Fate: The Winx Saga

Page semi-protected
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fate: The Winx Saga
Genre
Created byBrian Young
Based onWinx Club
by Iginio Straffi
Starring
ComposerAnne Nikitin
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producers
  • Brian Young
  • Judy Counihan
  • Kris Thykier
  • Cristiana Buzzelli
  • Joanne Lee[1]
  • Lis Steele
Producers
  • Jon Finn
  • Macdara Kelleher
  • John Keville
  • Edmund Sampson
Production locationIreland
Cinematography
  • Frida Wendel
  • Tim Fleming
  • Baz Irvine
Editors
  • Laura Morrod
  • Mike Jones
  • Adam Green
Running time47–53 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkNetflix
Release22 January 2021 (2021-01-22) –
16 September 2022 (2022-09-16)

Fate: The Winx Saga is a teen drama television series based on the animated series Winx Club, created by Iginio Straffi.[3] It is produced by Archery Pictures in association with Rainbow, a studio co-owned by Iginio Straffi and Viacom at the time.[2] Developed by Brian Young, who also acts as the showrunner and executive producer, it stars Abigail Cowen, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt and Elisha Applebaum.[4]

Iginio Straffi first proposed a live-action version of Winx Club in 2011, after Viacom, owner of Nickelodeon, became a co-owner of his studio and started financing his projects.[5] Before approving production on the series, Straffi gained experience with live-action television working as a producer for Nickelodeon's Club 57.[6] Principal photography for Fate eventually began in September 2019 in Ireland.

Early in production, Nickelodeon's American crew members from the cartoon, including Bloom's voice actress, Molly Quinn,[7] met with the Fate production team and reviewed the pilot script.[7] Rainbow's Joanne Lee also oversaw the show as an executive producer. Apart from them, the crew behind Fate is entirely new to the Winx franchise, and the writers were recruited from teen dramas like The Vampire Diaries.[8]

The series features an ensemble cast based on the characters of the animated show. The six-episode first season debuted on Netflix on 22 January 2021 and was watched by 57 million subscribers in the first 28 days of its release.[9] In February 2021, the series was renewed for a second season, which was released on 16 September 2022.[10][11] In November 2022, the series was canceled after two seasons.[12]

The story is set to resume in the form of a series of graphic novels published by Mad Cave Studios, the first volume of which will be released in July 2024.[13]

Premise

Bloom, a fairy with fire powers, enrolls at a magical boarding school in the Otherworld called Alfea. She shares a suite with Stella, a light fairy; Aisha, a water fairy; Terra, an earth fairy; and Musa, a mind fairy. With the help of her friends, Bloom starts to learn more about her past. Meanwhile, ancient creatures called the Burned Ones return to the Otherworld and threaten everyone at Alfea.

Cast and characters

Main

Comparison of Musa, Stella, Bloom, and Aisha in Fate (top) and in press artwork for the animated show (bottom)
  • Abigail Cowen as Bloom, a fire fairy who was raised on Earth by human parents, and who discovers that she is fairy when her powers manifest dangerously. Bloom comes to Alfea to learn to control her powers and to discover her origins.
  • Hannah van der Westhuysen as Stella, a fashionista light fairy and Sky's former girlfriend, who initially dislikes Bloom. She is the princess of Solaria and Queen Luna's daughter.
  • Precious Mustapha as Aisha, an athletic water fairy from Andros with a practical mindset and a moral compass
  • Eliot Salt as Terra Harvey, an awkward earth fairy who is Ben's daughter and Sam's sister. She was raised at Alfea but has trouble connecting socially. She is Flora's cousin.
  • Elisha Applebaum as Musa, a mind fairy who feels other people's emotions. Because of her struggles with her powers, she initially tries to put emotional distance between herself and others.
  • Danny Griffin as Sky, one of the most skilled specialists, who is Andreas of Eraklyon's son. The star of his class, he was raised by his adoptive father, Silva. He is immediately attracted to Bloom.
  • Sadie Soverall as Beatrix, an air fairy who can manipulate electricity. She is interested in Alfea's dark history and knows more than others about Bloom's mysterious origins, but not her own. She is revealed to be Andreas' adoptive daughter.
  • Freddie Thorp as Riven, a nonchalant and flirty second-year specialist and Sky's best friend. He later becomes sexually involved with Beatrix and Dane.
  • Eva Birthistle as Vanessa Peters (season 1[a]), Mike's wife and Bloom's adoptive mother. She is covered in burn scars because of an incident where Bloom lost control of her powers.
  • Robert James-Collier as Saul Silva, the fencing instructor at Alfea, and Sky's guardian. He was mentored by Sky's father and raised Sky after his death.
  • Eve Best[b] as Farah Dowling, the headmistress of Alfea and one of the most powerful fairies of the Otherworld, who works behind the scenes to protect her students from threats beyond Alfea's boundary.
  • Lesley Sharp[c] (season 1) / Miranda Richardson[d] (season 2) as Rosalind Hale, the former headmistress of Alfea who is revealed to be plotting with Queen Luna and Andreas to take over the school again
  • Theo Graham as Dane (main season 2; recurring season 1), a first-year Specialist who has a crush on Riven
  • Jacob Dudman as Sam Harvey (main season 2;[e] recurring season 1), an earth fairy with the ability to phase through walls and objects. He is Ben's son and Terra's brother.
  • Ken Duken as Andreas of Eraklyon (main season 2;[f] recurring season 1), Sky's biological father and Beatrix's adoptive father
  • Brandon Grace as Grey Owens (season 2), a specialist who has an immediate mutual attraction with Aisha but who is revealed to have a dark secret
  • Éanna Hardwicke as Sebastian Valtor (season 2), a former specialist, Alfea graduate and Saul's friend, who also shares a connection to witches
  • Paulina Chávez as Flora (season 2), an optimistic earth fairy, who is Terra and Sam's cousin, and who quickly is taken in by the Winx fairy group

