Did World of Winx turn out exactly how you thought it would? Not for me. The final product barely matched my predictions. Thank goodness my lame ideas didn’t come true, but I was surprised (and disappointed) by a few things that did (or didn’t) happen.

Here are five of my expectations that weren’t met:

Winx Club 7X04 - Timmy, Brandon, Nex, Sky, and Helia

1. The guys would be in it.

You can’t blame me. They’re in every season, even if they don’t play major roles. I thought they’d have their own side story in World of Winx like in season four.

I also made up a suitor for Musa who’d turn out to be a spy for the Talent Thief. He’d pretend to fall in love with her to get close to the Winx. I named him Cole. Don’t ask me why. 😛

Anyway, I hope the guys show up next season. It felt weird not seeing them around, although at least it gave each Winx more screen time.

2. Ace would be a villain.

I’ve mentioned this before. I thought the reality show would be a front for the Talent Thief’s kidnapping operation. What better way to attract talented kids? Ace and the crew would be in on it. Eventually, he’d eventually figure out the Winx were spying on him, and they’d have to fight him.

So much for that. He was just your typical TV host character. The closest he came to being a villain was in “Dangerous Waters” (1X10), when he was under Smee’s hypnosis. We could learn more about Ace next season (if he’s back), but for now, he doesn’t seem to be tied to Tinker Bell.

3. The talents would be real kids, and the show would feature segments about their lives.

I came up with this soon after Netflix added a description to the show’s page. We were trying to guess why they categorized World of Winx as a reality show and were talking about kids auditioning for it. Guess someone at Netflix (or Rainbow) confused the show within the show for the actual show. 😛

Anyway, I thought each episode would follow a random kid’s life, narrated by the Winx who shared their interest (i.e., Aisha for sports, Musa for music, etc.). Near the end, an enemy would try to steal the kid’s talent, and the Winx would protect them. That sounds boring. I’m glad I was wrong.

4. The enemy organization would be a human crime syndicate.

This was before we found out the Talent Thief was Tinker Bell. I thought World of Winx would be a more typical spy story with the Winx busting into an underground compound to free the kidnapped talents. Could the Talent Thief still have been a magic being? Sure, but I didn’t think she’d be a fairy! (Or a pixie. I still don’t know.)

I also expected more common action scenes like car chases, hand-to-hand combat, and escapes from the enemy’s lair. Instead, Rainbow focused more on the fantasy aspects like Dreamix and World of Dreams. Oh, well.

World of Winx 1X01 -- The Winx Judging Contests

5. The Winx would create the reality show.

I know I just said I thought the Talent Thief would create WOW!, but I had other ideas, too. In one of them, the Winx would create the show to lure the Talent Thief to them. Yes, that’s using the talents as bait. But since the Winx actually did that (poor Naoki), I don’t feel guilty anymore for coming up with this. 😛

That’s my list. What were some of your expectations for World of Winx? Did they come true?

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37 Responses to ““World of Winx” Season 1: Expectation vs. Reality

  1. I pretty much had the same thoughts, Oblivious, but I didn’t think about point 4 since it didn’t cross my mind, nor did point 5 really.

  2. Well, Cole was the demon from Charmed who fell in love with one of the witches he was supposed to kill. So that makes sense! 😉

  3. I don’t know but I kinda wondered if they would make references to past events. Seems WoW might be a AU to the main series (unless Season have them transforming into Dreamix suddenly)

  4. I really, really hope the Specialists don’t appear altogether. Why? Because wherever they go, there’s contrived relationship drama (mostly for Bloom/Sky and Musa/Riven until Riven got booted off the show, so now it’s just Bloom/Sky with a dash of Stella/Brandon for variety). I mean, have you seen how much better the show is without the plot being interrupted every five minutes so that one of the girls can mope about how much her boyfriend doesn’t understand her? The only love interest who was the voice of reason was Nabu, but of course they had to toss him aside and replace him with someone I could have sworn season 2!Aisha would never bother looking at twice. Sorry OP, I know you love Nex, but I honestly still can’t warm up to him. I’m glad Aisha has moved on and found happiness, and I’m glad that for once, the show has a permanent death (even though it does feel like a cop-out to kill off the character we’ve only known for a little more than a season at that point), but the show needs to develop him more if it expects me to like him.

