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The Entire Internet is One Massive Spoiler Theater

Oh my lord, so I accept live tweeting and talking about shows as a way of life. I’ve written about it and talked about it frequently.  Here’s a thing  with Doctor Who airing here in the states the same day as it airs in England, it should usually prevent major spoilers. Not this round as I’ve seen some stuff. Not that bad but enough to be a little annoying and when I hear about people saying they’ve had the entire show spoiled, that’s not cool. See there’s a good reason why people reference the worst audience for live tweeting is The Walking Dead audience, they spoil the heck out of the show. They spoil with reckless abandon and it ticks people off. The Doctor Who fans have usually been good until recently, now they’re having a moment of let us spoil everything before the rest of the world can watch it. As I say, bad audience bad, don’t be The Walking Dead audience.

Now live tweeting and talking about your favorite shows is fine, but for the love of everything don’t spoil the entire show on social media five seconds after it airs. Tumblr is not your spoiler country, put spoiler tags or cut the image if you really want to talk about it but geez, warn people because you know, we want to enjoy the show too. Now I’m trying not to sound like I’m yelling at you, we’re all cool for the most part but wow social media you are failing at not spoiling things for people. At least in comics people usually put spoiler tags in news articles and in anything else talking about a story. Not saying it is perfect but people are usually good. On websites people are good about spoilers but then on Social Media, all heck breaks loose and people spoil all of the things.

I swear the Internet really needs to adopt some kind of etiquette but I know I’ve talked about that too and boy does that go away quickly. I understand excitement about movies, tv, and so forth but you don’t have to spoil a show to talk about what you love. If you want to talk about a spoiler, tag it or wait for a bit before you go spoiler crazy. I may have to actually come up with a formal etiquette on spoilers here but I know someone has written the darn thing somewhere. Heck there’s even been videos done about it alas people do what they do.

Anyway, I had to get that out of my system. The Internet is one big Spoiler Theater and maybe one day it won’t be as much. One can dream right? Yep, one can dream.

The Spoiler Theater of Sunday Night: The Walking Dead

In dealing with this age of social media one of the shows I make a point to watch live is The Walking Dead. Usually I’m not doing anything Sunday night anyway but if I wasn’t able to watch it live, I’d be avoiding any and all social media until I could watch it. Now why do I say that? The Walking Dead as many people have learned is one of the most spoiled shows on television. Now Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, and The Flash are up there along with other serialized shows but The Walking Dead is a frequent series that ends up spoiled on social media. Now what inspired this piece is after watching The Walking Dead someone I know posted that he got spoiled on the show right after it aired. Poor guy was waiting till later and well, he got spoiled. The Walking Dead is heavily live tweeted, heavily discussed on Facebook, and even has The Talking Dead which people on Twitter post tweets that are heavy with spoilers as they chat along with the show. See at least with Arrow, Agents of SHIELD, and The Flash, it is avoidable to a degree. I know people who get spoiled but not to the level that happens with The Walking Dead.

See I’ve talked about Live Tweeting in the past but this is a case where I do sympathize with those who get spoiled. I always have as I’ve had delays in viewing certain shows and was lucky to avoid spoilers. I imagine if Twitter was around when Buffy and more was at their heights, oh man it would have been off the charts brutal with spoilers. The Walking Dead has that sort of rabid fanbase that wants to discuss their show during and after the fact so the spoilers fly. Now yes the common thing to say to them is avoid social media or mute the tag, which is fine. Yet I think there should be some kind of decorum in talking about TV. Just talk but don’t spoil the entire event, just DM a friend that is watching the show that night if you really need to go spoiler theater. Even with muting the tag, not everyone uses hashtags and spoilers can leak through that way too.

