WHAT’S IN THE BOX, BRAAAAAD?
While I wholeheartedly agree with Jorge Castillo’s call on “best ending” [“The Bloody Envelope, Please! A top 10 list of terrific terror moments”, Oct. 17-30], there was absolutely no reason for him to reveal precisely what was great about the ending to Seven. That’s what’s known in the popular vernacular as a “spoiler” — meaning “to spoil the ending” — and a simple editing of the parenthesized copy could have avoided it without lessening the impact of the review/accolade.
I think Fight Club, Sixth Sense, and The Empire Strikes Back are all great movies, but you can appreciate why people generally don’t discuss plot details without first offering a respectful “spoiler alert”.
Now, thanks to Jorge’s recklessness, your non-Seven-viewing readership will be deprived of the “best ending” he so astutely offered. Sinful.
P.S. It seems strange that I’d send feedback on an “issue” like this when you’ve published great articles on radioactive fish and International Criminal Court condemnation from the African Union, but this seemed more constructive. Keep up the great work.
Jason Hanson, Saskatoon
EDITOR’S NOTE: Here I was, all excited about running a Saskatoon letter to the editor on an article our two newspapers shared, but it turns out Prairie Dog’s considerate editor (ahem) DID excise the (unnecessary) spoiler — unlike Planet S (booooo!). So if you’re reading this, Jason, you’re welcome. /Stephen Whitworth
SNAKES AND SPIDERS AREN’T ENOUGH
Greg Beatty’s “Top 6 Sinister Species” [Oct. 17-30] neglected to mention the cyanobacteria — formerly known as blue-green algae — that can proliferate during the summer months in temperate surface waters. Several species can produce bloom conditions and may have toxic strains that can cause sickness and even death!
Joyce Rosenfeld, Regina
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