Fate: The Winx Saga Review

Completely lackluster and uninspiring

Aparnna Hajirnis -

Fate: The Winx Saga Review
Platform
Netflix
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
16+
Genre
Action,ADVENTURE,DRAMA,FANTASY
Language
English

What is the story about?

Bloom, born to human parents is a fairy, who has recently discovered her powers. She is then sent to an English-boarding school for fairies to learn more about herself and her craft. She meets the handsome Sky, who is in a complicated relationship with Stella and who later becomes her roommate. She becomes friends with Musa, Stella, Terra, and Aisha as they try to navigate their personal lives and school. They also cross paths with the evil and deadly creatures known as 'The Burned Ones' who are out there to hunt and kill people.

Analysis

For most of us, when we come across a series or a movie based in a witchcraft school, our minds go back to the times of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. Call it nostalgia, but I haven't been able to enjoy a series or movie on teen witches ever since Harry Potter spoilt me for life. They set some really high standards. But even if they hadn't, I am not sure if I would have enjoyed Fate The Winx Saga. Like HP, Fate The Winx Saga is also based on a book and deals a lot with the fights between good and evil. However, it is like most of the dark live-action series that seem to have mushroomed on the interwebs. They have tried to make it LGBTQIA friendly, adding bits and pieces of feminism and women-bonding, having a diverse cast, and having a plus-size lead actress. But it seems very tokenist and the story is wafer-thin. The show has tried to even incorporate issues such as foster families and punitive justice, but it seriously lacks nuance. The outcome is a bland teen drama with a wee bit of magic. 
 

Performances

The actors in the series have done a decent job, but are let down by some really bad writing and terrible live-action scenes. The cast isn't phenomenal and we understand the struggles of the young actors, but it isn't their fault that they are handed a very mediocre script.

Music & Other Departments

There are a lot of pop-culture references and teen pop songs. There are two characters completely modelled based on Lucy Liu and Beyonce. We do have some sensational tracks being played throughout the course of the 6-episode series. The setting of the series is picturesque and beautiful. I love the stone-walls and the dark and muted colour pallets given to certain scenes, but the writing is what terribly disappoints me.

Highlights

None at all

Drawbacks

If you do like the show, there is a likelihood that it might be cancelled as it doesn't have much to offer.

Did I enjoy it?

No. I would rather watch old episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Do I recommend it?

No. This series is best skipped. There is nothing for anyone.


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