    Same goes for the cutesy pets we get every other season. Sure, I’m not going to lie, Kiko has become such a trademark icon for the show that it felt weird having a show without him, but it saves us a ton of ‘oh we’re having this thirty second segment where the pets are doing something supposedly cute just so we can sell merchandise and appeal to the little kids’ moments, if you know what I mean.

    When you take a step back and look at things in hindsight, it’s kind of amazing how much better Winx Club can be when the creators aren’t forced to pander to the little kids all the time (even though they ARE the show’s target demographic).

    • I actually knew you were gonna say that. I don’t remember where I read it, but I knew you didn’t really miss the guys being there. Yes, they mostly cause “drama” nowadays, but as someone pointed out on Facebook, they could have been helpful here as a second team looking for the talents. I only talked about the suitor I made up for Musa, but I had a lot of other ideas for roles the guys could have played that weren’t just “drama.”

      Since you brought it up, I’ll say one thing about Aisha and Nex. I think a mistake the fanbase makes when it comes to the couples is judging them based on whether they like the guy or not. The biggest reason I love this couple is there’s an actual story here — raw ideas Rainbow can work with.

      For all the fanbase’s love for and obsession with Nabu, his character and his love story with Aisha didn’t offer much to work with story-wise. Rainbow set him up to be this “perfect” guy (the voice of reason all the time, as you said), and they wrote their relationship as being practically “perfect.” Those are storytelling dead ends (no pun intended).

      If it was written like that from the beginning, what if Rainbow did it on purpose? What if Nabu was supposed to be a temporary love interest? I know the fanbase would never accept that possibility because they love him so much, but there are other signs of it going all the way back to season three.

      Maybe by analyzing Nex, you and other fans see him as someone Aisha would never be interested in. But there’s an underlying concept in this relationship that might explain it, and it goes beyond personality. I won’t say anything more than that. The only thing I agree with you on is Rainbow needs to develop his character more, especially since they botched his introduction to the show with the love triangle.

      • Haha, oh gosh, if you manage to remember me saying that somewhere, I must be repeating myself like a broken record all the time lol. Sorry about that.

        Well, to be fair, every single official couple involving a Winx girl is a dead end, storytelling-wise. There’s nothing more to develop about them. They got together, and they’ve had enough ups and downs for it to be either boring or contrived (See: Bloom and Sky’s constant Diaspro drama, Musa and Riven’s constant drama until season 6, or the retconning of Tecna and TImmy’s relationship for the sake of having one token Tecna-centric episode in season 5, or the forced Flora/Helia drama in seasons 5 and 7). Recently they’ve introduced a rather interesting subplot to develop Tecna/Timmy, by having Timmy bond with Tecna’s parents, but other than that, yeah, it doesn’t look like any of the ships are going anywhere, so it’s not just a problem exclusive to Aisha and Nabu.

        Besides, at that point in season 4, Aisha/Nabu was a fairly new relationship. Nabu hasn’t been around long enough for his romance with Aisha to become boring yet, even with all the ‘perfection’, at least in my opinion. So that eliminates the need to write him off to spice up Aisha’s love life. If you used that line of reasoning with Musa/Riven, then yeah, it would have made more sense.

        I think we all hated the love triangle. I don’t care who Aisha chooses, she could have ended up with Roy for all I care, but I would have preferred it if the writers 1) waited until season 6 to introduce a potential love interest for her, or 2) introduce him in season 5, but don’t make them get together or have any hints of romance until season 6. Just… eliminate the stupid love triangle and give her some time to mourn her dead fiance in peace, for god’s sake.

        • Well, to be fair, every single official couple involving a Winx girl is a dead end, storytelling-wise. There’s nothing more to develop about them.

          I disagree. Perhaps with Bloom and Sky, but not the other couples. Flora and Helia, for example, haven’t been developed enough in the right ways. The love triangle in season five was the wrong way. They were too far along as a couple for something like that to get between them.

          But their relationship hasn’t been tested yet. They’re just…cute. That’s it. There’s a lot more that can be done with them to make their love more meaningful.

