WFTM Podcast Episode 24.2: Agent Mockingjay Walking Dead

Leslie and Fernando return to talk television and films. This week we’re checking in on Agents of SHIELD and the Inhumans (spoilers from 23:30 to 26:25), determining whether The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was worth the wait (spoilers from 37:36 to 53:36), and the fate of everyone on The Walking Dead and if it’s been worth the wait for answers (spoilers 28:03 to 36:22). We also have news about Game of Thrones season 6, new casting for Black Canary, Amazon’s newest pilot season and good news for iZombie.

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So what’s in Episode 24.2?

Where we just talk about television and movies!

News:

New Game of Thrones posters have Jon Snow on them – what does it mean?

Rumors around who will be cast as Black Canary in the DC Filmverse

iZombie gets more episodes, yay!

Amazon Pilot Season – what looks good?

What We’re Watching:

Agents of SHIELD (spoilers from 23:30 to 26:25)

The Walking Dead (spoilers from 28:03 to 36:22)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (spoilers from 37:36 to 53:36)

Our Favorite Thing We Watched This Week:

Fernando: The Walking Dead

Leslie: iZombie just gets better and better!

 

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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

 

Trailer Park Friday: Mockingjay, Doctor Who, Panic! at the Disco Covers Queen & More

Happy Friday! We've been getting tons of rain here in Texas due to Hurrican Whatsitsname, so it looks like it's going to be a weekend of staying in and catching up on television. Perhaps I'll find some new videos for next week's Trailer Park, but for now, this is the batch I have for you.

I couldn't call myself a book blogger if I didn't include the trailer for Hungergames: Mockingjay Part 1 that came out earlier this week. The full movie comes out to theatres on November 21.

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor is starting to grow on me though the episodes are still pretty silly and often not very well plotted. Even so, I'm curious to know where all this stuff about Paradise and the crazy lady is going. The next episode is called "Time Heist" and airs tomorrow.

This next one for Dracula Untold could be campy bad entertaining or just horribly bad. I have a growing fondness for Dominic Cooper though, so I might test it out once it's on Netflix. It hits theatres on October 10.

I rarely read biographies, but Neil Patrick Harris is one of my favorite people in the world that I've never met. His memoir Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography comes out on October 14 from Crown Publishing Group. Here's the book trailer.

And this last one is a little unusual for Trailer Park Friday, but I love Panic! at the Disco. We recently saw them on their This is Gospel tour and they performed a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Earlier this week they posted a video of them covering the same song at a different show. It makes me happy.

What videos have caught your eye around the internet over the last week? Any cool new book trailers? Post links in the comments!

I Do Not Read Books (8): Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Here is the next edition in the on-going yet randomly occurring series of book reviews from Fernando, my webmaster/taste tester/getter of things on high shelves. He doesn't read a lot of novels, thus the title of the series. However, if he continues to enjoy the books he reads, I might turn him into a reader yet!

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Suzanne Collins
Scholastic Press
Released September 1, 2009
391 pages
YA / Dystopian

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Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn.

The next installment of the Hunger Games movie series is just around the corner. Ahead of the movie I read the book. I will stay spoiler free and give my overall impressions of the book. Warning -- there will be spoilers for both first installment of the series (movie and book), so if you have not read the first book, stop here.

Catching Fire is really the heart of this series. Where Hunger Games was an introduction into this trilogy’s main characters and Panem world political nuances, Catching Fire is the intermingling of all those small subtle plot points building and building through the first third of the book then exploding on for the remainder and then ultimately creating one of the most surprising endings.

Katniss and Peta have won the 74th Hunger Games under the guise of a relationship that does not exist. While on their victory tour, both begin to notice the ramifications of that unique and government-defying win. That small act of rebellion sends giant ripples through the entire book. District by district Katniss and Peta begin to see the movement that they have ignited.

That is the magnificent thing about Catching Fire – as it builds the tension chapter by chapter, it also explores some deeper questions posed but never out right expressed in the first book. Who really has the power in Panem? How long can fear of the government keep the people in this world at bay?

The finally third of the book really explodes into an action-filled powder keg that made me want to dive right into the final book. That’s my review. Read this book and be prepared to dive right into the next.

Trailer Park Friday: Comic Con Edition - with More Cumberbatch!