Recurring

  • Josh Cowdery as Mike Peters (season 1), Vanessa's husband and Bloom's adoptive father
  • Alex Macqueen (season 1) / Daniel Betts (season 2) as Professor Ben Harvey, a botany teacher and greenhouse worker at Alfea, who is Terra's and Sam's father
  • Kate Fleetwood as Queen Luna, the authoritarian queen of Solaria and Stella's mother
  • Leah Minto as Kat, a specialist
  • Sean Sagar as Marco, an air fairy and Alfea graduate who is now a teacher
  • Sarah Jane Seymour as Noura, a specialist at Alfea
  • Pom Boyd as Doris (season 1), the dinner lady at Alfea
  • Harry Michell as Callum Hunter (season 1), Dowling's assistant
  • Jayden Revri as Devin (season 2), a mind fairy who is attacked by scrapers
  • JJ Battell as Luke (season 2), a specialist
  • Shameem Ahmad as Bavani Selvarajah (season 2), commander of Solaria's royal army

Episodes

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
1622 January 2021 (2021-01-22)
2716 September 2022 (2022-09-16)

Season 1 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"To the Waters and the Wild"Lisa James LarssonTeleplay by : Brian Young22 January 2021 (2021-01-22)
A farmer goes outside to check on his livestock. He finds one dead and is then attacked by a strange entity. Bloom, a fire fairy from Earth, arrives at Alfea, a magical school of Fairies and Specialists. After running into Sky, Bloom meets up with Stella, her mentor, for a campus tour. Bloom then meets her roommates Aisha, Terra, and Musa. Bloom's parents are human, and they don't know about Alfea and that Bloom is a fairy. At the orientation party, Bloom goes into the woods alone to practice her magic but then loses control. Aisha finds Bloom and saves her from the flame. Seeing Bloom's power, Aisha theorizes that Bloom could be a changeling. Disturbed by this fact, Bloom leaves for her room where she finds Stella. Stella gives Bloom her ring, which can transfer Bloom to the First World. Bloom then comes back to Earth and has a call with her parents. When returning to the portal, she is attacked by a monstrous creature known as a Burned One. Bloom is then rescued by Headmistress Dowling, Aisha, Terra, and Musa, but she loses Stella's ring.
22"No Strangers Here"Lisa James LarssonSpeed Weed22 January 2021 (2021-01-22)
Bloom asks Dowling if she is a changeling and Dowling tells her that she doesn't know her birth parents but provides no additional answers, frustrating Bloom. When Stella gets to know that Bloom lost her ring, she manipulates Bloom, Terra, and Sky into helping her find it. Riven falls for a new mysterious student named Beatrix and they together make plans of sneaking into Dowling's office to discover what she is hiding. Meanwhile, Silva becomes injured by the Burned One while trying to capture it. Bloom and her friends find injured Silva outside the barrier and Terra tries to treat him. Bloom hears voices in her head and runs after the Burned One. Bloom and Aisha knock it out, allowing Bloom to take the ring back. Terra brings in the injured Silva and Beatrix tells Dowling that he was attacked by the burned one. Once Dowling leaves, Beatrix searches for and finds a secret room in Dowling's office.
33"Heavy Mortal Hopes"Hannah QuinnVictoria Bata22 January 2021 (2021-01-22)
Bloom dreams of a woman telling her to look for her. She believes the woman is the fairy who left her on Earth. At Alfea, Bloom finds a picture of that woman and confronts Dowling about it. Dowling tells her that the woman is Rosalind, who was Dowling's mentor and is dead now and that she doesn't know how she is involved with Bloom. At the Specialists' party, Bloom gets to know from Riven that Stella blinded her best friend last year after she flirted with Sky. Sky doesn't deny it, which scares Bloom. Meanwhile, Silva's condition worsens even after the Burned One is killed, implying that there are more. Bloom and her friends fight the Burned One together until Dowling arrives to finish it off. They return to find that Silva is healing. Beatrix gets into the secret passage in Dowling's room using Dowling's assistant to trigger the trap which leaves him injured. Beatrix kills him to cover her tracks after she is unable to access a hidden room. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that Rosalind is being held captive in the room that Beatrix tried to access.
44"Some Wrecked Angel"Hannah QuinnNiceole R. Levy22 January 2021 (2021-01-22)
Queen Luna arrives at Alfea to give a speech. She is not happy with Stella's progress and decides to pull Stella from school against Dowling's wishes. Meanwhile, Dowling begins to investigate Callum's death. Bloom gets to know about this from Aisha and starts looking for hidden information in the school with the help of Beatrix. The two of them find a war room with a map that has Aster Dell marked on it. Beatrix takes Bloom to Aster Dell and says war crimes were committed there as she claims Dowling and her allies destroyed it in order to kill the Burned Ones that were there with no regard for collateral damage. She states this happened two days before Bloom's birthday which causes Bloom to suspect that her biological parents were murdered at Aster Dell. Beatrix then tells Bloom that Rosalind is an ally who is still alive and being held captive by Dowling. Before Bloom can get any more information, Dowling arrives and detains Beatrix. When questioned why they were there, Bloom lies to Dowling and tells her that it was a joyride.
55"Wither Into the Truth"Stephen WoolfendenTeleplay by : Victoria Bata
Story by : Sarah Hooper
22 January 2021 (2021-01-22)
Beatrix is imprisoned at Alfea. Dane and Bloom plot Beatrix's escape. Meanwhile, Sky has been tasked by Dowling and Silva to spy on Bloom. Bloom secretly visits Beatrix with help from Dane, and Beatrix offers her access to Rosalind if she is freed. Stella has snuck back into Alfea. Musa, Terra, and Stella plot a way to help Bloom without helping Beatrix to Aisha's chagrin. Sky catches Bloom conjuring magic at the stone circle in order to help break out Beatrix. Sky confronts her and tells her the truth about his spying. He wants them to trust each other. They kiss and Bloom drugs him to knock him unconscious. A battalion calls in to reveal many Burned Ones are on their way. Bloom confronts Dowling about Aster Dell. Dowling says Rosalind tricked them into destroying it and that is why she is being held captive. Terra and Musa help break out Beatrix and together they go down to the basement with Bloom and Stella to break out Rosalind. Stella uses Beatrix to trigger the trap, immobilizing her. They free Rosalind as the others prepare to battle the Burned Ones.
66"A Fanatic Heart"Stephen WoolfendenBrian Young22 January 2021 (2021-01-22)
Rosalind tells Bloom that Aster Dell was filled with Blood Witches and that Bloom's biological parents are still alive. She also reveals the Burned Ones are targeting Bloom for her powers. The Burned Ones get dangerously close. Rosalind tries to activate Bloom's full power, but then Bloom realizes she is being used. She goes to help Alfea by drawing the Burned Ones away. She is met by Sky and the two share a kiss before she confronts the Burned Ones, unleashing her full power and destroying them all. Bloom and her roommates go back to Earth where she reveals everything to her adoptive parents. Meanwhile, Silva reveals to Sky that he had to kill Andreas for siding with Rosalind as Rosalind escapes alongside Beatrix, Dane, and Riven. The Solarians finally arrive with Queen Luna and Andreas to everyone's surprise. They arrest Silva for the attempted murder of Andreas. Rosalind and Dowling confront each other in the woods. Rosalind tells Dowling that the Dragon Flame, an ancient magical power, burns inside Bloom and that it was used against the Burned Ones who were soldiers in an old war. Rosalind then kills Dowling. Rosalind and Andreas take over Alfea.

