I think we can all agree the last three episodes of Winx Club make Season 5 look like even worse crap than it already was. They were simply excellent! There was something for everyone. For the minor character enthusiasts, we got them. Continuity geeks, you might be (mostly) satisfied, and if you aren’t, it’s likely because of what I’m about to talk about. Show mythology nerds such as myself should also be golden… I know I am!
But this show is by no means perfect, and it never has been and probably never will be (we love it anyway). The biggest problem so far this season? Switching out two of the pixies. Why is this the biggest problem? Not just because of the massive continuity fail but because of what the pixies mean symbolically.
Season 2 was all about overcoming. Overcoming fear, adversity, magic, hatred. Overcoming was how the girls earned Charmix in it’s original, Rai and 4kids state. What a lot of people don’t see is that the pixies, too, are about overcoming. Each pixie is the opposite of their bonded fairy in some ways, as well as being just enough alike to be good friends.
Some are obvious about this, namely Layla/Aisha and Piff, and Musa and Tune. Others, not so much. Here’s how I see it.
- Bloom, fairy of the Dragon’s Flame, and Lockette, pixie of portals: Bloom is the fairy of the Dragon’s Flame… she has godly powers in her. However, she is constantly finding out new things about it. There are always secrets (even now in Season 6, we’ve learned). Due to this, she doesn’t always know where to turn or what to do or what is going on with her. Lockette, on the other hand, is all about pathways, opportunities, and finding what is hidden. She helps Bloom see where she needs to go and who she needs to be.
- Stella, fairy of the shining sun/sun and moon and Amore, pixie of love: These two seem similar at first glance. They’re both all about dreaming and romanticizing things, about beauty and grace. However, they see these differently, especially in Season 2 (where in Season 3, Stella starts to grow out of this view). Stella sees beauty, grace, and romance as an appearance thing, much more shallow. Dating, romance, all that is great, but she has trouble believing in unconditional love. Though she loves deeply and knows she is loved, she believes it is for shallow reasons, which we see very clearly at the beginning of Season 3. Amore, on the other hand, sees love as true and unconditional. Her presence helps Stella realize that she can have the fairy tale ending for the purest of reasons, and not just because she’s pretty.
- Flora, fairy of nature and Chatta, pixie of chatter: This is one of those immediately obvious ones. Flora is shy and reserved, not often speaking up. When she does, it is careful. Chatta, on the other hand, is talkative and bold. I think their relationship is interesting because it is one of the few pixie/fairy bonds where the pixie learned something as well as the fairy. Through Chatta, Flora learns to speak up… and if you pay attention through the show, you see that Chatta becomes slightly more reserved and thoughtful as well, growing wiser from it.
- Layla/Aisha, fairy of fluids/waves and Piff, pixie of slumber: Another pretty obvious one, if only due to the storyline of Season 2. Aisha is an active girl, restless, always moving. She has bad nightmares as well, meaning that she doesn’t really sleep. Piff, on the other hand, sleeps too much (which is excusable, because she is, after all, a baby). Their relationship is also an interesting one, for a similar but different reason than Flora and Chatta’s. Aisha and Piff are, from the get-go, extremely dependent on each other. Aisha needs Piff to sleep, and Piff needs Aisha to help her wake up and explore and learn. Unlike the rest of the group, instead of growing close, they learn to do things on their own. Their lesson is very different as both fairy and pixie begin to overcome their problems without relying on their bonded friend.
- Musa, fairy of music and Tune, fairy of manners: Here we have the most relaxed member of the Winx Club with the most uptight pixie. It’s obvious how they are opposites! Like with Flora and Chatta, though reversed, this relationship is about reservation. Musa becomes more thoughtful and embraces her femininity. Tune learns that one can be polite and still let go and be one’s self. Both fairy and pixie strike a balance between being outspoken and bold and being tactful and well-mannered.
- Tecna, fairy of technology and Digit, pixie of nanotechnology: I’ll admit, when I first thought of the opposites thing, I thought that Tecna/Digit was an exception or lazy writing. How they are opposite is not an obvious thing whatsoever. It was only recently I realized that they follow the same pattern as everyone else, and possibly do it better. The bond between these two, and what they learn from each other, is extremely subtle and comes down to introversion and extroversion. Though at first glance the two are exactly alike, we see through background interactions and dialogue that Digit is extremely extroverted. Tecna is the type to sit down at her computer, which she at times understands better than she understands her friends. She can create all sorts of gadgets, code all sorts of things, but she does it alone. In comparison, Digit is all about talking to people about her discoveries and thoughts. When Tecna and Digit do things together, Digit tends to be the initiator. She enjoys playing multiplayer games and including others in her love of technology. Tecna, who shares this love, ends up being slowly and carefully drawn out of her shell a little more because she becomes less shy through doing things she enjoys. She becomes more talkative and interactive in season 2, mostly due to Digit, and it’s actually done quite well in comparison to other shows with more withdrawn characters.
Because of this, because the characters were matched up so perfectly so they could learn and grow… THIS is why we should be upset with the change in pixies, not because they are now PopPixie incarnations.
Cherie and Cara/Caramel are very cute. They’re very fun characters.
But so are Digit and Tune, and Digit and Tune were much more story-important than most people give them credit for. They’ve done wonders in developing Tecna and Musa. What have Cherie and Cara done? Nothing.
Sorry for the rant; this is just an important topic to me ^^