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 ūüėõ
  • 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 fianc√©e and has a pet unicorn, is not your fianc√©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.
Romance
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Winx Club 7X25 - Aisha and Nex HuggingNope, my blog’s not dead. 

Last month, I started writing Winx fanfiction. I wanted to finish this story by Valentine’s Day, but schoolwork ‚ÄĒ and nervousness ‚ÄĒ got in the way. Now I’m finally done…with the first chapter. Good grief. ūüėÖ

As you can guess from the picture, “The Storm” is about Aisha and Nex. Expect most of my fanfics to be about them. No couple in this series has ever ignited my imagination as much as they do. They’re a treasure-trove of creative ideas waiting to be used to tell thrilling, clever, romantic, and even profound stories.

Let me guess: you think I’m exaggerating, right? Okay then. Give me a chance to show you why this couple’s so unique and powerful together.

My story takes place on Andros between seasons seven and eight, ignoring the comics (they’re not canon, anyway). Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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You’ve been really patient ‚ÄĒ more patient than I’ve been about World of Winx, that’s for sure. ūüėõ Sorry for dragging this out¬†so long. Let’s jump right into this!

I kept saying¬†in my reviews¬†that something made me write off Orlando¬†as a love interest for Musa. Only one of you got it right: a Winx fan called¬†SpiderBraids. He¬†wrote this in an email:¬†“Anything to do with the meta reference, perhaps? :-)”

Bingo! Remember¬†this line from the script reader in “Back in the Middle Ages” (7X08):

“Let me introduce to you The Rainbow Company…”

Admit it: you rolled your eyes at that one. So did I. “The Rainbow Company?” Really? ūüôĄ

That’s when I stopped taking Orlando and his troupe¬†seriously as characters. I think they were just Rainbow’s way of writing themselves into the show. Two more¬†possible hints:

  • Where did¬†“Back in the Middle Ages” and “The Fairy Cat” (7X09) take place? Medieval Italy. Not England. Italy.
  • The troupe’s¬†play was¬†about six fairies who save a dying kingdom. That could have been a reference to how Rainbow wasn’t well-known¬†till they created Winx Club, which helped them become a big name in the animation industry.

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If the troupe was¬†supposed to represent Rainbow, who did¬†each member represent? I’m not sure. I don’t know the company¬†well enough to match each character to a specific staff member. They could have even been based on inside jokes. All I¬†can do is¬†guess based on the little knowledge I have.

Let’s start with¬†Orlando. When I first watched those two episodes, I thought for sure¬†he was Iginio Straffi.¬†The reader implied¬†Orlando wrote the play,¬†just like Mr.¬†Straffi created¬†Winx Club. He also played the prince in the play, who believed in magic and atrracted fairies with his music. It felt to me like some sort of metaphor about imagination, but I might be reading into it. ūüėõ

Here’s another possiblity. Orlando might have been¬†Alessia Orlando, one of the Winx Club singers. That might¬†explain why he was a minstrel¬†(a pop singer of the past) and why he was interested in Musa. Why would Rainbow¬†base a male character after her? I don’t know. Maybe they¬†just named him after her.

What about the tall guy? He might have been Mr. Straffi, too. The reader said he was the leader of the company, and the guard captain interrupted the reader just before he said his name (as if it might have given it away). Also, he played the king and the queen in the play. That could have been a reference to how Mr. Straffi and his wife, Joanne Lee, are the co-CEOs of Rainbow.

I’m not sure about the reader or the donkey. They may¬†have been two of Rainbow’s writers, two of the animators, two of Mr. Straff’s friends ‚ÄĒ I don’t know. Someone with inside knowledge of the company might be able to tell right away. Read the rest of this post

Announcements
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The title says it all. I’ve decided to stop writing episode reviews. I need to be honest with myself and you: I don’t enjoy¬†writing them anymore.

When I started writing them near the beginning of season five, it felt like a¬†fun addition to the blog. But things have happened over the years (especially this year) that have¬†drained¬†the joy out of it for me. I won’t go into details. All I’ll say is writing reviews feels like a chore now.

I’m going back to what I used to do: writing about individual scenes, concepts, characters, spells, settings, etc. I’ll still review season seven as a whole ‚ÄĒ and season six, since I still haven’t done that ‚ÄĒ and I’ll pick my top 3 favorite and least favorite episodes. I also might post my “Thoughts While Watching” for each episode. (Those¬†might count as mini-reviews.) This will apply to¬†World of Winx, too.

I’m sorry to everyone who enjoyed my reviews. I hope you’ll understand and continue to support my¬†blog. Thank you.

Caption Contest
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Wow. You guys loved this pic, didn’t you? ūüėõ All I’m gonna say is I’m glad I don’t pick finalists anymore.

You have 24 hours to pick a winner. If you need to see the captions again, click here. Good luck, everyone!

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