Site ColumnsBy Michelle
May 9, 2004 - 9:24 PM
This morning's New York Times has an article on the death of the twist ending due to internet spoiler sites. Events like J.R. Ewing's shooting on Dallas, the mass carnage at the Carrington wedding on Dynasty and Maddie and David getting it on on Moonlighting probably couldn't have been filmed today without someone somewhere leaking the story to the world.
Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, thinks this is a dreadful thing for producers and audiences alike. "I tried to fight them for years, including this year. And I lost. I tried to keep Christian Kane's appearance on `Angel' a secret, and I made the cardinal mistake: I filmed with extras," he lamented, noting that day players have no reason not to spill the beans once they're off the lot. "The only way to rid yourself of spoilers is to try to make work that people are not interested in, and that's not a method I'm going to try," he added.
Meanwhile, Hercules of Ain't It Cool News, often quoted on this site with Star Trek spoiler reviews, contends that there is not a spoiler site on the Internet "as ruinous to fan enjoyment as the Fox network's promo department". For myself, I feel like any story that it so dependent on a twist is cheap genre fare, unless it's something extraordinary like The Crying Game which an attentive audience -- or, more to the point, someone deeply invested in the implications of that spoiler -- could have figured out anyway. Take The Sixth Sense, for instance; I guessed at the twist based on the marketing line of the film before I had seen it, but knowing it in no way diminished my interest, and I think lent the story more pathos, in a way.
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These were some of the major news items from May 2002:
- Bakula Chats On The 'Craig Kilborn' Show
Scott Bakula chatted about Captain Archer's first year in the big chair, working with Dean Stockwell again, and how his character unfortunately wouldn't get to have sex for the foreseeable future.
- Sirtis Talks 'Nemesis' Spoilers
Deanna Troi actress Marina Sirtis discussed why she doesn't like spoilers, how she feels about Patrick Stewart and what it's like to kiss Will Riker.
- Billingsley Would Like More Development For Phlox
Dr. Phlox actor John Billingsley hoped for more screen time but was grateful for the opportunities 'Enterprise' had offered him.
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Degra's fleet ushers the Enterprise to a tense conference with Xindi council as T'Pol and Reed embark on a desperate mission to gather data on the doomsday weapon.