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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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TV & Movie News
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Winx Club‘s finally returning to U.S. television, but not where we expected it!

Yesterday, lots of fans noticed Winx was on Nick Jr.’s schedule for this weekend, but naturally, knowing Nick, we were…doubtful. Well, doubt no more! Rainbow confirmed it through the official Winx Club website!

Write these dates down, Winx fans!

  • Sunday, July 26 from 7-9 a.m.: Episodes 1-4
  • Sunday, Aug. 2 from 7-9 a.m.: Episode 5-8
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7 p.m., starting Aug. 3: The post simply says “new episodes.” Does it mean the final six episodes of the series?

This is good but surprising news! Is Winx Club moving to Nick Jr. permanently? If so, how do you feel about that?

UPDATE: NickALive just reported on this, and they brought up something I hadn’t thought of. Every episode of season six from “Shrine of the Green Dragon” (6X09) onward aired online only, so technically they’re new to TV. Maybe that’s what Rainbow’s post meant by “new episodes.”


TIPOFFS:
Lots of fans spotted this first, so credit goes to them! Special thanks to Dane A., Marcus M., Michael’s Winx Club, and World-of-Winx-Club (Tumblr)!

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Episode Reviews
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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.

Nothing’s working. The only way to get Musa’s voice back is to strike a deal with Rumpel. Read the rest of this post

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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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Musings & Rants
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Before you ask, the answer’s no. Beginning with Sky and ending with his cousin Thoren was not on purpose. I wanted to start the series with the guys we’ve known the longest: Sky, Brandon, Helia, Riven, and Timmy. Then I wrote about Aisha’s love interests one after another, starting with Nabu since he came first. Thoren was just the leftover guy.

It makes sense to put him last, anyway. He’s not part of the Boys Club the way the other guys are, since his love interest, Daphne, isn’t one of the Winx. The only reason he’s here is because she’s tagging along with them.

Thoren’s introduced in ep. 6X03, “The Flying School.” He’s immediately established as a rival to Sky by choosing to be his opponent in a training match. Since he calls the blond prince out by name, everyone knows they’ve got some kind of a history. (I still don’t get how Bloom knew Thoren, but Brandon didn’t. Just for laughs, I guess.)

Objection!

The first time I watched this episode, Thoren came off as aggressive and unfriendly, so I called him a “hothead.” (His character description does say he’s “grumpy.”) But during a recent rewatch, I noticed after Sky knocks him over with a sword slash, Thoren — while growling like he’s disappointed — gives him a thumbs-up! Huh? 😕 Talk about mixed messages!

If I’d seen that gesture, I might have known this “rivalry” was gonna go nowhere. But that’s not what the rest of the episode suggested. Read the rest of this post