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Boosting The Signal: A Look Back At Firefly

They say you never forget your first.
And for me, that first was Firefly.
The first Sci-Fi franchise I found all on my own little onesie, no influence from Family Guy doing a spoof, no slight urging from a friend, no podcast making me warm up to it over time.
Firefly was all me, and all mine.

I grew up watching Buffy, but I missed the show when it first aired because this was the era before the internet and in a time when I would see “From The Creator Of” and not know enough to care what that meant.
So, in more ways then one, I missed the boat.

Now, I distinctly remember the trailers for Serenity when it was still coming soon and thinking it looked so damn weird.
The image of that weird girl, River, with her ballet like twirling and slashing while holding those things that looked like battleaxes always stuck out as something strange and different…and, at the time, not for me in any way, shape, or form at all!

So cut to a few years later and the introduction of Blu-Ray Disc, the cutting edge, the next evolution of home video!
Pre-The Clone Wars, for me at least, walking through the home video section at Walmart and I see this weird lookin’ sci-fi movie cover with its striking looking woman, this intense looking dude, and that beautiful ship.
It only cost $10 or $15, so I took a shot.

Now, for those unfamiliar with Firefly/Serenity, this was a dumbass dipshit move as Serenity is basically the series finale of Firefly.
I don’t want to spoil too much for those of you that don’t know the series and movie, but there are key character deaths, the biggest questions are answered, and I’m pretty damn sure all the mysteries of the series are solved.
So, yes, I watched that first.
But I didn’t give any amount of a shit, I loved it!
The humor, the action, the cast, and most of all the ship itself.
That homey, fully realized, eye-catching, and perfect boat was, and remains to this day, to be one of the biggest selling points for me.

Now, after watching the movie, I definitely felt like I missed something somewhere.
Until I dove into the special features, I never knew Firefly existed beyond the off-handed Family Guy joke about all of the shows that FOX had cancelled.
Those few bonus features opened up a whole new world!
Not long after I found the series on DVD, quickly I watched it and the movie in order.

Recently, I rewatched all fourteen episodes and the movie again and I feel basically the same as I felt over a decade ago, the same as the Browncoats that have been there since the premiere back in 2002.
This was, and continues to be, a wonderfully original series in style, tone, and use of language that was cut down well before it ever got a chance to hit its heights.
But what we were left with still set a damn high bar that most shows still don’t get near.
Pretty much the entire cast has gone on to great success in other shows, some on FOX.

And the quality and cast aren’t the only lasting pieces of this show’s legacy, because this little red headed stepchild of a franchise has rippled through even the heaviest of heavy hitters.
For example, I don’t think a single person can look at Solo and The Mandalorian (both of which I completely and utterly love) and seriously say that Firefly didn’t influence them.
Solo even has the space train robbery for christsake!

Now, in the age of the ever vocal internet, fans have been outspoken enough to warrant multiple comic series and 4 novels, so far.
In Serenity, Mr. Universe said what has become a sort of rallying cry for Browncoats everywhere “You Can’t Stop The Signal”, and that is more than fitting.
But after rewatching the entire show, another quote feels even more appropriate “When ya can’t run no more, ya crawl.
And when ya can’t do that, ya find somebody to carry you.”
We may never get any more filmed content from this franchise, but I’m glad the legacy will be carried on through comics and novels.

Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her continued editorial assistance.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #89

Some times things on earth are a little cuckoo crazy nuts, so we look to the stars for some relief from all the wackadoodleness.
And sometimes (say 89 straight sometimes, for example) you look to The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week for relief and some good ol nerd conversation.
Let’s all do that again, right now!

This week we’re going a slightly different route and setting up a weird scenario for you all to answer.
The scenario we’re asking about is: An Eccentric Billionaire Comes To You And Offers To Build You A House That Is A Full Scale Replica Of Any Space Ship In Fiction, What Ship Do You Pic And Guess?

