it had to be done
THEY DIDN’T EVEN BUILD UP THIS EPIC LOVE STORY NEARLY AS MUCH AS THEY SHOULD HAVE
I KNOW, RIGHT?! Ariel and Eric are one of my original OTPs, and I just absolutely love them, and they had the beginning of a great story on OUAT with her missing the ship and Eric thinking she didn’t want to come with him…
…so I expected some angst or something when they saw each other again…or at least some questioning on Eric’s part. SOMETHING. But they just had instant kiss, no questions, no residual resentment or anger…just…ARGH!!! That’s not what I wanted! I wanted a real story arc for them, like Belle and Rumple, even if it was a minor one. But no! We got nothing!
And THEN, when it seemed like we might get SOMETHING for them, with Ariel searching for Eric and thinking Hook was responsible…again, nothing except like a few seconds of “Oh, they’re marooned on an island together, all happy.”
Um, that’s great and all, but…I wanted to SEE IT HAPPEN!!! I mean, they spend so much time doing flashbacks with the Charmings and Rumple and Regina these days…some of them just honestly a bit repetitive…that they have gotten away from doing any of the other fairy tale characters’ stories…like Ariel and Eric.
I mean, shit. They are one of the most popular Disney couples ever. And they don’t even get a halfway decent storyline in OUAT? I just….
THIS IS EXACTLY MY FEELINGS TOWARDS PETER AND WENDY.
My hopes for them was that Peter was Rumple’s childhood friend. That way they could have done something with Wendy and Peter. Done a Rumbelle situation, but instead, Peter chooses the darkness over her. To show a foil of what they are doing with Rumbelle.
Instead they just tossed aside that age old connection and threw it in the ground. Hell, they could have even done the whole Baelfire and Wendy, had Neal regress into a child like they did with August, I DON’T CARE. BUT THEY THREW AWAY ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS.
And then Ariel and Eric. Let me tell you. First of all, in Little Mermaid, he wasn’t in love with her at first sight when she washed ashore. He was intrigued. But in OUAT, they just had him ask her on his ship right away. I was like “NO. YOU DON’T. NO.” They were perpetuating the stereotype that all Disney classics have people falling in love at first sight.
I just felt like this past season, again, if not for CS, I would have been the first to stop watching. CS had so much wonderful development, but everything else was so so SO disappointing
Yeah, what was even the point of bringing in Wendy and her brothers? They didn’t do a whole lot with them, after Bae went to NL, other than a few seconds of showing the Darling brothers try to adopt Henry, and Wendy being stuck in the cage on NL and used to trick Henry. They just…ended up being rather pointless; that’s weird. As much as I loved Pan as a villain, they should have brought the Darlings into the story more, used them to create conflict or a weakness for Peter, or something. I dunno.
As for Ariel and Eric, you are absolutely right. It was NOT love at first sight. And I wrote a whole meta about it here. But it is unfortunately quite trendy to shit all over Ariel and TLM, so everyone always overlooks that.