Musings & Rants
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You’ve been really patient ‚ÄĒ more patient than I’ve been about World of Winx, that’s for sure. ūüėõ Sorry for dragging this out¬†so long. Let’s jump right into this!

I kept saying¬†in my reviews¬†that something made me write off Orlando¬†as a love interest for Musa. Only one of you got it right: a Winx fan called¬†SpiderBraids. He¬†wrote this in an email:¬†“Anything to do with the meta reference, perhaps? :-)”

Bingo! Remember¬†this line from the script reader in “Back in the Middle Ages” (7X08):

“Let me introduce to you The Rainbow Company…”

Admit it: you rolled your eyes at that one. So did I. “The Rainbow Company?” Really? ūüôĄ

That’s when I stopped taking Orlando and his troupe¬†seriously as characters. I think they were just Rainbow’s way of writing themselves into the show. Two more¬†possible hints:

  • Where did¬†“Back in the Middle Ages” and “The Fairy Cat” (7X09) take place? Medieval Italy. Not England. Italy.
  • The troupe’s¬†play was¬†about six fairies who save a dying kingdom. That could have been a reference to how Rainbow wasn’t well-known¬†till they created Winx Club, which helped them become a big name in the animation industry.

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If the troupe was¬†supposed to represent Rainbow, who did¬†each member represent? I’m not sure. I don’t know the company¬†well enough to match each character to a specific staff member. They could have even been based on inside jokes. All I¬†can do is¬†guess based on the little knowledge I have.

Let’s start with¬†Orlando. When I first watched those two episodes, I thought for sure¬†he was Iginio Straffi.¬†The reader implied¬†Orlando wrote the play,¬†just like Mr.¬†Straffi created¬†Winx Club. He also played the prince in the play, who believed in magic and atrracted fairies with his music. It felt to me like some sort of metaphor about imagination, but I might be reading into it. ūüėõ

Here’s another possiblity. Orlando might have been¬†Alessia Orlando, one of the Winx Club singers. That might¬†explain why he was a minstrel¬†(a pop singer of the past) and why he was interested in Musa. Why would Rainbow¬†base a male character after her? I don’t know. Maybe they¬†just named him after her.

What about the tall guy? He might have been Mr. Straffi, too. The reader said he was the leader of the company, and the guard captain interrupted the reader just before he said his name (as if it might have given it away). Also, he played the king and the queen in the play. That could have been a reference to how Mr. Straffi and his wife, Joanne Lee, are the co-CEOs of Rainbow.

I’m not sure about the reader or the donkey. They may¬†have been two of Rainbow’s writers, two of the animators, two of Mr. Straff’s friends ‚ÄĒ I don’t know. Someone with inside knowledge of the company might be able to tell right away. Read the rest of this post

Episode Reviews
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Oh, the feels! The feels!

Does anyone say that anymore? Anyway, this episode touches my heart¬†every¬†time I watch it. Especially at the end. Sigh. Oh, Musa.¬†ūüėä

Recap of the last episode: The Winx went to the Middle Ages to find a creature called Quillcat. They found her right away, but she ran off while they were trying to save her from some guards. Luckily, Musa met a minstrel named Orlando who knows the cat personally. He agreed to help the Winx catch her. In exchange, they agreed to play fairies in his play.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

1. Brafilius disrupts¬†Orlando’s play by using magic to make the Winx fly. The captain of the guard recognizes them as the fairies he¬†saw¬†earlier,¬†and he orders his men to arrest them. Thanks to Orlando, they¬†escape. He gives them a ride in his carriage to where he used to meet the Quillcat.

These reviews help¬†me understand¬†things I didn’t realize when I first watched the episodes.¬†I called¬†Brafilius stupid for trying to watch the play from behind the crowd. Look at this wide-open space in the middle!¬†Why didn’t he stand there?

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Because everyone would have seen him, including the Winx. Duh. ūüôĄ¬†Granted, he blew his cover¬†when he made them fly, but at that point, he was trying to cause a scene. (No theater¬†puns intended.)

Props to the captain of the guard. (Wait ‚ÄĒ another theater pun.¬†ūüėĎ) He did what most common¬†folk in magical girl shows never do: figure out the heroes’ identities! Different¬†clothes¬†and wooden wings weren’t¬†enough to fool him.

