Episode Reviews
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IMG_4502I know, I know. I’m extremely behind on these reviews. They take a while to write, so I started feeling overwhelmed. Plus, I always feel brain-fried and spacey while I’m in school.

Sorry, guys. Thanks for being patient with me. I’ll still review the whole season, but I won’t be anywhere near done when the last episode airs. (A lot of you have seen it all anyway, so maybe that’s okay.)

This review’s gonna look a little different to you. I’m trying to find the format that works best for me so I can churn these out faster, but still get most of my thoughts out. Let me know what you think.

When we — I mean, I — last left our heroes, they’d just gained the Butterflix power — everyone but Roxy 🙁 — and returned to the present. Now if I mention Kalshara, Brafilius, or Faragonda, I’ll be talking about their present-day selves.

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EPISODE SUMMARY

1. Kalshara interrogates the Digmole (again), and Brafilius tries to help by casting a spell to make it speak human language. But the little guy still won’t talk.
At the risk of sounding like broken record: Why does Kalshara need Brafilius? She even used her own magic in this scene to move the Digmole’s cage. He’s useless.

Every now and then, he does something interesting, but most of the time, he’s just comic relief. I’d be okay with it if he were funny, but he’s not. He’s just silly. I wish Kalshara were the sole villain this season.

2. Meanwhile at Alfea, the Winx have brought a group of Digmoles to Faragonda’s office. Roxy casts her vocalization spell on them, and they give the fairies a riddle: “Amongst the many, find the animal with the first color of the Magic Universe. This is the only way to obtain the Fairy Animals’ Ultimate Power.” Searching for said animal will have to wait, since today’s the grand opening of The Alfea Natural Park. Unfortunately, the party planner, Stella, forgot all about it.

Wait a minute. Did the Winx changed time? Digmoles were nearly extinct, and now they’re everywhere. Did saving them from that giant change their fate? And were Kalshara and Brafilius the ones who nearly wiped out their species?

It’s also possible they were never extinct, and the Winx now knew where to find them. I doubt that, though. Anyone who’s studied Digmoles would know to look underground. Why would they have looked for them all this time?

I’m not sure which of my theories is correct — or if they’re both wrong. All I know is the Winx changed something. Bloom said it herself. Why would Faragonda trust them with the Stones after that? Clearly, they can’t handle the responsibility.

At least this was a small change that didn’t wreck history, and they figured out what Kalshara and Brafilius are after. I love seeing Roxy use her magic. She learned that vocalization spell way back in season four (though it was weak). Last season, she perfected it with Griffin the crow, and now she can use it easily. It’s nice to see how far she’s come as a fairy. 🙂

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3. The party in the park starts late. The Winx say hi to their boyfriends. Newly-single Musa feels left out of the love, but Bloom cheers her up in time for the grand opening magic show.
Hi, guys. Glad you could make it. I think this is the latest first appearance in any season. Rainbow really is pushing them into the background. 😕

They’re wearing their season five outfits again — except Nex, of course, who’s got a brand-new look. I think it suits him. I love how the Specialists are in sneakers, but he’s in hiking boots, proving he’s the outdoorsy, athletic guy in the group. (Reminds me of Aisha in season two.)

I like his outfit now, but when I first saw it…I cracked up! The jacket, the necklace, the metal bracelets, the earrings (which he had all along). Can you say “cliché?” 😛

Search Google, and you’ll find tons of anime “bad boys” rocking this look. I’ll give you one for free. Last November, a movie called Digimon Adventure tri. — Saikai (Reunion) premiered in Japan. (Yep, I brought up Digimon again. I love that series.) Take a look at one of “bad boy” Yamato’s (Matt) new outfits. I guess he and Nex shop at the same store. 😛

I have something else to say about Nex, but I put it under “Other Thoughts.”

Along with a new main character, we have two relationship changes this season. Aisha and Nex are officially a couple, and Roy has disappeared. I still hear complaints about it, mainly from the fans who hate Nex, but…they’ll get over it. 😛

I mentioned the other change in the scene recap: Musa’s now single. Rainbow stepped on MuRi fans’ hearts again when she said she and Riven “weren’t made for one another.” You know I agree with her, but the shippers are still in mourning and waiting for him to return. (Wow, that sounds familiar.)

