What If Wednesday
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Today's "What If Wednesday" question: "What if Musa's father, Ho-Boe, remarries?"

The death of her mother, Matlin, has been a big part of Musa's story since season one. Almost every season has referenced it somehow. (I think the only two that didn't were four and seven.) Throughout the series, she's shown strength and maturity by being able to accept her loss.

One of her wisest moments was in season five, when she chose not to use her Sirenix wish to bring her back to life. She knew that would have been wrong. After all, Matlin's in paradise now — safe from danger and free from sickness. How selfish would Musa be to drag her mother out of eternal happiness?

Ho-Boe hasn't been as strong as his daughter. Out of grief, he tried to crush her dream of becoming a musician. Being around music brought back too many painful memories for him.

That episode — "The Show Must Go On" (2X15) — is one of my favorites from season two. The title's pretty clever. Musa's show at Redfountain almost went on without her. But "show" may have been a metaphor for "life" — as in "life goes on," part of what Ho-Boe needed to learn.

We know what happened. He let her perform, she ended up fighting Stormy (not important, but still part of the episode), and at the end, we saw the father and daughter smile and hug each other at Matlin's grave. The implication was he'd healed a bit more. In season five, he looked happy again.

Why not take this subplot further? Is he ready to find love again? I know he's middle-aged, but people remarry even later in life.

How would Musa react to it? Would she accept her new mom — or resent her (and him)?

We've already seen a story like this with Stella in season three. The difference is her mother, Queen Luna, is still alive, so she'd still be in her life even if King Radius remarried. But Matlin's gone forever. Would Musa take that into consideration?

(Side note: if you count the comics, her father isn't the only widower in her story. In #33: "Ghosts," she meets a composer named Sifelius, whose wife has recently died. He's given up on writing music and shut himself up in his house. I won't ruin the ending, in case you haven't read the comic.)

That's it for today!

Musings & Rants
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Nabu’s a difficult character to talk about, since he’s hands down the fan favorite in the Boys Club. He stood out because of his skin tone, because he wasn’t a Specialist, and because he was able to use magic like the Winx. Also, like his eventual fiancée Aisha, he showed some leadership ability. The Specialists took orders from him at times instead of Sky.

He also had the closest and most meaningful relationships. Obviously, he and Aisha were deeply in love, which made some of their friends jealous. Riven, during his drama with Musa in season four, often went to him for advice or just an ear to listen. The two of them became best friends, to the point where Riven cried after his death.

The funny thing about his relationship with Aisha is most fans just remember them as the happiest couple in season four. But when Nabu (a.k.a. “Ophir”) was first introduced in season three, Aisha hated him. She’d sworn off guys at that point in her life, and having one stalking her annoyed her to no end. Let’s look back at their love story.

Did I just call Nabu a stalker? Yes, I did. 😛 It doesn’t matter how nice he was. If you’re watching someone through a telescope while hiding in the bushes, following them wherever they go, then lying about it when you get caught, you’re a stalker. Plain and simple.

When Aisha meets him in “Valtor’s Box” (ep. 3X18), she scolds him for “slinking around” and eavesdropping, then races off in a huff. Later in “The Red Tower” (ep. 3X21), when she discovers he snuck onto the Owl before their mission to the Golden Kingdom, she tackles him and tries to put him in a headlock. (He was invisible, so she ends up grabbing his feet instead.) He introduces himself as “Ophir” and tries to be friendly with her, but she doesn’t trust him.

The others agree he can’t be trusted. After all, thanks to him, Valtor was able to steal the Agador Box in ep. 3X18. Aisha and Tecna think he’s Valtor’s spy, so Musa puts magic-sealing handcuffs on him and Aisha decides to lock him up in the brig of the ship. Unfortunately, thanks to some bad timing by Timmy, they get locked up together. 😛

This is when they finally get a chance to talk, and Aisha finds out they have things in common: they like the same music and have a similar rebellious attitude (revealed by Nabu’s favorite line in their favorite song: “No one makes decisions for me but me”). Later, he shows off some surfing skills he learned “from a wave wizard on Andros.” Aisha’s very impressed.

