Anonymous asked: I feel like if OQ had been well-developed and less OOC-omg-hi-lets-make-out-bc-tattoo, I would have actually liked it... So on top of the fact that it's just incredibly strange right now, I feel like there's a lot of wasted potential for what could have been an interesting relationship, and that drives me insane, especially since I mainly watch the show for Regina at this point. I just wanted to know if any of you share these sentiments or if you're entirely against it...?
We are entirely, completely and utterly against it – for the exact reasons you just listed, dear Anon. For some inexplicable reason they decided to pull this story out of their asses two (and a half?) years into the show’s run, and pace it like it is going to end tomorrow. Not to mention Regina Mills’ painfully glaring OOC-ness (don’t know about you, but I found myself wondering “yeah lady, you look bewitchingly good and your voice is sexy as hell, but that’s about where similarities with my favourite OuaT character end“ way too often during this season), combined with plotholes that make this once great show worse than Swiss cheese, as well as massive retconning incidents that are starting to be IQ-insulting. All tools used to make these romances (OQ and CS) work? Well, the ratings are telling enough, had they enough brain to get over their hubris and admit that it is now evident that it was never romances that got people hooked onto their show, back in S1. It was characters.
While yes, this one could have been good. We have written here at length about reasons why (retconning, ridiculously warped pacing, as well as a horrendously atrocious casting choice - aside) the two of them were/are basically incompatible. But had they constructed it all a little differently (like a little a lot) and had they developed him (giving him background, depth and a character that he sorely lacks - being simply lazily copy/pasted from old lore, as they obviously expected us to accept him as just who/what he is?) and introduced the two of them like, I don’t know - maybe in the beginning, two years ago - if nothing, than to show us the soulmate thing instead of telling it via fairydust and instant family? Then they would’ve had all the time in the world to make it organic and credible - by of course showing (instead of I dunno, shoving?) it. Could’ve started by toying with that animosity/enemies/attraction thing (giving it purpose, and actual dynamic via sparks, not spittle), then deepening their connection into something more profound (like I don’t know - building understanding, trust and respect) and maybe even need (why they’d actually be complementing each other, like - needing family, and home?) and yeah, THEN maybe they could do the “omg, soulmates!” thing. You know, not unlike how they’ve steadfastly been developing her ‘relationship’ (from whichever standpoint you look at it) with Emma friggin’ Swan?
(But yeah, yeah, that was unintentional. Because they can’t seem to intentionally write a good, plausible and from a female perspective non-insulting romance, to save their lives? But I digress. Apologies.)
So to answer your question, I can’t speak for all of my blog-partners here (and to be honest, for the same reasons listed above some of them would probably tell you that there already is a background developed for Regina’s possible romance, and it started with “I found my real mom!”, and due to it being the only organic (non)romance in this show, can you blame them?) but I personally would’ve been very much open to it. Hell, yes. Because for all intents and purposes, Robin Hood should/could/would have been a great addition to the character list in general, not just as a LI. Personally, I do ship Regina ‘with happiness’ (yeah, I’m the one that writes those militant “Regina’s happiness is her son, and I’d be happiest to see her as a distinguished old lady in an epilogue, sitting under her apple tree and reading fairytales to a pile of her teeny grandchilren” posts :) but NOT at the cost of her…everything else, really. Choice, integrity and basic personality.
Had they actually planned this romance from the get go of course, and gave it an actual chance. Instead of making us all scratch our heads in an ”ok, if he’s not shady and there isn’t that trust/betrayal twist, and he’s just that, a silly, bland LI - soooo… doesn’t she deserve better after all this time?” and wondering if it’s their sheer arrogance, or pandering to (what they chose as) target audience for the ratings - that’s making them oblivious to the drastic quality-writing drop? And as you pointed out, ultimately - all that wasted potential.
So it all goes into the coulda, woulda, shoulda territory now. Unfortunately.