Things got worse a few episodes later when Orlando was introduced. Poor guy. I’ll have lots to say about him when I get to those reviews. Here’s a preview. Because the fans just saw him as a threat to MuRi, they overlooked the most important aspect of his character. I can’t believe no one mentioned it all this time. I’m disappointed.

4. The Winx ask the guys to help with their mission. Meanwhile, Brafilius sneaks into the park using the Digmole’s magic to cross the barrier. But thanks to his clumsiness, the Fairy Animal escapes from him.

Something dawned on me as I was writing this. If Brafilius knows the riddle, that means he and Kalshara finally got the Digmole to talk. Either his spell worked (not to give him too much credit), or they did something cruel to the little guy. Or both. Let’s not think about it. 😛

5. The gang finds a large, sleeping tortoise. Other Fairy Animals live alongside it and create a magic lullaby that keeps him asleep. Because it’s old and has a dark shell, Tecna thinks it might be the animal they’re looking for. (She thinks the riddle means the universe was once covered in darkness.) But waking it up would disturb the balance of nature. As they’re trying to figure out another option, the Digmole finds them. Under Roxy’s vocalization spell, it warns them Brafilius is in the park. Bloom wants to fight him. Roxy thinks they should focus on the mission and let the Fairy Animals protect themselves. Since the two can’t agree, Roxy leaves the group to do her own thing.

Did this tortoise look familiar to you?

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No, they’re not exactly the same. But my point is this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a giant tortoise with an ecosystem on its back. Like I said before, Fairy Animals aren’t a new concept in this show. They’ve always been around. Rainbow just ignored them until now.

Moving on to Bloom and Roxy’s fight — wait, was that a fight? It didn’t feel like a big enough deal for Roxy to react the way she did. Then again, we know she can be stubborn and hypersensitive sometimes. She stormed off once in season four, too, so this wasn’t out of character.

But why didn’t anyone go after her? They talked about it, but no one moved. Did they want the dopey dog wizard to find her? 😕

You could argue they got sidetracked by what happened next, but they had a few moments before it started. Even then, one or two of them could have gone looking for her. Clearly, the writers just wanted her to end up alone.

6. Brafilius uses the gem on his hat to analyze the tortoise. This wakes it up, and it starts shooting energy beams out of its back! The guys go into attack mode (as usual), but the Winx wanna use a gentler method to calm it down. They transform and protect the guys as they gather the animals that ran away during the chaos. Bloom uses her special spell, Freedom Enchantment, to help them restart the lullaby. Soon, the tortoise falls asleep again. 
That was random. I know the Winx have to save the day each episodes, but this just felt unnecessary. I don’t think they all needed to transform. Bloom could have handled this herself.

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7. Elsewhere in the park, Roxy’s looking for the oldest animal. She comes across a Highedgehog, an ancient creature but not the most ancient. Her next guess is an extinct species called the Cry-Cry. She decides to travel back to prehistoric Magix to find it, but before she can activate her Stone, Brafilius uses his hat to steal it and the Digmole! Roxy finds the others and tells them the bad news.
Let me gets this straight. First, Roxy — the Fairy of Animals — doesn’t get Butterflix because…the writers said so. Then one episode later, she gets her Stone of Memories taken, which means she can’t join the Winx on their missions anymore.

What was all the hype about her for? Wasn’t this supposed to be her big reintroduction to the show? She’s still a side character! Thanks for getting our hopes up, Rainbow! Read the rest of this post

Episode Reviews
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After waiting more than a year for Nick to finish season six, I’ve decided to watch the final episodes online. Somehow, YouTuber WinxClubEnglish has gotten HD copies of them. Rumor has it Rainbow gave them to him to put them on his channel, so it’s good as watching them legally anywhere else. (I hope I can still complete my iTunes collection, though.)

But let’s face it: most of us have already watched them somewhere else. I already know some things that happen, though I haven’t watched a single episode in full until now. This is just for closure. I wanna wrap up my season six reviews before Nick, I hope, airs season seven. (Fingers and toes crossed.)