I know it is the Internet, I know people are going to discuss their shows and have their chats either way. I like chatting about them too and as I’ve said, I know the live tweeting genie is out of the bottle. Just people, you can talk about a show without going spoiler crazy. The Walking Dead is that example of people getting out of hand with spoiling entire episodes in five seconds after the darned episode airs. At least use the hashtag so people can just mute you during and after the show if you’re going to discuss it. Heck, you get a neat emoji out of it every week so that’s bonus points too. I know it is hard for the Internet to find some kind of decorum in live tweeting because well, it is the Internet. The Internet where in between serious conversations, the silly chat about who’s better Marvel or DC becomes a full blown blood feud in five seconds.

So within every Sunday Night you usually have a lot of shows. Heck the other show that could have spoiler potential is Once Upon a Time but somehow that show ends up not getting heavily spoiled. Outside of the Frozen reveal with Elsa but that was such a rare thing and a major surprise that I’m not entirely shocked that it got spoiled the way it did. That was a shocker and The Walking Dead has that kind of effect. Usually when a big event happens on The Walking Dead, it hits big so people go on twitter and everything else and without any thought start on the spoiler spree. It is very much a spur of the moment blast of social media madness when people turbo load spoilers left and right talking about whatever is happening on The Walking Dead.

This is why people get grouchy about spoilers and The Walking Dead. This is the ground zero show that people will spoil without any thought. This is that show that people will without fail go on spoiler blasts about and ticking people off in the process. I sympathize with those who hit the Sunday night Spoiler Theater that is The Walking Dead. I feel for them and I can imagine they would love the enjoy the show along with everyone else. I remember one time I was over at someones house and saw some of an episode of The Walking Dead there. Since I watch the show with my Dad, when I got to watch it with him I made a point not to spoil his enjoyment by saying anything about that first bit of the episode. Just like in person, you just have to know that going on spoiler blasts on social media isn’t cool, just like you’d be frustrated if someone spoiled something in person for you.

I fear for when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits, my word people are going to spoil that to tears within one day. If you think The Walking Dead is bad, that’ll be a week long event of spoiler theater like no other. I feel there should be a rule book already in place for those who will be wanting to spoil every little detail of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Anyway, I am digressing but it does fit The Walking Dead conversation, just be cool and don’t spoil the freaking show for people. Let them share the same love of the show you have. It may be a little delayed but it is their viewing cycle for a show and that should be respected.

I know that The Internet does what it does and that’s fine, I’ve accepted that long ago. Live Tweeting is one phenomenon that isn’t going away anytime soon. Yet I think with The Walking Dead we could all learn to just be cool and don’t ruin the enjoyment of the show for others.

Accepting and Embracing the World of Live Tweeting

Let’s start this off by saying that at one point I was an active live tweeter. I was heavily involved in live tweeting, The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, and South Park and those were my regular shows to live tweet. Mostly because I had other friends that I was watching with and made a couple friends that way too. After awhile though I kind of fell out of live tweeting because I found myself not as into it as I once was. I had nothing against live tweeting but after awhile it just wasn’t for me. Back then though it wasn’t as huge as it is nowadays. I know many people who despise live tweeting because a lot of people don’t do it right. People will spoil shows left and right in the midst of their live tweets and that’s where the hatred of live tweeting comes in for people. I can understand it and why there are certain nights I know if I’m not going to watch a show I just avoid social media for the night because it can be just as nutty on facebook now. For as many though that go spoiler crazy, there are others that are actively engaging and have genuine and fun chats about the shows. So this is why I’m writing this, talking about why sometimes you almost have to accept and embrace that live tweeting is here to stay, love it or hate it.

Now why do I say that live tweeting is here to stay, one is now every TV show uses live tweeting. The Walking Dead fans are notorious for spoilers but they’re also hyper passionate and talk about the show with a fervor like no other. They could be better about not spoiling but I also know live tweeters who are good about not spoiling the big events of the show. The Flash is heavy on live tweeting, Arrow is heavy on it, and heck I’ve even seen the Thursday night ABC shows become huge live tweeting events. Then the WWE with Raw and their live PPV’s especially rely heavily on social media. Social media is part of the ratings as much as the actual Live, DVR, and even streaming views. The landscape for TV is new beast and live tweeting isn’t going away at all. It’s not just about discussion anymore, it’s about part discussion and also that people are paying attention to your show at all.

