i am so incredibly profoundly disappointed with ouat’s take on neverland and the “pan is actually the villain” twist, and hook’s backstory, for that matter
wHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO TRACE BACK TO STORYBROOKE oh my god, like, give me hook and pan who’ve been dueling for centuries in a bitter rivalry and it’s been so long that nobody can even remember why it started, but every battle pan does something horrible enough that they just keep it going anyway, it’s not like you need a reason to hate a demon, after all
pan controlling ultimate access to/from neverland, using it to kidnap children and to keep hook and his crew from escaping, because after all, everybody needs a nemesis
WHAT IF HOOK AND PAN ARE THE ONLY IMMORTAL ONES??? and hook’s crew are lost boys he’s rescued from pan who have grown up and sworn their fealty to him for getting them away from pan/the shadow’s influence
hook purposely drinking from the spring that makes you live forever (and traps you in neverland, as the price) because he came here with his brother searching for adventure and liam died and it’s all killian’s fault, he deserves this hell, he deserves this empty, endless fight for vengeance
mermaids as true neutral parties; helping whichever side offers the better deal at the time
tinkerbell cursed to neverland by the jealous, tyrannical fairy queen, being antagonistic friends with hook because they disagree about the best way to fight pan because wow, if you thought pirates were bloodthirsty, you’ve got no idea. she has visions. she knows everything about everyone, she’s manipulative. she knows killian’s future, and she thinks the best way to get him there is to be rough so he’ll be strong enough to face it
LIAM AS THE CROCODILE. LIAM’S SOUL DYING BY PAN’S POISON. BEING WARPED INTO A GHOUL THAT HAUNTS THE SWAMPS ON THE ISLAND. KILLIAN’S WORST NIGHTMARES LITERALLY BROUGHT TO LIFE. HE TRIES SO HARD TO KILL HIM, THAT’S WHAT LIAM WOULD WANT, BUT FAILS EACH TIME BECAUSE IT’S STILL THE ONLY PART OF HIS BROTHER HE HAS LEFT. THE ONLY THING HE HAS THAT MAKES HIM FEEL HUMAN
henry being taken by pan. emma and her parents following him there, being taken in by pan’s charms at first, not realizing that he’s slowly poisoning them with his shadow. hook discovering them—adults!!! pan never would have taken them, there’s definitely something weird going on. hook feeling a spark he hasn’t felt in years, fighting with this woman with her blonde hair and determined scowl, something different than the dull, numb, angry fog he’s floated in for so many years
david being the first to realize that there’s something not right about pan. sneaking away to meet with hook. forging a secret pact to get emma, henry and mary margaret away from the lost boys
EMMA BEING THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO PAN’S MAGIC. SHE’S A LOST GIRL, AFTER ALL. HAVING TO CONQUER HER OWN INSTINCTS IN ORDER TO SAVE HERSELF
HOOK AND EMMA HELPING EACH OTHER GET THEIR SPARK BACK, INSPIRING EACH OTHER TO FIGHT TO SURVIVE
EMMA HELPING HOOK KILL LIAM’S GHOST. FALLING IN LOVE, REALIZING THAT—FUCK, HE CAN’T LEAVE THE ISLAND. MARY MARGARET AND DAVID GOING OFF TOGETHER TO TRY AND FIND A CURE SO THEIR DAUGHTER DOESN’T HAVE TO LOSE THE MAN SHE LOVES
IDK OKAY JUST THE NEVERLAND ARC WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTING FOR ME I’M JUST BRAINSTORMING HERE
WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS????? I WILL NEVER BE OVER THE GIANT DISAPPOINTMENT THAT WAS THE NEVERLAND ARC AND HOOK’S BACK STORY. LITERALLY DOZENS OF ALTERNATIVES, ALL BETTER THAN THE STORY WE GOT. LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.
- Hook as a lost boy that grew up and escaped
- Hook as a grown up Peter pan
- Hook as Peter pan’s twin brother who helped him create and rule never land, and watched his brother corrupted by evil magic
THESE ARE THE ONES THAT HURT ME THE MOST MAN, GOD. I AM MESS, DONE FOR THE NIGHT, WILL NOT RECOVER.
i mean, i am 10000% behind the decision to make peter pan the villain and turn captain hook into emma swan’s anti-hero love interest but if you’re gonna subvert peter pan there are literally a dozen different ways to make it really interesting and exciting and they chose, let’s see, FUCKING NONE OF THEM
a million different versions of hook as a grown up lost boy. or pan as he and milah’s corrupted son. pan being created by hook, a literal manifestation of his anger and thirst for revenge for his brother’s death/milah’s death/whatever. JUST SOMETHING WITH SOME MEAT ON IT, GOD
also someone talk to me about “emma gets kidnapped to neverland as a teenager” AUs
I’d totally watch (or read) any of these alternate plots go down. Neverland was AWFUL. (And really, there’s only so many ways that new characters can tie in to an already creepily convoluted family tree.)
[My back pocket rant about OUAT:
apparently Snow & Charming are the only people capable of true love? Whaaaat? No one else, ever? Their children are the only products of true love ANYWHERE? Man, it sucks to live and love in Storybrooke/Enchanted Forest. Mini back pocket rant over.]
currently experiencing the joy of fanfic planning with another person and it is glorious. and slightly daunting.
I’ve been slowly convincing a friend to read fanfic (she was very resistant on principle), and she just sent me a super detailed outline for a Steve x Darcy fic I’m reasonably certain neither of us have the skill to keep short. Or possibly ever complete.
FISTPUMPS OF VICTORY, regardless.
Currently rewatching the 2-part season 1 finale of Stargate Atlantis. I love this guy. He’s so great.
…And now I’m sad. Literally my least favorite part of the finale eps.