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!

TV & Movie News
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imageAmerican fans like me have waited eight months for new episodes, but Nick’s making it up to us in a big way. They’ve added “The Curse of Fearwood” (6X17) and the entire series, including the TV specials, to Nick.com! They’re calling it the 100-episode “Fairy-thon!”

100 episodes? Where’d that number come from?

3 seasons with 26 episodes each (78), plus 19 episodes of season 6 by the end of the week (78 + 19 = 97), plus the 4 TV specials (97 + 4 = 101). Okay, so it’s more than 100. Round down. 😛

Let’s get watching, Winx fans! If the episodes get a lot of views, Nick will know we still love this show!

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S4, EP25 - Riven CryingRiven has always been the resident “jerk with a heart,” and today he proved it yet again by doing something we’ve never seen him do: cry. Yes, in episode twenty-five, Musa finds him with tears in his eyes. This isn’t a “big boys don’t cry” argument but a “Riven actually knows how to cry” revelation. He’s been betrayed by witches, he’s been yelled at by Musa and almost lost their relationship, and he’s had his ego stomped on countless times, yet the only thing that turns on the waterworks is losing a friend forever.

It’s a little surprising that he and Nabu were so close. I guess it started, strangely enough, in S3, EP 21-22, when he thought Nabu wanted Musa. One of the best Riven lines ever: “Put my girlfriend down now.” After the confusion was cleared up, the two guys were free to become friends. This season, Nabu was there for Riven more than the other Specialists, even when Riven didn’t want to talk. I bet now he’d give anything to hear Nabu yakking about how to treat a girl.

I have to admit Riven has surprised me a lot this season. There’s more to his personality that I think even Musa knows.

News
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Bad news for those of us hoping for season four’s English premiere: a glance at the schedule on Oktoday.sg reveals that season three will start re-airing today instead.
Okto's Schedule (11-11-09)
Now, this could be a sign that season four is coming. Okto may be re-running season three in preparation for the new season, especially if Winx Club has been off the air for a while. 4Kids might be doing the same thing. Also, notice that the show will air twice this week. If Okto keeps that pace, they will be done showing season three by early February 2010, an excellent time to begin the spring television season (though I don’t know how they do it in Singapore). So, while it means more waiting, it does give us some hope for the future of Winx Club in English.