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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 9 – The Only Good Rumor Is A Dead Rumor, Except for Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”

The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 9 – The Only Good Rumor Is A Dead Rumor, Except for Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”

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Soooooo….now we have a couple of episodes of Rebels on public display, my excitement has not dimmed one bit. In fact, I’m even MORE excited about it now than I was before the premier. We seem to have been given an accurate representation of what the show will be from all the promos we were given prior to the show’s debut.  The humor is there, the action is there, the characters are there, the FUN is there. As of this writing, I’ve seen Spark of Rebellion and Droids in Distress, and I cannot WAIT for the 3rd episode. Or 2nd, depending on which website’s counter you’re looking at.  This IS “my Star Wars” and I can’t wait for more. But I WILL wait. Patience is a virtue that I’ve had to work hard to possess, but I find it’s worth the wait more often than not. Which brings me to my topic for this month: Episode 7 rumors.

Ok, so yeah, I know we’re all excited about the new movie. Nobody more than me, I promise you. I’m sure there are millions who are AS excited as me, but nobody is MORE excited. Just trust me on this. I can’t wait to see what J.J. Abrams does with the film, I predict it will be a thrill ride of epic proportions, and it will feel like “my Star Wars” in the same way that Rebels does. December 18, 2015 cannot get here fast enough. HOWEVER, as anxious and as excited as I am, I CAN wait. If I had my way, we would learn the title of the movie, get a teaser, then a trailer, and that would be ALL we would know about it before the premier.  But, thanks to the internet, we have weekly, sometimes daily updates from the set, and rumor upon rumor about who’s playing who, which character does what, what the plot will be, etc. Why do we need it? I’ve honestly never understood the compulsion to learn as much as possible about a film before you see it. I even hate trailers that give away too much of the plot.

I assume I think this way because of when I grew up. The early 80s were a time where we all speculated, but we never had any concrete news to go on when it came to movies and tv shows. It was fun to sit around and talk about what we THOUGHT would happen, only to go to the movie and find out that we were WAY off (at least I always was). The movie still felt like an event because you hadn’t seen 40% of it already from clips “leaked” online and 37 different trailers that were released in theaters, on tv, and on the internet. It was a simpler time. It was a better time. (I hope you read those last 2 sentences in the voice of Peter Griffin from “Family Guy” because that’s how I heard them in my head.)

Why would you want to know everything about Episode 7 before it premiers? Wouldn’t it just make the experience seem less revelatory? Or, on the flipside, if the information you got was incorrect, wouldn’t it make the movie less satisfying because you didn’t get what you were expecting? I understand the excitement around casting announcements, and I even get Abrams showing us some of the vehicles in teases from the set, those are designed to entice and excite without giving much away about the actual plot. But rumors I just don’t get. On the latest Assembly of Geeks podcast (www.assemblyofgeeks.com) we discussed some of the crazier rumors surrounding the prequels before they were released, and it just goes to show that we can rarely trust rumors, so why bother? There was one rumor that involved Yoda farting. Yoda. Farting. And someone was probably disappointed when it didn’t happen. Seriously, isn’t it a lot more fun to sit down in a darkened cinema and let the images envelop you, to let the story pull you along like a strong current on a river? Or is it just me?

What say you, dear reader? Are you one of the crowd who scours the internet looking for every speck of info you can find in the hopes of learning more about the movie? If so, please tell me what you get out of it, I would love to see it from your perspective. Because honestly, I just don’t get it. If you’re like me and you actively avoid any kind of spoiler or rumor, please share with us your method of avoiding it all, because I’m always looking for new ways to stay in the dark about these things. Mostly, I’m just glad we’re all excited about the new movie, and I can’t wait until we can all watch it and discuss what we saw, and speculate on what it all means. That’s the magic of Star Wars to me.

As always, thank you for reading, and May The Force Be With You.

Marvin says hi.

Jeff can be heard on several shows on the MarvinDog Media podcast network at www.MarvinDogMedia.com, including Bantha Banter: A Star Wars Chat Show, and on Assembly of Geeks (www.assemblyofgeeks.com).

Email jeff at jeffm@coffeewithkenobi.com

Seriously. Yoda. Farting. Somebody came up with that.

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6 Comments

  1. Melinda
    October 25, 2014 at 16:35 Reply

    Hi Jeff! I’m with you. I abhor getting too much information about a film (true or otherwise) or a book I’m especially looking forward to reading before it hits theaters/shelves. There is something to be said for being surprised — pleasantly, I hope! 😉 — when I take my seat or open the cover. Why go to a movie otherwise??? If you know what is going to happen, how can one truly judge a film? (I am NOT talking about seeing the same movie over and over and over again. That is an entirely different subject. At least as far as I’m concerned.)