As I am defending live tweeting I’m also going to give advice on how to do it responsibly. After all there is an art to everything and with live tweeting there are good and bad ways to do it. The bad ways are straight up spoiling major points in a show. The reason why there are so many people who despise live tweeting is because of spoilers. If you’re going to live tweet be careful how you say a plot point that blows your mind. Now with The Flash there was an easter egg of King Shark that appeared and that’s a grey area spoiler. It’s a your mileage will vary on this. For me when I saw King Shark I made a point to tread carefully with it until I saw everyone straight up hollering from the roof tops about King Shark. About a day or so later I decided to let my King Shark nerd out fly because every freaking website had talked about it by that point. Just for live tweeters, even something mild about King Shark be careful. Say #TheFlash #Spoiler so people could mute it or just ignore it and go on to something else. Seriously The Walking Dead could learn a thing or do about being careful about spoilers because once a major event happens on that show, all bets are off. Just #Spoilers people and it could help a lot.

That’s really the biggest one is the spoilers. Everything else about talking about a character you like, that’s fine and awesome, go nuts and talk about that character you love. Talk about the scenes that you’re digging and all that, there’s so many things you can talk about in a live tweet without outright spoiling things for people. Not everyone watches live so be mindful of that and be passionate but don’t be a spoiler junkie, don’t be that person in the theater talking about all the plot points before they can see the movie. The Live Tweeting Genie is out of the bottle but it is now up to us to know how to manage it and control how the conversation goes.

I haven’t done a live tweet in a long time but I do like talking TV shows on twitter frequently so I can see why people enjoy live tweeting. Usually I watch most of my stuff live, at least the stuff that I know will likely be spoiled before I can blink. If I didn’t watch The Walking Dead live, oh lord I would have it spoiled for me in five seconds and same goes for the Flash and Arrow. Others aren’t able or just don’t watch it live and have learned the fine art of avoiding all social media during certain nights of the week. Others forget and then the anger over the spoilers begin and it’s why I’ve gone on twitter actively to tell people to be careful, yet it seems to fall on deaf ears. Hence why I write this.

To sum this up for people, be kind to the DVR and Streamers of the world Live Tweeters. Not everyone can watch a show live and some people even wait for Netflix or even a box set to be released before they get into a show. Be kind is all I ask my Live Tweeting friends, be kind. The Live Tweet is out there, the Facebook blasts are out there, and it is up to all of us to be cool and learn not to spoil the living heck out of everything for the rest of the universe. Thanks for reading and take care.

The Flash Trailers Are Here, Time to Get Excited

Flash Fact: Following The Arrow Season Three finale, now the hype machine begins for The Flash Series premiere. The first trailer was shown last night during Arrow making it clear that the series is going to be a big part of Arrow’s universe. Just a sweet way to show that while Arrow and The Flash are two unique series, the connection will still be there and prominent. Even better showing the personalities of the two characters and how different but similar they are in their own way. Check out the fun trailer first, that I am going to show below. It’s a cool trailer that can give you a great idea as to how Barry Allen’s Flash is being trained.

The hashtag of Don’t Blink is perfect for this show, even the logo for The Flash screams fun for this show. The longer trailer shown today gives us more of an idea of the tone The Flash will have. You can see the full interconnected nature of The Flash and Arrow highlighted further and get an idea as to how the series will play out in the months to come. I love that they’re putting Weather Wizard in this as the first major Rogue, I am surprised they’re not using Captain Cold but that’s for the full Rogues later on. This is the trailer that made me excited for The Flash and made me realize that The Flash and Arrow are going to compliment in each other in a brilliant way. Check out the full trailer below and see what you think.

