What If Wednesday
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Today’s “What If Wednesday” question: “What if the schools in Magix got new teachers?”

Have you noticed the faculty at these schools hasn’t changed much? Alfea added Avalon in season two and Daphne in season six. That’s it. (You could count the Winx, but let’s not go there.)

We don’t see some of the teachers anymore, but it’s hard to tell if they’re gone for good. What happened DuFour? Or Avalon? Or that dance instructor from season three? I think Rainbow just decided not to show them anymore, since they’re not important. (DuFour and Avalon did appear in a comic recently, so they haven’t been forgotten.)

Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone left for real? The best choice would be Wizgiz. He’s been teaching for more than 1,000 years! I think he’s earned a few centuries of retirement.

What about at Cloud Tower? We’ve only ever seen three teachers: Griffin, Zarathustra, and Ediltrude. The latter two haven’t shown up since season three. (Winx Wikia says there’s a fourth professor — a wizard named Bittersmoke — who was mentioned in the show but never appeared.) I doubt Griffin’s running the school by herself, so where’s the rest of the staff?

Redfountain’s in a similar boat. Saladin and Codatorta are the only faculty members we’ve seen, but at least they both showed up in season five. Who else is training the Specialists? It can’t just be them.

As for Nex and Thoren, we don’t even know where they go to school. I doubt Redfountain has a Paladin track; it seems to be a Specialist-only school (that’s run by a wizard, for some reason). A lot of Wikis say they’re from Lynphea College, but I think that’s wrong. The evidence points elsewhere.

Anyway, I guess before Rainbow writes anyone out of the schools, they need to show some of the “hidden” teachers first. What are their subjects? What do the students think of them? What do they think of the Winx? Are they as star-struck as the students are?

That last part is why I think switching out the teachers could be interesting. Faragonda, Palladium, Griselda, Wizgiz, Saladin, Codatorta, and Griffin know the Winx well. They trust them enough to send them on dangerous missions and give them access to secret areas of their schools. But if a new teacher — someone who didn’t trust the Winx — came in and interfered?

Worse, what if they became the headmaster of Alfea? That would mean sidelining Faragonda for a while (but not necessarily killing her off). Maybe the Winx would have to sneak out again like they used to, or maybe they’d finally leave the school for good.

(This is starting to sound like Harry Potter. That’s not what was thinking about, but…why not?)

A happier possibility is they could learn something new from the new teacher. Rainbow could have done this in season seven with Wild Magic, but I think using Wizgiz worked, too. His subject is metamorphosymbiosis, after all. Wild Magic was a form of it. But what other types of magic — besides transformations — do the Winx not know about yet?


To sum it up, switching out some of the teachers — or just adding new ones — could change the character dynamic a bit. It could also reveal more about the schools in Magix and maybe make them more relevant again. I think Redfountain needs it the most. How long has it been since we’ve seen it? Four seasons? Five? Good grief!

That’s it for today!

What If Wednesday
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I guess I shot myself in the foot by calling this What If Wednesday.” A lot of fans thought I meant, “What if [insert major event] didn’t happen?” or “What if So-and-So had been [insert different role] instead of…?” Nope. That’s not what this is about.

I’m not trying to make fodder for alternate universe fanfics (but you can use it if you want to). What I’m gonna talk about are things that can still logically happen in the show. Remember how I said this will be focused on the future, not the past? The “What if” isn’t, “What if this had happened instead?” It’s, “What if this happens in a future season?”

Just a warning: this will set us up for disappointment. It’s inevitable. The ideas we come up with may never happen; in fact, chances are they won’t.

But do we ever know what was gonna happen in a season? Guessing, theorizing, and wondering are part of the fun of watching a series. Even if the end result is different than we hoped, we don’t have to change things to make something out of it. New possibilities and new angles are still hiding in the story, waiting to be discovered.

Maybe this first post will clear things up. Why am I starting with Helia? I was talking about him with a friend on Instagram recently, and I realized he has a lot of loose ends in his back story. If Rainbow tied these up, he could become a more interesting — and more powerful — character.

What if…Helia followed his dream of becoming an artist?

A lot of fans were happy to see Bloom drawing again in World of Winx, but it’s been a long time since our other artist has picked up a sketchbook. Bet you never realized Bloom and Helia had that in common — or at least, you never thought of it as a shared talent. That’s not the only similarity between them. I get to that later.

In comics #35 and #36, “The Trial” and “New Challenges,” Helia leaves Redfountain — like he almost did in the show — and tries to sell paintings for a living. Of course, it doesn’t work out because the comics always reset everything back to how they are in the show. But it begs the question, “Could he have become a famous artist instead of a Specialist?”

But since season two, we’ve barely seen him draw at all. His only artistic talent seems to be making origami. (That started in season two, too.) Did he give it all up to become a Specialist again? Why did he have to do? He can be a Specialist and an artist, right?

Or can he? Would his love of art conflict with his job? After all, he can’t paint while he’s battling monsters, and Specialists have to be on call at all times. How would he handle it?

I’d love to see this internal conflict in him in a future season. Should he stick with what he’s been training for for years (and keeps him close to his girlfriend), or should he follow his dream? Which one is he better at? How would leaving Redfountain affect his relationship with Flora? Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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Yes, I have a brother. I know I don’t talk about him much, but he used to watch Winx Club, too. He stopped just because it wasn’t on anymore. That was back in the 4Kids days.

