Hook, Line, and Sinker

COLIN O'DONOGHUE

Everyone loves a man in kohl.

After watching “Ariel”, or the sixth episode of the third season of Once Upon a Time, I need to add another fictitious crush to my already long and well-established list. This would be Captain Hook, that sexy brooding pirate that we are never quite sure whose side he’s on (remind you of anyone? *coughJackSparrowcough*). I’ve always loved watching him on screen because hot damn that is one attractive man. Black hair, piercing blue eyes, and a British accent? I never stood a chance. I think I have a type. But throughout the seasons, the crap that Hook put Emma and her family through just made it so hard to have any real empathy for this guy. First off, because he stole another man’s wife: Milah. A definite no-no.

But then, you know, Milah was married to Rumpelstiltskin, before he was the Dark One. He was a coward and she had been branded a coward’s wife. She was morbidly unhappy and so was there really chance that she wouldn’t fall in love with the dashing pirate with the eyes like…well, damn I can’t even think of the right adjective.  Hook seemed to simply enjoy the conquest, but as we move through the episodes you see that he actually really loved Milah. And that he’s been carrying her death around with him like an anchor wrapped around his ankle. Sure,the idea that he truly loved Milah was touched on throughout the seasons but the fact that he was wrapped up in so many of Regina’s and Cora’s nefarious schemes meant that Hook’s heartbreak never really tugged at the heartstrings.

That is until “Good Form”, or the episode that preceded “Ariel”, and we are introduced to Killian Jones, upstanding member of the Royal Navy. You know, until the Dreamshade killed Killian’s big brother. A substance that the Jones brothers had been led to believe was a magical cure-all and was going to save hundreds of lives. Understandably, Killian was absolutely livid. It was that moment in which we learn that Hook a.k.a. Killian became a pirate for legitimate reasons. Not greed, or bloodlust, or anything like that, but because of the lies of his so-called superiors that got his brother killed. Who wouldn’t go a little off the rails? And it is this revelation that lets the audience bond with Hook. And therefore, fall a little in love with him.

Killian Jones

Killian Jones

So when Hook reveals the depth of his feelings for Emma at Echo Cave, I melted into a steaming pile of fangirl right there on my computer chair (because the internet connection at my house is shocking at the moment and the only way I can catch up on all of the amazingness of Once Upon a Time is completely upright in a room that doesn’t let in any of the beautiful sea breeze currently blowing outside). Because Hook has been alone for such a long time, dealing with the death of both his brother and the love of his life all on his own. I imagine he allowed himself a little pleasurable female company whenever he made port, if you catch my drift, but I thoroughly doubt he sat and chatted with those women afterwards. And as for talking to his men, forget about it. Who’d want to serve under a heartsick pirate captain when there’s killing and pillaging to be done? And now that he’s finally learnt to love again, the woman he loves discovers that the love of her life isn’t actually dead at all. Talk about your bad luck. For Hook, I mean.

Neal’s a nice enough guy and everything, but I honestly think that Emma and Neal are done. It’s Hook’s turn for a little bit of happiness,. Yeah, Emma and Neal have Henry and if they got back together they could be one big, happy family (with an actual evil adoptive mother), but life doesn’t work like that. Most of the time. I think it should be Hook’s turn. So, yes, I have boarded the S.S. CaptainSwan.

I really do love they way that Hook and Peter Pan’s relationship has been turned on its head. I mean, it has completely destroyed my childhood, but the idea that Hook is the good guy and Pan is a selfish, twisted man who sacrificed his son in order to live in some magical land he had only ever seen in his dreams? Kind of extremely brilliant. Like discovering that Rumpelstiltskin was the Beast or that the Evil Queen was Ursula or that Red Riding Hood was a werewolf. Or that David is only “Prince Charming” because Snow White gave him the nickname. Ingenious. This show is so addictive that you can forgive the occasional spot of bad acting for the sake of the brilliance of the show itself. I watched all of Season 1 in a day. So if you haven’t started watching this show, first of all sorry about all the spoilers, but secondly make sure that you have at least half a day to spare because you will be glued to your screen. Enchanted, if you will.

“My secret is…I never thought I’d be capable of letting go of my first love, my Milah, to believe that I could find someone else. That is, until I met you.”

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About Bec Graham

Bec Graham, 24, was born on the wrong continent. Everything from her burns-like-paper skin tone to her inability to cope with the slightest hint of a hot day suggests she should have been born under the gloomy skies and mild sun of the UK. She hopes writing will get her to her rightful home one day. Failing that, she scans the skies for a spinning blue police box, hoping to catch a lift back to the motherland.
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