Musings & Rants
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Wow, I haven’t written a post like this in months. Sorry for abandoning my blog again. 😔 No, I’m not leaving the fandom — at least not yet. If I ever decide to, I’ll announce it here before I go.

Since Winx and World of Winx are between seasons, I think I’ll talk about random things for a while. We know Winx season eight is coming late next year. (You knew that, right? 😉) I’ll focus on season seven again as the premiere date gets closer.

Today, let’s talk about a couple I tend to ignore (because they get enough attention already): Bloom and Sky. When I started drafting this, I didn’t know it was almost the tenth anniversary of Secret of the Lost Kingdom. Perfect timing. This post is about how one detail of Sky’s character — a detail that’s been there since season one — wrecked the movie’s ending.

Quick recap: After saving Domino, Bloom finally reunited with her birth parents Oritel and Marion. We later got a preview of her and Sky’s wedding (whenever that’s gonna happen). That’s the proverbial fly in the ointment: their marriage.

For three seasons, Rainbow implied that Bloom would be the next queen of Domino. Some fans still think so. It makes sense, right? Why else would her being the last princess be important?

But she’ll never be the queen of Domino — and she was never gonna be. That’s because of Sky. Why?

Because he’s the prince of Eraklyon.

When Bloom marries him, she’ll become his Queen Consort. That will leave Domino once again without an heir. Not a happy ending for the once-lost kingdom, after all. 😕

Oh, wait! Daphne’s corporeal again!

If you’ve wondered why Rainbow retconned her death, this could be the answer. It was just so she could rule Domino in Bloom’s place. That explains her coronation in “Vortex of Flames” (6X06) and her marriage to Thoren after dating for barely a year. (Who cares about relationship development? They’re so cute together! 🙄)

Were there better ways to fix the problem? Sure. I brainstormed a few:

  • Oritel and Marion could have had a third kid. (Do magic beings have a childbearing age limit? 😅)
  • Bloom and Sky could have had kids and sent one to rule Domino when he/she got older. It would have taken longer, but it would have worked, right?
  • Sky could have given up the throne of Eraklyon.

I don’t like that last option because Rainbow built up Sky’s attachment to his kingdom as much as Bloom’s attachment to hers. Think of all the times he ditched her because he had royal duties to attend to! In fact, his story has revolved more around being a prince than being Bloom’s boyfriend — which is good because it means he’s not just a love interest. He has his own identity. It wouldn’t have felt right if he had given up what made him unique.

This might sound weird coming from me, but maybe bringing back Daphne was the best option. She’s still doing what she did when she was dead: ensuring a “happily ever after” for Bloom. And we know Domino means as much to her, so it’s still satisfying to see her take the throne.

Here’s the bottom line, though. The heirless Domino plot hole wouldn’t have been there if Rainbow hadn’t made Sky a prince. The most important part of his character broke his girlfriend’s story — and the writers (and the fandom) didn’t even notice! That’s why you can’t take everything in a story at face value. Sometimes when you look below the surface, you start to see the cracks.

By the way…Happy Birthday, Bloom! 😅

I know. Weird timing. It wasn’t intentional.

Episode Reviews
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IMG_3181I guess this was the “tie up loose ends before the final battle” episode. Nickbow resolved two main plots and two sideplots, but they dug a plot hole as big as a crater along the way.

(Note: you’ll notice I put more screenshots in this review. As long as someone’s mobile device doesn’t break when they try to load the page, I’m gonna do this from now. I think it’ll help organize my thoughts better.)

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

The next target in the Trix’s conquest is the Magic School for Forgers, run by someone we haven’t seen since the first movie: Hagen the blacksmith. Still as proud and brave as ever, he refuses to bow the evil trio. Unfortunately, they overpower him and steal the source of the school’s power: the Magic Steel. Now, one school remains: Alfea!

