One more day we’re here for our Fate: The Winx Saga review! We come to episode 3, a very good episode in which the story really begins to move towards a point of no return. It’s where we feel like we really got into the good stuff and all the plots keep us hooked.
Here we go!
We start the episode the same moment we left it last time. With Bloom rolling her eyes … remembering someone telling her to “find her.” Later, we will know that this person is Rosalind but, before that, Bloom goes to work together with Aisha to try to find out who she is. The search leads her to a closed place in Alfea where she finds a photograph … and Bellatrix.
She goes on the search, even talking to Farah and the first thing she does is tells everything to Aisha. She knows Farah is lying to her or, at least, is hiding something from her and she needs answers … now. However, Aisha disagrees and makes it clear that she is over with trying to hold her so she doesn’t jump. I honestly don’t like this at all, Aisha.
I mean, I like that Aisha isn’t afraid to tell Bloom what she thinks. But friendship is also about support, aside from telling truths, and Bloom desperately needs Aisha’s support here, leaving her alone is not what a true friend would do. Yes, it’s true, the plan is crazy, Bloom is drunk and should wait until the next day, but she just found out that her whole life was a lie and all they do is tell her half truths or lie to her … she needs to find out everything, at once.
And Aisha is her friend so he should be there precisely to hold her so that she does not jump … or to jump next to her. But Aisha refuses and leaves her alone … so Bloom follows her plan and asks Farah for explanations and Farah tells her, roughly, who Rosalind was. Finally both begin to discover her cards … although not all. Because Farah lies to her again, telling Bloom that Rosalind is dead and makes it clear that she is not going to answer any more questions. And Bloom, as is normal, can’t take it anymore.
She just lost all of her identity at once and no one explains how or why, they just lie to her and pressure her not to ask any more questions. It is unfair. She deserves to know the truth, whatever it is. She is no longer a little girl and if she is old enough to learn how to handle magic, she is mature enough to know what her past is. Because Bloom is not going to stop looking for answers, that’s for sure.
After this, Aisha and Bloom meet again in the room. Bloom is not angry, which speaks highly of her, because I would be. But Bloom begins to tell Aisha the news and she, again, behaves like the worst friend in the world by cutting her off and even being cruel to her, telling her that the story might not be as complicated as Bloom seems to think it is.
And, I’m sorry, but in this episode I couldn’t stand Aisha. Yes, the story may not be that complicated but … is it correct to tell your best friend in such a … cruel way? Kindness is what this moment required, so, Aisha, use it. Also, she cannot deny that there are things that do not fit into the story.
And she has to take into account what it would mean for Bloom if everything were simpler than it seems. As she herself tells Aisha, that would mean that she would have to face the fact that her mother, her family, did not love her and only wanted to get rid of her, she would have to accept the fact that she was rejected and that the person who must love her … abandoned her. And now she can’t even think about it.
As for the love triangle between Sky, Bloom, and Stella, Stella is determined to go to the party with Sky. After all, they are officially back together, although Riven disagrees. He may be a jerk but he knows perfectly that Stella is not good for his friend … she is not even what he really wants for his life … now we just need Sky himself to want to accept it and, the truth is, is a shame that Riven doesn’t realize that the same thing happens to him with Bellatrix.
Bloom, meanwhile, secretly asks Terra about Sky. She knows he is with Stella and she is determined to leave him alone but there is … something … that just draws her to him and she can’t help but ask. However, Terra knows how to see beyond that and tries to stop Bloom. She knows that things do not end well when someone intrudes between Stella and Sky … Bloom tries to reassure her but, frankly, that excuse is bad.
Stella marks her territory in preparation for the party in Sky’s room. He is not here to celebrate anything. Silva, his father, is dying and there is nothing he can do to prevent it. And Stella … well, she doesn’t even really care about him, she tries to reassure him, comfort him, but she doesn’t really focus on it, beyond a few words that sound empty to him.
Already at the party, Bloom asks the questions that Stella doesn’t ask. She really cares about how he is … and he about her. He wants to know her more, her past, how she got there … but she’s closed, so he flirts with her a bit, almost unintentionally, as if it’s … inevitable. And, in the end, he breaks the promise he made earlier and drinks. They have fun together … until Riven tells her what Stella did to Ricky: she blinded her for watching her flirt with Sky.
