2019 sounds like a great year to see Avengers: Infinity War

Sigh. To preserve my sanity, there are things I just won’t do. It’s not a long list (finish bad books, drive long distances at night, etc.), but this week I’ve added one: watch Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. My friends have made a great effort to avoid spoilers, but the non-spoiler reactions I did see were enough to let me know I’d better double check the ending—why, yes, I will read the end of a book first—and it looks like I’ll be watching this Avengers movie just before the next one comes out.

I call it the “Locutus of Borg” effect. Way back when, the Star Trek writers decided for the very first time to end season three of The Next Generation with a cliffhanger. What brilliance! What daring! What a surprise!

A surprise it was, but not a pleasant one. Turns out I don’t do cliffhangers well. I was grumpy—possibly even in a rage—for months, waiting for the resolution. Couldn’t shake the black mood. Had I gotten ahold of any of those writers…

…Ahem. Where was I? Oh, yes, season three. Needless to say, I never again watched a NextGen season-ending episode the same night it first aired. This trend has continued to modern day. If ANY hint of a cliffhanger or Dark Moment ending pops up, I check.

So, reluctantly, though I may buy the movie soon, I won’t watch it this year. For my husband’s sake. And that of the puppies. And of everyone within a mile of me. Or interacting with me online…


  1. Paul Carhart

    What happened to you when Darth Vader froze Han Solo in carbonite and Boba Fett ran off with him to Jabba the Hutt’s palace?

    It’s a similar issue. Middle of a story that was basically started in Civil War. 😉

    But you gotta do what you gotta do to preserve your sanity. God knows we don’t need INSANE people running around. 🙂

    1. Dawn Smit

      Chuckle, I was too young to care. We went to the midnight showing, and I fell asleep midway through. Didn’t wake up until about the time Luke confronted Vader.

      Though there’s a vague memory of unease and dissatisfaction even then.

  2. pohjalainen

    I feel for you. If I cared more about the characters I would probably leave it for next year too. Fortunately (or not?) I have not gotten particularly invested in the cinematic Marvel universe or its inhabitants, I like watching them but I don’t actually care all that much what happens as long as it’s spectacular and, besides, so far at least these movies can be trusted to not go all grim dark so I have also been able to go in and assume the story will be something I’ll like. With that combination – and the fact that there is no fear there would not be a sequel coming – I should be able to handle a cliffhanger in this movie.

    So I guess I’ll see it this week.

    But when it’s not something where the sequel where things will be solved is absolutely certain like it is here – then I won’t read or watch until that sequel is out. I can handle being left hanging for a year or two, I hate hate hater never finding out what happened and will not take the risk with most stories. 🙂

    1. Dawn Smit

      Enjoy it, pohjalainen. It does sound like a spectacular movie. Or at least Part 1 of a movie. 🙂 I was a huge Marvel fan in my early teen years—spent most of my pocket money on comics. The movies rekindled my love.

      As you said, we know it’s gonna be solved in a satisfactory way—how else could they schedule the movies they have scheduled in mid to late 2019? But what my brain knows is obviously not shared with the rest of my body.

      “I hate hate hater never finding out what happened and will not take the risk with most stories.” With ya 100%. After Robert Jordan died, I resigned myself to never reading past Book 7 of the Wheel of Time series. (Glad he had copious notes to allow another author to finish the series.) Now I’m getting a bit antsy about the Dresden Files. Jim Butcher has talked about its being 20 books plus an apocalyptic (post-apocalyptic?) trilogy to finish it off. It wasn’t such a big deal when the stories were more complete in themselves. Now?

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