Our nerd couple, Timmy and Tecna, are still preparing for the inevitable attack. They finally figure out how to get the Spectrographic Localizer to work. It was simple. All they had to do was set the Spectro..sensitive..Potenti…ometer…thingy. Yeah. 😛

While they’re downloading it, Daphne and the other Winx — minus Stella —are trying to solve their Rumpelstiltskin problem. What can they trade to him to get the Legendarium Key back? The professor suggests they search yet another hidden room: the Alfea “Underfloors.” It’s full with magic artifacts. (Was basement not a cool enough word? 😛 )

Where’s Stella? She’s in her boutique helping a customer. Just as she’s jazzing up her look up with some peacock feathers, Griselda comes in and catches her. But to the princess’ surprise, she’s not angry about her business. She loves it! She wants some feathers, too, and she wants to tell everyone in the school about Stella Couture! 😀

(Was anyone else creeped out by this scene? I mean…it’s Griselda! Stone-faced Griselda! She never gets excited about anything! 😯 )

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Bloom comes to get Stella, then Daphne, the Winx, and the Pixies head to the Underfloors. Inside are all the treasures a dwarf could ask for. The three that catch their eyes first are the statues of the Champions of Alfea, the strongest fairies in history. Everyone starts looking for something to trade, and as normal, the Pixies — specifically Chatta — cause some trouble in the process. (Pixies… 🙄 )

Meanwhile, the Trix gather their students in front of the dragon skull once more. Using all the power they’ve stolen from the magic schools, they cloak them with the same invisibility spell protecting Cloud Tower. They waste no time flying to Alfea and beginning their attack. Faragonda, Wizgiz, Palladium, Eldora, and Griffin create a barrier around the school, but the witches burn it down like it’s made of paper.

It’s up to the kids to save the day again. Palladium races off to call the Specialists and Paladins, while Daphne and the Winx suit up for battle! Of course, it’s hard to fight an enemy you can’t see. Bloom, Stella, and Flora get knocked out of the sky, but their boyfriends show up just in time to catch them. (Geez, that was fast. It’s like they live at Alfea. 😕 )

Tecna takes care of the invisibility spell. With the push of a button, the Spectrographic Localizer brings Cloud Tower and the witches out of hiding. That doesn’t sit well with them, so they retreat. 😛

Selina watches all the action through Griffin’s Magic Eye. As soon as she sees Bloom, she remembers her own goal: stealing a spark of her Dragon Flame. Now’s the perfect time. Acheron, soon you’ll be free from your prison of paper!

“Selina, who are you talking to?”

Oops! Icy almost catches her. As usual, she comes up with a good excuse to throw the Trix off her scent. Why are they here? Because it’s time for phase two of the battle.

While Faragonda’s praising the gang for fending off the first wave, the Trix appear. For once, they’re not here to fight. They’ve got a proposition: instead of an all-out war, how about a duel between the strongest witch and fairy? The strongest fairy’s Bloom, of course, and she’s more than ready for the challenge. Bring it on, Icy!

Nope. It’s not Icy she’ll be fighting. It’s her childhood friend: Selina.

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The young witch can’t wait, but first, she leaves something to keep Bloom’s teammates occupied. Summoned from the Legendarium, the Champions of Alfea come alive and rise up from beneath the courtyard. Looks like the Trix never meant to play fair, after all!

At last, Selina and Bloom meet again. True to her nature, the fire fairy tries to talk things out, but her old friend’s not listening. She’s the first to attack. Fine. Let the duel begin!

Meanwhile, the Champions of Alfea turn out to be just as tough as their title suggests. Their attacks overpower the Winx’s spells, and the guys can’t even get close enough to hit them. Poor Musa ends up getting a shower. 😛

Nex comes up with an idea to beat the Water Champion. He draws her attention, while Aisha attacks her from behind. It doesn’t work. Aisha hits her, but she recovers right away.

For a moment, the two of them don’t seem to care. They’re too busy praising themselves for their teamwork — and making goo-goo eyes at each other. Hmmmm… 🙂

Once they snap out of it, they ask Eldora and Daphne for advice on how to beat the Champions. Neither of them have any, but Daphne remembers an interesting detail from the legend: the Champions were so strong, they refused to bond with the Pixies. That gives Aisha an idea. Maybe they can use Pixie bonding to defeat them!

There’s just one problem: most of the Pixies disappeared. Bloom said it’s as if they no longer exist in this dimension! Does that mean…they’re in the Legendarium World? If that’s the case, Aisha must go to Pixie Village and enter the Legendarium World from there.

