Petition for (if this theory proves to be correct, even though they probably will never make it happen) Killian Jones to inherit this house from his father
(Davy Jones) so that Emma Swan will finally be able to live in her first castle/mansion when she gets married to her true love.
Anonymous said: What are your thoughts on the distinct parallel between Regina planting seeds of doubt in Emma's head about her position as Savior in 4x03 and Rumple planting seeds of doubt in Killian's head about being a good man in 4x04?
You know, I hadn’t noticed that until you pointed that out! That is incredibly interesting! That really did happen like that, didn’t it? Regina inflicted self-doubt in Emma, while Rumple did it to Killian. Huh!
Well…if it’s anything, it’s consistent. People who frequent my blog will know that I usually reference back to my foils argument when trying to explain anything. That is, Regina and Emma are structurally positioned as foils, just as Killian and Rumple are; so for Regina to inflict self-doubt on Emma, and for Rumple to do the same to Killian, only supports that argument, and is structurally consistent with what the narrative has previously established as the dynamics between them. Rumple and Regina, respectively, are always going to exist to try to bring Killian and Emma “down”. Because to bring the other “down” would mean that they themselves get built “up”.
Think of it like a balancing scale, with Rumple and Regina on one side, and Killian and Emma on the other. If Killian and Emma are experiencing a “high”—or a spike of happiness in their lives—then they are higher in the scale. This would mean that Rumple and Regina would be on the “lower” or “losing” end of the scale, and they’re going to strive for the opposite of that, hence they’re going to try to “throw rocks” at the other side in an effort to bring them down, which would in turn lift them up.
So Rumple and Regina planting seeds of doubt in Killian’s and Emma’s minds indicates that both of them were experiencing a “low” of a sort. They each found themselves at a disadvantage, and they strove to correct that situation at the expense of the person they considered themselves disadvantaged against—Killian and Emma.
So it’s consistent in that respect. Thinking about it a little more, however, I noticed something interesting in how the two situations were different, and it ties very well into the Snow Queen fairytale.
From the happenings in last Sunday’s episode, it’s been pretty much established that the seeds of doubt that were planted by Rumple in Killian’s mind symbolically stood for the pieces of the evil magic/troll mirror that the Snow Queen blew into her victims’ eyes and heart. In this case, Rumple was the Snow Queen, and the seeds of doubt he planted in Killian’s mind acted like the pieces of the troll mirror in Kai’s eyes and heart—it affected his behavior and his thoughts until he was acting unlike himself, doing things he wouldn’t normally do.
Within the narrative, Regina is positioned as the demon who created the evil magic/troll mirror (as we saw her do with Sydney); so her wielding the seeds-of-doubt weapon against Emma, while being in possession of the object it symbolized, was interesting in and of itself. But what struck me, the more I thought about it, was Emma’s reaction to being hit by those same seeds of doubt. At first, as expected, she succumbed to it. She gave in to Regina’s influence and began doubting herself and her abilities, letting it affect her behavior towards others. David tried to reassure her, but it did little good. That was…until Killian was in danger. And then all of a sudden, self-doubting Emma is facing down the Snow Queen, challenging her, throwing white balls of fire like she did it every day, and saving her boyfriend’s life. You’d have no idea that she has little control over her magic.
Thus, reviewing the situation, here’s what we have so far: Killian is hit with self-doubt by his foil, Rumple, and he quickly succumbs to it. Emma is hit with self-doubt by her foil, Regina, and after a brief struggle with it, she is inspired by Killian to do away with it, and in doing so, becomes his saving grace.
If I had to summarize the entire story of The Snow Queen in two sentences, it would look almost exactly like the sentences above. Kai is hit with the evil troll mirror by the Snow Queen and quickly succumbs to it. Gerda is told by everyone that he is dead, and after a brief struggle with it, she refuses to believe it, sets out on a journey to find Kai, and in doing so becomes his saving grace.
Notice how these two events were out of order within the show, though. Killian was hit with his self-doubt second, while Emma was hit with hers first. These two situations were reversed!
And that’s because 4.03 was a foreshadowing of Emma’s entire journey this half-season. It was her whole half-season-long arc, in brief. As soon as Rumple hit Killian with his self-doubt in 4.04, that kicked off the longer version of Emma’s arc, which is going to go from confidence, to doubt, to faith, to perseverance, to triumph. It’s going to be consistent with the fairytale, and it’s bound to be beautiful.
So, I hope that answered your question. That was a very nice catch on the seeds-of-doubt parallels between them! A VERY nice catch!
Thanks so much for the question! :-)
PS: This is me working through all my asks in chronological order. The ones who asked me about Emma’s walls and Will Scarlett, you’re up next. Hopefully I can get through yours and others’ today. I appreciate your patience! :-)
I think & hope all of you know which point I’m referring to in the title of this. After Rumple tells Killian that the hand was, in fact, not cursed at all w/the man he used to be but nothing more than a lump of flesh. That tricking & manipulating Killian actually did him a “favor” by reminding him of the darkness just beneath the surface.
Now, anyone could & should figure that it’s a total load of BS. The problem is Killian’s insecurity & fear of being exactly that man still & that he hasn’t changed. Again, anyone could & should figure that’s a load of BS as well if they’ve been paying any attention whatsoever. For those who don’t see it, it’s b/c you don’t want to and/or have the same insecurity & fear for Killian as Killian does for himself.
This is meant to show a very low point for Killian but I say it’s actually a blessing. A blessing in disguise. Rumple actually did do Killian a huge favor but not the one Rumple thinks he did. Why do I say that? Stay w/me until the end of this & I’ll explain.
oKAY BUT CAN I JUST POINT SOMETHING OUT IN THIS SCENE WHERE KILLIAN DROPS EMMA OFF?
as a fellow film student here (hi there), I’m always told by my teacher that during the shooting of my practicals/short films, a scene should be properly lit to show an actor’s face…