†why on Earth did Bloom need Bloomix? It wouldn’t even have existed without her! ūüėē

Anyway…

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Even if I hate the¬†purpose of it, Roxy’s threat detection system is cool enough. It makes me think of a¬†Mega Man X game stage select screen. Roxy’s like Alia, detecting Mavericks loose in a remote area and sending the Maverick Hunters out to¬†‚ÄĒ

Okay, I’ll stop. My nerd is showing. ūüėõ

4. When the Winx reach Flora’s house, they see her parents ‚ÄĒ Rollos and Alyssa ‚ÄĒ¬†taking care of a pair¬†of Magiwolves. After Bloom accidentally gets Alyssa off on a tangent about plants (like mother, like daughter), Flora tells her parents why they’ve come. Rollos says the Magiwolves are being infected by spores from mutated fungi. The two Magiwolves the couple healed offer to¬†lead the Winx to where the mutation began.¬†Before they leave, Rollos gives Flora some¬†magic orchid seeds that can cancel¬†the mutation.
Those of you who’ve watched the 4Kids dub, do you remember how they made Flora a hippie? (Her catchphrase was, “Peace out,” for Pete’s sake. ūüėē ) I’m starting to think they had the right idea. Look at this house! I know Lynpheans would wanna live in harmony with nature, but something about this place¬†screams “counterculture” to me.

And these are her parents?

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We first saw Alyssa last season in “Mythix” (6X14).¬†She didn’t come off as eccentric to me, but I guess I was wrong. Her husband’s much crazier,¬†but not all the buds have bloomed up there for her, either.

Don’t get me wrong. I like them both. They’re just…different than the other Winx’s parents. Still, I’m glad we’ve finally met them.

5. The Winx don’t get far before a squeaky voice stops them in their tracks. It’s Flora’s little sister Miele. As always, she wants to tag along, but Flora won’t let her. She’s still nervous about what happened to her when Lynphea College got attacked. The other Winx agree, and they leave Miele behind.
Flora, how long are you gonna do this to her? Yes, she got captured by the Treants, but she still proved she’s a capable fairy.¬†Heck, she got knocked out of the sky fewer times¬†than you do!

I think the¬†“no, Miele” routine is getting stale. It made sense in season three because¬†she was just a kid, and it made sense last season because¬†Flora hadn’t seen her in a while and hadn’t seen what she can¬†do. Now I think we’re pushing it. I don’t get why Flora still doesn’t¬†believe in¬†her.

In fact, why is she so overprotective of her? Being an older sister myself, I can relate, but you have to let your younger siblings make their own choices¬†at some point. They’ll never grow if you don’t. (I hope my brother and sister don’t think I coddle them like this. ūüôĀ )

If Rainbow’s gonna keep this up, I think they need to give Flora a reason to act like this. Did something happen to Miele when she was little that made Flora so protective? Otherwise, she’s just smothering her. It’s not sweet anymore.

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6. The Magiwolves lead the Winx to a creepy-looking area of the forest, where the giant mutant fungi are. Since the Magiwolves are too scared to go further, the Winx continue on their own. Flora sees something watching them. She tries to point it out to the others, but it vanishes as quickly as it appeared. 

As they keep walking, she¬†remembers Wizgiz’s lesson. The fungi could be possessed by Wild Magic! Sure enough, they start trying to trap the Winx! The girls transform and fight back, but the fungi are resistant to their spells because Butterflix¬†magic¬†‚ÄĒ the essence¬†of nature ‚ÄĒ can’t hurt¬†nature itself. One by one, the Winx are captured and slowly drained of their magic energy. Flora remembers the orchid seeds her dad gave her, but before she can use them, she gets¬†captured, too!

The extra-long Butterflix sequence¬†almost killed the mood, but this was still a good¬†scene. There was a twist here I liked, too.¬†Remember last review when¬†I complained that whenever it’s one girl’s time to shine, the others get¬†put out of commission? Rainbow made it look like Flora would be the hero, but she couldn’t escape, either.

