Taking an existing comic, book, or cartoon and transforming it into a live-action tv show is not a new concept. We've had the Bratz movie, Scooby-Doo, almost every Roald Dahl book, and of course the entire catalog of Marvel and DC. And now, added to that collection is Fate: The Winx Saga. Based on the animated series, Winx Club, the new Netflix series takes all of the cartoon characters and drops them straight into the real world, or in this case, a magical realm with a barrier to the real world.
Hugely popular with young kids, the cartoon explores a fairy world where each has her/his own special power. So one fairy may be an empath, another controls fire or water. You get the idea. In the case of Fate: The Winx Saga they are now teenagers, living in a fairy boarding school. The series focuses on the new first years – Bloom (Abigail Cowen), Musa, Beatrix and Aisha – as well as the second year students – Terra, Stella, Sky, and Dane. They are led by the headmistress, Farah Dowling, and fighting teacher Silva.
Set in the UK, Bloom is a 16-year-old fire fairy who only became aware of her gifts a few months earlier. Hailing from California, it turns out Bloom is a changling. That means she is a full fairy who was swapped at birth so her human parents have no clue. As she comes to grips with her powers, a darker side of the story emerges and we soon realise that our teen fairies are in deep trouble. The re-emergence of ‘the burnt ones' puts them all in danger and so the group must work together, like it or not, to save the fairy and human world.
Similar to The Order, Fate: The Winx Saga is about teens and magic. It's not a bad story and the six episodes that have dropped move at a really good pace. The characters are a little cliche and can be found in every teen show ever made – pretty bitchy girl, good looking nice guy, bad boy, the athlete, the shy one, the devious one. They all have their role but then again they are based on an existing show.
The only problem with Fate: The Winx Saga is that while its original fan base was made up largely of little kids, this is Rated 15 and so they won't be able to watch it! It's a darker story with some jumps and scares, the odd dead body, suspenseful music, and a bit of swearing so it's not definitely suitable for younger viewers. It's a shame really because they could have watered it down just enough to get a 12 rating which would have opened up to more fans.