darthsavior replied to your post: do you ever watch a clip of ouat where…
we kind of all cite parts of season 1 as the peak, but there were dozens of times this season i felt like it was my mantra. how many times did emma need to promise regina a happy ending? how many romantic speeches did they give to/abt each other? y?
Agreed, completely. When I watched season one the first time there was chemistry of course, and eye-rolling kinds of moments (”how to get the saviour to taste my forbidden fruit” being the standard example of course) because it was shippy and a little ridiculous. But honestly each season has steadily gotten worse/better with these kinds of moments because they only got more and more outlandishly shippy and romantic (culminating in that season finale where Emma literally does the thing all true love couples do and sacrifice her life purely to protect Regina).
It’s like, season one had plausible deniability. I can buy season one as somewhat accidental and actor chemistry and maybe a few jokes that dipped into ship stuff. But the writers need to explain to me what the purpose of any of the Regina/Emma moments since The Cricket Game (at the latest) have been if not romantic. And I agree, this season especially has made me say it over and over and over. Emma promising repeatedly to give Regina her happy ending, choosing Regina, contacting Regina, sacrificing her life for Regina, being relieved and happy to see her, trying to talk to her, it being so important that Regina is safe and happy and cared for. (And I feel like the reverse of this started back in season 2, where Regina really started to truly care about Emma and I started just holding up my hand while watching going are you fucking kidding me.)
(Actually, and this is slightly off topic, but I feel like season 4 is the reverse of season 2 in general because in retrospect I definitely read that as the season Regina started to realize she had feelings for Emma, And now I feel like season 4 has been about Emma doing the same kind of big things that Regina did, and now that she made that huge sacrifice she realizes how important Regina is to her. So, just saying, logical progression would be:
- season 2: Regina develops feelings for Emma; sacrifices her life to save Emma and Henry
- season 3: they work together and develop a friendship
- season 4: Emma develops feelings for Regina; sacrifices her life to save Regina
- season 5: they work together and develop a romantic relationship)