Random Things/People Showing Up Out Of Nowhere Cliché… Again.
In the famous scene in which the highest notes in opera are sung, namely the Queen of the Night’s Der Hoelle Rache aria, Pamina is captured in Sarastro’s temple for the second time and the Queen of the Night appeared almost out of thin air, holding a dagger, and threatening to disown her daughter if she didn’t murder Sarastro. Although there are a few things that are, in my opinion, absolutely and fundamentally wrong with this scene, there are also a few details that just don’t make all too much sense. Firstly, Pamina’s mom shows up out of absolutely nowhere—again. Like everything and everyone else in the opera, apparently. But this time, funnily enough, she doesn’t bring the moon with her, so it’s safe to assume the tides were normal that day. Secondly, if she can just appear with a dagger and enter the temple, bypassing all security screening points…why did she send Tamino to save her daughter? Controlling-the-night powers, like the Queen has, would come in useful when helping her daughter escape Sarastro, but she didn’t use them. At first, it really seems like pure laziness, and then this is where the plot twist comes in. It turns out the Queen is the evil one and is trying to dominate the world. Which again, is a point and a motivation that came out of absolutely nowhere. Again. But this one is crazy! Who’d have thunk?
- Point One:
Tamino Casually Fights A Random Dragon
- Point Two:
Hey Diddle Diddle, A Cat and a Fiddle, A Queen of the Night Jumped Over the Moon
- Point Three:
Love at First Sight… or Love At First Photoshop?
- Point Four:
Tamino Takes Advice From Twelve Year Olds
- Point Five:
Love at First Sight… I Guess?
- Point Six:
Tests and Queens and Confusion, Oh My!
- Point Seven:
Random Things/People Showing Up Out Of Nowhere Cliché… Again
- Point Eight:
Lightning. Just Lightning.