Cast: Abigail Cowen, Eliot Salt, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Elisha Applebaum, Danny Griffin
Created by: Brian Young, Iginio Straffi
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Winx Club (2004). It 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 navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence. From creator Brian Young (The Vampire Diaries), Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action re-imagining of the Italian cartoon Winx Club from Iginio Straffi.
Thumbs up: Live action versions of shows have historically been misses like Avatar The Last Airbender. However, this one was slightly better, very fun and immersive and especially to fans of magic teen stories. Although the cast is large, nearly all of them got enough screen time in the first season, fleshing out their unique personalities. The storyline of this show is also amazing and by the last episode, it leaves you wanting to know what happens next.
Thumbs down: The dialogue is cringe-worthy, especially if you are a feminist like how mansplaining is used incorrectly in the first episode. The biggest downfall is likely the casting. The main cast appear in their 30s, not in their teens. As happens with Netflix adaptations, the fairies feel nothing like what they originally were.
Verdict: The show has great potential, so give Fate a chance.