Friday, February 14, 2014

Ships That aren't Shipping -- Part Three: Emma and Hook from Once Upon a Time



Welcome to the third installment on my series of posts about ships that aren't shipping, but totally should be. 
If you missed it, there had previously been: Part One -- Felicity and Oliver from Arrow and Part Two -- Charlie and Monroe from Revolution. 
Today we're visiting the relationship between Emma and Hook on Once Upon a Time...

Yes, mystical memory loss may be a small relationship problem. 
 I really love this show. I love the relationships and the character dynamics and the spin on fairy tales... its just all so good, sometimes cheesy, but its cheesy goodness that I can't get enough of. So I've been really missing it while its taking a mid-season break, especially considering the cliffhanger they left us with; Emma and Henry have their memories changed and erased to believe they always lived together and never went to Storybrooke. The first half of this season had been building a kind of love triangle between Hook, Emma and Neal/Bae. For a while it seemed Neal/Bae had the advantage, being Henry's biological father and all, but quite frankly, Hook is one charming bastard, and there was always some definite chemistry between him and Emma from the very first episode they shared. Lucky for the Emma/Hook fans (what do they call that? Hemma? Emook? Neither sounds very appealing!) the couple shared a very intense kiss, with Emma vowing it would never happen again. Of course, I'm sure many people's response to that was something along the lines of "yeah right." 
While Hook was doing his best to charm Emma, he also took the attitude of not forcing the issue with her. If she wanted to be with Neal, he was pretty much going to step back and let that be her choice, because he cared for her so much, that her happiness was the most important thing to him. If that's not romantic, I don't know what the hell is! It made me want their relationship to work all the more. 
But let's get back to that cliffhanger, shall we? Storybrooke was destroyed, and everyone was going to return to the land where they came from, except for Emma and Henry, who are technically of this world (though, since Emma wasn't born here, even though she was the one to break the curse... well, anyway, we'll just go with it. I think they did have an explanation for that, but I can't remember.) So, some amount of time goes by, six months, a year, I'm not sure now. But Emma and Henry are living a happy life, and then one morning, there's a knock on the door. Emma answers it to find Hook. Of course she doesn't remember him and the look on her face is something along the lines of "what the HELL?" I mean, you'd think the same thing if a pirate turned up on your doorstep... albeit an totally hot one. 
But anyway, Hook tells Emma that her family is in trouble and she needs to help them, and that it was incredibly hard for him to even get back to this world to find her. But of course, love drove him, and then he announces (I think he did anyway) that he was going to give her the kiss of true love to break the spell... except it doesn't work and she punches him before slamming the door in his face. I can't wait to see what happens when this show returns, I'm sure its going to be great because Once Upon a Time never fails to impress. And I'm choosing to believe that the kiss of true love didn't work because technically Emma isn't under a curse, or some small technicality like that. Anyway, Hook and Emma's relationship is just getting started (I hope) and I'm sure its going to be more than a little entertaining when Hook is attempting to fix things.





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