I’d love how Grant Gustin handled Barry Allen in the Arrow episodes he was in and he plays The Flash with that same energy. The suit in motion looks a lot better than what the still shots gave me. Now I am full speed ahead in being jazzed for The Flash. The CW putting this on at 8 pm on Tuesday bugs me a bit as I would love to have had the Arrow and The Flash power lineup. To speculate here, maybe the CW is going with splitting up the shows over two nights for crossovers and having more live eyes on the network. DVR views are huge but the live audience is huge and keeping viewers engaged for two nights of live programming would be huge.  Of course the other speculation is not having two superhero shows in one night that could just be too much of a good thing to have right now. Either way, The CW is going to be a happy network this year I think.

Between Constantine, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Gotham, and now The Flash hitting the airwaves this fall, this is an exciting time. Prepare your DVR’s, your snacks, and whatever other preparations you need to make, we are in for one amazing fall season. The Flash is just one part of a sequentially beautiful year in comic book television.

 

The Future of Agents of SHIELD in The Second Season (Spoilers)

(Before we even start, this is going to be spoiler heavy as to what the season finale of Agents of SHIELD revealed. Turn back now because I’m not going to be holding back a single spoiler here. You have been warned.)

Agents of SHIELD has been on the uptick in the latter half of the season. After a good but uneven beginning no one can deny that the series ended on a strong note for the season finale. Captain America: Winter Soldier opened the doors for Agents of SHIELD to become the series everyone hoped it would be. Agents of SHIELD started as NCIS in the Marvel Universe and now the show feels like a true part of the Marvel Movie-Verse. I liked the show but could tell it was uneven in trying to figure out where it fit into the larger spectrum of Marvel’s plans. The NCIS comparison isn’t unfair because that’s how the series was promoted in a sense, I’m getting now it was the throw us off the scent as to what was to come. As they introduced the elements fans demanded to see, never seemed to work the way the show wanted. Of course the attitude started to change once Lady Sif made her first appearance, that’s when it all became evident that things were going to change rapidly.

By the way for all of those who are still reading at this point, this is where I start spoiling the season finale. The only way I’m going to be able to talk about this in any fashion is with spoiler theater. Now that the disclaimer has been put in twice, let’s begin the full chat. As the second season has opened up to Agent Coulson becoming Director Coulson and rebuilding SHIELD over the next season. Now that Nick Fury has at least explained why we’re not likely see Samuel L. Jackson much in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the door is opened for this daring new world. As Guardians of the Galaxy explores the cosmic side of Marvel Movie-Verse, Agents of SHIELD gives us the Earth side of things to set up Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the show can be used as a logical tie-in fest, the series has mysteries of its own to deal with.

I loved how John Garrett was handled at the end of the show, I couldn’t help but laugh. Laughing in a good way just when you think that John Garrett could be back after being smacked down with new technology, Coulson zaps him and that’s that. The way the scene was set had to be done to show everyone that Season Two would put Agents of SHIELD is a new direction. The mystery of Skye’s Dad revealed alone will be occupying a good part of the season it seems, why in the world was he dripping blood? Again more questions and exciting ones as the series is now on new footing. Of course now Coulson is doing that weird thing Garrett was doing in the finale with the graph of sorts, I’m wondering how that’ll play out in the next season.

As for everything else, please let Trip be confirmed as new cast member! I think he’s awesome and a great replacement for Ward on the team. Heartbreaking in this was FitzSimmons and the fate of that team, Fitz is not dead but that’s the only thing Simmons will say this point. Even further, yay Patton Oswalt is still on Agents of SHIELD! I swear the Koenings are likely life model decoys but whatever the case may be, Patton Oswalt still being on Agents of SHIELD is awesome. So many possibilities are being set for the next season, I can’t wait for it to begin.  Now let’s all wait in anticipation for the next season and see just what the series has in store for us. I’d love to hear from you all on this so feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you all on this.

