Last Sunday, we watched Iron Man 3 at the Adlabs in Wadala. When the film ended and the credits started rolling, my wife got up. I held her down saying I wanted to catch the post-credit scene. She didn’t know what I was talking about, but waited anyway…and my excited son and I explained to her what the wait was for. So we waited and waited, while the white on black credits rolled on with hundreds and thousands of names of anyone who had anything to do with the film. My wife was convinced there would be no scene…the credits were continuing for far too long. I got up to survey the situation. There were at least another 12-15 people waiting. I told her to be patient. The cleaners came in and started removing popcorn and other debris from around us, but made no attempt to ask us to leave. The boys waiting at the exit to collect our 3D-glasses were also in no hurry.
It took about 10 odd minutes, but finally the credits ended…and the post-credit scene did appear…for about 30 seconds. We then all walked out.
I first chanced upon a post-credit scene during a DVD viewing of “Captain America”, when I forwarded the credits by mistake instead of pressing the stop button. The scene shows a bewildered Captain running out onto Times Square in New York, accosted by Nick Fury, who then explains to him that he has just woken up from a 70-years long sleep.
Roger Ebert calls these scenes a “Monk’s Reward”, because it takes a monk-like devotion to wait till all the credits are over for one short scene.
Who but a serious geek would do this! But people do wait and the body language of the cleaners and the 3D glass-collector boys implied that they were used to people like us.
My wife and I, after each episode of “The Big Bang Theory” (BBT), wait for Chuck Lorre’s vanity card that shows up for a second, at the end of the credits. They are sometimes funny, sometimes silly, but always worth a read. I chanced upon their existence when I failed to forward the credits once and found myself staring at a white card with a number and some writing. We haven’t missed any since.
BBT attracts a special kind of geek. Almost all the issues (e.g. Star Wars versus Star Trek) discussed in BBT are projections of the nerdy/geeky brains of Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. A true geek is one who can discuss the differences between Star Wars and Star Trek for hours on end, hold forth on the post-modernist feminism of a girl like Buffy chasing monsters rather than the other way around, has seen every episode of Firefly including the film Serenity and continues to watch a Star Wars film in the auditorium while his pregnant wife sits outside because she does not want the noise of the gunfire to upset the baby growing inside her.
Growing up, it was difficult to find like-minded people to share all this with…and I was lucky to find them. Today it is mainstream to be geeky (thanks to Harry Potter and the Twilight series)…and it helps to have kids who are turning out to be just like you!
These days though it’s all about Danerys Targaryen and her dragons kicking ass!