And I wasn’t. You ever been to Phuket? It’s beautiful. Amazing island. Full of pleasures. The perfect place to lose oneself. That’s where I was when you decided to stay in Storybrooke. Because I was halfway around the world, I got a painful reminder of just how far I’d strayed.
Oh man, the scenes of them as kids were SO CUTE. But, ah, conflicted August feels. He used to leave me cold until 1x18 — I was surprised by how I enjoyed his scenes with Emma, and thought they were pretty cute. (Also making an effort to think that, since if Graham’s truly gone, whatever my badwrong Jefferson bias, I feel bad about shipping them after all his badtouching…)
I don’t blame him for leaving her. I DON’T 100% blame anyone, really, and baw my father-kid bias and weakness in storytelling was just dying these past few episodes… but Geppetto, why would you think a little boy who barely has all that much life experience would be able to take care of a baby, alone, in any world? I can’t blame him for freaking out and running away…
but, I do blame him for taking twenty-eight years to come back. He wasn’t looking for her on that island, he was happily lost in island pleasures. Had he tried to find her but given up? Somehow I don’t think she was too hard to find. There are obviously ways. Then he has the nerve to be super frustrated and call her “that woman” with such a tone last episode, when she doesn’t believe something that is seriously nuts sounding and hasn’t had the most reliable advocates.
Sure, he was sick and frustrated and panicking and probably having trouble accepting the amount of blame that was his, but dude.
Also having trouble shipping August and Emma since he so clearly views her as this Savior-Tool and not as much a person. (This is also a problem with Jefferson, and possibly others who know, but unlike those who have had time to get to know her and see her as more than that, August doesn’t… really see to be doing that. Gotta have priorities, especially in his condition, but it still leaves an aftertaste).
SO IN SUM I LIKE AUGUST, I LOVED HIS SCENES WITH GEPPETTO and baw bb Pinocchio and Emma (tho lol “do I even look like your son” DO YOU EVEN LOOK LIKE THAT GINGER KID), but dude’s got some issues. Not that I don’t like flawed characters. Mm, flaws. Approp for Pinocchio? That last scene with Geppetto, my heart…