haha ummm I’m gonna have to be honest, too, in that whatever Plan A was…it’s not very clear. And the problem might be that Katniss didn’t get it herself either, so she just kind of hazards a shaky guess as to what Beetee was going to do—doesn’t she theorize that Beetee had to kind of rush his plan and alter it, as well, once the wire was cut? So that might have been Plan B, really, and what Katniss ended up doing was Plan C.
I guess Beetee was going to try to find a closer chink in the force field instead of the one that Katniss shot at. Not sure. But didn’t he wrap the wire around a knife in the book? Also…I mean, I guess at that moment, before the wire was cut, they were actually going to attempt the “electrocute the other tributes” plan so they wouldn’t be in the way once they then tried to blow out the force field. Right? Because I think Katniss mentions him setting some wire aside at one point, and that’s what he uses to stab the force field.
But…then that means he stabbed the force field before the lightning struck the tree, because the lightning doesn’t strike until Katniss shoots her arrow…
I really just don’t know. I just reread the chapter and I’m still confused lol Maybe someone else gets it and can explain, and I’ll feel stupid as hell. I just think because Katniss has to be clueless, she can’t really explain Beetee/Collins’ plan, and that kind obfuscates it for the reader, too.
There are a bunch of holes in their “plan” but from what I’ve worked out, the business with the wire in the water to fry the other tributes is just a diversion. They couldn’t go through the effort of rigging the lightening tree with the wire without Snow asking Plutarch questions, so they turned their escape plan into an elaborate plot to off the careers.
The extra length of wire, I agree, Beetee set aside to for stabbing the force field. Why he stabbed the force field before the lightening strike? I have no idea, but I assume he was making sure he could properly short the circuit and the force field was higher powered than he anticipated. (I’m not sure that they needed to hit a chink in the force field for the plan to work, they just had to know the boundaries of the force field, which they discovered through the ripples… in this case they’d want to hit the most conductive part of the force field for it to short circuit the way it did.)