Recently released on Netflix, Fate: The Winx Saga is an adaptation of animated series that aired in the 2000’s. The original one had 8 seasons that dealt with several fairies exploring their powers while fighting off evil minds and protecting Alfea, the school for the fairies. The original was a huge success, and it was extremely popular among the 90’s kids. The new adaptation, Fate: The Winx Saga created hype among the fans, but the show bordered hugely on disappointment and weak adaptation.
The Plot of Fate: The Winx Saga
Fate: The Winx Saga is centred around Bloom and her friends. Bloom(Abigail Cowen), a 16-year-old teenager, burned down her house and gave her mother a third-degree burn because she couldn’t control her magical abilities. Farah Dowling(Eva Best), the headmistress of Alfea, introduces Bloom to the Other World and brings her here. The First World or the Earth shouldn’t know about the Other World, the world of magic and fairies.
On coming here, Bloom learns from her roommate Aisha then she is a changeling. Bloom actually has fairy parents, but she was separated from them and sent to the First World. The revelation of her parents’ actual identity enrages Bloom, and she demands from Farah to know the real answer. Bloom was brought to Alfea under the impression that she belongs to a dormant fairy bloodline. Bloom gets a vision from Rosalind, the former headmistress who asks Bloom to find her. Bloom is convinced that Rosalind can help her find her real parents.
In the meantime, chaos spreads in the other world as the Burned Ones, one of the most ruthless and deadliest creatures on the planet, resurfaces. They weren’t seen for more than two decades, and all of a sudden, they have appeared. Bloom’s roommates,Terra(Eliot Salt) the earth fairy, Musa(Elisa Applebaum) the empath, Aisha(Precious Mustapha) the water fairy, and Stella(Hannah Van Der Westhuysen), the light fairy and the heir to the Solarian throne, warn Bloom about the consequences of her actions.
Bloom is hell-bent on finding her real parents. Beatrix(Sadie Soverall), the air fairy takes advantage of Bloom’s obsession and fills her mind with half information. She manipulates Bloom into thinking that Farah might be evil and her friends don’t care about her. In the meantime, Stella’s ex Sky(Danny Griffin), has taken interest in Bloom and is constantly worried about Bloom’s obsession.
Will Sky be able to protect Bloom? Will Bloom uncover the truth about her parents? Will Rosalind be found? Will Bloom realise her true potential? Will the Burned Ones wreak havoc in Alfea? Head to Netflix and watch the very first season of Fate: The Winx Saga to find out the answers.
The audience isn’t very pleased with this adaptation. The series hasn’t stuck to the original story-line and deferred severely. Obviously, you’re allowed to make changes in a narrative when it comes to adaptation, but it seems like the creators have whitewashed many characters. Tecna, the fairy of technology, is nowhere to be found. Terra is kind of like Flora, but they’ve altered her personality.
Terra is a stereotypical fat girl who is insecure about herself and talks too much in an attempt to make friends. Moreover, the series hasn’t included the famous evil trio Icy, Darcy, and Stormy, the witches from rival schools. We’re hopeful that they might be seen in the upcoming season.
Musa is no longer the fairy of music. Instead, she is an empath. She can feel others’ emotions. Musa and Riven(Freddie Thorp) aren’t together here, in fact, they barely even exchange any dialogues. Musa is dating Terra’s brother Sam(Jacob Dudman). Sky is no longer a prince. Here, he is a commoner who is the son of a heroic fallen soldier. Sky, Riven, and others are Specialists who are the soldier of Alfea. Aisha is no longer the reserved princess, she is an athlete. Fate: The Winx Saga has introduced Beatrix to stir up the evil quotient but the power of the Trix remains unmatched.
The friendship, the love interest, the rivalry, the drama at Alfea felt very forced and not natural. The characters were always at each other’s throat instead of real bonding and friendship.
Season 2 Announcement
Season 1 ended abruptly so we’re hopeful that a new season is on its way. Even though Netflix hasn’t officially announced, the show has created a lot of buzzes. Fate: The Winx Saga has a lot of things to cover, considering they haven’t lived up to the hype and they’ve 8 seasons worth of stuff.
Fans are infuriated that season 1 portrayed Bloom as very problematic and selfish. Here, Bloom is very self-centred. Moreover, Musa without Music and Riven seems extremely uncomfortable for the fans. The original Winx Saga was colourful and cheery. However, the adaptation is darker with lots of strange twists and turns. A part of the show gave out Riverdale vibes. An adaptation must be different from the original one but Fate: The Winx Saga lacks the charm and charisma severely.
With the introduction of new villains and more fairies, season 2 might be a treat for loyal fans. Hopefully, this time they won’t whitewash the characters.If you’re on the lookout for some more sci-fi series, check out how The Umbrella Academy is doing- https://sleck.net/the-umbrella-academy-adds-6-fresh-faces-for-the-upcoming-thrilling-season/