In a few hours Sometime later than now, Jamal Murray is going to officially announce where he will be playing his college basketball. As of now most signs point to Oregon being that team because he wants to win a lot really likes The Goonies and Julian Salyer. The official decision has not been made yet and there is still time for him to see the light and pick Kentucky. It wouldn’t be the first time a recruit has had a last second change of heart (for positive UK examples see: Jones, Terrence; for negative see: 2015 recruiting class, almost all of them). In the world of television and movies, plot twists are quite common. To help encourage Murray to pick UK, here is a list of the last minute twists he can become a part of (as the title indicates, spoiler alert for everything that follows):
The Usual Suspects
Who is Keyser SÃ¶ze? I won’t reveal their identity, but this is the essential question at the heart of The Usual Suspects. Kevin Spacey leads a top notch cast in a story which keeps viewers guessing until the very end. The final revelation, and its ensuing unraveling, is one of the best plot twists ever. (Following clip NSFW)
The following dialogue occurred when Martin Scorsese and the writers were planning the final scenes of The Departed:
Writer 1: What should we do about character A?
Scorsese: Kill him
Writer 2: I really like how character B’s story is progressing, how should it end?
Scorsese: Kill him
Writer 3: I think you’re killing off too many characters Marty, maybe we should make sure characters C, D, E, and F have a more complex ending.
I love Battlestar Galactica for a lot of reasons, but for the purpose of this post I will only talk about the ending. For four seasons, the last remnants of the human race rely on the Battlestar Galactica to evade extermination by the Cylons. During their flight they look for Earth, a mythical haven, to escape the Cylons and rebuild civilization. After finding Earth destroyed and eventually defeating the Cylons, the ship lands on a planet they call “New Earth”. The final ten minutes then unfolds and gives a clear meaning to the oft-used phrase on the show: “all this has happened before and will happen again.”
Boy Meets World
For anyone who grew up in the nineties (at least most of us normal people), Boy Meets World was a regular part of our Friday nights. While typically a formulaic and predictable sitcom, there was the occasional episode which threw viewers for a loop. The best of these was the episode “And Then There Was Shawn”, a murder mystery episode. There are several pop culture references throughout the episode, including a South Park nod, and contemporary scream queen Jennifer Love Hewitt. Audiences were shocked by who turned out to be the John Adams High killer.
Breaking Bad/Malcolm in the Middle
The most shocking of all these twists came weeks after the Breaking Bad finale. Leaked footage showed that the events which unfolded over the course of Breaking Bad were nothing more than a dream for Hal, Malcolm’s dad from Malcolm in the Middle. This revelation sent a shockwave through audiences, making many question whether they could ever believe anything they saw on tv again.
Many viewers believe that the spinning top at the end of Inception indicates that main character Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio) was in a dream world at the end of the movie. That would be quite a twist indeed. Those who believe that, however, are wrong. The top wobbles!