Welcome to “Words I Never eXpressed”, a segment where I put up previously-unpublished posts from my Winx Club blog, Una di Noi Winx. Some of these I was scared to publish because I thought the fandom would skewer me. Others I just never finished. (I don’t plan to post a lot of these because I don’t want this blog to be Una di Noi Winx 2.0.)
Let’s kick this off with something that shouldn’t be controversial (unless you’re one of those fans who think season three was perfect). This is about “The Crystal Labyrinth” (S3, EP22), where the Winx pass a trial in…the Crystal Labyrinth. But as the title of this post states, that trial made no sense.
On the door to the Golden Kingdom, where the Crystal Labyrinth resides, a text reads: “Only magic creatures of noble heart and pure soul may enter.” Aisha and Bloom suggest that the Winx use their Fairy Dust to get in. “Our Fairy Dust has anti-darkness properties,” says Bloom, “so if we sprinkle it on ourselves, we should remove all traces of darkness from our souls.”
“What darkness?” says Stella.
“Everyone has a dark side to their character,” says Timmy, “vanity, pride…”
So “darkness” equals character flaws. Got it. Moving on.
Bloom’s idea works, and all of them — except her, since her Enchantix is incomplete — miniaturize and enter the Golden Kingdom, where the four elders are waiting for them. Stella and Musa explain that they need the Water Stars from them, so the Winx can defeat Valtor
until season eight and save the world.
“And you care more about the world than you care about yourselves?” says the mermaid elder.
“Well, duh!” says Stella. “I mean, no offense, but doesn’t everybody?”
The elders decide to test them. If three of them can escape the Crystal Labyrinth, the Winx may have the Water Stars. Stella, Musa, and Tecna are chosen. Arcadia, the fairy elder, gives each of them a choice between the Water Stars and something precious to them: for Stella, her beauty; for Musa, her late mother; and for Tecna, her emotions. They’ll have to give these up forever — again, in Musa’s case — for the sake of the world.
Have you figured out what’s wrong yet?
The Crystal Labyrinth tested the Winx’s willingness to sacrifice parts of themselves to help other people. Here’s another way to say it: the elders wanted to see if the Winx were selfish (cared more about themselves) or selfless (cared more about the world).
But selfishness is a character flaw. Wouldn’t that make it a form of darkness, according to Timmy? If so, the Winx erased it from their souls when they used their Fairy Dust on themselves. So, of course, they were selfless because they literally had no selfishness inside them!
For that matter, Stella’s choice took advantage of her vanity. But “vanity” is one of the specific flaws Timmy labeled as “darkness”!
The trial of the Crystal Labyrinth made no sense because the Winx entered it as perfect beings. They had no darkness — no flaws — to prevent them from making the right choices. It was impossible for them to fail.
Judging by what I watched of this episode for research, I don’t think Rainbow noticed this plot hole. The Winx acted the same way in the Golden Kingdom as they did outside of it, as if removing their flaws didn’t change their characters. An easy fix would have been to have the Crystal Labyrinth be a trial to get into the Golden Kingdom. The Winx could have still used their Fairy Dust to cleanse themselves of darkness, so as not to pollute the kingdom.
Have you ever noticed this mistake?