Bloom at first doesn’t believe something like that. I mean, she knows Stella. She may be cruel but she would never blind anyone on purpose … but Sky ratifies everything Riven says and she doesn’t know what to think anymore because she knows Sky wouldn’t lie. Then she realizes why she left Sky before starting something with him. It was too complicated. So she leaves. She already got too carried away …
Watching her leave, drunk, Sky goes to talk to Stella about Ricky. He wants to make sure he knows the truth and Stella, when he asks her … she can hardly believe it. He was the only person she thought that truly knew her. Everyone else might believe the lie because they didn’t know her but he didn’t. He knows her and he knows that she wouldn’t be able … not on purpose. But he’s doubting her … and Bloom too. Stella hardly knows her, but she thought she would know better after what they had lived together.
This disappoints her and it hurts her. So if everyone, even Sky, thinks she’s a horrible person, why contradict them? She puts on her cold and terrible facade and tells Sky that everything happened just as Riven told it. And Sky believes it … showing her that he never really knew her and he worries where that leaves him. Frankly, of all things to worry about, this strikes me as the most selfish. If you’re so worried about that, Sky, break up with Stella at once.
Later, Sky meets Bloom in the woods, crying and immediately worries. That’s when she opens up to him and tells him about her past, about how little she knows … and he opens up to her and tells her what he plans to do next: kill the burned. She goes with him because she knows there is no way he is not going. Besides, she can feel that thing … he won’t find it without her.
After their bitter argument, Stella looks for Sky but there is, as always, Riven to tell her that he must be where Bloom is. And Stella’s fury rages here, it’s too much … so she tells Riven that she’s an exchanged one. It’s not okay but frankly I understand her because here she feels like everything that anchored her is slowly disappearing … because of Bloom.
In the end, Sky and the rest of the Winx, along with Farah’s help, manage to kill the burned … and Farah is just a little bit proud of her students. Just like us. However, Stella isn’t going to let Sky go so easily …
She confesses to Sky because she knows that only if she opens up to him will she be able to get him back, retain him … she knows that he feels indebted to her and guilty and tries to use that to her advantage. As a desperate method to not let him leave because she feels like she already lost him. Sky reacts to that, he knows how she feels, he knows that he is the only one who knows her … but he too, at last, realized that this is a choice that Stella made. She is not alone. No longer. She has friends, yes, they are not very close yet but only if she wanted to, if she opened up …
Stella sees it differently. She is the princess and that comes with expectations … she can’t make herself look vulnerable, they can’t see a single weak point in her and he … is her safety net, the only one with whom she allows herself to cry and scream and vent … and she needs Sky to be there for her. Sky is aware but what does he need? He was emotionally upset about what happened to Silva and she was barely there for him so she needs him but what happens when he needs her?
In the midst of all this, we attend with our Winx another magic lesson and this time it is Aisha who fails. It’s … difficult for her because she was always sure of her control over her magic and now that control is just gone and she doesn’t know why. I also wonder what will affect her so emotionally so that her control disappears but … they leave us with doubt.
As for Silva, he tries to hold on, but feels worse and worse … and Sky is just like him. Silva is his father in every way that matters. Everyone talks about his father, the hero of his father, even Silva himself, but the truth is that Sky does not remember him and never met him. The one who was there, who cared for him and raised him was Silva. For him, Silva is his father and he is watching him die in front of his eyes … without being able to do anything. So he feels helpless and frustrated.
Silva doesn’t want Sky to risk or die trying to save him, so he has accepted that this may be his last adventure … and even he has made arrangements for Sky’s future. There is hope for a moment … but the burn is not the right one. So Silva just gives up and this angers Sky. According to Silva, his father died fighting, and he is his father, why can’t he do the same? Why does he just give up? Why … does he decide to leave him alone?
His true father abandoned him because of his duty and he never returned and now … Silva, the only father he ever knew, resigned himself to abandoning him without fighting for him, to survive. But if he’s not willing to fight … Sky is. When his father died he was a child but now he is an adult and can fight when his father cannot. So that’s what he does, he risks everything … and with the help of the Winx and Farah he manages to kill the right burned.