When we — or should I say, I — last left our heroes, they’d just returned from Stella’s banquet on Solaria, her apology for acting like a brat during her one-day reign. The Winx treated her and Brandon to pizza to celebrate their anniversary. Now it’s back to business: finding a way to make Cloud Tower visible again.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

capture_003_16072015_133504_606Daphne and the Winx watch as Stella tosses books everywhere in a mad research frenzy. The books get angry — they’re magic, after all — and start spinning wildly around the room. Stella has to calm them down with a spell. (Nice throwback to season one. 🙂 )

Timmy comes in and says he’s finally found a solution to their Cloud Tower problem. They need something called a Spectrographic Localizer, but he doesn’t know where to get one. Tecna suggests they go to Zenith and ask her father. He’s a gadget whiz like her. Plus, it’d give Timmy a chance to meet the in-laws — I mean, her parents. 😛 Timmy’s nervous about the idea at first, but she cheers him up with his chance of approval: 66.8 percent! 😛 (Man, that line cracked me up!)

Before they leave, they need to hide the Legendarium Key. Cue Eldora! She brings with her a living, thief-proof (yeah, right) safe. Bloom lays the key inside and puts Kiko and the Pixies on guard duty. They fail immediately, as usual. Chatta tries to open the safe and scares it right out the window. (Sigh. Pixies… 😕 )

Meanwhile, Timmy and the Winx arrive at Tecna’s house. They’re greeted at the door by a hologram of her parents: Electronio and Magnethia. Of course, they’ve got lots of questions for Timmy as soon as she says he’s her boyfriend. The poor guy clams up during the interview (the Winx have to talk for him), but he aces Electronio’s multitasking test. Sure enough, they think he’s a keeper! 🙂

As dinner’s ending, the Winx remember why they came to Zenith: to ask about the Spectrographic Localizer. Electronio just happens to have one. (How convenient.) But he doesn’t have a clue how to get it to work. Good thing Timmy’s a tinkerer. Leave it to him!

IMG_2883That’s bad news for Selina and the Trix. They’ve gotta slow the Winx down before they lose their advantage. Selina knows just who to send into a computer fairyland: Frankenstein’s Monster, born from and strengthened by electricity. “Frankie” storms Zenith City, crushing cars and sapping power from the Technodroids.

Timmy and the Winx hear the commotion as they’re leaving. The girls transform and soar to the scene. Our shy Specialist tries to score a few more points with Tecna’s parents by showing off his mini-Windrider, which expands to full size. Pretty cool! He says an awkward goodbye before jetting off.

The gang finds “Frankie” on the suspension bridge. They fire a couple shots at him, but the brute’s immune to attacks. Timmy tries tying him up with a snapped bridge cable, but he breaks through it like it’s floss.

Tecna’s turn. She tries absorbing power from the city and hurling it at him, but she doesn’t know electricity makes him stronger. “Frankie” thinks her attack’s a gift — and falls in love with her! Oops! 😛 Timmy and the girls try to protect her, but he manages to grab her and disappears into the Legendarium World. The Winx uses the Mythix wands to follow them.

Stormy sees this as a chance to trap the techno fairy forever. Selina sends her in after them.

The Winx arrive in a barren forest. They head towards a castle in the distance, but before they reach it Stormy appears. Boy, has she gone haywire! (What else is new?) She sends them ducking for cover from her lightning bolts!

Inside the castle, Tecna tries to escape from her admirer. She sees something going on outside and uses her Mythix spell, Technomagic Vision, to locate Stormy. That gives her an idea. If “Frankie” loves electricity, he’ll love an energetic witch like her. Tecna gives her a power boost just to turn his attention on her. He forgets about Tecna right away, and while he’s distracted she returns to the real world with her friends.

capture_011_16072015_135851_202Timmy and the Winx say one more goodbye to Tecna’s parents before heading back to Alfea. That gives the Pixies enough time to wrangle the magic safe back into the Winx’s dorm. It’s there when the girls get home. (Sigh. Pixies. 😕 )

Now, it’s up to the nerd couple to get the Spectrographic Localizer running. Then the witches will have nowhere left to hide.

