Yeah, I know. “About time, OP!” It’s only been about a month and a half since it premiered!
Sorry, guys. If you need an explanation, see my post from a couple weeks ago. Also — and I hate to play this card again — I’m a college student. The semester just ended last week. I’m finally free again — at least for about a month and a half.
Enough excuses. Let’s get started. What did I think of WoW season one?
I liked it. I didn’t love it, but it kept me hooked (pun intended) long enough to binge-watch all 13 episodes from 3-9 a.m. the day it premiered. I’ve never done that before with any show. (I regret nothing.)
What kept me from loving it? One thing was knowing it’s not canon. Boy, does it show! I’m not sure it fits into the main timeline at all!
The Winx are friends with Roxy (or at least Bloom is), but she’s not being hunted by The Wizards of the Black Circle? And she still works at the Frutti Music Bar? But she knows she’s a fairy, she’s good with her magic, and she can already transform? (She said something like, “If only we had our wings,” in one episode.)
And in episode one, Tecna said the Winx had already been on Earth for months. Where’s Love & Pet? Where’s their band? And no one knows they’re fairies, but Earth has magic again?
Why is the room spinning?
I guess it doesn’t matter. WoW‘s a spinoff, so it doesn’t have to follow Winx Club‘s timeline. The most it can be is an alternate season five, but even that’s stretching it a bit. In the end, it’s just a nice, little distraction for older fans. It’s not worth fussing over.
If we’re gonna pick it apart, we’d have to do it to PopPixie, too. Pixies have transformations, The Tree of Life has yet another function it doesn’t have the main show, Digit and Zing are boys — forget it.
Something else I didn’t like about about WoW was the spy elements clashed with the fantasy elements. It’s like the show didn’t know if it wanted to be a spy drama or a fantasy story. Each one was fine on its own, but together they felt like two different shows.
I think the Dreamix transformation was the first problem. After the Winx got it, the spy stuff felt unnecessary. For example, they weren’t using their gadgets to figure out which kids they had to save. Their Dreamix powers told them!
Why would the Winx need spy tech anyway? Tecna’s The Fairy of Technology! Her magic would have been just as effective as those gadgets. Remember that spell she used in the last episode to scan the forest? That was way better than the thermal scanner on the Winxmobile.
I know part of the plot was they were hiding their magic, but…why? It was never clearly explained. At one point, Bloom said people would recognize them, but why would that have been a problem? It’s no weirder than finding out they’re spies, and they’re climbing walls and jumping roofs in catsuits!
It might sound like I didn’t like the spy gimmick, but that’s not true. I did. The outfits. The gadgets. The car. They were all cool.
But the Winx are fairies — mysterious, winged, otherworldly creatures. I don’t wanna see them act like humans. I wanna see them act like fairies, and the spy story got in the way of that.
Worse, when they did act like fairies, it wasn’t as interesting. That was another part of the clash between these stories. The spy scenes were more thrilling than the Dreamix scenes, so sometimes when the spy scenes turned to Dreamix scenes, the transition felt awkward.
I guess I just wish Rainbow had stuck with one story or the other. Have the Winx act like spies and not use magic, or have them act like fairies and ditch the spy gimmick. In fact, I think the Peter Pan elements would have been more interesting if WoW had been a strict fantasy show.
Here’s my alternate version:
Magic has returned to Earth, and now it’s in the wrong hands. Faragonda sends the Winx to Earth to investigate a string of kidnappings, which she thinks are the work of magic forces. The girls join a talent show called WOW! as scouts while secretly using their magic to track down the kidnapper.
Meanwhile, detectives Gomez and Evans are solving the case the old-fashioned way. (Maybe they could have had the spy gadgets.) They keep bumping into the Winx, so they suspect they’re involved somehow. It’s hard for the Winx to hide the truth from them, so they end up teaming up, which leads to them revealing they’re fairies.
Those are just random thoughts. In fact, having this be almost a “science vs. magic” story instead might have been more interesting.
Another complaint I have about this show? Roxy was in it.
Yeah, I bet you’re shocked. You know I love Roxy. In fact, while I was watching the first time, I was thrilled when she showed up. Seeing her in that spy suit chasing Jim and the detectives with Bloom? Oh, yeah! You go, girl!
But after I got some distance from the show, I thought about what’s been happening with her lately. Roxy was supposed to be the seventh Winx. That’s not an opinion or wishful thinking. It’s the truth. She was first introduced and advertised as a Winx.
Then in season five, she got demoted to recurring side character. I’ve written tons of posts about how Rainbow’s been keeping her in the spotlight, perhaps saving her spot in the club until a later season. But after how they treated her in Winx season seven, I’m starting to think they’re playing games with us.
They know a lot of fans love her. Why else would they hype her role in season seven on YouTube? But look what really happened. She hung out with the Winx in a few episodes and got a few new outfits, but she was still just a side character. Her role wasn’t that important.
Rainbow did the same thing with her here. They gave her a new outfit and a few scenes here and there. That’s it. No Dreamix form. No role in the final battle.
Wait, wait. She’s in the ending theme! That’s important, right?
What I’m saying is Rainbow’s using Roxy as fanservice now. (No, I don’t mean that type of fanservice.) They’re shoehorning her into everything just because they know she’s popular. Is she necessary? No — not if she’s never gonna become a Winx.
I’d rather Rainbow left her out than treat her like this. Let her graduate and move on with her life. Don’t use her as a bait to lure us into watching the show.
This post is getting long, so I’ll stop here for now. Stay tuned for part II!