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Emma Swan, 3X01 Heart of the Truest Believer
Such a great moment. And I know everyone was waiting last season to hear this sort of thing from Emma but it does make perfect sense that she’s spouting it all now. She’s so angry. So angry. She blames her parents for losing Henry, and I do believe she blames Snow for losing Neal (not believing in her about Tamara). Last season she found out she has parents and she just wanted to be with them and get to know them. I think the quote about is something she’s always felt but was hesitant in ever stating it because she was so terrified that she would be left behind or abandoned or they wouldn’t want her. She was afraid of being rejected. But now? She can’t hold back how she truly feels.
Damn right she goes out alone in the middle of the damn forest to shoot her damn arrows and listen to her damn rock music to relieve her damn tension because she is Snow Damn White damnit.
This pretty much immediately became my favorite scene, if you guys can’t tell. xD
I’ve come to the conclusion that Mary Margaret is basically exactly what I would be like if I were like 500x cooler than I actually am.
Y’know, and a fairytale character.
… You actually come up with a couple I could get behind shipping, and you kill off one-half of that couple in the same episode? OUCH.
On the plus side, this week’s episode was a BIG step up from last week’s, which I found pointless and saccharine. This one felt much less silly, fleshed out Red’s character nicely, had nice friendship moments between Snow/MM, Red/Ruby, and Emma as well as a truly sweet development of the relationship between Ruby and her grandmother, and had several genuinely surprising twists there at the end. Nicely done, writers. And it looks like the next episode is going to be a goodie as well.
I just wish this show would do better when it comes to the romance. So many of their couples seem to be “one-episode wonders”, and while that might work for some people, I can’t find myself rooting for a couple unless I see a more realistic build-up of the relationship. It’s like these writers think they can just TELL us that couples are in love, and feel no obligation to actually show (or even imply) love growing over time. Red and Peter were a step in the right direction since the show at least bothered to establish that they’d been friends for a long time before falling in love. (To clarify, I don’t need couples to have known each other for years before falling in love or anything - all I’m asking for is some genuine build-up, here.)
To end this mini-review on a more positive note, though, this episode also did a LOT to rehabilitate David’s character in my eyes. I’d been pretty much hating him for the last few episodes, but his reaction to Kathryn’s death was genuinely moving (nice acting, Josh Dallas!) and then him immediately telling Emma to arrest him showed the kind of nobility and honor that this character has been severely lacking outside of the fairytale realm. Since David is clearly meant to be the show’s leading man, I’m thrilled to be able to root for him again.
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