Monthly Archives: March 2013

Random Winx Questions: The “Can I Please Have It In A Sentence” Edition

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Many Winx fans puzzle over some really deep questions like “is Roxy a Winx,” “can you really bring someone from the dead,” and so on.  Well, this post is not about these.  This is about the silly, random-type of questions that you might never have thought of!  Pretty much, these are the Winx equivalents of “if you choke a Smurf, what color will it turn.”  So, enjoy!  (P.S. Zenith of Corruption starts up this week.  Look forward to it!)

1) Is Dark Bloom’s outfit black or just a very, very dark blue?  (I’ve always thought the latter was the case.)

2) If the Omega Dimension is where all the bad guys go, is the police officers’ realm called the Alpha Dimension?

3) How do the Winx afford to buy all those clothes in Magix?  Is the currency there some kind of merit system where you’re basically rich if you do enough good deeds?

4) Why does the King of Zenith sound suspiciously like a spelling bee announcer?

5) What are spelling bees in the Magical Dimension like?  Do you actually have to spell the letters of certain spells?

6) Why is it that, when Tressa is a scaredy cat, she doesn’t get cursed by Valtor, but when she has courage, she’s one of the first to get cursed by Tritannus?

7) How would Musa feel about Auto-Tune?

8) Why isn’t there a Period Dress transformation yet?  And I’m not just talking 1800s stuff; I mean all periods of history.  Wouldn’t Musa look awesome in a Grecian goddess dress (recolored red, of course, and also as a muse pun), or wouldn’t a pink Victorian (or Sweet Lolita)-style dress scream Flora? The possibilities are endless: Bloom in a Renaissance fair dress, Tecna as a ninja, or my personal fave, Aisha in a female pirate outfit. Historix, Rainbow. Consider it.

9) Where do wizards go to school? Is it in a realm outside Magix, or do they just go to Red Fountain?

10) Did Roxy not become a Winx because her name ends in ‘-y’ like most witches’ names do?

11) Why is it that the Fruiti Music Bar playset doesn’t come with a figurine to serve the smoothies? (I don’t have it; this is just something that makes me wonder).

12) Why is it that, in the same playset, there’s a cardboard cutout of Icy? And why do we instantly assume we have to fight her? Can’t a villain go out for a strawberry smoothie without anyone being suspicious? (If that’s the case, I definitely would rather be a hero.)

13) Why do all the guardian selkies seem to have the same hairstyle?

14) Why doesn’t Bloom wear flame print more often?

15) Can Magical Dimension babies transform into fairies yet? Because if so, that would be the cutest thing ever.

16) Why does Galatea have a question mark on her head?

I hope that these get you thinking! Please feel free to post with answers, feedback, or fanart of Aisha wearing a pirate dress. (Though I doubt that last one will happen…)

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Season Two: The Most Underrated Winx Season?

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Now, this might be a bit of a strange topic for me to write about, seeing as most Winx bloggers write about season five-related things, and season two was ages ago (or it at least seems that way).  However, I’ve begun to notice something strange about Winx fans: when they say their favorite seasons, they mostly pick seasons one or three.  Since I started watching about halfway through S1, I didn’t really connect with that one until later.  And don’t get me wrong, Valtor is one of my favorite villains in this show.  But…it seems that Season Two gets nowhere near enough credit.  You see, while S1 started the show, S2 really seemed to expand on it and made Winx, well, Winx!  Here are some reasons why I think S2 might’ve been our most influential season to date:

1) The new characters introduced in this season.

One of the major complaints about S2 is that Darkar is a very, very stereotypical villain.  And I agree: he just isn’t that compelling.  But the great thing is that the other new characters from this season balanced out his lack of sufficient development.  S2 has produced tons of fan favorite characters, including Aisha, Helia, and the pixies.  One of the many things people complain most about S5 is the lack of pixies, and without this season, we wouldn’t have had any!  Yes, we have selkies, but raise your hand if you think they actually fill the void.  Nobody?  Precisely.

2) It expanded the Magical Dimension.

Before S2, just about the only places we knew about were the girls’ home planets and Magix itself.  Compared to the other seasons, the Winx spent a lot of time in S1 just staying at Alfea.  But S2 brought us all sorts of other places, like Shadowhaunt, the Resort Realm, and the Pixie Village.  And this just laid the foundation for S3, which just kept introducing us to new realms (…yes, for about five minutes when Valtor was stealing their natural resources…but it still counts).  So it started the “realm adventure” format that makes Winx so unique today.

3) It started the fairy transformations.

Now, there are a lot of people out there who complain about all the transformations in Winx Club.  But actually…I really like them!  They make the show unique among magical girl shows because you never quite know what the new transformation will be.  The only show that really comes close to this pattern is Cardcaptor Sakura.  So without the transformations, Winx would be far less unique.  That being said, Enchantix is still my favorite…but Sirenix comes close.

