Episode 086: Oh Let’s Don’t

20190728_123258.jpgIn this episode, we’re strokin’ out while gettin’ grossed out, at least one of us, and trying to figure out just where exactly that fishy smell is coming from.

Fitz eats a random alien spawn that almost caused a projectile vomiting incident, then he finds a stash of bufferin, and he goes to FroYo, as Doom figures out that he hates something…shocking, we know!

Pimp Spots happen, famous people catch dead AND IT’S NOT FITZ’S FAULT THIS TIME, then a recent Marvel movie gets reviewed before we run down what’s coming in Phase 4 and more in this fast and fun ep of the only podcast featuring us and 70+ years of combined failure!

URL: Episode 086: Oh Let’s Don’t
Direct Download: tnb086.mp3

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Fantastic Four: Redemption Of The Silver Surfer Review

In my experience, Marvel’s First Family has, no pun intended, a rocky history outside of the four color realm.
I’ve read a few novels over the years that have been dull, to put it lightly, and, though I enjoyed the first two, the movies have been been generally derided by the vast majority of fans.
So going into this, I was a wee bit worried.
But were those worries unfounded?
Let’s find out, gang!

As per usual, consider this your official 22 year ***SPOILER ALERT***

Michael Jan Friedman is a dude whose work I have always dug.
I will admit I haven’t read all of his books and stories, but what I have read has never disappointed me.
The Marvel stuff he has written has always left me feeling like this is a guy that spent his time wallowing in comics and nerddom (a fact I also noticed while reading his X-Men/Star Trek The Next Generation novel, Planet X), this book does nothing to disabuse me of that notion.
To put it plainly, he fuckin’ gets it, man!

It’s beyond obvious from the jump that he knows these characters well. Specifically Silver Surfer, who he quickly and economically gets across the back story and guilt of.
For those who may not know, this is a dude that spent too many years condemning entire planets, races, and civilizations to death for the devourer of worlds, Galactus.
Silver Surfer has spent all the years since he broke away from Galactus trying to balance the scales in anyway he could, which gives us our title and a solid A-plot that’s deftly disguised as a potential B-plot.

Which leads me to my only real, and admittedly minor, issue with this novel.
The Surfer is the star of this book, he’s not a guest in any sense, but our titular heroes do feel almost like guest stars.
I don’t hate that Norrin Radd is in the spotlight at all, but it does feel a bit like the Fantastic Four title was used for the wider general name recognition.
And believe me, it works perfectly to hook you in!
But I did finish the story wishing that I had gotten at least 1 chapter that focused on the FF together before the trip to the Negative Zone and maybe one at the tail end just to beef up their presence a little.

The fact that the Negative Zone and it’s inhabitants haven’t been the focus of one of the movies is a damn shame, and this book is full of all the evidence you could need to support that.
Reed, Ben, and Johnny are prompted into the alternate universe when an old foe, Blastaar, sets hostages up for slaughter right near their outpost in the zone.
Blastaar lures them in, not for a fight this time but for their help, having felt their combined power first hand, to defeat a coming threat – a destroyer of worlds, much like Galactus, named Prodigion.
The trio decide to look on as Blastaar tries to destroy Prodigion’s ship and crew as something feels off.
Johnny is injured and taken aboard the vessel, Sue and the Surfer show up to help, and things get even more complicated than any of them were led to believe.
The turns in this are great.
Prodigion going from villian, to hero, and back and forth again until his final reveal leave you with a great sense of mystery and suspense until the end.

Bottom line: Surfer’s story is suitably heartbreaking and involves a chance at happiness, and the aforementioned redemption, he has so desperately craved for the 1st time in ages and it’s handled with the care and ease of somebody who has the writing and in universe experience to give it the weight it deserves without being laughable.
If you are a fan of the FF and their supporting characters, snap this up if you stumble across a copy.
Now I’m gonna go searching for more of Michael Jan Friedman’s TNG work.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #61

Knights Of Nerd Blitz-Dom, prepare for probing…uh, I mean, questioning!

This week’s question is headed up to outside space!
This go round, want to know: Which Fictional Alien Race Would You Want To Exist And Why?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

TNB Commentaries 040: Scooby-Doo 50th Anniversary Special!

WB_Scooby_50yearsPlease turn off your cellphones and jump into the Mystery Machine with us as we go back in time to the very beginning to discover the gang’s origins and watch a franchise launch a 50 year attempt to solve the biggest, baddest, and spookiest mysteries.

For our 40th Commentary, we head back to 2009 & 1969 to discuss the 1st appearances of the Mystery Inc. gang with a TV Movie and pilot, starring Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Stefanianna Christopherson, Nicole Jaffe, Nick Palatas, Haley Kiyoko, Kate Melton, & Robbie Amell.

We cover everything we can fit into this mega 50th anniversary retrospective from the oldest episode to the newest direct-to-video movie and currently airing series, action figures, comics, the history of the various shows, and our memories, thoughts, and enjoyment of it all.

On a personal note, this episode has a lot of great bits and jokes in it, with more that we wish we could have packed in, but we want to send a special thank you to @theJSarge for allowing us to share the spectacular cover of the WAY Theme he did in April 2018.

Much love and respect, rock star.

URL: TNB Commentaries 040: Scooby-Doo 50th Anniversary Special!
Direct Download:tnbc-040-scooby-doo-50th.mp3

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #60

Celebrating our 60th week, it’s time for more nerdery than you can shake a stick at!

With this week seeing the celebration of the Scooby-Doo franchises 50th anniversary, we want to know: What Is Your Favorite Scooby-Doo Moment Or Memory From The Last 50 Years?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #59

Here we come, hey hey it’s The Nerd Blitz…Question Of The Week!
Time for the asking and answering, gang!

This week we are zeroing in on the television legends of days gone by and asking: What Iconic TV Vehicle Would You Most Like To Own And Why?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

Episode 085: That Guy Is Flamboyant

Sulu-fencing2In this episode, the fellas are reminiscing about the golden days of yor and the wackiness that happened in the childhood of one of them, can you guess which?

Fitz is all aquiver at the guest list as Wizard World Chicago is approaching, and all enraged because of certain changes that were made and not announced!

Then, they wrap up the show talking about Doom’s discovery and growing love of a brand new show…that was made 50+ years ago…also, they probably make a bunch of off color jokes, but you already knew that, so enjoy

 

URL: Episode 085: That Guy Is Flamboyant
Direct Download: tnb085.mp3