Season 2 (2022)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [14]
71"Low-Flying Panic Attack"Ed BazalgetteBrian Young16 September 2022 (2022-09-16)
82"Taken by the Wind"Ed BazalgetteVictoria Bata16 September 2022 (2022-09-16)
93"Your Newfound Popularity"Sallie AprahamianAmanda Rosenberg16 September 2022 (2022-09-16)
The school prepares for the alumni banquet, where Stella is determined to expose Rosalind's true nature. The group plan to break into the east wing to discover what is going on. Rosalind invites Bloom to the VIP dinner planning to show her off. Stella's uncle gets drunk. Stella confronts the gathering, but Rosalind reveals that fairies are being attacked by darker creatures and stealing their strong magic. Sam struggles to cope, planning to attack Rosalind directly. Aisha takes a risk with a boy. Sam and his father ultimately leave Alfea, unable to deal with Rosalind and her ambiguous sinister designs any longer.
104"An Hour Before the Devil Fell"Ed BazalgetteTalia Gonzalez16 September 2022 (2022-09-16)
A pub night in town is interrupted by alarming news about Beatrix, who was kidnapped by a Blood Witch. Eventually, Sky, Riven and Musa attempt to rescue Beatrix. Musa is attacked and loses her power before she is rescued by Riven. Help arrives from Silva, but Andreas is possessed by a Blood Witch and Sky must kill him to save Silva's life. Bloom discovers the Blood Witch is none other than Sebastian and confronts him.
115"Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?"Sallie AprahamianVanessa James Benton16 September 2022 (2022-09-16)
Terra comes out as gay to her friends. The group attempt to use a crystal to restore Musa’s mental-based fairy magic in full. It fails as she is happy to be free of listening to people's minds. Bloom strikes a risky bargain with Sebastian in exchange for startling information. Sebastian tells Bloom that Rosalind killed Farah Dowling. Bloom returns to Alfea and is confronted by Rosalind. Rosalind attacks her, but a furious Bloom succeeds in ending the fairy's future sinister plans by tapping into the fiery, cosmic-like powers of the inextinguishable Dragon Flame of the legendary Great Dragon himself.
126"Poor Unfortunate Souls"David MooreShaina Fewell16 September 2022 (2022-09-16)

Bloom is put on trial for killing Rosalind. Queen Luna blames Rosalind's death on Sebastian and the Blood Witches and declares war on them as a result. In order to establish a claim of self-defense, Flora and Terra attempt to find Farah Dowling's body without success; Luna sentences Bloom to stasis for 20 years as punishment and praises Stella for warning her about the potential danger that Bloom posed. Disgusted with her mother, Stella makes it clear that she will choose her friends over her family if pushed to that point.

As the Specialists unsuccessfully raid Sebastian's hideout, Aisha discovers that Grey is actually a Blood Witch, something that he does not deny; with war declared against the Blood Witches, Grey agrees to help Sebastian. A plant recovered from the graveyard proves to contain Dowling's spiritual essence who releases Bloom and gives her students a lesson on how to unlock their true powers and achieve a further advanced and highly evolved transformation. After giving some final advice to Bloom, Dowling's spirit fades away for good. With the help of Beatrix, Sebastian and the Blood Witches successfully invade Alfea.
137"All the Wild Witches"David MooreGregory Locklear16 September 2022 (2022-09-16)
Sebastian and the Blood Witches take over the school, capturing a number of fairies and draining them of their magic and putting many of the Specialists under their control. However, Beatrix helps Musa to escape. In exchange for Beatrix's help, Sebastian gives her information on her family, revealing that she had two sisters at Aster Dell. Beatrix discovers that Sebastian needs the Dragon Flame to open a conduit to the Realm of Darkness where he will ask an entity known as the Shadow to resurrect everyone killed at Aster Dell; as this could also destroy the Otherworld, Beatrix warns Stella. As Saul and his men attempt to retake the school, Sebastian uses Sky as a hostage to force Bloom to give him the Dragon Flame, but not before he reveals that Bloom was born a thousand years ago during the ancient war.

