Guest Posts
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As you know, I’ve stopped writing episode reviews. But last week, a Winx fan named Will N. emailed me with a suggestion: how about guest episode reviews? Why not? Great idea!

Here’s Will’s review of “Baby Winx” (7X20). If you’d like to submit an episode review, too, email it to [email protected].


Review of Episode 7X20: “Baby Winx”

By: Will N.

Quick Recap: Back on Earth again (yawn!). The Winx are helping Roxy with an animal show to benefit the rescue park. Meanwhile, Kalshara and Brafilius try to cause trouble in any way possible like always (yawn again!), still searching for that First Color of the Universe. (How long is this search gonna last? Even Ogron didn’t waste this long trying to accomplish his goals.) This time, however, it involves the Winx being turned into seven-year-olds, and circus hijinks ensue as part of the benefits program.

Observations

  • Brafilius actually doing something smart for once. Too bad he has to undo it almost immediately.
  • Well, I guess the people who said Butterflix was based off circus clowns were right 😛
  • Are the guys being designated babysitters now?
  • Roxy’s as sassy as ever. Where was she when we needed her?
  • Why does Sky have to fight with Bloom’s unicorn? What does Elas have that Sky doesn’t?
  • Well, at least that Etno Chic outfit wasn’t ditched after two episodes; it stuck around for 4.

Loose ends

  • Sky, you’re clueless to not believe that a 7 year old, who strongly looks like your fiancĂ©e and has a pet unicorn, is not your fiancĂ©e turned into a kid when you live in a magical world on a daily basis.
  • Kalshara, you should stop relying on your brother.
  • Apparently, power is not restricted by age. Must be something to do with Believix or Enchantix.
  • Quote: “Yeah, I can’t leave you alone for more than ten minutes.” Well said, Roxy. Well said.
TV & Movie News
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Credit goes to WinxClubRUS and my affiliate GermanSirenix for breaking this news before me!

It’s official! World of Winx premieres Saturday, Jan. 28 on RAI Gulp! That day will mark the 13th anniversary of the Winx Club franchise!

Today, Rainbow released the full version of the trailer on the Italian YouTube channel. This looks like the trailer my affiliate Michael of Michael’s Winx Club saw at the Licensing Expo last June. Enjoy!


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Musings & Rants
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The reveal of Dreamix surprised a lot of fans. Aren’t the Winx gonna be spies this time? Why do they need a new transformation? What happened to hiding their magic?

The end result wasn’t as confusing as we thought. I still think the spy mission clashed with the fantasy elements of the story. (See “General Thoughts, Pt. I.”) But the Winx are fairies, now and always. They had to have wings. (Yes, not all fairies have wings, but you know what I mean.)

So, what is Dreamix? The answer’s right in the song: “Makes your dreams come true! That’s the magic of Dreamix!” That’s easy to remember.

Too bad it’s not true.

The Winx never used it to make someone’s dream come true. In fact, Dreamix didn’t have much to do with figurative dreams (aspirations), except:

  • The Winx gained it when Annabelle’s dream came true. (They needed to get it at the same time this time. Rainbow had to save time for the story.)
  • It could detect when someone was about to reach their dream — and was being hunted by the Talent Thief.

The second half of the second bullet was plot convenience. It’s not like the talents were the only people in the world about to make their dreams come true. We can try to justify it, though. If the Dreamix power came from The World of Dreams, which was under Tinker Bell’s control, maybe an opposing force was guiding the Winx to her targets. Makes sense, right? Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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And we’re back!

I criticized WoW a lot in part I, didn’t I? Don’t worry. I’ve got plenty of good things to say about it, too.

If you don’t mind, I’ve got one more complaint. It’s not the only other thing I didn’t like, but I don’t wanna spend this post ragging on the show again. Let’s end on a positive note this time.

My last gripe (for now) is about the animation. I don’t mean the art itself. The backgrounds were gorgeous, and I liked seeing the Fairy Couture style come to life. I didn’t think the Winx’s expressions would look good — because I don’t think they look good in the stock art, to be honest — but I was wrong. (This Tecna face will be burned into my memory forever.)

What I didn’t like was the movement. Rainbow’s improved a lot since they tested this Flash-esque style in a couple episodes of season four. Everything was still wobbly and marionette-like in seasons five and six, but season seven was a big improvement — not perfect, but visibly better. Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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World of Winx.

Yeah, I know. “About time, OP!” It’s only been about a month and a half since it premiered!

Sorry, guys. If you need an explanation, see my post from a couple weeks ago. Also — and I hate to play this card again — I’m a college student. The semester just ended last week. I’m finally free again — at least for about a month and a half.

Enough excuses. Let’s get started. What did I think of WoW season one?

I liked it. I didn’t love it, but it kept me hooked (pun intended) long enough to binge-watch all 13 episodes from 3-9 a.m. the day it premiered. I’ve never done that before with any show. (I regret nothing.)

What kept me from loving it? One thing was knowing it’s not canon. Boy, does it show! I’m not sure it fits into the main timeline at all!

The Winx are friends with Roxy (or at least Bloom is), but she’s not being hunted by The Wizards of the Black Circle? And she still works at the Frutti Music Bar? But she knows she’s a fairy, she’s good with her magic, and she can already transform? (She said something like, “If only we had our wings,” in one episode.)

And in episode one, Tecna said the Winx had already been on Earth for months. Where’s Love & Pet? Where’s their band? And no one knows they’re fairies, but Earth has magic again?

Why is the room spinning?

I guess it doesn’t matter. WoW‘s a spinoff, so it doesn’t have to follow Winx Club‘s timeline. The most it can be is an alternate season five, but even that’s stretching it a bit. In the end, it’s just a nice, little distraction for older fans. It’s not worth fussing over.

If we’re gonna pick it apart, we’d have to do it to PopPixie, too. Pixies have transformations, The Tree of Life has yet another function it doesn’t have the main show, Digit and Zing are boys — forget it. Read the rest of this post