Fate: The Winx Saga, one of Netflix’s most loved and followed series is back: fantasy, magic and teen drama are the three ingredients that rewrite the Winx saga also in the second season. So much is the narrative power of the second season that it fails to be completely dominated as in the first.
When last year Fate: The Winx Saga came up Netflix rekindling the vein of mystery, magic and adolescence inaugurated by one of his first releases of the genre The terrifying adventures of Sabrinastrong was the curiosity of how the fairies created by Iginio Straffi had been revised and corrected in the light of the world-famous cartoon, and above all grown.
Yes, because the Winx by Netflix saga, produced by the same production house of the cartoon, the Italian Rainbowtogether with the English Archery Pictures And Young Blood Productions is freely inspired by the successful animated series and the experiment could be said to be successful. That’s why after a convincing first season of which Bloom was the focus, it’s a shame to see that the second, made up of seven episodes lasting about an hour eachfails to convince in the same way leaving almost the doubt that it could be a transition series for a grand finale or a new chapter to open in a third.
Fate: the Winx Saga 2 – dangers and pitfalls in Alfea, the plot of the second season of the Netflix series
Despite Bloom (Abigail Cowen) has discovered the truth about her past and above all her identity as a fairy, in Alfea the atmosphere turns out to be more and more dangerous and insidious now that Rosalind (Miranda Richardson) has taken the place of former director Farah Dowling, who has mysteriously disappeared. Several are the riots to which Bloom, Stella (Hannah van der Westhuysen), Muse (Elisha Applebaum), Land (Eliot Salt), Aisha (Precious Mustapha) and also Flora (Paulina Chàvez), recently arrived at the school of Alfea, are unable to give a clear explanation: the true intentions of Rosalind, the betrayal of Silva, the threat of the blood witches who steal the magic from the fairies, who meanwhile disappear in the middle of the night and perhaps they are being decimated.
The very presence of fairies in the Beyond World this time seems to be seriously endangered: it will be essential to be able to count on the help of Specialists, coordinate and establish new and unexpected alliances to face a dark threat that risks decimating Alfea.
A powerful but discontinuous narrative
The first season of Fate: The Winx Saga made Bloom its center: everything revolved around the fairy with a mysterious past, the fairy changeling transplanted to Alfea and it was her story that supported the entire narrative, making the other characters her reflection and satellites. A successful opening given the dramaturgical richness offered by the character and even if the latter in some situations promises to be able to tell us even more about Bloom, the challenge that clearly arises is to give space to the other characters, deepen them, while the Winx must face a danger that risks being much bigger.
Perhaps the stakes are too high: reveal the limits, curiosities, strengths and weaknesses of all the others, follow their challenge / alliance with Rosalind, introduce the character of Flora and tell us what the chosen protective fairies will do to defend Alfea. The problem is not so much the quantity of narrative material, which is very richwhich can truly bring to life a compelling coming-of-age story using the codes of fantasy and magic, but the difficulty of enclosing and managing it in just seven episodes. An example is the way in which the character of Flora was introduced, not present in the previous season but presented in immediate harmony with the girls as if they had always known each other and even in itself not sufficiently thorough. Many open focuses that remain untried as the distrust of Aisha’s love or the limits of Musa in the management of her powers.
Because although this chapter will be passing towards a third, the discontinuity in the overall rendering of the narrative remains. And it is a real shame given the stylistic and dramaturgical maturity shown by the series in intentions and which emerges especially in the second part of the series: the evolution of the girls’ friendship, magic as an act of trust in oneself and in others and the growth of the protagonists following the experiences lived in the previous season.
The packaging remains flawless: the magic scenes combine charm and credibilityletting the supernatural visually blend harmoniously with reality, one of the merits that Fate: The Winx Saga has not hidden since the first season.