SPOILER ALERT! I Don’t Like Spoilers (Originally published January 30, 2010)


See what I did there?  I’m oh so clever, hardy har har.  But yeah, the task at hand: spoilers suck, right?  Who hasn’t been eagerly anticipating a movie, book, or whatever only to have someone who’s had “inside info” play the douchebag card and outright tell you the ending?

I hate that so much because I like going into things cold.  Sure, I’ve got my expectations just like anyone else, but I want the work to be the thing that determines its own value, not somebody who got to it before me.

If you want to know why I’m suddenly on my soap box, it’s because of this newsLost, my favorite show, comes back February 2nd for its final season, and the first four minutes of the premiere have leaked online.  The sci-fi epic’s last season ended on a huge cliffhanger, and guess what?  I’m not going to spoil that for you, either.  If you’re interested in the cliffhanger in question, go find out here.  And if you’d rather not be confused as shit by the previous link, start from the beginning here.  You will not be disappointed. I promise.

But back to my point: why the hell would I want to ruin the big surprise, out of context, only a few days before I can get the whole story?  It just doesn’t make sense and it’s annoying to think that everyone’s so eager for information that they can’t wait for something that is, in all reality, pretty trivial.  Go outside, have a life.  Then these things like TV shows and movie spoilers won’t be do-or-die events but fun things to enrich your life.  And this is coming from someone who’s on the verge of making filmmaking his career.  Priorities, everyone.

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