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Sun
Jun 24 2012 3:00pm

Mystery Fans: The Original Plot Spoilers?

Who was Rosebud anyway?In its June 18 podcast, the website SF Signal talked about the moratorium on book spoilers by asking the question: “At what point is it ok to talk about the ending of a book?”

Now, some things were said that just seemed crazy, and make me glad I’m not a reviewer and don’t have to deal with it. One comment I particularly don’t get concerned “conceptual spoilers” where if you reveal a particular concept that the plot deals with instead of actual details. The panel for this podcast was made up of various authors and reviewers, and besides dealing with the etiquette of books, it came up that procedural and mystery fans are terrible to hang out with.

Now I come from a SF/F background as well, so I feel them. The problem, as they point out, is that mystery fans see the twist long before anyone else. You sit down to watch a great movie or interesting TV show, and the mystery fan will have the villain picked out as soon as they slither into view, all smiles and handshakes. Evil twin? No problem, the mystery fan has their number. 

The panel goes on to say that the art of a great twist has been lost for the most part in mainstream genre, but is alive and well in short fiction.  You can listen to it in detail, but I’m curious about your thoughts. Do you think mystery fans can spot a villain, no matter the medium, before anyone else? Is the art of the plot twist lost? And what about book spoilers, how soon is too soon?

Sat
Jul 2 2011 12:00pm

Of Course the Special Guest Star Did It!

Mary Kay PlaceI hate that when an actor, especially a female one, reaches a certain age (*cough* 40 *cough*), his or her employability drops like a body wearing cement shoes in the ocean. It’s as if Hollywood doesn’t want us to know older people exist.

But there’s one place where I think veteran actors don’t belong: crime procedurals on TV. I can’t tell you how many times the mystery has been ruined for me on those shows (OK, three in the last week alone), even before the opening credits are over, because I’d see the “special guest star” billing followed by the likes of Brian Dennehy or Mary Kay Place. The minute those star’s names appear, I say to my husband, “S/he did it.” I don’t need to know who they play or what the case is about. They did it. Producers would not pay top money for high-caliber, award-winning character actors just to give them one scene on the witness stand spouting expositional information.

[Hmmm. Now that you mention it. . .]

Fri
May 20 2011 12:02pm

Bones Season 6 Finale: B&B and more B’s

Emily Deshanel as Brennan and David Boreanaz as BoothBones usually has catchy tunes playing on its soundtrack every week but if there’s one song to convey season six’s entire arc, it’d have to be David Bowie’s “Changes,” because that’s exactly what almost every character experienced this past year.  Maybe the creators had that earworm, too, because the season finale was titled “The Change in the Game.”  Watch here at Fox if you haven't seen it yet, because we're spoiling to discuss it.

[Our first B is for BIG SPOILERS ahead. . .]

Tue
May 17 2011 1:58pm

Castle Season 3 Finale: Kate Beckett’s Heart

Stana Katic as Detective Kate Beckett in Castle Season 3 finale Did Andrew Marlowe, the creator of the TV show Castle, misname the show?

Think back three short years ago. Castle appears as a midseason series with only ten episodes written and produced. From the first sequence, we learn most of what makes this show so charming: the juxtaposition of glamour shots of author Richard Castle (actor Nathan Fillion) at a swanky book launch party and crime scene shots of Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). Two worlds destined to intertwine.

Note: If you don't want intertwined SPOILERS, read no further, until you watch the finale for yourself.

[I'm SO ready for recaps and reactions!]

Wed
May 11 2011 2:03pm

Questions about CSI:Miami’s Season Nine Finale

Sunset Over (CSI) Miami by The Daily OrnellasWhy do so many people dog CSI: Miami?

It wins its time slot (Mondays or Sundays) all the time.  It’s routinely in the top 15 or 20 of all shows.  The cinematography is gorgeous, it has beautiful people and interesting stories. It also has David Caruso. I know for some, that’s enough not to watch. I’m here to tell you something: you are missing out if you don’t watch this show.

Some critics think CSI: Miami is too unreal. Hello? If this discussion is not about The Wire, then just about all other police shows are unreal. Nine years ago, CSI: Miami had the luxury of launching its pilot episode wrapped within an episode of the original CSI. There was a crime in Las Vegas that led to Miami where we basically got the mission statement directly from Emily Proctor’s character Calleigh Duquesne, “We do things more fanciful down here.” In the original CSI, you have the Land of Perpetual Shadow, pretty people wearing sexy clothing, and interesting characters. In CSI: Miami, Anthony Zuiker pitched the Land of Perpetual Sunset, prettier people wearing sexier clothing, and characters who are equally as interesting.

[More questions. . .and sun-kissed Spoilers ahead!]