That’s something I couldn’t stand in¬†season four. If the Winx were trying to hide their identities, why did¬†they:

  • Run¬†a pet shop that let you download pets to your house from the Winx Club website?
  • Go by¬†their real names, which were coincidentally¬†the same as the¬†famous Winx fairies’ names?
  • Call their band The Six Winx?

How on Earth did no one put two and two together? Oh, wait. A¬†few girls recognized Stella in “Magic Lessons” (4X15), but they believed her when she said,¬†“You must have me confused with someone else!” Even after¬†Brandon showed up and called her name! ūüėϬ†Gardenians are dense!

I feel like I’ve ranted about this before…

Anyway, this time, Rainbow dodged that cliché. Thank goodness. Maybe this guard was smarter than I thought.

Except he didn’t hear the talking dog man behind him:

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I take it back.¬†ūüėõ

What should I say about the escape scene? It didn’t go the way most escape scenes do. The guards didn’t follow the Winx¬†(which made no sense), and Orlando tried to catch up with them but outran them instead. It was cute, but not eventful.

2. Orlando and the Winx arrive at a lake. He used to play his lute here when he was young, and the Quillcat came to him every time he played a certain song. Sure enough, the melody summons her again. But Brafilius conjures a pair of sea serpents to ruin the reunion. One of them captures Orlando!

The Winx transform, but they’re afraid to attack for fear they might hit him! Finally, Musa shoots its¬†head and frees him. But it snatches her up moments later! She tells¬†Orlando¬†to hurry and save the Quillcat, who ran away again.

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How gorgeous¬†is this place? I love the art in this show. And combined with Orlando’s song, this scene was so beautiful.

Of course, Brafilius had to ruin it.¬†ūüėĎ

The fight against the serpents made no sense to me. What was with the¬†“I don’t wanna hit So-and-So” theme this season? Aisha said it, too, in “A Friend From The Past” (7X05). Both times, the Winx¬†could have attacked the enemy from the sides or behind. Plus, they didn’t hold back¬†when the donkey got¬†captured! (Because who cares about him?)

I¬†guess it was because the serpents were flailing too much. Plus, it seemed like they kept turning to face the Winx, which meant Orlando was always in front of them. Even if that’s it, one girl could have distracted them while the others attacked. C’mon, Winx! You’re smarter¬†fighters than this!

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Episode Reviews
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I keep wanting to call this episode “Back to the Middle Ages.” Don’t ask me why. It doesn’t make sense. ūüėē

Last episode, Miele saved the Winx from death by poison ‚ÄĒ at least it looked like they were gonna die ‚ÄĒ and Flora let her join them on their mission. Together, they restored¬†the mutated forest to normal and freed the Magiwolves from the fungi traps. Now the Winx have a second Fairy Animal friend: Amarok. But he won’t obey Flora’s commands, and he and Squonk don’t like each other.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

1. Against their boyfriends’ advice, Aisha and Flora try to¬†force Squonk and Amarok to become friends. It doesn’t work. Nex gets angry¬†and says¬†Squonk shouldn’t be there anyway. When Aisha snaps at him for not welcoming the little guy, either, he¬†calls him the “u” word: “ugly.” Cue tear shower. Helia and Nex get drenched, and Squonk laughs at their misery.

That¬†excites Amarok, and he¬†dashes through the dorm, knocking over glasses, books, and chairs everywhere he goes. Flora finally loses it¬†and calls him a “bad Magiwolf.” Helia tries to tell her he was “just playing,” but she doesn’t care. She just gets mad at him, too! A few moments¬†later, the other Winx come in to grab¬†her and Aisha for a mission.

I’ve read other reviews of this episode. The response¬†to Nex¬†calling Squonk “ugly” was about¬†what I expected. He’s so mean! He’s such a jerk! He deserved to be cried on for saying mean things! This proves he’s bad for Aisha!¬†(Wait…what? Oh, please.¬†:roll:)

No, I’m not gonna defend him. Was what he said mean? Yes. Did he deserve to get soaked? Yes. (I don’t think Helia did, but oh well.) Was it a problem for Aisha that he didn’t like Squonk? Of course it was, or she wouldn’t have brought it up.