Bloom's biological mother had the almighty Dragon Flame as well but lost control of it, killing thousands of people. Out of sheer guilt and remorse, she had put Bloom into stasis and banished herself to the Realm of Darkness. Flora injects herself with poison and draws the Scrappers to her in order to get rid of them; while she survives, she is left with an unhealed bite wound. Grey reveals that his brother was killed in the city of Aster Dell and he wants him back to get out from under his parents' expectations. Beatrix kills Sky to stop the transfer of great magical power. Grey is able to revive Sky, but Sebastian kills Beatrix in retaliation.

Aisha, Stella and Terra achieve their higher fairy transformations and combine their even stronger fairy powers of water, light and earth respectively, with Bloom to kill Sebastian. Sebastian's death restores Musa and the other fairies' own lost magical powers; the remaining Blood Witches flee. However, Bloom discovers that Sebastian had already opened the conduit and she travels through to seal it from the other side. In the Realm of Darkness, Bloom finally finds her birth mother. The Shadow suddenly reappears at the graveyard, where Stella looks at Beatrix's note about her sisters.

Production

Season 1

Development

The idea for a live-action adaptation of Winx Club dates back to 2011. Winx Club creator Iginio Straffi first proposed a live version in May 2011, several months after Viacom, owner of Nickelodeon, became a co-owner of his studio Rainbow and started financing his projects.[5][15] At the Ischia Global Fest in 2013, Straffi stated that he was still planning a production "with the Winx in flesh and blood, played by real actors. Sooner or later it will be done."[16] Straffi had only worked on animated productions at the time, so he transitioned his focus to live action, working as a producer for Nickelodeon's live-action show Club 57.[6]

In February 2016, Iginio Straffi mentioned that a live-action movie concept was being considered in partnership with Hollywood Gang Productions, but the project never proceeded.[17] In March 2018, the idea was revisited as a television series after Netflix ordered a young-adult version for its streaming service.[18] Straffi was involved in the early planning stages, and he declined a suggestion from Netflix for the male characters to be given larger roles.[19]

After a pilot episode was scripted, Nickelodeon's American crew members from the cartoon, including Bloom's voice actress, Molly Quinn,[7] travelled to meet the Fate production team and review the script.[7] Francesco Artibani, one of the Italian writers of the animated version, was brought in to read the storyline.[20] Rainbow's Joanne Lee oversaw the first season as an executive producer.

The writers behind Fate are entirely new to the Winx franchise, and they were recruited from teen dramas like The Vampire Diaries.[8] Brian Young, who worked on seven seasons of The Vampire Diaries,[21] is the creator and showrunner of Fate: The Winx Saga.[22] According to an interview with The Guardian, Young chose to "ditch the look" of the cartoon Winx fairies, who have big eyes and sparkling outfits. He said, "Look, again, I'm a massive manga anime fan... but nobody looks like that."[8] Some episodes of the first season were directed by Lisa James Larsson and Hannah Quinn.[23][3][22]

Casting

Casting calls were held in August 2019.[24][25] Abigail Cowen was announced to be headlining the series as Bloom in September 2019.[26] "Bloom is a fire fairy who grew up in the first world, so she did not grow up in the other world. And she finds out, kind of by accident, that she has these powers," said Cowen.[27]

Hannah van der Westhuysen, who plays Stella, revealed "Stella is a very complex girl. She appears a certain way, but she's actually a lot softer and she has a lot of barriers that need to be broken down." Precious Mustapha, who plays Aisha, said, "Aisha is a water fairy. From the offset, she seems quite confident with her powers. But, 'cause she's a perfectionist, she doesn't think that's good enough. She wants to always be developing."

Eliot Salt, who plays Terra, added, "Terra's power is all plant based. It's growing things and sending them off after people. She is the most welcoming. She loves it. She loves to meet new people. She gives too much."

Elisha Applebaum, who portrays Musa, said, "Musa is an empath. Her power is to feel everyone's emotions, whether it's nature or anything around. She's just open and honest, but also she's not honest with herself and she's trying to learn how to do that."

Danny Griffin, Sadie Soverall, Freddie Thorp, Eve Best, and Robert James-Collier were cast to play Sky, Beatrix, Riven, Farah Dowling, and Saul Silva in the series.[28]

Filming

Killruddery House is portrayed as Alfea in Fate: The Winx Saga

Filming of the first season began in County Wicklow, Ireland, in September 2019[22] and concluded in December 2019.[29] The primary filming locations included Killruddery House and Ardmore Studios in Bray.[30][31][32] Some indoor scenes of the series were shot at Ashford Studios.[33] Griffin, who plays Sky, said, "We had an incredible stunt crew who would take us through the steps very slowly and were really patient in the beginning. But it's always a big struggle, because later it had to be fast and accurate."[34] Cowen, who plays Bloom, said, "Playing Bloom was interesting. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself because I knew that so many people are fans of the original Winx. It was a nerve-wracking but exciting and exhilarating experience."[35]

Westhuysen, who portrays Stella, revealed, "I made diaries, scrapbooks, and things like that. They are really nice to look back on and will be very helpful for filming season two."[36] Salt, who plays Terra, said, "I think what jumped out for me was just the range that everybody gets to do in the show, which is, I guess, quite unusual for most parts, but I think especially when you're generally playing young women, and the fact that we get to do comedy and tragedy and action and there's a lot to get your teeth into, so that's what really stood out to me."[37] Mustapha, who plays Aisha, added, "I think the power of female friendship was something that really struck a chord with me, and I was like, 'This will be really fun to do' because we don't often get shows that are centred around women, let alone five women, so that was something I was definitely really excited about being a part of."[37]

