Fate The Winx Saga has a promising future despite straying from its original show


Season two poster of Fate The Winx Saga

A common rule in life is that a majority of the time, a remake of a television series or movie is almost never as good as the original. As hard as producers and writers may try, it always comes out feeling slightly stale and never fully developed. 

Maybe because it is quite literally a copycat version of a beloved piece of work, or maybe because the modern spin that almost all remakes have never quite lived up to the old movie magic that the originals will forever hold. 

Although in this case, the Winx Club isn’t an old Hollywood movie that got a sorrowful modern twist, it is a beloved childhood show for many and should be treated as such. 

When it was announced on March 14, 2018, that a live-action young adult series based on Winx Club was set for an upcoming Netflix release, writers Brian Young and Iginio Straffi had to be wary of the original Winx Club, and how they intended to incorporate it into this new version. 

Appeasing long-time fans was a crucial aspect of the success of season one. After the first season was released, although it had some mixed reviews and definitely strayed from the original plot, the overall consensus was that it was an entertaining experience and unique plot line compared to other series being released at the time. 

Season two follows a similar plot line to season one, but now has new characters, more developed relationships, and overall, a more enticing first episode. 

Now with season two of Fate The Winx Saga having just come out on September 16th, 2022, it is safe to assume that the series has solidified its spot on everyone’s must-watch list. 

The season is seven episodes long, with each episode averaging 50 minutes. In conclusion, I can easily say I watched the entirety of the season in one day. 

In season one we watch as main character Bloom Peters (Abigail Cowen) deals with the aftermath of finding out she is a fairy. As the season progresses, we watch her deal with many different crises such as searching for her birthparents and destroying the season’s antagonist: the burned ones. 

Season two follows a similar plot line to season one, but now has new characters, more developed relationships, and overall, a more enticing first episode. 

Episode one opens with an immediate shock for the audience, due to the actress change of the headmistress, Rosalind. In season one, she was played by actress Lesley Sharp, and it quickly became clear within the first five minutes of the show that the new actress who was going to play Rosalind was Miranda Richardson. 

Aside from my initial confusion, this change in actresses didn’t bother me past the first episode when I was still adjusting. 

About ten minutes into the episode, we get to see the season two reveal of the show’s main couple: Sky and Bloom.

Although Sky and Bloom have many heart-wrenching moments, and overall are a very sufficient main couple, it was the flirtatious banter and undeniable tension between two other characters that really caught my attention. 

Those two characters are Riven (Freddie Thorp) and Musa (Elisha Applebaum). Despite these two not actually being a couple, they had a surprising amount of scenes just the two of them, which gives fans of this ship—myself included—hope for them in future seasons. 

Another change in season 2 that is important to note is the addition of an entirely new character: Flora. Flora is played by actress Paulina Chávez, and although I wasn’t sure about what her addition to the group would add at first, I quickly became a Flora fan. She seamlessly fit with the main group of girls, while still standing out in a way that added a new dimension to the show. In fact, I actually ended up liking her character significantly more than one of the original girls from season one: Terra Harvey. 

Terra is played by actress Eliot Salt, and although her addition to the group is necessary in order to keep the show semi-aligned with its original cast, Terra was certainly not someone I enjoyed having on my screen this season. 

Scene after scene, she continually pushed other characters in directions they didn’t want to go, and she always took her anger and blame out on the wrong person. She aggravated me to the point where I wondered how necessary her presence was to the actual plot. 

However, despite my shift in opinions on Terra from season one to season two, I enjoyed nearly every other character’s development this season, in addition to the multiple new people we go to see, and I have high hopes for the future of this series.