i’m gonna be like the cool kids && make a forever starter call. basically if you like this you’re saying it’s totally 100% a-okay for me to randomly tag you in starters so we can interact more. && YEAH I THOUGHT IT WAS A COOL IDEA SO YEAH MHM. okay bye.
I’m apparently in a mood, so I’m just gonna keep going.
I watched the show when it started, I’ve been watching faithfully every week. If Captain Swan had never become a thing, if Hook had never been introduced as he is, and the show had continued the way it was in season one, I would STILL WATCH IT … I wouldn’t be in the fandom, I wouldn’t really have any ship that was tethering me, but I LOVED THE SHOW IN SEASON ONE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO LOVE THE SHOW NO MATTER WHAT. I loved the show even before I was part of the fandom and I STILL enjoy season one, I’m not one of those “I can’t watch this season cuz Hook’s not in it’ … I love the show for what it IS. I always have.
If there had been no Killian and Emma had ended up with someone else, I’d still be watching the show, but I wouldn’t be in the fandom, I wouldn’t have a ship … it’d just be a show I enjoy watching as a casual viewer, going along with where the story goes, cuz I LIKE THE STORY. *gasp*
The thing is though, that they DID write Captain Swan. They DID make Killian Emma’s PERFECT MATCH. They DID give me a tether to the fandom with these two. But Captain Swan didn’t MAKE me fall in love with the show, I was already IN love with it. And with its perfectly flawed and beautiful main character. Captain Swan just GAVE ME the story I had been hoping, from the PILOT, that Emma Swan would have.
But I didn’t start out watching the show for Captain Swan, and CS isn’t the ONLY thing I like about it. I love Snowing and Henry and Regina at times can be very amusing. I LIKE OQ in all its soap opera angst. I love Zelena and I love Cora. I loved how season one set up the world for us, and then the subsequent seasons expanded on it, made it grow, made it more than just a “story of the week” kinda show. I really loved the Frozen arc cuz I liked seeing Anna and Elsa brought to life, Once-style. I LOVED 4B and the Queens of Darkness, it’s probably my favorite arc to date. I like seeing the new twists on all the old fairytales. I watch episodes that feature characters who maybe aren’t my favorite, BECAUSE I STILL LOVE THE STORY THEY’RE TELLING.
I love everything about this show, and to hear people automatically assume that all I care about is a SHIP makes me mad and offends me. I LOVE Captain Swan, they are the lights of my life – but I guarantee you I could have a very detailed, serious discussion about this show and all the amazing stuff it does without bringing up a single, solitary ship.