Spoiler alert: This is about “Breaking Bad.”
There are no plot points revealed in this column, but I felt I needed to talk about my “Don’t spoil it” weekend when it came to AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad.” I’m not interested in the show because of some attachment to Albuquerque and all the place it features. And I’m not some moralist who demands certain people pay for their sins. I just enjoy the drama Vince Gilligan has created.
I’ll go back and forth on this rule so many times, but I think you’re on your own when it comes to avoiding spoilers the next day. The person who has seen it wants to discuss it. It’s not their fault you haven’t got to it yet on the DVR. It’s not their fault you’re waiting for it to come out on DVD. It’s not their fault you want to wait until it streams online.
Having said that, I hate to be the spoiler … but I’d still like somebody to talk with the episode about as soon as possible. That’s part of the reason I found a friend who watched the show and would be willing to join me each Sunday.
The first week of the arrangement went well, and Sunday was going to be Week 2. A perfect day was lined up — watch a baseball game at 1, go to a friend’s Labor Day party at 4 and mingle just long enough to slip out at 6:30 and prep for my friend and the 7 p.m. airing.
Around first pitch, I got a text message from my friend. Couldn’t make it for the show that night, but next Sunday looked good. I instantly turned into the overbearing adult figure and gave homework: “Now make sure you’re caught up on episodes by this time next week.”
Knowing I didn’t have to prep my place for a visitor, I knew I had extra time to stay at the party. So I chatted. And ate. And chatted. And wait, it’s 6:55???
By the time I woke up the next morning from the lengthy party, I was the one who was behind on episodes … and since I had planned to be home, I didn’t set up a recording.
Fortunately, cable networks air their good shows all the time, and a rerun is never far off. The new episode was reairing at midnight. All I had to do was avoid “Breaking Bad” news, and avoid discussing my predicament to friends who would mess with me.
It turned out to be pretty easy. I had lunch with somebody who doesn’t watch the show, and I didn’t discuss it at the office. As soon as I got home from work, I shut down all outside forms of communication, set my alarm for 11:55 and started reading a book. I couldn’t have the show spoiled unless I actively searched for it that way.
My one-day spoiler avoiding wasn’t too bad … but I’m not sure I could hold out for a whole week or a DVD release.
I loved the last episode, and I’ll leave you with this review: Things happen during the show. These things are good for some characters, and bad for other characters. There’s also cursing.
Hope I didn’t spoil anything.
Kevin Wilson is a columnist for Clovis Media Inc. He can be contacted at 763-3431, ext. 313, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org