I hate that Hook is keeping secrets from Emma and making her believe him to be a bigger hero than he is. He’s lying by omission to her about his relationship with Baelfire. To this day, she doesn’t know he sold Bae to a “bloody demon”; she just thinks they were friends. He’s lying by omission to her about what he did to Ariel and Eric; she believes he reunited lovers when he was responsible for the near-death of one. He knows Emma has trust issues but he’s still flagrantly violating her trust.
Neal never told Emma he used a toddler as bait for the “Bloody demon” that was supposedly so horrifying that he’s still traumatized over it.
Even of those things were comparable, that doesn’t change the fact that Hook is lying to Emma.
You mean handing a teenager over to the man who was going to get him anyway after that teenager wanted off the ship isn’t comparable to using a toddler to lure a ‘demon’ not knowing for sure if you can keep him safe isn’t comparable?
You’re right, they aren’t comparable.. Neal was way worse.
It doesn’t change that Hook is lying by omission, but it does show others do the same yet Hook is the one picked as the scapegoat.
Okay first “it was going to happen anyway” is a shit argument. Second, no one brought up Neal here but you, and no one is saying what he did wasn’t wrong. Three, giving up a the kid of the woman you supposedly love to someone who is notoriously known for kidnapping and harming children is in my opinion, much worse. Neal lured the shadow in controlled conditions and with the permission and participation of the childs parent. It’s not a great thing to do, but Robin would never have agreed to it if he didn’t believe Neal could handle it, regardless of the debt. But keep trying to make Hook look like a hero by comparison, god forbid people who aren’t fans of him point out canon facts about him, no that’s just “picking on him” and “using him as a scapegoat.” But you’ve shown how much superior you are by doing the exact same thing with Neal.
And when would Neal have had the chance to tell Emma how exactly he made it to Neverland? As soon as he got there and was rescued by the others, everyone was focused on getting Henry back. There was no time to have these other conversations.
"It would have happened anyway" really is a shit argument. Hook is the guy who said that a man unwilling to fight for what he wants deserves what he gets. If he wanted to protect Bae, he could have fought off the Lost Boys. If he wanted to respect Bae’s wish to leave the ship because Bae could not bear to play family with the guy who’s manipulated him and was partially responsible for tearing his family apart, then he could have let Bae off anywhere, and if Bae got caught, at least it would have been his own fault. Nope. Hook gave him to a group of kids who’s planned to murder Bae. Hook had several occasions to tell Emma what had happened (in 3x01, for example), and he really should have told the truth because 1) Emma loved Neal, and 2) Emma needs to know these things about Hook before she lets him near Henry.
Any time during their wait in the camp.On the walk to find the shadow. On the hike back. When he cornered her to talk about how he wasn’t going to give up on her. When Henry was surprised he was alive and there. When Emma was surprised he was alive and there. On the ship at the end when all was calm.
He had a dozen opportunities to mention how he got there.
But if we play it that way than neither has had time to bring up their past stories to Emma, they’ve been too focused on more important things.
He did fight for Bae. He kept him safe and hidden from the lost boys for weeks, risking his life and the lives of his crew in the process. He was willing to keep Bae and protect him no matter what, even yelling at Smee for thinking anything else. Until Bae tried to kill him and demanded to be let off the ship, refusing to listen to anything Hook had to say.
Then his anger got the better of him, but he did fight for what he wanted.
There was no planned murder of Bae. At all. Did you watch the Neverland arc? Bae was captive, yes, but only as much as the rest of the lost boys were. He had more freedom, in fact, and actually lived outside the lost boys camps, in his own cave. Something that never would have happened if Pan hadn’t wanted it to.
In 3x01 when Emma’s distracted by her son being missing, being in another world, Neverland being real, her son being with two people who’ve proven they will use torture to get what they want, you would have Hook bring up what he did to Neal?
It would have been no more than him assuaging old guilt and making her feel worse at that point and more worry for Henry.
But all this is not the point. The point is the situations are comparable, yet one is overlooked.