Supernatural boarding college? Redheaded heroine? Untrustworthy adults? Yes, Fate: The Winx Saga checks off all of the requisite containers for a Netflix teen drama — together with one fairy vital twist.
For the uninitiated, Fate is a live-action adaptation of a well-liked Italian animated franchise about preventing fairies known asWinx Club, which has existed in varied types — together with a whole bunch of episodes, a number of spinoffs and several other movies — since 2004. Though the characters’ designs and eventualities have undergone a number of adjustments all through the years (for higher or worse), Netflix’s decidedly grownup adaptation marks probably the most important departure from the supply materials to this point.
In addition to Fate‘s darker tone, there are a variety of placing visible variations from the animated collection. And whereas we’re truly relieved to see that the characters’ wardrobes have been toned down — let’s be trustworthy, these fairies had been conceived throughout a bleak time for trend — we do miss seeing the women rocking their signature wings. As defined in Episode 1, years of evolution have value the species its transformation powers.
(Click right here to take a look at side-by-side comparisons of Fate‘s characters and their Winx Club counterparts.)
Fate‘s premiere reintroduces viewers to Bloom, a hearth fairy from the far-off realm of California. Despite being new to the fairy world, Bloom is comparatively unfazed by her new environment. Then once more, along with her sophisticated backstory, inexcusably sizzling dad and vaguely rebellious streak (“I’m regardless of the reverse of a cheerleader is”), Bloom was clearly born to be a YA heroine. She’s obtained this.
We additionally meet Bloom’s new suitemates at Alfea, most of whom ought to sound acquainted to Winx Club followers. There’s Aisha, a water fairy with a penchant for shielding others at her personal peril; Stella, a lightweight fairy (and literal princess) who makes use of a killer wardrobe and icy glare to masks her insecurities; Musa, a thoughts fairy whose empathic powers show to be extra of a curse than a present; and Terra, an earth fairy whose sunny disposition is commonly mistaken for weak spot — as a fat-shaming jerk named Riven learns when she makes use of vines to choke him out. (Side be aware: Terra casually mentions that she has a cousin named Flora, one of many unique Winx fairies. So there’s nonetheless hope that she could flip up but!)
We come to study that Alfea is dwelling to all method of doubtful characters — from Headmistress Dowling, who is aware of extra about Bloom’s true nature (a “changeling,” you say?) than she lets on, to Beatrix, who may as effectively be carrying a reputation tag that claims “Hello, my title is The Villain.”
Over the course of Fate’s six episodes — which really feel like a prequel to a a lot bigger, although not-yet-ordered, journey — Bloom progressively uncovers the reality about her upbringing via a treacherous journey that wreaks havoc on the lives (and loves) of everybody in Alfea. But will you stick round to see the way it all turns out? Grade the premiere beneath, then drop a remark together with your full evaluate.