Regina. They telling that she doesn’t feel jealousy of Neal don’t make her issues go away, for me the way she reacted when Regina told her that she need someone saving her, was like someone saying “if everyone needs to save you that means that you cant be the savior, you dont need to be” and her suddenly power was her way in proving that she can do it. Actually I think that only one who make she feel secure to be who she actually is, was Regina but I dont know. thats why huts them to be apart.
Well, we can only hope that there IS some point to this, and that it’ll go along the lines of your thoughts, Anon. But judging by the bubbly TV Line interview, it seems like they’re simply trying to show Emma’s walls ‘crumbling’ down this way. Opening up to him, being “excited about getting to know this person” sans chasing monster-of-the-week? And that seems to be perfectly on par with the entire construction around his character. Meaning, he is a ‘romantic hero’ who used to be this handsome piratey scoundrel (with of course quite a banal ‘downfall’, seeing that before pirate-dom, he was nothing but a privileged arsewipe, uh sorry—a ‘noble gentleman’ *snort*) who is now changed only because he
wants to get in her pants loves her. And that is why we had ridiculous, banal scenes such as one with Charming when he tells him “You’re never gonna get Emma, I’ll see to that” and Hook replied with “It’s a good thing you’re gonna die then”, only to be toasted by this same Charming only five minutes later for ‘being a hero’. All these things that are forcefully perpetuating this ‘romantic hero’ notion of him (because hey, it’s not like he has any other purpose anyway, thanks to their ‘inventive’ writing) seem to be whiplash inducing, no? So this ‘Saviour Dee’ kinda seems to be perfectly on par with it, if you ask me.
(A sidenote: as I already said numerous times, I loved Hook as unapologetic bastard as he was, because he was what he was—but trying to make him what he is NOT is now affecting the main character his entire ‘storyline’ evolves around, Emma—and it’s affecting her in the most hideous of ways. So that is our main issue here.)
Therefore, while there IS a possibility that they’re trying to do something like you suggested there, it most definitely didn’t need to be so drastic, no? Especially because that part of journey where she was ‘Emma Charming’ (trying to be what everyone needs her to be, not what she actually is, as you nicely summed it up) that started after her return from EF in S2… kinda ended at the beginning of S3, when she rounded them all up on that beach and gave them the “I’m now your leader, so either help me get my son back or get out of the way” speech. So while a LOT of her issues remained and they most probably always will (the Lost Girl) she should’ve made at least five whole paces after that ‘family, destiny, burden’ thing?
So howevermuch she’s ‘tired of living in the past’ (as she said in Jolly Roger, where it was probably a hint of what was to come, here?) as I already suggested, unless this is some weird dream where she literally sees herself being pushed into being what she’s just not… what we personally see on these promo pics is, well, more what we don’t see—is anything that even remotely resembles (personality, style, temperament, anything) Emma Swan. And especially if she was ‘taking the power back’ by proving that she can do it. Because while we do understand what JMo said (the guard being up so much that she hadn’t felt like she could express the “soft feminine and romantic” side of herself, which IMHO sounds like a whole lot of projecting on her behalf, but hey) don’t you think that this is a little drastic?
Like a little a lot?
So much that even this…
…seems like a way more appealing option now, as at least it had SOME Emma Swan in it, what with being awkwardly shoehorned into a princess role that she’ll always have a problem to fully accept?
Or that is, if we’re talking about Emma Swan that we used to know anyway.