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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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. 😛

Musings & Rants
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As a reward for earning Sirenix, each Winx gets one wish. Some of you have already share your thoughts on what they might wish for. Shall we talk about it as a group? 🙂

New hair, new wardrobe, AND a wish? Sirenix totally rocks!

Here are my guesses:

  • Bloom: To save Daphne. I don’t mean breaking the Sirenix curse — that would be a better use of the wish — but freeing her from Tritannus and the Trix. Bloom tends to act on instinct, so making a choice with a short-term payoff is more in her character.
  • Stella: To become a fashion designer. That’s the only thing they’ve focused on with her this season. A wasted wish, if you ask me, since she’s always been a decent designer. She just needs to work harder.
  • Flora: No clue. If the Flora-Helia-Krystal triangle was still going on, we’d have an easy answer. But that seems to be over. For no reason. Flora’s life is drama-free once again.
  • Musa: To revive her mother. A big wish. Can her guardian grant it, especially since Matlin’s been dead since Musa was young?
  • Tecna: Another mystery. A more romantic relationship with Timmy? To be more in touch with her emotions (remember her outburst at the Ruins of Graynor)? Who knows. When will Rainbow tell us more about her?
  • Aisha: So many possibilities! The first one’s obvious: to revive Nabu. But what if she decides she’s ready to move on? I’ve also heard Roy is injured in the next episode (I don’t remember seeing that). Aisha could make another selfless choice — like when she earned her Enchantix — and sacrifice her happiness to save his life. And how might the “surprise” Tritannus has planned for her factor into her decision?

QUESTIONS:

  • What do you think the Winx will wish for?
  • Omnia said they must “please destiny” before they can make their wishes. What do you think she means?