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

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

Daphne And Velma: The Vanishing Girl Review

Seemingly since the Scrappy era (more modernly with Get A Clue) there has been this weird notion to break off the gang into different pairings, for whatever reason.
More recently, there’s been an uptick in telling origin stories of the gang (The Mystery Begins, the incredibly cringe inducing Daphne & Velma movie, & the upcoming SCOOB!), to varying degrees of success.
So, how does this novel that combines those two very things fare?
Well, gang, it looks like we have a mystery to solve!

As always, this is your official ***SPOILER ALERT***

First and foremost, this book is earnest as hell.
This is most definitely not a story of 4 fun loving teens traveling the country solving mysteries with a big, goofy, loveable talking dog in tow.
This is the most serious treatment of the characters to date, and that’s both a good and bad thing.
Good because, like Mystery Incorporated, it gives me exactly what I always wanted to see from this franchise, a slightly less goofy and more serious series of mysteries.
The down side to all that earnestness being that the main attraction to the franchise, the aforementioned loveable and goofy talking dog, is declawed and dull down to almost being a footnote.
That’s right, gang, Scooby doesn’t talk at all, he’s just a normal dog.
Which works for this iteration, but does take away a big piece of the puzzle.

Let’s get this out of the way now so we can move onto the fun shit, my only major issue with this book/continuity would be the personalities and characterizations of the gang and their backgrounds.
For one, they all seem like rich, or formerly rich, kids with inattentive, dismissive dickhead parents.
But also, Shaggy throws the best parties in town, but really has no interest in them.
Fred is an aloof hippy dippy yoga lover.
The only ones that actually feel right are Daphne as a bit of a bratty child of divorce, whose mother is a multi-millionaire game designer, and Velma, in that she’s a lonely social outcast who feels like she’s probably the smartest person in any room she may enter…in the vein of what the incomparable Mindy Cohn was doing in Mystery Incorporated, just without the controlling psycho attitude.
Fred and Shaggy feel like they were dumbed down and swapped, for no real reason other then they just aren’t the focus of the story.
It’s a little frustrating, but through the comicbook “Multiverse” filter, I can deal with it.
Onto the good stuff!

The thing I enjoy the most is that this is clearly influenced by my absolute favorite Scooby series, Mystery Incorporated!
And it goes beyond just the town using the Crystal Cove name, the darkness and spooky edge to all of the mysterious goings on are just magnificent.
This version of Crystal Cove has its own founding curse that the town uses to wrangle in a tourist trade.
The curse of Crystal Cove is that generations before, every member of the town just up and disappeared without a trace.
Every year the town holds a festival to mark the day, and the ghosts of the missing still haunt the town to this day.

In my view, I think it’s pretty clear that author Josephine Ruby (a mysterious pseudonym for someone whom not much is known about, that nods to Scoob’s creation) loves Velma, because she’s the most fleshed out and faithful.
And bonus, unlike Mystery Inc, Velma is so damn likeable from start to finish that if you didn’t love her before, you probably will by the end.
Velma is that lonely kid that everybody fucked over and likes to push around, make eat shit until they need her and then they come a-callin’.
Daphne and Velma were once the best of friends, and it all changed once Velma saw something she wasn’t meant to see and told Daph, the reaction was less than ideal, and Daphne turned on her in a big bad way.
The plot forces them to put aside their differences for a common good, but the oldest wounds have the deepest scars.

To start wrapping up, I truly did love this book far more than I expected I ever would.
There is some of the anticipated “boys are trash & girls are perfect” type of tripe you get in these types of novels, but not overwhelmingly so.
This new continuity is familiar and interesting, Ruby is building her own world and it works well enough to keep me interested and welcoming future installments.
The cliffhanger left me wanting the next book now!
I so hope that these sell well, because this is the first step on the path to one of the last two pieces of Scooby I crave most: Serious, full length, Scooby novels!
I need somebody, potentially even Ruby herself, to write serious novels about the whole gang, in the same way Mystery Incorporated did, but in prose.
The best books ignite your imagination, and this did in so many ways.
Check it out, gang.

