Guest Posts

Oops! Will wanted me to publish this last Wednesday, but I forgot all about it. Sorry about that. 🙁 Anyway, time to talk about Bloom’s newly-corporeal sister, Daphne. Take it away, Will!

“Winx Girls: Life Of Daphne”

~ By Will N. ~

Daphne is awesome. That’s all we need to know. Not exactly kidding, either, but here’s her backstory.

Bloom’s big sister guardian and the (unofficial) eighth Winx who always makes sure the story goes the way it should. There’s really not much to say about her because she’s so mysterious, even if she is the Zordon of the Winx and “corporeal again.” She’s also the only one of the main cast to actually get married to Thoren faster than a Disney movie. Slow down, girl!

Should I call her the Nymph of Magix, Domino, or Sirenix? Fairy of the Elements, or Fairy of the Dragon Flame? All five fit.

I would talk about magical achievements in this section, but do I need to for her? I’ll let what we have seen about her speak for itself.

Question: What do you like about Daphne?

Next time: Anyone care for pumpkins?

Guest Posts

Yes, I know the talk of the town is the season eight transformation reveal. I’ll share my thoughts on it another day. Today, let’s look back at the third Winx Club movie with a review by Jordan B. (By the way, you can watch the entire movie on the official Winx YouTube channel.)

Take it away, Jordan!

Mystery of the Abyss Review

~ By Jordan B. ~

The 3rd Winx movie — a movie that is hated by most of the fandom. But will it shine like the Pearl of the Depths or sink like stone? Time to find out.

What I Liked

• The piece before the intro sequence was nice and felt like something you’d see in a Wallace and Gromit episode.

• The animation of the courtyard presentation was very well animated, as was the animated Gardenia.

• The voices for Darcy and Stormy were not bad.

• The scene with the dog in Gardenia Park was funny.

• Politea was a better villain than Tritannus, since she knows how to get people to do what she wants.

• I liked the Sky Wilhelm scream bit.

• I found Sky using a branch to send Stormy flying funny.

• Sealing the portals into the Infinite Ocean was a smart move.

• The RAI English version of the Sirenix transformation was very good cause of the ending of the transformation sequence.

• The design of the Oblivion Dimension was very good.

• The evil Bloom reflection thing was very interesting, since it is a clever prison. That easily explains why no one has ever escaped from Oblivion.

• Stella’s dialogue about the half-off sale was amusing because Stella is a shopaholic.

• The Cinelumé VA for Tritannus is better than the Nick dub VA for Tritannus.

• The game of “keep away” with the pearl with the Selkies was amusing.

• Politea’s downfall being her underestimating the Winx was interesting and funny.

• I liked the song and the dance number before the end credits. It was interesting and well animated.

• The animation was very well done.

What I Did Not Like

• People dumping oil doesn’t make sense since, if I remember rightly, Flora’s Sirenix wish should mean that nobody harms the environment.

• Only Sky appeared in this one. Seriously?

• The Emperor’s Throne being left active. Seriously? Common sense should tell you to deactivate it so that no one can use it.

• More Sky and Bloom drama. Ugh.

• “Nothing will go wrong.” Yeah, nice one, Sky. You just jinxed it.

• The explanation for how Politea came back made no sense.

• Darcy’s spell being called Dark Spell. Seriously, what were they thinking?

• Tritannus was an idiotic villain since he closed the portals but forgot one portal was still open.

• Most of the dialogue and voice acting was bad.

• You’d think Sky would know by now that even after 5 years, Bloom won’t listen when someone she cares about is in danger.

• I thought the seal from the Pillar of Control was destroyed, because I counted the number of seals in the Emperor’s Throne, and there were 3.

• I saw Politia double-crossing the Trix and The Trix double-crossing Tritannus coming a mile away.

Overall Thoughts

Well, overall, I enjoyed Mystery of the Abyss, although there were some inconsistencies with stuff established in the show. However, the final battle against Politea was the best part.

Now the animation was good, but in some places it felt like it didn’t flow properly. However, since this movie was made in part with animation used in season 5, I can understand why Rainbow did this to save money in the production of the film. And the voice acting wasn’t good, but it kinda makes me wonder what a RAI English season 5 would have been like.

Now onto to Politea. She was a better villain than Tritannus because she knew how to slow down her enemies and was good at manipulation.

Now, I have to raise the question about this movie, which is, “Does this film really deserve the hate it has?” And to be absolutely honest with you, I’d say no because of the movie’s own merits — while it has some problems, yes — given the pacing of how quickly the main plot and the annoying subplot interweaved with each other, and the animation was enjoyable to watch. And if you ask me, this movie is better than Magical Adventure.