Music

Fate: The Winx Saga's music score was composed by Anne Nikitin, and the official playlist is available on Spotify, including 33 songs from various artists.[38] Netflix also released a playlist for each fairy – Bloom's Fire Playlist, Stella's Light Playlist, Musa's Mind Playlist, Aisha's Water Playlist, Terra's Earth Playlist, and Beatrix's Air Playlist – on Spotify.[39]

Season 2

Development

On 18 February 2021, Netflix renewed the series for a second season to consist of eight episodes.[10] "The six episodes in season one only scratched the surface of this incredibly rich world and the powerful fairies who inhabit it. As Bloom’s story continues to evolve, I can't wait for you to learn even more about Aisha, Stella, Terra, and Musa! And you never know who might show up at Alfea next term…" said showrunner Brian Young.[40] The second season, which ultimately consisted of seven episodes, released on 16 September 2022.[11]

Young revealed the audience can expect Icy and Darcy, two of the Trix trio, if the show gets renewed for a season three.[41]

Young added, "The benefit of a season 2 show is it gives you the ability to sort of expand the things that made season 1 great. We had more second-unit days, we had more VFX, more everything to be completely honest. We were able to really make the VFX sing to make the show feel like it's the best version of itself that it can be."[42] Visual Effects supervisor David Houghton said, "In COVID times, it is difficult to rally as many extras as you would normally be able to. With some VFX help and some clever filming, we're able to fill out our world."

On Terra's coming out moment, Salt said, "I was told it was going to happen quite early on in Season 1. So I knew that whole time, and I kept it quiet-ish. It's so important, now more than ever, to see queer joy depicted on screen. In a setting where there's so much else going on, it was nice to put all of that aside for a moment to say that this is great."[43] Young added, "Having Terra not be a canon character from the series gave us a little more leeway with her on the show. Audiences need to see people struggling, then coming out, then having a group of friends loving and supporting them. There's wish fulfillment in that."[43]

Casting

On 20 July 2021, Paulina Chávez, Brandon Grace and Éanna Hardwicke were announced to be joining the series's second season as Flora, Grey and Sebastian.[44] Chávez said about Flora, "She's very much a person that cares about people a lot, and that's what makes her so easily lovable. She really controls the room when she's in it, and that's something that I had to learn to do. I'm a little shy."[45] She further recalled, "I remember when they actually announced it and there was a comment just like, 'Guys, she's Mexican. We won.'" Chávez said, "This is a big win for the Latino community. I'm in Ireland, what the hell?! Who would've thought this girl from El Paso would be here? It's pretty cool."[42] Despite the whitewashing controversy, Applebaum returned as Musa.[46]

On 27 July 2022, Miranda Richardson and Daniel Betts were announced to be replacing Lesley Sharp and Alex Macqueen as Rosalind Hale and Professor Ben Harvey, respectively.[47] Sharp was not able to return to the series as she had other commitments scheduled and could not make the filming dates work.[48]

Filming

The second season began filming in Ireland in July 2021, with filming concluding in November 2021.[49] The Dublin Hellfire Club was one of the filming locations for the season. The scene featuring Cowen and Best in episode six was filmed with a body double. Farah's lines were played through a massive speaker as Best was not present on set at the moment. Weeks later, she filmed her own parts in London in front of a green screen because of COVID-related hurdles.[42] Houghton added, "Their wings aren't just wings. Their kind of wings are made of various elemental forces, like water or light. They have to fly and then, at the end of it, they use their magical powers to blast the villain, who also has a magical effect all over his body. There were all those different elements in a scene that we had to shoot in 2 or 3 days on a set and then have green screen elements on top of that." He revealed, "Every visual effect shot costs around £310,000, depending on the complexity of it."[42]

Cowen, who plays Bloom, said, "Everything is just kind of amped up. Through our costumes, our hair, our makeup, our characters feel more sure about themselves and are really coming into their own. New secrets are revealed, and it’s going to be really, really awesome. I've seen little clips, and it's very cinematic. We're really excited." Mustapha, who plays Aisha, added, "I feel like this season, in particular, everyone has their own story. We're not always together, and I think that's gonna be really exciting to watch because I've not seen some of the things others have done."[42]

Westhuysen, who portrays Stella, revealed, "We'll sometimes have two different crews at the same time, so in one day you could film a scene from episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 just doting between two different crews. And that's a testament to how brilliant the crew is on this."[42] Applebaum, who portrays Musa, said, "Some of the stunt-y scenes I've had to do have been a bit more challenging because they’re not things I've done before. It's definitely straining on the body. I've gone home and had an Epsom salt bath every single time I've done one, and then it's off to the next."

Talking about the fairy transformations in the final episode, Salt, who plays Terra, said, "It was so much fun. Going up in the little strings and having a man in a green suit spin me around with his hands was one of the most surreal things that has ever happened to me, and I enjoyed every second."[50] Thorp, who plays Riven, said, "I spend a lot of time with our stunt team, who are fantastic and all very experienced, in martial arts, stunt driving, and sword fighting." About the fight scene in the ruins, he said, "It was amazing and epic to shoot because we did it in these old ruins, on top of this hill. It used to be where the Hellfire group used to meet, which is an old cult that had meetings in Ireland."[51]

Music

"Dark Side" by Neoni was used in the trailer of the second season.[52] Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" was featured in a scene where Bloom and Sky are horse riding in a field.[53]

Cancellation

On November 1, 2022, Brian Young announced that Netflix decided not to order another season,[12] leaving the series on an unresolved cliffhanger.[54]

