To Click or Not To Click, that is the REAL question.
I am, and always have been, a spoiler fiend. I equate it back to my days when I used to adore my "stories." And let's just forget about the fact that the content of the Young and Restless is hardly appropriate for a 12 year old, I used to be obsessed and I got that from my mother. One day when Soap Opera Digest showed up in the mail and there was a picture of my favorite couple Nick and Sharon on the cover, I got so excited. And I opened it up and it was on that day that I read my first spoilers. Back when I was that young I didn't have the internet, so there were no places to go to find out more information. I just patiently suffered through Fridays at school and rushed home to check the mail and get my updates.
Fast forward to the year 2009, the invention of spoilerfix.com and spoilertv.com, constant tweets and my impending dilemna. As I was sitting here, a notification just popped up from Twitter that SpoilerFix added new spoilers for Chuck. Now as you all may remember, the end of last season left us with our everyman hero realizing (in a very Matrix type way) that he'd aquired Kung Fu skills. I wanna know what that's all about and I'd like to know sooner rather than later, ESPECIALLY since Chuck isn't coming back until March. That means that there's several months between me and my latest dose of Chuckers. I'm not sure I'm ok with that. But do I really want to click the link and find out what's in store for my fav Nerd Herder only to have to wait?
Spoilers Sometimes Mean Disappointment
There's a reason why they're called SPOILers after all and no greater lesson was learned both by fans and a show creator himself than the case of Hart Hanson and the seaon finale of Bones. Early last year, he bragged that this was the season Brennan and Booth would hit the sheets. Yours truly rejoiced and thanked the powers that be, as did millions of loyal fans who had been waiting for years to see this happen. All throughout the season, interviews talked about the pending hookup. Show front runners Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz even graced the cover of TV Guide. It was going to be awesome. Until...it wasn't
While the finale was creatively done in a way that would not disemate the sexual tension between Booth and Bones (and done quite well, if you ask me), it wasn't what everyone was looking for. Hanson described it as a "love letter to the loyal fans" and though many loyal fans did get it, the alternate universe approach which saw Booth and Bones not as themselves, but as married nightclub owners has been deemed by many the "fail-nale." It didn't sit well with those who were looking for the anthropologically awesome crime fighting duo to hit the sheets in their own universe. And it's not surprising that at Comic-Con, Hanson firmly stated "I've learned my lesson with spoilers!" In fact, now there's a heavy debate regarding one spoiler leaked earlier this season regarding something that may or may not occur in the first episode. When Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly openly posed the question to Emily Deschanel, Hanson quietly told her "Don't answer that. Or do answer that and lie. Or tell the truth." The question was left unaswered.
And it's for this reason, that after 15 years of needing to know everything I'm on the fence about spoilers.
I don't know if this event is going to happen and truth be told, the way it stands now with Hanson's approach to spoilers, there's really no source that can answer that unless it's a member of the cast or crew. And while I do follow Hart Hanson on twitter (@HartHanson) I know he ain't giving it up. Unfortunately, as much as I would love it I don't have a relationship with David Boreanaz, so I can't find out from him. But the fact of the matter is I don't know whats what and I have to watch. Hanson just secured himself a viewer and while I'm just one lowly viewer out of millions, I'm still watching and I'm actually looking forward to the element of surprise.
Could I possibly be going spoiler-free? If you equate spoilers to crack, I'm a crack head. And now the possibility of going spoiler-free has me as hyped up as Jessie Spano in the classic saved by the bell episode where she's addicted to caffeine pills. I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm so excited. I'm so excited. I'm so....scared. There needs to be some sort of spoiler rehab, where one can de-tox. After all, tv shows are made so people can watch them and be entertained. How entertaining is it to know everything already? If I take an honest approach to the situation, I've gotta say that life would suck if I had psychic powers. So thanks Hart Hanson for putting me and others on the straight and narrow.
I'm sure life will be much more pleasant once we stop jonesin' for a fix and the twitching subsides.