#129 Fireside Chat: The Week of 'Catching Fire' Monday 18 November, 2013

“The Week of Catching Fire

Miss Episode 129 live last night? Click here to listen to the recording or simply use the embedded player below!

(Image source: the official Hunger Games Instagram account)

*Please note that this week’s episode is on Tuesday, not Monday. This is because most of us will be seeing Catching Fire on Monday the 18th. :)*

Episode 129 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Tuesday, November 19, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! Our panel of experts will include Kait and Rebekah from Victor’s Village, Courtney from Welcome to District 12, and Amie of HG Girl on Fire!

Catching Fire Week is finally here! Can you believe it? We certainly can’t!

As mentioned above, we’ll be seeing Catching Fire on Monday, November 18. We’ll spend Episode 129 offering up as spoiler-free a review as possible, sharing our initial impressions and reactions and letting you know what to expect!

If you have any specific questions about the film that you’d like us to answer during the show on Tuesday evening, just leave a comment below. Please keep in mind that we do want to keep this review spoiler-free, so don’t ask anything too detailed!

You can chat with other listeners throughout the live show by using our hashtag #HGFiresideChat on Twitter! We recommend TweetChat to easily follow along with the conversation.

Click here to listen to last week’s episode.

And click here for an index of all of our archived episodes.

Follow this week’s participants on Twitter:
Adam (Host): @AdamSpunberg
Savanna (Co-Host/Producer): @MlleNouveau
Kait: @VictorsVillage
Rebekah: @Rebekahdg / @VictorsVillage
Courtney: @WtoD12
Amie: @jeamiemarie / @HGGirlonFire


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20 Comments

  • discotia says:

    What are your overall thoughts on the new actors? Do they embody the essence of the characters that they are portraying? (Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Ananda Plummer, etc.). Thanks!!!

  • I keep hearing review after review, and all of them are absolutely raving about Jena Malone as Johanna Mason. Is she as phenomenal as the critics are making her out to be?!?

  • Isabel says:

    If you can possibly narrow it down, what was one scene that Catching Fire truly nailed it all hands down, also how cheesy/uncheesy/uncomfortable were the romantic parts? ;) Hope you enjoyed it!

  • Marce Escoto says:

    Did they feature the rooftop scene? A simple yes or no will suffice. :D

  • Sarah says:

    What did Francis Lawrence’s “manning up” of Peeta really entail? Did it change the character a lot? And How was Josh’s portrayal of Peeta compared to the first move?

  • Greg says:

    Were there any scenes that made you cry (or really emotional)?

  • Brandon says:

    After watching Catching Fire, are you worried about Francis Lawerence directing Mockingjay part 1 and 2?

  • Brandon says:

    In the movie there were some scenes that were in the book but were omitted from the movie, like Katniss meeting the girls going to district 13 in the woods, do you feel the movie could have used those scenes or was it ok that they were left out?

  • - Does Haymitch have any substantial screentime and development? Almost nobody is mentioning him in any of the reviews, I’m starting to be worried that he’s been relegated to the background.

    - Is the Katniss/Gale relationship portrayed clearly enough for people to understand what’s going on with them and what they are to each other? Or are there still people who could assume that he was her boyfriend or that she was in love with him before the Games? Is it clear that they’ve been friends and hunting partners for years?

    - Is the Katniss/Peeta relationship portrayed well enough? Can people who haven’t read the book see the development of their relationship and the connection they have? Can they see that Katniss is falling in love with Peeta? Is it convincing or does it seem cheesy? I’ve seen some big Everlark fans claim that many Everlark scenes seemed “soulless”.

    - Did the movie show some scenes that happen off-page in the book? Are there some scenes that you wished the movie had shown, instead of leaving them happen off-screen as they did in the book?

  • 4LoveIsStronger says:

    Without giving too much away, what did you all think of the ending? Is it true to the book? Was it disappointing or vague?

  • disgruntlemekitty says:

    Although I am very much pleased that so many people were awarded the opportunity to see the movie early, I must wonder: was this a free event or did you need to purchase tickets? If it was a free event, I can’t help but wonder if giving away a few thousand free viewings might impact the box office totals. We need this movie to make money, not to give out freebies.

    • Savanna says:

      Hi! Not sure what you’re talking about. What event are you referring to? The U.S. red carpet premiere in Los Angeles? There is a very small group of fan sites that Lionsgate works with, and we’re all usually invited to the premieres each year. Adam and I couldn’t make it out to L.A. this year due to work, so we attended advance screenings on the East Coast. While we were invited to those screenings by Lionsgate, the rest of the tickets were given away in contests. Either way, several thousand free movie tickets will have no impact whatsoever on box office grosses. This is a film that has the potential to gross $1 billion worldwide. Thousands of free tickets are barely even a drop in the bucket.

      • Savanna says:

        Not to mention, fan site reps who attended the premiere will absolutely go see the movie at least once more in theatres. And doing contests for the general public for advance screenings is a great way to generate buzz. People go to the film, love it, tell their friends, word spreads, etc. And it’s a great way for the studio to gauge early reactions.

  • Laura Weber says:

    I really, really want to hear you talk about the movie for hours. But I would also really love to hear your thoughts about the soundtrack that dropped today. I think it is so much better than the first one! If not today, then soon, please :)

  • Mark says:

    How much was the morphling storyline incorporated into the movie?

  • Sarah says:

    I also just really want to quickly add that I really liked seeing some of the actors from the past movie like Jackie, Dayo, and Isabelle at the premier. Even though their characters died they still had a hand in the success of the first movie.

  • Katie says:

    Who or what surprised you the most? (could be a scene, a thematic element, or a character/actor etc)

  • Jennifer says:

    What do you think, after watching the movie, about Peeta’s character being more manly?

  • Jose Torres says:

    I wan’t to know based on your viewing what are the chances I will start crying ( hysterically :D ) in the theater?

  • Kelli says:

    How much more intense do the scenes get between Katniss & Peeta romantically? Expectantly on the train?


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