Thanks to a little getaway this week, I fell a bit behind on my Hunger Games stalking.
Particularly, I missed that big “Jet To The Set” special. But DVRs are a wonderful thing and I caught up.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, we understand why this “Hunger Games special” was hidden away on a little-known station that’s most consistent feature is soap opera re-runs. As we’d feared, this really wasn’t much. Clearly, the idea for this special was conceived after filming already stopped. There were some good elements, though, so let’s break it down. Here’s what we saw:
1) Quick interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth
It’s always a positive to hear from the cast and really, this is the first video-based promotional interviews we’ve seen so far. But this part of the special was way shorter than we’d hoped.
2) Empty set locations
Ehhh… This wasn’t so much “Jet To The Set” as “Walk into empty spaces where the glorious set used to be”. It was basically the equivalent of going on an unofficial fan tour, except you weren’t there in person. Yes, the building are set pretty but it’s not quite the same as seeing them in action.
3) A rich white woman dressing up like Effie Trinket
The irony does not escape us. Also lady, you’re about the millionth person in the world to dress up as Effie Trinket and you’re not a trendsetter, even with professional makeup backgrounds in your corner.
4) NeNe Leakes
We got significantly more of this Real Housewives of Atlanta star than we did Jen or Liam, which says a lot about how trivial this special was. Yes, she’s from Atlanta and she can talk about Atlanta but man, we couldn’t get anyone related to the series to talk about what they did out there? Really?!
So, we’re feeling a little disheartened. The Hunger Games is a big deal and we think it deserves a big, glorious send-off with a proper TV special that actually celebrates the series itself. Instead, we got this. Now, we can only hope that the interviews and promotion yet to come will renew our faith!
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