In “The Wizard’s Challenge” (ep. 3X23), he finally tells her his real name and why he’d been stalking her: he wanted to know more about her, since his parents had picked her to marry him. He also reveals, to Aisha’s surprise, that he rebelled against their decision and ran away from home. But in the end, he fell in love with her on his own.

What I like about their romance is everything worked out for them and their parents. In most stories where a kid rebels against their parents, the kid ends up being right for “following their heart,” and the parents look like fools who didn’t understand their child’s needs. But Nabu and Aisha fell in love anyway, which proved their parents had picked the right partners for them. It was a good twist.

In season four, Rainbow tricked into thinking they were about to settle down into a happy life together. He proposes to her in “Winx Club Forever” (ep. 4X11), and they start talking about where they want to live (Earth was a possibility). It was all to lull us into a false sense of hope.

Then two episodes before the end of the season, Nabu gives his life to save Roxy’s people. Just like that, he’s gone forever. It was a bold move for a show aimed at girls as young as four years old. Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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You…You wish I was dead?

Don’t get me wrong. I haven’t changed my mind about corporeal Daphne. I liked her more as a spirit, and I’ll be mad if she becomes a Winx.

But after reading your comments on “Daphne Should Have Stayed Dead”, I get why Nickbow revived her.

TheRedStar explained it well:

“I think Nick did this because Daphne was the only dead person who was in the series as a spirit. They didn’t wanna confuse the little kids with why the spirits of characters like Nabu or Musa’s mother weren’t there…”

I doubt any of us wondered where Matlin’s spirit was. Just like poor Musa, we accepted that Matlin was gone forever. But Nabu’s death complicated things. If he sacrificed himself like Daphne did, why didn’t he become a spirit, too?

capture_025_30092013_130858_145I’d always believed Daphne’s ethereal form came from being a nymph. Since it’s not, then what’s so special about nymphs? She looks no different than any other girl in Winx Club — in fact, Faragonda called her “the last fairy to acquire Sirenix” (episode 5X04). She’s just like the Winx!

That means death should affect her how it would anyone else. So why did she become undead?

Nickbow had to fix the canon to make death “fair” and permanent again. I think the Sirenix Curse was a cheap way to do it, but it worked.

I’ll always miss ethereal Daphne, but I’ll get used to her new self. Eventually. 😛

Thursday Your Say
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Today’s “Thursday Your Say” is about Aisha’s late boyfriend Nabu.

They’re everywhere on Winx Club fan blogs, pages, and forums — fans crying out for Nabu’s return. His death last season was a shocker, and like poor Aisha, most of us haven’t recovered.

But should this kind of show resurrect a character?

Death is a funny topic in Winx Club. We know magic can reverse it, yet the characters treat it like it’s final. Bloom infamously brought Sky back to life in season two, but she never thought to revive Daphne (who’s now a “disembodied spirit” instead). And Musa could have used her Sirenix wish to bring back her mom, but she chose not to.

Aisha still has an opportunity. Should she take it, or should she respect his “destiny?”

QUESTION: Do you think Nabu should come back?

Thursday Your Say
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Today’s “Thursday Your Say” is about violence in Winx Club.

Is there any? Definitely. The Winx fight something or someone nearly every episode. They may be trying to save the world from evil, but buried in that noble intent is their real goal: kill the villain. Or the rated-G term: “destroy” them. And they’ll do whatever it takes — punch them, kick them, shoot them with energy beams, etc.

But this is “cartoon violence;” it’s milder than in real life, so it’s considered safe for kids to watch.

It’s also non-realistic. We never see blood in Winx Club. Monsters do get sliced up, but they usually melt into the ground or explode into sparkles. And any time a character breaks a bone and gets knocked out, it’s played for laughs — we know they’ll be okay.

But something real happened in Winx Club that doesn’t in many kids’ shows: a hero died. Most adults can’t even handle death. Should something like that be shown to kids?

YOUR SAY: Do you think Winx Club is a violent show? Is there a difference between “cartoon violence” and real violence?