Fate: The Winx Saga is created by Brian Young, the man famously known for creating The Vampire Diaries. No hard judgments there, because there isn’t much to judge in both these similar television shows. Fate: The Winx Saga pains like any other cheesy teenage drama stuffed with cliche teenage college conflicts, “why this guy is dating that girl and so on.” Only if the makers would have approached it as a parody, that would have been better than what is trending on Netflix soon after its release.
The series is based on Winx Club Series created by Iginio Straffi, which is an animated series with a successful run on Nickelodeon. The narrative captures the dilemma of a teenage girl, Bloom (Abigail Cowen) who enters a magical school, Alfea (a tasteless version of Hogwarts from Harry Potter). Bloom is a fairy who was raised by human parents but she finds her way to Alfea in order to learn and control her fairy powers. She throws flame balls from her hands (no pun intended).
In Alfea, Bloom comes across a bunch of other roommates with special fairy powers. She also develops a pathetically portrayed love interest with a guy, Sky (Danny Griffin). Sky and other males in the school aren’t fairies (thank god). They are training to be warriors in combat battle using swords and similar weapons. However, some men are fairies too, which is (I don’t know) funny or pathetic or both.
The ultimate goal of all these new buds in the magical school is to fight an arising army of legions called “The Burned Ones.” These are disappointing versions of “dementors” as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The burned ones can easily be killed with magical fire, and congratulations if you guessed that a human changeling called Bloom, who is in focus from start to end, is going to be that savior.
Now the word changeling is often used in Fate: The Winx Saga. Not that it is confusing at all, but still the creators tried tooth-and-nail to create pretentious drama around it (it is a hell-lot cliche). Bloom is a magical fairy to human parents. This can’t be possible as per the guide of “whoever wrote the rules.” Hence, this top-secret is soon revealed to the audience and Bloom initiates a journey to find out her real parents. I don’t know what the writers were high on, but the whole drama in the series takes you on a flight.
Fate: The Winx Saga ends with a very threatening-looking lady, Rosalind who takes over the management of the magical school, Alfea from the good-headmistress Farah Dowling. Rosalind, with the support of Queen Luna of Solaria and another bunch of crooks, now runs the school. Their motive is to create total authority in the magical world and use The Dragon Flame possessed by Bloom for their own selfish purpose which is destruction. When Bloom with her band of fairy sisters return to Alfea, they are shocked by the news of new management. In the second season (hope they don’t make it), these fairies will fight against the management and end the tyranny of Rosalind. Bloom will also try to find her fairy parents and the potential of her own powers.
The writers of the series wrote 6 episodes of 50 minutes each but no aspect in all these episodes combined was able to leave an impacting impression. The series has no layers, no characterization, and even the VFX used in the climax is so lousy that it compels you to watch Pokemon for better graphics. Still, if you have lots of time for tedious narrative and you are aroused by done-to-death college cliches, please do watch it. They are only making pathetic shows because someone out there is still watching me. That includes me as well.
For no Good Reason, Fate: The Winx Saga Season 1 is streaming on Netflix.
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