Dashing Rapscallion

I will be discussing spoilers from the latest episode of Once Upon a Time. If you have not seen that episode yet, you might want to wait until after you do. I’m going to be spoiling something fairly major that happened.

Still with me?

Okay, let’s start with the two words that sparked most of what I have to say:

Dashing rapscallion. 129300_8231

As anyone who has read my previous posts about Once Upon a Time might know, I have a thing for Hook. There’s something about him, the pirate swagger and bravado, the leather, swarthy nature, it just does it for me. It’s akin to the way that when I channel my character Yumi to write, a part of her brain just knows that Ash is attractive and she wants him. It has nothing to do with good, bad, right, or wrong. It is pure id speaking.

Now, last night, Hook shows up in the real world to try and convince the hero Emma Swan that she needs to return to Storybrooke. Emma, who has been living under the spell Regina cast for the last year with Henry, is on a date with some guy named Walsh, who I promptly entitled Captain Dweeb-face because in comparison to Hook, he pales. At least for my id, and that was pretty much the only relevant factor.

Now, an argument could be made that Walsh might be every inch a good guy, and by proxy a better “choice” for Emma. If you ignore the painful writing on the wall, you could say that. This is a television show. It doesn’t bode well for a character to be introduced as the love interest to the main character, and have been said LI for the past eight months off screen. There were no new names included in the opening credits (excluding Mader), and believe me, I looked through the names. I wanted to know if Robert Carlyle was still included in them. (He was, which makes me optimistic for his return.)

So, what could be the reasons for Emma to have a LI over the last eight months? Would it be for the sudden death of a loved one to spurn her on? Or would it be for a sudden, yet inevitable betrayal? (Thank you, Wash.) Given that the one constant for Emma is what she would do for Henry, I doubted seriously that Captain Dweeb-face was the one true love that Emma was going to lose that would break her heart. Between Neil, Graham, and Hook, she has had the opportunity to have that heartbreak, but the only person that she would be devastated over the loss of would be her son.

So, sudden yet inevitable betrayal had to be the reason. And, it was. (Which brings up all sorts of fucked up thoughts on how far had Emma let that relationship go since a marriage proposal had been on the table. I mean, Walsh turned out to be a winged monkey after all…)

What does all this have to do with the words dashing rapscallion? Not much really, but they were what spurned on my thoughts, and made me think. So much so, that I am planning another post soon for the Bad Boy vs the Good Guy. I’d like to take a closer look at what makes them tick.

Comments? Questions? Please feel free to leave them.

Happy New Year!

Okay, so I’m late. Again.

I really meant to get back to this sooner, but I had interviews, and family things, and none of that really matters. I need to do better, and that’s one of the things I am going to do my best to do this year.

So, over the past few weeks, I’ve finished my first editorial pass on my novel, and I just recently finished my second draft. It’s all very exciting, and I feel all the pieces slowly fitting together in a way that just excites me. I know I have a lot more work ahead of me, but I feel reasonably assured that I could publish sometime this year. That’s the goal, and funny enough, my New Year’s Resolution.

I’m saddened by the fact that all my favorite TV shows are mostly on hiatus until after the Olympics. The two “cliffhangers” that have me antsy the most are actually Once Upon a Time and Grey’s Anatomy (my favorite guilty pleasure show). I’m eager to see what the creative minds behind Once Upon a Time will 129300_8231have done with The Enchanted Forest, more than just bring the Wicked Witch there. Are they going to tie in Ginnifer Goodwin’s pregnancy? Are the Ogres still a problem, as was hinted last season? Is Robert Carlyle truly gone from the cast? (I will say that I think they managed to deftly handle the aging of Henry, for now. It could become problematic again if they don’t keep time moving at a good pace.) Plus, Hook. I always need more Hook on my screen.

Grey’s Anatomy though, I’m dying to find out what happened between Jackson Avery and April Kepner. I wanted to smack Jackson for doing that to her, mind you. Don’t get me wrong. I liked Jackson and April when they first got together, but the last year of their relationship has been a constant, “No, I can’t be with you!” from one or the other. Then they introduced Matt, who is adorable and perfect for April. He truly is. He’s going to be the one hurt most from all of this, which is a shame. A pure, unadulterated shame, because I don’t think he’d hurt April, and I think she does love him. (But the obvious writing is that the wedding won’t happen. She might not choose Jackson, but the wedding won’t happen. Prove me wrong, Grey’s!)

HoJosh-Holloway-Intelligencewever, in the interim, I will have a new show on CBS to ogle, er, watch. Josh Holloway, the devastatingly good-looking actor who portrayed conman Sawyer on Lost, is now playing a Chuck-esque role in Intelligence. Plus, it has Red/Ruby from Once Upon a Time. I shall be tuning in to see if that show is worth more than just its eye candy.

That’s it for today. I have a writing-related thoughtful post to come on Points of Views in a novel. For now though, thoughts, questions, comments, leave them here!