I’d planned to pen a few different bloggy things over the last few weeks, but my excitement over new television shows, books and movies got the best of me and I was having trouble focusing. So I thought, why not combine them all into a nerdy mashup of things I’m way excited about.
Let’s start with the big screen and things that are closer on the radar…
In a few short weeks fans of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy “The Hunger Games” will be making their way to theaters for the second installment in the series. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire drops on Nov. 22 and you bet your bottom I’ll be in one of the Charleston area theaters for a midnight (or earlier) show.
The first movie was still being shown in theaters last fall when Lionsgate announced they were going to do the whole series, including filming the last in the series The Hunger Games: Mockingjay in two parts.
For those not familiar with the Girl on Fire and her reluctant plight to free her peeps, in the future America is gone and instead is a society made up of 13 districts and the Capitol. There was a civil war and the Capitol won (and destroyed District 13). Since then, 75 years ago, a boy and girl are picked from each district to go into an arena filled with all kinds of nightmares and fight each other to the death. There can only be one winner — unless you figure out how to beat the game, like District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) did.
The pair won the 74th Hunger Games as the first ever co-victors.
That was the first book. In the second book we see what the much beloved Girl on Fire caused– an uprising in the districts. The year after their victory is a Quarter Quell, a special Hunger Games that in that year sends all the victors (read: legendary proven killers) back into the arena.
The last trailer was released only a couple of weeks ago. It shows Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in the run up to the games and what they find in the arena, a little hint, it’s nothing pleasant.
The first movie could have been better. Some have said that it looked like a Sci-Fi Channel original movie instead of an actual Hollywood movie. I’d have to agree with that. Though the emotions most of the cast showed were top notch. I’ve got high hopes for this one.
Last year I dove deeper into the nerd vortex when I binge watched all Netflix had to offer of the BBC’s Doctor Who series. Why hadn’t I done that sooner? It’s such a good show and though there are some episodes that are cheesy and campy, it can also draw out some serious emotion. It’s wildly entertaining. I watched a bunch of episodes on Netflix but once I figured out when it aired on BBC America it became my Saturday night thing.
It’s been around for a while. The Doctor vroops around time and space in a blue police box called a TARDIS with a companion (who he picks up along his travels) and regenerates every once in a while giving the show a change in lead characters. We’re on our eleventh Doctor in Matt Smith, who is leaving the show this year in the Christmas special.
This year is the Doctor’s 50th anniversary and the show runners are planning a huge event to celebrate it. The 50th anniversary special is called “The Day of the Doctor” and in it we’ll likely see all of the incarnations of the Doctor, including one we’ve never spoken of. Eleven and Ten (David Tennant, my fave) and their companions Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) will feature prominently in the show, I believe.
The BBC is running a full week of Doctor Who marathons and specials leading up to the anniversary special. It airs Nov. 23 and will be simulcast at the same time around the world. It’ll start at 7:50 p.m. in the U.K., which means we need to be in front of a television in West Virginia at 2:50 p.m.
This special anniversary show takes us back to Gallifrey (The Doctor’s home planet) where we get a good look at the war between the Time Lords and the Daleks. Check this out…
Next weekend I’ll be venturing out to fellow Whovian and nerd Zack Harold’s Boone County home for a Whosgiving Celebration and watch party. It’ll be my first gathering with other fans of the Doctor and is sure to be an experience and a good time. Allons-y!
Further off in the horizon — my God is it April yet?—is the third film in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is back as Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t know who Captain America was. And more than likely you know who Winter Soldier is and why he’s kind of a big deal. There’s a whole story arc dedicated to him and his, ahem, issues.
Cap (he said I could call him that) is fresh off the Battle of Midtown with the Avengers and is still coming to terms with this new world. He’s recently thawed after his time, to borrow a term from Tony Stark, as a Capsicle and most everyone he knew in the 1940s is dead. So he’s adjusting and more than likely isn’t having an easy time of it.
Judging from what I’ve read and seeing this trailer, he’s teamed up with the Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannson) and meets up with his new pal Falcon aka Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) to do whatever it is SHIELD does. Explosions ensue. Just watch. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
See what I mean. Oh I forgot, there’s also Robert Redford as some SHIELD-type guy named Alexander Pierce. I trust him less than I trust Nick Fury (awesome character but is a lying liar who lies), so what’s that tell you?
Captain America: The First Avenger was my favorite from Phase One. I loved the way it was shot and how they told Steve Rogers’ story, pre- and post-serum. I’m looking forward to this one. My co-workers should be too, because it means more cakes like this one.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 14, 2014.