          You mentioned how Tecna and Timmy have a side plot with her parents. Not all the Winx have met their boyfriends’ families. That’s one possible angle right there. If nothing else, transitioning the couples to settling down together would provide new storytelling potential.

          Besides, at that point in season 4, Aisha/Nabu was a fairly new relationship. Nabu hasn’t been around long enough for his romance with Aisha to become boring yet, even with all the ‘perfection’, at least in my opinion. So that eliminates the need to write him off to spice up Aisha’s love life.

          I think you misunderstood what I meant. I wasn’t talking about the relationship becoming boring. I highly doubt that’s why they killed him off.

          I’m saying they never intended for him to stay. For years, we’ve been assuming he was meant to be her permanent love interest, but Rainbow said, “Never mind” and got rid of him. Or they killed him off just for drama’s sake (or to “spice up her love life” as you said).

          What if that’s not true? What if the writers set up a tragic love story from the beginning? Again, there are signs of it even in season three.

          Aisha and Nex’s relationship is new, too, but the set up is noticeably different from her and Nabu. Of course, the fanbase is only focusing on which guy they like more as a person, but if you compare these two as characters, Nex has more to offer storytelling-wise. This relationship has more potential, but I won’t go into why right now.

          Just… eliminate the stupid love triangle and give her some time to mourn her dead fiance in peace, for god’s sake.

          I hate that the love triangle has damaged Aisha and Nex’s story so much. Honestly, if Rainbow hadn’t introduced Roy, I think everything would have made more sense. I feel like the fanbase is taking that frustration out of Nex, and that’s why they won’t accept him as her boyfriend.

        • You have a point re: the development of the pairings, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. It’s crystal clear by now that Rainbow has no idea how to write relationships that don’t involve unnecessary jealousy. Like Bloom/Sky and the case with Diaspro and Andy, or Musa/Riven with Jason Queen and that random unnamed blonde fairy in season 5, or Flora/Helia and Krystal, or Stella/Brandon with Mitzi and Amentia. It’s getting old. I say we ditch the dudes altogether.

          As for Nabu not being a permanent character, your reasoning would only work if we assume that Rainbow plans the show ahead. Which given what we have seen so far, I have a hard time believing. Their indecision when it comes to which spiky-haired guy Aisha should go with should be enough proof of that, not to mention the fact that Musa/Riven was going pretty alright in season 5 but then suddenly Riven’s rivalry with Sky, which we all thought he’d put behind him in season 1, resurfaced without any reason whatsoever and became the catalyst that caused them to break up in season 6, just to name a few examples. But even if they did, we have no way of knowing it. For all we know, they’re making it up as they go along, and didn’t really decide on killing Nabu until well into planning the second half of season 4. All I’m saying is, it’s all just speculation. And it’s still not a reason why Nex would be a better alternative.

          That being said, I’m curious. What signs do you think pointed to Aisha/Nabu being doomed in season 3? I’m not being sarcastic, this is a genuine question. To me, it felt like Rainbow at least put some thought into it, with Aisha and Nabu both sharing the experiences of a lonely and strict childhood (something I’m sure none of the others could relate to. Sky and Stella were raised as royals, but abandonment issues never came up as one of their problems) and their mutual opposition to their arranged marriage. Though to be fair, the whole stalking thing still bothers me, and it’s one of the signs that this show will never be able to write decent romances to save its life.

        • You have a point re: the development of the pairings, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. It’s crystal clear by now that Rainbow has no idea how to write relationships that don’t involve unnecessary jealousy.

          Three words: Tecna and Timmy.

          As for Nabu not being a permanent character, your reasoning would only work if we assume that Rainbow plans the show ahead. Which given what we have seen so far, I have a hard time believing. Their indecision when it comes to which spiky-haired guy Aisha should go with should be enough proof of that, not to mention the fact that Musa/Riven was going pretty alright in season 5 but then suddenly Riven’s rivalry with Sky, which we all thought he’d put behind him in season 1, resurfaced without any reason whatsoever and became the catalyst that caused them to break up in season 6, just to name a few examples.

          Seasons one and two were made around the same time. After that, I don’t know. Like you said, we can’t know for sure. Although in a recent interview, Mr. Straffi claimed he planned at least four seasons from the start.