Stray Observations

• The Sirenix transformation’s ending sounds like that someone forget to change the batteries on the tape player. (Seriously, I’m not kidding. The first time I heard the sequence in the movie, my thoughts were, “Okay, who forgot to change batteries on the tape player?”)

• The Winx have rescued Tecna from Omega, so escaping Oblivion shouldn’t be too hard.

Internet News

The full movie. Wow! They’re in a giving mood this holiday season!

I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, goody. The worst movie so far.” 🙄 Yeah, yeah. Most fans hated this one. I didn’t like it, either, especially since season five is my least favorite season.

But think of it this way. Some people didn’t get to see it at all because they don’t have Netflix accounts. They might like it. You never know.

Also, this might be a sign the fourth movie’s coming soon. That’s something to be excited about, right?

Anyway, here’s Mystery of the Abyss!

UPDATE: Apparently, Mystery of the Abyss isn’t on Netflix anymore. That might be why Rainbow uploaded it to YouTube. Thank you to @Thomasfan502 on Twitter for pointing that out!

What If Wednesday

Today's "What If Wednesday" question: "What if Musa's father, Ho-Boe, remarries?"

The death of her mother, Matlin, has been a big part of Musa's story since season one. Almost every season has referenced it somehow. (I think the only two that didn't were four and seven.) Throughout the series, she's shown strength and maturity by being able to accept her loss.

One of her wisest moments was in season five, when she chose not to use her Sirenix wish to bring her back to life. She knew that would have been wrong. After all, Matlin's in paradise now — safe from danger and free from sickness. How selfish would Musa be to drag her mother out of eternal happiness?

Ho-Boe hasn't been as strong as his daughter. Out of grief, he tried to crush her dream of becoming a musician. Being around music brought back too many painful memories for him.

That episode — "The Show Must Go On" (2X15) — is one of my favorites from season two. The title's pretty clever. Musa's show at Redfountain almost went on without her. But "show" may have been a metaphor for "life" — as in "life goes on," part of what Ho-Boe needed to learn.

We know what happened. He let her perform, she ended up fighting Stormy (not important, but still part of the episode), and at the end, we saw the father and daughter smile and hug each other at Matlin's grave. The implication was he'd healed a bit more. In season five, he looked happy again.

Why not take this subplot further? Is he ready to find love again? I know he's middle-aged, but people remarry even later in life.

How would Musa react to it? Would she accept her new mom — or resent her (and him)?

We've already seen a story like this with Stella in season three. The difference is her mother, Queen Luna, is still alive, so she'd still be in her life even if King Radius remarried. But Matlin's gone forever. Would Musa take that into consideration?

(Side note: if you count the comics, her father isn't the only widower in her story. In #33: "Ghosts," she meets a composer named Sifelius, whose wife has recently died. He's given up on writing music and shut himself up in his house. I won't ruin the ending, in case you haven't read the comic.)

That's it for today!

What If Wednesday

Today’s “What If Wednesday” question: “What if Tecna becomes an ambassador for Zenith?”

No, don’t leave! Let me explain.

Remember how King Cryos didn’t wanna join the Sovereigns’ Alliance? He kept saying Zenith was better off protecting itself. After all, they have the most advanced technology in the Magic Dimension. Zenith sounds like an isolated realm — open to tourists but closed to foreign relations.

After the Winx saved him from his techno-drones in “Listen to Your Heart” (5X22), he changed his mind. Tecna then wished for everyone in Zenith to feel connected to the rest of the Magic Dimension. Does that mean the realm’s attitude changed? Maybe, but she can help keep it that way.

She’s been all over the universe, so she knows how to deal with different types of people. Plus, she’s a Winx, a well-known hero. Who wouldn’t listen to her?

Most of all, she doesn’t follow Zenith’s “logic over feelings” ideal anymore. That’s why “Listen to Your Heart” was a good title for that episode. It wasn’t just about Cryos. Thanks to the Winx (and Timmy), Tecna has learned to trust her heart more, too. She can help Zenith open up to other cultures and appreciate emotions.

I know this sounds far-fetched, but what’s the alternative? We don’t know what her dreams and goals are. All we know is she’s great at inventing things and loves to tinker with technology. Why not use her knowledge to help her realm?

Plus, three of her friends will be queens one day. I’m sure they’d welcome her into their realms. She could even help modernize them.

That’s it for today. Like I said last time, I have a list of “What If” topics already — yes, this was one of them — but if you have an idea, feel free to send it to me.