Friday, October 24, 2014

MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Countdown - Week 9

Welcome back to Week 9 of the Mockingjay Part 1 Countdown!

Chapter 9 of Mockingjay is quite a doozy. We have the aftermath of seeing Peeta's worsening condition weighing heavily on Katniss. She's released from the hospital but her nightmares are keeping her from sleeping. She's upset and worried about Peeta and angry at Gale for not telling her about Peeta's interview.

After confronting Gale, Katniss is whisked away to her film crew. The team is nearly done putting together some powerful footage in remembrance of past tributes that have died in the games to be aired in each district. As they ready those to air that night, Katniss and her team are sent to District 12 to film some footage. After filming Katniss and Gale in the destruction that used to be their homes they follow Gale and show how he escaped the attack on 12. While having lunch Katniss notices mockingjays in the trees around them. Pollux asks Katniss to sing a song and Katniss sings Rue's notes before launching into a new song to stop the memories of the arena that thinking of Rue brings on.

This is one of my favorite things in the book and I'm extremely excited to see in on the big screen. Katniss sings "The Hanging Tree" while everyone watches in awe. Castor films her singing and the mockingjays picking up the tune.

As they make their way back Katniss and Gale have a private moment and Gale brings up their kiss after Gale got whipped. As Gale becomes emotional Katniss kisses him. Gale accuses Katniss of kissing him only because he was in pain and tells her that it'll pass as he walks out.

The team makes their way back to District 13 and Katniss heads straight for bed. After sleeping the next day away, Katniss gets brought to Command in time to see a live appearance with President Snow and Peeta. Peeta is getting worse and worse each time we see him and the two discuss the damage in the districts. Beetee in the meantime has figured out a way to break into the Capitol signal and footage of Katniss and other propos are shown in all the districts and the Capitol itself during the segment. Everyone in Command is cheering Beetee's achievement except for Haymitch, Finnick and Katniss who all realize that Peeta is the one that will suffer in exchange for this.

Seeing Katniss on screen visibly shakes Peeta and Snow is infuriated. Snow asks Peeta if he has thoughts on Katniss. Peeta seems at war with himself and somehow gets a message across. District 13 is going to be attacked tonight. Snow orders the show to end and the last thing we hear is Peeta's cry of pain as his blood splatters the tiles.

This is one of the best chapters. We know that the Hanging Tree is going to be in the movie and Peeta's warning is crucial to District 13's fate. I am so excited to see the footage of the propos disbursed with the footage of Snow and Peeta.

Join us next week in time for District 13 to get bombed while everyone plays with Buttercup in Chapter 10!