Can we talk about spoilers? Are they crimes against cinemanity?

Reply Tue 25 Jul, 2017 11:04 am
Bernie Madoff's pyramid scheme that cost many investors billions of dollars? ((Did that question need a spoiler tag?)) Are they parallel with the likes of the Holocaust?

What's the grace period when a spoiler simply becomes common knowledge/basic trivia that everyone should already know about?

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Reply Tue 25 Jul, 2017 11:09 am
I saw someone responding in a Star Trek group this month (as in July of 2017) saying they were going to watch Star Trek Enterprise and they didn't want any spoilers.

Its last air date for new episodes was May 13.

Of 2005.
Reply Tue 25 Jul, 2017 11:19 am
To be honest, I still haven't seen the last season of Enterprise. Part of which, I was kind of influenced by the negative criticism held against that final season.

I really enjoyed the other seasons but not enough to tackle ... what I dreaded to be a possible broken, anticlimactic final season. That said, the fact that the final season consists of a time travelling story arc (or so I read) does possible spoilers cause a dangerous time paradox or am I overthinking it?
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Reply Tue 25 Jul, 2017 02:08 pm
Game of Thrones airs in the US a day before it's shown here. I'm very careful to avoid any GoT groups on Mondays.
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Reply Tue 25 Jul, 2017 02:12 pm
Hey, I don't even read the back cover pages of various novels. I want my own experience.
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Reply Mon 31 Jul, 2017 05:41 pm

I love spoilers. I enjoy a story *more* if I am already aware of everything that will happen. I just can't stand being in suspense.

I am respectful of others though and try not to ruin their experience with spoilers.
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Reply Wed 17 May, 2023 12:32 pm
Spoilers labeled as media scoops days or weeks before a movie or TV opens to the public:
Reply Fri 26 May, 2023 11:19 am
40 years ago, NPR had to apologize for airing 'Return of the Jedi' spoilers
At the time, though, these plot details really rankled NPR listeners. So much so that the next day Stamberg issued an on-air apology.

Well, sort of. Here's what she said:

Well, the comic book was a goof, but we certainly goofed last night. We goofed so badly that we changed our program before rebroadcasting it to the West Coast, which means that you West Coast listeners won't know what I'm talking about. But enough of you on the East Coast called to complain that we want to apologize publicly to everybody.

Calls — there were more phone calls on this one than we ever got in the middle of the hottest Middle East disputes.

Calls — there were more phone calls than Richard Gere would get if he listed his number.

And all because last night on All Things Considered, we permitted a six-and-a-half-year-old boy to tell us everything — and I mean everything — about Return Of The Jedi. "You gave the plot away," you said. "I've been waiting for that movie for three years, and now you have ruined it for me. How could you do a thing like that?"

Well, we are sorry. We're contrite, and we're fascinated. Usually you get angry when we get our facts wrong. This time we got them right, and you got angry.

It's the difference between fact and fiction, of course, and the power of fantasy in our lives — the need for mystery, for wonderful stories that spill themselves out for us. Of course, if they are wonderful enough — this may be an excuse, but I doubt it — if they're wonderful enough, they will come to us new, even though we've seen them a hundred times.

That's why people keep going back to see Romeo And Juliet over and over again or The Wizard Of Oz. We know how they end but find great pleasure and nourishment watching them proceed to that ending. Two years from now, that's how we'll feel about the Return Of The Jedi. For now, though, our apologies — we will not do that again. But listen, I have just seen the new Superman III, and Superman and Lois Lane...

Forty years later, of course, Stamberg was right. We are still watching Return Of The Jedi and still loving it.
Reply Fri 26 May, 2023 12:07 pm
I remember that "spoiler" – I heard it live on the air. The kid also revealed who Luke Skywalker's father actually was.

I've always thought, whether it's a story told in a movie or in a book, that if the details of the story and the qualities of the characters are so lacking in depth that the only enjoyment one experiences is a surprising conclusion, then the work is really not that good to begin with.
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