Pretty much the entire point of the first trailer for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," launched all the way back in April, was to remind everyone that (a) while it'd take 'em a full year and a half — tick tock indeed — to parachute drop this sequel to the hungry citizens of Panem, it would happen and (b) that even though director Gary Ross dropped it like it was hot, the transition to new director Francis Lawrence would be a Seam-less one, so to speak. (How do you like that for a lil tribute chuckle? Hungry for more? Okay, we'll stop.)
But we've been waiting long enough, and we have needs. Needs that will hopefully be met by the trailer that Lionsgate announced would debut next month at Comic-Con, complete with a Hall H panel with the stars in attendance.
While it was lovely and exciting and all hand-flaily and what have you, the first "Catching Fire" teaser trailer looked very, very similar to "The Hunger Games" itself. Apart from a blue wig for Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and a little conversational trickery by replacement head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), not too much of the new has come through ... yet.
Needless to say, we've got some pretty high expectations this go 'round. It's gotta be one Capitol affair, you see, so here are a half-dozen wishlist items for trailer two.
1. There's more to the Victory Tour than just District 11, yes?
So, that awesome Victory Tour poster we got for Valentine's Day, equipped with a cheeky set of white roses, hinted at a much bigger picture for the travels of District 12's co-victors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), but so far, all we've seen outside of the Capitol and their own home turf is District 11, which we'd already gotten a pretty good and rowdy peek at in the first movie.
So, how about this time, give us a glimpse of the crystalline fisheries of District 4 or the tall trees of District 7 or the gadget and gizmos in 3? Heck we'll even settle for a quick pan to some cow rears in District 10, just as long as they give us a little something new, scenery-wise.
2. Victor's Village and the post-Games fallout
Speaking of, things got left on a rather inauthentic note between our heroine and her lovelorn arena partner ... and now they're totally neighbors. Awkward. First of all, you gotta wonder what the filmmakers came up with for the ritzy Victor's Village (and how starkly it'll contrast with the rest of District 13's coal town), and second of all, where's all the awkward tension and sense of betrayal and deception?
Yeah, yeah, so they showed the Gale (Liam Hemsworth) kiss ...
... but we've yet to see Peeta's hurt puppy routine in full form, so get that part of the story line cookin' already, yeah?
Not to mention, there's the matter of all that touchy-feely showmanship since President Snow (Donald Sutherland) pretty much causes Katniss and Peeta to run, not walk, with their star-crossed lovers business right to the aisle to become husband and wife-to-be. They've gotta convince even him that they weren't trying to spark anything with that nightlock berries routine, and saying "I do" seems like a suitable solution.
We've already eyed up Katniss' super weird wedding attire in poster form. So let's see Snow invading her space and having his whacked-out, blood-thirsty minions vote "American Idol" style on their favorite garb. It's twisty and juicy and dystopian as all get-out.
3. Yeah, so, when are they gonna tell the kids about the Quell?
We already know that last year was the 74th Annual Hunger Games, but now we've got the not-so-small matter of a Quarter Quell on our hands. And while the first trailer did give a teensy-weensy little hint of putting all those cocky victors back on the chopping block — Snow: "Because of her they all pose a threat; because of her, they all think they're invincible" — no one's yet explained what the heck a Quarter Quell is, let alone how much it's gonna change everything.
So, maybe a little of that ... but also, how about some of that Haymitch in the arena action during the Second Quarter Quell, too. 'Cause that'd be pretty sick to see.
4. Two-timin' tributes
Assuming they've found some way to explain why Katniss & Co. are arena-bound yet again in the span of the two minutes or so a trailer usually has, it's also time to introduce some of the other victors-turned-tributes like, we don't know, Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin)!? A little sugar cube action'd sweeten that deal, especially since for all the fuss that went into casting that character, the looks have been far too sparse thus far.
Or how that in-the-buff babe Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), whose defiant temper is so dang troublesome for our main girl? C'mon with some fresh faces already, yeesh.
5. Hello? The arena, please!
Visually, the "Catching Fire" arena is something that every "Hunger Games" fan worth her tesserae has been ready to lay eyes upon, and while we got a few precious set sights of the same as predicted, there's still so much left to be seen from the clock-style arena. Blood rain and frenzied monkeys and lightning bolts, oh my! Plus, this was one section where some creative license could come into play since not every slice of the arena pie was flavored in the book.
Also, it'll be nice to get a glimpse of the CGI on this bad boy, since it's coming to IMAX.
6. District 13
Yeah, sure, they've gotta reserve some goodies for the two (!!) "Mockingjay" installments, but since they snipped out any talk of the rumored nuclear District 13 and how those guys had supposedly given the Capitol a big middle finger so long ago in the first movie, they've gotta at least make mention of it in "Catching Fire," right? To, you know, ignite that oh-so-dangerous flame of hope?