Welcome to the thoughts that wash up on the sandy beaches on my mind. Paddling is encouraged.. but watch out for the sharks.
Don't wear a red shirt, and don't be a footsoldier in a massive empire. If you can't be a hero or the supervillain, go to the bathroom. Nothing ever happens in the bathroom. If you're in Star Trek, there is no bathroom. Buuuuuut, you might appear next week, because the powers that be forgot they've killed off your character before (in the case of extras) or because of magic blood, Vulcan magic, or other dubiously scientific reasons.
I think that these days it's also a really bad idea being of 'plot significance'. You know that sooner or later the author or director will kill you off (normally in suitably spectacular or, even more modern, in particularly pointless fashion) to keep the tension levels high or to compensate for falling ratings..
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