I got email from a rather perturbed reader about The Week That Was in Saturdays FYI section. Thats a feature that runs every week looking at various pop culture moments from the past seven days, along with quips and jabs.
By Derek Donovan
The Kansas City Star
Please convey my thanks to David Frese and Hector Casanova for letting us know the ending of The Walking Deads season in this mornings Week That Was, he wrote. I am glad they got to see and enjoy the episode before many others of us who now will not have to suffer the excitement of seeing which characters are killed off.
This poses a dilemma worth discussing: How should journalists cover fictional entertainment?
Readers have identified many times when they thought especially a movie review revealed too much of a plot, and thats an objection I can certainly understand. Citizen Kane wouldnt be nearly as captivating if the view goes into it knowing the identity of Rosebud.
Episodic TV is a bit of a different story, though. The Walking Dead is an exceptionally popular show, and the midseason finale that aired the Sunday before the Saturday Week That Was killed off the series biggest bad guy.
Id say its virtually impossible to discuss the show without disclosing that detail. But as my emailer noted, many people record TV to watch on their own schedules and this is happening more often every day.
His opinion is that six days wasnt enough here. I dont think everyone would agree with that, but its a valid point of view.