Asked by Anonymous
I do, at least regarding this half of the season. I remember back when we began to speculate about Belle not having much screen time because she wasn’t part of the Neverland crew back before season 3 aired and people tweeted Adam about this and he got all borderline indignant and smug, saying that we were assuming things that weren’t true.
Thinking he couldn’t possibly be stringing us along AGAIN we all believed him, believed we’d see Belle in SB in an important role and she’d be on screen much more than she actually was. What we got was another not-Belle, one episode featured ACTUAL!Belle in SB alone being (I’ll admit) badass and then the whole crew was back and seconds later it was all about how Regina was saving the day left and right (though most of the work and all of the thinking was done by Rumple, whose arc I actually LOVED TO PIECES this season).
Even yesterday Belle’s grief was pushed aside in favour of a Regina tear-fest. Of course she wasn’t the only one pushed aside. The way it was presented yesterday Regina made a great sacrifice (she did, I’m not denying that, I loved that). But so did Snow, Charming and Emma. An even bigger sacrifice because they were all separated after struggling to be together for almost 30 years. Snow lost her child as much as Regina did, only she lost her through no real fault of her own. Regina is paying the piper, so to speak. It’s great that she finally is, and that she puts the well-being of someone else (Henry) above hers but was it okay to overshadow everyone else’s sacrifices, including Rumple’s and Belle’s? Belle has made a career out of sacrificing happiness and it’s acknowledged once in a blue moon.
I don’t have a problem with Regina as much as I do with how Regina is handled both by the producers and by some of the fans. And as for Belle.. God, don’t promise if you can’t deliver! If we get tons of Belle in season 3 that does NOT justify setting her aside and lying about it up until the season aired.
I love this show and I will continue to watch it, but the problems I have with it are many. I enjoy more the non-watching part of it than what actually happens on screen. For example: I KNOW I’ll enjoy more speculating about March and reading and writing fanfic about Rumple’s comeback, Belle and Rumbelle than I’ll actually enjoy seeing how it plays out on screen. The only two episodes to ever be better than what I or others imagined were Skin Deep and The Outsider.
Asked by Anonymous
He had choices, every single step. Limited choices, sure, dire choices, of course. But he was not some powerless puppet of fate.
And what I love about Rumple is that he never kids himself about that. Deep inside he knows he’s fucked up.