So, way, way, WAY back in Episode 8, we here at To-Ag Studios talked Heroes and Villains. Seeing as the Monkeys still had their podcasting training wheels on, we approached two very broad and interesting topics with the reckless abandon of Hulk and Wolverine on a bender. So now, 68 weeks later, we have reconvened our Monkey council in order to once again discuss the hero figure and why we love them. Draw down your cowls, make some therapy appointments, and get your butt out of retirement as were headed for round 2 to discuss Heroes (NOT the show) on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
A segment where Kevin Smith goes on and on about a subject he seemingly takes way too seriously that no one else likely cares about or has given any consideration.
Today’s Issue: The Hunger Games Trilogy
The Hunger Games is an odd trilogy to me. When I read the first novel, The Hunger Games, I was impressed. Sure the concept had been done before in many forms, but ultimately it was well written for a YA book, which is refreshing, and had all the right bits and pieces to form a cohesive plot. Then I read Catching Fire which seemed to have a lot of the same enjoyable action from the first book but at the expense of introducing some way too convenient plot wrangling to do so. Then came the final installment, Mockingjay. Mockingjay did things that seemed so backward to how one would expect its protagonists to act at this point that I was just baffled. Many would say that this represents growth, or a hardening of the characters but I disagree as I lay out below.
As usual, SPOILERS AHEAD dear reader!
For gamers and geeks alike, comic books are essential for building up your geek street-cred. While we here at Monkey in the Cage are a little behind the curve on mainstream comics, we’re working to fill the holes in our geek game every week. Join us this week as we talk comics and comic artists, both big name and independent, with our special guest, designer and illustrator Dennis Salvatier. We talk everything from the comics of our golden age (the 90’s) through the books that influence and entertain us today. Squeeze into your spandex, fasten the clasps on your cape, and get ready for a wild ride on this weeks all new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
A phenomenon like The Hunger Games wouldn’t be quite as… well, phenomenal without a plethora of merchandise. Whether it be collector’s editions, movie companions, spoofs, cookbooks, jewelry, or apparel it’s all out there. Being a gamer, a Hunger Games fan, and the consumer whore that I am, I picked up not one, not two, but three games based on the series that I love.
Spring is here, and what better way to start than watching teenagers savagely murder each other on national television? Better yet, there is The Hunger Games! If you’ve been living in a cave you might as well stay there because it’s all about Katniss, Peeta, and The Capitol’s greatest spectacle. Join the Monkey in the Cage crew this week as they discuss their thoughts on both the book and the film while also being thankful for not starving and fighting to death. Impress those Gamemakers, get plenty of Sponsors, and be sure to watch out for those Tracker Jackers if you plan on surviving this week’s episode on The Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favor!