Low-Flying Panic Attack
Episode 1 of Fate: The Winx Saga Season 2 starts with a big party out in the woods. Ivy and Devin head off away from the pack, kissing, but unfortunately something seems to control Ivy, grabbing two daggers and stabbing herself in the throat. Devin runs away in fear, but in doing so stumbles right into the path of a strange creature that attacks him.
Rosalind is in charge of the Academy now, and questions Bloom about what happened last season. She’s not happy about how unprepared the kids are, reiterating that there are many horrors that lie out in the wild. Bloom is not giving her all and she’s determined to find Dowling. Despite the whole Solarian Army out looking for her, Bloom is convinced that she can do a better job.
Bloom receives a message about Saul Silva – they’re sending him to the Frozen North, up in Polaris. Bloom isn’t happy and believes it’s the wrong sentence. Andreas is leading the campaign but Bloom wants to do something about it.
Silva is their only link to Dowling and Bloom deduces the only solution here is to bust him out. The fairies are, surprisingly, all in agreement with this. The closest this caravan will come to the school is about 10km or so.
The route that Andreas has picked out sees them cross a river but word from Terra is that a drunken mishap with the fairies has caused that to burn down. As a result, the Specialists will have to divert to a side road, which actually has more cover. That’s the perfect spot for an ambush and to hit the caravan.
In the midst of this, there’s drama involving Aisha and Grey. The latter ends up teasing Aisha when he steps out from an early morning swim, believing her to be ogling over his ripped abs and body. In reality, she’s not happy that he’s dripping all over her bag.
Aisha doesn’t like him (yeah right!), which means they’re totally going to get together later this season. Anyway, Aisha ends up receiving a message from Grey just before they head out, and she’s not happy that her friends have just passed on her number so nonchalantly.
The whole plan goes awry too when Stella is reprimanded by Rosalind. She points out that invisibility magic is forbidden. As a result, Rosalind takes charge. She grabs a strange gem-like contraption and latches it to Stella’s back. This is designed to keep her in school-grounds, and prevents her from turning invisible too.
The other ladies show up at the busted bridge, with Bloom wandering off alone. She notices purple blood on a leaf, which she hands to Terra, before they improvise in busting Saul out.
Without Stella in the gang right now, Terra takes charge and uses her vines to grab the key, before passing it onto their prisoner. Silver manages to get free when the car stops thanks to another behind blowing up, courtesy of Bloom setting light to the gas. Saul scrambles through the woods, but he’s stabbed several times with arrows. He dives into the river below a large chasm, he’s freed from his captors.
Although Silva is free, he warns that things at the Academy are about to get a whole lot tougher. Rosalind has access to the Royal Archives. Within these halls are ancient texts and powerful relics. She’s planning something big. One thing’s for sure though, whatever she’s planning it began 17 years ago with Bloom.
Bloom approaches Rosalind that night and points out she’s been holding back on her magic. She doesn’t want to hold back anymore, and uses this as a way of getting closer to Rosalind to learn what her plan actually is.
As the episode closes out, we get an answer to one of the big mysteries this year. Rosalind appears to be the one behind those strange creature attacks, as Devin stumbles up to the dorms, bloodied and breathing heavily. “Rosalind.”
The Episode Review
The first season of Fate: The Winx Saga didn’t exactly ignite the fantasy genre up, but it must have done pretty decent numbers for it to get a renewal. The second season then is essentially more of the same; more teen angst, pop music montages and romance blended in around magic and a really loose mystery at the heart of all this.
Fate: Winx Saga is another show that’s still hampered by simple and average writing that hasn’t really advanced since last January when the series debuted.
Still, we’ll have to wait and see what the rest of the season has in store for us, but it seems like Rosalind is planning something big!