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Episode Reviews
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“The Magic Totem?” I think a title like “Reign of The Snow Queen” would have been better, don’t you? The totem only got a couple minutes of screen time. 😛

Anyway, let’s get started!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

IMG_1708Flora tails Icy’s sleigh through the forest. No matter what she throws in her way — ice rays, giant ice pillars — the flower fairy doesn’t flinch. She’s determined to get her boyfriend back!

The chase leads to a clearing where a funny-looking statue stands alone in the center. It’s the totem! No way Icy’s gonna let her escape with it! Flora and Helia will freeze in the Legendarium World forever, if she can help it!

Flora knows she can’t melt all of Icy’s ice, but she can stop “The Snow Queen” in her tracks.

“Life Essence!”

Her spell thaws Icy’s reindeer and loosens them from the sleigh, sending it into a free fall. Flora catches Helia in a magic bubble and sets him down gently in front of the totem. Mission accomplished! Just one more thing. She uses her wand to teleport herself, Helia, and the totem out of the Legendarium World.

Meanwhile in the real world, the Winx and the Specialists are surrounded by werewolves, and more keep coming out of the forest! The gang can’t fight back. They can’t risk hurting innocent men and women. If only they could find a way to break the curse.

Just when they’ve run out of room to escape, an intense magic light blazes behind them. They swivel around to see Flora and Helia emerge from the Legendarium World. The totem activates, and all the wolves become human again! Whew!

Helia, though, is still an ice sculpture. Flora’s tried every spell she can think of — except one: Life Essence! Why not? It worked in the Legendarium World! With a flourish of her Mythix wand, she defrosts Helia out and wakes him from his trance. Thank goodness! Time for a hug…

Or not. He doesn’t want her “embarrassing” him. Um…okay.

IMG_1700Anyway, now that the curse has been broken and it’s safe to be out at night again, the people of Fearwood throw a celebration! Of course, Flora’s not in a party mood. Helia keeps on acting cold. He even picks a fight with Riven, and Brandon and Timmy have to restrain him! What did Icy do to him?

Daphne puts him under a sleeping spell and scans his body for anything strange. Boy, does she find something: there’s a fragment of ice in his heart! If they don’t remove it, he’ll stay cold-hearted forever!

Before they can think of a plan, “The Snow Queen” returns for round #2 with Flora! This time, all of Fearwood is their battlefield. Icy traps the town and the forest in a deep freeze, and some of the townsfolk get frozen!

The Winx have had enough, especially Flora! Time to transform and melt this witch!

Flora attacks her head-on, but this time Icy’s ready with a trick she didn’t get to try in the Legendarium World. She aims for Flora’s wings and freezes them solid. The flower fairy plummets toward the forest floor.

Luckily, an evergreen tree saw the whole thing and reaches out to break her fall. It slides her off its branch and drops her safely a few feet below.

Flora’s not ready to give up. But how will she get back to the others when she can’t fly and can barely stand up?

Mother Nature. It’s always helped her before. She begs the trees and ground for help, and the whole forest answers her. Small vines sprout up and lift her into the air, and warm magic, like spring air, melts the ice off her wings. Flora thanks the forest as she hurries to face Icy once more.

Ha! She dares to compete with The Snow Queen? Icy releases another burst of magic, and heavy snow begins to fall over Fearwood.

That’s nothing. Flora can do better. Gathering the forest’s energy, she casts her most powerful Spring Shower spell yet. Icy’s knocked back, and all of her magic ice is melted, including the shard in Helia’s heart. He’s finally back to normal!

And it’s his turn to be impressed with Flora. She never gave up on him.

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Turns out it was on top of the totem the whole time. The moment Flora gets it down, it merges with the Fantasy Emerald to become a shining silver key. Their quest is over! Now all they have to do is go to Cloud Tower and lock the Legendarium forever.

But if they want the book, they’ll have to go through Selina and the Trix first! Read the rest of this post

Reviews
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So…Mystery of the Abyss. Sigh. 🙁

Was it really a movie? It felt like a side plot of season five! There wasn’t enough action or story to hold your attention for 82 minutes.

