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“Avatar State! Yip yip!”

I tried something new last time: adding more screenshots to help guide the post along. No one said it blew up their browser, so I guess it’s okay. 😛 Here’s another change: from now on, I’m gonna highlight the main moments in the episode instead of recapping the whole thing. You watched it, too. You don’t need a detailed breakdown. 🙂

Episode Highlights

IMG_33861. Daphne and the Winx are still looking for something to trade Rumpelstiltskin for the Legendarium Key. Out of nowhere (which is her M.O.), Eldora appears and gives them the Infinity Box, which can store anything, even magic power. I know the Legendarium Key’s important, but I wish this sideplot with Rumpel hadn’t lasted so long. It doesn’t even make sense. Alfea’s loaded with magic goods: rare books, artifacts only the teachers know about, and even a piece of the Codex! Yes, some things are too valuable to give away, but you’re telling me they couldn’t find anything?

How about the Sirenix Boxes? The Winx don’t need them anymore. Granted, they’re valuable, too, but all Rumpel would do is sit them somewhere to collect dust. Bloom’s leaving hers on her desk. What’s the difference?

2. The Winx go to Domino for Daphne and Thoren‘s wedding. I’ll talk about these two later, but I wanna gripe about a few other things first. One, is Stella the only Winx with fashion sense now? Morphix ribbons, Aisha? Who’d wanna wear pink glue all over her body on her wedding day? Lady Gaga? 😕

Two, was there a time skip between the first scene and the wedding? Bloom’s line made it sound like there was, but the scene with Selina and the Trix picked up from the end of the last episode. If there wasn’t, that means Thoren proposed about a day or two ago! Talk about a short engagement!

Three, what right did Eldora have to officiate? She’s not a priestess. She’s a retired fairy godmother with too many flowers in her house! Sigh. Maybe it was just for laughs.

IMG_33993. Selina finally frees Acheron. He betrays her, traps the Trix in the Legendarium, and casts a spell called Infinite Chaos that negates all magic but the Dragon Flame. That’s right. Selina got used. If you didn’t see this twist coming, you might not be smarter than a fifth grader. (Apologies to the fifth graders who did see it coming. 😛 )

Doesn’t Acheron’s outfit look like the Paladin uniform? 😛 I confess: I thought Nex and Thoren were gonna be villains when I saw them in the trailer. That uniform just screams “evil” to me. (Great. I just threw a bone to the fans who think Nex is a villain in disguise. 😕 )

4. Selina contacts Bloom through Griffin’s Magic Eye. After Acheron’s spell interrupts the wedding, the Winx head to Magix to beat him. Wait a minute. Don’t you need a spell or an inter-realm ship to get to Magix from Domino? It’s another planet! How could the Winx just fly there?

They did it in “Inspiration of Sirenix” (6X01), too, but I assumed they entered the Infinite Ocean along the way. This time, they didn’t have Sirenix. Did Bloomix give them the power to fly through the space? 😕

5. After the Winx save Selina and stop Cloud Tower from crash landing, Acheron summons a three-headed dragon to destroy them. Bloom comes up with the plan: lead him into the Legendarium World and trap him there for good. I don’t have much to say about this. The scene with the Winx saving Cloud Tower was cool. Why would Acheron have the power to summon a lizard spirit, though? Is it because of the Dragon Flame? (By the way, I know some fans were wondering why he had the Dragon Flame. It’s simple: he had the piece Selina used to free him. No plot holes here.)

IMG_34286. Bloom traps Acheron in the Infinity Box and trades him to Rumpel for the Legendarium Key. But before she can return to the real world, the Trix ambush her. Great. Bloom saves the day again. Hello, seasons three and five. 😕 Sigh. I wish the Winx would fight the “final boss” (or bosses) together, like they used to.
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Lots to talk about once again, so let’s get started!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

IMG_3134The Winx have tried every spell in their arsenal, even convergence. Nothing’s working. Rumpel’s invincible, and he still has Musa’s voice. Their only option is to trade for it.

Oh, but Rumpel won’t take just anything for the voice of a fairy. They must give him something equally valuable. The rarest thing they have is…the Legendarium Key. But how will they lock the Legendarium and beat the Trix without it?

The Winx need some time to deliberate, but Rumpel doesn’t wanna wait. He wants their decision now! Thankfully, Tecna manages to reason with the greedy dwarf. He gives them a day to make up their minds.

