WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 1 of Fate: The Winx Saga, now streaming on Netflix.
Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga connects many threads as it tries to paint Bloom (Abigail Cowen) as a messiah in the mystical realm of Alfea. Going to school in the Otherworld has been an eye-opening experience for her, especially when she realizes the Burned Ones want to kill her for the power she holds.
However, the show has many moving parts in Season 1, ranging from questionable friends, a shaky romance to a faculty at her magic school that all seem to have skeletons in their closets. With that in mind, let’s break down some of the plot holes that come up when all these storylines intersect.
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Bloom’s Fireproof Clothes
Bloom is a Fire Fairy, and early on, she’s able to generate flames with her hands. However, as she pushes herself to the limit and unleashes more of her power, the flames get bigger as she’s tapping more and more into the Dragon Flame inside her soul. Yet, as she has all these pyrotechnic moments, her clothes don’t catch on fire. It’s a pretty glaring issue, especially when in the finale, she develops fire wings and levitates.
Bloom’s Timely Meltdowns
It’s established that when Bloom loses control of her emotions, her flames randomly generate and go out of control. It happened after she fought with her mom and almost burned the house down and then again in a training session with Aisha. But after Beatrix tells her about her people being killed at Aster Dell, Bloom doesn’t flame out after learning the faculty committed this genocide. To make things even more confusing, when they get back and the faculty grabs Beatrix to take her for interrogation, they hold Bloom down, and even as she screams, no fire results from the meltdown.
Sky’s dad, Andreas, was a war hero at the school, but Sky discovers the Specialist was a genocidal maniac like Rosalind. Silva had to kill him in the field, but Andreas shows up in the finale, as good as new. However, while Rosalind had him recuperating at Solaria under Queen Luna, the faculty should’ve gone to find his body for burial. If it were missing at the site of their fight, Silva would know something’s off.
It seems they uncharacteristically left his body there and went back to school, or for plot convenience, they buried him and Solaria stole the body. It’s one of the series’ most nonsensical moments because it asks the audience to totally ignore the fact that Silva would want his best friend to get a hero’s send-off.
Stella’s Great Escape
Luna takes Stella back to Solaria because she doesn’t like how headmistress Dowling is training her, but when they get home, somehow, Stella runs away. However, there’s no way she should’ve been able to, as it’s a kingdom with a military guard. Sure, Stella could’ve bent light to put up a facade in her bedroom, but her mom’s a master light-bender and illusion expert. It’s just strange that Stella returned to Alfea, hiding out in the dorm for days, and her mom didn’t notice.
The Secret Chamber Security
Beatrix spends quite a bit of time trying to break into Dowling’s secret chamber in her office to extract Rosalind. At first, she throws the secretary into the wall, activating the booby trap which allows her to enter. She doesn’t succeed in getting to Rosalind due to a failsafe, but Dowling finds evidence someone was snooping and the secretary was killed.
Yet, the headmistress doesn’t improve the spell, alter the security system or move Rosalind from the location. It’s convenient that all it takes is one sacrifice at the gate, then someone can enter and find Rosalind’s prison, which is what Bloom does to free her. To make matters worse, she knows someone wants Rosalind, but just doesn’t do anything about it.
The Background Checks
Obviously, there were no background checks done because Dowling would have known Beatrix was a spy. She was sent by Solaria, raised by Andreas and is a clear Rosalind loyalist, but due to the no checks, she waltzes into the campus. One would think Dowling would interview parents, use magic and do thorough research to verify her intake.
Dowling knows there are Blood Witches and other enemies of Alfea out there, so the fact Beatrix can fake documentation and get in is laughable. Dowling even looked into Bloom, but somehow it slips her mind to do the same for Beatrix, making it seem like almost anyone can get in without being detected if they’re from the Otherworld.
When Dowling’s faculty discovers Beatrix is a spy, they keep her chained in a room, but there’s no camera to monitor the scene. Again, Dowling should know there might be more double agents inside her campus, especially since Beatrix has followers like Riven and Dane, the latter of which is a Specialist guarding her cell. Of course, they help free her, but apart from tech, Dowling could have placed protective spells that students couldn’t have broken. Dowling’s an expert mage, but she comes off as an amateur principal, making rookie mistakes and allowing villains to escape and run wild.
Executive produced by Brian Young (The Vampire Diaries) and Winx Club creator Iginio Straffi, Fate: The Winx Saga stars Abigail Cowen (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as Bloom, Hannah van der Westhuysen as Stella, Precious Mustapha as Aisha, Eliot Salt (Normal People) as Terra, Elisha Applebaum as Musa, Sadie Soverall as Beatrix, Freddie Thorp (A Discovery of Witches) as Riven, Danny Griffin as Sky, Theo Graham as Dane and Jacob Dudman (The Stranger) as Sam. Eve Best (Nurse Jackie), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey), Josh Cowdery (Legends), Alex Macqueen (Peaky Blinders) and Eva Birthistle (The Last Kingdom) also star. Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.
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