Netflix’s “Fate: The Winx Saga” re-imagined for older audience
Desteny Maragh – News Editor
Dreams may have come true for fans of the original Winx Club cartoon with Netflix’s new series, “Fate: The Winx Saga” that premiered this week.
The once colorful cartoon is now a full live action production.
Netflix made sure to spice up the action a bit for the now older audience that once enjoyed the cartoon in their childhood. The new show has a more sophisticated and mature feeling but still remains true to the magical aspects of the cartoon.
It’s a six-part coming-of-age series that follows the life of five fairies attending a magical boarding school, named Alfea, in a magical other dimensional world that is uninhabitable by humans.
One thing that was amped up in the new adaption is the romantic interests and relationship drama between members of the cast.
In the children’s cartoon there was a glimpse of romance between fairies and specialists. The Specialists in the cartoon were male students that attended a school called Red Fountain They specialized in wielding weapons, dragon riding and taming.
Since the time of the cartoon, there has been much progress made in society for gender equality movements and that could be the reason why in the adaptation, specialists can be male or female.
The specialists and fairies are both magical creatures who defend themselves against mostly life-threatening monsters. In this first season, it is one kind of creature who must be defeated, called the Burned Ones.
There are many notable differences between the cartoon and the live action version. For example, in the cartoons all fairies have wings, and each member of the cast is a royal princess. In the adaption, fairies don’t have any wings and only one cast member is a princess.
A romantic difference notable in the show is two of the main female fairies, Bloom and Stella, have the same romantic interest. So far, it seems to not be a problem between the characters but that can potentially be problematic in the seasons to come.
The series mainly focuses on Bloom’s character, who is experiencing an un-normal teenage crisis with a new realization that she is indeed a magical fairy and does not know how. Her and her power’s origin is portrayed as a huge mystery.
As if Bloom does not have enough problems, she is hinting to be interested in her suitemate Stella’s ex-boyfriend, Sky, a popular specialist. Sky is obviously into Bloom, but Stella is still very attached and not yet over Sky.
Sky and Bloom were portrayed as a couple in the cartoon.
Italian cartoonist Iginio Straffi created the original cartoon back in 2004 that aired on many children television stations.
The show was a hit among the young audience at the time, so much so that in February 2011, Nickelodeon’s parent company, Viacom, became co-owner of the Rainbow Studio, which produced the original series and collaborated to produce a Winx Club revival series.
On twitter, some fans said they were upset to not see some of their favorite original Winx Club members make the cut in the show.
In an interview with The Wrap, Abigail Cowen who plays Bloom, said that she could see some of the older characters be brought back to life.
Cowen told The Wrap that Flora, a character from the original show, would be brought into the new live action series.
“If the series does go to a second season, I think hopefully these concerns are something that can be addressed, because I do think diversity both in front of and behind the camera is vital and much-needed throughout the industry and internationally,” Cowen said. “So, I think it’s important that we are have these conversations.”