A few days ago, I finished watching the first season of WINX on Netflix. Those of you who read my last journal on the subject will know what my first impressions were. passin.deviantart.com/journal/… For those who didn't and can't be bothered to follow the link, my impressions were that the series was underwhelming. Having now finished watching the first season, I thought I'd make a new journal.
First up, I DO feel that the series improved over the course of time. Certainly the characters have slowly made an impression on me and the villians (specifically the Trix) do feel more serious as the story unfolded. I do have a few gripes though.
Firstly, the character of Muerta. She's the most interesting character I have encountered in the series thus far and I would love to have seen more of her story. Why, out of all the students at Cloud Tower, is she the only one suggesting that they get along?
Secondly, the rest of the students from Cloud Tower. With almost no exception, they appear to have an almost institutional hatred of the fairies and yet the three schools are linked by tunnels. The headmistress seems to encourage this, with announcements to encourage the students to resent the fairies and a refusal to condem the Trix when they are caught at Alfea (again, not sure about the spelling there) This becomes much more annoying when we later see the students escaping to Alfea after the Trix take over. This isn't all one way either, as Alfea and Red Fountain seems to exclude Cloud Tower from any inter-school events.
Thirdly, there seems to be some inconsistency about magic. In one episode, we see the WINX stripped of their magical powers as a punishment, but later we hear that is impossible to do so completely. So which one is true?
Fourthly, on the subject of magical powers, in the Miss Magix competition, there doesn't appear to be any attempt to interdict any magical interference. Seeing as the whole dimension is literally crawling with magic users, surely it would make sense to have something in place? If nothing else, to stop people cheating.
Finally, even after the witches of Cloud Tower escape, we don't see any evidence of them actually doing any actual fighting. (With the exception of the headmistress) I severely doubt that the Trix are the only ones with serious spells at their disposal. If nothing else, they are learning as part of a class. Would it really have killed the writers to put witches fighting side by side with fairies? Especially considering that the fairies and specialists (even Wolverine copies) have been fighting almost continuously since the whole mess kicked off.