Why is everything about C$ so EXPLICITLY transactional?
So I was going to write a late-night drunken rant about how incredibly obnoxious Killy was in the 4.1 script (that is floating around thanks to a CS fan so obviously I don’t want to add it to their post) but as I was drafting it, it struck me again how many moments in their relationship are portrayed as, very specifically and explicitly, onscreen, transactions.
Their first kiss: Killy literally asks for it as
payment thanks for saving Emma’s father’s life.
They start dating: Because, as Emma says onscreen, “You gave up your ship for me?” This after an entire season in which her response to him has been, in JMo’s word, “shunning” him. (Yes, JMo also says that in 3B that’s because Emma is afraid of falling for him–but frankly, onscreen her response to him is lukewarm at best. In the entire season before the finale there was maybe four times when she displays any concern for or attraction to him at all.) But knowing he traded his ship FOR HER sends her into his arms. Explicitly paying him back.
They get engaged: And Killy asks for Emma’s hand in direct response to Charming asking how he can ever repay him.
Why? Why? WHY??? Is this theme repeated over and over for them?