Silva is proud … but also angry, very angry. Sky could have died out there, he was about to lose his child. Sky cares about nothing more than knowing that his father is okay. He will take the fight later … now, the important thing is to know that it was worth it … and it is. So they hug each other emotionally because they still have each other … when they already thought they were lost. The funny thing is that both have tried to protect each other all along in various ways. And that’s just what a father and son would do. That is just what the family would do.
As in every review, we are going to analyze what happens with Terra. She knows something is going on so she tries to get her father to tell her something. He is the only one she has ever been able to trust but now … he treats her like she is a little girl. And she is that no longer. But she must stoically put up with this … for parents, we will always be little girls.
Later at lunch, as she talks to Dane, she realizes that Bellatrix has both him and Riven fascinated and she doesn’t understand why. I mean, she’s just as smart and studious as her but, nevertheless, they don’t turn to see her and Bellatrix … well, she has everyone eating out of her hand. Until she realizes that the problem is, well, her, her body. She hasn’t the body someone like Riven or Dane would want.
And this, this insecurity … is real. Because we’ve all felt that way. What’s wrong with me that no one takes a second look at me? Until you realize they don’t look at you because they don’t find you … attractive. And your self esteem sinks.
What bothers me the most about this scene is that none of her friends who are there, right next to her, contradicts her. They don’t even try to make her feel better. Why? They are her friends and they are there for that, too.
In any case, Terra is too brave to be defeated by something like that and as soon as she finds out that Dane is going to the party that night, she insists on going. Maybe that party, maybe that moment, between laughter, and alcohol … maybe it is the moment when her relationship with Dane takes a step further.
So she gets ready for the party but she doesn’t get the makeup she wants, she wants to be perfect, pretty, what’s more, for once, she wants to feel like this. She wants to feel just as pretty as all of her friends. And the rest of the Winx are going to help her … or I’m not so clear about it because, again, they make some inappropriate comments about her.
And these kinds of comments that seem unintentional … hurt. They are also real but they hurt. Your friends shouldn’t treat you like that, but they do and, as we said in the previous review, those small but poignant comments are part of the price for feeling integrated and you accept and allow them for what they are for you: a small price to pay for having someone to call friends, to go out with, to talk to. It is the price to pay for not feeling so alone.
Back at the party, Terra looks to Dane to offer her pot muffins, something she did to show everyone, including herself, that she could fit in and be cool, that she could measure up to Dane. Because this is the axis of everything. Terra feels so insecure, so small compared to Dane … she doesn’t feel like she deserves him when she really is the other way around.
Dane disappoints her again when she picks up the muffins and just without a second thought leaves her standing there, to take them to Riven and Bellatrix. But this still does not discourage her, although it does leave her somewhat unsure whether what she feels between her and Dane is nothing more than her hope, her desire, her imagination … so she asks Musa. She doesn’t tell her anything very concrete but she gives her hope. Hope that grows when she and Dane play like everyone else, and she hugs him, she feels him … something Riven realizes.
Everything seems to be perfect. That night wasn’t THE night after all but it feel like progress to Terra. They got closer and took a small step. Terra is excited … and what she least imagines is that all her illusions were going to collapse soon. As she smiles, dreaming … she watches a video that Bellatrix posted in which she sees Riven and Dane laughing at her.
From Riven she expected it, he always had, but not from Dane. No, about him … she had so many illusions placed on him, she dreamed that they could be something so great … and now she knows that he is no different from others. He sees her simply as a weird, boring fat woman, exactly like Riven, exactly like everyone else. She gets disappointed, frustrated, angry and cries … it’s the only thing she can do. She cries for her broken dreams and illusions but, above all, she cries and is angry with herself for having been so foolish to think that something could happen between them, that someone like Dane could notice her …
Her bad self-esteem, fueled by years of jokes, insults and laughter, only comes to light and she feels even smaller than before, she feels that no one can ever love or accept her for who she is, least of all someone like Dane or Riven, feels that she is condemned to dream, from afar, of a love that will never come true for her. Terra feels that she is destined to be the eternal best friend and that no one ever sees her as anything else. And I want to kill them all for making her feel like this, so bad about herself, so … small and insignificant. Because she is the opposite and it is everyone else who does not deserve her.
