I keep wanting to call this episode “Back to the Middle Ages.” Don’t ask me why. It doesn’t make sense. 😕
Last episode, Miele saved the Winx from death by poison — at least it looked like they were gonna die — 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.
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. 😑 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 — 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.
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 — as she’s been known to do — 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.
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.
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 cliché, 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 — at least around a lot of people. Oh, well.
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