New day, new review! Fate: The Winx Saga 2×02 “Taken By The Wind” introduces Flora, the complicated relationship she has with her cousin Terra, and keeps us alert with the mystery surrounding Rosalind. Meanwhile, the episode also has time to give us big, romantic Skloom moments. Ready?
Here we go!
Not So Unexpected Answers
Fate: The Winx Saga 2×02 “Taken By The Wind” gives us some answers about what happened to Devin. Bloom’s plan to get close to Rosalind pays off for her though Rosalind catches her and sends her servant Andreas to retaliate. The fact is that it seems that Rosalind is the one behind stealing the magic from the fairies.
In reality, everything seems to fit because Rosalind is extremely powerful, even more than she was before, also, that secret laboratory doesn’t give us a good feeling. But, on the other hand, I’m shocked that Rosalind’s plan is discovered so quickly and relatively easily. There is more here than meets the eye. I’m not saying Rosalind isn’t evil, it’s clear to me that she is, just…there’s something else we’re not seeing right now.
What is clear is that Rosalind is not known for treating her allies well. She not only almost killed Andreas as punishment for his failure in Fate: The Winx Saga 2×02 “Taken By The Wind” but she treats Bellatrix like trash. Meanwhile, Queen Luna doesn’t treat Stella any better.
The device she put on her makes it physically painful for Stella to try to use her powers and she remains determined not to say anything to the Winx. That feeling of shame and frustration is still latent in her and she doesn’t want to arouse the compassion of her friends.
So the only person Stella feels she can talk to about all of this is someone who is going through something just as miserable as she is: Bellatrix. However, she remains determined to get the place she thinks she deserves at Rosalind’s side. So Bellatrix makes sure to find out something about Saul’s rescue…only to find out that Riven saw something and fell silent. He lies to her but she knows him well enough to see through it.
Against all odds and reluctant to admit it, Bellatrix cares for Riven. So Bellatrix sits at a crossroads. She wants to gain Rosalind’s trust but she doesn’t want to betray Riven. A second encounter with Stella encourages her to do the right thing and keep quiet. She chooses Riven. Never in her entire life had anyone shown her that they loved or cared for her, but Riven does, and though she tries to dismiss those feelings, she cares about him.
But things quickly get worse. Rosalind is about to kill Andreas. Bellatrix cares a lot about Riven but Andreas is like a father to her… and she can only save him by betraying Riven. She knows it. Bellatrix knows that nothing but that juicy piece of information will distract Rosalind enough to spare Andreas’s life, for the time being. It’s an impossible situation…and Bellatrix did the best she could with it.
Flora is A Force of Nature…Literally
In Fate: The Winx Saga 2×02 “Taken By The Wind” we meet Flora for the first time. Terra is happy that her cousin has come to Alfea to stay. She loves her but, as she tells Aisha, Flora doesn’t usually make things easy. She is a talkative, brave, intelligent, and ready-to-help woman but she is also impulsive and, sometimes, by doing things her way without considering the consequences, she creates chaos around which she is not even aware while Terra takes care to fix it. This time she is no different.
However, the chaos is not the only thing that bothers Terra. Flora is, in many ways, everything Terra wishes she could be but she never felt she should or could. So when Flora shows up, Terra can’t help but feel a little out of place in front of the perfectly free Flora. Flora always seems to know better than her and she does everything better than her but, above all, Flora is not afraid to let herself go while Terra never dared to do it because she never thought she could.
It’s a complicated relationship that the two of them maintain, despite loving each other, but that is how family relationships are on most occasions, right? However, family is always there when you need it. Sometimes, Flora may not make things easy, especially for Terra, but Flora would do anything for her. That’s why she’s in Alfea, to help her. And that’s enough for Terra.
It doesn’t matter that Flora’s arrival makes her feel mixed feelings, it doesn’t even matter the chaos she left around her this time, Flora is there for her and Terra doesn’t intend to let Rosalind hurt her, so she blames herself for what Flora did. Family is always there for the family.
Continuing with this dynamic, an attraction is born between Flora and Riven as soon as they meet in Fate: The Winx Saga 2×02 “Taken By The Wind.” He does what he does with all of them: flirt and hangs out. For him, it’s nothing serious and for her, it doesn’t seem like it either, he’s attractive so why not? But Terra tries to warn her that it’s not a good place to lay her eyes. Riven is not someone who suits her.
