In the fantastic world of Fate: The Winx Saga, emotions make magic. In my real apartment, where I just cracked the Netflix YA series for the third time this month, emotions in particular are making a mess.
We come at one year of social distance, and I, like so many others, am exhausted. I’m tired of working from home; I’m tired of being on Zoom; and for the first time ever I’m tired of watching TV. Of course, I must continue to be safe – it is mandatory for all of us to carry out this whole pandemic. But that emotional fatigue at least takes a real toll on me.
So I guess it makes sense that a story about teenage fairies who use their negative emotions to use extraordinary power will appear on my recommendations for streams. What followed was a surprisingly sweet postponement of my own worries that I now struggle to recommend without becoming a little tearful and sentimental (because 2021 is really a strange time to live).
Following fairy tale friends Bloom (Abigail Cowen), Stella (Hannah van der Westhuysen), Aisha (Precious Mustapha), Terra (Eliot Salt) and Musa (Elisha Applebaum), Fate: The Winx Saga is self-evident Harry Pottermeet-Hunger Games turn off. The first season of six episodes takes place at Alfea College, a Hogwarts-like school with a special section for training young fighters, which pits the girls against a series of dangerous enemies in a fairly standard fantasy arc.
The show could be a bad copy of the copy, and the fear of the crash failing is why I have avoided similar series in the past. But with some amazing written characters played by a striking actor Fate: The Winx Saga sucked me into his familiar world of fairy magic.
Look, I do not care so much about the battle over good and evil, although the piece was certainly entertaining. (In the last episode, the entire cast fights these things called ‘The Burned Ones’ which looks like Dementors meet White Walkers, but on fire, and it falters.) Instead, I was more captivated by the maturity of the series’ heroes , and the impact their behavior had on me as an adult viewer.
It’s an embarrassment to say, but this terribly titled show for teens (which I later learned is based on Winx club, an animated series from Netflix made for kids in elementary school, so I really not the goal demo here) reminded me of what it means to be the best version of myself.
Use emotion as a tube for magic, Fate: The Winx Saga often asks his characters to speak through what they feel and why they should promote the story. If these characters do not have control over their emotions / magic, the consequences can be deadly. Consequently, Bloom, Stella, Aisha, Terra, Musa and their allies often struggle with sadness and anger in thoughtful scenes that feel overwhelmed as completely acceptable.
It is a strangely influential abundance, fitting in with our pandemic times, which has made me feel hopeful and strange, as perhaps all these turbulent feelings I am experiencing may be part of something good. (But I’ve been in for 11 months, so maybe take it with a grain of salt.)
To help prove my point, here are seven times the characters of Fate: The Winx Saga was extraordinarily emotionally mature for teen fairies in a YA Netflix series, because who could not now use a little help with their emotional maturity? (If you have not seen it yet, beware of spoilers.)
7. When Aisha did what was right, even if it was not popular
Aisha to compare Fate: The Winx Saga to Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter would be significant undersells her bravery – and Neville once held the Sword of Gryffindor.
When Aisha decides to tell schoolmaster Dowling (Eve Best) about Bloom breaking into her office to free the magically imprisoned former headmaster Rosalind (Lesley Sharp) – oh yes, this show is bonkers not only did she have to risk her life by approaching the perimeter to reach Dowling, but she also faced being cut off from her group of friends because she turned on Bloom.
But instead of returning, Aisha trusts her gut and does what she thinks is right. When she later thinks that what she did is actually wrong, she apologizes to everyone. And then later, when the first thing she did was the right thing, and to change her mind was actually the wrong thing, she did not think much about it, even though she could do it completely.
Lesson learned: Most people try their best. Be cool.
6. When Sky learned that his father was a war criminal and that his mentor was a murderer, he was still pretty cool about it.