Plus, I couldn’t ignore the glaring issues, like:

  • The sloppy lip-syncing
  • The groan-inducing voice acting
  • Too many recycled scenes from season five (even if they didn’t fit, like this shot in the Tritannus battle scene when Stella wasn’t attacking)
  • Mispronunciation of words (Sirenix, Eraklyon)

It had a few nice moments. Bloom and Sky’s date was très romantique. Their battle against the Trix was okay — I loved Sky’s line about “branching out” before smacking Stormy with an actual tree branch. 😛 And one of my favorite scenes was when the Winx used sonar to find a way out of the reef that housed the Pearl of the Deep. Way to be resourceful, girls!

The rest of the movie? A big letdown.

But instead of ranting about how bad it was, I’d rather talk about something positive: how I felt as I was watching. Believe it or not, this awful movie gave me hope for Winx Club‘s future. Read the rest of this post

Episode Reviews
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Last review! Finally! 😀 Now that I’m done, I’ll talk about some of the smaller details and events from these episodes. I promise the posts will be shorter from now on. 😛

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

IMG_0678The Fantasy Emerald must be on the Oculta, but the zombie pirates are in the way. The good news: these guys are a joke. They’re too stupid to be a real threat.

The bad news is they’re wasting the Winx’s time. Eldora drops in to remind Bloom they can’t stay in the Legendarium World too long — or they’ll become fictional characters and be trapped inside forever! Icy overhears and warns her sisters. They all agree: it’s time to go! No way they’re spending eternity with the Winx! (So much for a team battle.)

While her friends keep the zombies busy, Bloom starts looking for the Emerald. It doesn’t take her long to find it — it’s stuck on the stem as a decoration! (Not a great hiding place. 😛 ) Thank goodness! The Winx teleport back to Bajo Mundo Cave with seconds to spare.

Daphne and the guys aren’t there, though. They’re relaxing in the village. Nex is sipping coconut smoothies (and being a jerk), Daphne and Thoren are on an impromptu date, and Riven (who’s also being a jerk) is trying to beat Sky at boomerang toss. Of course, they’re worried about the Winx, but Daphne assures them they’ll be okay. Sure enough, they soon return with the Fantasy Emerald.

(Yes, I left out some scenes, but this whole part of the episode was filler, anyway. 😛 )

IMG_0682Meanwhile, the Trix get back to Cloud Tower, and their eyes are on Selina. Did she “forget” to warn them about the time limit in the Legendarium World? Selina dodges trouble again by turning their focus back on the Winx. Did they get stuck?

The Trix peek into Griffin’s Magic Eye…and see the Winx heading to beach with the Emerald in hand. Icy knows what will ruin their fun: a zombie attack!

Selina summons the Oculta into the Real World, and the zombies invade the village! They’re no smarter than before, but there’s a lot more of them. The gang can’t handle them all! If only the people of Calavera could help them fight.

IMG_0685That gives Bloom an idea. With a spell she calls “Friendship Flame,” she grants each of the villagers wings and a touch of magic power. They converge with her to make a rain of fire that destroys most of the zombies and scares the rest off the island.

Calavera is saved! And what better way to celebrate than smoothies and dancing?

OVERALL THOUGHTS

This episode felt short to me. When the credits started rolling, I felt like there were still ten minutes left! No, I didn’t lose track of time because I got caught up in the story. Honestly, I was kinda bored. I loved seeing the Winx and the guys hanging out, but it got old after a few minutes.

The zombie battle was cool, but I expected these guys to be as tough as the last humanoid monsters: the Children of the Night. They weren’t even close. Some of them took themselves out with their own stupidity. *Sigh* I hate easy enemies.

Final thoughts: decent episode, but kinda forgettable (unless you like lots of flirting 😛 ).

Next episode: “Curse of Fearwood.” The Mythix Insight says the Silver Spear is in Fearwood, Canada. But according to legend, Fearwood Forest is cursed. No word yet on when this episode will premiere — or where. I hope it’ll be on TV.

So, we’re more than halfway through the season now! What do you think of it so far? Which episodes have stood out the most to you? Any predictions for the rest of the season? Read the rest of this post