Episode 046: Off The Rails 5 – Face Like A Bean

article-0-1a0ec7cb000005dc-682_638x714.jpgIn this episode, the fellas are back with 3 of their 4 most touched on topics!

They start off talking about Batman and Ben Affleck seemingly being on his way out the door and who they would cast in his place, Doom brings some Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. news, and then Fitz gets all aquiver about the new Rebels trailer.

Han Solo is discussed, the works of Mike Judge some how get thrown under the microscope, and then they also wonder why stuff isn’t always as good as it did was when it 1st aired.

All that and more in this lean mean talking machine!

URL: Episode 046: Off The Rails 5 – Face Like A Bean
Direct Download: tnb046.mp3

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Star Wars: Ahsoka Review

She started as one of the most hated characters in Star Wars history.
After 5 and a half seasons of superb animation, she had become one of the most beloved characters in the entire franchise.
This untold tale of Ahsoka Tano in the fallout of Order 66 feels like it probably would have been a key part in the final Season of The Clone Wars, but the main questions are does this book do that spectacular series and character justice?

Heads up gang this is your official ***SPOILER WARNING***

No need for suspense, hell yeah it does!
The worst thing I can say about this book is the same thing we constantly said during Series 1 of The NerdBlitz Book Club, “Fuck, I wish this was animated!”.
Yes, it’s that damn good.

The plot is fairly simple, a year after Order 66, Ahsoka has abandoned her lightsabers and gone on the run from the Empire.
Moonlighting on an Outer Rim planet as a mechanic, she’s gotten pretty comfortable…until the Empire comes acallin’!
She steals a ship from the family that embraced her and heads for a moon so she doesn’t get discovered and cause even more havoc for innocents.

Tonally, this story really represents where it falls in the canon.
It’s somewhere between The Clone Wars and Rebels.
By that I mean it has darkness like the former, but not to the extent of the Maul arcs, and it is lighthearted like the latter, but not nearly as light as some of the chipper moments from Season 1.
E.K. has one hell of a balancing act here, too far one way or the other and you risk alienating a group of potential readership, but she hits the sweet spot.

Some of the things I truly love about this book are ties to the series that gave us Ahsoka and the series that brought her back to us.
One of the interstitial scenes actually takes us inside of Anakin’s mind on Christophsis, moments before Ahsoka entered his life.
A bit more light is shed on the process of bleeding lightsaber crystals to turn them red for Sith and their underlings.
We find out the fate of a planet from TCW, Ilum, that hundreds of generations of Jedi travel to to retrieve the kyber crystals for their lightsabers.
We meet another Inquisitor, The Sixth Brother.
We find out how she gets involved with the Rebellion, how and why she takes up the name Fulcrum, and most importantly we see her grow and gain her footing for the 1st time in her post-Jedi life.
All the moments we need to know about in her life are covered for sure.

Seeing the Empire come in and squash a moon under their collective boot, completely take over, and knowingly drain a planet of it’s resources to the point that the people who live there are better off just leaving helps paint the picture of how oppressive the Empire has become in such a short period as well.
That there is probably the thing I like best overall about this book, seeing those early days after Sidious took power.
It’s a time period that is sadly unexplored, and I fear it will be some time before we get more set in this era.

It really is a well written book that makes me hope E.K. gets another shot to play in the Star Wars sandbox, she hits the feeling of every era.
She plays well with all of the characters, including a cameo of a certain Prequel Jedi that I want more canon stories about.
If you like either of the big animated shows, read this.
If you want more Ahsoka stories, read this!
If you just want a good Star Wars story, read this damn book!

Firefly Returns!

Like a leaf on the wind, the Serenity soars again!
20th Century Fox has announced the return of Joss Whedon’s beloved, yet quickly cancelled, early 2000’s Sci-Fi franchise.
Sadly, not to screens, but in the best possible way that isn’t filmed, in my opinion.

In conjunction with Titan books, this fall will see the release of the 1st of 3 (for now) Firefly novels, overseen by Josh Whedon himself.
They will written by well known tie-in author Nancy Holder, probably best known for her Buffy novels (though I know from her great Smallville novels), Tim Lebbon, author of Star Wars: Dawn Of The Jedi: Into The Void, and James Lovegrove, a British writer whose works I sadly don’t know, though after searching him, his work sounds like something I’d be into.

I have wanted Firefly novels for a long time, so I am incredibly excited for these!
Hopefully sales are strong enough that it leads to more than just 3.
The 1st drops October 2018, and that can’t come quick enough.

Get the full details, including the 1st plot details, right here!

Episode 045: Fanb!tches

DT60JRZVoAAolO0.jpg largeIn this Episode, Doom breaks a long standng rule to make a whole thing about his Stark Toons debut doing an impression of a certain asshole getting his hump on with an airhead.

The fellas get into the body of the show with some (what else?) Star Wars talk by bitching about vitriolic douchebags that bitch, how Rian Johnson shuts them down with emojis, textless pictures, and cartoon gifs, plus they jibba jabba about the toxicity of current day fandom.

A death is discussed, time travel happens, and if you stay tuned in, ya just might learn something from this short but jam packed episode of The Nerd Blitz (now go tell all your friends to listen to us)!

URL: Episode 045: Fanb!tches
Direct Download: tnb045.mp3

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Finally…)

It seemed like we were NEVER going to get to see any footage from the Han Solo standalone film before it drops into theaters in May, but this past weekend we finally got the trailer everyone has been predicting for weeks.

Check out the trailer below and let know what you think!  We’ll be discussing this in an upcoming show along with our speculation as to what we’re actually seeing.

 

TNB Commentaries 012: Scooby-Doo & Batman The Brave And The Bold

IMG_20180108_161014.jpgPlease turn off your cellphones and join Doom & Fitz as they load up and head to Gotham…in the Mystery Machine!

For our 12th commentary, we head back to 1 month ago in 2018 for Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave And The Bold starring Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Deidrich Bader, and Tara Strong.

They gush about how great this movie and both franchises are, debt callers for people that changed their numbers long ago, miscolored dog members, talking chimps, and backyard BBQs.

Sit back and enjoy the lovefest, gang, this is a good one.

URL: TNB Commentaries 012: Scooby-Doo & Batman The Brave And The Bold
Direct Download:tnbc-012-scooby-batman-bb.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2017

Episode 044: Meaty Middle

star-wars-the-last-jedi-benicio-del-toroIn this episode, we take a trip back in time to before Fitz saw Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi for the 2nd time!

***SPOILER ALERT***

After an extra special intro, Doom explains the time travel and takes the lead so Fitz doesn’t spoil anything he doesn’t already know…which isn’t much!

Deaths, returns, and wonky new force powers abound as we do a deep dive while Fitz tries to massage this new chapter of The Saga into it’s proper place.

Sit back, enjoy the show, and May The Force Be With You!

URL: Episode 044: Meaty Middle
Direct Download: tnb044.mp3