the meaning behind my title


Even if you don’t speak french, you have to watch this video because it is the most horrifying thing you will ever see. We were forced to watch this show for grade 10 french and to this day I still have nightmares of the “ananas" 

Things that we want in 4.0

Obviously, spoilers for the Rebuild series follow.

- Mari explained
- What happened during Third Impact (this contains several sub-questons:)
    - Why does everybody hate Shinji
    - What happened to Kaji, Penpen, Toji, Kensuke, etc.
    - Geography questions - Giant eye/mouth, NERV headquarters up high
    - Failures of Infinity (is everybody dead?)
    - Fate of Mark.6/12th Angel/Lilith/Other Evangelions
    - Details of Wille split from Nerv.  Who are the Wille personnel?
    - Mark.09?
    - Wunder creation?  11th Angel or what?
    - Why is Unit 01 in space?
    - Everything from 2.0 end preview

- What is Kaworu’s purpose in general?
- What really happened to Rei from the earlier movies (Rei vision scene)
- Evas fighting each other on beaches
- Gendo explained
- Happier ending (happy Shinji)
- Asuka’s eye explained
- EVA-01 coolness
- Elaboration on new meaning of HIP
- Other new mythology questions (Four Adams?  Black/White Moons?)
- Meaning behind music symbol (most pretentious title ever?)
- My roommate wants to know what’s on the tape player.
- Asuka/Mari friendship (more ;) ?) elaboration
- Explanation of weird organic room in NERV in the first movie
- Lance questions (why no Cassius?  Why two Longinuses?)
- The “Eva’s curse”
- Fate of EVA-13
- Shinji and his dad having dinner together
- Who’s in the Yui photograph?
- Other Yui explanation
- Coffins on the Moon
- Connection to EoE, if there is one


A Subtle Hint of SQ in the Episode Title

A while back someone posted a link to an interview with OUAT show heads Adam & Eddy. Most of the interview was the typical runaround dribble about promoting the show but they did oddly mention that one of the episode titles this season, “Heroes and Villains”, was inspired by the Beach Boys song of the same name.

At the time I was simply amused by the randomness of that information, like what audience were they selling that point of interest to? Geriatric Disney fans? It was just so strange that they would make a point to mention that, especially given that the term ‘heroes and villains’ is so generic that it could have come from anywhere.

So I listened to the song and Googled the lyrics and some interesting things presented themselves. So here is my breakdown and analysis of the meaning behind the title of the 4A final:

“Heroes And Villains” by The Beach Boys

I’ve been in this town so long that back in the city
I’ve been taken for lost and gone
And unknown for a long long time

(Me: This seems to most reflect Emma’s perspective in the show, so right away the “narrator” of the song/story is presented as the “hero of the story”.

Show chronology-wise I wanna say that this is after the 3A final when Emma returns to Storybrooke from NY with her memories intact but still has the life she and Henry built in NY primarily on her mind. Perhaps because before Regina gave them a life there, Emma would have never have been 'missed’ by anyone or thought of as 'lost and gone’, as the lyrics seem to imply, because she had no connections there until Regina’s spell)

Fell in love years ago
With an innocent girl
From the Spanish and Indian home
Home of the heroes and villains

(Me: This is all about Regina, and since we’ve established that the narrator is Emma, this is also all Swan Queen. The narrator states right off that they fell in love with the following person described. This person is described as female, innocent, Latin, and hailing from the “home of the heroes and villains”. Regina is female and of Latin heritage hailing from the “home of heroes and villains”. Which, depending on your perspective, is a reference to the Enchanted Forrest, Storybrooke, or the Charming/Swan-Mills households.

As for the “innocent girl” part; Regina was an innocent young girl once and Emma has long since come to see Regina as more of a victim of circumstances, rather than focusing on her bad deeds. So to imagine that Emma might, with the aid of creative license, call Regina an “innocent girl” is not a hard thing to do. Others may debate this but I think that it’s pretty obvious that this section is about Regina, and confirms SQ. Or at least Emma’s feelings about Regina)

Once at night Catillian squared the fight
And she was right in the rain of the bullets that eventually brought her down
But she’s still dancing in the night
Unafraid of what a dude’ll do in a town full of heroes and villains

(Me: Honestly can’t say what “Catillian squared the fight” means, I tried to look it up but my best guess from context clues is this; the girl, possibly named Catillian, made the fight between the heroes and villains even and fair somehow. Continuing with the girl = Regina assumption, this could be interpreted as Regina making the fight even in Storybrooke by redeeming herself and fighting on the side of good. Thus having her be a reminder to the heroes that not all villains are irredeemable, and a reminder to the villains of their lost humanity.

And of course, being the outspoken poster child for anti-heroism that she is, makes Regina a target for both sides. The heroes are always suspicious of her and the villains often use that to their advantage. And Regina is sometimes “brought down” by the “rain of bullets” that get thrown at her from all sides, resulting in her brief returns to villainy. Yet she is such an individual that neither side, nor anything that anyone says can hold her back from forging her own path. Irregardless of the dangers that such actions may garner her, or of “what a dude’ll do in a town full of heroes and villains”)

Heroes and villains
Just see what you’ve done

Heroes and villains
Just see what you’ve done

Stand or fall I know there
Shall be peace in the valley
And it’s all an affair
Of my life with the heroes and villains

My children were raised
You know they suddenly rise
They started slow long ago
Head to toe healthy weathy and wise

I’ve been in this town so long
So long to the city
I’m fit with the stuff
To ride in the rough
And sunny down snuff I’m alright
By the heroes and

Heroes and villains
Just see what you’ve done

Heroes and villains
Just see what you’ve done

(Me: All the rest of the song is pure Emma as the savior/hero, with a mention of Henry. No matter if she lives or is taken out one day, Emma trusts that peace will come to Storybrooke because of people like her parents, Regina, and Henry. And that everything, the whole madcap journey that started when she came to Storybrooke, is really just about the affairs of her life “with the heroes and villains” that make up her town and family.

And Emma’s son Henry has grown up now, he’s ready to become a hero like his parents and grandparents before him. He started on the path to become a hero when he was still just a child but also “healthy, wealthy (in spirit as well as monetary possessions), and wise”. The right ingredients to produce a true hero with a good heart.

The last set of lyrics is Emma waxing poetic about how she’s finally found contentment with leaving her past and the city behind her, “so long to the city”. She also mentions how she’s “fit with the stuff, to ride in the rough” i.e. she’s made peace with the strange workings of Storybrooke and is comfortable with things like magic and her fairytale family now. She’s even managed to be accepted in return and be deemed “alright by the heroes and villains” that make up her home.

But as the ever haunting refrain of “heroes and villains, just see what you’ve done” implies, no matter how comfortable Emma is now with the morally-diverse town/family she lives with, she’s still the Savior. Which means she will continue to sheriff her town and fight for justice and peace in Storybrooke. Along with her wife, parents, and son;)