Reception

Critical response

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 40% based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Flat, flimsy, and forgettable, Fate: The Winx Saga is a fantastical flop that fails to capture the magic of its source material."[55]

Caroline Framke of Variety criticized the series for relying too much on clichés and wrote that "while adapted from an animated show about friends that was largely targeted at pre-teens, it takes a page out of the Riverdale book by giving everything an ominous sheen of sexy intrigue".[56] Joel Keller from Decider urged the audience to skip the series, stating that "while there's nothing inherently terrible about Fate: The Winx Saga, there's nothing about it that stands out. Also, do we need yet another dark and gritty remake of a beloved kids' series?"[57] Deirdre Molumby from Entertainment.ie praised the cast but criticized the plot and the poor CGI quality.[58]

Petrana Radulovic of Polygon wrote that "Fate: The Winx Saga does create a compelling, nuanced plot. The worldbuilding is exciting, offering a spin on the animated series' world of fairies and non-magical, sword-wielding Specialists."[59] Melissa Camacho of Common Sense Media criticized the diversity of the cast along with the teen angst shown in the series, but wrote that "Fate: The Winx Saga offers a story world that is easy to escape into, and easy to get caught up in, if you're looking for a fantastical universe to explore."[60]

Viewership

The show peaked at #2 on Nielsen's Streaming Charts on the week of 25 January with 918 million minutes in viewership, trailing only Bridgerton at 936 million.[61][62] On 20 April 2021, Netflix reported that 57 million of its subscribers watched the first season of the series during the first 28 days of its release.[63][64]

Controversy

The series received backlash over the casting of Applebaum as Musa, who was coded as East Asian and whose character design was based on Lucy Liu, as well as the apparent replacement of Flora, who was coded as Latina and whose character design was based on Jennifer Lopez, with a new white character named Terra.[65][66]

In response to the backlash, Abigail Cowen said she was not involved in the casting but hoped that Flora would be introduced in the second season, saying "I do think diversity both in front of and behind the camera is vital and much-needed throughout the industry and internationally. So I think it's important that we are having these conversations." Brian Young has said Terra is the cousin of Flora, leaving Flora's inclusion in the show a possibility.[67] Elisha Applebaum, who plays Musa, also addressed the controversy. "It's really sad to see that fans were upset with the casting. I wasn't involved in the casting but I hope that what they've seen and how I've portrayed Musa was to their liking," Elisha told Digital Spy.[68]

Responding to the backlash to the casting whitewashing, Iginio Straffi said that Rainbow S.p.A. demanded that the ethnic diversity of Winx Club be respected in the live-action adaptation, but that Netflix chose to make different casting choices.[69]

Tie-in media

Novels

On 2 February 2021, a novelization of the first season, titled The Fairies' Path, was released. It features bonus scenes and character backstories not seen on the show. It was written by Irish author Sarah Rees Brennan under the pen name Ava Corrigan.[70]

On 16 August 2022, another novel, titled Lighting the Fire, was released. It features an original story not seen in the show, set before the events of the first season. It was again written by Sarah Rees Brennan, this time under her real name.[71]

Graphic novels

In February 2023, it was announced that Rainbow had partnered with American independent comic book publisher Mad Cave Studios to publish graphic novels based on the Winx brand.[72] Mad Cave's young adult imprint Maverick will publish a series of graphic novels resuming the story of Fate: The Winx Saga after its unresolved cliffhanger. The first volume in the series, titled Dark Destiny and written by Olivia Cuartero-Briggs, is set to be released in July 2024.[73][13]

Notes

  1. ^ Birthistle was only credited as "Starring" in the episodes she appeared in.
  2. ^ Best was credited as "Starring" in all of season one and the sixth episode of season two.
  3. ^ Sharp was only credited as "Starring" in the episodes she appeared in.
  4. ^ Richardson was only credited as "Starring" in the episodes she appeared in.
  5. ^ In season two, Dudman was only credited as "Starring" in the episodes he appeared in.
  6. ^ In season two, Duken was only credited as "Starring" in the episodes he appeared in.

