Monday, November 5, 2012

Once Upon A Time: Neal Cassady and Emma Swan in Tallahassee

Some people ship Emma with Jefferson. Some ship her with Hook. I am now officially and fully in the camp of exactly who the show wants me to ship her with - Neal Cassady.  

Michael Raymond James and Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
To be fair, I sort of decided I was going to love this character before we even knew who he was. I kind of adore the charm-bomb that is Michael Raymond-James and I was pretty confident Once Upon A Time wouldn't be using the skill set he displayed on True Blood or Walking Dead.

Michael Raymond James and Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
Michael Raymond James and Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
Sure he looks like he could use a shower and a new hoodie, but check out that crinkly smile. Swoon.

Michael Raymond James and Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
Plot-wise, OUAT sure knows how to depress me. Emma is like #29 on my list of favorite OUAT characters, yet I felt pretty damn bad for her last night. And mostly it's all August's fault.

Michael Raymond James and Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
I mean, come on. I don't think Jennifer Morrison has ever smiled as much as she did in this episode. It makes her sooo much more likable. And I like liking people. More please.

Michael Raymond James and Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
The episode begins with one of the best meet-cutes ever. Emma tries to steal a car that Neal has already stolen and is currently sleeping in. His charisma not only gets Emma (and me!) to instantly enjoy his presence, but it also saves them from arrest. From there on out, they become the most adorable criminal couple you could ever hope to be robbed by. 

Michael Raymond James and Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
Michael Raymond James kiss Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
Michael Raymond James kiss Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
They make plans to settle down. But of course, there's just one loose end that needs to be tied up. Conveniently (or not...) it's a loose end that looks like a total con. The sad part is that it wasn't a con. Neal is a stand-up guy apart from the criminal activity. He really does love Emma and wants to move to Tallahassee with her and have a life. But August shows up out of nowhere, shows him a box of magic, and rips away all the happiness Emma has ever known for the sake of the curse. You suck, August. I'm angry with you.

Michael Raymond James and Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
Neal makes him promise that once Emma is free from her obligation, he'll let him know. Hence the premiere post card. So hopefully, this means Neal is on his way to Storybrooke to welcome Emma back with open arms and one stellar explanation for wtf happened. Because just pointing at August and saying, 'It was all his fault!' probably won't be enough.

Michael Raymond James Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
Michael Raymond James Jennifer Morrison kiss as Neal Cassady Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James
Oh, and also... he's Henry's dad. So there's that.

Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook Killian Jones on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6
By the end of the episode, they've firmly motivated all of Emma's trust issues. And she really sells the long term effects of betrayal by abandoning Hook in the giant's castle. Poor Hook. Sucks to be him. And he was angry. Check out that angry face ^^ I hope he kicks Emma in the shins next time he sees her. She totally deserves it.

3 comments:

  1. Ha! Writer of Angst Report I read a spoiler that in Season 3 that Emma meets up with Neal in Soho. Prepare for a sucker-punch Neal.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love Neal. He made me like Emma even more. They have the best chemistry. Can't wait to he is back.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love Neal and Emma together makes the show a lot more interesting to watch, also because Neal is Henry's father and ties everyone into a big group of "family"

    ReplyDelete