However, I know exactly how Terra feels right now because I suffered something similar, so similar that it gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes when I saw this episode. I suffered the illusions for one of the most handsome boys, I suffered the hopes … and then the laughter, the mockery, the insults in front of his friends, the insignificance, the tears. And I have never seen a show or a movie reflect it and less with such reality, with so much … truth.
They made me cry and remember and feel vulnerable again, they made me come back to that moment. So really, congratulations, because I haven’t been back there in a long time. And it’s hard and it’s scary … but to overcome something like that, we have to relive it and know that we weren’t in the wrong there there, it was them.
On the other hand, we continue with the game about Dane and his sexuality … something that tires a lot because of the lack of specificity in it. But hey, this is not going to change in the near future so … in any case, Bellatrix, Dane and Riven bring out the worst in each other while having fun and laughing at Terra, humiliating her in a video that all Alfea can see.
This is absolutely cruel and we just discussed why but I still don’t understand what’s going on with Riven and why he meddles so much between Terra and Dane. That is, he does not care if they are more together or less or if they are going to have a relationship or if is just friendship.
Between the three of them there is this toxic relationship that does not let them breathe. Riven chooses to show the world his bad boy side, to prevent someone from really knowing him and to enhance that facade of himself when he is with Bellatrix and Dane. As for Bellatrix, everything about her is a facade and no one really knows her, not her secrets, not her history, or her motives. That is what they taught her all her life, to pretend and not trust anyone. So she has fun with Riven and Dane but neither cares enough to go deeper.
When it comes to Dane, Riven created a real monster but I don’t think one person can change another in such a radical way, so I just think Riven brought out that part of Dane that he kept hidden, even from himself. I mean, Riven and Bellatrix brought out the real Dane … even though he’s a jerk and we don’t like who he is at all.
Musa continues her love affair with Sam while she hides from Terra what is happening. For Sam this doesn’t make much sense because, Terra is his sister but … so what? It’s a bit more complicated for her friend to be her sister-in-law at the same time, but … she’ll find out. So Musa explains to Sam why she decided not to tell Terra for now. She feels so many things at the same time … and it is certain that what is happening between them will be no different. So she prefers to wait a bit.
While this explanation convinces Sam … it doesn’t convince me. That is, it does not matter when Terra finds out what is happening between her friend and her brother, she will feel a lot the same way, it is how she is, and that is not bad. In fact, probably hiding it from her for so long, it will cause a lot more negative feelings in her than she could have if only Sam and Musa told her at once.
For their part, Bellatrix and Callum devise a plan to get around Farah’s trap. Of course, she has a very concrete plan so she doesn’t hesitate to push Callum and then kill him. And we believe that this will be the beginning of her end. So far, all of her plans have been perfectly calculated. But killing Callum in this way … has been able to leave a lot of clues, she has made a mistake that will cost her dearly but … will it be the end of her?
In any case, she didn’t manage to free who she wanted in the end … Farah is smarter than she thought and set another trap, much more difficult to outwit. But … who does Bellatrix want to release so insistently and why?
At the end of the episode, Farah tells Silva and Harvey what has happened to Bloom, including her suspicions … and the response she gave her to try to calm her down. That’s when we discover what Farah hides so jealously in her office. It’s Rosalind. She lied to Bloom telling her that she was dead, and the truth is that she is still alive and is caught in the trap. But why would Farah lock up Rosalind or lie to Bloom about it? Why doesn’t she want them to meet and why is Rosalind calling Bloom right now? Many questions that we cannot wait to answer. This story is really interesting!
This episode is where the show really starts to get LIT! The secrets continue to be revealed but they bring them even more questions, while the characters advance in their stories in a way that makes us smile through tears and, at other times, cry disconsolate or get angry. What is clear is that they do not leave us indifferent and that is exactly what we ask for.
Here, ends the review of episode 3. Stay tuned for our episode 4 review tomorrow! That episode is one of the best.