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Spoilers, Sweetie

Based on a tweet that I made to him about not wanting to spoil a book from 1920, Jesse Willis of SFF Audio wrote a post about spoilers and how he hates the whole notion of spoilers.

Go read it. I’ll wait.

Okay, back, good?

So, Jesse’s thesis is that he is annoyed by the rise and use of the term and the idea of spoilers. He considers it self-censoring to limit discussion in this fashion, especially when there is so many more books, movies, TV shows than anyone can consume in their lives. And yet spoilers are something that a lot of people are upset if they get in casual conversation, in blog posts, in reviews. Why?

I think its the problem of novelty in modern culture. Sure, there are more things than ever to consume–and there is a LOT of the “same old same old”. Reboots, reimaginings, reinventions. Let’s show the origin of the Fantastic Four AGAIN. Let’s write yet another epic fantasy series with no real invention. Let’s do another procedural TV show. There is a lot of sameness in culture. Surprise, and novelty are sometimes lacking. I can see how people eschew having that novelty prefigured for them, and not allowed to learn that, yes, it was his sled. Or that the Planet of the Apes had been Earth all along. Or that badass grandpa Obi-Wan was never getting off the Death Star.

So, I eschew giving spoilers, and *especially* when someone is consuming something new. Last night, Sunil Patel was watching Jupiter Ascending for the first time, and livetweeting. I resisted firmly discussing about what was “coming up” because I thought it wasn’t fair for me to not allow him to be surprised at first.

Now for older stuff, I do have a statute of limitations–unless you are consuming it. Case in point: Jesse is reading/listening to Voyage to Arcturus, a book from 1920. I don’t want to prefigure his experience before he has it himself. If he weren’t reading it, I’d be much more inclined to spoil it to him, since its not going to hurt a contemporary and co-temporaneous experience.

Which of these is NOT a real show coming this summer?

I know that television has been a cultural wasteland for years. But this forthcoming crop of shows and specials just seems even more out of taste to me.

So, then. Which of these is not a real show coming this summer?

Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang
Documentary follows the former NBA star, who has an unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, as he tries to stage a friendly basketball game in the country to promote peace between to the two nations.

On the Ropes
Based on a game show from Bulgaria, contestants get into the ring to try a briefcase full of cash up on a platform while trying to avoid the wrestlers aiming to stop them.

Based on a popular Israeli game show, contestants have to answer trivia questions to help them defuse a “bomb” before it goes off.

The Seven Year Switch
Four couples who’ve hit a wall in their relationships get a chance to spend two weeks in an experimental marriage with a different mate, to see if a different perspective addresses some of their issues.

Significant Mother
Sitcom about a Portland restaurateur who discovers that his roommate is dating his mother.

Audio recording of movies and programs

Over on Space 1970 (a blog about 70’s SF shows and movies) is a blog post about “Vinyl Movies”.
When Star Wars came along and surprised everyone with its incredible mainstream popularity, Lucas, Fox and hundreds of licensors scrambled to create new products that they could sell to Wars-hungry masses while said masses waited impatiently for the sequel. Among those new products was The Story of Star Wars – a long-playing record album that contained an abridged version of the film story, composed of dialogue, sound effects and music from the movie soundtrack, with additional narration (by actor Roscoe Lee Browne, who had played “Box” in Logan’s Run) to smooth out the audio narrative.
I fondly remember doing this for something else, in the age before videocassettes. When Cosmos came on PBS back around that time, my family did not have a (then expensive) VCR. I DID have an audio cassette player/recorder.
I remember recording at least one Cosmos episode (and I filled in the title with my own voice) by doing this, so I could listen to the episode in the future.

Disney buys Marvel

Old news by now, but you’ve heard that Disney is going to buy Marvel comics for $4 billion.
If Marvel shareholders approve the deal, they would receive $30 per share in cash and 0.745 shares of Disney for each share of Marvel that they hold. The deal is valued at $50 per Marvel share, more than a 29% premium, based on Friday’s closing price
It’s a sweet deal for Disney, but I am not sure its the right move for Marvel, creatively and aesthetically speaking But then, I don’t run Marvel and my opinion has little $$$weight$$$ in the matter.