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An­thony Coombes, Face­book I hate spoil­ers! I’ve seen the trailer for Rogue One, and now ig­nore ev­ery ar­ti­cle about it.

Joseph McCormick, Face­book How hard is it to write the word “spoiler” be­fore a sen­tence? SFX Spoiler: not at all!

Pete MacKen­zie, email At what point did the re­spon­si­bil­ity for avoid­ing spoil­ers stop be­ing that of the spoilee? Back in the day, it was un­der­stood that if you wanted to avoid the out­come of, say, a foot­ball match, it was up to you to “look away now”. So­cial me­dia shouldn’t negate that re­spon­si­bil­ity. Why spoil oth­ers’ en­joy­ment of dis­cussing some­thing that’s in the pub­lic do­main? I came out of The Force Awak­ens on open­ing night des­per­ate to dis­cuss it, but couldn’t be­cause a vo­cal mi­nor­ity hadn’t gone. How much of a fan are you if you didn’t get to a mid­night show­ing ?

Mike McGuckin, Face­book Are we not al­lowed to talk about a movie or TV show un­til we’re sure ev­ery­one in geek­dom has seen it? If you re­ally cared so much you’d be watch­ing an episode at broad­cast time.

Tracey Stott, Face­book I can’t stay up un­til 3.00am to watch Game Of Thrones, then go to work in the morn­ing! I wouldn’t be able to con­cen­trate.

Michael Turner, Face­book Ru­in­ing some­thing peo­ple love just be­cause you won’t mark a dis­cus­sion as a spoiler – or wait un­til the next day – is just self­ish. If you need to dis­cuss your “feels” so badly, get a ther­a­pist.

Andy, email SFX, I want you to go in-depth in re­views and not shy away from dis­sect­ing the meat and bones of a movie. If it’s a film I’m about to see, I’m care­ful to only read the first half, jump to the sum­mary and check the star rat­ing. Keep the spoil­ers for the beer-belly of the text and tag it if you wish. Then I can get dou­ble the plea­sure from re­turn­ing af­ter the pop­corn’s fin­ished. SFX It can be more dif­fi­cult to sec­tion off spoil­ers than it sounds. Plus “spoiler flags” aren’t a per­fect so­lu­tion – when turn­ing a page, a reader’s gaze can fall any­where.

Billy Ed­wards, Face­book The type I most dislike are char­ac­ter deaths, be­cause it re­ally ru­ins the shock. But by the time it’s out on DVD, it should be okay to dis­cuss it.

Vanessa, Twit­ter I hate the dou­ble stan­dard. You must keep sch­tum if it’s in the UK first, but if it’s in the US, it’s fair game!

For me, the jour­ney’s more im­por­tant than the end­ing

Gareth Wil­liams, Face­book Am get­ting a bit an­noyed by the spoiler Nazis. Peo­ple need to get or­gan­ised and watch the thing they’re into. It’s not ev­ery­one else’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect you from spoil­ers!

Cherry, email I quite like spoil­ers! Some­times I go look­ing for them, es­pe­cially if the show is re­ally tense. For me, the jour­ney’s more im­por­tant than the end­ing. Some­times know­ing where the story’s head­ing makes the jour­ney bet­ter, as I can look for signs.

Em­met O’Brien, Face­book It an­noys me that the Planet Of The Apes DVD cover spoils the end­ing. We have to think of the next gen­er­a­tion.

Ray­mond Cooper, Face­book My favourite was the video case for Doc­tor Who story “The Time War­rior”. The syn­op­sis even ex­plained how the last episode ended!

Peter Wat­son, Face­book I had a plot point in Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War spoiled by a Pop! Vinyl fig­ure, of all things! SFX If it spoke to you, Peter, please visit your doc­tor im­me­di­ately. #CRAPPY BIRTH­DAY?

Craig Water­worth, New Zealand Septem­ber is fast ap­proach­ing, and what’s be­ing done to cel­e­brate Star Trek’s 50th an­niver­sary? Not much. A fan con­fer­ence and mu­si­cal tour, both in the States; a movie that has no di­rect con­nec­tion to the 50th; and the prom­ise of a new TV show that should have been aired this year, to mark a firm bond be­tween the past and the present.

