You’ve been really patient — more patient than I’ve been about World of Winx, that’s for sure. 😛 Sorry for dragging this out so long. Let’s jump right into this!
I kept saying in my reviews that something made me write off Orlando as a love interest for Musa. Only one of you got it right: a Winx fan called SpiderBraids. He wrote this in an email: “Anything to do with the meta reference, perhaps? :-)”
Bingo! Remember this line from the script reader in “Back in the Middle Ages” (7X08):
“Let me introduce to you The Rainbow Company…”
Admit it: you rolled your eyes at that one. So did I. “The Rainbow Company?” Really? 🙄
That’s when I stopped taking Orlando and his troupe seriously as characters. I think they were just Rainbow’s way of writing themselves into the show. Two more possible hints:
- Where did “Back in the Middle Ages” and “The Fairy Cat” (7X09) take place? Medieval Italy. Not England. Italy.
- The troupe’s play was about six fairies who save a dying kingdom. That could have been a reference to how Rainbow wasn’t well-known till they created Winx Club, which helped them become a big name in the animation industry.
If the troupe was supposed to represent Rainbow, who did each member represent? I’m not sure. I don’t know the company well enough to match each character to a specific staff member. They could have even been based on inside jokes. All I can do is guess based on the little knowledge I have.
Let’s start with Orlando. When I first watched those two episodes, I thought for sure he was Iginio Straffi. The reader implied Orlando wrote the play, just like Mr. Straffi created Winx Club. He also played the prince in the play, who believed in magic and atrracted fairies with his music. It felt to me like some sort of metaphor about imagination, but I might be reading into it. 😛
Here’s another possiblity. Orlando might have been Alessia Orlando, one of the Winx Club singers. That might explain why he was a minstrel (a pop singer of the past) and why he was interested in Musa. Why would Rainbow base a male character after her? I don’t know. Maybe they just named him after her.
What about the tall guy? He might have been Mr. Straffi, too. The reader said he was the leader of the company, and the guard captain interrupted the reader just before he said his name (as if it might have given it away). Also, he played the king and the queen in the play. That could have been a reference to how Mr. Straffi and his wife, Joanne Lee, are the co-CEOs of Rainbow.
I’m not sure about the reader or the donkey. They may have been two of Rainbow’s writers, two of the animators, two of Mr. Straff’s friends — I don’t know. Someone with inside knowledge of the company might be able to tell right away.
Now, none of this means Musa and Orlando didn’t have something going on. Rainbow even included the “couple” in the “Winx Forever: Magico Amore” book! But like one of you said in the comments, I think he was just her “Roy”: a guy who wasn’t meant to be her new boyfriend but took her mind off her troubles. Maybe Bloom’s “do good for others” speech in “The First Color of the Universe” (7X04) was foreshadowing. Musa was more focused on helping Orlando than on herself.
Also, her breakup with Riven was still fresh. Remember when she was staring at all the couples in “The First Color of the Universe?” She was lonely, and Orlando satisfied her need for attention for a bit.
But I don’t think they fell in love with each other. They liked each other, but I think she was more attracted to his music. Rainbow even hinted at this in the “Magico Amore” book:
“He’s fond of Musa, but there’s only room for music in the fairy’s heart!”
The word they used was simpatia, which means “liking” or “fondness.” It’s the singular form of the same word from Roy’s character description that described Aisha’s feelings toward him. Musa and Orlando’s relationship didn’t feel romantic to me. It felt like a magic creature deciding to help an interesting human she found, and in return he helped her. Aren’t there a lot of myths like that?
In the end, he wasn’t her new boyfriend or a placeholder love interest anyway. Thank goodness. Maybe Rainbow learned their lesson after how they handled Aisha’s process of moving on. Putting Musa in a new relationship so soon after the breakup would have been a terrible move. She needs some time by herself to heal.