So we all know The Unknown Crewman always dies right?
Whether you’re watching any one of the ginormous Star Trek franchise episodes (and there are many, hence the ginormous.
Which is totally a word).
Or some old movie or some new movie or a classic movie (in which everyone is wearing a hat and everyone, even the little kids who aren’t necessarily wearing hats, are dead) or a lame dramatic and emotionally engaging made for tv movie or even Mad Men or Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead or Sons of Anarchy…
(Ok – maybe not Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead… No one seems safe there.
Well, except maybe Daryl).
But most of the time on whatever you’re watching The Unknown Crewman dies and it’s too bad but no one really cares that much ‘cause hey the actor had his shot and may get a great gig after his big scene of being slowly eaten by the Blob Monster of Caterskidadish or shot by the Governor or smashed to smithereens by a bunch of semi-psychotic guys on motorcycles.
And life goes on.
What about The Unknown Caller?
You know – the person calling your cell whose number you don’t recognize.
That awful moment when you hear the “Unknown Caller Ringtone” blaring outta your phone (mine is currently set to “Old Fashioned Ring” and that baby actually echoes through the house.
Which really adds to the eerie quality of the entire situation).
And you stare at the number, racking your brain; thinking what area code is that anyway and I don’t believe I know anyone in Vermont… Oh wait - didn’t what’s his name’s sister in law’s cousin move there last spring but what the crap would he be doing calling me?
And meanwhile the phone is blaring away and you know they know you’re sitting there not answering on purpose till finally it stops ringing, (creating a surprisingly loud silence), and you breathe a deep sigh of relief until it buzzes or whatever your phone does at such times and you know they’ve left a Voice Mail.