This will contain major spoilers for season 5 of Once Upon a Time, most specifically, Episode 21, “Last Rites”.
Now, before I begin, I will give a recap of the episode so everyone is up to speed. Again, major spoilers for a plot twist, and the entire episode, as well as some bits from earlier in the season and probably the series. I am using the recap from
http://comicbook.com/2016/05/08/once-upon-a-time-season-5-episode-21-recap-with-spoilers-last-ri/ with a few of my own modifications.
“The episode begins in present day Storybrooke, where Hades (Greg Germann), Zelena (Rebecca Mader), and her baby are celebrating his beating heart (acquired the last episode with True Love’s Kiss and breaking the curse on him). Zelena trusts Hades so much that she even gives him the baby, while she looks for her sister, Regina (unknowing that Hades tried to trap her, Robin, Emma, Henry, and David in the Underworld, after attempts to rescue Killian were unsuccessful). Then, King Arthur (Liam Garrigan) appears, having just escaped. Hades, even though he found a lot in common with Arthur (Imprisoned, but meant to rule a kingdom), kills him anyways. Meanwhile, Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) organizes a search party to find Arthur, consisting of Merida (Amy Manson) and the dwarves, and then she reunites with David (Josh Dallas), Henry (Jared Gilmore), and Emma (Jennifer Morrison). Zelena finds Regina (Lana Parilla) and Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) elsewhere and is disappointed to learn that Hades tricked them, but adds that if they go after him, they will do so at their own peril. Then, down in the Underworld, a distraught, recently killed Arthur finds himself face to face with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). Arthur has a lot of “unfinished business” to deal with, and it’s going to take a seriously good deed to get him to move on to “the better place.” As such, the unlikely duo of Hook and Arthur decide to go on a quest: to figure out how to defeat Hades. Hook and Arthur look for pages of the Storybook that may contain information on Hades’ weaknesses. Arthur’s past as a king comes in handy when he figures out exactly where Hades would hide such secrets: in his throne. Hook reads over the pages and says that they contain information on “the way to destroy a god.” When Zelena tells Hades that Regina is going after him, he cleverly claims that he would turn himself in for her protection. Of course, Zelena is so touched by the gesture that she insists that he does not. They decide instead to fight back, with two powerful Olympian crystal daggers. As they plan their method of attack, Hades proposes that they can ultimately rule the Underworld together. Then, Hades gets a call from Rumple, who’s offering a deal: Rumple will protect him in exchange for a piece of Olympian crystal. Hades declines. Regina figures that the least they could do is use a secret tunnel to meet with Zelena and maybe get Robin’s baby back. Emma wants to help, but Regina won’t let her- as she’s too emotional. Regina and Robin have a heart-to-heart on their way through the tunnel and decide to give Zelena yet another chance. Elsewhere, Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) meets with Belle’s father. She can only wake up from True Love’s Kiss after putting herself under a sleeping curse to protect her baby from Hades, after Rumplestiltskin signed the baby away with a contract many years ago to save his son, Baelfire. She needs her father, since Rumple tried it, but it didn’t work (meaning they “un-became” True Love). Her father refuses to help Rumple, and before Rumple can threaten him too much, Emma interrupts, asking Rumple how to kill Hades. A distressed Emma is adamant in destroying Hades and isn’t willing to wait as her family figures out how. Back in the Underworld, Hook and Arthur meet with Cruella De Vil (Victoria Smurfit) and ask her how to speak with people in the mortal realm. She already destroyed the phone booth, so now there is theoretically no way to make contact. Instead, they go after the Storybook that Cruella hid deep underground, near the River of Souls. One of the souls tries to pull Arthur under, and another tries to steal the book. But ultimately, they are able to retrieve it safely. Hook tells Arthur that Hades can only be killed with the Olympian crystal. He hopes that adding the information to the Storybook below will have a mirrored effect on the Storybook up above, so Emma can figure out how to defeat Hades. Sure enough, Emma’s copy of the book flips open right to the page detailing the info. Nearby, Hades is ready to fight, even though Zelena would rather take their Olympian crystal and go, ruling elsewhere. They don’t have much time to discuss, before Emma starts using her magic to get inside. Regina and Robin are also nearby, sneaking around. Zelena realizes that Emma is trying to kill Hades, and while they argue, Robin and Regina grab the baby. Hades is there, ready to stop them. Hades shoots a ray at Regina with the Olympian crystal, and Robin jumps in front to protect her, sacrificing himself, and dying, as the Olympian crystal causes you to cease to be, no afterlife or anything, you’re just gone. Zelena re-enters, and both Hades and Regina try to convince her that the other is lying. While Hades is distracted, Regina knocks the crystal out of his hands, and Zelena picks it up. She now has the chance to kill Regina, but she decides to kill Hades instead- realizing that Regina truly loves her. Again in the Underworld, Hook thanks Arthur for all of his help, and then a portal opens. Hook is finally given his opportunity to move on to a better place, and offers Arthur a chance to go with him. He declines, opting to rule the Underworld instead. Hook steps through and finds himself in some sort of limbo, where he meets Zeus, who tells him that it’s time to finally take him “where he belongs.” Then we see Emma, again in Storybrooke, visiting Hook’s grave, finally able to grieve now that Hades is gone. Next, our remaining heroes attend a touching funeral for Robin, and Zelena decides to name the baby after her father. Emma stays behind to have a private moment at the gravesite- and she is shocked to be joined by Hook, who is alive and back in Storybrooke. Lastly, Rumple retrieves a piece of Olympian crystal from where Hades was killed.
Alright. I’m going to focus on mostly the end, although you need the rest for context.
I ship CaptainSwan (Emma x Hook) as much as about 95 percent of the fandom, but this just pisses me off. Everything good always happens to them, and even when something awful happens to them, they always miraculously manage to recover. Rumbelle (Rumplestilskin x Belle), Snowing (Snow x David/Charming), and OutlawQueen (Robin x Regina), ESPECIALLY OutlawQueen always have everything bad happen to them, and rarely, if ever, completely recover.
I love CaptainSwan, I really do, but this angers me. It feels almost like “fan service”.
For those who don’t know, “Fan service” is mainly used in anime, but has been used in other mediums before, and is when a writer or artist (typically of an anime or manga, but again can be used for other terms) puts something in to please the audience.
It feels like the only reason CaptainSwan is a part of the show, since Season 3 in Neverland, is because the fans went crazy for it and demanded the ship become “canon”. It became canon, and the fans kept with it, and I was one of them. I still ship it, but now not as much.
I feel it’s very disrespectful the way they brought Hook back. Robin had just died, and the whole town is super upset. Regina is heartbroken, because SHE JUST LOST HER TRUE LOVE. AGAIN. She already lost Daniel, and now Robin. And what do the writers do? They have Emma and Hook start making out, practically on Robin’s grave. It’s just very disrespectful not only to the memory of Robin, but to, ESPECIALLY to Regina.
And what do I feel like they’re going to do? Just use this as an excuse to try and turn Regina evil again. I hate this, and I know this is probably what is going to happen. Regina has worked so hard for her second chance, and has changed so much from the beginning, and all that is going to go down the drain.
Anyways, this is all just my opinion, and if you hate on me for just because you’re a rabid shipper, take the words of Patrick Stump to heart, “I don’t care what you think, as long as it’s about me.”
So long and goodnight