Spoiler Hilarity

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 | 2:22 pm

When posting The Prestige article earlier this week, I consciously went back through the text and changed the bold headings as I thought the original headings were too revelatory, i.e. even if you caught the spoiler warning, you may still glance over the bold heading and feel I spoiled something.

I wondered if this was considerate or overkill? Especially considering it was a movie that has been out for months but just not yet on DVD. Should that be sufficient time for me to say "all bets are off" and spoil to my heart's content, or do I have to wait until ever socio-economic group has had a fair and equal chance to see the movie?

Who knows, but curiously the very topic was beautifully summed up by a poster named dvddesign on Digg today. In a long list of comments discussing the plot-twists of last Sunday's excellent Battlestar Galactica episode "Rapture", their was the inevitable complaint that the title of the thread revealed plot-points , and this guys comment was just pitch perfect:

So do we have to keep everything about everything a spoiler from everyone from here on out? Isn't there a place or time where it can be assumed that it's okay to discuss something without ruining anything for anyone, or do secrets have to be kept forever lest someone find out the big reveal?!?!

Add some larger words, some English spelling, and a few less exclamation marks and (s)he has captured my thoughts exactly. But dvddesign goes further, finally nailing the coffin shut for spoiler warnings from here on out...
  • Vader is Luke's father.
  • Bruce Willis is actually dead.
  • She's his mother and his sister.
  • Glenn Close didn't die the first time.
  • Oceanic Flight 815 crashed because of a magnetic pulse beam coming from the island, and there's four toed statues.
  • Shredder created the Ninja Turtles.
  • Cartman ends up time-traveling to 3 months before he left and must wait even longer for a Wii.
  • The chick in the crying game is a man.
  • The final sin, envy, is revealed to be gwyneth paltrow's head in a box.
  • Snape kills Dumbledore
  • Kevin Spacey's character is Keyser Soze, he was faking all of it.
  • Michael Corleone shoots and kills Fredo in a rowboat on the lake.

Did you get all those references? I think the only one that lost me was #3...
Oh yeah, there may be spoilers above. ;)

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At 24/1/07 2:06 pm, Blogger Brad said...

I miss #3 and #4

At 25/1/07 6:22 pm, Blogger Aussie-Askew said...

#4 is Fatal Attraction, when after apparently being drowned, she leaps out of the bath only to be shot by the cool-as-a-cucumber sharpshooting wife.


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