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Monthly Archives: November 2015

J.C. and Rita give you their thoughts on the Bond Franchise with Spectre, the fiasco that was Glenn on the Walking Dead and Clara Oswald’s exit in Doctor Who.

 

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Earth Station Who Ep 117
Once upon a podcast weekly, the ESW crew discussed quite geekly,
Over many a quaint and curious episode of Who lore,
While Dr. Scott Viguie sat in with Mike, Michael, Mary, and Jen,
And many a word was spoken, about the tale with rapport
Of many things they enjoyed, and some they did not care for.
But writing poetry? Nevermore.

Earth Station Who Amazon.com E-store
ESW on iTunes
ESW on Stitcher
TARDISTOPIA
The New ESO Window Sticker
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Tales From The Station
Doctor Who Season 9 Part 1
Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom

If you would like to leave feedback or a comment on the show please call the ESW feedback line at (404)963-9057 (remember long distance charges may apply) or feel free to email us @ eswpodcast@gmail.com

hungergamesfinalheaderHunger Games victor and rebel hero Katniss Everdeen’s journey comes to an end in “Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final film in the Hunger Games saga. We’ve watched Katniss deal with the aftermath of winning the Hunger Games, where a cruel post-apocalyptic government forces teenagers to fight to the death in an arena as punishment for a failed uprising years ago. Katniss then finds herself as the unexpected head of a new rebellion, and the “girl on fire” becomes the “Mockingjay,” a symbol of defiance. However, for the rebels, victory comes with great sacrifice, and Katniss will lose some of those dearest to her in the fight.

“Mockingjay – Part 2” closes out the Hunger Games franchise on a fairly solid but grim note. It doesn’t rise to the same heights as “Catching Fire,” which arguably remains the strongest film in the series, but it quickly establishes itself as a stronger film than “Mockingjay – Part 1,” which felt more like a placeholder in the franchise. Lately Hollywood has been splitting the final books of trilogies into two parts, and the results aren’t always strong. Too much of “Mockingjay – Part 1” felt like filler. However, what’s done is done, and thankfully “Mockingjay – Part 2” improves upon its predecessor.

While I am a big fan of the Hunger Games books and movies, I did not really like the book “Mockingjay,” and it seems a number of other fans didn’t, either. It is, at times, a strange and unsettling book, and it’s different in tone from the other two books in the trilogy. The ending feels rushed and unsatisfactory, and several major character deaths are glossed over, without giving the other characters—or the readers—time to grieve. I was so frustrated with the book I actually threw it across the room after finishing it.

I actually liked “Mockingjay – Part 2” better than the book. I don’t know whether that’s because the film actually handled some of the plot issues better than the book did, or whether some of those issues just bothered me less because I already knew what was going to happen (I think it was probably a little of both). In this film, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) leads a band of rebels into the Capitol, supposedly to shoot propaganda footage to convince the citizens of the Capitol to surrender and prevent further bloodshed. However, the unit ends up drawing heavy enemy fire and Katniss turns the operation into a mission to kill President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and end the war once and for all.

Jennifer Lawrence is great, once again, as Katniss; I really can’t imagine any other actress playing this role. There are some other great supporting players: Donald Sutherland is elegantly terrifying as President Snow; Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks are great as Katniss’ mentor and stylist, Haymitch and Effie; and Sam Claflin and Jena Malone also are excellent as Finnick and Johanna, two former victors who join the rebellion. Unfortunately, they don’t get as much screen time in this film.

The special effects are good, with some truly terrifying “pods” (high-tech traps) waiting for the rebels in the Capitol. There’s not a lot of down time in this film, or moments of humor. It’s a tense rush to the finish, with some surprising twists along the way.

*Spoiler alert!*

Two parts that bothered me most about the book were the deaths of Finnick and Prim, Katniss’ younger sister. The deaths are covered hastily and without a lot of reflection for these two fan-favorite characters. These deaths are still rough in the movie, but I felt the film covered the significance of their deaths better and gave us some time to process their loss.

I also thought the film did a better job setting up the somewhat shocking ending, where Katniss ends up assassinating the rebellion’s new leader instead of President Snow. It’s up to the viewer to decide if it actually was a morally justifiable decision, but at least to me it felt like the movie made it a little clearer that the rebellion’s new leader was dangerous and could, in time, become just as terrible a tyrant as President Snow.

*End spoiler alert!*

I’m curious to see what other fans of the books, and those who are just fans of the movies, thought of this film. “Catching Fire” remains my favorite film in the franchise, but I did enjoy “Mockingjay – Part 2” more than the book it was based on. The Hunger Games series has offered some timely moral and political themes. The books and the films aren’t always comfortable or easy to process, but I do think they have something important to say. It’s too bad the two films kicking off the franchise are stronger than the films wrapping it up.

Earth Station One Ep 292
James Bond is back! And this time 007 faces his toughest adversary yet – the ESO crew. Mike, Mike, and Nicolas Hoffmann investigate the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. Plus, writer John Pence tests his gongfu against our Geek Seat. All this, along with the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report, and Shout Outs!

Table of Contents
0:00:00 Show Open Rants and Raves
0:11:00 Interview and Geek Seat w/ John Pence
0:36:40 Spectre
1:31:50 Geek Girl’s Take On…
1:32:54 The Khan Report
1:35:58 Show Close

Links
The New ESO Amazon.com E-Store
ESO on iTunes
ESO on Stitcher Radio
The ESO Window Sticker
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Tiki Zombie: Welcome to Tiki Z’s cd
Tiki Zombie “Welcome to Tiki Z’s” digital download
The New ESO Book – ‘Tales from the Station’ available on the ESO Amazon.com Store
John Pence – Garbage Factory
Myopia Podcast
Asgard Press 2016 Vintage DC Comics Calendar (use promo code “GOLDENAGECOMICS16” for 15% off order)

ESO Network Upcoming Appearances

Nov 28 Speakeasy Electro Swing Athens Invasion (Red Light Cafe Atlanta, GA)
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Dec 11 Speakeasy Electro Swing Year End Birthday Bash (Red Light Cafe Atlanta, GA)
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Earth Station Who Ep 116Wakey, wakey! Rise and shine! Time for Mike, Mike, and Mary to review the ninth episode of the ninth series. Have some Dramamine ready and if you get dizzy, close your eyes and sit back. The feeling will pass as soon as the podcast is over.

Earth Station Who Amazon.com E-store
ESW on iTunes
ESW on Stitcher
TARDISTOPIA
The New ESO Window Sticker
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Tales From The Station
Doctor Who Season 9 Part 1

If you would like to leave feedback or a comment on the show please call the ESW feedback line at (404)963-9057 (remember long distance charges may apply) or feel free to email us @ eswpodcast@gmail.com