They return to the real world to an eagerly-awaiting Musa, whose hopes are immediately shot down. She dashes off to the Music Cafe in tears. That settles it. As her friends, they must get her voice back no matter what!

Musa tries to play her sorrows away on the piano. But suddenly, she’s accompanied by a symphony of instruments. It’s Roxy and the student musicians! They’ve come to cheer her up with a song to thank her for giving them the gift of music. The Winx come in and start dancing as soon as they hear the melody. When the song’s over, they give their friend a big hug. 🙂

Suddenly, the students’ instruments — which lost power when Musa lost her voice — regain their magic energy. Now they’ll able to protect Alfea once again! That song would make a great anthem for the school, as well as the perfect shield against the witches. But to bring out its full potential, the Winx will need a bigger performance — like a massive, outdoor concert! They start planning right way.

Meanwhile, Sky and Riven meet in Aisha’s gym for their duel. The prince tries to be diplomatic about it, but nothing will change Riven’s mind now. He’s determined to settle their rivalry once and for all.

Since he was the challenger, he lets Sky to choose the combat style: fencing. Morphix épées appear, and the two Specialists duke it out in what feels more like a fight to the death than a friendly match. Sky, being royalty, attacks more gracefully, while Riven strikes with anger and aggression. In the end, elegance trumps brute force.

Riven admits defeat. Sky will always be the leader of the Specialists, and he’ll always be standing in his shadow. If he wants to reach the top, he’ll need to make some big changes in his life.

IMG_3146At Cloud Tower, the Trix fuss at Selina for her failures. They’re tired of all her useless monsters, especially Rumpel, who won’t take orders. The young witch reminds them they got they wanted. Musa lost her voice, so Alfea’s still defenseless.

That gets their attention. If they wanna conquer Alfea, they must destroy those instruments. Now’s their chance.

They call the student witches to the dragon skull, where they keep the magic they’ve stolen, and grant them a new power: intangibility. Now direct spells won’t affect them. They’re practically invincible. Time to use it against the Winx!

Before Musa’s concert, Thoren and Daphne meet up on the lawn. She drops a few hints about what a perfect set up this is for — you know, two people getting together. 😛 The Paladin gets the message and asks her to be his date. Awwwww. 🙂 (Hey, it’s relevant for later.)

Faragonda introduces the new Music Cafe band, then the concert begins. The audience loves it, and the headmistress can tell there’s enough magic to protect Alfea. That’s a good thing, because just then, the witch army arrives to put it to the test! The Winx (minus Musa) transform, and along with the Specialists and Paladins, they attempt to fight back. But their attacks pass right through them!

Musa has an idea. If direct spells won’t work, maybe the magic of the instruments will. She leads the band in an encore of the anthem of Alfea and guides its energy right toward the witches. Sure enough, they can’t withstand it, and they retreat to Cloud Tower.

In the midst of the applause, Bloom notices Rumpel sneaking into the college. The Winx follow him to their dorm, where he tells them their time is up. Are they willing to give up the Legendarium Key for their friend?

Of course. Musa deserves to have her voice back after what she’s done to defend Alfea. They’ll find another way to beat the Trix. Rumpel takes the Key, then smashes the bottle containing her voice. The Fairy of Music’s finally able to speak again.

Just in time, too. How else would she have said goodbye to Riven?

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There’s someone important missing from this screenshot…

After losing to Sky and failing to protect her when she needed it, the Specialist knows he’s not the right guy for her. She deserves someone who can support her, as a warrior and as a boyfriend. Musa agrees. They just weren’t meant to be together.

“Goodbye, Musa.”

With those words, Riven leaves Alfea for the last time.

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capture_003_19072015_143857_833I’ve got a lot to talk about this time, so let’s dive right in!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

capture_002_19072015_190136_800The Winx, minus Musa, are “training” in Aisha’s gym (again). Aisha’s added a spell that creates any kind of gym equipment out of Morphix. Cool. Riven comes in, too, since training is his girlfriend right now. (Oops, did I say that out loud? 😛 )

Musa enters not too long after. Hesitantly, she tries to say “hi” to him, but he gives her a cold reception just as she expected. Riven says a short hello then goes back to tossing his boomerang.