So we made it back from Comic Con where we had a sleep-deprived blast. I got to see early screenings of four new shows and plenty of footage of current shows and upcoming movies. Here are a few trailers that came out at Comic Con last week.

Everyone has probably already seen it, but here is the Catching Fire trailer from the panel last Saturday. It comes out November 22.

I really wish I could show you the trailer for the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special, but it surprisingly hasn't made it online yet. So you're just going to have to imagine awesomeness with Daleks, David Tennant and crazy adventures.

Instead you get the Comic Con edition of the Ender's Game trailer, which looks like it's going to be pretty cool. It comes out November 1.

Psych is one of those comfort shows that I watch when I'm sick. It's not a OMG MUST WATCH, but it's cozy and makes me laugh. Those crazy people did a two hour musical episode that will air on December 15. It is going to be ridiculous.

And finally - because I'm on my way out to see The Wolverine - have some Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who were unable to attend due to their crazy schedules. Instead they sent videos of apology instead. It's worth watching to see Cumberbatch explain how Sherlock survives the end of the last episode. Using stuffed monkeys.

What trailers have caught your attention in the last week? Link 'em up in the comments!

Trailer Park Friday: RIPD, Catching Fire, After Earth & The 5th Wave

This week seemed to bring with it trailers upon trailers for movies we've already seen a dozen trailers for. More Iron Man 3, another Star Trek, more Man of Steel. It's getting to the point that I can't watch anymore trailers for fear that, when I finally see the movie, I'm going to feel like I've already watched the whole thing. So I provide you with new trailers for new things. But it's not Ender's Game because the studio is mean and only showed it at CinemaCon. Boo!!

But have some Hunger Games in the meantime. It already looks a million times more interesting than the first movie. Catching Fire comes out November 22.

This next one is either going to be cheesy fun or horribly bad. It's RIPD and it comes out July 19.

I have absolutely no idea what's going on with these accents, but overall After Earth looks like it could be an entertaining post-apocalypse movie. It comes out May 31.

And we end with the trailer for the awesome book I reviewed yesterday - The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. It only gives the tiniest bit of the excitement and fear contained in that book, but at least it's a taste. The 5th Wave comes out May 7 and click here to read my review.

Are there any awesome trailers you've seen this week that I missed? What movies or books are coming out soon that you're most excited about?

I Do Not Read Books (3): The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The following post is part of an on-going yet randomly occurring series of book reviews from Fernando, my webmaster/test taster/getter of things on high shelves.  He doesn't read a lot of novels, thus the title of the series.

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

Scholastic Inc (2008)
374 pages
YA / Dystopia / Fantasy

Purchase it here from Amazon

With the movie just around the corner, The Hunger Games seemed like a good book for me to read. I was pleasantly surprised by the action in the book and how engaged it kept me. The book is an excellent launch in the trilogy, which I have not read, but it also is fantastic as a standalone read too.

The Hunger Games takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States now called Panem. Panem is made up of the capital and a class-segregated 12 districts. Each district in the book is responsible for producing and contributing to Panem. District 1 is the wealthiest and the scale descends to 12, which is the poorest. The number is also related to work type as well as what that district is responsible for contributing. District 12, where protagonist Katniss Everdeen is from, is a coal rich region so they require contributing coal for Panem's power consumption.  

Panem holds Hunger Games as both entertainment and a form of oppression. The terms are fairly simple. Two tributes are chosen at random from each district. Each tribute is between the ages of 12 and 18. All 24 tributes are left to battle and survive in an outdoor arena until only one survivor is left. The winner is then showered with wealth and polarity as the winner of the Panem Hunger Games.  

The entire book is told in the first person, from Katniss' point of view. She is a 16 years old girl who poaches small game to put food on her family's table. The plot starts very quickly in the 2nd chapter, when Katniss volunteers to be District Twelve's tribute.  She volunteers in place of her younger sister, Prim age 12, who was originally chosen.

The book was a pleasure to read. It did take me a bit to get used to the first person narration. After about the third chapter, I no longer noticed and could enjoy the plot from Katniss' perspective. With the movie due out in mid March, I would put this book on a short list of must reads for this summer. There are enough details and subplot that I can already anticipate where the movie will be forced to fall short. I don’t what to give away too much. The Hunger Games kept me very entertained, the twists and turns it took were both shocking and a pleasure to read. I do plan on reading the follow up, so that says a lot about my reaction. Go. Read it and enjoy.