I was criticized the other day for discussing a movie with a co-worker. It turns out that not all of those sitting around the water-cooler had seen the movie, and after our detailed discussion, these individuals felt like we had ruined the movie. Sure, we talked openly about the ending. We dissected plots and plot errors like it was an earthworm in 8th grade science class. We talked about better scenes and created our own sub plots just like we would if we were Trekies. (We aren’t, thanks for asking.) We did all of this without even warning the other individuals that were within ear shot. When it was all said and done, it was pointed out how wrong it was of us to do such a thing. Normally, I would agree with that assessment...however, we were talking about The Dark Knight, released in 2008.
So my question to you is this: What is the statute of limitations on spoiler alerts? How many people out there would get mad at me for now mentioning that Luke Skywalker is the son of Darth Vader? Do I need to preface any future Groundhog Day references with a spoiler alert tag?
At first, I thought these guys were joking. They were absolutely irritated that we had not warned them about our discussion. One-hundred percent, honestly offended. I was speechless. I didn’t even know how to respond in my defense. It was as if Mr Belding had walked into the room while Zack and the gang were devising how to sluff class next. Complete silence.
A podcast I listen to gives spoiler alerts. They sometimes discuss Mad Men and Survivor, as well as the various MTV Real World shows. They give a warning when they are about to talk about something that happened at the end of one of these shows, but these usually played within the past week at the time of the podcast.
I wish I could go back to that "spoiler"moment at the fire station, because now I am full of comebacks. I would have told them that the Goonies find a Pirate Ship and save their houses. I would have told them that Apollo dies in Rocky 2. I also would have told them that Sleeping Beauty wakes up at the end and runs off with Prince Phillip. Also, since we were at the fire station, I should have told them that Bull dies at the end of Backdraft.
What are your thoughts?