Last year, we got into a long conversation about the show. I was surprised by how much he remembered. He still knew the names of most of the main characters, the three schools in Magix, and the villains (he called Valtor “Balfour,” but close enough). He also remembered small details like how Flora gets treated like a piñata most of the time (his words, not mine).

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I’ve talked to him about the show a few times since then. He says he didn’t have a favorite Winx, but he liked Musa a lot. First of all, he liked her relationship with — no, not Riven (he hated him)  — her father Ho-Boe. Second, he liked that she wasn’t just one of the Winx, but she also had a dream of becoming a musician. That gave her more depth than the others.

As for the guys, he thinks they were all useless and unnecessary. They were just “Ken dolls.” I managed to get him to pick a favorite, anyway: Brandon. Why? He liked his weapon, and he admired him for being able to put up with Stella. 😛 (Again, his words.)

During that first conversation, I told him a spinoff called World of Winx was coming soon (back when we thought it would air in the spring). He was so interested, he said he might watch it! That got me excited! Could this lure him back into the Winx Club universe?

Nope.

As soon as I said the Winx are still the main characters, he said he’ll pass. He doesn’t wanna watch another show “from Bloom’s perspective.” Why focus on them again when there are so many background characters whose stories haven’t been told?

I know other fans feel the same way. They’ve talked about wanting to see spinoffs about the guys, a new fairy club, or even the Trix. He said he wouldn’t mind one about the villains, but he thinks the evil trio has been “played out.” (I guess he felt the Trix were overused even in seasons 1-3.)

But what he really wants to see is a spinoff about the older characters like Faragonda, Griselda, Griffin, Saladin, Oritel and Marion, etc. What were they like when they were younger? How did they get where they are today?

Also, how and when were the three schools founded? What was Magix like before they were built? Rainbow’s never answered those questions, but they’d help build the mythology of the series.

I told him the Winx went back in time to old Alfea in season seven. They met young Faragonda, saw what the school used to be like (complete with uniforms), and met the previous headmistress Mavilla. His response was, “A whole season of that, please.” He thinks it’ll never happen, though, because it probably wouldn’t sell dolls.

What do you think? Would you watch my brother’s dream spinoff? What other Winx characters do you wanna see a show about?

 

Internet News
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New Loading Screen

The bugs in the beta have been squashed, and Winx Adventure was released to the public today. If you didn’t get to play last month, here’s your chance! You can find it under “Games” on the website. It looks like it and “Gardenia Park” will co-exist, at least at first. I expect WA to replace it soon.

Not much is different from the beta so far. You walk around Gardenia, chat with other players, and buy stuff in shops. It’s not my cup of tea, but if you like social games, you’ll probably enjoy it. I imagine since this is Winx Club, something more will be added later.

In the beta, you could only find Bloom, Saladin, Griffin, and Faragonda. Now all the Winx and Specialists are there, too. Except single Roxy, who stands with Faragonda, the Winx are somewhere next to their boyfriends.

One thing that annoyed me in the beta has not changed. There are two furniture shops, two beauty shops, and one clothing shop. Stella is in charge of the clothing shop now. (No surprise there.) Tecna and Musa have the furniture and beauty shops, respectively, but that means each shop. So you’ll see two Tecnas, two Musas, two Timmys, and two Rivens. Nabu must have been teaching the girls cloning spells. I don’t understand why the developers didn’t put Layla, Flora, Saladin, or Griffin in the extra spots, but that’s how they did it.

Now I didn’t play for long, but if you did and found some story or event triggers, let me know!

Internet News
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The PopPixie official website was open for a bit today. (It suddenly closed while I was writing this post!) Browsing the Population 😛 section, I noticed a few of our pixie friends are missing. Amore, Chatta, and Lockette are there, of course (ironically, they’re Stella, Flora, and Bloom’s pixies). Piff isn’t shown on the website but has been seen in the trailers, so we don’t have to worry about her. Tune has disappeared. (I don’t think I’ll miss her.) Livy is in the show, but it looks like she’s been gender flipped. What about Digit? She doesn’t appear anywhere on the site, but there is a male pixie named Fixit. What’s his “PopPixie Power?” Technomagic. Hmmm…

There are a few reasons to believe PopPixie is set in an alternate universe from Winx Club.

  • The Tree of Life plays a different role.
  • The pixies are more like fairies; for example, their wings are gone in normal form, and they have fairy-esque transformations.
  • There were never male pixies before.
  • Pixie Village/Pixieville is now a modernized “city” with a barrier around it, similar to Magix, and pixies aren’t the only magic beings that live there.

Basically this is Winx Club re-imagined with pixies, so it’s not surprising that big changes were made.

Now for “Winx Adventure.” I played the beta yesterday. I won’t show a bunch of screenshots (if you want to see some, go to Michael’s Winx Club), but I will say that graphics-wise, it’s a huge improvement on the original game. You still choose to be a Fairy or a Specialist, and it asks general questions about you that, right now, seem to have no meaning (except for what your name is and your hair color is). The gameplay wasn’t too difficult for me, although I was frantically trying to move with left mouse button when it clearly said to use the right. 😳

The oddest thing I noticed was that Faragonda, Griffin, and Saladin are the NPCs in charge of the shops. There’s only one fashion shop, where Faragonda is, but two beauty shops and two furniture shops with a Griffin and a Saladin at each one. It makes it easy to get confused when you’re headed somewhere; you see another Griffin and think, “Have I gone this way already?” Just a heads-up: watch your map.

Personally, I got bored quickly with it. I don’t like social online games. I need action or at least a story. Hopefully, that will be part of the official release.