Of course, it’s not supposed to swear at teachers, but the love interests of Bloom (Danny Griffin) kept it very soft when he met Mr. Silva (Robert James-Collier) confronts about the murder of his father. I mean, Sky is a 16-year-old kid who just found out his dad was killed by his favorite teacher, and is told by the same teacher that he ‘should not be crazy’ because Sky’s dad, it turns out, was an active participant in a genocide.
I say again, as I audibly did during this episode: WHAT? That Sky has Mr. Silva kindly asked: ‘What the breed am I supposed to do with it? “and ran away instead of using a fighting force to keep him in a chandelier of a dining hall. It remains astonishing. Well done, mate. And you, good luck with that.
Lesson learned: Life comes fast. Respond as reasonably as possible.
5. When Musa explains her fears, Terra gets over it completely, and then Musa overcomes the fears because she feels supported!
To begin with, an applause for this show that wrote a female friendship where one friend goes out the brother of the other friend and no one is weird about it. Adult female characters: you love to see it!
Later, when Musa explains that she could not help saving her boyfriend and Terra’s brother Sam (Jacob Dudman) because it was too traumatic for her to use her mood-absorbing powers on someone she loved while they were dying , I cried. When Terra immediately understood her and told her that she would be there for her? I cried a little more. And when Musa decides to overcome her fear so that she can help Sam, and Terra stands by her side and knows what sacrifice it is? I never recovered.
Lesson learned: Sometimes people will disappoint you, but do your best to understand.
4. When Stella named and left her toxic relationship
Sky and Stella were a terrible match (team Bly / Skoom), but their diversity was perfection.
Remember: the school is literally surrounded by carnivores, hell demons ready to kill Stella and her friends. Not only does Stella take the time to talk to her up-and-coming-back-up boyfriend about everything that goes on with his dead war criminal father, but she also makes their breakup official.
“We are code-dependent at best, toxic at worst,” she says, before stepping away to deal with her own shit and never relying on her strange half-boyfriend again. Kraakvars. Brutal. [Chef’s kiss]
Lesson learned: It’s OK to leave bad relationships.
When Terra very politely ordered the patriarchy to fuck
I will admit that Dane (Theo Graham) probably could have used a good advance from Sam and Terra’s father after he cruelly mocked her on video in front of the whole school. But nothing is better than Terra’s offers to intercept help when Dane unexpectedly enters their home, with the best rule in the series: ‘While I appreciate it, it’s the historical perspective of patriarchy to save women from troubled situations , I got it. ‘
It’s a graceful, yet assertive line that tells us everything we need to know about how our hero addresses grief and betrayal. I will, and I can not stress it enough, die for Terra. She is beautiful and wonderful, but through no one will enter it, and for this we must stand.
Lesson learned: Do not shit, but in a nice way.
2. When Bloom finally apologized for being the worst
Bloom, the fiery protagonist who manages so much Fate: The Winx Sagase drama, suig. Seriously, take all the worst features of Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, and, I Do Not Know, Tinker Bell, and that is Bloom. She is selfish and arrogant and aggravates matters that are already not very important, never to listen to anyone, even though she just found out she’s a fairy like a month ago.
Annnnyway. Bloom apologized. During the last installment, the words “I was a brak” leave Bloom’s mouth and do wonders for her character’s potential in the officially confirmed Season 2. Of course we have no guarantees that she will really be better. But I have hope!
Lesson learned: Acknowledge if you are wrong.
1. When Chief Master Dowling tried one last time to believe the best in her alms
If only someone had told Chief Dowling not to wander with her arch-enemy to a cemetery.
One of the last scenes of Fate: The Winx Saga In season 1, Dowling meets Rosalind for a heartbreaking battle. The pair discuss the future of Alfea before Rosalind executes a surprising double cross and Dowling is killed by her former mentor. It’s easily the most intense moment of the series so far, but it’s the moments before this surprise attack that hung with me.
Dowling tried to talk it through to the bitter end, and I’m sure the impact it will have on the future of our emotionally intelligent heroes will be huge.
Lesson learned: Try to believe the best in people (but also practice the measurement system).
Fate: The Winx Saga stream now on Netflix.