This time, Musa refuses to be ignored. She catches the boomerang on the rebound, then gives the Specialist a piece of her mind. Is training all that matter to him now? Does he even see her anymore?

Riven snatches the weapon from her hand. “I see…an open target calling my name.” With that, he struts off to finish his regimen. That’s all Musa can take. Aisha calls out to her, but she tells her she needs to be alone and leaves with tears in her eyes. (Poor girl…)

All her friends have something to pour their hearts into. Aisha has her gym, Flora has her greenhouse, and even Riven’s got his training. Musa feels left out. If only she had a project of her own.

Suddenly, she hears a piano playing nearby. She follows the melody through a wall and discovers an abandoned room full of instruments. How long has it been there?

Meanwhile, Faragonda and Griffin interrupt Daphne’s class to tell the Winx about the Trix’s latest attack, this time on Oppositus. They’ve stolen the source of its wizards’ power. With that kind of magic, they may be planning to attack Alfea next! How will they protect the school till Timmy and Tecna get the Spectrographic Localizer working?

Sure enough, Alfea is the Trix’s next target. But first, they’ll need a new recruit. Through a gruesome challenge with the Mirrors of Maelstrom — yay for casual murder 😕 — one witch is chosen to join Lazuli and the other students.

Meanwhile, Musa continues to explore the room she found. The old instruments seem to react to her voice. They’re full of magic energy! With this much, maybe she can protect Alfea from the Trix! The timing couldn’t be better. Our geek couple notices a flaw in the Localizer: its range is too short. They’ll have to expand it, but that’ll take some time. Musa’s music is Alfea’s best line of defense. (Good grief. 🙄 )

Musa shows her friends around her new music cafe. And because they’ll need as many performers as possible, Bloom brings in reinforcements: Roxy and a group of students. Alongside the Winx band, they tame the rowdy instruments and bring out their magic potential.

Back in the gym, Riven does a bit of soul searching. Maybe Musa’s right about the way he’s been treating her. No sooner has the thought crossed his mind does he see Sky training beside him. Their competitiveness kicks in, and the two start trying to best each other at target practice. Sky thinks it’s all for fun, but Riven’s sick of being buddy-buddy with him.

Time to see who’s truly better. The winner will become the leader of the Specialists.

Sky agrees to the duel. But first, they need to talk to the Winx about Musa’s defense plan. Musa? Oh, yeah. Riven finally remembers her again.

capture_003_17072015_201205_741Meanwhile, the Trix look for a way to deal with this new setback. No more weak monsters. They need someone with real power. Selina knows just the person: a dwarf who’s immune to all magic — Rumpelstiltskin, the master of deceit. She summons him to Alfea to steal Musa’s voice.

Rumpel crashes the fairies’ practice session and immediately targets the Fairy of Music. The Winx transform and try to protect her, but true to his description, their spells have no effect on him. Not even the magic of the instruments works on him.

Riven and Sky enter. They try their weapons against Rumpel, but he’s barely even phased. He’s still laser-focused on his goal. He jumps on top of Musa and sucks her voice into a tiny glass bottle. After that, he disappears into the Legendarium World.

The Trix are confused. How was this a victory for them, and why didn’t Rumpel come back to them? Selina contacts the dwarf through the Magic Eye. Turns out Rumpel decided to keep his spoils for himself. After all, he never agreed to give it to the Trix. Oops! Master of deceit, indeed! 😛

Without Musa’s voice, the instruments begin to lose power. That means the Winx won’t be able to use them to protect Alfea!

Riven’s pretty upset, too. After all his training, he couldn’t even protect his own girlfriend from a dwarf. He darts out of the cafe in shame.

Of course, the Winx aren’t gonna let their friend be mute for the rest of her life. Time to enter the Legendarium World and find Rumpelstiltskin! Musa will have to stay behind, though. She can’t transform without her voice (for some reason :?).

The Mythix wands teleport the Winx in front of Rumpelstiltskin’s shack. The dwarf himself is not inside; he’s hiding in the garden, wearing Musa’s voice around his neck. He’s not gonna part with it easily. If the Winx bring him something equally precious, he may be willing to make a trade.

capture_006_19072015_190828_850No way! The Winx try to attack him, but he’s too small and fast for them. Worse, they can’t land on the ground because the garden is booby-trapped! Bloom manages to captures him with her flames, but only for a few seconds.

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