As you may have read in our take on W.I.T.C.H. Season One, we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this misnamed show. (W.I.T.C.H. is an acronym based on their names… *lame*) So we regrettably have to say that the first 22 episodes of the second (and final) season were… underwhelming? Unfun? Annoying? All of the above? But at least the last 4 episodes were exciting and fitting.
Oh, there were some fun and well done moments scattered throughout. Some decent (and also horrid) “B-plots”. However the show seemed hard at work to turn interesting characters and witty writing into something other then entertaining. Why? What drove the producers to repetitive and overdone TV plots or those unfit for half hour dramas? What about the lack of enemy comeuppance episode after episode?
Season 2 in a sentence: An evil, crazy and exceedingly annoyingly voiced ex-guardian tries to reconstitute her old team and annoy the W.I.T.C.H. girls largely through the “evil twin” plot device (which she used so often it was almost literally sickening) and also turns out to be -surprise, Caleb’s mother but in the end only succeeds in sinking this show and leading us to four cool Phobos episodes at the end so at least the bad taste in our mouth was forgotten.
The quality art direction, camera angles and backgrounds continued. In fact we think the W.I.T.C.H. girls were actually drawn better as the season progressed. However there was a nagging inconsistency. It was never explained to our satisfaction that going into Guardian mode changed the physical age of the girls. Will went from flat chested to small boobs to medium boobs and back again throughout the season inconsistently like the rest of the W.I.T.C.H. girls.
We expected the worst on the romance front, however we were pleasantly surprised that both major romantic relationships were left intact. Although there were a few outrageously stupid episodes where it seemed the writers were actually trying to get us to not like the pairs at all, in the end you were glad to see them together. Yes, they too were victims of the same old plot. Villain lady imitates somebody’s significant other and unfun hijinx ensue. Or Cornelia decides to use her powers to look like an adult and get an older man… ooookkkaayy.
We thought the first season vacillated between a little slow and well paced. Season two moved faster, but did not get anywhere. They dropped new powers on us in a rush. It was not well explained. However they did use the girl’s powers well in nicely choreographed fight scenes. We definitely give W.I.T.C.H. the edge over Winx when it comes to that.
We also give props to W.I.T.C.H. for having a consistent and entertaining cadre of secondary characters. In fact they were underutilized aside from a few episodes here and there like the rock concert contest at the high school.
A major plot element was the single “magical heart” each planet has. The heart of Khandrakar we understood. It was set up (sort of) from the start. However the heart of Meridian turning out to be the teenager Elian may have been a little much for some. But when the heart of Earth turns out to be Cornelia’s younger sister it was too much. There were some weak episodes in season two…
We look at W.I.T.C.H. season two as a bit of a waste. It is no surprise to us that the show was canceled after this season. If every episode was as good as the last four, we doubt that would have been the case. You truly could have made this season 13 episodes instead of 26 and come out better for it.