It is 7:06 p.m. Sunday night as I begin this post. Once Upon a Time‘s season 4 premiere began minutes ago. I am not watching it, because we ditched cable television almost two years ago. We now rely on Netflix and Hulu Plus. I won’t get to watch the season premiere until tomorrow night. And there is some pain in that, because I am a Captain Swan shipper, and their pull on me is strong.
My shipping goes way back. Did Moonlighting or Night Court happen first? In any case, every show that has gained my fanatical devotion has also engaged my shipper-protocol. In fact my interest in Once Upon a Time was waning at the start of season 3 before episode 5’s big first kiss between Captain Hook and Emma Swan. That one scene sorta turned everything around for me. Suddenly I was all-in like I had never been before. And don’t get me started on the last two episodes of season 3 wherein Hook and Emma travel back in time together to the Enchanted Forest. Captain Swan dream come true right there.
Shipping can get out of control. Thus far, I’ve only wasted a couple hours total looking for Captain Swan pictures for my iPad’s wallpaper or rewatching kiss scenes from the key episodes of season 3. I have not delved into fanfiction (like I once did during my X-Files Mulder-Scully shipping days). Heck, I haven’t even followed the actors on Twitter (as my husband does).
But how did I realize I was a compulsive shipper? It was when our toddler got to the end of the Handy Manny episodes and I was ecstatic that Manny and Kelly finally went on a date. Would that ship be called Handy Kelly?
The internet tells me I’m not the only one. I don’t know whether to be consoled or disturbed by that.