Episode Reviews
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Sorry about the sudden hiatus, guys. I just started school again, and I didn’t think my professors would slam me with so much work this early in the semester. I’ve never had this much due at one time in my life!

Well, let’s finally wrap up this trio of reviews. Hopefully, Nick will upload/air more new episodes soon!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

capture_007_27012015_193422_734I’ll sum up the first scene quickly. The Trix make their students fight each other to test their attack magic. A couple of them pass. The others fail — hard. Moving on.

When Selina warns them the Winx are coming, the Trix cut the class short. They can’t let them lock the Legendarium! No worries. Leave it to Darcy.

The Winx arrive with the key, but seconds later, Cloud Tower disappears! Did it teleport? No, Bloom can still feel its dark energy. But Tecna’s scanner isn’t picking it up.

So much for the “charge right in” plan. They decide to leave before “invisible” witches ambush them.

Stella goes into fashion mode as soon as they get back to Alfea. Her friends don’t know it yet, but it’s a big day for her. Brandon stops by, and he’s just as excited as Stella. Why? It’s their anniversary! He wants to celebrate with a romantic dinner. Awwwwwww!

Too bad Stella doesn’t care. For some reason, she won’t quit talking about Solaria.

Meanwhile, Daphne and the other Winx puzzle over Cloud Tower’s disappearance. What they need is an anti-invisibility spell. Stella knows a great place to look for one: the Library of Solaria!

But only her father’s allowed inside, and there’s no way he’ll grant them access. How will they get in?

Don’t worry, says Stella. She’s got a surprise up her sleeves.

As they step into the throne room, they hear King Radius talk about a Solarian tradition: when the three suns align, the king relinquishes the crown to his firstborn for one day. Wait — the suns are aligned, which means Stella’s queen for a day! (Yay for title drops!) Her first decree: the Winx may enter the royal library. Thank you, Your Majesty. 😛

The Winx’s research doesn’t take long. Daphne learns the type of spell Darcy cast on Cloud Tower can’t be undone with fairy magic. (How convenient.) They need a magi-technological boost. Great! You’re up, Tecna!

Back in the throne room, Stella’s reign is becoming a pain. She ignores the courtiers’ concerns, then declares they can only come to her with good news — or with gifts. Her parents try to reason with her, but she’s in her own world. Next, she throws an impromptu dance party, complete with disco ball, then gives the guards makeovers. Then she mocks hers and Brandon’s anniversary with a half-hearted, magic-made banquet — in front of the whole court. How romantic.

That’s the last straw for Brandon. When he calls her out for letting the power go to her head, she gets huffy and storms off to her room. *Sigh* 🙄

capture_009_27012015_202859_083Selina and the Trix like what they’re seeing in their Magic Eye. They can use the situation to their advantage. It’s storytime! Today’s tale: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This time, Selina does something a little different: she summons the Magic Mirror to darken Stella’s heart.

The mirror’s waiting for Stella when she gets to her room. Just like in the story, it tells her just what she wants to hear. She’s the fairest. The best queen in the Magic Dimension. Finally, someone appreciates her!

After finding a spot for her flattering friend, she gives it a smooch. Its dark energy flows into her, clouding her thoughts. Today was supposed to be her day. Her special day. She’s lost precious time, thanks to her parents and her boyfriend. They must be punished.

When Stella returns to the throne room, her father looks ready to snatch the crown off her head. Stella’s had enough of his voice — so she takes it away from him!

Now, Bloom’s had enough! This isn’t how a queen — or a fairy — should act!

Oh, really? If the Winx don’t wanna be her friends anymore, she’ll just make new ones. Stella teleports her “friends,” the witches of Cloud Tower, into the palace. From now on, all witches will be honored guests of the queen. She leaves them to fight the Winx while she retires to her room.

This time, Darcy’s waiting for her. Brandon — who happened to peek in at the right time — isn’t as welcoming as Stella is. He draws his spear to defend his love.

No! Darcy’s a guest, too, and Stella won’t let him hurt her! She knocks him back with a burst of sunlight. His spear flies out of his hand and hits the mirror, causing it to fall and crack. That breaks the spell on Stella. The dark energy leaves her body.

When she comes to, she thinks Darcy’s the one who attacked Brandon! Guess who’s not welcome in the palace anymore!

That’s fine with her. Before she leaves, she decides to grab a souvenir: Stella’s crown! If the princess wants it back, she’ll have to come to the Legendarium World to get it! Challenge accepted! Stella summons her Mythix wand.