References

  1. ^ Weiss, Josh (10 December 2020). "Nickelodeon's 'Winx Club' enters live-action with teaser for 'Fate: The Winx Saga' coming to Netflix". Syfy. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b Lloyd, Brian (17 September 2019). "Netflix's latest TV series, 'Fate: The Winx Saga', is now filming in Ireland". Entertainment.ie. Archived from the original on 24 September 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Laurence (14 October 2019). "Fate: The Winx Saga". Backstage. Archived from the original on 23 July 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  4. ^ Alissa Evans (20 January 2021). "Fate: The Winx Saga Trailer - Netflix Gets Their Harry Potter". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on 8 April 2022. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b Goodridge, Mike (13 May 2011). "Paramount strikes deal for Rainbow's Not Born To Be Gladiators". Screen International. Archived from the original on 29 January 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2019. Viacom owns 30% of Rainbow [...] Straffi says he has a dream to make Winx Club into a live action movie.
  6. ^ a b "TV Kids: Iginio Straffi". Worldscreen. 22 May 2019. Archived from the original on 11 December 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Molly Quinn [@MollyQuinn93] (8 January 2021). "I did get to meet with the great production team and read the pilot! It'll be a fun show and I think the casting is wonderful" (Tweet) – via Twitter.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ a b c Jones, Ellen (10 December 2020). "'Boys can be fairies – it's the 21st century': How Fate: The Winx Saga finds the reality in fantasy". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 December 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  9. ^ Swift, Andy (10 December 2020). "Fate: The Winx Saga, Based on Animated Series, Gets 2021 Premiere Date on Netflix — Watch Teaser". TVLine. Archived from the original on 1 October 2022. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  10. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (18 February 2021). "'Fate: The Winx Saga' Renewed For Season 2 On Netflix". Deadline. Archived from the original on 18 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  11. ^ a b Swift, Andy (27 July 2022). "Fate: The Winx Saga Sets Season 2 Release Date on Netflix — Watch Teaser". TVLine. Archived from the original on 2 October 2022. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  12. ^ a b Porter, Rick (1 November 2022). "Fate: The Winx Saga Canceled at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 1 November 2022. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  13. ^ a b "NYCC: Winx Club Reveals More *Magical* Surprises". The Pop Insider. 15 October 2023. Archived from the original on 15 October 2023. Retrieved 15 October 2023.
  14. ^ "Shows A-Z – Fate: The Winx Saga on Netflix". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 4 September 2022.
  15. ^ "Il Mercato e l'Industria del Cinema in Italia 2010 (pages 70-71)" (PDF). Fondazione ente dello spettacolo. 2010. pp. 70–71. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Il papà delle Winx". Il Giornale di Vicenza (in Italian). 22 July 2013. Archived from the original on 1 January 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  17. ^ Busch, Anita (10 February 2016). "'Winx Club' To Get Big Screen & Live-Action Treatment Via Hollywood Gang". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 10 February 2021. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (14 March 2018). ""Winx Club": Netflix Adapting Italian Animated Franchise As YA Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 14 March 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Winx: Per le fatine femministe nuova stagione tv, un musical e un film". 2 February 2019. Archived from the original on 14 February 2021. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  20. ^ "Le Winx diventano una serie Netflix - Intervista a Francesco Artibani". 21 January 2021. Archived from the original on 3 March 2021. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  21. ^ Kacala, Alexander (10 December 2020). "Netflix releases trailer for 'Winx Club' remake: 'Fate: The Winx Saga'". Today. Archived from the original on 18 January 2021. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  22. ^ a b c "Netflix young adult series Fate: The Winx Saga begins filming in Ireland". RTÉ. 17 September 2019. Archived from the original on 27 September 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Live-Action 'Winx Club' Series In Pre-Production At Netflix, Brian Young Set As Showrunner (EXCLUSIVE)". 31 July 2019. Archived from the original on 1 August 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  24. ^ Kinsella, Rudi (15 August 2019). "There's an open casting call for young adults and teenagers to appear in a new Netflix series". Joe. Archived from the original on 15 August 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  25. ^ Doyle, Liam (14 August 2019). "Open casting call for new fantasy Netflix series". Wicklow News. Archived from the original on 14 February 2021. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  26. ^ "'Fate: The Winx Saga': Abigail Cowen To Lead Ensemble Cast Of Netflix YA Series". Deadline. 17 September 2019. Archived from the original on 7 February 2021.
  27. ^ "Exclusive: Get Your First Look at the Cast and Characters of Netflix's "Fate: The Winx Saga"". Seventeen. 13 January 2021. Archived from the original on 28 July 2022. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  28. ^ "Danny Griffin Is Netflix's Reluctant New Heartthrob". British Vogue. 30 January 2021. Archived from the original on 26 September 2022.
  29. ^ Jackson, Steph (13 October 2020). "Fate: The Winx Saga release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on 16 October 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  30. ^ "Sheena McGinley's streaming pick of the week - Fate: The Winx Saga". Irish Independent. 22 January 2021. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  31. ^ Moran, Fionnuala (22 January 2021). "Did you spot these Irish stars in Netflix's new drama Fate: The Winx Saga". Evoke.ie. Archived from the original on 2 February 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  32. ^ "On-demand giant commissions new version of TV saga made in Ashford Studios". Irish Times. 19 November 2019. Archived from the original on 7 October 2021. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  33. ^ "Fate The Winx Saga filming location: Where is Fate The Winx Saga filmed?". www.express.co.uk. Archived from the original on 28 July 2022. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  34. ^ "Exclusive: "Fate: The Winx Saga" Star Danny Griffin Wants You To See All of Sky's Layers". Seventeen. 19 February 2021. Archived from the original on 20 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  35. ^ "Abigail Cowen Channeled Post Malone And Teenage Angst In 'Fate: The Winx Saga'". MTV. Archived from the original on 20 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  36. ^ "Hannah van der Westhuysen on the magic of Fate: The Winx Saga". www.vingtseptmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 17 November 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  37. ^ a b "TV preview: Rising stars Abigail Cowen, Danny Griffin, Eliot Salt, and Precious Mustapha on Netflix's new fairy series". HeraldScotland. 13 February 2021. Archived from the original on 20 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  38. ^ "Anne Nikitin to Score Gabriel Range's 'Stardust' & Netflix's 'Fate: The Winx Saga'". Film Music Reporter. 23 December 2019. Archived from the original on 15 April 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  39. ^ "Bloom's Fire Playlist". Spotify. Archived from the original on 28 July 2022.
