Fate: The Winx Saga introduced folks to a world of fairies and magic that played well to a teenage audience. Combining some hallmarks of other popular fantasy books and shows with a young and vibrant cast, the show did begin to develop a core following on Netflix. And now we have the news that the streaming service has picked the show back up for a second season. Fans will get the furthered story of Bloom and the rest of her fairy brethren for another full episode run.
Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga is going to get another eight-episode run following the six-episode first season. The episodes, which run 45 minutes to an hour, focus on a group of teenage fairies as they navigate their magical boarding school Alfea College located in the Otherworld. It follows the main character Bloom, played by Abigail Cowen, a 16-year-old half-fairy/ half-human who has recently enrolled at the school. It’s based on the cartoon Winx Club, but the live-action show brings a decidedly darker and more angsty tone than the original. It’s this piece that helped bring on a significant audience base among the teenage crowd.
Along with Bloom, Fate: The Winx Saga follows the rest of the Winx group who are tasked with the normal vagaries of teenage life with additional responsibilities like fighting off evil beasts, learning to control their magical powers, and navigating the landscape of relationships with other students. The rest of the group includes a light fairy Stella (Hannah van der Westhuysen), water fairy Aisha (Precious Mustapha), earth fairy Terra Harvey (Eliot Salt), and mind fairy (Elisha Applebaum).
From a critical perspective, it’s something of a surprise to see Fate: The Winx Saga get a run at another season. The show was mostly panned with reviews coming in more than a little underwhelming. It’s sitting at 35% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics saying it mostly fell flat and was more than a little derivative of other school-based, coming-of-age shows that have followed similar story arcs. There were a few that appreciated the darker tone the live-action show took compared to the original cartoon, but overall it wasn’t well-received.
But Fate: The Winx Saga was able to secure a return to Netflix because it did develop a definitive fanbase. While the original cartoon was geared to a more elementary crowd, the newer version was aimed towards a teen audience who embraced the characters and the story. The Rotten Tomatoes audience meter sits considerably higher at 76% with fans appreciating the more mature tone of the story and the characters’ struggles. Some compared it to a more magical version of Riverdale, taking an originally light concept and twisting it darker for an older audience.
Fate: The Winx Saga showrunner Brian Young says the second season will aim at developing the stories of more of the Winx crew while also exploring Bloom’s past in more depth. Fans of the show will no doubt get excited for the further prospect of more stories in this universe and though critics mostly panned the show, the main audience is alive and well for the popular show.