We recorded this episode in November of 2013 but decided to release it when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released for home viewing and therefore to everybody. That occurred in the USA on March 7, 2014 and March 17th in the UK. One of the top grossing films last year and also one of the most successful franchises ever, The Hunger Games movies are now hand in hand with the books as iconic for their generation. Catching Fire, the second film in the series, not only received critical acclaim but in many circles was more highly regarded than the first film.
The story is somewhat about a dystopian future where yearly a contest is given in which a male and a female from each district of the nation are picked by lottery and sent off to battle against the other representatives from the twelve districts. While the first book and film focused on this brutal and unjust competition, the second focuses on an unseen Machiavellian plot to strengthen the government’s control against its slowly decaying power.
Your co-hosts discuss the film, some of the high-minded themes, and its comparison to the prior film and the book series it is based on. Also discussed is the tragic passing of Paul Walker back in November and a discussion on some genre films and television shows that have recently been in the news.