Personally I still can´t believe/take it seriously that Regina has emotionally ties to the Robin who died. For me it was like Regina saw a stone somewhere on the ground, took it said "Now I love you/you are my true love" or some other similiar bs. No version of Robin is worthy. I even would find it more believable if Grumpy would be her love interest, because at least there is some history. Regina deserved so much better and not this punishment.
True. It’s ridiculous. He was as random as much as their token lesbians (from their Very Special Gay Episode™) were shoved–as a “here ya go, you can now shut up about representation” at those of us who have been here from day#1, totally engrossed into the beautifully organic
dynamics between the Heroine of the story, Emma Swan (MIA since circa mid S3) and the Antihero, the Evil Queen, butchered when this limpet of a LI has been attached to her arse, because–straightwashing?
And then multiple convoluted storylines down the line, this version of FrobinHood (fake Robin
Hood) might be less bland and with more spunk, but it makes this writing
choice even more contradictory. Because if he’s a common ale-chugging
thief that steals for himself, and if the new ‘mended’ EQ is now
supposed to be the same like Regina herself (the mix of all the
darkness, the weight of guilt, but also having strength of love,
remorse–and the consequences of things she’s done to try to redeem
herself?) shouldn’t he be even LESS worthy of her? And then on top of
that, there’s the fact that they were ‘destined’ back when all three of
them (both Frobins and Reginas) were different people–after which they
took different paths and pixiedust means jack shit anyway, as we know
from Rumple’s father?
So if it’s our experiences and choices that make us the
people that we are… then yeah. She’s now ‘given’ (literally and
metaphorically) to a complete stranger who has nothing in common with
the man she thought she loved (I still believe that it was desperation, not love–fight me on this) and then the people that she killed (the King and Queen
nonetheless) don’t matter because they ‘weren’t real’, and Pinecone
(inexplicably not aged) somehow is? Why?
Because he’s wearing the same fugly mug of the wife-cheating
hypocrite who once ‘gave’ her so much that he filled her heart with as
much love as her son did–enough to give some to the EQ to make her..
.what, loving? Lovable? Remorseful? She’s still fucking halved, and all for what? To satisfy one part of the crowd. But not the tiny shipper group
called OQ (there’s like 8.5 of them out there, plus their Twitterbots)
but the bland dim GA who gets attached to that white dude hero and he gets the girl no matter what–because that’s everyday heteronotmative ‘romance’ for ya?
And to get there, they had to
keep bringing him back, retconning the retcon out of retcon, because–third time is the charm. ‘Cause you know, egomaniacs would never admit the mistake, and here they made two: the first was how they ‘wrote’ him (random, non-existant characterization–relying on us to project the ‘Robin Hood’ lore into him) and second, the casting. Because in order for a ship to be popular (yeah, they ‘don’t write ships’ my shapely arse) the casting needs to be spot on. It’s the reason why many problematic ships are so popular (good acting, apart from good looks?) and SMeag however failed big time–he was dull, boring, lacked the charisma and anything but leading man material. He’s probably still counting his blessings that he landed a job for being so incredibly unlikable.
(Hell, he had to resort to internet harassment to win all ten of his fans, didn’t he?) Meanwhile, the bottom of the barrel was appealed to, and producers counted their Disney dollars. There are inevitabilities in the American media game, that tend to involve horrible people making their living off of the stupidity of a stupified public, because thinking too hard about the awful world around is harder than mindlessly consuming the candy given in the form of popular entertainment. It’s a formula, one that the so called shippers of ouat, mainly OQ and CS’ers, mindlessly promote for their own twisted reasons.