          As for Roy and Nex, I disagree about Rainbow not being able to decide who to put Aisha with. Again, it’s about comparing the two guys as characters. The writers put little to no thought into Roy and rushed his supposed relationship with her. But they put a lot of thought into Nex and didn’t rush his relationship with her.

          I think they used Roy as a distraction from Nabu in season five, then carried him over into season six for the love triangle. Unfortunately, he ended up distracting from Nex as well, since people took Roy seriously as a contender for Aisha. But he was always a filler character at most.

          As for Musa and Riven, while his behavior in season six was sudden, the break up wasn’t. It was a long-time coming. Was this the best way for the writers to do it? Maybe not, but I don’t know if “not planning ahead” was the factor here.

          And it’s still not a reason why Nex would be a better alternative.

          Correct me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like you’re suggesting I meant Nex is the “better alternative” because Rainbow meant to kill off Nabu. Is that right? If so, that’s not even close to what I meant, but I’m not ready to explain it yet.

          That being said, I’m curious. What signs do you think pointed to Aisha/Nabu being doomed in season 3? I’m not being sarcastic, this is a genuine question. To me, it felt like Rainbow at least put some thought into it, with Aisha and Nabu both sharing the experiences of a lonely and strict childhood (something I’m sure none of the others could relate to. Sky and Stella were raised as royals, but abandonment issues never came up as one of their problems) and their mutual opposition to their arranged marriage.

          This setup was sweet, but consider what it meant for Nabu’s character. Look at the current lineup of characters. While the guys have similarities to their girlfriends, none of them are exactly the same as them.

          Nabu was the same as Aisha, down to them both having magic powers and — at least in comic canon — being royalty. They even had similar character design elements like long, brown hair. From a romantic standpoint, it sounds like they were “meant to be.” But from a writing standpoint, why did the group need two Aishas?

          Also, some fans don’t remember this, but he got little screen time in season three. On top of that, he and Aisha became a couple in the fewest amount of episodes: about four, three of those in a row. No other couple’s relationship was rushed together like that.

          But the biggest sign I’ve noticed looking back is in the comics. Every new, permanent character Rainbow introduced to the group in seasons 2-4 (specifically Aisha, Helia, and Roxy) was given a grand introduction in the comics. Nabu didn’t get one.

          Even though he was introduced in season three, he only appeared in three comics from that season. (This was back when the guys appeared in almost every comic.) Those appearances were spread out over a year. His debut was only in a flashback where Bloom recapped how he and Aisha met. He didn’t physically appear in the story.

          About a year later, he showed up again in two comics in a row. Then almost two years later, he made his final appearance in the season four comics. He was already dead at that point, so it was another flashback.

          So Nabu only appeared in four comics over three years. No in-universe explanation was given for why he wasn’t there. No one even mentioned him, not even Aisha. Doesn’t that seem suspicious?

          And in case you’re gonna mention Roxy, there were obvious signs of them phasing her out of the comics. She appeared in several comics before Rainbow finally got rid of her near the beginning of the season five canon. Nabu wasn’t “phased out.” He was just never there.

        • Unfortunately, Tecna is also the most unappreciated Winx girl out of them all. Pretty sure the only reason her relationship with Timmy hasn’t been ruined with unnecessary drama/hit with a love triangle yet is because the writers don’t give them enough focus for that to happen. I think they don’t really care about them, or they don’t think anyone cares about Tecna/Timmy enough to be invested in a love triangle involving the two of them. Yes, they got some really nice development with Tecna’s parents, but it took them an entire season of backpedaling and retconning their relationship for Rainbow to actually realize that there was another, better way to develop them. So even if the other pairings were to be developed in the right direction, it could probably take a while. I might be wrong, but until then, color me skeptical.

          Well, if they used Roy as a distraction for Nabu, that was a bad way to go about doing it. I’m not a Nabu/Aisha stan despite what you’ve seen here, but I would have liked a character death to be treated with respect, and that means Aisha should have gotten more time on her own to grieve, considering her fiance had just violently died in front of her a few months prior. Okay, this was more of a rant directed toward Rainbow, nothing to do with our discussion, ignore that.