4) It developed the existing characters.

This was the season where Bloom truly started searching for her birth parents, for one thing, but if there’s one thing Winx fans hate, it’s singling Bloom out, and I’m not about to do that.  Take Flora, for instance.  Her crush on Helia really brought out the girl we know today and how she can sometimes get her head in the clouds…and inadvertently make cats pile up on Professor Palladium.  Tecna seemed to gain a lot more emotion in this season, too.  Musa grew to become friends with Aisha and began to confide in people about her mother’s death.  All in all, this season had plenty of character development to make up for the somewhat cliched plot.

Mysteries of Season Five: Sirenix Edition

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Since a lot of people seem to be having questions about the way Sirenix works, this post will be dedicated to announcing some of my own fan theories to try to clear things up!

Why does it take the Winx so long to master Sirenix?

A lot of times, Winx transformations are pretty easy to get the hang of after a few episodes, so quite a few fans have wondered why Sirenix still requires training.  My theory for this is simple logic: Sirenix is water-based, and therefore comes from a more “specific” power source than just simple fairy magic.  This does not mesh well with a lot of their powers.  Aisha can deal with it well, because she already had water-based powers, but that’s just about the only exception.  Bloom’s fire is negated by the water, Stella’s weakness is that light doesn’t reach everywhere in the ocean (like in trenches, for instance), Tecna suffers from the fact that technology fries in water, the differing plant life trips up Flora, and Musa could have actual, Greek mythology-type siren powers that she’s trying to suppress.  Since the Sirenix power doesn’t mesh well with most of them, that’s why Sirenix could be so hard to master.

If that’s the case, then why do the Trix seem to know their new powers so well?

Remember back in season four, when Mitzi and her friends became dark fairies for a while?  They knew their way around magic in a few hours better than first-year Alfea fairies probably could in a couple months!  Therefore, the possibility is this: magic, in its uncorrupted form, takes longer to fully learn.  Adding darkness to it quickens the process, but could be dangerous to both the user’s morality and health.  After all, the way of evil is sometimes considered to be the “easy way.”  So it wouldn’t surprise me if corrupted forms of magic are easier to learn.

Why does the 2D Sirenix transformation scene keep changing?

At first I thought this was just an animation error, but it could very well be symbolism at play.  Each time it plays, it steadily gets longer and more detailed.  So, this could represent the Winx getting closer to fully grasping the Sirenix power.  Once they master it, we could get to see the full transformation sequence.

What purpose did the Sirenix quest serve anyway, and why did it seem so easy?

Simple: it was easy because of the character of the Winx group.  See, the Infinite Ocean could be a dangerous place for someone who wants to use it for evil.  Just look at what happened when one seal was removed.  It’d be logical to say that whoever created the Sirenix power didn’t want just anyone earning it.  You would go into Harmonix form first and pass a moral test.  Could you imagine the Trix earning Sirenix the “legitimate” way by displaying self-confidence, courage, and empathy?  The first two they might get by with, but certainly not empathy.  The test might have been set up that way as a procedure to make sure whoever earns Sirenix would have morals in the first place.  Tritannus was able to bypass that system…but you have to give them credit for trying, right?

Curse You, Closed Captioning: Eclipse Edition!

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Now, rather than a review this week, I chose to point out something else.  That is to say that part of this week’s episode was upstaged by this something else…and it’s not so much bad writing as it is bad closed captioning.

Now, I like to watch most of my television with closed captioning just because it helps me catch some of the quieter lines better.  It’s probably since I did this as a kid.  But just like Autocorrect, sometimes CC can have problems.  Exhibit A:

“They’re leaving without us!”

This line by Darcy seems to be relatively standard and a bit cliche.  However, that’s not how the closed captioning has it:

“They’re living without us!”

So, Tritannus and Icy got a new house together away from the other Trix?  I suppose that’s an upgrade in their relationship.  *chuckles*  But later in the episode, I found an even funnier one (this one may be a bit paraphrased, but the punchline is the same).

“All of the rulers will meet in Domino.”

Again, another mundane line.  But the result comes out distorted like that “telephone” game you might have played when you were little:

“All of the rulers will need a domino.”

Okay, okay, I remembered that some of the blogs were talking about how Winx needs a meme, and I have a strange feeling that, if others noticed that line, this might be it.  Just think about it: there could be jokes about what a king could do with a *single* domino, or even a Photoshopped version of a poster from “The King’s Speech” that read “The King’s Domino!”  The possibilities are endless!

Now, don’t misunderstand this post: I am in no way, shape, or form laughing at the people who write these captions.  However…sometimes we fans need to have a little fun while watching an episode.  These humorous mistakes provide this in spades.  If I find any closed captioning mistakes in the next few episodes, I’ll keep you posted!