Solaria’s fantasy world looks like a massive temple. Standing at the doorway is a woman in a white mask and Ancient Greek garb. Her name is Ariadne, the keeper of the labyrinth beyond the door. The crown lies inside.

capture_025_27012015_203505_659Suspecting nothing, Stella dives in. Several turns and dead ends later, she winds up at the center of the labyrinth, and out of nowhere, a Minotaur stomps out of the wall! Ariadne appears behind her and removes her mask. It’s really Darcy!

Stella’s trapped! If she doesn’t escape soon, she’ll be stuck in the Legendarium World forever! Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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In episode 5X18, Stella “reminded” her father — and maybe us fans, too — that she’s the “Guardian Fairy of Solaria.” What does that title really mean?

We don’t know much about Guardian Fairies (or “Fate Madrine,” fairy godmothers, in Italian), but we know the Winx — minus Bloom — became them when they graduated from Alfea. Along with a diploma, they each received a jewelry box that contained “the power of harmony,” which made them “one with the Magic Dimension” (i.e. connected them fully to their power source).

What happened next? Business as usual — hang out, go on missions, save the world. Same as before.

It’s no doubt the Winx have gotten stronger. If earning Enchantix was all they had to do to become Guardian Fairies (at least by Alfea’s rules), they’ve gone far beyond that. But couldn’t any Alfea student do it, too? (If Rainbow would let us see other students graduate.)

So are the Winx the Guardian Fairies of their realms…or just some of them?

Stella’s friend Nova is from Solaria. Galatea and Krystal are already guarding Melody and Linphea, respectively, as princesses. They’re all Alfea students, too. What’s stopping them from becoming the Guardian Fairies of their realms?

If that’s true, then they’re nothing special about the title “Guardian Fairy.” It may just mean “a fairy who has full control of her power and is strong enough to protect her planet.”

We can’t even know if she has to be an Enchantix fairy, since we’ve met fairies who protect their realms without clearly-stated fairy forms. Take Diana, for example. She seems like a Guardian Fairy of Nature. What form does she have?

If it sounds like I’m playing down what Stella said, I’m not. The Winx went through a lot to become Guardian Fairies. Stella almost lost her father, Tecna and Flora almost died, Bloom had to defrost her planet and defeat the three most evil witches in the Magic Dimension — and so on.

They’re really the Guardian Fairies of all the realms! A big responsibility — but they can handle it.

QUESTION: What do you think “Guardian Fairy” means? Is it something special?

Episode Reviews
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Tritannus Reaches the Pillar of Light
That’s more like it! Dare I say it, this was the best episode of the season! Better dialogue, lots of action, and a surprise ending. And for once, Tritannus did something that harmed the whole Magic Dimension, not just Earth or the ocean. Eleven more episodes like this, please!

Next episode: “The Eclipse.” Stella must fix the Pillar of Light before her father dies, and Aisha must use her uncle’s sword to break Tritannus’s curse on her family. Sounds promising!

Here are my thoughts while watching episode 5X15, “The Pillar of Light!” Read the rest of this post

Internet News
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Been on Nick’s Winx Club web page lately? There’s a new “strategy” game called “World of Winx.” The goal is to guide a Winx—no Roxy, of course—through doors and over walls to reach Stella’s scepter, a.k.a. “The Ring of Solaria.” (And for some reason it’s the old one, not the redesigned one.) Choose your favorite fairy, put her in Charmix or Enchantix form, then pick an area to explore (only Alfea, for now).

Along the way, you have to collect keys and cast spells to get past obstacles. Summon objects and push them with magic to press buttons. Use butterfly wing charms to fly briefly by holding the up arrow (jump). Touch the scepter to win.

There’s a tutorial, but at least on my computer, the “magic rainbow” at the bottom (where the spell casting buttons are) covered the dialog boxes. So I had to figure everything out as I played. Also, the game’s still buggy, so you can beat it by jumping and falling through floors. Oh well.

The graphics are nice, at least. A few things I noticed:

  • They use the second season Charmix forms.
  • Bloom’s hair in Enchantix form is wrong.
  • Aisha’s Enchantix form is the blue version, not the green one.

It’s one of those break-time games that doesn’t make sense, but I say try it out. There will definitely be more later.

And I am the only one who noticed the initials are W.o.W.? 😛

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