#95 Fireside Chat: Unscripted 6.0 Saturday 09 February, 2013

“Unscripted 6.0”

Miss Episode 95 live last night? Never fear! You can click here to listen to the recorded show OR simply use the embedded player below!

Episode 95 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Monday, February 11, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include some of our fabulous friends from Down with the Capitol, Crystal of Mockingjay.net and FictionalFood.net, Courtney of Welcome to District 12, Tiffany of Victor’s Village, Ariel of Nerdy, Wordy, and Over Thirty, and Natalie of Tor.com!

It’s time for another “Unscripted” episode! We haven’t done a fully unscripted show since Halloween, so we’re very excited to have some unpredictable and off-the-cuff fun. As with all our “Unscripted” shows, we have no set plan or agenda in place for Episode 95. We do, however, have a grab bag full of listener-submitted questions, discussion topics, Crackpot Theories, What Ifs?, Would You Rathers?, and Cave/Marry/Kills. We choose topics from the grab bag (or “topic cornucopia”) at random and discuss, debate, and speculate!

Update: Below you’ll find a list of all the topics we pulled out of the grab bag! Thanks to everyone who has submitted topics over the last year or so.

– From Allison: Did District 13 become a “valid” district again after the rebellion? Did it stay underground?
– From Tess: Do you think that they’d celebrate Halloween in the districts? Or would it be a purely Capitol affair? And if so, what costumes do you think they’d have? Dead tributes or victors maybe (for in the Capitol)? (This led to a discussion on holidays and religion in Panem.)
– Crackpot Theory from Stephanie: Seneca Crane and Johanna Mason were romantically involved.
– Survival Challenge: Which of the following can kill you? (a) frostbite (b) sunburn (c) hypothermia
– From Ysa: What if Haymitch and Plutarch were able to save both Peeta and Katniss from the arena?
– If you could ask Suzanne Collins ONE question about the series, what would it be?
– Cave, Marry, Kill: Plutarch Heavensbee, Seneca Crane, Beetee

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Follow this week’s participants on Twitter:
Adam (Host): @AdamSpunberg
Savanna (Co-Host/Producer): @MlleNouveau
Down with the Capitol: @HungerGamesDWTC
Crystal: @pikko / @mockingjaynet / @FictionalFood
Courtney: @WtoD12
Tiffany: @twiffidy / @VictorsVillage
Ariel: @Madam_Pince
Natalie @nataliezutter / @tordotcom

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  • satsuma says:

    Re romance, I’d love for some discussion on two very popular “ships” that some fans seem to mistake for actual canon; Cato/Clove, and Gale/Johanna. I was surprised that some fans actually called the movie out for being “untrue to the book” by not showing Cato and Clove as a romantic couple — comments along the lines of “WHY did the movie show Cato snuggling with Glimmer? In the book it was Cato and Clove!” While Cato does seem sincerely saddened by Clove’s death, that doesn’t mean they were lovers.

    I can easily see many fans saying something similar about the end of Mockingjay if it doesn’t show Gale and Johanna getting together, that “Francis Lawrence didn’t show us what REALLY happened!” I really don’t understand why this ship has become popular to the point that people mistake it for canon. While there is a scene in MJ where Johanna seems attracted to Gale, MANY women find Gale attractive; Fulvia and Delly seem to as well, and that’s not even counting the unnamed girls Gale claims to have kissed. Gale and Johanna may have similar personalities, but that’s not the same as romantic compatibility. I think this ship might be popular because it neatly ties up loose ends for two major characters that don’t get such closure in the book itself. But it seems some fans mistake popularity for canonicity.

  • I’m going to back Satsuma’s suggestion from the last week that you comment on the additional part of the interview with Francis Lawrence on the MTV Hollywood Crush website http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2013/01/22/francis-lawrence-catching-fire-interview/ where he revealed that the scenes he was most proud of were


    the rotating Arena scene, and a goodbye scene in the meadow between Katniss and Gale before she goes into the Arena. I’d also love to hear you comment on the anger that quote has caused among many fans, together with another quote by Francis Lawrence that was earlier quoted on EW website under one of the released stills, where he mentioned that “Jen and Liam have amazing chemistry” and also mentions the “nice” goodbye scene and the post-whipping scene http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20419951_20662753,00.html#21262780
    I’m one of the few people who didn’t see anything wrong in what he said, but many fans have been upset by this, expressed concern that the movie is going to be geared towards Katniss/Gale, and even accused F. Lawrence of being a “Katniss/Gale shipper”.