  40. ^ Ausiello, Michael (18 February 2021). "Fate: The Winx Saga Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". TVLine. Archived from the original on 20 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  41. ^ September 17, Alamin Yohannes; EDT, 2022 at 10:00 AM. "'Fate: The Winx Saga' boss breaks down Bloom's major discovery, that death, and potential season 3". EW.com. Archived from the original on 17 September 2022. Retrieved 17 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  42. ^ a b c d e f Fuentes, Tamara (16 September 2022). "On the Set of 'Fate: The Winx Saga,' Where the Cast and Crew Spill Behind-the-Scenes Secrets". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on 18 September 2022. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  43. ^ a b Swift, Andy (17 September 2022). "Fate: The Winx Saga's Eliot Salt Is 'Excited and Over the Moon' About Terra's Big Discovery in Season 2". TVLine. Archived from the original on 20 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  44. ^ "'Fate: The Winx Saga' Adds 3 Cast Members as Season 2 of Netflix Series Starts Production". 20 July 2021. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  45. ^ September 15, Alamin Yohannes; EDT, 2022 at 11:00 AM. "Paulina Chávez is excited for 'Fate: The Winx Saga' viewers to finally meet Flora". EW.com. Archived from the original on 17 September 2022. Retrieved 17 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  46. ^ "'Fate: The Winx Saga' season 2 adds crucial character after whitewashing claims". Entertainment Weekly.
  47. ^ "'Fate: The Winx Saga' Reveals Miranda Richardson & Daniel Betts As New Cast Additions, Season 2 Premiere Date & Video". Deadline. 27 July 2022. Archived from the original on 27 July 2022.
  48. ^ "Fate The Winx Saga season 2 cast: Why has Rosalind been recast? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV | Express.co.uk". www.express.co.uk. Archived from the original on 17 September 2022. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  49. ^ "Abigail Cowen on Instagram: "thank u for the shenanigans Ireland"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 28 July 2022. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  50. ^ Swift, Andy (18 September 2022). "Fate: The Winx Saga Cast Reacts to Deaths, Betrayals and Other Twists in Season 2 Finale — Grade It!". TVLine. Archived from the original on 18 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  51. ^ Radish, Christina (23 September 2022). "Freddie Thorp on Whether Riven is Toxic or Misunderstood in 'Fate: The Winx Saga' Season 2". Collider. Archived from the original on 26 September 2022. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  52. ^ "Fate: The Winx Saga on Instagram: "The old regime has gone, it's time to embrace the new one. 👀 Fate: The Winx Saga returns Sept. 16 ✨"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 20 September 2022. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  53. ^ O'Keefe, Meghan (17 September 2022). "'Fate: The Winx Saga' Season 2 Gives Bloom and Sky a Steamy, Dreamy, Fairy Tale Sex Scene". Decider. Archived from the original on 20 September 2022. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  54. ^ Travis, Emlyn (1 November 2022). "Fate: The Winx Saga canceled at Netflix after 2 seasons". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  55. ^ "FATE: THE WINX SAGA: SEASON 1 (2020 - 2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 15 February 2021. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  56. ^ Framke, Caroline (22 January 2021). "Netflix's 'Fate: The Winx Saga' Stretches Fanfic Tropes Past Their Limits: TV Review". Variety. Archived from the original on 5 March 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  57. ^ Keller, Joel (22 January 2021). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Fate: The Winx Saga' On Netflix, Where A Group Of Teenage Fairies Figure Out How To Be Teenagers … And Fairies". Decider. Archived from the original on 6 March 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  58. ^ Molumby, Deirdre (15 January 2021). "Netflix review: 'Fate: The Winx Saga' lacks any magic". Entertainment.ie. Archived from the original on 27 February 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  59. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (18 January 2021). "Netflix's live-action Fate: The Winx Saga goes all in on the magic, but not the Magical Girls". Polygon. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  60. ^ Camacho, Melissa (28 January 2021). "Fate: The Winx Saga". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  61. ^ "Digital Ratings: Fate The Winx Saga and Wandavision in the Top 10". Cancelled Sci Fi. 26 February 2021. Archived from the original on 27 February 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  62. ^ Porter, Rick (25 February 2021). "'Criminal Minds' Ascends to Top of Nielsen Streaming List". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  63. ^ Slattery, Laura (20 April 2021). "New subscriptions at Netflix fall short of expectations". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 26 April 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  64. ^ Romano, Nick (21 April 2021). "Outside the Wire and Fate: The Winx Saga top most-watched Netflix movies and TV shows of the year". EW.com. Archived from the original on 9 October 2022. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  65. ^ Nugent, Annabel (11 December 2020). "Netflix criticised for whitewashing two characters in Winx Club adaptation". The Independent. Archived from the original on 22 January 2021. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  66. ^ Schroeder, Audra (10 December 2020). "Fans aren't happy about 'whitewashing' of Netflix's 'Winx Club' adaptation". Daily Dot. Archived from the original on 22 January 2021. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  67. ^ Maas, Jennifer (21 January 2021). "Fate: The Winx Saga; Star Abigail Cowen on Netflix Series' 'Harry Potter; Vibe, Whitewashing Criticism". The Wrap. Archived from the original on 23 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  68. ^ Chase, Stephanie (29 January 2021). "Fate: The Winx Saga star responds to the show's casting backlash". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 3 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  69. ^ Ravarino, Ilaria (22 January 2022). "Le Winx "maggiorenni", Iginio Straffi: "Ora sogno un lungometraggio con Helen Mirren nel ruolo della preside"" [The "adult" Winx, Iginio Straffi: "Now I dream of a feature film with Helen Mirren in the role of the principal"]. Il Mattino (in Italian). Archived from the original on 15 June 2022. Noi abbiamo chiesto che fossero rispettate le etnie originali del cartone. In alcuni casi Netflix ha fatto scelte diverse. [We asked that the original ethnic groups of the cartoon be respected. In some cases, Netflix has made different choices.]
  70. ^ "The Fairies' Path (Fate: The Winx Saga Tie-in Novel)". Barnes & Noble. Archived from the original on 23 November 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  71. ^ "Lighting the Fire (Fate: The Winx Saga: An Original Novel)". Barnes & Noble. Archived from the original on 27 August 2022. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  72. ^ "Exclusive: 'Winx Club' Returns as Graphic Novel Series". The Pop Insider. 22 February 2023. Archived from the original on 25 February 2023. Retrieved 4 March 2023.
  73. ^ "Mad Cave Adds Miraculous, Fate: The Winx Saga and Princess Gwenevere". Bleeding Cool. 16 July 2023. Archived from the original on 16 July 2023. Retrieved 16 July 2023.

External links