Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga season one is a great start to what could easily be several seasons! It has magic, love, and a lot of suspense!
As someone who has never seen The Winx Club, I was not sure what to expect going into this new Netflix show, Fate: The Winx Saga. However, I am a fan of teen and young adult shows, and the trailer looked like this show has a dark streak, so I became very intrigued. Boy am I glad that I gave this show a shot because I was sucked into the story immediately.
From the very first episode I got Harry Potter vibes – a group of teens in a school that is teaching them to use their magic safely. But there is a lot more than that in this show. There is a drama. A love triangle, injuries, and don’t me started on how creepy the Burned Ones are! Some moments had me teary, some moments had me jumping out of my skin, and some moments had me siting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next.
I cannot stress enough that I cannot compare this to the cartoon because I have not watched it. I know that a lot of fans are upset because characters have been whitewashed and others have been left out of the series altogether. Perhaps we will see these other characters in the future though, because I strongly suspect we will be getting a second season of Fate: The Winx Saga.
Sometimes TV shows don’t have the best CGI but I was quite impressed with the effects in Fate: The Winx Saga. There are a lot of them – fire, earth, water – and all of them work. None of the effects seem off or distract from the story, which deserves a big bravo.
The story itself is very compelling and intriguing. I refuse to give away spoilers but let me tell you — this show just gets better and better as it goes on. There are twists and turns that I did not see coming. I fell in love with a lot of the characters and cannot wait to see where they go ion the future. And hang on for episode 6 because WOW — that one is amazing.
This show is a very quick binge, clocking in at less than six hours, with six episodes – each one more exciting than the last. There is drama, suspense, action, creepy monsters (the Burned Ones), and magic. If you are a fan of young adult series, then this is a show that should be on your radar. I was not expecting to enjoy it so much, but here I am, eagerly waiting for more.
Fans of the original Winx Club series may have a different opinion as I know there are a lot of differences between that and The Winx Saga. However, as someone going in without knowing about the original, this show is good. Really good. My biggest issue with it? It is too short. Because of this there is not enough character development. Some parts drag, but that is a common in a pilot season as they set up the world.
This short season is a great set up for what could happen in future seasons, should it be picked up. Drama, action, and magic — it does exactly what it sets out to do.
About Fate: The Winx Saga
Fate: The Winx Saga follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their powers while navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence.
From creator Brian Young (The Vampire Diaries), Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action reimagining of the Italian cartoon Winx Club from Iginio Straffi.
Starring Abigail Cowen (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Hannah Van Der Westhuysen (The
Fugitives, Frankenstein), Precious Mustapha (Endeavour), Eliot Salt (Normal People), Elisha
Applebaum (Undercover Hooligan, No Reasons). Brian Young (Vampire Diaries) as showrunner.