The new movie will be mak­ing mul­ti­ple nods to the an­niver­sary, but the global fan­base de­serves more. There should have been a TV minis­eries for fans to en­joy. This could have hinged around the work of Sec­tion 31. Thanks to their wib­bly-wob­bli­ness we could have had all the cap­tains drawn to­gether in a mul­ti­di­men­sional, time-hop­ping epic that could have even in­cluded the Star Trek Be­yond crew! It could have ended with a di­rect con­nec­tion to the new TV show as well – a walk-on from the new cap­tain at the end would have been a ma­jor cliffhang­ing tease to stoke peo­ple up.

Maybe it’s not too late and there’s a sur­prise tele­vi­sual event brew­ing for later in the year... I live in de­luded hope. SFX Come on Craig, is this not be­ing a wee bit spoilt? We’ve got a new movie (we speak to Zachary Quinto on p60) and a new se­ries in the pipe­line – that’ll do me! Some kind of Trek-themed night on the telly would be nice, though.


Thomas Huart­son, email In your Bat­man V Su­per­man re­view you said, “it’s crim­i­nal to cre­ate a movie that shuts out kids”. But there’s a worse abom­i­na­tion from the Bat­man canon: Gotham.

This is a show that in­evitably draws in younger view­ers to check it out. But it’s def­i­nitely not a show for kids. We get that Gotham City is a dark, gritty, ugly place, brim­ming with cor­rup­tion, and that the vil­lains are sadis­tic killers. But does the show have to keep ham­mer­ing this home with graphic vi­o­lence? Robin Lord Tay­lor’s Pen­guin and Cory Michael Smyth’s Rid­dler are ef­fec­tively creepy with­out them butcher­ing and gar­rot­ing ev­ery­one.

It makes vi­o­lence look stylish, and it’s been con­stantly proven through a se­ries of tragic events that such vi­o­lence can be im­i­tated. To say that films and shows di­rectly cause real-life vi­o­lence wouldn’t be ac­cu­rate or fair. But it

I’d love to have more fe­male su­per­heroes head­lin­ing

can be ar­gued that they don’t help the sit­u­a­tion, es­pe­cially with dis­turbed in­di­vid­u­als. Could it be ar­gued that

Gotham’s por­trayal of vi­o­lence can be bal­anced with the moral ac­tions and prin­ci­ples of its hero? Well, Jim Gor­don cold­heart­edly shoots Theo Gala­van in the head, so no! As a re­sult Gotham comes across just like BvS – crim­i­nal.

SFX But there’s noth­ing new about Bat­man be­ing dark and gritty. What was shock­ing about Zack Sny­der’s movie was putting such a spin on Su­per­man, whose uni­verse is usu­ally more sunny and hope­ful.

#TO IN­FIN­ITY AND BE­YOND Gary Wat­son, Cram­ling­ton Here are

my ideas for the Avengers: In­fin­ity

War movies. 1) At the be­gin­ning, Steve Rogers is oper­at­ing un­der a new iden­tity – ei­ther No­mad or the Cap­tain. 2) Ross loses the plot! Af­ter a failed at­tempt to cap­ture Rogers and the oth­ers by in­vad­ing Wakanda, he’s re­lieved of his du­ties and – due to Thanos? – he be­comes Red Hulk. Cue a clash be­tween Green and Red! 3) Thor, Hulk and the Guardians of the Galaxy should ap­pear. And Doc­tor Strange. 4) Doc­tor Strange helps

Scar­let Witch with her pow­ers. 5) Cap­tain Marvel ap­pears. 6) So does Spi­der-Man.

SFX 7) So does Squir­rel Girl. 8) Hold on, is that Stan Lee? 9) Shit! Galac­tus!

#SIS­TER ACTS Medium Atomic Weight, email

Hav­ing thor­oughly en­joyed the froth­i­ness of Su­per­girl, I’d love to have more fe­male su­per­heroes head­lin­ing their own shows. So I started think­ing about which heroes I’d like to see and who should play them.

Bat­girl was an ob­vi­ous first choice. Kaya Scode­lario-Davis has the no-non­sense at­ti­tude – or Is­abelle Fuhrman could bring a kooky dark side to the role. I’d also love to see El­iza Tay­lor as Sil­ver Sable, or maybe Elle Fan­ning as Star­girl. Then again, why set­tle for one hero­ine when you can have three with the daz­zling DNAn­gels?

But my eureka mo­ment came with the thought of Gwen­do­line Christie bring­ing all the right at­tributes to the Sav­age She-Hulk. I’d pay good money to get that TV show green-lit (ged­dit?). Fancy go­ing in 50-50, SFX?

