Fate: The Winx Saga Series Premiere Takes Us From The Waters To The Wild
The series premiere of Fate: the Winx Saga takes us to a world filled with adventure and diversity. Taking place in a mysterious (but legendary) school Alfea, we meet Bloom (Abigail Cowen) who enrolls with an equally mysterious past. Without hesitation, I felt an immediate connection to the setting the series takes place in. Living in a world of fairies and secrets, it is clear that they are trying to reflect a newer generational style giving the audience a kind of out-of-body experience.
Growing up, I believe Harry Potter and Twilight to be the most famous (and infamous) fantasy series during the early 21st century. Emerging from their original book series, people immediately fell in love with the onscreen chemistry of and journey given to each individual character. I believe this new series will leave people begging for more while better reflecting the values of Generation Z than its forebears. It’s also the kind of franchise Netflix needs to take on Disney+ in the streaming wars, one with an exciting mixture of familiar and original storytelling.
The Series Premiere of Fate: The Winx Saga Shows Us a Different Realm
In the series premiere of Fate: The Winx Saga, we are told that there are seven different otherworld realms including Alfea. Abigail Cowen, or Bloom, is a fire fairy who is expected to learn, hone, and multiply her powers as she becomes one with Alfea. If you wonder about the other six realms, don’t worry I am wondering about them, too. These are questions the storytellers want us to ask.
We meet Sky (Danny Griffin), not only known for his popularity in the school but his recent ex-relationship with Stella (Hannah van der Westhuysen). Stella is Bloom’s roommate, and she has a jealous streak. Despite the romance and drama, the series attempts to capture a strong connection between mythological and emotional themes. They highlight this with their focus on the characters and their relationships. So, while this is a whole new realm, it’s filled with many of the same tensions and delights as real world schools.
The Fate: The Winx Saga Series Premiere Keeps the Focus on the Characters
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The story’s focus isn’t just on Bloom, though she is clearly our protagonist. We are invited into the minds of each character and the relationships that are developed over time. Of Bloom’s suitemates, water fairy Aisha (Precious Mustapha) relates to her the most due to similar childhood experiences. Musa (Elisha Applebaum), an empath fairy, deals with the overwhelming ability to feel everyone else’s emotions. Terra (Eliot Salt), the earth fairy and daughter of an esper, is very sweet but nervous around crowds. Her ability focuses on controlling nature. Lastly, we have Stella, a light fairy and the daughter of Queen Luna and King Radius.
Each of these characters have different struggles. Yet, the series is committed to reminding the audience about the importance of friendships. It definitely made me take a moment to appreciate mine!
Beyond the Walls of Alfea (and the First Episode)
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The series premiere of Fate: The Winx Saga also shows the school is protected by an invisible barrier. This leaves the viewer questioning what lies beyond it? Are the students being protected, or are they prisoners? The storytellers did not disappoint here. They know when and how to build suspense in a way that draws you in rather than makes you feel uncomfortable. Despite the very creepy vibe, there were moments that consciously magnified the power each character has in order to better understand the supernatural aspects of this world.
Lastly, every performance and stunt was memorable. In fact, anyone who isn’t a fan of fiction will quickly become addicted to such perfect material. Definitely being an attention grabber, the effects shown in Fate: The Winx Saga care and dedication to creating a realistic fantasy world. There are cliffhangers, but there wasn’t one scene that left you clueless. Every episode explained in-depth what the future held and the possible dangers that followed.
As Fate: The Winx Saga progresses on from the series premiere, we can consider the reasoning behind certain scenes. With only six episodes, the series begs to be rewatched. (It’s the first one I’ve ever rewatched, at least so quickly.) Like any good story, when it ended I simultaneously felt satisfied and wanting more.
The first season of Fate: The Winx Saga is currently streaming on Netflix.
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