Lauren. Northern California native. Nerd. Feminist. Liberal. Cinephile. Bibliophile. Pagan. Belly Dancer. Hufflepuff. Renaissance Faire reenactor. Has a love/hate relationship with George Lucas. Joss Whedon fangirl. Disney Enthusiest.
♥Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel. Xena Warrior Princess. Firefly. Supernatural. Lost. Stargate. Ugly Americans. Robot Chicken. The Tudors. The Walking Dead. Archer. Once Upon a Time.♥
♥Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Pirates of the Caribbean. Indiana Jones. Jurassic Park. Disney. Practical Magic. Moulin Rouge. Jaws. Harry Potter. Zombieland. Titanic. Resident Evil.♥
Let’s talk about Peter Pan.
We’ve seen Lost Boys. We’ve seen Captain Hook and his crew. But what we haven’t seen is Peter Pan. What we have seen is a shadow that retrieves boys in the hopes of finding one very special boy — Henry Mills. We don’t know why he’s so special (I suspect it’s his lineage, but that’s not important right now), but we know one fact: Peter Pan wants him.
But why would someone so obviously powerful send boys to do this task for him? Unless he can’t see or be seen. Unless he’s a shadow of his former self — literally. But a shadow needs a body. And just like organ transplants, you need a good match to make sure it takes. Henry is that match.
So what happened to Peter Pan’s original body?
The thing is, we know someone with the kind of immortality that’s natural to the inhabitants of Neverland. Someone who is very powerful. Someone whose magic didn’t belong in the realm they settled in. That person is the Dark One.
We know for a fact the Dark One didn’t come from the Enchanted Forest originally. Why not Neverland? It all makes sense: the body of Peter Pan separates from his shadow to keep the locals in line while he goes off to another land to have a little adventure (because if his shadow is capable of traveling between realms, his body certainly can). Unfortunately for him, he runs into a little trouble and gets killed by a magical dagger that passes his powers on to the person who killed him. He doesn’t mind: after all, death is an awfully big adventure. His shadow, on the other hand, does mind. It’s only a half-thing without a body, and having it’s power split between its shadow-self and a body that isn’t a good match is draining it.
The shadow needs to be attached to a new body. It needs to be attached to the right body. And once it’s attached, the Dark One won’t be able to draw power from its power source any more. “The boy will be [his] undoing,” after all.
(This also appeals to me on another level: It means that if the Dark One is part of Peter Pan, that makes Rumpelstiltskin cutting off Hook’s hand akin to Peter Pan cutting off Hook’s hand. Just like in the other versions of the story.)
Residents: Does this mean you're the new mayor, Belle?
Belle: Bitch I might be.