Anonymous asked: What was it about Captain Swan in season 3 that turned you off them, if you don't mind me asking? I'm just surprised, because I know you ship Delena & I think they have a lot of similarities
Okay, I hope I won’t upset anybody with this, because I know a lot people really love Hook/Emma and to a certain extent I understand why and I don’t want to rain on anybody’s parade, so… you’ve been warned.
I think the big problem with Captain Swan for me is that the writers are writing it like it’s any other ship in the OUAT-verse which means disregarding the complexities and focusing on serving up lots of shipper-pleasing ‘moments’, however cliched and/or improbable they may be.
It’s been too easy for them - and by the same token too forced. Hook went from being someone who left Emma and her mother to die - and her son to grow up without his mother - to someone who will fight for her and her cause and be, you know, the one who believes in her and will win her heart etc way too quickly. He went from being someone who would try to murder a young woman to get revenge on someone else to someone who’s put this 300 year old revenge plot behind him and chills with the person he was out to get for centuries.
And Emma’s feelings for Hook, her acceptance of them and of him has gone far too quickly too. I can well understand Emma being attracted to him and I could see that in season 2. But I do not feel the transition from attraction to that attraction being something she was interested in or willing to pursue was well handled. The fact that the relationship has progressed to the point where a misty eyed moment between them takes precedence in the writers’ minds over Henry saying what could be a forever goodbye to the father he just found - literally, we pan away from their hug to sexy pirate time - really, really bothers me.
But all issues of focus aside, what I don’t like about the way Hook/Emma has been written in season 3 is that the show is ignoring Hook’s problematic past. He is being painted as the kind of loveable rogue who maybe doesn’t always do the ‘right’ thing, but it’s okay because he believes in “good form”. That’s not what I saw when he bullied a man weaker than himself. It’s not what I see in someone who encouraged and aided a woman in leaving her child, who sold that child out to Pan basically for having the nerve to be upset about that. It’s not what I saw a few days back when he made deals with the likes of Cora, thereby being complicit in slaughter, when he hit Belle and was ready to kill her. He’s actually been a bad person until very recently and for me a tragic backstory doesn’t erase that - Regina and Rumple have those too, after all, and insofar as their actions have been, arguably, more extreme than Hook’s, the terrible experiences that have shaped them have also been more extreme than Hook’s.
It shouldn’t be that easy for someone with that kind of history to be trusted or liked or treated as a stand up guy by the writers. Sure, he helped David get the magic water, sure, he came along to the island in the first place. But he’s there for Emma. The only reason he’s currently not murdering girls for revenge is because that revenge has apparently stopped mattering to him because he’s fixated on another woman. And I’ve seen little to suggest that there’s any reason he’s helping that woman other than a desire to get into her pants - or be her true love, idek, same difference as far as I’m concerned.
(And please don’t remind me of that time he told Neal he’d step aside and let him have a go with her, because I will gag all over again. And not just because it was an empty promise.)
I know many disagree, but I have found that up to now Neal/Emma has been written as a real world relationship, in which flaws and failings are confronted, in which complexity thrives rather than being stamped out. I had very much hoped that Hook/Emma would be written the same way. But what I see so far is a fairytale romance that is beneath both of the characters.
Look, you guys, I’m just not interested in another Stefan Salvatore situation, in which we ignore all of Hook’s shit when we want him to be Mr Perfect for the sake of a ship, in which we ignore that the roots of that ship are creepy as fuck when that has the potential to be the most interesting thing about it.
(If you’re wondering what I find creepy as fuck it’s that Hook once won the heart of Neal’s mother, a woman he was obsessed with for centuries, and now within days of meeting her, he’s determined to win the heart of the mother of Neal’s child. Yikes.)
In summary, I think the writing has sucked for this pairing. And though the actors have chemistry… chemistry is not enough to keep me interested.