Musings & Rants

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


Another breather episode. *Sigh*

The Devourer didn’t turn out to be that strong, although it did manage to catch — but not eat — Daisyree. (You didn’t think she was gone for good, did you? :P)

The Sovereigns’ Council was more interesting. I love seeing people from other realms, and it was nice to see familiar faces like Galatea (one of my favorite characters) and Roy (where’d he disappear to?).

But bigwigs have big heads. Of course they couldn’t agree on a plan. Kudos to Stella, though, for trying to talk some sense into her father.

Next episode: “The Singing Whales.” It’s back to Melody as its musical mammals disappear, thanks to another seal heist by Tritannus. That’s March 31 at 1 p.m. EST. No new Winx Club next Sunday!

Here were my thoughts while watching episode 5X18: “The Devourer!” Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants

When I first saw Ogron in the first episode, “handsome” wasn’t an adjective I used to describe him. But now that the Wizards have supposedly joined the Winx and Roxy’s side, not only has Ogron’s face softened (which usually happens while he’s talking to Bloom :P), but he’s become borderline…attractive. I guess it’s true: a change of heart works better than plastic surgery and skin creams.

Here’s a before-and-after. The first pic is from episode six, “Una Fata in Pericolo” (A Fairy in Danger); the second is from episode twenty-one, “La Caverna di Sibylla” (Sibylla’s Cave). Notice his face is less wrinkled and angular in picture two. His hair is also less ragged. (The truth is his look goes back and forth in episode twenty-two but is generally less grotesque than in past episodes.)

S4, EP6 - Ogron Looks Like a SkeletonS4, EP21 - Ogron Looks More Normal

On the other side of the coin is Morgana the fairy queen. Lovely and Daphne-like in the first half of the season, she’d been drifting into “stuff of nightmares” territory for a few episodes and has since reverted in episode twenty-three, after—I’m assuming—calling off her vendetta. Here’s a before-and-after for her. Pic one, pre-vendetta, comes from episode thirteen, “L’Attacco degli Stregoni” (The Wizards’ Attack), and pic two, during the vendetta, comes from episode twenty-one again.
Morgana in EP 13 (Before Vendetta)S4, EP21 - Morgana Glaring at Roxy
What caused her transformation? Was it evil…or was it just anger? You might even ask the same of Ogron; evildoers tend to be eternally mad. Then again, anger can even taint the heroes’ flawless faces. Here’s a screen cap of Musa from episode ten, “La Canzone di Musa” (Musa’s Song). She’s not ugly, but she’s at least had prettier moments.

S4, EP10 - Musa Glaring at Riven

In the end, presentation is everything. What does Rainbow want us to think about the characters? Unfortunately, “beautiful” equals good, “ugly” equals evil. Such is our world.

But, as they say, appearances can be deceiving. Have the Wizards really surrendered, or do they have a horrible trap waiting for the Winx in episode twenty-four?