Musings & Rants
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We know Rainbow ignores Musa and Tecna. I even wrote a post about it. But I think we should add Flora to the disregarded Winx list.

You shook your head, didn’t you? Flora gets a lot of attention. She’s one of the “mascots”, so she’s on most of the magazine covers, at most of the fan meets, and in all of the doll lines. Compare that to Musa and Tecna, who are usually left out (especially in doll lines). Poor Tecna once went 18 months without being on the cover of a magazine! How is Flora as ignored as they are?

Because I’m not talking about marketing and screen time. I’m talking about character development and background.

Think about it. How much do we know about her? She’s from Lynphea, and she has a little sister. We just met her parents — Alyssa and Rhodos — in season seven, even though she’s one of the initial five Winx.

We don’t know what her childhood was like, either. (Judging by her parents, it was probably happy.) Even though we didn’t meet Tecna’s parents until season six, we at least know she grew up suppressing her emotions. It’s something she’s had to overcome over the years.

Rainbow revealed Musa’s back story in season two. They even told us how her parents met! She also had a dream: to become a musician. We watched it come true in season four, and we know she’ll probably keep performing in the future.

But what are Flora’s dreams? We know she loves gardening, but does she wanna be a gardener or a florist? She’s also good at mixing potions, but she’s never talked about becoming an alchemist, teaching potionology, or anything like that.

I don’t think Rainbow has decided yet. World of Winx season one seems to confirm that because cooking was her talent, something she’s never shown interest in. It felt like they just gave her a leftover skill that worked well for a talent show.

What about her relationship with Helia? They’re one of the most popular couples, but have you noticed Rainbow hasn’t developed them much? We’ve only seen them kiss a couple times, and we’ve never seen them alone on a date. Plus, Helia’s never met her parents, even though he and Flora have been together for five years.

That last fact might sound unfair since we just met her parents. But Tecna’s parents were introduced in season six, and Timmy met them that same season. Couldn’t Helia have met Alyssa and Rhodos in season seven? Heck, he hasn’t even met Miele in the show!

What’s going on here? How is one of the most popular Winx so far behind the others? Flora seems like nothing but “the girl who talks to plants.” That’s it. She doesn’t change or grow. Yes, she comes out of her shell sometimes, but she doesn’t stay out for long.

Is there any hope for her? Maybe. She and Helia have gotten more development in the last few seasons (even though it’s just been petty fights), and in WoW season two, Rainbow came up with spells for her other than her traditional vines. It’s not much, but maybe it’s a start.

Musings & Rants
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Bloom's Adoptive ParentsWhen I heard Bloom call her parents by their first names in Secret of the Lost Kingdom, I felt sad for the two of them. I thought Bloom was doing it as a way of separating herself from her life on Earth; after all, it was her deepest desire to find her real parents and discover the truth about her origins. But part of me believes she would never cast Mike and Vanessa aside that way. She loves her adoptive parents deeply; we could always see that in her interactions with them, even now in the fourth season. She calls them “Mama” and “Papa” in episode three, although she and the others refer to them by their first names in private conversation. Still, Bloom’s childhood in Gardenia is as much a part of her as her magic and the life awaiting her in Domino.

Then why is she suddenly being so unfamiliar with her adoptive parents? Even though she hasn’t seen Ortiel and Miriam (Marion) for seventeen or more years, it seems disrespectful since Mike and Vanessa were the ones who raised her. Maybe there’s something about Italian culture that I don’t know. Is it acceptable there to use your parents’ first names when you reach a certain age? (Bloom may not be Italian story-wise, but with a show like this one, you always have to factor in the creator’s background.)

Were you surprised when you heard Bloom use her parents’ first names? What do you think is Bloom’s reason? Does it seem rude to you?