What I Didn’t Like
- The pacing: Too choppy and fast, especially in the first few episodes
- The dialogue: Too much “Shyamalaning” (repetition); too much filler (like the Winx praising each other); lots of cheesy lines, even in serious scenes
- The pop star side plot: Interfered with the main plot; felt like filler; made scenes where people didn’t recognize the Winx seem silly
- Fewer fairy scenes: Too many spy and pop star scenes instead (first season had better mix)
- How the Winx gained Onyrix: No explanation; “evolution” idea felt cheap
- Onyrix’s limitations: More powerful spells, but no different from Dreamix except for appearance; the Winx couldn’t use it on Earth, which made no sense
- Aisha’s personality: Too aggressive and angry; not enough (or any) of her gentle side from Winx Club
- The returning Neverlanders: Seemed dumber and less intimidating than in the first season (especially Smee and the zombie pirates)
- Musa and Flora’s nemeses: Based on their powers instead of character flaws
- Tecna’s character flaw: Felt made up on the spot; not enough built up to her nemesis (she wasn’t acting like a “control freak” before that episode)
- The prophecy: Random; added nothing to the story
- Matt and Tinkerbell’s love story: Shallow and rushed; felt creepy since Tinkerbell loved his father, too
- Venomya’s role: Felt out of place in the story; could have been better integrated, even if she’s next season’s villain
What I Liked
- The animation: Lots of improvement, even from season one
- The Winx’s new spells: Creative uses of magic like Flora traveling through Earth’s root system, Stella bending lasers, etc. (I’d like to see more spells like this in Winx Club)
- Matt: Entertaining new character; good character development
- The nemeses: Cool and intimidating character designs; interesting fight scenes with them
- The new outfits: Too many to keep track of, but all beautiful
- The overall story: Enjoyable; good integration and adaptation of the Peter Pan characters
- Stella’s back story: Moving and relatable scene; added much-needed depth to her character
- Finale (in Neverland): Stakes felt high; nice twist with Smee saving the day
- Cliffhanger: Interesting set up for a possible season three
I prefer season one for the structure, dialogue, and character personalities, but I prefer season two for the action, magic, and overall story. World of Winx is okay to me, but because it’s an alternate universe, I treat it the same way as PopPixie. They’re both just fun side stories, as well as ways for Rainbow to try new ideas.
Regardless of the cliffhanger, I don’t want a season three. I wish instead of continuing to make a separate show, Rainbow would put these ideas into Winx Club (except the spy stuff). World of Winx would have been just as good if it had been Winx season eight. Plus, it would have restored the fanbase’s love for Winx Club. Instead, many fans seem ready to abandon it for good and only watch WoW from now on.
Still, this show proves Rainbow isn’t “out of ideas” and can still make good seasons with these characters. I hope the writers learned from this experience and filled Winx season eight with the same depth and creativity.
I keep seeing these myths around, so I wanted to debunk them. If you already knew the truth, that’s good — but I bet the last myth will surprise a lot of fans.
Myth #1: World of Winx is season eight of Winx Club.
World of Winx is Winx Club’s second spinoff. Like the first spinoff, PopPixie, it may not fit into the Winx canon at all. Rainbow’s currently making Winx season eight. It may premiere next year or in 2019, which will be the 15th anniversary of the series.
Myth #2: World of Winx is one season split into two parts.
One more time. World of Winx has two seasons (so far). The 13 episodes released last November are season one. Season two will premiere this coming Friday.
Myth #3: World of Winx was written by different writers than seasons 5-7 of Winx Club.
Nope! The five scriptwriters for World of Winx season one were Davide Aicardi, Francesco Artibani, Alessandro Ferrari, Alan Kingsberg, and Nicola Venanzetti. If you check the end credits of Winx seasons 5-7, you’ll find these names in each of them.
Alessandro Ferrari wrote for season five, Francesco Artibani and Alan Kingsberg wrote for seasons five and six, and Davide Aicardi wrote for season six. And all five of them wrote for season seven. (Nicola Venanzetti only wrote for season seven.) Francesco Artibani was also a story editor for all three seasons, as was World of Winx’s story editor Maurizio de Angelis.
That’s it for now. What other myths about WoW (or Winx Club) have you heard?
By popular demand, you can now download episodes and movies from Netflix to your smartphone or tablet to watch offline. Only select titles are available for now. Thankfully, World Of Winx is one of them, along with Winx Club seasons one and two and the first spinoff, PopPixie.
The default video quality is “standard.” You can change it to “higher” in your app settings.
Is there a catch to all this? Maybe.
You may only get to keep the videos for a short amount of time. The first time I downloaded “The Talent Thief” (1X01) as a test, a message showed up under the runtime info that said, “Expires 48hr.” Strangely, it went away after I deleted the episode and downloaded it again. Might be a bug.
Credit goes to my affiliate Michael’s Winx Club for this news!
If you’ve never seen the Winx Club spin-off, PopPixie, now you can! Netflix has added it to their streaming library! “Season 1” contains all 52, thirteen-minute episodes, with familiar voice actors from the Winx RAI English dub like Jennifer Seguin (Stella) and Holly Gauthier-Frankel (Flora).
Nick licensed the mini-series in 2011. It started airing on Saturday and Sunday mornings on Nick UK this February.
That’s the latest from Licensing.biz. The new “Girls’ Month” article gives this timeline for Winx on Nickelodeon:
- Summer: The four one-hour specials, summarizing seasons one through three (not just the first two seasons, as first stated)
- Fall: Season four
- February 2012: Season five
The article also says “U.S. and U.K. toy deals are in the works.” If I had to guess who will pick up the toy license, I’d say Bandai, which currently has the rights for Pop Pixie. Regardless, it’s great that Winx merchandise will be back on American store shelves. I know what I want for my birthday. 🙂
Licensing.biz: “GIRLS MONTH: Sector Guide Special 2011”