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.