What would happen if ‘Fairies’ are to attend school? So far through many movies and series (Harry Potter in particular) one got to sense the taste of school of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Now how about building one for the fairies? Yes! Exactly this is what the Netflix subscribers shall witness in the upcoming days through the spanking new web series ‘Fate:The Winx Saga’. After the release of its Teaser earlier this week, the series became a hotly debated discourse both among the critics as well as the viewers. Let’s find out what is magical about the educational curriculum of the Fairies!
The new six-part series, an adaptation of the popular Italian-American animated series Winx Club, titled the same, 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 steering their cruise through love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence.
The trailer gives a glimpse into the world of Alfea, where Bloom (Abigail Cowen) begins to discover and manage her powers as she literally plays with fire. “Bloom has the potential to be one of the most powerful fairies the world has ever known,” a voiceover says. We also get some shots Blooms friends and classmates as they bend fire, water and nature with their magic, learning to master the unique abilities that come with being a fairy.
‘Fate:The Winx Saga’: The Fairies are on fleek with their enchanting spoofs!
While fans were thrilled to see a series they grew up with get a new twist for older audiences, not everyone was happy with today’s first look at Fate. Many accused the series for whitewashing the main cast of fairies, specifically Flora and Musa, with several others complaining the series lacked the diversity included in the original show.
“Honestly they just killed my entire childhood by releasing this. Who the hell was in charge of casting because wow this is all wrong. Where is the Latina Flora, the Asian Musa and why is Tecna missing ? Netflix letting me down already,” one wrote.
With the popularity of cartoons still going strong in the media, especially with older millennials, the majority found it indigestible to switch themselves to the world of live action which has appeared with a total new face, whitewashing the characters, particularly Musa as well as the erasure of Flora. Flora being removed, and Musa’s actress, Elisha Applebaum, does not appear to be East Asian questions the exclusion of coloured characters catering to the recent Black Movements in America. Aisha, thankfully, is included and is a dark-skinned woman has somehow served as a temporary relief to those who prefer co-existence and diversity.
As far as the casting of the series is concerned, Abigail Cowen stars as Bloom, Hannah van der Westhuysen as Stella, Precious Mustapha as Aisha, Eliot Salt as Terra, Elisha Applebaum as Musa, Sadie Soverall as Beatrix, Freddie Thorp as Riven, Danny Griffin as Sky, Theo Graham as Dane and Jacob Dudman as Sam, with Eve Best, Robert James-Collier, Josh Cowdery, Alex Macqueen and Eva Birthistle.
‘Fate: The Winx Saga’ premieres on January 22nd on Netflix!