I've been thinking about this thread off and on over the past few months (yes, it's true, I have no real life
) and wondering what the rest of the opera would
have been like.
After perusing the ep many times, the table read 2-3 times, and the bit Fry was writing on the balcony, I've come to the conclusion that Leela: Orphan of the Stars
was structured rather like the ballet The Nutcracker
- most of the plot being in its first half, the rest just spectacle. Act I introduced Leela, her origins, her heroism, and Fry's quest to win her heart. Act II would have been a holophoner extravaganza of spectacular visuals and music, rather like Fry's piece in Parasites Lost
, only more so. This would have been Fry going all out to show Leela "what I see when I think of you," and would have showcased his skills and the strengths of the holophoner as an instrument. At least part of it would have been holophoner-generated Fry and Leela dancing, probably through fantasy landscapes and space scenes.
The entire first act of the opera was a buildup to the second, so even though Leela saw the first half and heard a little of it, it never got to the "important part" (as Fry would have seen it), the part designed to express what Fry feels for Leela. This tallies with Fry's luck, and makes the episode even more tragic for him, poor guy.
So, what do you guys think of that theory?