Due to the revolution in the districts preventing a proper reaping, Mockingjay does not have a proper Hunger Games arena with tributes. With Plutarch Heavensbee, the former Capitol chief Gamesmaker, calling the shots about the production values of how the war is going to be packaged and presented to Panem viewers, the series finale has repeated Hunger Games elements. Finnick and Katniss simultaneously joke that the Capitol defense pods are just Hunger Games death race items turned to urban warfare usage (see chapter 18, p. 251) and the ubiquity of film crews in every combat situation delivers the message that war is not so much about about achieving political goals with force as it is an opportunity to film a ‘propo’ video with high production values to sway teevee watchers.
Were you struck by the television wars between District 13 and the Capitol? Beetee (Volts) and Plutarch’s studio and live action film crews seemed to be the real warriors of District 13 because they were the ones responsible for the teevee message that was crafted from any fighting. And, as the rebels’ cause is shown in the end to be not much different than the Capitol’s — both seem to be about power and control — their shared dependence and acceptance of the teevee medium as essential for political victory seemed another slam on the television industry. Your thoughts?