SFX [Emp­ties pock­ets] Er, I’ve only got £5.57 and a lolly stick, which prob­a­bly isn’t go­ing to stretch fur­ther than a small pot of green poster paint. But I’m in!

#ON THE RHODAN AGAIN Richard Cot­ton, email It was nice to

see the item about Perry Rhodan books in is­sue 275. I’ve been a great fan of these sto­ries since when they first went on sale in the UK. I wish I could fill the gaps in my col­lec­tion, but it would take some do­ing! They’re a light read, but they’re also a good read, and I think that they had a small part in why I try to write sci-fi my­self.

Rus­sell Smith, email

Well, thank you very much – now I’m hooked on the Perry Rhodan books.

A Hanna,

Por­ta­d­own Loved your Perry Rhodan fea­ture! What about ones on EE Doc Smith’s Lens­man se­ries, Hook, and the Wild Cards nov­els? SFX Big re­sponse to this fea­ture. Some­times it feels like we’ve done a ret­ro­spec­tive on ev­ery cul­tural prod­uct ever, so all sug­ges­tions grate­fully re­ceived. (Though our Nick re­serves the right to snort dis­mis­sively and toss them in the bin.)


Tom Mor­gan, email I feel the need to spread the love for a TV show that’s re­ceived next to no at­ten­tion in the UK: an an­i­mated se­ries on Dis­ney XD called Grav­ity Falls.

It tells the story of twins Dip­per and Mable Pines, who go to stay with their shys­ter Great Un­cle Stan at his Mys­tery Shack, in a town where all sorts of weird things hap­pen. It’s bril­liant – it tells a proper story, set over the sum­mer break, from the first to last episode. It has plenty of in-jokes, bril­liant char­ac­ters, and is gen­uinely funny!

I watch it with my three-yearold daugh­ter and we both love it, and it was bought to my at­ten­tion by a 42-year-old man whose 13-year-old daugh­ter felt the love for the whole she­bang – so it’s got some­thing for ev­ery­one! It seems to have slipped un­der peo­ple’s radar. Watch it, peo­ple – you won’t re­gret it!

SFX I’d never heard of it, even though it’s been knock­ing around for four years! There are so many genre shows now that it can be hard to keep track – I tried to count all the live-ac­tion ones re­cently and gave up at 30! In the midst of that del­uge, are we fail­ing to give due credit to any other hid­den gems?

#WE AlSO HEARD FROM Keith Tu­dor, Rom­sey Su­per­nat­u­ral

sea­son 11 re­mem­bered a lot of the fun that made this se­ries great to watch. There are also plenty of in-jokes and pop cul­ture ref­er­ences, as well as drama and pathos now and then. I feel the se­ries works best with the stand­alone episodes, though – the an­gels and demons theme is start­ing to feel tired.

Chloe, email I was shocked and sad­dened to hear of the tragic death of An­ton Yelchin. He was a great ac­tor and a won­der­ful per­son, and will be missed by many. He gave a stel­lar per­for­mance as Chekov, and had a promis­ing ca­reer in front of him. My thoughts and prayers go to his friends and fam­ily.

SFX Sec­onded. An­ton Yelchin re­ally made the char­ac­ter of Chekov his own, and the cir­cum­stances of his death some­how made the news seem even more grim. He’s great in Green Room too – if you get the chance to see that, grab it. Mike Garner, Moorends I find it

in­cred­i­ble that Le­gends Of

To­mor­row got a sec­ond sea­son. It’s bad for so many dif­fer­ent rea­sons! It’s just a mix of Doc­tor Who and some­thing like Quan­tum Leap. Rip makes Shake­spear­ian speeches, but with the words of a sec­on­drate Stan Lee. Worst of all, they ruin one of my favourite char­ac­ters, White Ca­nary – she ends up just a sulky teenager with rage is­sues. Such poor writ­ing! If you like Le­gends Of To­mor­row then please check out SHIELD!

If you spoil Rogue One, she will come and find you.

Look out for the next SFX Hot Topic on games­radar.com/sfx Peo­ple have a habit of get­ting a bit ill on Games Of Thrones…

Do they look like they’re go­ing to a birth­day party?

Gotham: not a city with a gush­ing guide book.

Will there be more su­per girls on the way?

Since this there have been eight more books!

Le­gends: not leg­endary?

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