Intro to Geek #7, Shauncastic 107

Shauncastic 107

Another fantastic episode of Shauncastic is comin’ at ya! This time, they talk about Battlestar Galactica. The updated one, not the lame original. Oh, wait, I must be thinking about the original “V” TV series. Or both… Tune in to find out 😀

In this week’s episode, I review Battle Royale, often described (probably just by me) as the pre-game for the Hunger Games.

I don’t think I said it enough in the podcast, but for those complaining that Hunger Games is a straight up rip-off of Battle Royale, consider this:

True, there are stark similarities in both stories. A bunch of kids dropped off in a remote area rigged for death. The two main characters refuse to kill each other and look for a way to defy the rules bestowed up them. The government issues these battles. That’s…pretty much where the absolute similarities end. Also, they probably haven’t seen actual movie rip-offs. Quarantine, anyone?

Battle Royale is indeed way more brutal. Kids committing suicide, getting blown up, shot to death, sliced and diced…and you see it all. The BR Act was passed in a Japan that has reached major economic failure. Amidst this financial discord, the Japanese youth seize the streets and rebel against the grown-ups. Y’know, cuz they felt like it. There’s no actual stance. They just don’t like old people. It’s a tamer attitude than our kids who live in a cornfield. Oh yeah, and no one on the outside watches what happens. Authorized personnel only.

In Hunger Games, the world as we know it is not in economic decline, it flat out doesn’t exist anymore. Instead, what’s left of the US (at least in that particular piece of the continent) are a number of districts ruled by a totalitarian government. To suppress the citizens’ rebellious nature once and for all, and to flaunt their power, the government introduces the Hunger Games. It’s treated as a sort of televised Olympiad. Players are put on this high pedestal, they are trained (and not shown a lame instruction video), flaunted, and given additional help from the outside if they mentors are successful at acquiring sponsors. There is no time limit, no explosive tracking collars, no geeks trying to hack and crash the tracking systems, no genetically mutated bugs left over from the warring days. I could go on, but then why listen to the podcast?

And don’t miss another fantastic segment of “Spears and Crumpets” with Jenna Busch, the go-to gal for this week’s geek hotness.

ALSO!!! we’re still pushing for Jenna to become a new character on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as StarHooves, the Battlestar Galactica “So say we all” pony 😀 Her voice for StarHooves is absolutely awesome! So make sure to hashtag #SoSayWeAllPony to Hasbro on Twitter so we can turn Jenna Busch into StarHooves!!!!

Timeline Notes!!!
Intro To Geek: 6:00
The BSG Discussion: 18:05
Spears and Crumpets: 01:32:00
Starhooves Audition: 1:46:55


2 thoughts on “Intro to Geek #7, Shauncastic 107

  1. While I agree with you that its silly for people not to watch the Hunger Games because they’ve seen Battle Royale (they’re different enough that one doesn’t preclude the other) I do think that its disingenuous of Suzanne Collins to say that Battle Royale wasn’t an inspiration for Hunger Games. I watched BR in 2001. There was plenty of time for it to have sunk into the collective zeitgeist by the time that she started writing the Hunger Games. It doesn’t take away from her work at all either since as you rightly pointed out her world is far better developed and fleshed out even for me whose only seen the movie versions of both stories.

  2. From what I understand, Collins claims that she has never read, seen, or (I think) heard of Battle Royale. But it’s whatever, I guess.

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