SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this blog if you don’t want to know about the ending of “Short Circuit.”
I will never…ever forgive Ryan Davis.
The date: August 14, 1986
The place: The dollar theater in Manchester, Missouri.
The movie: “Short Circuit”
I’m notorious for having a terrible memory, but I will never forget my tenth birthday. I was seated in a movie theater, surrounded by several of my friends enjoying the hilarious robotic antics of Johnny 5. Toward the end of the movie we were led to believe that our new robot friend had been blown to bits (or “disassembled” as he would charmingly yelp). I was mortified.
However Ryan Davis, who had been treated to Pizza Hut pizza and a movie by my loving parents, leaned over and said, “Johnny 5 isn’t dead. It’s a fake robot.”
Dramatic weight lost, movie ruined.
Was Ryan intentionally being malicious in his revealing of the movie’s ending? Probably not. Did his comment rob me of the elation I would have felt when I saw Johnny 5 had not been disassembled? Totally.
Spoilers have been a hot topic in the “Survivor” community lately. As someone who used to root around my parents closet looking for Christmas gifts, I’m not going to say anything negative about those who actively seek spoilers. I read someone say that they like to know who’s going home in advance so they can read how the episode is edited. If that’s how you enjoy the show, go for it.
My concern is with people who intentionally spoil those who don’t want to know.
It happened to me two seasons ago when someone posted the “Heroes Vs. Villains” final three in the comments section of one of my Fancast recaps. It sucked. Another little Ryan Davis.
It’s happening right now on “Survivor” host Jeff Probst’s new website (jeffprobst.com).
I guess I understand the appeal in that it’s like the Internet’s version of ringing someone’s doorbell and running away. But that ring-and-run is going to annoy that person for about five minutes. Spoiling someone’s show could take some joy away from them for the next several months.
Maybe that’s a ridiculous way to look at things, it is after all “just a show,” but is there really enough joy in today’s world to just intentionally start pissing off people?
Especially after they TREATED YOU TO PIZZA HUT AND BOUGHT YOU POPCORN?!