          You may be onto something re: Nabu’s scarce comic appearances, I’ll give you that. It might hint that the writers never really thought he was important enough in the grand scheme of things (of course, if you ignore the fact that the comics and the show are considered alternate continuities with supposedly different writing teams working on them). I don’t usually follow the comics, so I obviously didn’t know this. As for him and Aisha being rushed together in season three… yeah, they were. If anything, I thought it was more of an indication of how terribly paced season three was rather than an indication of Nabu’s importance in the story, but YMMV.

        • A love triangle wouldn’t even make sense for Tecna and Timmy. Each couple needs to be developed in a way that fits their relationship. Maybe Rainbow doesn’t have the best track record, but I’m still optimistic. (Not about Bloom and Sky anymore, but about the others.)

          I don’t think the writers felt Nabu was unimportant. I think they had a different purpose for him than what the fanbase thinks his purpose was. Maybe they didn’t want us to get attached to him and Aisha as a couple, but so much for that. I’ve noticed something else interesting about their relationship, but I won’t get into that right now, either.

          I don’t think how rushed it was had to do with season three’s pacing. I think it was intentional. Like I said, no other official couple was rushed together like that. The only other rushed relationship was…Aisha and Roy. Of course, they weren’t a real couple, so there you go.

          As for the comics, I know some of them are written by the writers of the show. Some of Rainbow’s writers write comic book writers on the side for other companies. (Rainbow hires a lot of freelancers.) I own a comic, and it was written by Nicola Venanzetti, who was one of the writers at least of season seven and World of Winx.

        • A love triangle wouldn’t make sense with Flora/Helia either, who were always portrayed as a pair of hopeless romantics secure in their relationship and the calm, rational couple among their friends, but you’d be surprised what Rainbow can shoehorn in when the need for drama calls. And thus the Krystal fiasco was born. Sorry, I know I’m being cynical. You might think I am based on this conversation, but I’m not one of those fans who think Winx Club is going down the gutter, actually. We’ve had our ups and downs, but generally I still think we’re going strong. It’s just that romance has never been this show’s strong suit, even back in the days, and I don’t see it improving anytime soon. I admire your optimism.

          I’m not a mind reader, so I don’t know if the writers intended for the audience to get attached to Aisha/Nabu or not, but the way they were written in season four had me rooting for them (Except the fact that this relationship pretty much reduced Aisha to a lovestruck schoolgirl, always fawning over how great her boyfriend is. Please tell me I’m not the only one who noticed that.). I also know that a lot of love for Nabu stems from the fact that he died, and I’m fairly certain people wouldn’t care about him as much as they do now had he lived. It’s kind of a thing I’ve noticed with deceased characters; people appreciate them more. Those characters are sometimes even glorified, in a way.

        • I didn’t think the love triangle was the right call for Flora and Helia, either. Still, you know I’m also not one of the fans who think Winx Club‘s going downhill. I feel there have always been some problems with it (maybe the love stories could be included), and people overlook those issues now. But in general, the show’s going strong.

          I’m not saying Rainbow didn’t want us to root for Aisha and Nabu; in fact, I think that was part of the setup. If we hadn’t been rooting for them (I was, too), we wouldn’t have been sad when he died. But I agree with you that his death has spawned a lot of this love for him, and the fanbase probably wouldn’t care about him (or that couple) as much if he had lived.

          My point is just that I think Rainbow meant for him to be a temporary love interest. Like I said, there’s something else I’ve noticed about that couple’s story, but I won’t talk about right now. Rainbow may have botched Nex’s introduction to the show, but the setup of their relationship gives this love story more potential. But the writers will have to clean up the mess they made first (the love triangle and not letting Aisha mourn long enough).

        • Even your conversation, since the boys were brought up, became really dramatic 😀 I simply do not like the boys very much except Timmy and while they have been helpful…I don’t know why Winx Club as a show even needed them. But it is a modern fairytale so there was no way they would not be in. I frankly never noticed them much or missed them or saw a point for them. I’m sorry, my opinion really sounds indifferent, but I am being honest. I won’t scream about it, I just felt like I had to confess.

        • I don’t see it as dramatic. We’re just…talking. ‘_’

          You’re not the first person who’s said the boys aren’t needed. Even I though I like them, you’re right. They’re not needed, and World of Winx proved it.