  • Mark says:

    I would suggest a discussion on the idea that President Snow could have made Katniss his very own Mockingjay. By feigning compassion for the “Starcossed Lovers” a clever Snow could have pulled back the peacekeepers from the troubled districts and announced an investigation into whether future Hunger Games could be made more ceremonial in nature. This good will would diffuse the growing rebellion and allow him to put forward a positive face while he consolidates his power even more and give him time to indentify his enemies.The Victory Tour would make Peeta and Katniss effective proxies

  • Amanda Akay says:

    I would love to continue the discussion about the epilogue. I think that has a lot to do with romance and love, and very important!

  • satsuma says:

    More Grab Bag topics: What would Katniss and Peeta do for Valentine’s day? Or Finnick and Annie? (Sticking to confirmed canon couples).

    Also, Mark’s comment about Snow using Katniss as his own Mockingjay, made me wonder — this may have been discussed before, but what would have happened if Coin got to use Peeta as a Mockingjay, as she apparently wished? Would Peeta have been as effective? Would he have been easier to control? (Since I suspect Coin’s preference may have been as much about the latter than the former.)

  • annie B says:

    Grab Bad Question: How do you think President Snow Became President? Was He elected? Was it passed through the family? Is it possible that snow may have originally been from a district such as two, considering the capitols close relationship with district 2.

  • Gavin says:

    Grab Bag Topics: Rehashing a comment I made last week, what one character in future movies would you like to have a larger role than they did in the books? (i.e. Seneca Crane in the first movie)

    If Gale and Katniss were reaped originally, who would have won the 74th Hunger Games?

    If you were in the arena, what would be your weapon of choice and why?

    What moment in the series made you cheer the most and what moment made you cry the most?

    If Mags didn’t volunteer for Annie, would Finnick have pulled a Peeta and tried to eliminate every other tribute first so she could win?

    Why do you think Cinna took Peeta to the roof before the first games? (Peeta makes the comment to Katniss after the avox scene in the first book that Cinna brought him up there to show him “the view”)

    Opinion Question: What was your favorite scene of subtly in the first movie?
    (My three were when 1. Haymitch watches the capitol child playing with the sword, 2. Katniss’s reaction to Peeta after he says to her “I’ll take the bow.” and 3. When the reaping video is played and cuts to Effie at the end mouthing the words as if she’s praying or reciting the national anthem.)

    Would you Rather: Would you rather compete in an arena that is a desert or frozen wasteland?

    Crackpot Theory: Peeta’s family was rescued and help prisoner by the capitol and were executed as part of his torture for not quelling the rebellion. (That would explain why their bodies were never found cause they mentioned @ the end of MJ they found Madge’s whole family in the rubble of their home)

    Crackpot Theory: Prim’s name was planted as a conspiracy knowing Katniss woyld volunteer and with knowledge of her hunting ability and being friends with the mayor’s daughtet gave D12 a tribute they could mold to win the games and start a revolution.

    Crackpot Theory: Gale didnt attempt to save Madge’s family and let them die in the firebombing.

  • satsumarena says:

    This was a very entertaining show! I just have one quibble with part of it, though I might just be over-reacting.

    Re the “Question I’d like to ask Suzanne Collins” part of the show, the “What District did Cinna come from” question assumes that he MUST have come from a District, that there’s no way he was actually born in the Capitol. To me, that smacks of anti-Capitol prejudice, to assume that no one from the Capitol could sincerely come to question the status quo and decide to rebel against it. So far, SC seems to be on board with the movies expanding Effie’s character and showing her to have an awakening conscience. If Effie, whose Capitol origin no one questions, and who is much more shallow and vapid than Cinna, is capable of questioning the status quo, I don’t see why Cinna couldn’t have.

    Unless you’re suggesting that Cinna NOT being shallow and vapid means he couldn’t have been born in the Capitol. But really, not everyone is. I don’t like Plutarch much, but I wouldn’t say he’s anything like Effie, and certainly, neither is Snow. There’s also a pretty large number of Avoxes around, and while some may have been turned into Avoxes for relatively petty offenses like what Darius did, I can also see many of them as being real “traitors to the Capitol” as well. Besides, note that SC has Katniss take pity on the prep team not only because she sees them as “like children”, but because she sees them as connected to Cinna. This connection would be less relevant, if Cinna wasn’t actually from the Capitol himself.

    • Savanna says:

      You’re overreacting. 🙂 He could very well be from the Capitol. I think we all sort of include the Capitol when we say “the districts” even though it technically is not a district. It’s just easy, when speaking casually and freely, to lump every “section” of Panem together in order to ask a basic question like “Which district is Cinna from?”

      It’s like asking what state someone is from. Maybe someone is from the District of Columbia, which isn’t a state. But you’d still ask, “What state are you from?” even though D.C. is a possibility.

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