Happyman on the Red Planet Apologia


So many of you have been writing to me with frustration in your tone.

This Happyman Opera of mine is taking so long to get to the end. In this YouTube world of click click click, you all just want to find out what happens so you can get on with your life. And I appreciate and sympathize with this frustration of yours. Some of you have even written with your own fun ideas of what you think is going to happen next. Who will kill/kiss who? Who will will live? Who will die? and so on.

I love this. It is such a great compliment to me – that you care so much about Happyman, Green Monster, Fred, George, and especially Bob and Sue – that you take your precious time to worry about how things will turn out.

In the latest Happyman (e17) Sue announces that “George is my brother”. George sings “I remember Sue. . .”. Perhaps the biggest character revelation in the opera thus far.

Of course this blew your mind.

And perhaps moved you to tears, as it did me.

To make sense of what comes next, I have begun a Prequel to the Happyman Saga, “Galactic Superheroes”.

It is the story of Fred, George, and Sue before they came to the Red Planet.

Not only are Sue and George brother and sister, but Fred is their brother as well.

Fred, George, and Sue are all brother and sister. And they were Galactic Superheroes. They had their own ship. They had unique superpowers. We already know that George can fly. . . Fred seems to always know what is going on. . . Bob fell under Sue’s spell in no time at all. . .

So why does Fred hate George? And what happened to George’s arms? Why does it take George so long to remember Sue? Why is Sue not surprised by any of this? And what happened to their ship? They were Galactic Superheroes. And now they are three strange aliens on the Red Planet when Happyman and Green Monster arrive from another planet on the top of Happyman’s car.

. . .

There were the Hoo Hoos – three alarmed creatures that all sing “Hoo” together all of the time. This series uses hand-written titles over the video – so you can read what they are singing. Hoo is difficult to translate. Old Fingerhead hates the Hoo Hoos. They periodically infest his ship. They sneak aboard and live there for days and he doesn’t even know. This has been going on for decades.

Old Fingerhead finally had conclusive proof to that the Hoo Hoos have been living on his ship – without him knowing – for all of this time. He’s always suspected them. He attacks the three Hoo Hoos with his ship while they flee. George takes down Old Fingerhead, Sue captures Old Fingerhead, and Fred bags Old Fingerhead.

. . .

Fred (just) knows this is going on. It’s his ‘special sense’, his superpower. He just ‘knows’ when someone/ones, or something, is in trouble, somewhere, in the galaxy. He changes color and becomes emotional when his special sense is activated.

George pilots the ship. He’s the navigator and pilot. Fred says where the trouble is, George get’s them there and neutralizes the threat. It’s his favorite thing to do. Navigator-pilot-commando.

Sue’s head now has been detached. It’s very calming. The opposing agent is held in her power – a mildly-telepathic hypnosis – allowing a rational calm to pervade the mood of the adversary. A willing to listen to reason.

If necessary Fred scoops them up and takes them in.

He seemed to let Old Fingerhead go this time.

Back on the Red Planet:  Fred blames George for getting them stranded. He thinks George made a mistake – screwed up – and crashed them on the Red Planet. The accident was bad. George lost his arms and his memory.

Happyman and Green Monster showed up to the Red Planet almost a year after Fred, George, and Sue crashed there. George’s memory has just now (e17) started to come back. That George kidnapped Bob with his feet, seems evidence of a significant step in his recovery.

About a month after they arrived, Sue left for the Underworld, then they all split up. Sue found that the Underworld was green, with a mighty stream. Sue grew plants, food, and flowers, using the running water in a natural underground ecology. George found a tall mountain peak away from Fred – ‘George Mountain’. Fred found some nice local hot springs that create a soothing red mist where he could lurk quietly, and forget his great fall from power.

Sue knows what’s going on with Bob and Happyman, and Fred and George. She also knows that Bob will be fine. Bob is the first man Sue has ever met that didn’t know she was a superhero. She is naturally charmed by his innocence, but cannot allow her superpowers to influence his decision making. Fred does not give her enough credit.

And that’s the end before it was.

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