          Still, I’m used to seeing them, and it could have been an opportunity to develop them more (if Rainbow ever intends to). Granted, WoW isn’t canon, so it may not matter.

        • The only thing that bothers me about this conversation is how ridiculously narrow our replies are getting the further we go lol. But yeah, we’re just discussing. It’s kind of nice that even though we disagree, we can still talk about it. I like hearing what other people think, even if I personally don’t see things their way.

  5. I hope there don’t bring back the Specialists. I like the smaller cast size, I think help writing because I don’t think their is enough time in 23 minutes episode to write for 11 plus characters.

  6. I am not too crazy about the Guys but, yeah that’s pretty much all the reasons too, and more, I was really disappointed, I’ve been a Winx fan since the beginning and ive never been disappointed that much since the last year . Too childish, too Cheery, even MLP tops at it on Plot and Vision. I was hoping for a more serious Spy story, like maybe little Marvel, DC etc.

    • I was kind of hoping for the same as well, but at least in my opinion, it didn’t feel as childish as in Seasons 5 and 6 of Winx Club.

  7. i don’t miss the guys but that’s only because could you imagine what they would look like in the fairy couture style? and yes they should have decided between being spies or being fairies from the beginning

  8. Thank GOODNESS no comedic animal companions were included. I personally can’t stand Kiko already and having him inserted into WoW most likely would have ruined a lot of the more serious moments; especially given Kiko’s entire purpose of just being “the cute comic relief.” As for the guys, I’m pretty indifferent on them not being included. There are many positives that came out of it like the Winx being completely independent and, as other people already pointed out, no contrived relationship drama (’cause I swear Sky would be more protective/possessive of Bloom if he found her working with Jim unless Rainbow decided to write Sky as a genuinely mature boyfriend by having him trust Bloom alone with Jim). Only negative I can think of is a pretty personal and pretty petty one and that’s not getting to see Helia and Timmy in action. I know, I know; it’s silly.
    Y’know, that twist with WoW! actually being the Talent Thief’s talent smuggling in disguise would’ve made for a nice twist. Ace’s more demeaning behavior would’ve had more meaning behind it if he were a major or minor antagonist instead of having it look like him being overly petty towards a former co-worker. I’m sure it was an idea that was brought up at some point but I can’t imagine why it was dropped completely. I guess to account for what’s going to go down in the second season.

  9. Ok, I FINALLY HAVE NETFLIX. My daughter and I just finished watching the entire season of WOW. I AM COMPLETELY FREAKING OUT.

    1) If WOW’s “other dimension” is Neverland, HOW did Rainbow get licensing/permission to use Disney Characters?

    2) Has Ignio Straffi been meeting with Bob Iger (CEO of Disney)??

    3) Is THIS why Winx left the United States? Because it took them several years to work out some kind of deal with Disney?

    4) Will the Winx Club become a Disney thing?

    5) WILL THERE BE A WINX CLUB THEME PARK SEGMENT? CAN I MEET THEM???

    Ok, I’m getting completely carried away. BUT CAN YOU BLAME ME.

    I need Musa’s detective mojo! I need answers!!

    • This might be a disappointing answer, since everything you and your daughter were talking about sounds exciting. 😅 But Disney doesn’t own the Peter Pan characters. They only own their adaptations of them. The characters themselves are public domain.

      • I knew I was in dreamland… *sigh* Not that I would wish Disney ownership on any art that I love… but it sucks living in the US. …for several reasons…

        • Theory about airings in the US (in a what if game) : Rainbow is Bloom and Viacom is Diaspro. Cartoon Network is Sky and 4kids is Flora (offering a place for network tv only places just so people could see the show). Diaspro wants Sky but Sky wants Bloom so she’ll either take Sky or destroy him. Diaspro’s plot? Bury Bloom where she can’t get enough air to make a fireball (Nick Jr. & forgetting to market the show on purpose because she hates her villainous portrayal) Then she can try to get Sky. Sky refuses and is trying to rescue Bloom but Diaspro keeps interfering with his plans. Perhaps Disney’s Aisha and could aid in a rescue at some point?

  10. Reply to those boxes with you and Lex:
    I only called it dramatic because of the way your replies were appearing and how the boxes were fighting to contain them XD

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