In which anti-shippers prove not watching scenes they don’t like and then meta’ing about how they’re not important makes them look foolish.
Regina expressing a desire for romantic love.
Here we have Tink offering to help her find love and she doesn’t think it’s possible.
Tinker Bell: You know, I’ve got an idea. I can help people find what they need, Regina.
Regina: And what do I need?
Tinker Bell: You don’t even know? That’s so sad. Regina, love. You need love.
Regina: You’re gonna help me find another soulmate?
Tinker Bell: It is possible to find love again. I’ve never seen pixie dust fail. It will find you your perfect match. If you let it, you’ll find your happy ending.
And here we have Regina expressing regret that she didn’t allow herself to take a chance on love.
And here we have Snow telling her not to hold herself back and… shockingly she goes and finds the man she has feelings for.
Don’t let anything hold you back.
And here we have Regina wishing she’d taken a chance on love decades ago.
Regina: This makes me wonder why we didn’t do this a few decades ago.
Essentially the entire season 3 and 4A plot revolves around Regina’s desire for this relationship and for romantic love in general and her belief that her loss of it is karmic. That’s why she goes looking for the author. It is her central motivating force.
No matter how much whining you do about the idiocy of the pixie dust plot device will change that this is the story they told. If it’s the story they should have told is a debatable point. If there were better stories they could have told is a debatable point. But pretending that this material isn’t relevant just because you don’t want it to be is silly.
Oh and let’s go back to how her entire soul broke in two. So you don’t like Outlaw Queen. How about some Stable Queen.
REGINA MILLS HAS A STORY THAT IS EXPLICITLY ONE OF WANTING, LOOSING, AND REDISCOVERING ROMANTIC LOVE (AND LOOSING IT AGAIN).
If you are saying that is not her story you have willfully ignored entire swaths of the narrative that don’t fit your desires. Frankly I don’t care. You are perfectly welcome to not like Outlaw Queen (or Stable Queen but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Stable Queen). But you look like a fool to sit here and argue that Regina doesn’t want romantic love.
This is the danger of skipping scenes you do not like and not taking the writing of your NoTP seriously while still claiming to meta about one of the characters involved.
You can not discuss Regina Mills canon story and ignore Outlaw Queen. You can’t.