“A quick watch that packs quite the visual punch.”
I’m going to start by saying that I surprisingly enjoyed this show. Yes, it makes cringe worthy attempts at being edgy. Yes, it is drowned in all of the modern and recently overused Harry Potter tropes. But it’s strangely enjoyable… so enjoyable that I’m hoping that this isn’t one that Netflix cancels.
Based on a popular animated show (that I honestly have no idea about), Fate- The Winx Saga follows the story of our main protagonist, Bloom. Bloom finds herself in an unknown world of fairies, and a school for fairies, where she must learn to control her awesome powers of fire, whilst stumbling upon some mysteries from her past. However, encroaching is a force of deadly foe – The Burned Ones.
In her journey of self-discovery, Bloom meets some interesting and memorable characters. Musa was a personal favourite of mine, with her abilities of empathy, that she wields to read the emotions of others and even share their pain. I also enjoyed the powers of the other fairies, with their ability to control the elements, in a very Avatar: The Last Airbender-like fashion.
And a quick word on the antagonists – they’re awesomely monstrous. Everyone likes a good monster, and The Burned Ones are a perfect juxtaposition to the fairies. Bloodthirsty and brutal, they are a perfectly placed enemy in the overall plot.
I would compare Fate: The Winx Saga to the likes of The Order and Shadowhunters, in terms of plot and cinematography. Visually, the CGI was very well done, especially when it came down to the elemental powers. This was something that disappointed me with Wu Assassins, which was otherwise very enjoyable. If you’re a fan of any of the above mentioned, then you should definitely give Fate a go. At only 6 episodes long, it’s easily binged within a short amount of time, much like I did in a single evening.
My only complaint would be the pacing of the plot. It moves very quickly, and it packs a lot of story into a very short first season. This isn’t always a bad thing, and it did leave me with wanting more, but did harm it slightly in the terms of believability. Even in worlds of fantasy, we need believable characters and relationships, but with that being said, I still want to learn more.
I would recommend giving Fate: The Winx Saga a try, as it is one of the better shows on Netflix right now. It’s a quick watch that packs quite the visual punch. This one gets a 3.5/5 from me.