She heads off right away, but Icy blocks her path. Nex floats up next to Aisha and draws his halberd to knock the witch out of the way. Before he gets a chance, she shoots an ice beam right at him.

“Nex, no!” Aisha yells.

The Paladin doesn’t flinch. He bats the beam right back at her, sending her flying. That takes care of her. Now, it’s onward to Gloomywood! Nex decides to tag along.

Once they reach Pixie Village, Aisha stops to praise him for standing up to Icy. She was very impressed by his courage. Nex basks in the compliment for a second, then wishes her good luck with her mission. Cue second goo-goo eyes moment. 😛

After promising to save the other Pixies, Aisha pulls out her Mythix wand and disappears into the Legendarium World. She arrives in a forest full of rocks, but there’s no one there. After flying around a bit, she spots something familiar: the Tree of Life, the tree that normally stands at the center of Pixie Village. It’s rooted itself here!

Before she can do anything, out of nowhere come the Gloomywood Trolls, the monsters the Pixies trapped under their village. Aisha’s not afraid. She beats them quickly, reducing them to bubbles with her Waterizing Ray. Piece of cake.

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Back to the Tree. She can hear Ninfea’s voice coming from it — the Pixies are trapped underneath it! Using her Morphix magic, she dissolves the new roots, and she, the Pixies, and the Tree return to the real world. Her tiny friends race up to her and thank her for saving them.

Nex and the others find them. The Pixies are glad to see their friends, and he’s glad to see Aisha. 🙂

But there’s no time to celebrate. The Alfea fairies need the power of bonding to beat the Champions of Alfea! Ninfea gathers all the Pixies in a circle, and they converge their magic and send it toward Alfea.

The energy pours down upon the courtyard. All the students gather up, absorb the power, and dissolve the Champion of Alfea with a wave of magic. The Trix have lost again! Time for them to surrender!

Not yet. The duel’s not over.

In between dodging and blocking attacks, Bloom keeps trying to reason with Selina. It’s no use. The young witch has tasted power, and she’s not giving it up.

Time to end this game. She summons two snakes to bind Bloom’s arms, then she sucks a piece of the Dragon Flame right out of her body! Her plan worked. There’s no need to stay anymore, so she “forfeits” the duel and flies back to Cloud Tower.

Bloom has no idea what just happened. All she knows is she won, which means it’s time for the Trix to leave. They’re confused, too. Selina’s got some explaining to do!

When Bloom returns to the others, Flora gives her a hug to congratulate her on her victory. But the fire fairy doesn’t feel like a winner. She just had to fight her childhood friend, and the duel ended with her just…quitting! What’s gotten into Selina?

Back in Pixie Village, the Pixies celebrate their freedom. If it hadn’t been for Aisha, they’d have trapped in the Legendarium World forever. To Aisha!

After accepting cupcakes from Cara, Aisha and Nex turn to each other. The fairy shyly admits how scared she was when Icy shot at him at Alfea. The Paladin smiles and takes her hand. Turns out he was worried about her, too, when she entered the Legendarium World. He was afraid she’d never come back.

“And now you’re happy?” Aisha asks.

“Happier than you can even imagine.” 🙂

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Someone else is happy, too, right now: Selina. With the piece of the Dragon Flame she stole from Bloom, she can finally accomplish her goal! Soon, Acheron will be out of the Legendarium and in the real world — with her! Read the rest of this post

Thursday Your Say
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Daphne

Dead sister? Cursed Sirenix fairy? You decide!

Today’s “Thursday Your Say” is about Winx Club‘s storylines.

Thanks to dubbing and plot holes, the show has at least two canons:

  • The original, dubbed in English by 4Kids and Cinelume — seasons one through four and Secret of the Lost Kingdom
  • The Nick dub, starting with the TV specials and lasting at least through season six (although season five has dug a few plot holes itself)

Even though they overlap, some important details conflict with each other. Here’s an example we know well.

Originally, Daphne died protecting Bloom from the Ancestresses, and her spirit “lived” on in Lake Roccaluce. In the Nick dub, she’s still alive and became a “disembodied spirit” because of the Sirenix Curse.

How do you deal with the differences?

QUESTION: Do you try to merge the two plotlines, or do you treat one of them as the “true” canon?