#i love how this episode highlighted how NOT FINE emma and killian are when they’re apart#like on the one hand#you have emma being pushed by her parents to get back with neal#meanwhile she’s super worried about her son and how he’s acting#and of course no one believes her#and emma knows that if this were neverland and hook was around that he would believe her#but he’s not around#and that hurts#on the other hand killian#seeing emma with her family and fitting back into her home in storybrooke is hard for him#it reminds him that he’s an outsider and he doesn’t belong#also he tells neal that he’s backing off pursuing emma to give henry a chance at a family#something he feels responsible for taking away from neal when he was a boy#so he backs off and drinks all night to try to forget the empty feeling in the pit of his stomach#the pain of knowing that he might not get his happy ending with the women he loves#he even (unsuccessfully) attempts to hit on tink because he wants to forget about his feelings for emma#at least for a little while#but he’s fooling no one#especially not tink#i just cry because in an episode like this that highlights love and family so much#killian and emma are both pretty damn miserable#because they aren’t together#*insert not so subtle reference here to 3x03 where tink tells regina that when true love’s aren’t together*#their lives suck
because you deserve a happy ending, emma, and happy endings always start with hope
Gaston really is the most terrifying Disney villain because he could be anyone in the world.
Later he convinces the whole town to set up his wedding with the knowledge that the would-be bride would be thrown into it. Everyone finds his creepy-ass tactics as cute and “boys will be boys” esque. So yeah, he is terrifying.
Yeah, the truly scary thing about Beauty and the Beast isn’t that Gaston exists, but that society fucking loves him. People who deride the movie by saying it’s about Stockholm Syndrome are ignoring that it’s actually about the various ways that truly decent people get othered by society. People don’t trust the Beast because of the way he looks, which only feeds his anger issues and pushes him further away. Gaston isn’t the only one who criticizes Belle for being bookish, either; the whole town says there must be something wrong with her. And her father gets carted off to a mental asylum for being just a little eccentric.
Howard Ashman, who collaborated on the film’s score and had a huge influence on the movie’s story and themes, was a gay man who died of AIDS shortly after work on the film was completed. If you watch the film with that in mind, the message of it becomes clear. Gaston demonstrates that bullies are rewarded and beloved by society as long as they possess a certain set of characteristics, while nice people who don’t are ostracized. The love story between Belle and the Beast is about them finding solace in each other after society rejects them both.
Notice how the Beast reacts when the whole town comes for him. He’s not angry, he’s sad. He’s tired. And he almost gives up because he has nothing to live for. But then he sees that Belle has come back for him, and suddenly he does. In the original fairy tale, the Beast asks Belle to marry him every night, and the spell is broken when she accepts. In the Disney movie, he waits for her to love him, because he cannot love himself. That’s how badly being ostracized from society and told that you’re a monster all your life can fuck with your head and make you stop seeing yourself as human.
Society rewards the bullies because we’ve been brought up to believe that their victims don’t belong. That if someone doesn’t fit in, then they have to be put in their place, or destroyed. And this movie demonstrates that this line of thinking is wrong. It’s so much deeper than a standard “be yourself” message, and that’s why it’s one of my favorite Disney movies.
What’s strange is that, when he is wearing his hood, I always assume he has long hair for some reason, and then when he has his hood down, I like, “When did he cut his hair?” lol
UNDERSTAND ME I NEED TO SEE THIS HAPPENING IN THE NEXT EPISODE
INSTEAD OF ALL THE MISFORTUNES TO COME
IT HAS TO BE THIS
Captain Hook in 3x11 “Going Home” - Promotional Stills