Did this “prove” he’s not the right guy for her?¬†Um, no. ūüėϬ†I think that’s another case of fans looking for any reason to say they shouldn’t be together. No matter how strong their bond was, her time¬†with Squonk was temporary. Her relationship with Nex is gonna last longer¬†‚ÄĒ maybe much longer.

Let’s¬†look at this scene from his¬†point of view. He¬†was right about one thing (well, two things, but I’m only gonna talk about one of them): Aisha and Flora shouldn’t have tried to force Squonk and Amarok to be friends. Quoting what he said at the beginning of the episode:¬†“I think you just need to give it time.” A couple episodes later, the two animals had¬†already grown closer. They warmed up to each other on their own,¬†without the Winx’s¬†interference.

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But something hit¬†me as I was writing this review: Aisha was trying to force Nex to like Squonk, too! It doesn’t matter if he’s her boyfriend. Yes, I’m sure it hurt for the guy closest to her¬†to hate her new pet, too. But even though¬†she¬†and Nex are alike, they aren’t the same person. He didn’t have¬†the same connection to¬†Squonk.

If anything, he¬†should have kept his feelings to himself. But Aisha¬†was still rushing things ‚ÄĒ as she’s been known to do ‚ÄĒ¬†instead of letting them happen gradually. Nex warmed up to Squonk without her help in “Winx Trapped!” (7X10). (It’s funny how no one talks about that episode, even though it showed us a new¬†side of his¬†personality.)

Flora was rushing things, too. Not only was she trying to force Amarok to like Squonk, but she was also trying to force him to act tame. He was a wild animal! She just took him out of the forest! What did she expect?

She¬†was right to be mad when he tore the dorm apart, but Helia was also right to try and calm her down. Of course, he was more polite¬†than Nex was. He’s more mild-mannered, after all. But the result was the same: glares from an angry¬†girlfriend.

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If you ask me, the facade of Flora and Helia¬†being the “perfect” couple is falling apart. Their relationship’s going nowhere! They’ve been together almost as long as the other couples (except Aisha and Nex, of course). Yet¬†they’re not engaged, we rarely see them date,¬†and they haven’t met each other’s parents (though to be fair, we just met Flora’s parents).

That’s why I don’t mind seeing them fight if it develops their relationship. But this felt as pointless¬†as their plant care “fight” in season six. If you pretend Amarok’s their son, you could say they disagreed on¬†how to discipline¬†him, but that’s stretching it a little.¬†I want them to fight about something important, something that makes them question if they really belong together.

No, I don’t think the love triangle in season five counts. That was silly. Flora should have known better than to think a random girl¬†from his past was gonna steal him away. But if anything, it proved they still need to work on communication and trust.

I’ve got more¬†to say about Flora, but I’ll save it for another post.¬†It’s about how she acted overall this season and how the fanbase felt about it. I think it’s¬†not just about her.

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2. Roxy sends the Winx to Earth in the Middle Ages to find the Quillcat, a Fairy Animal with magic fur. When they arrive, they see its image on a wanted poster. Suddenly the fugitive feline appears, being chased by three (very stupid) guards. The girls transform and follow them.

Turns out the cat’s good at protecting itself,¬†but the Winx still cast a few spells to help her¬†out. Unfortunately, this puts them on the wanted list, too. The guards have orders to capture all users of magic! The girls scare them away (peacefully, of course), but while everyone’s distracted, the Quillcat escapes!

I don’t have much to say about this part. Nothing stood out to me, good or bad. I could complain about how dumb the guards were, but stupid guards are such a clich√©, it’s not worth talking about.

There’s one thing I loved, though: the guards being scared¬†of magic, even something as harmless¬†as Flora turning their spears into trees. Wherever¬†the Winx go, their sparkly wings and mind-blowing powers earn them hundreds of admirers. Not here. Here, people fear them.

I wish Rainbow had taken this further. What if the guards had branded them “witches?” (One of them called their magic “witchcraft.”) Imagine the Winx having to explain the difference between dark magic and fairy magic. Would the¬†people have believed them?

Instead, the Winx just stopped using magic¬†‚ÄĒ at least around a lot¬†of people. Oh, well.
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