Let us what you think of this review in the comments below or share this post on Twitter with the Hashtag #TNBBookReview.

Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her continued editorial assistance.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #88

So…the world has gone completely batshit crazy, huh?
Good thing for you, The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week is here to make you contemplate all that wonderful crap that makes you forget about the perpetual drain circling that is real life.
With that in mind, let’s dive in!

This week, given all the wack-a-doodle bullshit in the world, we are wondering: What Is Your Favorite Apocalypse Book, Movie, TV Show, Or Video Game?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or 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 #87

The entire world has come to a sudden and unexpected halt, but, much like John Cena, The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week never backs down and never quits.
So let’s ring the bell and start the match, cause week 87 is about to begin!

This week we’re talking about WWE and the fallout of what’s currently happening in the world.
Adhering to the old adage The Show Must Go On, rather than cancelling their biggest show of the year, WWE has decided to persevere and moved the show to their performance center training facility and will broadcast for the 1st time ever without a live crowd, so we want to know: Do You Think WWE Should Have Just Cancelled WrestleMania Or Are You Interested In This Challenging Experiment?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or 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 #86

Another week means another collection of words put in a specific order in an to attempt to get a strong enough reaction out of you dear readers that you’ll send a carefully contemplated selection of words back.
To get to the point, for the eighty sixth time The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week asks questions and you give answers, gang!

This week we want to know: What Is Your All Time Favorite Sitcom And Why?

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

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

Some Scooby Sized Fun

So, yesterday was an interesting day that started off with me dropping some of my normally useless Smallville and Scooby knowledge and snow balled into me having a small part in interviewing a dude that wrote one of my absolute favorite Scooby movies!
Not bad, right?

It started off with ScoobySnax Fun Fact #284.
The lass that runs the ScoobySnax Blog (Doo, as I know her) posts a Scooby fact every single week, a pretty solid idea that I have always dug, and about a month ago she put one up about the school that Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins shot at.
Mystery Begins being one of my favorite Scooby movies (remember that, it’s gonna be important a little later) we were talking about it and I told her I had a few little nuggets she could use and she let me run with it.
I was able to draw on some of my love of Smallville and my obsessive knowledge of that show for two of the three tidbits.
Wanna know what I said?
Well, make sure to read the triple threat 284th ScoobySnax Fun Fact to find out, gang!

So that went up yesterday morning, I got a couple DMs, normal stuff.
And then somebody replied to a tweet and things started moving at a break neck pace.
If you listened to Ep 40 of The Nerd Blitz Commentaries, you got a small taste of how much I love The Mystery Begins, so to be involved in any interaction with the writer of that movie in any way is HUGE!
But what followed was amazing (read it for yourself HERE) and led to two mind blowing revelations!
ScoobyAddict saw that and jumped at the chance, asking for an interview.
The quicker typer won that day, as I was about to ask the same and got beat by the better Twitterer…er.
At that point, I was ready to get the hell out of her way and let her handle it, but amazingly she was gracious enough to offer me the chance to take part in the Interview.
I told her I appreciated it, but I didn’t wanna horn in on her action…but she made it clear that she thought us collaborating would be beneficial to the end result, so I relented and accepted.
And man, I’m glad I did because he revealed a few things in there that really blew my mind including a cameo that was cut, details on the unproduced third movie, and another follow up that was discussed at one point.
So head over and read the interview with Daniel Altiere that ScoobyAddict and I teamed up on to produce HERE.

So to wrap up, I want to thank both @ScoobySnaxCom & @ScoobyAddict for allowing me to take part in both of these and allowing me to contribute to their sites.
I appreciate the honor more than either of you know.
Go give them a follow and let them know I sent you.
They’re both damn cool.

Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her continued editorial assistance.