Terra is indeed quite overprotective here because Flora is capable of making her own decisions but I think we would all do the same as Terra if we see that someone we care about is getting into a mess that potentially ends in disaster. At least, we would try to avoid what is a bad decision. Just to protect the ones we love from potential harm. Terra figures that if something comes up between them it will end in the worst way and then she will be the one to clean up the mess, as usual.
Journey to the Past and Raised Walls
Sky is determined to prove Andreas his worth in Fate: The Winx Saga 2×02 “Taken By The Wind.” The beating Sky gave Dane not only made Dane hide his tail between his legs, but he emboldened Sky to hit back. However, he continues to have mixed feelings about the whole situation.
Feelings are heightened when Sky accompanies Bloom to his childhood home. And if in the first episode we fall back in love with Skloom, in Fate: The Winx Saga 2×02 “Taken By The Wind” we directly start dancing with this couple. They finally let down the walls they put up and not only make love but also talk, touch, caress, and enjoy together.
At first, they have a moment of peace and fun. Just a moment of light in which to let go and be the teenagers they really are, without the weight of a past that marked them for life. And then they reconnect. The physical connection we see is important but what brings tears to my eyes is the emotional connection.
Sky begins to spill all the mixed feelings that he was keeping to himself and Bloom listens to him and also shares her guilt and how broken she feels, how desperately she wants to fix everything, and how more and more she realizes that she can’t. Now there’s nothing between them, they’re just as emotionally naked as they are physically, and that’s beautiful. That’s love.
But Sky not only deals with his feelings by talking to Bloom but also by standing in front of his childhood home, the home where Saul raised him. At first, he didn’t want to go in, afraid of the memories that would flood him if he did but something drew him to that house.
Perhaps the need to feel for a moment that nothing has changed. But it did and he can’t forget it. Those memories… are lies (although there is nothing further from reality). And all those lies spoil the good memories that may be in that house. But Sky wasn’t prepared to see it all burn. He may not be able to enter that house or pass his gaze over it without his heart aching, but he didn’t want to see it all turn to ashes, least of all at the hands of his father and his best friend.
I think this will be a turning point for Sky. He is not yet ready to forgive Saul but he witnessed Andreas’ cruelty. He didn’t mind burning the only memories of his son…definitely not something Silva would have done. Sky is not yet ready to accept that Saul was the best father he could have, but he will be.
Grey and Aisha continue to flirt virtually in Fate: The Winx Saga 2×02 “Taken By The Wind.” But the virtual affair isn’t enough for Grey. There comes a time when he needs to talk to Aisha in person but she is reluctant. Aisha likes Grey but she is hesitant about anything other than a virtual relationship with him because, in that way, she feels that she can keep control over what is going on.
But while Grey is interested in getting to know her, he needs to feel like she’s on the same page as him and she’s not just going along with it. If Aisha wants to experience what is beginning to be born between her and Grey, if she wants to live what could be, she needs to let go of control and go with the flow, she needs to take risks.
For his part, Sam continues to struggle with the situation in Fate: The Winx Saga 2×02 “Taken By The Wind.” He can’t bear to see his father lower his head again in the face of Rosalind’s threats and outrages, he wants him to fight, to do something, but seeing him so submissive… it’s not something Sam can bear.
Once his dad can’t take it anymore and opens up to him, Sam understands why he’s doing it but it calls him to action. Killing Rosalind is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. He has to do it to free his father and his family. That’s why he takes the potion. It’s time to take action.
Musa tries to mediate using her powers again but that’s the worst idea ever. Repressing Sam’s feelings is causing him to explode when he least expects it. The situation is getting out of hand but the worst part is that Musa doesn’t listen when Aisha tells her just this. Musa is crossing many red lines with Sam and her actions will have consequences. In every sense.
Yes, we may all need calm in difficult moments, but Musa acts without Sam’s consent and doesn’t know the effects that forcing him to suppress his feelings will have on him. Musa knows deep down that what she’s doing isn’t right, but she tells herself it’s a temporary solution for Sam’s sake. This will explode sooner or later…and it won’t be pretty.