 

Now The Magic Begins With NBC’s Constantine Trailer

Now as the series commitments are getting confirmed, the trailers for these comic book show adaptations are hitting quick. Now the Constantine trailer has hit the scene giving us our first glimpse as to what the series will be like this fall on NBC. I’ll link the trailer below as I just got a youtube link to embed in here, sadly at this stage it is region locked but there is a solution! Thanks to Ari of Comics and Cookies I have a region free trailer that I can share with you good people across the rest of the world, check it out here. Either way, you can watch the trailer and we can all chat about it from there, so links in two places and after you’re done watching head on below and I’ll share more of my reactions. I’ll be here, just watch the trailer, enjoy and learn more about the Constantine show.

Now that hopefully everyone is caught up, time for Constantine trailer reaction time!  I’m not a die hard Hellblazer fan but I’ve read enough to see that at least they got the look right.  The people working on this show are wanting to connect the comic and television worlds to satisfy as many people as possible. Take note of this, Matt Ryan as John Constantine is an improvement over Keanu Reeves, a dramatic one. Captures the personality, wit, conversational tone, and he looks the part and that helps in believing he is Constantine. I was initially afraid that the show was going to try to be Constantine by way of The CW’s Supernatural and the trailer ends that speculation quick. Now in the full show I don’t know what we’ll be in for but at least in the trailer there’s an immense amount of promise in the full show.

Impressing me even further is the fact that NBC is scheduling Constantine after Grimm on Friday nights. I had a feeling they were going to do it as it just made sense and NBC did the the smart play. As I was thinking about all these comic shows, NBC’s best bet for Constantine to go over with the audience was to pair it with Grimm. The audiences will go together smoothly, at least let’s hope so for the sake of Constantine. I’m optimistic about Constantine as it looks like a good show if it lives up to the promise of the trailer. Response wise sounds positive so I’m happy to see where this goes from that rocking trailer.

Comic Books Are All Over TV This Fall

I never thought I’d be in an age where this many comic books would be hitting television screens at the same time. To start this off we have Agents of SHIELD renewed and Agent Carter on the way, Now DC’s lineup for television is insanity in a good way, Constantine on NBC, Gotham on Fox, The Flash and iZombie on the CW, with Arrow renewed for another season too. Don’t forget The Walking Dead on AMC returning in the fall, which means eight comic book shows are going to be on TV at the same time. This is huge to say the least because right now this proves that comics on TV are big business, especially with that Preacher adaptation on the way from AMC. Which means if these shows all survive by that point, we’ll have nine comic book shows on TV. If I’m missing anything else please let me know, I’m just astonished as to how many comics are appearing on the screens and how many are going to be on TV at the same time.

Now I’m still unsure as to the survival of the new shows on the scene. Agent Carter has potential to be huge as my own shock of my Mom getting excited about the series. She heard about the premise of Agent Carter and she got intrigued, I can’t wait to see who else will be in this cast. The Flash should be an easy sell as it ties into Arrow with Grant Gustin’s take on Barry Allen going over well with everyone. iZombie could be a touchy sell as it exists in its own little world but it has a strong creative pedigree behind it. Constantine on NBC is one I’m unsure about though if paired with Grimm NBC could have something there. Gotham will be the next easiest one to get a second season next to The Flash because Fox paid huge money for that show. Gotham also has the bonus of having a strong cast to build the series. Gotham’s push of showing what puts Jim Gordon and Young Bruce Wayne into their respective roles while building Batman’s rogues gallery in the process should be a winner. Even more amazing is how I managed to shove in that many perspectives into one paragraph, that’s impressive.

Right now I really don’t have too much to say on a lot of the new shows, I’m in awe of the fact that we’re going to have that many comic shows on in the first place. I do consider this huge despite my cynicism on a few things, this is a big deal for me to see. Either of these shows could hit big, could get renewed, and have potential to last a few years. As I start to see trailers for more of this I’ll have more to say in the months to come but for right now, I remain hopeful. Please let these all be as solid as what I hope they could be, I want a vibrant future for comics on my TV screen as much as anyone else.