    I suppose I, too, harken back to a simpler time — when there wasn’t the internet and the steady stream of (mis)information out there — all just a click away. What do I do to keep from garnering too much information? Simply, I don’t go looking for it. Oh, I have checked out the “Rebels” trailers that have appeared here at cwk.com or on my internet home page (starwars.com). The official trailers give hints, teasers … and nothing more. I don’t mind knowing who the major players are in a movie or television show, maybe get an inkling about what they’re likely to be about — but that’s ALL I want to know. The rest, I want to glean from the story as it unfolds. 🙂

    I TOTALLY IGNORE anything that might pop up on any of the social media sites. I’m just not a “click on this link” kind of individual (for the most part; there are very specific instances where I will, but they have absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars).

    My husband and I like to watch “CBS Sunday Morning” on … you guessed it! Sunday mornings! 😉 One of the former regular contributors was a specific movie critic (I am so sorry I cannot remember his name; he hasn’t been on the show for at least the last few years.) who, in his critique of a film would give away the ENTIRE PLOT! I am not kidding! The first time this happened, we thought he made a mistake by revealing so much information. The second time this happened, we decided to mute the sound every time he came onscreen! TMI!!! Maybe that’s why he isn’t on the weekly news/feature show anymore!

    I really don’t mind a little bit of info — to tease … to whet the appetite … to wet it, too! 😉 The mute button comes in really handy at times. And just don’t go looking for info. Then, you won’t run into spoilers — definitely not the rumor mill.

    Why do some people have the need to know everything they can about something, and then report it to the world? I suppose it’s the “town crier” syndrome (as I like to call it). “You heard it here first!” It makes a person, a newscast, who/whatever feel important. Whatever. 😉

    My only question about the December 18 release date is — WHY DECEMBER??? More than half the country will be experiencing winter (well, we’ll ALL be experiencing winter, if you want to be technical about it. I’m talking about REAL WINTER.). It is going to be cooooooooold standing outside those theaters waiting to get in! And we fans will wait — for hours, if necessary! I guess I’ll have to buy a pair of long underwear. 😉

    By the way, I think we can make it to next December without falling prey to the rumor mill. Just turn a deaf ear to it. That’s what I’m doing. 🙂

    Please tell Marvin “hi” for me.

    MTFBWY 🙂

  2. Jeff M
    October 26, 2014 at 11:55 Reply

    You know, Melinda, I didn’t even think about December being a bad time to premier the movie, because it rarely gets THAT cold in December around here, but you’re right, that could present a problem….maybe I SHOULD learn all I can about the flick in case I can’t venture out to see it when it premiers…..KIDDING!!

    I think you’re right about the Town Crier mentality, it garners attention, if only for a short while, and that’s all it takes for some people to jump on the rumor train. Sigh.

    1. Melinda
      October 26, 2014 at 22:09 Reply

      Not that I’m really complaining about where I live — but it is COLD in December! (I live up north!) I may have to invest in one of those really well-insulated jackets, a good pair of mittens, and even double up on my scarf and hat. And some thermal boots. That wind can blow something fierce, even in December!

      … Because, yes, I will arrive at the theater at least a couple of hours in advance of show time. If there is a midnight show, we won’t even have the sun to fool us into thinking there’s any warmth to be had! 😉 Brrrr! I’m getting cold just thinking about this!

  3. Jon
    October 26, 2014 at 14:44 Reply

    I don’t believe anything until I watch the movie, so I am immune to anything labeled “Spoilers” 🙂

  4. Becca Benjamin
    October 28, 2014 at 20:04 Reply

    ***SPOILERS***
    Let’s just say I do what I can to avoid as many as possible, but unfortunately there is thing that I’m in use of on a daily basis. That something is called the *Internet.* Yeah, so…it’s a bit…unavoidable. Sigh. Still, I’m not one for the “worldly news” either and I do my best to escape that as well (Yes folks, Jeff is literally shaking his head at me as he reads this.). I’ll also add, what little I’ve encountered in the ways of “rumors,” I’ve kept to myself 🙂

    ….Hi Jeff and Hello Marvin 🙂 Yes, I know, I’ve been no help at all to your cause here in this blog on Star Wars gossip lol!
    Fun article and Great topic 🙂

    1. Jeff M
      October 29, 2014 at 22:51 Reply

      I’m amazed at how people manage to put spoilers in HEADLINES of articles, so you’re right, even just being on the interwebs is dangerous. ARG!!! I’ll be under a rock somewhere til December of next year….

      Thanks for the kind words, Becca 🙂

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