Let’s be honest, though: it was predictable. Miele foreshadowed it before they left: “But what if you needed me, and I wasn’t there?” Plus, every time Flora tells her to stay behind, they end up needing her.¬†So while I’m sure most of us saw it coming, it was nice to see the Winx fail for once because it¬†reminds us they’re not perfect. (Thank goodness because perfect characters are boring.) Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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Helia’s one of my favorite guys in the Boys Club.¬†Unlike Sky or even¬†Brandon, he’s not just nice¬†‚ÄĒ he’s gentle. Fighting isn’t really¬†in his nature (even though he’s good at it). He originally dropped out of Red Fountain, but¬†he re-enrolls after he meets¬†Flora. I guess¬†he just wanted to be around her more. ūüėõ

In my opinion, Helia’s the most attractive¬†guy in the group, even with the “spider ‘do” he got in season four. ūüėõ I’ve always wondered if he represents the Japanese character type “The Bishounen” (bishŇćnen) or bishie for short. In case you don’t know Japanese or don’t watch Japanese anime, here’s a definition (via¬†TV Tropes):

…the BishŇćnen, or “beautiful boy”, is a male character that possesses androgynous or ‘feminine’ physical traits. He is usually tall, slender with almost no fat and little to no muscle, and no body or facial hair….It is not uncommon for those at the more feminine end to be mistaken for women by other characters…

Technically, since Helia’s in his twenties now, he’d be a biseinen (“beautiful man”). But when he was introduced in season two, he fit the definition pretty well. Bishounen also tend to be intelligent, more sensitive, and adored by the women around them¬†‚ÄĒ¬†and sometimes¬†the men as well.

It might sound like I’m just gushing over him since I like him so much. But we know Winx Club was inspired by mahou shoujo (magical girl) anime like Sailor Moon. Bishounen frequently appear in shoujo (girls’) and mahou shoujo series, so it’s not hard to believe Rainbow would create a character of that type. Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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In episode 5X18, Stella “reminded” her father ‚ÄĒ and maybe us fans, too ‚ÄĒ that she’s the “Guardian Fairy of Solaria.” What does that title really mean?

We don’t know much about Guardian Fairies (or “Fate Madrine,” fairy godmothers, in Italian), but we know the Winx ‚ÄĒ minus Bloom ‚ÄĒ became them when they graduated from Alfea. Along with a diploma, they each received a jewelry box that contained “the power of harmony,” which made them “one with the Magic Dimension” (i.e. connected them fully to their power source).

What happened next? Business as usual — hang out, go on missions, save the world. Same as before.

It’s no doubt the Winx have gotten stronger. If earning Enchantix was all they had to do to become Guardian Fairies (at least by Alfea’s rules), they’ve gone far beyond that. But couldn’t any Alfea student do it, too? (If Rainbow would let us see other students graduate.)

So are the Winx the Guardian Fairies of their realms…or just some of them?

Stella’s friend Nova is from Solaria. Galatea and Krystal are already guarding Melody and Linphea, respectively, as princesses. They’re all Alfea students, too. What’s stopping them from becoming the Guardian Fairies of their realms?

If that’s true, then they’re nothing special about the title “Guardian Fairy.” It may just mean “a fairy who has full control of her power and is strong enough to protect her planet.”

We can’t even know if she has to be an Enchantix fairy, since we’ve met fairies who protect their realms without clearly-stated fairy forms. Take Diana, for example. She seems like a Guardian Fairy of Nature. What form does she have?

If it sounds like I’m playing down what Stella said, I’m not. The Winx went through a lot to become Guardian Fairies. Stella almost lost her father, Tecna and Flora almost died, Bloom had to defrost her planet and defeat the three most evil witches in the Magic Dimension ‚ÄĒ and so on.

They’re really the Guardian Fairies of all the realms! A big responsibility — but they can handle it.

QUESTION: What do you think “Guardian Fairy” means? Is it something special?

Articles
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A couple weeks ago, a user on Nick’s forums¬†challenged fans to name the three princesses in the Winx Club. Easy, right?

Nope. Every Winx got mentioned, along with Roxy and Krystal. (Krystal a Winx? Please, no!)

What’s the right answer? Say it with me: “Stella, Aisha, and Bloom.”¬†The first two have always known they were royalty, but Bloom found out after sixteen years of not even knowing she was a fairy. These three represented their realms at the Sovereigns’ Council last episode. (And they looked gorgeous, too! :D)

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What about the other girls (plus Roxy, minus Krystal)? Let’s clear up the confusion. Read the rest of this post

Episode Reviews
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Another breather episode. *Sigh*

The Devourer didn’t turn out to be that strong, although it did manage to catch ‚ÄĒ but not eat ‚ÄĒ Daisyree. (You didn’t think she was gone for good, did you? :P)

The Sovereigns’ Council was more interesting. I love seeing people from other realms, and it was nice to see familiar faces like Galatea (one of my favorite characters) and Roy (where’d he disappear to?).

But bigwigs have big heads. Of course they couldn’t agree on a plan. Kudos to Stella, though, for trying to talk some sense into her father.

Next episode: “The Singing Whales.” It’s back to Melody as its musical mammals disappear, thanks to another seal heist by Tritannus. That’s March 31 at 1 p.m. EST. No new Winx Club next Sunday!

Here were my thoughts while watching episode 5X18: “The Devourer!” Read the rest of this post