Will Fate: The Winx Saga season 2 be as bad as the first season?

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Fate: The Winx Saga season 2 wrapped filming back in November. While the new season isn’t expected to land until later in 2022 that doesn’t mean it’s not on my mind.

The teen supernatural fantasy premiered back in January of last year and conjured up a fan base that’s been waiting to see the next part of Bloom, Aisha, Musa, Terra, and Stella’s story since the first season ended. I, however, was among the critics who found that the series came up short.

This live-action version of a beloved ’00s cartoon surprised those of us who went into the show thinking the main quintet’s friendship would be at the core of the series. However, that’s not the case. A chosen one narrative takes center stage as do multiple romances, thin plotting, and so many teen television tropes that it’s tiresome.

By the end, Fate: The Winx Saga became yet another magic-based drama in the long list of those that have hit television and streaming. It’s lack of world-building left it without a point of view, the characters were poorly fleshed out, and the stakes took a backseat to squabbling, Bloom’s grating attitude, and a story that didn’t seem to go anywhere until the end.

In all honesty, I’d written the show off until casting news revealed that Flora would be making her debut in season 2. The character had been noticeably absent from the Winx squad and, prior to the show’s premiere, fans had made their displeasure known about the casting of the character Terra in her stead which included accusations of whitewashing.

Paulina Chávez’ addition to the cast gave me hope that the team behind the series did listen to the criticism lodged against Fate: The Winx Saga. The same can be said for Aisha’s possible love interest who’s also been cast.

This news has me hopeful for what’s to come for season 2 as does Abigail Cowen’s Collider interview where she said the following:

"There are more threats to the universe. We’re introducing new characters. There are more love stories, more magic, more fighting, bigger threats and more questions being answered."

Given the above quote, which is admittedly vague, we could be in for a far better second season. But, from my perspective, there are at least five areas where Fate: The Winx Saga needs to improve in order to not to fall into the same traps that staggered the plot, as well as character development, and made for a generic show.

How Fate: The Winx Saga season 2 can be better than the first season

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Fate: The Winx Club Saga Season 1. Elisha Applebaum as Musa, Eliot Salt as Terra, Abigail Cowen as Bloom, Hannah van der Westhuysen as Stella, Precious Mustapha as Aisha in Fate: The Winx Club Saga Season 1. Cr. Jonathan Hession/NETFLIX © 2020 /

1. If season 2 remembers the magic of friendship

The Winx quintet are barely friends in season 1. They read more like five girls that have been thrown together in the series. When they weren’t interacting negatively, they were often used as sounding boards for Bloom’s actions and behavior or the story’s attention was on the plethora of romances going on.

In the cartoon, the Winx Club were friends who could count on one another when times were tough. They were teammates who supported each other and it made young girls want a friend group just like theirs. That’s missing in this live-action adaptation and it’s unfortunate because friendship is at the core of the OG show’s source material.

2. The magical world of the seven realms is actually built

So much time was spent on Bloom’s mysterious heritage and the romances in the show that the world building suffered in Fate: The Winx Saga. Just because the series is based on a beloved cartoon doesn’t mean world building can be skimped on. We know very little about the magical world this show is based in by the end of the first season.

Not to mention, the series has an opportunity to set a standard for the handling of fairy lore on television. There aren’t any fairy-centric shows dominating the medium which means this series has ample room to experiment and go about establishing its fairy world in a way that’s never been seen before. But, to do that, these fairies are going to have to stop looking so much like witches when it comes to their magic especially when blood witches exist in this universe.

3. Aisha is treated better

Out of all the girls in Fate: The Winx Saga, Aisha was the least developed. When she did have plot, it revolved around Bloom. She was the only one who didn’t have a romance of any kind and her storyline about her powers was dropped as soon as it was introduced. We ended season 1 without learning more about Aisha’s struggles with smaller quantities of water and whether or not she’s begun to overcome that hurdle. Hopefully, season 2 circles back to this plot.

We also know that Brandon Grace will play a character named Grey who has a relationship with Aisha. No details have been released on what that relationship could be but perhaps it’ll be a romance or at least the beginnings of one. Grey is a specialist who’s hiding a secret. He’s described as being charming and charismatic. He’s also trans.

4. Bloom’s attitude is toned down several notches

Fate: The Winx Saga seems to want viewers to be cheering on Bloom as the lead, but she’s so abrasive and prickly that it’s hard to latch onto her. Bloom seems to hate everything and everyone with few exceptions. She’s a walking ball of anger as well as stubborn, reckless, impulsive, and incapable of admitting when she needs help. None of that is particularly compelling when there’s no depth to the writing for her.

Obviously, the writers want us to see her as a take charge kind of character. She’s forthright and determined to define her life on her own terms. That determination, however, gets her in deep trouble more than once and puts her in immense danger. But, instead of Bloom learning from these moments, being held accountable, or at least coming to accept when she’s wrong, season 1 just continues to let Bloom bulldoze her way through everything.

There’s barely any time spent on the way her actions affect others, it’s honestly exhausting. If more time is spent on Bloom listening to those who know more than she does and she actually leans on the support system she could have if she weren’t trying to lone wolf her way through the story, that would improve this series immensely.

5. The stakes actually matter this time around

Season 1 of Fate: The Winx Saga spent so much of the story talking about the Burned Ones without actually saying a thing about these creatures that moved the plot forward. Yet there’s a war brewing for season 2 that also involves the blood witches who were stuffed into the last snatches of this season. Not to mention Bloom released a fairy she was told is both deadly and dangerous.

Clearly, the stakes are high for the second season, however, none of it will matter if we’re treated to more romantic chaos and detours toward Bloom’s heritage that don’t service the overall plot. If a war is on then it should feel like the characters are under threat. The pressure for the Winx suite to work well together should be at an all-time high.

Bloom can’t simply bluster her way through everything as the others watch on. I’m not a fan of this chosen one narrative they’ve put her in, and she’s going to need more than herself because that’s the point of the Winx. Yes, this is an adaptation but no one went into this series thinking friendship and teamwork would be as glaringly absent as it was in season 1.

We can have romance, teen angst, and an ensemble cast fumbling their way into becoming heroes but we have to actually see them develop as characters and feel grounded in their world. Aesthetic is only part of the equation with fantasy, you also need a story that moves the needle and an understanding of the supernatural beings you’re depicting. Otherwise, you get Fate: The Winx Saga season 1 which doesn’t know what it wants to be other than angry, angsty, and dark.

Hopefully, season 2 is better.

What did you think of Fate: The Winx Saga? Where could the show improve for season 2? Serve up your thoughts in the comments below!

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